Have you visited our CAE City campus in the heart of the CBD? A Melbourne institution, we have been offering short courses in this special location for almost 75 years!  

Centrally located on Flinders Lane, we have an abundance of things to see and do in Melbourne – so why not make your trip to CAE a whole day out in our gorgeous city.   

1. Flinders street station – 3 min walk (240 m) 

Flinders Street station is a well known site to Melbournians and all Australians alike. But have you ever taken the time to soak in just how culturally significant the building is? Built in 1909 the Melbourne stalwart has taken on a new life as art Gallery – hosting Patricia Piccinini’s new exhibition, A Miracle Constantly Repeated. 

2. National Gallery of Victoria – 10 min walk (800 m) 

Another Melbourne Icon – the famous waterfall entrance is instantly recognisable. With a range of world-class temporary and permanent exhibitions, it’s a must see in Melbourne. Explore the NGV in greater depth with CAE’s ‘Art, The Viewer’ course – a guided tour through the gallery with the tutor, before a specialised talk back at CAE’s campus on Flinders Lane (Art, The Viewer – coming soon).  

3. Degraves street – 1 min walk (76 m) 

Be transported to a European laneway – browse the boutiques or sip wine or a coffee and enjoy a pre-class meal before your CAE visit on this exuberant pedestrian only thoroughfare.  

4. The Princess Theatre – 15 min walk (1.2 km) 

The magnificent theatre is well known owing to its eye-catching facade and one of the great things to see and do in Melbourne. The premier location for world famous musicals and shows, the theatre has hosted the likes of ‘Cats’, ‘Les Miserables’, ‘The Producers‘ and ‘The Phantom of the Opera‘ inside its glittering walls.  

5. Federation Square – 6 min walk (500 m) 

A unique vision in the Melbourne landscape, Fed Square has secured its spot as the heart and soul of the city since opening in 2002. Hosting events, exhibitions as well as bars, eateries and shops, Fed Square also houses the Ian Potter Centre (Australian Art) and ACMI (Screen Museum).  

6. Hosier lane – 4 min (350 m) 

Declared an official Street art gallery by the city of Melbourne in 1998, this colorful and constantly changing laneway is a quintessential and instantly recognisable Melbourne spot. As one of the things to see and do in Melbourne -you can explore Melbourne’s laneways in more depth with CAE’s Melbourne’s Lanes & Alleyways walking tour.

7. Little Bourke Street – 7 min walk (550 m) 

Most famous for being home to Melbourne’s Chinatown, you can find more than just great dumplings on Little Bourke, with Greek, Italian, Mexican, Vietnamese and Modern Australian cuisine also on offer. Perfect for a post-class meal.  

 8. St Paul’s Cathedral – 3 min walk (270 m) 

The site of the first public Christian services in Melbourne in 1836, the Cathedral was built to its current form in 1896. Open to the public, you can experience the grandeur and history among the highrises.  

 9. Bourke Street Mall – 6 min walk (450 m) 

Belonging to pedestrians and trams only, tree lined Bourke Street Mall is the bustling shopping district of Australia’s fashion capital. People watching and buskers adds to the vibrant atmosphere.  

 10. Royal Botanical gardens – 23 min walk (1.9 km) 

Well worth the stroll, Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens spans 34 hectares on the banks of the Yarra River. Community spaces in the gardens include; fern gully, arid garden, rotundas, memorials, temple of the winds, lakes and water features. You can also take your time to soak up the beauty and experience the surroundings in a different perspective with CAE’s Sketching in the Royal Botanic gardens course.  

 11. Arts Centre Southbank – 6 min walk (550 m)  

Home to The Australian Ballet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Theatre Company and Opera Australia, there is no denying that the Arts Centre is the lifeforce of the cultural scene in Melbourne. The Arts Centre also offers workshops, talks, tours and weekend markets.  

*Naarm – The Indigenous name of the Kulin Nation in which the city of Melbourne stands. Kulin Nation comprises the Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung, Wathaurrung, Daungwurrung and Dja DjaWrung nations.