Parliament House

The centre of Government in the State of Victoria is Parliament House.

Sitting on Spring Street at the top of Bourke Street, the majestic Parliament Building sits, looking down upon the city of Melbourne.

The building was completed in stages between 1856 and 1929 and has been the sitting place of the Victorian State Parliament since 1855, except for the years 1901 to 1927 when it was the sitting place of the Federal Parliament.

Steeped in history, the Parliament building is open to the public and tours of the building are available when Parliament is not sitting.

The Victorian State Parliament Building is accessible by tram, train (Parliament Underground Station) and by foot from the city.

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Melbourne International Arts Festival

The Melbourne International Arts festival is Australias leading arts festival and one of the largest arts festivals in the world.

Every year a variety of Artists deliver Melbourne a selection of events from dance, theatre, music, the visual arts, outdoor events and multimedia. The Festival attracts a number of well known Australian artists and also offers an opportunity for upcoming artists to share their art.

Spring is a fabulous time to be in Melbourne and the Melbourne International Arts Festival adds to the vibrant and cultured atmosphere that makes Melbourne unique in the World.

The 2010 Melbourne International Arts Festival will be held between October 8th and October 23rd 2010.

There are a number of ticketed and free events that you can attend, so head over to the Melbourne International Arts Festival web site for details.

Flinders Street Station

Flinders Street Station is the central railway terminus of the Melbourne Metropolitan train system. Every metropolitan train line is accessible from Flinders Street Station. The station is also a major Melbourne landmark and has become an iconic image of Melbourne.

The station is also one of the premier meeting places in Melbourne. Melbournians often will use the phrase “I’ll meet you under the clocks” or “I’ll meet you one the steps” referring to the steps under the clocks at the main entrance of Flinders Street Station.

Flinders Street Station is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. The site was first used as a railway station in 1854, It was the first city rail terminus in Australia. The station was originally called the Melbourne Terminus and consisted of weather board railway sheds and platforms.

The building that currently forms Flinders Street Railway station was completed and opened in 1910. Interestingly the design of Flinders Street Station was originally intended for Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai, India.

Flinders Street Station is a great starting place for a walking tour of Melbourne being opposite Federation Square and a short stroll to the Melbourne Arts Precinct.