See & Do
There’s never a dull minute in Melbourne, with an array of attractions and events to explore. Regardless of what you’re into, there are so many options for entertainment.
Cool in the City
Sometimes in the middle of a summer day, it’s just too hot to spend time outdoors. Grab a choc top and a bucket of popcorn, and check out the latest independent release at Cinema Nova. There’s plenty of fun to be had at Strike Bowling. Team up for tenpin, book in for laser tag or try your hand a solving a clue in the escape room. There are more than
150 arcade games at Playtime Crown, so the whole family can test their skills and try to win prizes. cinemanova.com.au strikebowling.com.au playtime.com.au
Talk to the Animals
Kids never tire of checking out the animals at Melbourne Zoo. Make sure you take them past Baboon Lookout where babies Quasi and Melako can often be seen playing and creating mischief.
Tiny kids will love all the pats they can procure at Collingwood Children’s Farm, where there are lambs, goats, cows and more roaming the paddocks. Who’s that we spy? It’s Pinjarra, the huge saltwater croc who lives at SEA LIFE Melbourne. He’s just one of the many creatures, including sharks, penguins and seahorses, you can see here. zoo.org.au farm.org.au melbourneaquarium.com.au
Follow the Leader
Often the best way to find out about a new city is on a guided tour. Get the lowdown on the CBD on a three-hour Melbourne Sights Free Tour. They head off twice a day and delve into the history and stories of Melbourne. Head bayside for Melbourne Walks’ St Kilda Historic Pubs and Places Tour, where your guide will reveal the suburb’s former sleazy side and its criminal associations. imfree.com.au/melbourne melbournewalks.com.au
Fun in the Sun
Each year, an internationally acclaimed architect builds a temporary space for talks, workshops, performances and installations at Queen Victoria Gardens. This year, MPAVILION has been created by Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten and will host a full program of activities. Cool off at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, where you can swim laps, lie by the pool, splash in the wave pool or zip down the waterslide. You might choose to go for a swim at St Kilda Beach or you could simply enjoy a stroll along the sand before heading to Acland Street to feast on cakes at the traditional European cafes. mpavilion.org melbournesportshub.com.au
Take a Hike
In the cool of the morning or late in the afternoon, lace up your walking shoes and take in some of the scenic walking trails around the city. The Bayside Coastal Trail links the suburbs of Sandringham, Hampton and Black Rock and has stunning views of the bay. Closer to the CBD, the Capital City Trail runs through the serene Royal Park (listen for the calls of animals from the zoo), and the Merri Creek Trail follows a natural waterway through the inner north. Stop at CERES, a community environment park, for a coffee at its organic cafe, the Merri Table.
There’s another side to the world’s most famous toy brick and you can find out just what that is at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. Of course, there are build-and-play zones, but you can also go on rides, join the factory tour and visit the 4D cinema. On a beautiful day, head to St Kilda and the famous smiling face that greets visitors to Luna Park. There are 18 rides and attractions, including the Great Scenic Railway and Coney Island Top Drop, as well as places to eat. If you’ve got teenagers with you, they’ll love Zero Latency, a multiplayer, virtual reality experience. Suit up and get hunting. You might have to fight off a hoard of zombies or investigate a space station that has gone dark. It’s pure immersive mayhem and tonnes of fun. legolanddiscoverycentre.com.au lunapark.com.au zerolatencyvr.com
Lido Rooftop, Hawthorn
CERES, Brunswick East
St Kilda Beach
Word on the Street Nina (29) from Balwyn Outdoor cinemas pop up everywhere over the summer, but my favourite is the Lido Rooftop in Hawthorn. It’s more intimate than many of the others, and it shows a good range of new release and art-house films. I...
SEA LIFE Melbourne
Melbourne Zoo, Parkville
St Kilda Pier
Luna Park, St Kilda
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, Chadstone