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Published August 1st 2012
Generally speaking, for most of the Melburnian population train stations are unavoidable. But who is to say that it has to be a drag? It's not even just the train stations I'm talking it about - it's what they offer.
1. Flinders Street.
Flinders Street Station, Photo via Wikipedia
Known as the oldest train station in Australia! The site was opened in 1854. Known for the iconic clock, green dome and 'the Flinders steps'.
Now I know what you Melburnians are thinking - "so what?". Yes we all know it well, but it is time to look at it in a new light. Did you know that this old station is one of the busiest in the southern hemisphere? Now, while that is a great place to make friends (if you're feeling out-going), but even once you step off the platform, the city is right there on the tip of your nose.
From this one station you can walk to various schools, restaurants, bars, clubs, pubs - the list goes on!
2. Southern Cross Station.
WAIT! Before you correct me, I know. The city renamed it, but we all still remember and hold it close to our hearts. It's not really "Southern Cross", it's Spencer Street.
I know a lot of you probably hated the remodel from a few years back (2000), but I can't lie - I love it! Whenever I'm passing through I can't help but stare up at the weirdly shaped ceiling in wonder.
But that's not all this station has to offer. Feel like going to Sydney? Maybe Adelaide? Well, this station is the hub for trains cross country. It's a short tram ride to crown casino (YES!) and just across from that the Melbourne Convention Centre (bring on Comic-Con 2013).
Richmond Station, Photo via Wikipedia
Maybe trivial, but my favourite thing about Richmond is that it's just a 5 minute walk from the MCG.
One of the things that makes Melbourne is the love of footy that we see everywhere we go. Even if it isn't your team playing and you are just passing through, shout out a random team and watch the cheers from passers-by.