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Pop out from Hosier Lane onto Flinders Street and turn right, heading west. You will see several key Melbourne landmarks on the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets. On your right is St Paul’s Cathedral. The current building was erected in 1885 and has several Gothic elements including the spires and arches. Diagonally across is the iconic entrance to Flinders Street Station. The front of the station is covered in clocks and is a popular meeting spot. “I’ll meet you under the clocks” is a common reference.

Federation Square, a stark example of modern architecture, is opposite St Paul’s. Since it officially opened in 2002, it has become one of Melbourne’s most popular attractions and there are often free gigs or performances here. Each year, thousands pack the square to catch the Australian Open and other key Melbourne events on the giant screen.

End all that walking with a well-deserved drink at the Young & Jackson’s pub on the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets. This is one of Melbourne’s oldest pubs, serving beer since 1861, and a popular watering hole with a rooftop cider bar. If alcohol is not your thing, continue along Flinders Street and turn right into Degraves Street where cafes abound.

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