After being closed for over a century, the Dome Promenade atop the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building in central Melbourne will be refurbished and reopened in late 2017.

Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne.

Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne. Image by Rexness / CC BY-SA 2.0

The tourist attraction was immensely popular in the late 19th century where it is said local socialites would cluster on the 360-degree observation deck and admire Melbourne from the high vantage point. Dr Patrick Greene, CEO of Museum Victoria says the views are relatively unchanged today, except towards Port Phillip Bay where high rises have been built. “Visitors will be able to see as far as The Dandenongs in one direction, the Great Dividing Range, and the You Yangs in the other”. Read more: