From elegant heritage buildings to bold and striking contemporary facades, the city is sprawling with architecturally and historically remarkable buildings and landmarks.
If you’re a first time visitor or a local looking to rediscover the city’s architectural gems, here are some of Melbourne’s must-see landmarks to add to your itinerary.
To top it off, they’re all conveniently located close to Batman’s Hill On Collins! Take a look at the nearby attractions below.
Flinders Street Station
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Situated in the heart of the city centre, Flinders Street Station is possibly one of the most iconic landmarks in Melbourne. Its green dome, arched entrance and clock tower, has graced the city since 1854 when it became the first Australian city train station!
Queen Victoria Market
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The Queen Victoria Market is a true Melbourne icon. Fresh, locally sourced produce, speciality good, and quality handmade wares make this market popular with locals and tourists alike.
Get up early and head to the market and watch it come to life as the tempting aroma of scrumptious eats and sounds of the market’s hustle and bustle fill the air. For some nibbles, indulge in a hot jam doughnut as you stroll through the eclectic lineup of stalls!
Batman’s Hill On Collins
There’s no better place to start your history and architecture tour of Melbourne than Batman’s Hill On Collins. A perfect melding of old and new, our hotel is steeped in history.
Standing in what used to be the Bank of Victoria building, built in 1923, you’ll find some elements of the building’s history beautifully preserved. The original Batman’s Hotel site was facing Spencer Street and was used as a boarding house for young countrywomen who had moved to Melbourne for work.
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
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Just a 6-minute walk from Batman’s Hill On Collins can transport you to a vibrant undersea world. The SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium takes you on an interactive ocean adventure that’s filled with amazing discovery around every corner.
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Make your way to Melbourne’s GPO at 350 Bourke Street to cast your eyes on the Doric columns and French influence.
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To immerse yourself in Melbourne history, be sure to stop at the Immigration Museum which proudly displays Australia’s immigration history through engaging exhibits. Be sure to check out the Long Room, a notable piece of Renaissance Revival architecture.
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Want to catch a game while you’re in town? Marvel Stadium, also known as the Docklands Stadium, is undoubtedly one of the world’s best multi-purpose venue. Check their schedule of sports matches, concerts and unique events It;’s also only a 9-minute walk from Batman’s Hill On Collins.
State Library Victoria
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Australia’s oldest library, the State Library at 328 Swanston Street, is one of the most visually stunning landmarks inside and out.
Architecture Fun facts
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Melbourne has some of the most striking structures and facades in Australia. For Architecture buffs, here are some cool facts and tidbits about the city’s landmarks:
- Coop’s Shot Tower, one of the most instagrammable spots in Melbourne, was saved from demolition in 1973. Part of the modern-day Melbourne Central Shopping Centre, this historical tower is a time capsule preserved by the large glass dome locals call the “glass cone”.
- Inspired by Chicago’s Tribune Tower, Marcus Barlow designed the neo-Gothic Manchester Unity Building during the great depression.
- Standing at 297.3 meters, Eureka Tower is the tallest building in Melbourne and the second highest in Australia.
- Another modern wonder, the Rialto Towers are not to be missed. This 55-floor office building is the tallest office building in the Southern Hemisphere!
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