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We all pass through there all the time. Jostling each other on the escalators, trying to get downwards so we can reach our trains on time.
Last time I was there, out of the corner of my eye, I saw tourists waiting for the clock to tick the hour because that is when it plays Waltzing Matilda. I've never stopped to listen. Have you?
It did make me think, however Wish I had a bit more time to explore Melbourne Central. It would be great to go inside the old shot tower or know a bit more about that iconic clock and I believe there is even a five-star parent's retreat somewhere in here that would be worth having a look at.
Then I discovered that there is a way to linger and learn more about Melbourne Central. A duo known as The Gents are running tours. The tours are even free in as much as they cost $10 but in return, you are given a $10 gift card to spend at Melbourne Central.
The Gents are a creative couple who have been together for 17 years and enjoy sharing stories about the people and places who inspire them. They write city guides, history, food and art books and their tours are all about history, culture and local hotspots.
And they are running a series of tours called the Melbourne Central Unlocked Tours. Dale Campisi is the main tour leader.
Source: PHOTOGRAPHER Shannon McGrath - Parent/child facilities Melbourne Central
So you get to go behind the scenes of Melbourne Central and learn about the past, present and future of MC. They will tell you stories about the historic Coops Shot Tower and the fascinating development of Melbourne Central.
On this walk around, they will take you to some of the centre's hidden nooks and crannies. You will get exclusive access to rarely-seen vantage points including the rooftop, which provides amazing views of the Melbourne city skyline.
You can step into the base of the iconic glass cone for a truly unique look over Melbourne's busiest shopping centre. There will be plenty of Insta-worthy shots.
Book your spot on one of Dale's 45-minute tours by selecting a date and time from the list available under 'Tickets'. As mentioned tickets are $10, but are redeemable for a $10 Melbourne Central Gift Card when you arrive for your tour
Meet at Guest Services Desk on Level 1, five minutes before your tour time.