Cultural attractions

Fitzroy Gardens and Conservatory

This large, beautiful park was established more than 150 years ago and is a 200m stroll from ACU. It includes walking paths, a café and historic cottage. The Conservatory at the gardens houses spectacular seasonal floral displays all year. For more information, visit:

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

Founded in 1861, the NGV is Australia’s oldest public art gallery and has two sites that are both easy to access from ACU. There is no entry fee to view the general collection, which comprises more than 66 000 works including paintings, sculpture, antiquities, photography and decorative arts. It also includes a large function space, the Great Hall, famous for its stunning stained glass ceiling. For more information, visit:

Melbourne Arts Centre

This centrally located landmark arts complex hosts local and international performing arts events including music, opera, theatre and dance. It includes several restaurants and is next to Southbank, Melbourne’s riverside dining precinct. For more information, visit:

Melbourne Recital Centre

The newly built Recital Centre houses the very finest acoustic spaces, carefully crafted to showcase a wide variety of live performances including jazz, modern, classical and chamber music. For more information, visit:

Federation Square

Melbourne’s modern public square, just 1 km from ACU, sits along the Yarra River and contains a large paved piazza, cafes, restaurants, conference spaces, outdoor public performance stage, a film museum and screening theatres. It is across the road from Melbourne’s Flinders Street train station and next to several tram lines. For more information, visit:

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Melbourne is proud to be Australia’s sports capital. In winter three codes of football are played across Melbourne’s top stadiums – soccer, rugby league and the most popular, Australian Rules. Australian Rules is unique, fast paced football, drawing crowds of up to 100,000 per game at the main stadium, the MCG. The MCG is only 1 km from ACU and also houses an extensive sports museum. For more information, visit:

State Library of Victoria

Opened in 1856, this grand building houses Victoria’s largest collection of books, art, magazines and other publications and includes an impressive six-storey domed reading room. It is free and open to the public daily. For more information, visit:

Melbourne Museum

Melbourne Museum explores life in Victoria, from our natural environment to our culture and history, and is situated in the middle of the beautiful Carlton Gardens. It also has several large function spaces. For more information, visit:

Immigration Museum

Victoria is proud of its multicultural heritage and this museum, located in the heart of the city, recreates real life stories of those coming to Australia with a rich mix of moving images, personal memories and memorabilia. For more information, visit:

Map of Melbourne City

Map of Melbourne and key venues
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  1. St Patricks Cathedral
  2. Fitzroy Gardens
  3. Royal Botanical Gardens
  4. National Gallery of Victoria
  5. Melbourne Arts Centre
  6. Melbourne Recital Centre
  7. State Library of Victoria
  8. Melbourne Museum
  9. Immigration Museum
  10. Federation Square
  11. Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre