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(1) Image of Swanston Street at night, with people walking alongside their bikes in the foreground and a city tram stop on the left in the background.
(2) Presentation slide showing map of Melbourne CBD, with red dots filling the map to represent five dwellings each and a small amount of yellow dots scattered throughout the map showing convenience store locations.
(3) Presentation slide with birds-eye view images of Melbourne streets showcasing areas where asphalt has been transformed in pedestrian or park areas.
(4) Presentation slide showing images of two facades, on the left with a system of vertical louvres to provide passive cooling and on the right a vertical garden of lush greenery covering the facade.
(5) Presentation slide discussing proliferation of public private partnerships to create parks and squares within the Melbourne CBD.

Transformation of Central Melbourne for a More Resilient Future

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This will be a walking tour led by Rob Adams AM, ex-City Designer for the City of Melbourne. It will cover the key initiatives that have seen central Melbourne’s transformation since the 1980s to one of the world’s most liveable and sustainable cities. It will illustrate the incremental changes and projects that have allowed the city to deliver the five key ingredients of a good city: density, mixed use, connectivity, high quality public realm and local character.

What's On

This will be a guided tour of up to seven kilometres using individual headsets and utilising a combination of walking and trams. It will commence at the Queen Victoria Market and end at the Melbourne Town Hall. You should be able to walk at a reasonable pace and have a reasonable level of fitness as the area to be covered will require us to keep moving with only short stops at key sites. There will be a toilet break halfway.

In Collaboration With:

  • Adams Urban Pty Ltd

    Professor Rob Adams AM, Director Adams Urban, is a multi-award-winning architect and urban designer. During his 40 years at the City of Melbourne, Rob co-authored the 1985 Strategy Plan and worked to implement it, playing a significant role in the transformation of central Melbourne.

Images: (1-5) Transforming Melbourne. All photos: courtesy of the City of Melbourne.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 27 July
Tour runs 10am
Running for 3.5 hours in group of 25

Bookings required—$7 booking fee applies
First release tickets: 12pm Wednesday 3 July
Second release tickets: 12pm Saturday 6 July

Meet outside the Mercat Cross Hotel, at the corner of Queen and Therry Streets, at 9.45am for a 10am start.
This tour will conclude at the Administration Building, 130 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000.



Need reasonable fitness and ability to walk the seven kilometre route.


Mercat Cross Hotel, cnr Queen and Therry St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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