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Published October 16th 2012
Around the Melbourne CBD in one day
If you are a Melburnian, then you certainly must have been asked this question "What can we see in Melbourne in just one day?" This mostly comes from our friends and acquaintances who come to Melbourne for work or are in transit to some other place. The time crunch only adds to the confusion of what to see and where to go, in this beautiful city of Melbourne. For all these occasions and many others here's a quick guide to "See Melbourne in a day"
Kick start your day from the Flinders St. Station which acts as the sink and source of people in the Melbourne CBD throughout the day. Walk a block ahead towards St. Kilda Road to visit St. Paul's Cathedral.
St Paul's Cathedral
Take a tour of this beautiful building and learn about its history and architecture while those of you who do not dig history can choose to offer their prayers and perform worships in its peaceful ambiance. Check out the opening hours and service timings before you plan your visit here. Right opposite to this cathedral is one of the most iconic buildings of Melbourne called Federation Square. It is the home precinct for all major festivals and events that take place in the Melbourne CBD and is always abuzz with life. You can also enjoy beer and finger food at the bars and restaurants adjoining Fed Square and amuse yourself with the view of Yarra River for a dose of serenity.
Walk further along the Flinders Street and turn left on Spring Street. There are couple of attractions lined up on this street namely Treasury Garden and the State Parliament House. You can take a stroll within the garden and experience nature at its best. The multitude of well maintained trees and plants along with bird chirping will surely help you in relaxing your senses. After this refreshing bit, walk a few metres ahead to visit the State Parliament House which is just off the Spring street. It is a massive building where representatives of both houses sit. You can take a free tour of this place on days when the Parliament is not sitting, however remember to maintain the decorum of the place.
If you get hungry and exhausted after visits to these attractions then you can head towards the Bourke Street, which is just perpendicular to the Spring Street from the Parliament House. There are number of cafes and fast food joints to satiate your hunger. If you feel like indulging into more elaborate meal, then do not miss out on Chinatown, on the Little Bourke Street.
There are numerous restaurants in this precinct which serve delicious Chinese cuisine to whet your appetite.
Turn right from the junction of Bourke St and Swanston St and head towards State Library of Victoria. It is another colossal building which is a readers' paradise. You can sit on the neat lawn in front of this building and soak some sun, provided Melbourne is not cloudy on that day. Cross another lane after the library and you can see Melbourne Central. It is one of the prime malls within CBD and has various shops for clothing, a movie theatre, pubs, a food court and much more. It is built around a tower called Shot Tower, which has a rich history and architectural significance. Detour from here towards the Queens Street and visit the famous flea market called Queen Victoria Market. It has massive display of fresh produce, clothes, accessories, souvenirs and much more to keep you hooked on for hours. Walk back towards the Flagstaff Station on La Trobe Street and take a tram to Southern Cross Station. From here you can walk a few meters and visit Etihad Stadium.
It acts as the hub for many sporting and business events in Melbourne and has a fully retractable roof - which is one of a kind in the entire southern hemisphere. Opposite to this stadium is Central Pier which is surrounded by backwaters of the sea. You can grab a drink here and indulge yourself in some amazing ambiance and waterfront views.
After this, walk back to the Southern Cross Station and take a train to Flinders St Station. From here, cross the bridge over Yarra River to see the tallest sky deck called Eureka tower.
The best time to be here is little before sunset. You can enjoy the bird's eye view of the entire CBD from here and also capture the resplendence of the setting sun from the 88th floor of this deck. Once you are out of this tower, walk a few meters to your left and enter Belgium Beer Cafe to taste some European brewed beer. To wind up your tour, make a visit to the Crown Entertainment Complex and try your hands at the casino, enjoy a multi-cultural meal at its food court and catch up on a movie.