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Founded in 1845, the Collins Street Baptist Church is the oldest church in the state of Victoria. The church reflects classic architectural styles and boasts of 4 Corinthian order columns at its entrance.
The Assembly Hall was constructed in 1914 and is known for its quaint Gothic architecture and civic importance. The hall has four floors spread across various galleries, offices, bookshops and much memorabilia. The Edwardian edifice stands today as a significant structure of the city.
St. Paul's Cathedral Melbourne has a peaceful ambiance where one can feel the presence of the holy spirit. Its surroundings inspire faith even in the heart of a non-believer. The cathedral is a fine example of classic architecture and is embedded in history. Services and prayer meetings are held daily. Check website for timings.
Built in the 19th Century, The Scot's Church is known as the Victoria's first Presbyterian Church admired and visited by many for its rich history, architecture and services. The church is buzzing with many liturgical events, musical evenings by gospel bands, Sunday worship and so on. The church is also available for hire for many events in theater, concerts, weddings and more.
Federation Square is bustling with activity throughout the day. It is a cultural precinct to the city of Melbourne, and over here one finds a number of cafes, galleries and cinemas. Visit the Australian Centre For The Moving Image and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia for the latest in art. With a number of events held throughout the year which include festivals, screening of films, sports and cultural events, there's a lot one can explore. Visit this bee-hive of activity to play tourist, explore art or simply socialize.
Open daily, this center is Melbourne's main provider of tourist information. The Melbourne Visitor Centre supplies up-to-date details on anything and everything in Melbourne that may be of interest to visitors. The friendly staff offer expert advice, multilingual information, and hundreds of free leaflets to take with you.
The Atrium is located next to The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia in the bustling Federation Square. An architectural delight, it is a gallery-like structure made of glass, metal and zinc and gets its inspiration from the traditional arcades and lanes of Melbourne. The building is made up of a street-like space and is five stories high with glazed tiles on the roof and walls. With so much detailing to its interiors, this place is hard to miss or simply walk by without taking a leisurely stroll.
Melbourne is the second most populated city in Australia. It is a major business and financial center and has the nation's busiest seaport. Known as a city that never sleeps, it offers a wide choice of theaters, concert halls, restaurants, boutiques, cafes, bars, galleries, parks and village-like inner suburbs, each with its own special character. Famous for its sports, fashion and festivals that go on throughout the year, it's one of the most desirable cities to live in and visit. Luna Park and Flinders Street Station are some of the notable attractions found in this vibrant city.
Located in the heart of the city in Little Bourke Street, Chinatown is the focus for Melbourne's Chinese community. It is home to a plethora of Chinese and other Asian restaurants and curiosity shops. Colorful Chinese New Year celebrations are held here annually. Since the 1850s gold rush that brought many Chinese to Victoria, Melbourne's Chinatown has grown to become the only continuous Chinese settlement in Australia. Among today's restaurants and shops, there is still a fascinating sense of the brothels and opium dens that prevailed in bygone days. To discover more of the area's history visit the Chinese Museum or take the Chinatown Heritage Tour.
One of the most recognizable landmarks in Melbourne is definitely the Flinders Street Station. Not only is the architecture elegant, but it is also the busiest suburban railway Station in Australia. Flinders Station is on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets, very close the Yarra River in the middle of the city, stretching from Swanston Street to Queen Street. It is serviced by Connex's suburban and city loop services, and V/Line's regional services. Check the website for details on how to ride a train right into this famous landmark.
Flowing through the heart of Melbourne is the Yarra River. Originally known as Birrarung or the river of mist to the city's Aboriginal inhabitants, the Yarra played a vital role in the development of the city. Today, it is lined with some of Melbourne's most popular attractions. A 10 minute stroll along its banks in the city center will take you past the World Trade Center, Exhibition Centre and other monuments. To the East of the city center, the river is lined with grassy green parks with picnic areas and barbecues that are thronged on sunny weekends with locals and visitors.
Tourism Victoria is the main government body for the promotion of tourism in Victoria. As well as undertaking a wide variety of marketing activities both in Australia and overseas, they produce a very good selection of publications covering all regions of the state, which will be mailed out free of charge on request.