Australian Traveller - - Con­tents -

The back­story of Carlton is writ large on its main, and most fa­mous, thor­ough­fare of Ly­gon Street, where a pro­fu­sion of cafes, eater­ies and delis trum­pet its ori­gins as a Mel­bourne neigh­bour­hood set­tled by Ital­ians and other mi­grants from post-war Europe in the mid­dle of last cen­tury, who set up the kind of com­mu­nal cafes they left be­hind. And hey presto, Aus­tralian cafe cul­ture was born. But ro­bust, flavour­some caf­feine brews are not the only thing Carlton has go­ing for it. For na­ture lovers, cul­ture vul­tures and ar­chi­tec­ture wonks, the ex­pan­sive Carlton Gar­dens are the ul­ti­mate draw­card, home to the com­pelling Mel­bourne Mu­seum (mu­se­umsvic­to­, the glo­ri­ous World Her­itage-listed Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion Build­ing, com­pleted in 1880 to house the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion, as well as 26-hectares of lush Vic­to­rian land­scape gar­dens com­plete with foun­tains, lakes and, come spring, achingly beau­ti­ful swathes of blooms. Bel­lisimo!

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