Here are my sketches of some of the iconic places in Melbourne.
Most visitors will head to the Visitors Centre first, which is located at Federation Square (above) at the corner of Swanston and Flinders Street. Federation Square is hard to miss – it’s modern and unique, and occupies a big space at this busy intersection.
When in Federation Square do check out ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) and the Ian Potter Centre (NGV Australia), art gallery for Australian art. NGV international (international art) is another building located on St Kilda Road.
There is a lot to see around here. Across the road from Federation Square is the beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral (above), an Anglican cathedral.
… and then there is Flinders Street Railway Station (yellow building above), which is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. It is a much photographed building. In the sketch above, you can also see Princes Bridge, which crosses over the Yarra River.
Here is another view of the Princes Bridge over Yarra River (above).
Not far away, across the river is a vibrant area known as Southbank. Take a walk; Southbank stretches along the bank of the river lined with restaurants and bar, and continues west towards Crown Casino (becomes Crown Promenade, above) and onwards.
The Shrine of Remembrance (above) is a memorial for Australians who served in war. It is situated on St Kilda Road not far from the Melbourne CBD, and is easy to get to by tram.
The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne is one of my personal favourite – there are 50,000 plants over 38 hectares. Lovely place to visit, to walk and to have a picnic.
I love going to the laneways – they are usually busy with locals as well as visitors. The above is Centre Place, one of Melbourne’s laneways with retail shops and eateries.
The Royal Exhibition Building is grand : it is listed on the World Heritage List. It is really really beautiful. It is located in the Carlton Gardens.
If you love boats, head to South Wharf for Polly Woodside (above). It was built in 1885 in Belfast and is now a permanent feature in this area. South Wharf offers bars, eateries and shopping.
Melbourne has a few theatres, and I love Princess Theatre‘s facade. It dates back to 1886.
Hope you enjoyed this post.