The city’s northern quarter is a hub of universities and institutions known as the Melbourne Innovation District. Find libraries, museums and sites of Aboriginal significance before heading to Lygon Street for everything little Italy has to offer.

This walk is approximately 5km and takes around 2 hours.

People looking up at the domed ceiling of the State Library Reading Room.

1. State Library Victoria

Dating from 1856, the library features magnificent architecture, reading rooms and exhibitions.

A cyclist riding past the colourful facade of RMIT.

2. RMIT University

Known for design, technology and enterprise, with a must-see gallery and exhibition space.

3. Swanston Square Apartment Tower

A portrait of Aboriginal leader William Barak wraps around the facade of this building.
Standing by Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner, by Brook Andrew and Trent Walter.

4. Standing by Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner

This artwork commemorates two Aboriginal men who were publicly hanged in Melbourne in 1842.
Columns and pediment of neoclassical Trades Hall building.

5. Trades Hall

The birthplace of the Victorian Trade Union movement is now home to theatre and comedy.

A tree-lined stretch of grass, covered with autumn leaves, leading up to the Royal Exhibition Building.

6. Royal Exhibition Building

Dating from 1880, this historic domed building is located in the heritage-listed Carlton Gardens.

7. Moreton Bay Fig Trees

In the Carlton Gardens, these trees were a historical meeting place for Aboriginal communities.
A woman and child stand watching a colourful projection across two walls.

8. Melbourne Museum

See legendary Melbourne Cup racehorse Phar Lap and learn about Aboriginal Culture.

9. Argyle Square

Rest in Lygon Street’s picturesque Argyle Square with a coffee from the cute Parco kiosk.
Two people eat ice-cream outside Pidapipo on Lygon Street.

10. Lygon Street

Melbourne's Little Italy is beloved for its authentic pizzerias and boutique shopping.
People sitting at cafe tables outside King and Godfree.

11. King & Godfree

This historic 1884 grocery is now a local's favourite deli, restaurant and wine bar.

Students strolling the grassy grounds of the University of Melbourne.

12. University of Melbourne

This historic campus was used as a filming location in the iconic movie Mad Max.

13. RMIT Social Innovation Hub

A unique model of co-services across health, urban design and education.

14. NGO Precinct

Home to Oxfam and the Australian Conservation Foundation as well as other 'green' tenants.
Smiling vendor selling a range of pastries, dips and spreads at Queen Victoria Market.

15. Queen Victoria Market

Shop fresh produce and handmade crafts in the largest open air market in the southern hemisphere.

More to explore

Innovation and new ideas share street blocks with historical sites.

Romanesque buildings

Historic buildings including the former City Watch House, Magistrates Court and Old Melbourne Gaol.

RMIT Advanced Manufacturing Precinct

Here, researchers work on 3D printing technology for aerospace and deference industries.

Melbourne Connect Innovation Precinct

Researchers here are using digital technology to shape a socially responsible and sustainabe future.

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