Free Walking Sightseeing Tour #1 in Richmond, Australia


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 20 sights
Distance 9.7 km
Ascend 270 m
Descend 266 m

Explore Richmond in Australia with this free self-guided walking tour. The map shows the route of the tour. Below is a list of attractions, including their details.

Individual Sights in Richmond

Sight 1: St Ignatius' Church

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St Ignatius' Church, Richmond is a Roman Catholic church located in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond, Victoria, Australia. It is one of the largest churches in Melbourne outside of the central business district. It is located in a prominent position, the highest point in Richmond, on Church Street.

Wikipedia: St Ignatius' Church, Richmond (EN)

1382 meters / 17 minutes

Sight 2: Yarra Park

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Yarra Park Alexander Sheko / CC BY-SA 2.0

Yarra Park is part of the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct, the premier sporting precinct of Victoria, Australia. Located in Yarra Park is the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and numerous sporting fields and ovals, including the associated sporting complexes of Melbourne and Olympic Parks. The park and sporting facilities are located in the inner-suburb of East Melbourne. In the late 1850s, many of the earliest games of Australian rules football were played at Yarra Park, which was known at the time as the Richmond Paddock.

Wikipedia: Yarra Park (EN), Website

940 meters / 11 minutes

Sight 3: Fitzroy Gardens

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Fitzroy Gardens The original uploader was Tirin at English Wikipedia. / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Fitzroy Gardens are 26 hectares located on the southeastern edge of the Melbourne central business district in East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The gardens are bounded by Clarendon Street, Albert Street, Lansdowne Street, and Wellington Parade with the Treasury Gardens across Lansdowne street to the west.

Wikipedia: Fitzroy Gardens (EN)

215 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 4: Cooks' Cottage

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Cooks' Cottage, also known as Captain Cook's Cottage, is located in the Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne, Australia. The cottage was constructed in 1755 in the English village of Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, by the parents of Captain James Cook, James and Grace Cook, and was brought to Melbourne in 1934 by the Australian philanthropist Sir Russell Grimwade. It is a point of conjecture among historians whether James Cook, the famous navigator, ever lived in the house, but almost certainly he visited his parents at the house.

Wikipedia: Cooks' Cottage (EN)

367 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 5: Treasury Gardens

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The Treasury Gardens consist of 5.8 hectares on the south-eastern side of the Melbourne central business district, East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The gardens are bounded by Wellington Parade, Spring Street, Treasury Place, and by the Fitzroy Gardens across Lansdowne street to the west. They form part of a network of city gardens including Fitzroy Gardens, Carlton Gardens, Flagstaff Gardens and Kings Domain. The gardens are listed on the Australian National Heritage List and the Victorian Heritage Register for their historical, archaeological, social, "aesthetic and scientific (horticultural) importance for its outstanding nineteenth century design, path layout and planting".

Wikipedia: Treasury Gardens (EN)

183 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 6: State Government Offices

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1 Treasury Place is a government office complex in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The building is the official location of the Office of the Premier of Victoria, currently headed by Jacinta Allan, and other integral government departments. The complex was constructed in the mid 1960s and comprises five levels of office accommodation. The building was designed by architect Barry Patten of Yuncken Freeman Architects Pty Ltd. according to the internationalist style of architecture.

Wikipedia: 1 Treasury Place (EN)

119 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 7: Old Treasury Building

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Old Treasury Building Gil Meydan / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Old Treasury Building on Spring Street in Melbourne is a grand Renaissance Revival public building, built in 1858-62, terminating the vista up Collins Street. It was built to house the Treasury Department, various government officials, the Governor In Council, and basement vaults intended to house gold from the Victorian gold rush. It now houses a range of functions, including a museum of Melbourne history, known as Old Treasury Building Museum.

Wikipedia: Old Treasury Building, Melbourne (EN)

184 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 8: Hon. George Higinbotham

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Hon. George Higinbotham / PD

George Higinbotham was a politician and was a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, which is the highest ranking court in the Australian colony, later state, of Victoria.

Wikipedia: George Higinbotham (EN)

203 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 9: National Trust of Australia (Victoria)

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The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) is a community-based, non-government organisation committed to promoting and conserving Australia's indigenous, natural and historic heritage places of cultural significance in Victoria. It was founded in 1956.

Wikipedia: National Trust of Australia (Victoria) (EN), Website

200 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 10: Saint Patrick's Cathedral

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The Cathedral Church and Minor Basilica of Saint Patrick is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, and seat of its archbishop, currently Peter Comensoli.

