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Birrarung Marr

Pilgrim Path and St Patrick’s Cathedral

young children, while adults enjoy the elegant fountains and rotundas.

Don’t miss the children’s playground 18 - slide down the dragon’s tail, swing on the giraffe’s ears, see how the dragon glows in the dark!

If you look carefully, maybe you’ll spot a possum or two in the trees overhead.

The English Elms 19 in Fitzroy Gardens are among the oldest and finest in the world. Along a glorious avenue, climb to the River God 20 fountain and walk west towards the cathedral spires at Lansdowne Street.

Cross Lansdowne Street to Cathedral Place, where a lonely tower is all that remains of St Patrick’s College 21 . Then take the serene Pilgrim Path 22 to St Patrick’s (Catholic) Cathedral 23 , the architectural triumph of William Wardell.

The cathedral was built between 1858 and 1897, with spires added in the 1930s. During restoration work in the 1990s, a stonemason secretly carved a gargoyle in

the image of recent Victorian Premier Jeffrey Kennett. You can spot ‘Jeff’ on high, to the right of the South Transept Door.

From the forecourt, where Aboriginal and Christian spiritual symbols are reconciled in the Stone Inlay 24 , enter the Great West Doors and walk through to the seven beautiful chapels surrounding the sanctuary.

Leaving the cathedral, walk down Macarthur Street, towards the towering city buildings, passing the Lutheran Church 25 built in 1853.

Cut through Treasury Reserve to see John Cain, Sir Henry Bolte and other premiers of Victoria at the end of Premiers’ Way. The Kennett State Government introduced Premiers’ Statues 26 for premiers serving 3000 days or more in office.

Look along Treasury Place to some of Victoria’s finest Government Buildings 27 . The current Premier’s Office is 1 Treasury Place 28 .

Cross Treasury Gardens and turn right into Flinders Street. Stop for coffee or a snack at the Hotel Lindrum 29 , formerly the Lindrum Billiard Rooms. All-time billiards champion Walter Lindrum made a world record break of 4137 on an English tour in 1932!

Walk past the old Herald Building 30 built in the 1920s, and turn left into Batman Avenue that leads down to Birrarung Marr 31 , the city’s newest park by the river. Birrarung means ‘river of mists’ in the language of the Wurundjeri people who originally lived here, and ‘Marr’ means ‘side of the river’. The 21st century parkscape is a popular outdoor venue for Melbourne’s many festivals and performances.

Cross the bridge to the Federation Bells 32 sound sculpture where 39 electronic bells chime three times daily (currently 8am to 9am, 12.30pm to 1.30pm and 5pm to 6pm). The bells range in sizes from a small handbell, to a bell that stands 1.8 metres high and weighs 3.5 tonnes. Go down the steps and follow the river back to Federation Square 1 , enjoying fabulous city views on the way.

Federation Square

Pop-up Patch Carpark


Birrarung Marr

Atrium and the Crossbar

The Edge

Zinc at Fed Sq

The Edge

The Ian Potter Centre: Atrium NGV Australia


Yarra Building

River Terrace

Princes Wharf

Yarra River



Princes Bridge

Alfred Deakin Building


Russell Street

Australian Centre for the Moving Image


East Shard

St Paul’s Court

Flinders Street

Melbourne Visitor Centre

St Kilda Road

Your walk starts here

Taxi Rank

Flinders Street Station

The Ian Potter Centre NGV Australia

Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Arts and Culture

Restaurants, Cafes and Bars

Shops and Retail

ArtPlay Bookings essential, artplay.com.au Tel: 9664 7900

Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) Mon to Sun 10am to 5pm

NGV Studio Sun to Wed 10am to 5pm Thurs to Sat 10am to 10pm

No Vacancy Project Space Tue to Sat 11am to 5pm Sun 12pm to 5pm

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia Tue to Sun 10am to 5pm

Optic Kitchen & Bar Mon, Tues and Sun 8.30am to 6pm Wed to Sat 8.30am to 10pm

Arintji Mon to Fri 10am to late Sat & Sun 9am to late

Beer Deluxe Mon to Sun 7am to late

Bokchoy Tang Mon to Sun 11.30am to late

Café Chinotto Mon to Sun 10am to late

Chocolate Buddha Mon to Sun noon to late

Feddish Mon to Sun noon to late

Il Pomodoro Italian Mon to Sun 11am to late

In a Rush Espresso Mon to Sun 7am to 5pm

Riverland Bar and Café Mon to Sun 7am to late

Time Out Café Mon to Sun 8am to late

Transport Mon to Sun 11am to late

Taxi Dining Room Mon to Sun noon to 3pm and 6pm to late

Transit Cocktail Lounge Sun, Wed & Thurs from 5pm Fri to Sat from 4pm Mon to Tue closed

Best of Victoria Best of Souvenirs Open same hours as Melbourne Visitor Centre

Kirra Galleries Mon to Sun 10am to 6pm

7–Eleven Mon to Sun Early to late

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Tourist Information

Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square Open seven days a week 9am to 6pm (excluding Christmas Day)

Melbourne Visitor Booth in the Bourke Street Mall Open seven days a week 9am to 5pm (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day)

City Ambassadors

Keep an eye out for the City Ambassadors dressed in their distinctive red uniforms in the central city. Mon to Sat 10am to 4pm, Sun noon to 3pm

Melbourne Greeter Service Discover from a local what locals love about Melbourne. English orientations available seven days per week. Other languages on request. Bookings are essential.

Melbourne Visitor Shuttle Hop on and off at any of the 13 stops along the route at key city destinations, guided by an informative on-board commentary. The complete trip takes approximately an hour and a half. The bus runs every 30 minutes between 9.30am and 4.30pm daily excluding Christmas Day.

For further information, visit melbourne.vic.gov.au/touristinformation

Useful Numbers

Victorian Tourist Information

13 2842

Best of Victoria Booking Service

9928 0000

Public transport queries

1800 800 007

Travellers’ Aid – City Village Bourke St 9654 2600 Travellers’ Aid – Flinders St Station 9610 2030 Travellers’ Aid – Southern Cross Station 9670 2072


13 6100


13 2849

Directory Assistance


Emergency – police, fire and ambulance


Airport Bus – Skybus

9335 2811

There are a number of self-guided walks in this series. These walks were developed by Federation Square and the City of Melbourne.

For more information, call the City of Melbourne Hotline 03 9658 9658, visit melbourne.vic.gov.au/ melbournebrochures or go to the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square

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