Flinders Street Station is the central railway station of Melbourne, Australia. Located on the corner of Flinders and Swantson streets, Flinders Street Station is the heart and soul of the Melbourne rail network. It is also the arrival and departure point for most metropolitan train services. It is the busiest station in Australia with more the 100,000 people and 1,500 trains going in and out of the station every day.
Australia’s Oldest Train Station
Built in 1854, Flinders Street station is Australia’s oldest train station, making a popular tourist destination. Flinders Street has become far more than a place of transit. It is now one of Melbourne’s main landmarks. Its 700-metre main platform is the longest in Australia, and the heart of Melbourne’s extensive suburban rail system. Flinders Street Station is among Melbourne’s most recognizable landmarks. It also happens to be the best-known railway station in Australia.
Recently refurbished and repainted, Flinders Street Station stretches along Flinders Street for more than a city block. The station features grand archways and an expansive ballroom. Many trams, including the free City Circle tram (the brown one on Flinders Street), pass by Flinders Street Station. You can view a map of Flinders Street Station here
Flinders Street Station: A Popular Meeting Place
A popular Melbourne saying, “I’ll meet you under the clocks“ refers to the row of clocks above the main entrance of Flinders Street Station. Another popular Melbourne saying, “I’ll meet you on the steps“, refers to the wide staircase leading into the main entrance of Flinders Street Station. This popular landmark has become an important part of the city of Melbourne.