Dive into the bustling hive of commerce that is Bourke Street Mall. Emerge hours later, arms laden with shopping bags and your ears reverberating with the sounds of lively buskers.
Melbourne's retail heart links Swanston and Elizabeth Streets and is only open to trams and pedestrians. Listen out for the bells of approaching trams as you drift between department stores and the flagships of fashion retailers.
David Jones and Myer
Here you'll find Melbourne's two main department stores. David Jones occupies three buildings with its vast array of wares, while Myer looms with its nine stories, plus a Lonsdale Street store. Come at the year's end and line up with eager little ones for the nostalgic kick of the cherished Christmas windows.
Melbourne's 1864 postal building has been stunningly refurbished and converted into a contemporary retail experience, home to the flagship of Swedish retail behemoth H&M. Federal Coffee and delicious eateries in GPO Lane are there for mid-shop sustenance.
The Melbourne Visitor Booth is mid-way along the Mall, with friendly volunteers and staff who can assist you with directions, shopping and handy tips.
How to get there
By tram: Any tram along Swanston or Elizabeth Streets to Bourke Street.
By foot: Two blocks north from Federation Square (about five minutes).