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Flinders Street Station - Melbourne, Australia

Updated on August 2, 2014

Flinders Street Station is one of Melbourne's most famous landmark and it has become a symbol of the city. This grand red brick and golden stucco building sits at the intersection of Swanston and Flinders Streets. It is placed at a busy city intersection, adjacent to the Yarra River and Princess Bridge, you can't miss the building, it is crowned with a stately dome and stretching two city blocks. The bright colors and architectural lines contrast with the surrounding city buildings and developments.

The station was completed in 1911, since then, the concourse platforms and subways have been refurbished and it remains the busy hub of Melbourne's suburban railroad system.,

This is one of the most photographed place in Melbourne hundreds of people are taking a photo of this grand edifice. The domes and clock tower give the building a dominant civic presence. At night time the building is well lighted and its strategic illumination ensures that the building continues to catch the eye.

Suburban trains travel to Flinders Street Station and to stations on the city underground loop.
Suburban trains travel to Flinders Street Station and to stations on the city underground loop.

A Grand Edifice

In 1899 a competition for a new station building to accommodate growing public transport needs was held. James W. Fawcett and Henry P.C Ashworth both railway workers, won with an opulent design which would provide grand gateway to the wealthy Victorian city. The building was constructed between 1905 and 1910.

The arch of the main entrance way aligned diagonally with the southwest corners of Flinders and Swanston Streets heralds passenger arrival and departure.

The building has a half-moon window beneath which a series of clock faces the departure time. Above is a grand magnificent dome, while down at the Elizabeth Street intersection a clock tower draws further attention to the building.

I’ll meet you under the clocks

At the top of the steps to the main entrance is a row of clocks to show the departure times of the suburban trains and "I'll meet you under the clocks" has only one meaning for the people of Melbourne. It refers to the row of clocks above the main entrance, which indicate the departure time of the next train on each line .

Flinders Street Station has been both a transit and meeting place throughout its history. Throughout the day people use the steps beneath the main entrance's clock as a meeting place. Many sit on the steps to watch the pedestrian traffic pass by.

When the original analogue clocks were replaced for a short time with digital clocks, there was an immediate outcry and the original clocks were quickly returned.

Did you know?

The Flinders Street Station is a hub of massive rail network and each work day thousands of commuter walk through its turnstiles making it the busiest rail station in Australia.

  • Platform No. 1 is 708 meters (2,323 feet) and is the longest in Australia and the fourth longest in the world.

Flinders Street station at night


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      Rohan Coates 6 years ago

      The finders street train station should get a redevelopment with some shop and some food court fast food restaurants and reeding cinemas restaurants & hotels/motels club/nightspots kriss kreme shops like hugho boss harrolds soho work shop polles & a bar and stend it out to queen street.

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      Jaspal Singh 7 years ago from India / Australia

      Its really a wonderful place. You can't get bored over there. People are moving all the time. You can sit and watch all activities.

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      MM Del Rosario 9 years ago from NSW, Australia

      When I first visited Melbourne this is the first place I spent time taking pictures... a great place to hang around and watch the passers by ......thank you all for dropping by ....


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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      Cool hub - ive met "under the clocks" - its such a great landmark! I am really pleased to here that they wont replace them with "modernity"! Thumbs up

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      Lisakg 9 years ago from Caribbean

      It's good to know that the authorities returned the analogue clocks after the outcry. You would hardly find that happening in our part of the world.

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 9 years ago from Tumkur

      Style of the article is simple and information is quite packed. No wastage of words. Good article

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      Woody Marx 9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love to hear stories about how the great old buildings are not trashed for newer, uglier edifices. This is one of those stories. Wonderful.

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      Angela Harris 9 years ago from Around the USA

      This is beautiful. I bet it would make a great photo at night!