Officially, it’s one of Australia’s premier educational institutions. Unofficially, it’s been dubbed ‘Melbourne’s Hogwarts’. Take a few hours to explore its grounds and discover the many magical things you didn’t know about Melbourne University.
The university is famous for its towering old buildings and majestically high ceilings. The ‘Old Quad’ (old law quadrangle) was built by the very workers who helped to kick-start the eight-hour day movement. This space is stunning and could easily be mistaken as something from Harry Potter’s magical campus.
Ian Potter Museum of Art
Nestled at the front of the University of Melbourne, the Ian Potter Museum of Art is home to a carefully-curated range of classic and contemporary artwork. With regularly rotating exhibitions, including upcoming programs in Art + Climate = Change, you can banish boredom here.
Visit a scene from Mad Max
Featured in the original Mad Max, the underground car park at Melbourne University is an architectural feat. Winner of several awards for its grand doorway and leafy exterior, it’s totally instagrammable.
Browse through 3.6 million books
One of the biggest libraries in Australia, browse through over three million books at the Baillieu Library. While there, check out the regularly changing exhibitions like Plotting the Island: dreams, discovery and disaster.
This purpose-built autobiographical museum highlights the life of Percy Grainger. The collection contains costumes, scores, instruments and more. As a regular host to changing exhibitions and performances, the museum is a must for music lovers.
Melbourne Farmers Market
Once a week, the tranquil Union Lawn on the Melbourne University campus transforms into a bustling fresh food hub. Held every Wednesday during the study semester, the farmers market is free to enter and boasts some of the best regional Victorian produce.
Finish with a cuppa
A mere block away, wander down to Lygon Street for an overwhelming choice of cafes, restaurants and entertainment. You’d be silly to leave without stopping for some pasta.