NOTE: This tour no longer runs Saturday at 2pm, as listed in a print publication you may have seen.
The 'New York End' of Melbourne Walking Tour
This well-received tour runs mainly along Collins St and takes us past some of the very best architecture and arcades that Melbourne and indeed Australia has to offer! We firstly examine the oldest part of Melbourne, pointing out the locations of several early houses, as we tell strange, almost bizzarre tales about the former occupants, our founders. The tour runs along the original end of the city. This is literally Australia's best street, a perfect fun and learning experience for Melbournians and tourists alike! One can visit Italy... or... one can visit this end of Melbourne for a fine example of Old Venetian architecture! Perhaps, architecturally, the most Italian street in Melbourne!
To the left of the main entrance to Southern Cross Station is a lawn with steps, and benches, our meeting place. It is a small park in front of the 'The Age' building (Media House).
WHEN? By REQUEST
Architectural and tourist landmarks, the remarkable architecture of Collins St by William Pitt, the Hansel-and-Gretel Mitre Tavern, Savage Club, 'Medieval' Venetian Gothic Bank of William Wardell, Old Stock Exchange, the mural art of one-armed artist Napier Waller, and many others including Melbourne's phantasmagoric City of Melbourne building, finishing up with the Royal Arcade (a grand Gold-Rush era spectacle) and Block Arcade (Mannerist, Milanese) and one of Australia's top ten tourist landmarks with Australia's largest mosaic). Finishing in front of the Town Hall, on Swanston St.
As we walk down the street, remember..."Collins Street is to the Southern city what Bond Street and the Row are to London, and the Boulevards to Paris…"
Fergus Hume, 1886.
On the tour..
We will walk past some eclectic scenery, in particular, world-class examples of architecture:
- The artist who lost an arm in the trenches, but refused to quit, and re-shaped Melbourne with his mosaic art!
- The building which shares its name with the Rialto bridge in Venice---beautiful today, but hated in its own time!
- Walk through the two BEST arcades in Australia! The Gold-Rush 'Royal Arcade' of 1869, and Block Arcade (after the Galleria in Milan) of 1893. Find out how they got their names!
- Victoria's favorite secular gothic building!
- The strange tale of the Cartoonist at the Savage Club
- Why is 'that' clock broken?
- Why was 19th century Melbourne obsessed with Italian Architecture?
- Did you know Melbourne was founded by a Syphilis victim with a Silver nose?
- One of Melbourne's two famous founders was a horrid miser! We tell you about it.
- A bank with so much gold leaf on its ceiling that a once inch wide strip would encompass the Earth!
- Australia's favourite secular gothic building
- We finish up next to the Town Hall, and learn why the Melbourne coat of arms looks 'like that'.