Where to Go: Mel­bourne’s mar­vel­lous at­trac­tions

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AROUND TOWN

n ARTS CEN­TRE MEL­BOURNE. Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne is the flag­ship of both Mel­bourne and Aus­tralia’s per­form­ing arts, and is the fo­cal point of Mel­bourne’s vi­brant cul­tural precinct. Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne show­cases the best of both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional acts, rang­ing from the­atre, live mu­sic, opera and more.

100 St Kilda Road, Mel­bourne. 1300 182 183. arts­cen­tremel­bourne.com.au

n CITY CIR­CLE TRAM. This free tram ser­vice of­fers a good in­tro­duc­tion to the heart of Mel­bourne’s busi­ness district, tak­ing in many of the city’s at­trac­tions. A recorded mes­sage on the early-model trams ex­plains the sites you are passing, along with a lit­tle of their his­tory. The ser­vice runs in both di­rec­tions ev­ery 12 min­utes.

Sun–wed 10am–6pm, Thu–sat 10am–9pm. yarra­trams.com.au

n EUREKA SKYDECK 88. Awe-in­spir­ing views are on of­fer at Eureka Skydeck 88 from the high­est view­ing plat­form in the south­ern hemi­sphere at Mel­bourne’s iconic Eureka Tower. Two ded­i­cated lifts pro­pel vis­i­tors to Level 88 in un­der 40 sec­onds. Here you’ll find the world’s only Edge Ex­pe­ri­ence—a switch­able glass cube which slides out from the build­ing of­fer­ing amaz­ing views down be­low.

7 River­side Quay, South­bank. Daily 10am–10pm (last en­try 9.30pm). Adults $20, con­ces­sions $15.50, chil­dren (4–16 years) $11.50 and fam­ily (two adults and two chil­dren) $46. Ad­di­tional charges for the Edge. 9693 8888. eu­rekasky­deck.com.au

n FED­ER­A­TION SQUARE. Home to ma­jor cul­tural at­trac­tions, world-class events, tourism ex­pe­ri­ences and an ex­cep­tional ar­ray of restau­rants, bars and spe­cial­ity stores, Fed­er­a­tion Square is the heart and soul of Mel­bourne.

Cnr Swanston and Flin­ders Streets, Mel­bourne. 9655 1900. fed­square.com

n MEL­BOURNE STAR. Ex­pe­ri­ence Mel­bourne in a whole new way, lo­cated in the city’s wa­ter­front precinct of Dock­lands, the Mel­bourne Star pro­vides a unique in­tro­duc­tion to the city, with all its colour, cul­ture and ec­cen­tric­i­ties. Day or night, you’ll feel on top of the world as the Star glides on its gen­tle arc through the sky.

Ground Floor, 101 Wa­ter­front Way, Dock­lands. Daily from 11am–10pm, with last ad­mis­sion at 9.30pm. Adults $36, con­ces­sions $28, chil­dren (un­der 4 years) free, chil­dren (5–15 years) $22 and fam­ily (two adults and two chil­dren) $90. 8688 9688. mel­bournes­tar.com

n MEL­BOURNE ZOO. Set on 22 hectares close to the heart of the city, the Mel­bourne Zoo has more than 320 wildlife species from Aus­tralia and around the world. The Aus­tralian Bush ex­hibit show­cases Aus­tralia’s wildlife. There are free Meet the Keeper talks daily be­tween 10.30am–3.30pm.

El­liott Av­enue, Parkville. Daily 9am–5pm. Adults $32.50, chil­dren (4–15 years) $16.30 or free (on week­ends, Vic­to­rian pub­lic hol­i­days and Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment school hol­i­days), chil­dren (un­der 4 years) free and fam­ily (two adults and two chil­dren) $82.10. 9285 9300. zoo.org.au/mel­bourne

n SEA LIFE MEL­BOURNE AQUAR­IUM. Home to thou­sands of aquatic an­i­mals, SEA LIFE Mel­bourne Aquar­ium is an en­ter­tain­ing and ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence with 12 amaz­ing zones of dis­cov­ery, in­clud­ing in­ter­ac­tive an­i­mal encounters and iconic state of the art dis­plays. Vis­i­tors can wit­ness daily dive feeds, or even dive with the sharks in the 2.2 mil­lion-litre Ocea­narium.

