As Melbourne plumbers, we like to think of ourselves are experts when it comes to knowledge of the city and its plumbing. This week, we thought we’d take you on a tour of some of the best public toilets in Melbourne’s CBD.
The Sofitel’s Atrium Bar- 25 Collins Street
Take The Sofitel’s elevator up 35 floors and you’ll arrive at what is popularly thought of as Melbourne’s most scenic public toilets. These elegant public bathrooms feature marble floors, a sleek modern fit out, and most impressively, a floor to ceiling plate glass window taking up an entire wall of the bathroom providing views of iconic Melbourne landmarks such as the MCG, State Parliament, the Treasury, and Fitzroy Gardens. When the weather is clear, you can even see as far as the Dandenong Ranges.
Melbourne Town Hall- Corner of Swanston and Collins Streets
Although it’s convenient, clean, and never short of toilet paper or towels due to the near constant presence of an attendant, the real drawcard of these below ground toilets are their original Art Deco features. Built between 1925 and 1926, the toilets feature an arched ceiling, wrought iron signage, and elegant wooden stalls.
The Forum Theatre- Corner of Flinders and Russell Streets
Built in 1926, the heritage listed Forum has bathrooms almost as atmospheric as the theatre itself. The bathroom itself is incredibly spacious, with hat racks and coat pegs out the front and facilities that include high ceilings, vintage fittings, and floor to ceiling cubicles.
State Library- 328 Swanston Street
Although it’s one of Melbourne’s best known heritage buildings, the State Library toilets are a marvel of modern bathroom architecture. The bathrooms are spacious with the Library’s characteristic high ceilings, a white theme running throughout and marble floors. These bathrooms are also surprisingly peaceful despite being meters away from chaotic Swanston street.
Bonus round: The CBD’s Worst Public Toilet: Flinders Street Station Main Entrance
This list might lead you to think than all iconic buildings in Melbourne have outstanding bathroom facilities, it’s really a mixed bag and in fact, the most famous Melbourne landmark of them all, Flinders Street Station, might just be home to the city’s worst loos. Featuring a perpetually damp floor, unexplainable puddles, bad graffiti on every available surface, and toilets which are often clogged with paper, the toilets in Flinders Street Station’s main entrance should be avoided at all costs, especially on a Saturday night. If you need to use the loo before you jump on a train, head for the toilets in the underpass at the station’s Elizabeth street entrance. These tend to be much cleaner and quieter and also retain a lot of the original fittings.
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