On our short trip to Melbourne in April 2018, we were fortunate enough to spend two of our 4 days exploring the City. We armed ourselves with a MYKI card for travel by train, a basic map of the City and of course the camera! We had no definite sightseeing agenda, so just wandered up and down lanes of Melbourne and into streets, admiring the architecture of the buildings, both old and new, and visiting some of the touristy sights such as the Queen Victoria Market, and some of Melbourne’s world famous clocks.
Under the dome at Flinders Station are eleven clocks which give the departure time of the suburban trains. It turns out that this is also an ideal landmark to arrange to meet someone.
The Gaunt clock in the Royal Arcade is spectacular and is flanked on either side by Gog and Magog, two giants carved from pine. According to the plaque just below the clock, the giants symbolise the conflict between the ancient Britons and the Trojan invaders. Traditionally Gog stands to the North and Magog stands to the South.
The favourite clock of all is the one found on the second level at Central Station. It is spectacular! It chimes on the hour and then the lower section slowly descends and Waltzing Matilda is played, and little birds and two figurines move to the music. This is definitely worth seeing!
In our wanderings we came across a truly spectacular building at 333 Colins Street. The old building, built in the 1800’s, was formerly a bank and was due to be demolished in the 1970’s. Luckily it was saved and renovated as the dome is truly spectacular. A new 29 storey office block has been built immediately behind the old building, and the older building serves as a wonderful venue for weddings.
While we stared in awe at the dome, a concierge came over and gave us a brief on the history of the building. He also pointed out a to-scale model of the building for visitors to look at.