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.

The Capitol theatre building on Swanston Street.

1. The Capitol

Turreted Gothic-style tower of Manchester Unity Building.

2. Manchester Unity Building

3. Old Melbourne Stock Exchange

4. Former Port of Melbourne Authority Building

Three-storey historic building of the Immigration Museum on busy Flinders Street.

5. Immigration Museum

The brightly lit entrance to Sandridge Bridge by night.

6. Sandridge Bridge

Looking up at Eureka Tower from street level.

7. Eureka Tower

8. Arts Precinct

Iconic spire of the Arts Centre Melbourne.

9. Arts Centre Melbourne

People leaving the NGV, walking past its distinctive water wall.

10. NGV International

Striking geometric design of the Southbank Theatre, illuminated at night.

11. Southbank Theatre

Close up of the honeycomb-patterned glass on the exterior of the Melbourne Recital Centre.

12. Melbourne Recital Centre

The rusted exterior wall of ACCA, with the Malthouse adjoining.

13. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)

Aerial view of the Shrine of Remembrance, surrounding parklands and the city buildings .

14. Shrine of Remembrance

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