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.