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Melbourne Central

Architect: Bates, Smart & McCutcheon

City of Melbourne | C06

Experience Melbourne Central’s hidden nooks, rarely-seen vantage points and secret rooftops in an Unlocked Tour, guided by local historian Dale Campisi. Hear intriguing tales of Melbourne’s architectural history and learn about the iconic Coops Shot Tower and magnificent glass cone; two of Melbourne’s most recognisable landmarks. The historic Coops Shot Tower, designed by Walter Coop, was an ammunitions facility built in 1889. Today, the tower is one of only three 19th century shot towers remaining in Australia. It stands proudly in its original place, protected by a modern, magnificent glass cone, designed in the 1980s by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa. This feature floods Melbourne Central retail centre with natural light, and is also one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. 

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 3 & Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm - Booking required for this building

  • Heritage Listed: Yes

  • What's Open: Access inside Coop’s Shot Tower, rarely-seen vantage points and secret rooftops on the tour.

  • Special Note: Please wear comfortable shoes.

  • Tour Type: C06

  • Tour Details: First release Friday 13 July 8:30 am until booked out, second release Friday 20 July 8:30 am until booked out, small booking fee applies. Tours at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm running for 50minutes, in groups of 12

  • Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility

  • Building Type: Commercial

  • Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Special Programming: Unlocked Tours with The Gents

  • Year Built: 1890, 1986

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  • Transport: Stop 8: Swanston St/Melbourne Central Station on routes 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72

  • Photo Credit: Melbourne Central


Corner LaTrobe and Swanston Streets, Melbourne 3000, VIC


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