I am a world traveller & a mom of two, (8 & 6). I love to meet people, and am fascinated that there are 7 billion stories out there to be explored. I think Melbourne is the most happening city to live in with all the fun activities around town.
Published September 20th 2013
Shopping is just one reason to visit Melbourne Central
Located in the heart of the city, Melbourne Central is one of the larger shopping complexes in the CBD area. Apart from hundreds of retail shops, it offers all the amenities of a modern plaza, like food courts, cinemas, and a bowling alley as well. But Melbourne Central is not only about shopping, gastronomy and typical kind of entertainment.
View of Melbourne Central from Swanston and La Trobe Streets The apex of the iconic Glass Cone can be seen
Here are some salient features which sets it apart from other plazas:
It has its own train station in the lower level. Two major university campuses and several other institutes are located in the vicinity, therefore a high volume of students as well as professionals use this station to reach their desired destination. Adding on, tourists pass through here to get to many of the city tourist spots. Needless to say, Melbourne Central sees a lot of traffic of all different kinds pass through it every single day.
There is a beautiful large FOB clock gifted by Seiko to the people of Melbourne. It entertains hundreds of onlookers every hour by putting on a fantabulous Waltzing Matilda show. Marionettes of different Australian wildlife and other characters revolve around, moving the hearts of young and old alike.
Melbourne Central has a remarkable history along with its iconic look. The most outstanding feature is the Glass Cone, which is stunningly as high as 20 storeys, weighs an exorbitant 490 tonnes, with 924 glass panels built into it (I wouldn't want to trade places with those employed to clean these panels). If one stands directly below the cone and looks straight up, it almost feels as if the conical apex is reaching high into the sky.
The Glass Cone at Melbourne Central The Shot Tower can also be seen
The Shot Tower Museum is another unique feature of this centre. Actually, the Shot Tower was built way before Melbourne Central, but when plans were made to build this plaza, the Shot Tower building became part of the centre. Eventually the glass cone enclosed the tower. To reach the Museum, you have to walk into the R. M. Williams Store which is the only store located on the Mezanine floor. The entry to the museum is free and definitely worth a visit. It only takes about 30 minutes to walk through and learn about this historic building.
Walk through the store to reach the entrance point of the Shot Tower Museum
Another feature that is one of my favourites is the extensive Information Centre which opened in March 2012. You can pick up some information brochures about the centre and about attractions in and around Melbourne. The staff is friendly and eager to offer assistance.
Information Center at Melbourne Central
It is not difficult to miss these familiar landmarks if you are at Melbourne Central, but next time around, take a few minutes out from your shopping spree to appreciate what makes this centre truly unique.