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Note: See Melbourne and Beyond The SmartVisit Card

For an all-inclusive price, card-holders get cashless entry to almost 60 leading attractions, including Melbourne Museum, Melbourne Aquarium, Victoria's Open Range Zoo, Penguin Parade and Puffing Billy Steam Railway.


Crown Entertainment Complex

8 Whiteman Street


tel: 03 9292 8888

A relatively new addition to Melbourne’s nightlife, Crown has become synonymous with entertainment and glamour. There are more than 40 restaurants, bars and cafés to choose from. In addition, there are the casino, cinemas, game arcades, international designer stores, nightclubs and live performance venues. Crown hosts film premieres, international conferences and awards ceremonies. Located downstream from Southgate on the banks of the Yarra River,


Melbourne Museum

11 Nicholson Street

Carlton Gardens

tel: 131 102

Open daily from 10am to 5pm

Walk through a living forest gallery, discover the tumultuous history of Melbourne and experience Aboriginal cultural performances in this ultra-modern, hands-on museum. Performances, activities and interactive displays make a visit to the Melbourne Museum a truly memorable experience.


National Gallery of Victoria

180 St Kilda Road


Open daily from 10am to 5pm

tel: 03 8620 2222

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has an impressive range of international and Australian art housed within its recently renovated walls. Most of the Australian art is now located at the NGV’s Ian Potter Centre located at Federation Square. This new building and the renovation of the original gallery on St Kilda Road provides exhibition space for literally thousands of previously unseen treasures.


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

ABC Southbank Centre

120-130 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank 3006 VIC

Tel: 03 9626 1111

Fax: 03 9626 1101

With a reputation for excellence, versatility and innovation developed over almost 100 years the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is renowned for its performances of the great symphonic masterworks with leading international soloists and for its appearances with The Three Tenors, Frank Sinatra, Kiri Te Kanawa, Elton John, John Farnham, supergroup KISS, Dionne Warwick, Meat Loaf, tenor Andrea Bocelli, Harry Connick Jr and kd lang.


Victorian Arts Centre

100 St Kilda Road


Tours depart Monday to Saturday at midday and 2.30pm.

tel: 03 9281 8000

Crowned by a magnificent spire, one of Melbourne’s most distinctive landmarks, the Arts Centre is the city’s hub of visual and performing arts. Explore the centre’s many theatres and discover the history of the site on a guided tour. Tickets are available from the concierge located near the entrance.


Surfing Museum

Beach Road, Torquay

(03) 5261 4606

10am to 4pm

This is a museum that most families will enjoy, where parents don't have to worry about their children breaking something. The museum features a large number of interactive activities for children and adults alike. There are displays that will interest those that are not surfers, as well as surf fanatics. For surfing enthusiasts, the museum offers tips on some of the best surf locations in Victoria.


Australian Toy Museum

174-180 Smith Street


Tram 86

Daily 10-5 Children under 18 months free.

Historic building houses toys from the 1880's to the present. A special feature is a permanent display of dolls and doll houses. There is also a garden with a miniature steam train and the Magic Pudding Café which caters to the tastes of children.


Fun Factory

257 Toorak Road

South Yarra


Daily 10-1

No admission charge.

One of the largest indoor amusement centers in Melbourne, Fun Factory is equipped with Daytona racing machines, pinball, shooting and skill test games, pool tables, a rollerblade rink and "dodge-em" cars.


Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre

Aughtie Drive, Albert Park


Tram # 96

This combination sporting facility and playground has a wave and toddlers' pool, a water slide, pool garden, and a diving complex. Childcare is available Mon.-Fri. 9-Noon. A school holiday program and one on Saturday mornings for children ages 5-12 are low in cost, and high in educational and entertainment value.


Puffing Billy

Admission charged.

Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave 3160

(03) 9754-6800

This historic steam train still runs regularly in the mountain district it was built to serve at the turn of the century. Puffing Billy, Victoria's best known steam train.  travels through the beautiful bush land of the Dandenong ranges. The Railway is the sole survivor of four experimental lines used to develop rural areas in the early 1900's. Puffing Billy is now a major tourist attraction, its operation depending on hundreds of dedicated volunteers.


All Puffing Billy trips depart and return from Belgrave,  40 km east of Melbourne,

Catch Puffing Billy to Emerald, have a picnic lunch, then travel back to Belgrave. Puffing Billy runs every day of the year, except Christmas day, and is a  24.5 km operating museum. Enjoy the mountain scenery and panoramic views which pass by your carriage window. Lakeside, the intermediate terminus of the railway, is inside beautiful Emerald Lake Park. You may stop over for a few pleasant hours bushwalking, swimming or just relaxing in the peaceful country setting.  The terminus of the line at Gembrook is a delightful country town with much to offer the visitor.