Wikipedia: St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne (EN)

553 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 11: Princess Theatre

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Princess Theatre Mat Connolley (Matnkat) / CC BY 2.5

The Princess Theatre, originally Princess's Theatre, is a 1452-seat theatre in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Established in 1854 and rebuilt in 1886 to a design by noted Melbourne architect William Pitt, it is the oldest surviving entertainment site on mainland Australia. Built in an elaborate Second Empire style, it reflects the opulence of the "Marvellous Melbourne" boom period, and had a number of innovative features, including state of the art electric stage lighting and the world's first sliding ceiling, which was rolled back on warm nights to give the effect of an open-air theatre.

Wikipedia: Princess Theatre (Melbourne) (EN)

686 meters / 8 minutes

Sight 12: Royal Exhibition Building

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Royal Exhibition Building Photograph taken by Diliff and straightened by Ian Fieggen / CC BY 2.5

The Royal Exhibition Building is a World Heritage-listed building in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, built in 1879–1880 as part of the international exhibition movement, which presented over 50 exhibitions between 1851 and 1915 around the globe. The building sits on approximately 26 hectares, is 150 metres (490 ft) long and is surrounded by four city streets. It is at 9 Nicholson Street in the Carlton Gardens, flanked by Victoria, Carlton and Rathdowne Streets, at the north-eastern edge of the central business district. It was built to host the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880–81, and then hosted the even larger Centennial International Exhibition in 1888, and the formal opening of the first Parliament of Australia in 1901. The building is representative of the money and pride Victoria had in the 1870s. Throughout the 20th century smaller sections and wings of the building were subject to demolition and fire; however, the main building, known as the Great Hall, survived.

Wikipedia: Royal Exhibition Building (EN), Website

755 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 13: Old Melbourne Gaol

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Old Melbourne GaolCharlie Brewer from Sydney, Australia / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Old Melbourne Gaol is a former jail and current museum on Russell Street, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It consists of a bluestone building and courtyard, and is located next to the old City Police Watch House and City Courts buildings, and opposite the Russell Street Police Headquarters. It was first constructed starting in 1839, and during its operation as a prison between 1845 and 1924, it held and executed some of Australia's most notorious criminals, including bushranger Ned Kelly and serial killer Frederick Bailey Deeming. In total, 133 people were executed by hanging. Though it was used briefly during World War II, it formally ceased operating as a prison in 1924; with parts of the jail being incorporated into the RMIT University, and the rest becoming a museum.

Wikipedia: Old Melbourne Gaol (EN), Website

231 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 14: Melbourne City Baths

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The City Baths, located at 420 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, opened in 1904 as public baths, with swimming pools and bathing facilities. Extensively renovated in the early 1980s, it is now considered one of Melbourne's most architecturally and historically significant buildings.

Wikipedia: City Baths, Melbourne (EN)

988 meters / 12 minutes

Sight 15: Flagstaff Gardens

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Flagstaff Gardens is the oldest park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, first established in 1862. Today it is one of the most visited and widely used parks in the city by residents, nearby office workers and tourists. The gardens are notable for their archaeological, horticultural, historical and social significance to the history of Melbourne.

Wikipedia: Flagstaff Gardens (EN)

1715 meters / 21 minutes

Sight 16: Melbourne Town Hall

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Melbourne Town Hall, often referred to as simply Town Hall, is the administrative seat of the local municipality of the City of Melbourne and the primary offices of the Lord Mayor and city councillors of Melbourne. Located on the northeast corner of Swanston and Collins street in the central business district of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, the building was completed in 1887 and heritage listed on the Victorian Heritage Register in 1974. The building is frequently used for art and cultural events such as concerts, festivals, theatrical plays and exhibitions.

Wikipedia: Melbourne Town Hall (EN), Website

220 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 17: Saint Michaels Uniting Church

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St Michael's Uniting Church is a Uniting church located on Collins Street in central Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Originally the Collins Street Independent Church, a Congregational Union of Australia church, and later Collins Street Uniting Church, St Michael's has become well known as a centre of liberal theology and political radicalism under its recent Executive Minister Dr Francis Macnab (1971–2016).

Wikipedia: St Michael's Uniting Church, Melbourne (EN), Website

255 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 18: Forum Melbourne

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The Forum Theatre is a historic theatre and former cinema now used as a live music and event venue located on the corner of Flinders Street and Russell Street in Melbourne, Australia.

Wikipedia: Forum Theatre (EN), Website

231 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 19: Scots Church

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Scots Church

The Scots' Church is a Presbyterian church in Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It was the first Presbyterian church to be built in the Port Phillip District. The church serves a congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Australia and the building was described as "an icon for well over a hundred years".

Wikipedia: Scots' Church, Melbourne (EN), Website

245 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 20: Collins Street Baptist Church

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Collins Street Baptist Church is a Baptist church, located at 174 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The church is affiliated with the Australian Baptist Ministries. Founded in 1843, it is the oldest Baptist church in Victoria and the oldest continuous Baptist church in Australia.

Wikipedia: Collins Street Baptist Church (EN), Website


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