Where to Go: Melbourne’s mar­vel­lous at­trac­tions

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AROUND TOWN

■ 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

■ 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 ■ 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

■ 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 ■ 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

■ 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 $36, chil­dren (4–15 years) $18 or free (on week­ends, Vic­to­rian public hol­i­days and Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment school hol­i­days), chil­dren (un­der 4 years) free and fam­ily (two adults and two chil­dren) $91. 9285 9300. zoo.org.au/melbourne

■ 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

■ SKYDIVE AUS­TRALIA. Sky­div­ing Melbourne doesn’t get any more thrilling. Ex­pe­ri­ence the ul­ti­mate adrenalin rush tan­dem sky­div­ing from the St Kilda drop zone, the clos­est sky­div­ing cen­tre to Melbourne CBD. Exit the plane from up to 14,000 feet for an in­sane 60 sec­onds of lifechang­ing freefall. Float un­der canopy for five to seven min­utes and en­joy the 360-de­gree views of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay.

1300 663 634. skydive.com.au

THE NA­TIONAL OPAL COL­LEC­TION.

Part show­room, part mu­seum, The Na­tional Opal Col­lec­tion in Melbourne shows how opals came to be formed over mil­lions of years and how they are mined to­day. Opals are Aus­tralia’s nat­u­ral gem­stone, and are recog­nised as uniquely Aus­tralian in char­ac­ter. There is a huge ar­ray of ex­quis­ite opals and opal jew­ellery for sale in the spec­tac­u­lar show­room.

Level 1, 119 Swanston Street, Melbourne. Free ad­mis­sion. 9662 3524. na­tion­alopal.com

MAR­KETS QUEEN VIC­TO­RIA MAR­KET (QVM).

A his­toric land­mark spread over two city blocks, QVM is a vi­brant and bustling in­ner-city mar­ket where you can shop for ev­ery­thing from fruit and veg­eta­bles, and lo­cal and im­ported gourmet foods, to cos­met­ics, cloth­ing and sou­venirs.

Cnr Vic­to­ria and Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne. Tue and Thu 6am–2pm, Fri 6am–5pm, Sat 6am–3pm and Sun 9am–4pm. 9320 5822. qvm.com.au

■ ST KILDA ESPLANADE MAR­KET. Ev­ery Sun­day since 1970, the St Kilda Esplanade Mar­ket has been the des­ti­na­tion for those search­ing for some­thing spe­cial. Meet more than 140 ar­ti­sans of­fer­ing an ex­cit­ing range of con­tem­po­rary art­works. Th­ese goods in­clude qual­ity hand­made art­works made from wood, glass, pa­per, resin and re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als.

Up­per Esplanade St Kilda, between Cavell and Fitzroy Streets. Sun 10am–4pm. stk­il­dae­s­planade­mar­ket.com.au

THE ROSE STREET ARTISTS’ MAR­KET.

The Rose Street Artists’ Mar­ket is where those ‘in the know’ find Melbourne’s best art and de­sign tal­ent. There’s ev­ery­thing from art, pho­tog­ra­phy, fash­ion, jew­ellery, ac­ces­sories, home­wares, col­lecta­bles, emerg­ing de­sign­ers, vin­tage pieces, tasty treats, cool beats, bike hire and much more.

60 Rose Street, Fitzroy. Sat and Sun 11am–5pm. 9419 5529. ros­es­t­mar­ket.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 11am–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

■ 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–4pm. Adults $11, con­ces­sions $9, chil­dren (un­der 6 years) free and fam­ily (two adults and up to three chil­dren) $26. 9662 2888. chi­ne­se­mu­seum.com.au

■ 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 1934, 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

■ 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

■ 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 nine­teenth 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 $28, con­ces­sions $23, chil­dren (5–15 years) $15 and fam­ily (two adults and two chil­dren un­der 15 years) $65. 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 rush, sym­bol­is­ing the rapid de­vel­op­ment of the city. To­day, the Old Trea­sury Build­ing houses both per­ma­nent and tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions.

Spring Street (top end of Collins Street), Melbourne. Sun–fri 10am–4pm. Free ad­mis­sion. Tours cost $8–$10. 9651 2233. otb.org.au

n SCIENCEWORKS. This at­trac­tion has de­vel­oped a dis­tinct iden­tity as a mu­seum with a dif­fer­ence. While the main ex­hi­bi­tion gal­leries are housed in a mod­ern, pur­pose­built fa­cil­ity, the Scienceworks site also fea­tures a unique piece of Melbourne’s his­tory—the his­toric Spotswood Pump­ing Sta­tion.

