Are you planning a trip to the wonderful city of Melbourne sometime soon? If so, you probably have numerous things planned on your to-do list. Aside from great coffee culture, friendly people and beautiful beaches, Melbourne is also home to some incredible artistic landmarks. From Hosier Lane to The National Gallery of Victoria, today we have a look at some of Melbourne’s top must-see artistic landmarks. Read on to find out more!
1. The Iconic Hosier Lane
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve heard of Melbourne’s iconic Hosier Lane. Situated right smack in the middle of the CBD, Hosier Lane is home to some of the best artwork you’ve ever seen. Filled with sophisticated urban art and graffiti, Hosier Lane allows local artists to display their creativity through art that is often political in nature. The art on Hosier Lane is constantly changing, so you can be sure that you’ll see something new put up within a week of your first visit. This is an absolute must-see for anyone travelling to Melbourne.
2. National Gallery of Victoria
The National Gallery of Victoria, most commonly referred to as the NGV, is an art museum that was founded in 1861. It is Australia’s oldest and most visited art museum and is conveniently located in the middle of the CBD. The NGV is home to a wide variety of international and local exhibitions and is open from 10am-5pm every day. Entry to the NGV is free, but do note that entry into special exhibitions may incur a small fee.
3. Shrine of Remembrance
The Shrine of Remembrance was designed by World War 1 veterans and architects James Wardrop and Phillip Hudson. The Shrine was built in honour and remembrance of all Victorians who served during the first world war. The Shrine of Remembrance is situated in Kings Domain on St Kilda Road and is a 15-minute walk from Flinders Street Station. Housing almost a thousand photos, objects and uniforms, this is one landmark that you certainly shouldn’t miss out on.
4. Flinders Street Station
We know what you’re thinking – a train station? Well, Flinders Street Station is more than just any old train station. Often the poster child for adverts, commercials and postcards, Flinders Street Station is an architectural sight to behold. Featuring a clock tower and a green dome, this was the first station built in an Australian city. By 1926, it had become one of the busiest train stations in the world. Flinders Street station is located on Swanston Street and right next to the Yarra River, with various bars and restaurants that allow you to enjoy a cocktail by the river.
5. Federation Square
If you’re into quirky architecture, then you’re going to love Federation Square. Located across the street from Flinders Station, Fed Square as it is commonly referred to, features three public spaces that are home to a variety of restaurants, bars and event spaces. The ACMI, SBS television headquarters and Ian Potter Centre are also located in Federation Square. This iconic Melbourne landmark was completed in 2002 and designed by Lab + Bates Smart. You can be sure that there are a wide variety of events and activities that go on at Federation Square on the weekends, making it a must-see destination for anyone travelling to Melbourne.
6. Royal Exhibition Building
Situated not too far from The State Library of Victoria, the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens is one of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks. The Royal Exhibition Building was home to the first Australian parliament in May of 1901 and now serves as a prime location for various festivals, events and occasions. Surrounded by thousands of tulip flowers and lush greenery, the Royal Exhibition Building is truly a sight to behold. In 2004, it was the first Australian building to be awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, making it all that special and dear to everyone in Australia. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this one!
7. Sidney Myer Music Bowl
If you love attending a live concert or two, you have to head to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. This is an outdoor bandshell performance venue that has hosted thousands of various artists and singers from Paul McCartney to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Located in the lush surrounds of King’s Domain, Sidney Myer is also where the annual Carols By Candlelight Christmas Special is held.
8. Old Melbourne Gaol
For those who want to dive a little deeper into Australian history, Old Melbourne Gaol is the ideal destination. Often referred to as Melbourne’s most feared destination since 1845, the Old Melbourne Gaol is shrouded in secrets and was once home to some of Australia’s most notorious criminals. You can book a day or night tour if you dare, for an utterly spell-binding journey into Melbourne’s past. This is probably not one for the faint-hearted, but a must-see for anyone who is inquisitive, daring and looking for a little thrill.
9. State Library of Victoria
Last but not least, the State Library of Victoria. This is a library unlike any other, located right next to QV shopping mall and across the street from Melbourne Central. This library holds over 2 million books and a wide variety of Australian artifacts that include the diaries of John Pascoe Fawkner and John Batman, the founders of Melbourne. Behold its octagonal La Trobe Reading Room, where hundreds of famous authors have spent hours in perfecting their manuscripts and where many students now spend hours of their day studying. There is also a lovely bed of grass at the front of the library that many love laying on to enjoy the afternoon sun.
Melbourne is a city that is rich in its artistic landmarks. We hope that this article has given you some insight into just a few of the hundreds of landmarks on offer for you to visit and take in. We hope you have an amazing time on your trip to Melbourne – truly one of the best cities in the world.