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Michaels camera store corner of Elizabeth and Lonsdale Street

Elizabeth Street is one of the main north-south streets in the central business districtmarker of Melbournemarker, Australia, part of the Hoddle Grid laid out in 1837.


From the south, the street runs from Flinders Street Stationmarker past the western end of the Bourke Street Mallmarker, with the Queen Victoria Marketmarker to the west at the northern end of the CBD. The street terminates in a large, complex roundabout at the northern end, which connects to Peel Street to the south-west, Flemington Road to the north-west, Royal Parade, the beginning of the Hume Highway, the main route to Sydneymarker to the north, and Grattan Street to the East. This complex, high-traffic roundabout is further complicated by the trams travelling through it on several different routes.

Elizabeth Street is the lowest point in the Melbourne central business district, with land rising both to the east and west, and more gradually to the north. Since it is built on top of the historical site of a natural creek, it has suffered numerous floods in Melbourne's history. The Elizabeth Street drain runs from Carlton in the north to the Yarra Rivermarker in the south, carrying stormwater from the inner northern suburbs and city centre. This drain is a significant source of pollutants entering the lower Yarra.


Little Collins Street and Elizabeth Street Intersection

As well as Flinders Street station at the southern end, there is a train station on the City Loop at the Melbourne Central shopping centre (the entrance is near the corner of Latrobe and Elizabeth), and regular route 19 trams to Coburg Northmarker, route 59 trams to Airport Westmarker and route 57 trams to West Maribyrnongmarker.


As might be expected, there are a large number of retail shops on Elizabeth Street. As well as the Melbourne Central shopping centre, Elizabeth Street is home to a number of photography retailers, and a considerable number of motorcycle dealers. The street has been the home of motorcycle retailing in inner Melbourne since 1903, the longest-existing such area in the world.

St Francis Church

The St Francis Church, which is a Catholic church is situated at the corner of Elizabeth and Lonsdale streets. It is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.


Image:Melbourne general post office.jpg|Former Melbourne GPO, now shopping centre (corner of Elizabeth Street) designed by A.E Johnson and built in 2 stages from 1859 - 1907.Image:Heritage facades between Flinders Lane and Collins Street on Elizabeth Street Melbourne.jpg|Heritage facades between Flinders Lane and Collins StreetImage:City of melbourne buildings elizabeth street.jpg|City of Melbourne Buildings (corner of Little Collins) built 1888 to the design of Ellerker And Kilburn.Image:London_stores_elizabeth_street_melbourne.jpg|London Stores. (Corner of Bourke Street). Built 1922 to the designs of Harry Tompkins.

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