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Exploring Spencer Street Station

Although its new name is Southern Cross Station, most Melbourne residents still affectionately refer to this central railway hub as Spencer Street. Located in the Docklands district of downtown Melbourne, Spencer Street Station is one of the most important train stations in the city. Anyone travelling to Melbourne by train from other parts of Australia will arrive here.

The train station is situated on the western edge of the CBD, between Collins and La Trobe streets. The Etihad Stadium is just 500 metres from the station, so Spencer Street gets just as much special event traffic as regular residential passengers. Beyond the stadium, the entire Docklands district awaits, with its trendy bars, shops, and restaurants spread out along the waterfront. This part of Melbourne is where most of the action takes place, with plenty of modern, sophisticated hotels to choose from, like the Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne and the Alto Hotel on Bourke.

Sights nearby

Spencer Street is situated right in the heart of the action, allowing easy access to the amenities of the Docklands as well as top Melbourne attractions like the Melbourne Aquarium and the Queen Victoria Market.

- Melbourne Aquarium

The newest and the largest aquarium in Australia is the Melbourne Aquarium, just minutes from Spencer Street, along the banks of the Yarra River. With more than 10,000 marine creatures on display and exhibits spread over four floors, there is plenty to absorb in this slick, modern aquarium. Set mainly underground, the aquarium has a unique feel to it that makes it a perfect addition to any day’s itinerary in downtown Melbourne.

- Queen Victoria Market

If you enjoy shopping, you will love the atmosphere at Queen Victoria Market. This is one of Melbourne’s original shopping spots, dating back to the Victorian era when it first opened its doors. Every morning, the vendors open their stalls to sell at kinds of regional produce, baked goods, local wines, and handmade crafts. The building itself is half of the charm. But even long-time residents make regular visits to the Vic Market for an escape into a realm of fresh food and fine crafts.

- Crown Entertainment Complex

Spencer Street is within easy striking distance of the massive Crown Casino Entertainment Complex. Whether you feel like spending a night gambling at the tables or the slots, or you simply want a high-end meal and a show, the Crown is the place to go. It’s Australia’s largest casino, covering two square blocks and containing a slew of luxury retail shops, celebrity restaurants, and hot night clubs. Best of all, there are three posh hotels on site, like the Crown Promenade, for convenient accommodation options.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Within walking distance of Spencer Street Station are hundreds of options for a meal, an evening drink, or a little shopping. The Docklands district, where the train station is located, is Melbourne’s hottest spot for restaurants and bars. This lively waterfront development is where most people focus their attention. But you can also reach Collins Street, with its upscale fashion shops, or the Queen Victoria Market, with its huge range of handmade foods and crafts, within minutes of Spencer Station. Thanks to its excellent transport links, Spencer Street Station is an ideal choice for visitors when it comes to accommodation. Hotels like the Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders and the Quality Hotel Batman’s Hill on Collins are excellent places to base yourself for a memorable stay in downtown Melbourne.

Public transport

Anyone arriving in Melbourne by train will likely disembark at Spencer Street Station. From this central railway hub, it’s easy to hop on the classic tram network (the world’s most extensive) or grab a bus to one of the outer suburbs. Most visitors will find the tram more than sufficient to move them around. But there are also loads of taxis around Spencer Street and the Docklands. You can even navigate much of this downtown district on foot for a more intimate experience of Melbourne.

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