Melbourne Top 10 Free Places-of-Interest
The Queen Victoria Market (QVM) was officially opened on 20 March 1878. It was originally wholesale and retail fruit and vegetables until the wholesale market in Footscray Road was opened in 1969.
The QVM has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for more than a century. Initially, this market started as a small market to the east of the city in the 1850s and over the years, it slowly expanded to the size of what you see today.
Today, QVM is one of the major Melbourne tourist attractions, offering a variety of fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry and seafood, gourmet and deli foods. QVM also has many stalls selling a diverse range of clothing, shoes, jewellery and handmade art and crafts.
The Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex opened in 1997, is a large casino and entertainment precinct located on the south bank of the Yarra River, in Melbourne.
The entire complex has a space of 510,000 sqm, which is equivalent to 2 city blocks, making it one of the largest casino complexes in the world. It is also the largest casino in the south hemisphere and has a license for 500 table games and 2,500 poker machines.
Notable features of the casino include its entrance (Atrium), featuring stepped fountains, sound and lighting shows under the themes of the 4 seasons.
The City Circle Tram is a free and convenient way to see the sights of central Melbourne and the Docklands while experiencing a ride on one of the city’s much loved heritage trams.
The tram route was introduced on 29 April 1994. The route passes many Melbourne attractions while running along the CBD’s outermost thoroughfares, as well as the Dockland waterfront precinct.
The City Circle Tram operates at an interval of 12 minutes in both directions, with the service taking approximately 60 minutes to complete a loop. 10 trams are in service at any one time in each direction. An average of 3 million passengers uses the services every year.
To catch the City Circle Tram, simply wait at any tram stop along the City Circle Tram route. These tram stops are specially marked with a City Circle sign.
Flinders Street Station is one of the city’s most distinguishable landmarks in Melbourne. It was completed in 1909 and it is Australia’s oldest train station with its distinctive yellow façade and green copper dome it’s a city icon. It is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register, its 708 metres main platform is the 4th largest railway platform in the world.
Flinders Street Station serves the entire metropolitan rail network. Backing onto the city reach of the Yarra River in the heart of the city, the complex covers two whole city blocks and extends from Swanston Street to Queen Street.
Flinders Street is the busiest suburban railway station in the southern hemisphere, with over 1500 trains and more than 100,000 commuters passing through daily.
Federation Square, Melbourne’s first public square, home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism experiences and an plenty of restaurants, bars and specialty stores. It has now become the city’s popular meeting place.
Federation Square was opened in 2002 and has seen more than 90 millions visitors. It is currently number one for national and international visitation to Melbourne and is regularly among Victoria’s top two attractions in the state for local, national and international visitors. This open public space is directly opposite Flinders Street Station and St Paul’s Cathedral. Most importantly, it is next to the clean and famous Yarra River.
Melbourne Visitor Centre is located right in the open public space of Federation Square (opposite Flinders Street Station), making it the first stop when you come to Melbourne City.
Docklands is a suburb located 2 km west of Melbourne’s City Centre. Docklands offers a variety of exciting events and attractions all year round.
Harbour Town in Docklands offers more than just simply shopping. Harbour Town has more than 90 shops (direct outlets & specialty stores) and restaurants/cafes for you and your family to spend an entire beautiful day. This is a great place for entertainment and attractions.
The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is Australia’s only giant observation wheel. This unique observation wheel offers 360 degree view from every direction. Riders can enjoy the breathtaking sights of Melbourne skies and see the city from a different perspective.
The design of the Royal Arcade started in 1868, more than 146 years ago. The construction of this heritage shopping arcade in the CBD of Melbourne was completed and opened in 1870.
The land on which the arcade was built was a plot of prime land when Melbourne was first settled. Initially, this plot of land was first purchased at the price of 20 pounds ( ̴ $36AUD). The similar plot of land today is now worth over multi-millions.
Not long ago, this Arcade was renovated and restored to its past glory. After so many years, this arcade still hold its charm, attracting millions of visitors every years. It is a significant Victoria era building, listed on the Victoria Heritage Register.
The Shrine of Remembrance is the National War Memorial of Victoria, a monument dedicated to all those who have served in the armed conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australia has participated.
The design of the Shrine was based on the Tomb of Mausolus at Halicarnassus and the Parthenon in Athens. It is a structure of square plan roofed by a stepped pyramid. It was built from Tynong granite, material that were sourced within Australia.
Internally, the Shrine is the Sanctuary, a high vaulted space entered by four tall portals of Classical design. At the centre of the Sanctuary stands the ‘Stone of Remembrance’.
The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is internationally renowned botanical gardens located near the centre of Melbourne, Australia. They are 38 hectares of landscaped gardens consisting of a mix of native and exotic vegetation including over 10,000 individual species. It is also a centre of excellence for horticulture, science and education.
Since the establishment of the Gardens in 1846, much of the native vegetation was removed as botanists planted a range of species from around the world.
Take a slow leisure walk and discover the history, cultural significance and extreme beauty of the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Parliament House in Melbourne located at Spring Street, Melbourne City Centre. It has been the seat of the Parliament of Victoria, Australia since 1855.
The construction of this building started in December 1855, and was completed in stages between 1856 and 1929. The building is an example of Roman Revival architecture, a style of building employed beginning in the mid-19th century inspired by the 11th and 12th century Romanesque architecture. This building is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register, a place that is cultural heritage significance to the State of Victoria, Australia.
In 2005-2006, the Parliament celebrated its 150th anniversary.
Address: Corner of Victoria St & Elizabeth St, Melbourne.
Open Days/Hours: Tuesday : 6am - 2pm;
Thursday : 6am - 2pm;
Friday : 6am - 5pm;
Saturday : 6am - 3pm;
Sunday : 9am - 4pm;
Monday & Wednesday : Closed
(星期一和星期三 : 休息)
Address: 8 Whiteman St, Southbank, Victoria.
Open Days/Hours: 24 hours (24小時經營)
Queen Victoria Market
Crown Casino & Entertainment Complex
Open Days/Hours: 12 minutes interval;
: Sunday to Wednesday: 6am - 6pm;
: Thursday to Saturday: 10am - 9pm;
City Circle Tram
Flinders Street Station
Address: 207-361 Flinders St, Melbourne.
Federation Square & Surroundings
Address: Corner Swanston & Flinders St, Melbourne.
24 hours (Public Spaces)
(廣場 24 小時開放)
Address: 335 Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne.
Daily (8am till Sunset)
皇家拱廊所在的位置是墨爾本數一數二的精華地段，當年的成交價是20英鎊（相當於36澳幣），如今這片土地價值超過數以百萬澳幣。整條長廊贯通Little Collins St 和Bourke St，有一條垂直的通道連接到西方的Elizabeth St，也連接了Little Collins St的商店區，使得遊客在墨爾本市區的走動更為方便。
Address: Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne.
Internal/Exhibition Area: Daily (10am - 5pm)
External/Open Space: Daily (24hours)
Shrine of Remembrance
7/24hours (Public Spaces Only)
(廣場 24 小時開放)
Docklands & Attractions
6》 市區新鎮 Docklands
新鎮Docklands 位於墨爾本市中心西方2 公里處，這裡一年到頭提供遊客各種多彩多姿的商業活動。您可以在市區任何一站搭乘免費的市區環繞電車到這裡。
Address: Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne.
Daily (7:30am till Sunset)
(開放時開: 早上7 點半到黃昏)
Royal Botanic Gardens
Address: Spring Street, East Melbourne.
Website: Parliament Sitting Dates