Before going to Australia one of my friends kept telling me I had to see the Queen Victoria Mall. I mostly ignored this advice, until a free walking tour took me to see the mall. Then I HAD to see more!
On my tour we stopped at the statue of Queen Victoria outside the mall. Near the Queen there is also a statue of her dog that says, “Hello, my name is Islay.” He’s encouraging donations for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children. The building itself was built in the 1890s as a municipal market and was restored in 1986 as a prestigious shopping centre.
The building is quite beautiful, when I was there it was decked out for Christmas with a Swarovski Tree in the center dome. The mall also has two mechanical clocks representing different moments in history. The Royal Clock goes off every hour, on the hour from 9 AM to 9 PM and does a little show with trumpeters and six scenes of English royal history, including the beheading of King Charles I. The second clock, The Great Australian Clock, includes 33 scenes from Australian history.
Inside the mall are mostly higher end shopping options, and if that scares you away, don’t be. The mall is beautiful n the inside and outside, with stained glass windows, and interesting window shopping. Because the Queen Victoria Mall is such a destination, I found that the shops went all out with decorations. So even if you’re not in the market for shopping, this is a beautiful building with interesting sites.