Melbourne attracted a large Chinese population back in the 1850's when in 1851 gold was discovered in Victoria. After the gold rush the Chinese settled in Melbourne and the Little Bourke Street community was born. While the Melbourne Chinatown population dropped during the depression it has since been revived and is as bustling as ever.
Little Bourke street is the centre of Chinatown. It is an exciting place to visit with Asian themed streets, some of the cities top restaurants and historic buildings. There are a range of buildings along the street itself and the small side streets leading off of it.
Throughout the year there are a range of different festivals including the Asian Food Festival and the Chinese New Year celebrations. The food is one of the most popular aspects of Chinatown with Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, Korean,Thai and more on offer.
To find out about the history of the Chinese in Australia, visit the Museum of Chinese Australian History in Chinatown. The museum is located on Cohen Place, just off Little Bourke Street and it is open most days from 10am-5pm excluding Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Destinations within Melbourne