2 Booker Street, Spotswood. Daily 10am–4.30pm (closed Good Fri­day and Christ­mas Day). Adults $14, con­ces­sions and chil­dren (up to 16 years) free. Ad­di­tional charges may ap­ply for spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions, Plan­e­tar­ium shows and Lightning Room shows. 13 11 02. mu­se­umvic­to­ria.com.au/scienceworks

PARKS AND GAR­DENS

n AUS­TRALIAN GAR­DEN. Set across 15 hectares, the Aus­tralian Gar­den is an in­spir­ing and im­mer­sive dis­play of Aus­tralian flora, land­scapes, art and architecture. Dis­cover in­spi­ra­tion and in­for­ma­tion about how to use Aus­tralian plants in your home gar­den.

Cnr Bal­larto Road and Botanic Drive, Cran­bourne. Daily 9am–5pm. Free ad­mis­sion. 5990 2200. rbg.vic.gov.au/aus­tralian-gar­den n ROYAL BOTANIC GAR­DENS. The Royal Botanic Gar­dens is one of the world’s lead­ing botanic gar­dens and a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence for hor­ti­cul­ture, sci­ence and education. The Royal Botanic Gar­dens is ded­i­cated to the con­ser­va­tion, dis­play and en­joy­ment of plants.

Bird­wood Av­enue, Melbourne. Daily 7.30am–sun­set. Free ad­mis­sion. 9252 2300. rbg.vic.gov.au

OUT OF TOWN

n GREATER DAN­DE­NONG. Lo­cated just 35km south-east of Melbourne’s CBD, Greater Dan­de­nong will awaken the senses and tan­ta­lise the taste­buds with its vast ar­ray of cul­tural precincts and culi­nary de­lights. Greater Dan­de­nong has be­come a must-go des­ti­na­tion for peo­ple who love food and cul­ture. There are a num­ber of tours and events avail­able for those who want to ex­plore the area in the com­pany of an ex­pert.

Tours cost $50 per per­son. Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, Dan­de­nong. 8571 1377. grea­ter­dan­de­nong.com/tours

and cof­fee and a re­lax­ing cruise as their cap­tains de­tail the his­tory of the Yarra River and Melbourne. Choose from a Yarra Sightseeing Cruise or Wil­liamstown Ferry Cruise or the Spirit Of Melbourne Cruis­ing Restau­rant. Get 10% off on Sightseeing and Wil­liamstown cruises when you book on­line.

Southgate Prom­e­nade, Berth 5. 8610 2600. mel­bcruises.com.au

SPORT­ING VENUES

n ETI­HAD STA­DIUM TOUR. Ever won­dered who de­cides if the roof of a sport­ing sta­dium should close? Have you ever asked how sports­men pre­pare be­fore the game and re­cover af­ter­wards? Ever wanted to sit in on an Aus­tralian Rules foot­ball tri­bunal or hold your own press con­fer­ence? A be­hind the scenes tour of Eti­had Sta­dium is a must for any sports lover.

740 Bourke Street, Dock­lands. Mon–fri 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Adults $15, con­ces­sions $12, chil­dren (14 years and un­der) $8 and fam­ily (two adults and two chil­dren) $39. 8625 7277. eti­had­sta­dium.com.au

MELBOURNE CRICKET GROUND TOUR.

The MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground Tour gives vis­i­tors the op­por­tu­nity to re­live their great sport­ing mem­o­ries through a com­pre­hen­sive tour of this mar­vel­lous sta­dium. MCG Tours are a fully guided ex­pe­ri­ence and take ap­prox­i­mately 75 min­utes.

Brun­ton Av­enue, Rich­mond. Daily 10am–3pm. Adults $24, con­ces­sion $20, chil­dren (5–15 years) $13, chil­dren (un­der 5 years) free and fam­ily $57. 9657 8888. mcg.org.au

THEATRE DIN­ING

n DRAC­ULA’S CABARET. Drac­ula’s Cabaret has been en­ter­tain­ing vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike since 1980. Their cur­rent show “Res­ur­rec­tion” blends mu­sic pro­duc­tion acts, op­ti­cal il­lu­sion, an­i­ma­tronic sculpture and rock-cir­cus, with a song list that moves across the AM dial from Arc­tic Mon­keys to Blondie. It’s flashy, kitsch hys­te­ria, with no act too au­da­cious and no heel too high. En­joy a three-course meal and then once the show is fin­ished, guests can con­tinue the evening in the cock­tail bar as they meet the stars of the show.

Tue–sat from 7pm, 100 Vic­to­ria Street, Carl­ton. 1800 DRACULAS or 9340 2600. draculas.com.au

City Circle Tram. Photo: Mark Chew/visit Vic­to­ria.

The Rose Street Artists’ Mar­kets. Photo: Roshan Sukhla.

Im­mi­gra­tion Mu­seum. Photo: James Geer.

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