Best for: the historic pee
Hands-down, these are our favourite toilets – they’re a slice of Art Deco lavatory luxury. The toilets are below street level on Collins Street: the ornate wrought iron and signage out the front is reminiscent of the Paris-Metro signs.
The toilets were built around 1925-26 after a fire in February 1925 wiped out most of the Main Hall. They were renovated again in the late ’80s-early ’90s, but thankfully, someone had the foresight not to completely mess with the original features, meaning that the tiled attendant’s cubicle (it cost 2p up until the ’60s to use the facilities), the stalls and the arched ceiling remain.
Melbourne used to have more underground, historic loos, but since the ’90s, many of them have been capped with concrete, demolished or filled with sand, which makes this one all the more of a treat. Bonus points for the fact that even though this toilet gets a lot of traffic, it’s very clean and smells like antiseptic.