Wander Melbourne’s famous city grid to see legendary landmarks, iconic malls, hidden little streets and art-filled alleys. Crammed with historical facades, beautiful boutiques and world-class dining, this is the locals' guide to the heart of the city.

This walk is approximately 2.5km and takes around 90 minutes.

People walking through Federation Square, past large outdoor screen.

1. Federation Square

The city's public square is also home to world-class art, Aboriginal culture, restaurants and bars.

Three spires of St Paul's Cathedral building on Flinders Street.

2. St Paul's Cathedral

This grand cathedral was the site of the first public Christian services in Melbourne.

3. Flinders Lane

Browse boutique fashion and foodie hot spots, plus street art in the neighbouring laneways.
Audience in curved rows of seating looking towards the stage curtain inside the Regent Theatre.

4. Regent Theatre and Plaza Ballroom

This roaring 1920s era theatre is the spot to catch touring musicals.

Neo-classical, heritage-listed, Melbourne Town Hall building on Swanston Street.

5. Melbourne Town Hall

The heart of the city’s cultural and civic activity also hosts theatre, receptions and exhibitions.

Heritage-listed Athenaeum building, with columns and ornate capitals.

6. Athenaeum Theatre

This heritage-listed venue hosts comedy, music and theatre.

7. Assembly Hall

See quirky window displays of antiquarian books and a Gothic Revival facade dating back to 1914.
People sit on a bench outside the brightly lit windows of the Fendi store in Collins Street.

8. Collins Street

High-end fashion meets iconic architecture in Melbourne's renowned Collins Street.
The grand entrance of the Hotel Windsor.

9. Hotel Windsor

A beloved Melbourne landmark, the Windsor is Australia's only surviving grand Victorian city hotel.

Columns and building of Parliament House lit at night.

10. Parliament House

Book a tour to discover splendid architecture at one of Melbourne's best known landmarks.

Exterior of the Princess Theatre, lit up by night, with signage for 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'.

11. Princess Theatre

This spectacular landmark is host to some of world’s most successful productions.

12. Chinatown

Stop for yum cha or dumplings in the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest Chinatown.
Bourke Street Mall at dusk, with a tram and the GPO building in view.

13. Bourke Street Mall

Feel the buzz and shop local in the heart of Melbourne's retail precinct.

More to explore

Want to see more of Melbourne’s central sites? Find church turrets, stop by a slick new skyscraper and watch the sun sink behind the skyline from a favourite rooftop bar.

St Michael's Uniting Church

Notable for its striking architecture, progressive outlook and wellbeing programs.

80 Collins Street


Shop luxury brands and dine on local produce at some of Melbourne's best restaurants.

Old Treasury Building

Immerse yourself in the stories of Melbourne history at this 1860s hertiage icon.

Curtin House

This 1920s building is an eclectic mix of shops, dining and entertainment.

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