Where to Go: Mel­bourne’s mar­vel­lous at­trac­tions

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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 DI­A­LOGUE IN THE DARK. Di­a­logue in the Dark™ is an immersive ex­pe­ri­ence in to­tal dark­ness through which, led by guides who are blind or have low vi­sion, guests in­ter­act and com­mu­ni­cate re­ly­ing solely on their other senses. Vis­i­tors to the ex­pe­ri­ence lose the sense they rely on the most—their vi­sion— as they touch, feel, hear and ex­plore the un­seen and learn to “see” in com­plete dark­ness while dis­cov­er­ing an iconic Mel­bourne like never be­fore. A global phe­nom­e­non in over 41 coun­tries.

Har­bour Town, Level 1, 29–31 Star Cres­cent, Dock­lands, Mel­bourne. Tue–sun. 1300 411 881. di­a­logueinthedark.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 $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

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

n STARWARD DIS­TILLERY. David Vi­tale, Starward Dis­tillery’s founder, started off with a sim­ple vi­sion; cre­ate a uniquely Aus­tralian whisky Mel­bourne can of­fer the world with pride. Born and bred in Mel­bourne, he was in­spired to cre­ate a spirit that re­flects his home town—from its cul­ture to its famed ‘four sea­sons in a day’ tem­per­a­ture swings. Visit the dis­tillery where bold Aus­tralian red wine bar­rels el­e­men­tally ma­ture Aus­tralia’s best sin­gle malt whisky. Tours, mas­ter­classes and an in­no­va­tive list of cock­tails are avail­able Fri­day to Sun­day.

50 Ber­tie Street, Port Mel­bourne. Fri–sat 12pm–10pm, Sun 12pm–8pm. 9005 4420. starward.com.au

n 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


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


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

n 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–5pm. stk­il­dae­s­planade­mar­ket.com.au


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


n ARTVO. The first of its kind in Aus­tralia, Artvo is a new immersive art gallery or ‘trick art’ gallery. Un­like nor­mal art museums, vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to touch and in­ter­act with the art­works, pho­tograph­ing them­selves and be­com­ing part of the art. With over 11 themed zones you can ex­plore in­cred­i­ble, in­ter­ac­tive large scale art­works, painted di­rectly on to the walls and floors. 14 artists with over 40 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence com­pleted in ex­cess of 100 hand painted art­works in just 60 days. The 1900-square-me­tre mu­seum is a must visit in Mel­bourne!

26 Star Cres­cent, Level 1, Har­bour Town, Dock­lands. 9600 1118. artvo.com.au


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


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–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 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 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

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


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, pur­pose-built 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


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

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


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 $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. 5957 2800. zoo.org.au/healesville

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

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 ecoac­cred­ited 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


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 open­top 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 36 years. Their sight­see­ing cruises high­light all this beau­ti­ful city has to of­fer with en­joy­able and in­ter­est­ing com­men­tary. En­joy com­pli­men­tary tea 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

Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne. Photo: Robert Black­burn/visit Vic­to­ria.

Mel­bourne Star.


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