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

A cyclist riding past the colourful facade of RMIT.

2. RMIT University

3. Swanston Square Apartment Tower

Standing by Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner, by Brook Andrew and Trent Walter.

4. Standing by Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner (Gallows Hill)

Columns and pediment of neoclassical Trades Hall building.

5. Trades Hall

Neo-classical pediment and columns of College of Surgeons' Museum building.

6. College of Surgeons Museum

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

7. Royal Exhibition Building

8. 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.

9. Melbourne Museum

10. 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.

11. Lygon Street

People sitting at cafe tables outside King and Godfree.

12. King & Godfree

Students strolling the grassy grounds of the University of Melbourne.

13. University of Melbourne

14. RMIT Social Innovation Hub

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

15. NGO Precinct

Smiling vendor selling a range of pastries, dips and spreads at Queen Victoria Market.

16. Queen Victoria Market

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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