Welcome to Chinatown

The place for dining, shopping, entertainment and accommodation.

Chinatown is a distinctive and well known area of Melbourne which dates back to the gold rush days of the 1850s. Chinatown Melbourne is the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the western world. Chinatown's essential character and main focus is along Little Bourke Street with alleys that link the area to Bourke Street and Lonsdale Street.

About Chinatown

Chinatown is a distinctive and well known area of Melbourne which dates back to the gold rush days of the 1850s. Chinatown Melbourne is the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the western world. Chinatown's essential character and main focus is along Little Bourke Street with alleys that link the area to Bourke Street and Lonsdale Street.

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Chinatown Historic Buildings

Chinatown Historic Buildings

Chinatown's streetscape was established in the 1850s as a staging post for Chinese gold seekers.

Meet the President

President’s Message

Melbourne’s Chinatown has been an integral part of the City of Melbourne since the goldrush days of the 1850s.

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President's Message

Chinese Museum

Five levels of history and artefacts, including the Dragon Gallery and the Finding Gold experience. Open daily 10 am to 4 pm.

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Melbourne Dai Loong

Dai Loong

The Millennium Dai Loong Dragon was commissioned from the Foshan Arts Institute China in 2002 with its first parade during Chinese New Year in 2003.

Melbourne Chinese New Year

Melbourne Chinese New Year Festival

The Chinatown Community and supporting Chinese Community organisations have undertaken Chinese New Year celebrations in Melbourne’s Chinatown for over 160 years.

Melbourne Visitor Centre

Winter in Chinatown

Visit us at the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square, to find out more about winter in Chinatown.