Melbourne, my home city, is a mesmerising collection of landmarks and cityscapes. Thanks to the gold rush of the 1880s, much of inner Melbourne’s architecture has a distinct Victorian character. Let me give you a snapshot of Melbourne’s character through the wonderful Ilford chromogenic B&W.
The City of Melbourne
Melbourne was one of Australia’s first planned cities. It is based on wide streets in a grid pattern interspersed with gardens, designer buildings, and sculptured street corners. Rather than relying on a single ‘bridge’ or ‘harbor’ for character, you’ll find the heart and charm of Melbourne across all the urban landscape.
Flinders St Station
Flinders St Station is probably the most iconic (and useful) building in the city. It is the hub of Melbourne and Victoria’s transport linking trains to trams in the center of the city. “Meeting under the clocks” of Flinders St Station is a Melbourne institution. You can see the clocks at the top of the stairs into the station, pictured below.
St Paul’s Cathedral
Located on the opposite corner to Flinders St Station is St. Pauls Cathedral, built on the site of the first public religious service held in Melbourne, 1836. The architectural style of the building is described as Gothic Transitional.
The Yarra River runs through central Melbourne and upon its banks you’ll find Flinders St Station, Federation Square, and Southbank. The photo below was taken looking east from Princes Bridge, one of the oldest river crossings in Australia, linking the south side of Melbourne to the CBD.
Federation Square and Eureka Tower
Federation Square is the modern cultural square of Melbourne, sitting opposite both Flinders St Station and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Opened in 2002, it sits upon the old Princes Bridge rail yards, as seen pictured below. In the background, you will see Melbourne’s tallest building, with the most floors available for residential living in the world – Eureka Tower.
War statues of the Royal Botanical Gardens
Crossing south over Princes Bridge, you will find the Domain Parklands and Melbourne’s Royal Botanical Gardens. Along this garden walk, there are many monuments, statues, and fountains. Below are monuments to King Edward VII and Sir Edward Weary Dunlop.