See & Do

Melbourne Official Visitor Guide - - Inside -

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.

ceres.org.au

Fam­ily Fun

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

Strike Bowl­ing

St Kilda Pier

Luna Park, St Kilda

LE­GOLAND Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre, Chad­stone

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