Melbourne Cricket Ground

(03) 9657 8879

Open 7 days a week (excluding event days)

Go behind the scenes...see prints and paintings, ornate silverware and porcelain trophies, in portrait-lined hallways.



Booker Street Spotswood

Williamstown and Werribee Lines from Flinders Street station to Spotswood Station

Daily 10-4:30

Admission charged.

A series of interactive exhibits teach participants about science and technology. The subjects range from sports, to insects, to the human mind and body. There is also a digital planetarium.


Kryal Castle

8 kilometres East of Ballarat on the Western Highway

(03) 5334 7388


Admission charged.

10am - 5pm 7 days a week

Visit a medieval castle just a short trip from Melbourne. Hidden on the hills of Warrenheip, just out of Ballarat Kryal Castle lurks, waiting to amuse the whole family with medieval re-enactments, games and shows. A truly magnificent day for the whole family


Collingwood Children's Farm

St. Heliers Street



Epping Line from Flinders St. station to Victoria Park station.

Daily 9-5

Small admission charge.

Children can pet and feed a variety of farm animals (call for exact feeding times). They are also shown how to do simple farm chores and can milk a cow, etc. Farm tours instruct at a child's level about plants and animals along the way. The first day of each month is Family Day. Horse rides and a home made farm lunch are part of the fun on these special days.


Ashcomb Maze

Admission charged.

10 - 5 everyday except Christmas Day, Good Friday & during August.

Red Hill - Shoreham Road, Shoreham 3916

(03) 9989-8387

This traditional hedge maze offers a great afternoon of fun for the whole family, with the main maze and other activities. My Recommendations: A fun afternoon, It could be on the way to


Healesville Sanctuary

Admission charged.

9am to 5pm Daily (including Christmas day and public holidays)

Badger Creek Road, Healesville. (follow signs)

(03) 1902 240 592

For overseas visitors and Australian visitors alike Healesville sanctuary offers a complete relaxing day out. Explore the Sanctuary, set in the lush bush land of Healesville on the Badger creek, home to one of Australia's most loved, and most secretive animals, the platypus. See a wide variety of Australian Fauna and flora. See emus, kangaroos, echidna's, koala's, possums and many other Australian natives, in natural and peaceful settings.


Royal Melbourne Zoo

Elliot Avenue Parkville


Tram 55,56,or 68. Admission charged.

Melbourne Zoo is open every day of the year (including Christmas Day and all public holidays) 9.00am - 5.00pm

You can not visit Melbourne without visiting the Royal Melbourne Zoo! The Royal Melbourne Zoo offers a large range of exotic animals, beautiful gardens and an educational experience to all its visitors young and old. Popular Meet the Keeper sessions (wombats, seals, pelicans, penguins) teach children about the animals in a most engaging manner. There are also twilight tours for better views of nocturnal animals. A whole day is needed to explore and enjoy the Zoo to its full extent.


Victoria's Open Range Zoo At Werribee

K Road, Werribee 3030

Werribee Line from Flinders Station to Werribee station.

(03) 9742-7933

Admission charged.

Daily: 10- 5

You travel around the zoo which has only African animals in a bus, in order to have a better idea of how animals interact with each other in the wild. In addition there is a 30 minute Volcanic Plains walking Trail.


Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill, Ballarat

(03) 5331-1944

Admission charged.Daily 10am - 5pm (except Christmas day)

A whole day is needed for Sovereign Hill, it is  an educational theme park and is suitable for people of all ages and all interests.

The gold rush themed park  offers many old styled shops selling everything from hot bread and scones to metal goods . Children have great fun panning for gold in the creek, many usually finding some real gold dust! Visitors can go through a tour of a gold mine, and see exhibits and souvenirs of real gold.


Geelong Naval & Maritime Museum

Located near the stables at the rear of Osborn House

Swinburne Street, North Geelong

(03) 5277-2260

Admission charged.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm

The museum is set in the first Australian Naval College (from 1913-1919). The museum has a wealth of information and a large and interesting range of exhibits. The museum includes model ships and submarines, and the museum is said to be haunted by a ghost! an interesting day for all those interested in history and ships. you will need about 1 - 2 hours to visit the museum.


Seal Rocks Sea Life Centre

Seal Rocks, The Nobbys, Phillip Island. (follow signs)

1300 367 325

Admission charged.  Children: Free

10 am - dusk (see Sea Life Centre web site for approximate dusk time during your visit)

One of the most popular attractions at Phillip Island, along with the Penguin Parade and Koala Conservation Center is Seal Rocks, the sea life center offers educational and enjoyable insights into the life of the Australian Fur Seal. The Center displays views of Seal Rocks and the Nobbies, which is home to Australia's largest fur seal colony. There is also a sea gull rockery and a few penguins.


