Shopping Centres are usually open Mon-Fri from 9am to 5pm; Thur from 9am to 9pm & Fri from Sun 9am to 5pm. During Christmas & New Year times, centres generally have extended trading hours. There are many other shopping centres throughout Melbourne apart from the ones mentioned below, however the most popular shopping centres are detailed here -
This is located on 1341 Dandenong Road in Chadstone and is supposedly the biggest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere as they claim it here and is a must see for people who want everything under one roof. Located in the leafy eastern suburb of Chadstone this centre has just had a face lift & expansion and it has turned out to be incredible!! This is the fashion capital amongst shopping centres and has more than 400 shops with local & international designers, movies, and you'll find shops such as David Jones, Myer, plenty of other designer clothing shops to food courts and even a Gym!! You can easily get here by taking bus 612, 623, 624, 627, 700, 742, 822 which will drop you off on the western side of the shopping centre and bus 623, 624, 627, 767, 800, 802, 804, 862 which will drop you off on the eastern side of the shopping centre. If you plan go buy car there's plenty of parking all around.
This shopping centre is on the corner of Doncaster road & Williamsons road in Doncaster. This has also had major renovations done recently and also houses big names stores like David Jones, Myer etc as there are no train stations here the following buses go directly to the shopping centre 155, 157, 159, 200-1, 205, 207, 209, 279, 281, 283, 284, 285, 289, 291, 293, 295, 305, 307, 364 & 365.
The Glen Shopping Centre is located in the Eastern suburbs and has 200 specialty stores, many gift shops, David Jones, Target, 2 major supermarkets etc. Getting here is easy as you can catch a train directly to Glen Waverley and just walk down from the train station.
Take a bus to get to the Knox City Shopping Centre, apart from the shopping centre with a wide range of shops, there's other shops outside and around the centre such as the Knox O-Zone specialty shops & cafes. This shopping centre is located on the corner of Stud road & Burwood Highway, Wantirna South. To get there take bus 664, 665, 681, 682, 732, 737, 738, 745A, 755, 757 & 758.
With over 400 stores to explore from fashion, food & entertainment highpoint Shopping Centre has it all. This is located on Rosamond road, Maribyrnong in the inner north western suburbs of Maribyrnong. Tram 57 & 82 will take you up to the corner of Raleigh road & Rosamond road Maribyrnong from where the shopping centre is a short walking distance. Buses 215, 223, 406, 407, 408, 468 will take you directly to the centre.
Getting Boxhill Central Shopping Centre is very easy, take the Lilydale or Belgrave line train to Boxhill Central station and walk upstairs to the shopping centre. There are numerous Asian restaurants & cafes both inside and outside the centre. This centre is located on Main Street, Boxhill. Adjoining to this is another small shopping centre, the Whitehorse Plaza. If you're in this area might as well visit both.
Located in the Southern bayside suburb of Cheltenham at 1239 Nepean Highway in Cheltenham is this massive Westfield Southland Shopping Centre which stretches over the Nepean Highway. This shopping centre has stores such as David Jones, Myer, fashion & entertainment shops with supermarkets as well. Most people find it easy to catch a train get down at the Cheltenham station and walk down from there, cross the Nepean Highway and get to the shopping centre. Alternatively bus 600, 631, 708, 767, 811, 812, 821, 822, 823, 825 to 828, 922 & 923 will also take you there.
Eastland Shopping Centre has Myer, Harris Scarfe, Big W, movies and supermarkets. The Eastland shopping centre is situated in the eastern suburbs and is on 171-175 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood. Catch the Lilydale or Belgrave line train to Ringwood station and walk across Maroondah highway to the shopping centre, although buses 270, 364-7, 304, 665, 670 & 679 will also take you there.
This is in the heart of the city on the corner of Swanston & Lonsdale streets, Melbourne which has been transformed from the former Queen Victoria Women's Hospital into the Queen Victoria Complex a mixture of fashion, food, apartment living and offices. This is also famous for Albert Coates lane which is a fashion strip in the heart of the city.
Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre is in on the corner of Victoria Street & Burnley streets in Richmond and has the only IKEA store in Victoria along with other retailers, movies & Kingpin bowling lounge etc. Trams 24, 27, 109 which run on Victoria Street drop you off at the tram stop right opposite the shopping centre and are the best way to get here.
This Shopping Centre is located on 260 Collins Street, Melbourne next to the Novotel Melbourne and has about 60 specialty stores including fashion, health, home wares, gifts & beauty. The food court has international cuisine on offer. Trams 31, 42, 109, 112 on Collins Street & tram 19, 57 & 59 on Elizabeth Street, Melbourne.
The Galleria Shopping Centre is located on the corner of Bourke, Elizabeth & little Collins Street in Melbourne and has over 45 store, food court & services such as Medicare, Medibank, and HBA etc. Trams 19, 57 & 59 on Elizabeth Street & tram 86, 95, 96 on Bourke Street, Melbourne.
Pran Central Shopping Centre is located on 325 Chapel Street in Prahran. With heaps of shops related to Fashion, Style, Food, Entertainment and Chapel Street Shopping strip right next door, you can't go wrong! Take the Sandringham line train and get down at Prahran station, from there walk east on Greville Street, Prahran. Tram 78, 79 run on Chapel Street, Prahran.
Has two big superstores, one is Rebel Sports Superstore with everything a sports person could ask for under one roof & the other is Priceline with a large cosmetic range & pancake parlour and some other shops. Centrepoint Shopping Centre is located on 283 Bourke Street in Melbourne. Take tram 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, 72 on Swanston Street & tram 86, 95 & 96 on Bourke Street, Melbourne.