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Many of Melbourne’s most charming features come together along Collins Street, the city’s historic financial centre. As well as unrivalled shopping, dining and entertainment, people come here to admire some of the architectural jewels in Australia’s crown.
One of the best introductions to this fascinating heritage is to join one of the Melbourne Architours. These guided walking tours visit some of the principal buildings of interest and explain their diverse architectural styles, from proud Victorian civic buildings and glorious art deco hotels to modern office blocks.
Melbourne Town Hall, on the corner of Swanston and Collins streets, dates from 1870 and was designed by Joseph Reed, the local architect behind the State Library of Victoria and the Royal Exhibition Building. Nearby are three important centres of worship, representing the longstanding cornerstones of Melbourne’s religious life – Collins Street Baptist Church, St Michael’s Uniting Church and the Presbyterian Scots’ Church.
Another nostalgic reminder of historic Melbourne is the Hopetoun Tearooms, where you can indulge your sweet tooth with afternoon tea served in an atmosphere of old-world elegance. This upper end of Collins Street is known as the “Paris End” because of the preponderance of designer-label shops and luxury hotels. If Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Bulgari are out of your league, grab a table at one of the pavement cafes and watch a parade of beautiful people against a backdrop of equally beautiful buildings. It’s not hard to understand why visitors have been captivated by this charming corner of Melbourne for over a century.
Trams, which run the length of Collins Street, are the most efficient and cost-effective means of transport, as car parking in this area is expensive and in short supply.
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There are a number of terrific things to do in Collins Street. Why don't you buy a Golden Mile Heritage Walking Tour with Coffee in Melbourne or a Melbourne: Small Group Booze Makes History Better Tour?
Have some time on your side? Visit our Collins Street things to do page for a full list of activities.
It was nice to have and Spa and a swim before I went out. Having Netflix in my room is excellent, my room was clean it was nice to come home to such a comfy bed
Check in staff, pleasant and efficient. Room clean and tidy, very happy to be given the choice of not having my room serviced daily. Central to my needs, close to the station and the Conventional centre, what a lovely walk down beside the river with all the trees in bloom, to start the day, cheers ...
Hotel is in a great location. Centrally locatedclose to Crown, CBD and good dining.Short walk to sporting HUB of MCG and surrounding streets.