Luna Park

18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda

03 9625 5033

Admission to Luna Park is free.

(Weather permitting):Friday:7p.m.-11p.m; Saturday: 1-11pm.;

Sunday:1pm until dusk. Closed Christmas Day.

School holidays and public holidays 11 - 5

A day of family fun is Luna Park, offering a large selection of rides including a roller coaster, ferris wheel and ghost train.. Luna Park is Melbourne's own "mini theme park".


Serendip Sanctuary

100 Windermere Road, Lara

(03) 13 19 63

10am - 4pm daily

Take a walk with Australian wildlife and have a close encounter with Brolga, Kangaroos, Emus, and waterfowl. Delightful picnic areas are available with barbeques in this wetland setting. Discover the serenity of Serendip Sanctuary. A delightful visit for the whole family, particularly animal lovers. spring time (September - November) is the best time to visit, as there are a lot of cute baby birds.


AFL Football - The Great Australian Game

(03) 9643 1999

Check for locations and game times.

AFL, Aussie Rules,  football is the favorite sport, followed by millions. For sheer atmosphere and excitement it's an experience not to be missed.


Melbourne Aquarium

Daily 9am - 6pm

Corner of Queenswharf Road & King Street, Melbourne

(03) 9620-0994

Situated at Southbank, opposite the Crown Casino on the tranquil Yarra river, it has a large collection of fish and sharks enjoying life in its aquariums and oceanarium. The aquarium towers 2 stories high and goes one story underground, and is even under the Yarra itself! Some of the aquarium attractions include a coral atoll, oceanarium, and billabong display.


Royal Botanic Gardens

Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra, 3141

(03) 9650~9424

7:30am - Sunset

Admission: Free

The Royal Botanic Gardens are situated on the edge of Melbourne next to the Yarra River . Surrounding them is a beautiful lake with ducks, eels and swans. The gardens contain a variety of plants from all over the world. There are many beautiful spots for a picnic lunch by the lake on the lush green lawns. This is a country garden right in the heart of Melbourne! Remember to take a little extra bread as the children enjoy feeding the swans, ducks and eels. Visitors usually bring their own food but there is a snack kiosk on premises.


Area Attractions

Anakie Fairy Park

2388 Ballan Road Anakie 3221

(03) 5284-1262

Daily - 10am to 4pm

This is a fascinating place for a family day trip, set in the mountains of the Brisbane ranges, southwest of Melbourne. The Fairy park offers playgrounds, walks and attractions for the whole family. An entire day could easily be spent exploring. The park has a medieval castle theme and is truly magical. There is quite a bit of walking involved, and the park is on a hill.


Penguin Parade

Summerland Beach, Phillip Island

Hours change depending on the time of year. the world’s smallest penguins come in just after sunset.

Visitors to Phillip Island look forward to the Penguin Parade. The penguins put on an impromptu show just by performing their ordinary daily routines. You do need to wear something very warm in the evening as the cool sea breeze is part of the fun. Large cafeteria style restaurant, snack bars, and extensive gift shop and theater are located in the Visitor Center.



Melbourne Markets

Some of the best of Melbourne culture may be experienced by a visit to some of the many markets that the city has to offer.


Queen Victoria Market

Tele(03) 9320 5822

Market Days: Tue & Thurs 6am-2pm, Fri 6am-6pm,Sat 6am-3pm, Sun 9am-4pm.

From Elizabeth Street take any tram. Corner of Victoria and Elizabeth Streets Everything from fruit and vegetables, fresh produce and delicatessen goods to clothing, plants and pets are sold at this market which covers seven hectares (around 1000 traders) and is renowned as a gourmet paradise. Its origins date back to 1857 and many of its buildings have been classified by the National Trust. The Magical History Tour of the market explores 125 years of history and allows participants to meet vendors.


St Kilda Esplanade Art & Craft Market

Upper Esplanade, St Kilda

Open every Sunday 10am-5pm.

From Swanston Street take #15 or #16, from Bourke Street #96.

Unique handcrafted gifts are made and sold by stall holders along this beachfront esplanade. There are over 200 stalls.


The Sunday Market Victorian Arts Centre

100 St Kilda Road

Open every Sunday 10am-4pm.

Walk from Flinders Street Station across Princes Bridge.

Located in the heart of Melbourne's arts and culture precinct, this market features local artists and craftsmen who sell their own work.


Prahran Market

163-185 Commercial Road, South Yarra

Open Tuesday and Thursday 10am-5pm,

Friday 6am-6pm, Saturday 6am-1pm.

Take tram #8 or #72 to Chapel Street, or a train to South Yarra Station.With its fresh produce and wide range of delicatessen goods, this lively market is frequented by locals and visitors alike and is just a short walk from fashionable Chapel Street.



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