Cnr King and Flin­ders Streets, Mel­bourne. Daily 9.30am–6pm (last en­try 5pm). Adults $42, con­ces­sions $32.50, chil­dren (4–15 years) $28, chil­dren (un­der 4 years) free and fam­ily (two adults and two chil­dren) $99. 1800 026 576. mel­bourneaquar­ium.com.au

MU­SE­UMS AND GAL­LERIES

AUS­TRALIAN CEN­TRE FOR

CON­TEM­PO­RARY ART (ACCA). ACCA is Mel­bourne’s lead­ing con­tem­po­rary art space. It is the only ma­jor pub­lic gallery in Aus­tralia that fo­cuses on com­mis­sion­ing, rather than col­lect­ing. ACCA presents the most chal­leng­ing, in­no­va­tive and creative vis­ual art.

111 Sturt Street, South­bank. Tue–fri 10am–5pm, Sat–sun 12pm–5pm and Mon by ap­point­ment. Free ad­mis­sion. Ad­di­tional charges may ap­ply for special ex­hi­bi­tions. 9697 9999. acca.mel­bourne

AUS­TRALIAN CEN­TRE FOR THE

MOV­ING IM­AGE (ACMI). ACMI cel­e­brates, ex­plores and pro­motes the cul­tural and creative rich­ness of the mov­ing im­age in all its forms —film, tele­vi­sion and dig­i­tal cul­ture. This unique in­sti­tu­tion is lo­cated at the heart of Mel­bourne’s iconic Fed­er­a­tion Square.

Fed­er­a­tion Square, Flin­ders Street, Mel­bourne. Daily 10am–5pm, cin­e­mas and lounge open late. Free and tick­eted ex­hi­bi­tions. 8663 2200. acmi.net.au n CHI­NESE MU­SEUM. Lo­cated in the heart of Mel­bourne’s Chi­na­town, the Chi­nese Mu­seum high­lights both the her­itage and cul­ture of Aus­tralia’s Chi­nese com­mu­nity. The mu­seum of­fers a range of guided tours, pro­grams and work­shops.

22 Cohen Place, Mel­bourne. Daily 10am–5pm. Adults $11, con­ces­sions $9, chil­dren (un­der 6 years) free and fam­ily (two adults and up to three chil­dren) $26. 9662 2888. chi­ne­se­mu­seum.com.au

n COOKS’ COT­TAGE. Orig­i­nally built in York­shire, Eng­land in 1755, Cooks’ Cot­tage was built and owned by the par­ents of Cap­tain James Cook, the ex­plorer cred­ited with ‘dis­cov­er­ing’ Aus­tralia. The cot­tage, shipped to Aus­tralia in 1933, was en­tirely re­con­structed in Mel­bourne.

Fitzroy Gar­dens, Welling­ton Pa­rade, East Mel­bourne. Daily 9am–5pm. Adults $6.50, se­niors/stu­dents $5, chil­dren (5–15 years) $3.50 and fam­ily (two adults and two chil­dren) $18. 9658 9658. thatsmelbourne.com.au

n HELLENIC MU­SEUM. De­voted to the com­mem­o­ra­tion, un­der­stand­ing, and preser­va­tion of the artis­tic and cul­tural her­itage of an­cient and mod­ern Greece, the Hellenic Mu­seum brings his­tory to life with an ex­ten­sive per­ma­nent col­lec­tion, dy­namic con­tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions and a high qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram.

