Centre Place, Melbourne

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Centre Place

Centre Place December 2012.jpg
Centre Place in 2012
Centre Place, Melbourne is located in Melbourne
Centre Place
Centre Place
General information
Length50 m (200 ft)
Tourist routesCity of Melbourne Walks: Arcades & Lanes, The Cosmopolitan
Major junctions
North endCollins Street
South endFlinders Lane
LGA(s)City of Melbourne

Centre Place is a laneway and pedestrian precinct in Melbourne, Australia. It runs north from Flinders Lane to Collins Street, between Elizabeth Street and Swanston Street.

The laneway is famous for its vibrant bars, cafes, restaurants and boutiques. It also features some of Melbourne's most well-known examples of street art and graffiti and the precinct has been used in tourism campaigns for the city.[1]


Centre Place Graffiti and Street Art

Located within the original Hoddle Grid on which Melbourne's streets were designed, Centre Place has become an important thoroughfare for pedestrians. From Flinders Street Station it is common to travel through the underground Campbell Arcade to Degraves Street, and then via Centre Place to the Centreway Arcade to reach Collins Street. This forms a partially undercover route through art spaces, cafés, shops and iconic laneways.

The lane hooks sharply left midway to Collins Street, making the road undesirable for vehicles, hence its status and use as a pedestrian precinct. The laneway is overlooked by numerous residences and their balconies.[2]


Originally called Cummings Alley, the street wound around warehouses in the 1890s and the western portion was lined with urinals. By 1915 Cummings Alley had been joined to Collins Street via Centreway Arcade and was renamed Centre Court.[3]

Centre Place became one of the 'first generation of revitalised laneways' in the 1980s. Council and State Governments at this time recognised the importance of preserving and revitalising the laneways of Melbourne. They worked to attract new boutique shops and cafés with street exposure.[4]

The revitalised lane subsequently became popular with shoppers. Nearby retailers and businesses have also embraced the precinct, with the office and retail building at 271 Collins Street cutting an access point through to Centre Place in their building, highlighting its importance and desirability.[5]

Looking north along Centre Place

See also[edit]

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  1. ^ "Melbourne invites the world to play". Pieces of Victoria. 2015-12-03. Retrieved 2017-01-19.
  2. ^ Online, Melbourne. "Centre Place Arcade : Melbourne : Australia". www.melbourne.com.au. Retrieved 2017-01-19.
  3. ^ Melbourne, School of Historical Studies, Department of History, The University of. "Centre Place - Entry - eMelbourne - The Encyclopedia of Melbourne Online". www.emelbourne.net.au. Retrieved 2017-01-19.
  4. ^ Vedelago, Chris. "Life thrives in the laneways". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-01-19.
  5. ^ "271 Collins Street | About". 271collins.com.au. Retrieved 2017-01-19.

External links[edit]

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