Chapter 6
Accessing Melbourne
Lonsdale St
369 Lonsdale St., Deans Art (9602 2184) flat entry through automatic doors.
300 Lonsdale St, Melbourne Central (9665 0000, ctrmgt@melbcent.com.au), is a
huge shopping and office tower complex occupying the major portion of two
city blocks in two buildings; La Trobe St and Lonsdale Street, linked by an
elevated walkway.
Opened in 1991, Melbourne Central consists of a basement carpark, 160
specialty shops, 30 restaurants & cafes, Daimaru the Japanese department
store, glass cone sheltering the century old Coop's Shot Tower (see Chapter
11 on Buildings) and even a train station which forms part of the City Loop. An
atrium features replica historic  flying machines ; one a balloon, the other a
Wright Bros' Biplane and a Marionette Watch   a gift from Seiko in Japan. Each
hour a marionette display performs Waltzing Matilda.
SHOPPING
The centre is bright, open and friendly with information booths located at the
entries to the Lonsdale St building and La Trobe building, (under the Marionette
Watch). Pick up a copy of A Guide to Melbourne Central, to learn about what's
on or borrow a wheelchair/scooter or pusher, purchase a gift voucher or hire a
locker.
Wheelchair entry is well provided from the La Trobe St Carpark via walkway to
Level 1 and from the basement carpark (entries from La Trobe and Lonsdale
Sts) via lift into the centre. A number of disabled persons parking spaces are
well signed and conveniently located by the lifts.
Entry to the Melbourne Central Station on the corner of Swanston St Walk and
La Trobe St, is ramped with yellow contrasting tactile pathway at the foot of the
steps leading to the lift, hand rails are provided.
There is flat entry from La Trobe St at the Elizabeth St corner, from Little
Lonsdale St and also Lonsdale St. Access is available from Myer above
Lonsdale St via a bridge connecting at Levels Two and Three.
Accessible toilets are located in the La Trobe Building, Lower Ground and Levels
1, 2 & 3 and the Lonsdale Building Level 3. Accessible telephones are located in
La Trobe building Level 1, 2 & 3. The walkway above Little Lonsdale St has a
grade of 8.1%, Level 1 and flat to Level 2.
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