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The Flinders Street Station is the central railway station of Melbourne and an icon of the city’s culture and history. Designed in the historical Art Nouveau style in 1910, it is Australia’s oldest and busiest railway station.
The Flinders Street Station, once the busiest station in the world, today attracts over 90,000 daily passengers, and many more tourists who come to admire its iconic green copper dome and beautiful facade. However, the most popular feature of this structure are the Clocks and the Steps, found at its famous arched entrance. These clocks are a row of clocks above the entrance which shows the departure for times for each train line and has long been a popular meeting spot and a symbol of Melbourne, as are steps of the wide staircase that sit beneath them. Before the development of Federation Square, this was the primary hangout spot for Melbournians, making the phrases ‘meet me under the clocks’ and ‘meet me on the steps’ popular in the city. It was granted Heritage Listing in 1982.
The nearby Australian Centre for Moving Images Gallery (ACMI), was created from terminals of the Flinders Street Station in 1980. Currently, this building occupies two city blocks from Swanston Street to Queen Street, where you will find the longest platform of Australia and the fourth-longest in the world. Its upper floors house remnants of a ballroom, gymnasium and nursery, all designed to meet the need of the people of the city.