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Melbourne Central

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Central Business District
As featured in 3 Days in Melbourne and 6 other guides
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Address: | Corner of LaTrobe and Swanston Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9922 1100
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon - Thu 10:00 - 18:00
Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Melbourne Central is a diverse shopping and dining destination that invites...

Melbourne Central is a diverse shopping and dining destination that invites you to keep exploring.

Bringing together more than 300 retailers over five levels, Melbourne Central is home to an absorbing range of Australian and international fashion brands from Gorman, Alannah Hill, Crumpler to Vans and Nique. Take a sugar break at Cupcake Central, a beauty break at Mecca Maxima or an indulgent time-out at Self Centred Medi Spa.

The buzz continues after dark, whether you are lurking in Knox Lane with its graffiti by Melbourne's infamous DABS and MYLA, or basking beneath a screen in the Hoyts Lux Cinema. Spanning two city blocks, the centre boasts several unique architectural features including the giant Marionette Watch hanging in Shot Tower Square, famous for its hourly rendition of the Australian anthem 'Waltzing Matilda'. The square is named after the historic Coops Shot Tower a bullet-making facility built in 1889. Today, the brick shot tower stands proudly in its original place, protected by a modern twist: the magnificent Glass Cone, designed in the '80s by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa. While it floods the centre with natural light, the Glass Cone's design also makes it one of Melbourne's most recognisable landmarks.

Located atop the City Loop Melbourne Central train station and can be found on the iconic free city circle tram route. Melbourne Central boasts 822 car parks making it the perfect base for Melbourne city excursions. The five-star-rated parents' retreat offers a sanctuary for families, while The Little Library free book exchange provide spaces for pause and escape from the city's frenetic buzz. Whatever brings you to Melbourne, be it shopping, exploring, lunch, brunch or simply an unexpected adventure, it is all waiting between Lonsdale and La Trobe.

Or to go behind the scenes book a place on Melbourne Central's Unlocked Tour which leads visitors around hidden nooks, rarely-seen vantage points and secret rooftops.

Bernadette Alibrando can also tell you the tales of Melbourne Central's huge range of artworks in the Walk to Art Tours.

For bookings please visit the Melbourne Central website.

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An Easy to See, Must See!

There are so many shops and great looking places here. When you finally get to the top and look into the middle you see this wonderfully kept piece of history--Coops Shot Tower... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are so many shops and great looking places here. When you finally get to the top and look into the middle you see this wonderfully kept piece of history--Coops Shot Tower. You will not be disappointed if you visit this place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Apart from the joy of free wifi there is also a lead shot tower still insitu which has had a roof built over it and has a small museum in it. There is also an amazing clock opposite the shot tower that plays waltzing matilda every hour. Lovely place to go

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although this centre has many shops and a supermarket, as well as the metro rail, it is a grim sort of place full of dark and violently coloured spaces, with chaotic crowds in busy times and feeling poorly lit and inhospitable in slower times.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's easy to get lost inside Melbourne Central with its many levels and snaking corridors. It is a very new and fresh shopping centre in the heart of the CBD as its name suggests and has literally everything you need from food to fashion and is easily accessible by train and tram.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Even they are many elevators but things are worth it to go there, such a great experience to explore, convent thousands of food place on the second floor and I recommend for Hoyts Ice Cream.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great go - to mall if you are in Melbourne for shopping!!! Central to everything. Melbourne central and the emporium are linked now. Makeup, shoes, clothing. The higher up you go the flasher the brands get. Appeal to everyone

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This shopping centre has everything. High end shopping to budget bargain shopping. All the usual shops plus lots of other unique boutiques. The food courts are very good & kept clean. The toilet facilities were very clean

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Melbourne central is easy to get to with the train station underneath, trams and car parking available also. If you buy something from any of the shops you get discounted parking. They have a cinema, great places to eat and shops for anything you need. Could spend all day here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Few levels, major shops to satisfy every taste. Great tourist location. Good food court with variety cuisines.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Circling to the top of the Melbourne CBD is Melbourne Central, a modern mall where you’ll find plenty of shops, a cinema, food, etc. The modern design of the mall encapsulates 2 important monuments within: (1) the Coops Shot Tower, which is a site listed in the Victorian Heritage Register, and (2) a cone shaped glass roof protecting the shot... More 

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