After the 1850s Victorian gold rush, Melbourne exploded with displays of new wealth. Tour dramatic Gothic Revival facades, Art Deco jewels and Neoclassical monoliths.
This walk is approximately 4.3km and takes about 2 hours.
1. The Capitol
This 1920s era theatre is renowned for its geometric ceiling and dramatic lighting.
Now operating as a cinema, the striking Capitol theatre was built in 1924 in the Chicago Gothic style. It was designed by architects Marion Mahony Griffin and Walter Burley Griffin.Discover more about The Capitol
2. Manchester Unity Building
Take a tour of this Art-Deco Gothic building to see the original interiors and secret rooftop.
On the corner of Collins and Swanston streets you’ll find the 1932 Manchester Unity Building.
Enter the mosaic-tiled arcade for a coffee at the 1932 Cafe & Restaurant and take a tour to see the original interiors and secret rooftop.Discover more about Manchester Unity Building
3. Old Melbourne Stock Exchange
Don't miss the stained glass and gargoyles on the exterior of the Old Melbourne Stock Exchange (1889-91).
On the corner, the cathedral-esque sandstone ANZ Gothic Bank (1883-87) by William Wardell boasts gilded ceilings.
4. Former Port of Melbourne Authority Building
At 29-31 Market Street you'll find the nine storey Former Port of Melbourne Authority Building, built in 1929.
5. Immigration Museum
Formerly Customs House, this museum is the place to explore Australia’s migrant history.
Dating from 1876, the former Customs House was built in the Italian Renaissance-style.
Today it's the Immigration Museum, hosting world-class exhibitions about Australia’s migration history.Discover more about Immigration Museum
6. Sandridge Bridge
The ten 'Travellers' sculptures across the bridge represent the meeting of cultures in Melbourne over generations.
7. Eureka Tower
Take the lift to the top of the 300 metre tall Eureka Tower for an epic view and walk out on to the glass-floored Skydeck if you dare.
Designed by architects Fender Katsalidis, the tower’s name and gold cap reference the 1854 Eureka Stockade gold rush rebellion.
8. Arts Precinct
A traditional gathering place for the Kulin Nations for thousands of years, from the late 1800s this site hosted ice rinks, circuses and dance halls.
9. Arts Centre Melbourne
With its iconic spire, the Arts Centre is a cultural and architectural landmark.
Hamer Hall opened in 1982, followed by Arts Centre Melbourne’s subterranean theatres in 1984.
The iconic webbed spire of the Arts Centre flares at the base to evoke a ballerina's tutu and the velvet interior is by Academy Award-winning costume designer John Truscott.Discover more about Arts Centre Melbourne
10. NGV International
This iconic Melbourne building houses a world of international art and diverse exhibitions.
Opened in 1968, the National Gallery of Victoria began at the State Library Victoria 1861.
Touch the water wall at the entrance, see the world’s largest stained glass ceiling in the Great Hall and wander the exhibitions all day.Discover more about NGV International
11. Southbank Theatre
Featuring striking geometric design, this building is home to the Melbourne Theatre Company.
Designed by ARM Architecture, the Southbank Theatre is home to the Melbourne Theatre Company, Australia’s oldest, performing since 1953.Discover more about Southbank Theatre
12. Melbourne Recital Centre
Catch a show at this cutting-edge performance space known for its architecture and acoustics.
The acoustics are the star of this chamber music venue which, from the outside, appears as a case protecting its wooden instrument-like interior.
Stop in for dining or drinks at Blondie before or after a show.Discover more about Melbourne Recital Centre
13. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)
This striking rusted building is home to contemporary art exhibitions.
Snap a photo with Vault, the giant yellow sculpture by Ron Robertson-Swann located in the ACCA forecourt.Discover more about Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)
14. Malthouse Theatre
Housed in a former brewery, this theatre is the place to catch a contemporary performance.
Stop for a glass of wine in the courtyard alongside sculpture, dance and filmmaking students from the surrounding art schools.Discover more about Malthouse Theatre
15. Shrine of Remembrance
Join a tour to find out more about this 1934 World War I memorial and climb to the top for the best view of the city.
It is significant to Aboriginal culture for the many who served at a time when Aboriginal people were denied civil and political rights.Discover more about Shrine of Remembrance
More to explore
Flinders Street Railway Station
Since 1910 Melburnians have rendezvoused ‘under the clocks’ at the steps of this iconic landmark.
Young & Jackson
This classic Melbourne hotel was built in 1861, predating Flinders Street Station.
This 1920s theatre with its iconic architecture is one of Melbourne's most popular live band venues.
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