280 Wil­liam Street, Mel­bourne. Tue–sun 10am–4pm. 8615 9016. hellenic.org.au

n IM­MI­GRA­TION MU­SEUM. This liv­ing cul­tural cen­tre ex­plores Aus­tralia’s im­mi­gra­tion his­tory, from the 1800s to the present day. Pro­vid­ing a global and per­sonal in­sight into the mi­grant ex­pe­ri­ence, the Mu­seum en­gages both thoughts and emo­tions, while con­tribut­ing to a greater un­der­stand­ing of Aus­tralia’s cul­tural di­ver­sity.

400 Flin­ders Street, Mel­bourne. Daily 10am–5pm. Adults $14, con­ces­sions and chil­dren (up to 16 years) free. Ad­di­tional charges may ap­ply for special ex­hi­bi­tions. 13 11 02. mu­se­umvic­to­ria.com.au/ im­mi­gra­tion­mu­seum

n MEL­BOURNE MU­SEUM. Mel­bourne Mu­seum is the largest mu­seum com­plex in the south­ern hemi­sphere and draws on the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and in­ter­pre­ta­tion meth­ods to give vis­i­tors a mem­o­rable in­sight into the na­tion’s flora, fauna, cul­ture and way of life. In­cor­po­rat­ing the ad­ja­cent World Her­itage­listed Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion Build­ing, Mel­bourne Mu­seum cov­ers the nat­u­ral and phys­i­cal sciences as well as so­cial his­tory and cul­tures.

11 Nicholson Street, Carl­ton. Daily 10am–5pm. Adults $14, con­ces­sions and chil­dren (up to 16 years) free. Ad­di­tional charges may ap­ply for special ex­hi­bi­tions. 13 11 02. mu­se­umvic­to­ria.com.au/ mel­bourne­mu­seum

NA­TIONAL GALLERY OF VIC­TO­RIA

(NGV). The Na­tional Gallery Of Vic­to­ria of­fers an ex­tra­or­di­nary vis­ual arts ex­pe­ri­ence with in­ter­na­tional art on dis­play at NGV In­ter­na­tional on St Kilda Road, and Aus­tralian art housed at The Ian Pot­ter Cen­tre: NGV Aus­tralia, Fed­er­a­tion Square.

NGV In­ter­na­tional, 180 St Kilda Road, Mel­bourne. Daily 10am–5pm. The Ian Pot­ter Cen­tre: NGV Aus­tralia, Fed­er­a­tion Square, Mel­bourne. Daily 10am–5pm. Free ad­mis­sion. Ad­di­tional charges may ap­ply for special ex­hi­bi­tions. 8620 2222. ngv.vic.gov.au

n OLD MEL­BOURNE GAOL. Step back in time and walk the road to the gal­lows in a 19th-cen­tury prison. Learn about bushrangers and see where the in­fa­mous Ned Kelly was hanged. The City Watch House, where mur­der­ers and mi­nor crim­i­nals were locked up to await their fate, is another high­light.

377 Rus­sell Street, Mel­bourne. Daily 9.30am–5pm. Adults $25, con­ces­sions $20, chil­dren (5–15 years) $13.50 and fam­ily (two adults and two chil­dren un­der 15 years) $55. 8663 7228. old­mel­bourne­gaol.com.au

n OLD TREA­SURY BUILD­ING. The Old Trea­sury Build­ing is re­garded as one of the finest nine­teenth cen­tury build­ings in Aus­tralia. Oc­cu­py­ing a unique po­si­tion in the his­tory of Mel­bourne, the Old Trea­sury Build­ing’s ori­gins lie with the great gold

n HEALESVILLE SANC­TU­ARY. The chance to view Aus­tralian wildlife in a nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment at­tracts many vis­i­tors to the Healesville Sanc­tu­ary, 65km east of Mel­bourne. There are more than 200 species of na­tive birds, mam­mals and rep­tiles dis­played in a beau­ti­ful bush­land set­ting.

Badger Creek Road, Healesville. Daily 9am–5pm. Adults $32.50, chil­dren (4–15 years) $16.30 or free (on week­ends, Vic­to­rian pub­lic hol­i­days and Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment school hol­i­days), chil­dren (un­der 4 years free) and fam­ily (two adults and two chil­dren) $82.10. 5957 2800. zoo.org.au/healesville

PEP­PERS MOONAH LINKS RE­SORT GOLF COUR­SES.

