While living in Melbourne, Australia I spent a lot of time exploring the city. Melbourne has such easy public transport that I rarely chose to drive. Between busses, trams and trains, I could easily get from point A to point B. There was one place that I spent quite a lot of time at during my journeys. Flinders Street Station.
If you see photos of Melbourne chances are you’ve seen photos of Flinders. Flinders Street Station is the huge yellow-ish building beside Federation Square, and can get you wherever you need to go.
The building looks like this by the way.
Flinders Station is the busiest in Australia (can you tell from the photo?!) but it was always easy to get a train, which made traveling in Melbourne so easy.
When Mulburnian’s (what people who live in Melbourne are called) make plans to meet, you can often hear “I’ll meet you under the clocks”. This means the entrance of Flinders, as there are a row of clocks listing the times for different places in the world. I met friends under the clocks many a time!
I went on a walking ghost tour while there and was told that there is a ghost, given the name George, that has been sighted many times in the station, usually around platform 10. The best place to see him is on platform 6 and 7.
This man is dressed old fashioned, looking sadly toward the river and holding a fishing pole. He has been seen wandering down the stairs and then disappearing. I believe in ghosts and don’t doubt this at all, especially with all of the history surrounding the station.
The station was built in the 1800’s, and there were many deaths by drowning on the river. Also, platform 10 used to be a popular fishing spot before being built into the trains platform. So who knows.
Flinders is host to many buskers showcasing their talents, and has plenty of food stalls so no matter what you’re craving, you’ll leave satisfied.
I’d have to say, Flinders Street Station is my favorite train station that I’ve ever encountered. It’s beautiful, rich with history and makes traveling Melbourne so easy!
Have you ever been to Flinders?