CBD: Flinders Station, Federation Square, and the Public Art in Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne – Day 3 – Part 3

Now that I’ve been to Sydney and Melbourne, I remember a few things that are uniquely Melbourne (in my opinion): the cable cars that run through CBD, and the street art (and the laneways…in my next post).

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We stayed just across the Yarra River near the Crown Casino in the South Banks district but really spent most of our time in CBD. Lucky for us, it was a 15 minute walk from over the Evan Walker Bridge, through a tunnel that goes under Flinders Station and then we finally set foot on Flinders St.

From there is is easy to hop on any cable car that runs through CBD or just another short walk to Federation Square, Chinatown, or all of the laneways in the area.

Flinders Station

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Flinders Station is the biggest station in Melbourne. And it sure was a busy station. We walked through it everyday to get to CBD Melbourne from Southbank everyday. Although the the cable cars don’t seem to really leave from the Flinders Station, their are several lines right outside.

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To me, Flinders Station is one of the most iconic buildings in Melbourne. This building was often times the feature image for articles and blogs about Melbourne. I made to sure to take a few pictures just to make sure I captured it (other wise there won’t be any evidence I’ve been to Melbourne).

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Federation Square

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Federation Square is a large public open space (upon hearing that I think of Tiananmen Square in Beijing China but this one is much more interesting and unique). I personally think of it has a tourist hub. This is where you can get free wifi and go to the visitors center to figure out what to do, where to go, etc. I went their to figure out to go to the Brighton Beach.

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It is located right along the Yarra River, next to Flinders Station and St. Pauls Cathedral on Flinders St. and Swanston St. It’s a modern public square that houses a few cultural centers and accommodates large gatherings. Next to the old buildings of Flinders Station and  St. Paul’s Cathedral which creates a big contrast to the modern and interesting building in Federation Square. I personally think these buildings reflect the look of the many artsy laneways.

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What do you think? That’s our view of The Atrium, Federation Square from one of the many Laneways in Melbourne (do you know which laneway this is?) More about Laneways in my next post.

Public Art (Art in the City)

This was something I was really excited to go looking for in Melbourne. I read quite a few blogs about the art but when I was finally in Melbourne, walking around the CBD area…I was lost. There was just so much to see!

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There are people wearing red shirts standing around with maps that are available to help tourists. I ended up finding Public Art and the info people at the same place.

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“Three Businessmen Who Brought Their Own Lunch: Batman, Swanston and Hoddie” on the corner of Swanston and Bourke streets.

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“Officially named the ‘Three Businessmen Who Brought Their Own Lunch: Batman, Swanston and Hoddle’, this whimsical, life- sized sculpture pays homage to Melbourne’s three pioneers, returning them to the city’s streets as pedestrians observing Melbourne’s development throughout time.”

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The “Public Purse” by Simon Perry is located right outside of H&M which inside of the First Melbourne Post Office building which was built in the mid 1800’s.

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‘Public Purse’ is rather unique. This huge change purse doubles as Public Art and a place for people to sit. I read that the this change purse perfectly reflects the bustling retail area it is located in.

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As you can see in the picture above, it was kind of difficult to get a picture of with the “Public Purse’ since it makes a perfect spot for people to sit. But we did return the next day with Auntie and Uncle and we managed to get a few shots with the ‘Public Purse’. Auntie and Uncle loved this.

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Just outside of the Melbourne Library is the “Architectural Fragment” by Petrus Spronk on the corner of Swanston and La Trobe streets.

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And if that is not enough art, there are plenty of buskers. We were in town over a weekend, I wonder if that made the CBD area so lively?

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We even saw a big protest, that stopped the transportation for a few minutes as protesters walked through.

And then as we continued to walk around Melbourne, I couldn’t help but to take more pictures.


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I know McDonald’s is called Macca’s but I think this was the only place I noticed the sign saying “Macca’s”.


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Waffles + Coffee = Waffee! This is so clever, I really wanted to eat here just because it was such a clever name.

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An old building in attached to a new building…interesting. Auntie said that that’s one of the few old buildings in Melbourne.

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I really wanted to eat here, but I was always full when we walked by…I guess I need to return to to Australia. I didn’t even get to eat meat pies in Australia…

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  1. The three business men look scary but the story behind them is cool. Which one is Batman?

    1. Haha. They do look kind scary, but on the busy streets of Melbourne they somehow magically blend in and don’t seem that scary. I actually missed these statues a few times.

      I’m sure this Batman is the not the Batman from Gothem City…

  2. Very cool! I love how unique Melbourne’s city centre is. 🙂

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