It’s a rare thing to drive through the gates of an iconic Aus­tralian Open venue and see such invit­ing sig­nage. But the fact is, Moonah Links is one of the most ac­ces­si­ble golf fa­cil­i­ties to have hosted our na­tional cham­pi­onship—twice. Af­ter de­sign­ing the Open Course at Moonah Links, Peter Thom­son said, “Vis­i­tors will get a whiff of what top cham­pi­onship play is re­ally like.”

Moonah Links is a truly mem­o­rable test of golf, al­low­ing vis­i­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence the skills re­quired of tour play­ers while of­fer­ing nu­mer­ous tee op­tions for shorter, eas­ier ver­sions of the lay­out.

55 Peter Thom­son Drive, Fin­gal. 5988 2000. pep­pers.com.au/moonah/

n PHILLIP IS­LAND NA­TURE PARKS. Watch­ing the colony of lit­tle pen­guins wad­dling ashore on Sum­mer­land Beach at sun­set and mak­ing their way to their bur­rows af­ter a day’s fish­ing is a de­light. There are sev­eral ways to see the pen­guins in­clud­ing the ad­vanced eco-ac­cred­ited Ul­ti­mate Pen­guin Tour which sees up to ten par­tic­i­pants and one of the park’s rangers watch the pen­guins from a se­cluded beach.

Phillip Is­land Na­ture Parks, Phillip Is­land. 5951 2800. pen­guins.org.au

WERRIBEE OPEN RANGE ZOO.

Ex­pe­ri­ence a taste of Africa at the 250-hectare Werribee Open Range Zoo. Go on sa­fari and visit a wide range of grass­land an­i­mals in­clud­ing rhino, ze­bra, gi­raffe and an­te­lope graz­ing to­gether on the open savanna.

K Road, Werribee. Daily 9am–5pm. Adults $32.50, chil­dren (4–15 years) $16.30 or free (on week­ends, Vic­to­rian pub­lic hol­i­days and Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment school hol­i­days), chil­dren (un­der 4 years) free and fam­ily (two adults and two chil­dren) $82.10. 9731 9600. zoo.org.au/werribee

SIGHT­SEE­ING TOURS

n AAT KINGS. With a se­lec­tion of half and full day tours, AAT Kings will show you all the must-see sights of Mel­bourne and sur­rounds. Dis­cover the Great Ocean Road, ride the Puff­ing Billy Steam Train or see the Lit­tle Pen­guins on Phillip Is­land. AAT Kings’ also of­fers free ho­tel pick-ups so all you need to do is re­lax and en­joy your day.

1300 228 546. aatk­ings.com

n CITY SIGHT­SEE­ING MEL­BOURNE. The best way to see Mel­bourne is with City Sight­see­ing. Mel­bourne is renowned for its ma­jor sport­ing and cul­tural events, stylish fashion, the arts, food and wine and much more. Ex­plore and see the city’s ma­jor at­trac­tions, bustling laneways, cafés and beaches at your own leisure as you hop on and hop off an open-top dou­ble decker bus at any of the 27 stops lo­cated in the city and sur­rounds in­clud­ing the pop­u­lar sea­side sub­urb of St Kilda.

8353 2578. citysight­see­ing.mel­bourne

n MEL­BOURNE RIVER CRUISES. Dis­cover the beau­ti­ful city of Mel­bourne from a unique per­spec­tive, Mel­bourne River Cruises has been show­cas­ing this city and im­por­tant land­marks to lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike for over 35 years. Their sight­see­ing cruises high­light all this beau­ti­ful city has to of­fer with en­joy­able and in­ter­est­ing com­men­tary. En­joy com­pli­men­tary tea

Mel­bourne Star.

Old Trea­sury Build­ing. Photo: Dan Gossie Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Aus­tralian Gar­den, Royal Botanic Gar­dens, Cran­bourne.

Pep­pers Moonah Links Re­sort Golf Course.

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