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See Melbourne and Beyond The SmartVisit Card
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.
relatively new addition to Melbourneâ€™s nightlife, Crown has become synonymous
with entertainment and glamour. There are more than 40 restaurants, bars and
cafĂ©s 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,
from 10am to 5pm
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
from 10am to 5pm
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 NGVâ€™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
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
depart Monday to Saturday at midday and 2.30pm.
a magnificent spire, one of Melbourneâ€™s most distinctive landmarks, the Arts
Centre is the cityâ€™s hub of visual and performing arts. Explore the centreâ€™s
many theatres and discover the history of the site on a guided tour. Tickets are
available from the concierge located near the entrance.
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
Children under 18 months free.
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 CafĂ© which caters to the tastes of
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.
Sports and Aquatic Centre
Drive, Albert Park
Tram # 96
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.
Monbulk Road, Belgrave 3160
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.
Puffing Billy trips depart and return from Belgrave, 40 km east of Melbourne,
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
days a week (excluding event days)
the scenes...see prints and paintings, ornate silverware and porcelain trophies,
in portrait-lined hallways.
Williamstown and Werribee Lines from Flinders Street station to Spotswood
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.
kilometres East of Ballarat on the Western Highway
10am - 5pm
7 days a week
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
Line from Flinders St. station to Victoria Park station.
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.
10 - 5
everyday except Christmas Day, Good Friday & during August.
Red Hill -
Shoreham Road, Shoreham 3916
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
9am to 5pm
Daily (including Christmas day and public holidays)
Creek Road, Healesville. (follow signs)
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.
55,56,or 68. Admission charged.
Zoo is open every day of the year (including Christmas Day and all public
holidays) 9.00am - 5.00pm
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
Line from Flinders Station to Werribee station.
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.
charged.Daily 10am - 5pm (except Christmas day)
day is needed for Sovereign Hill, it is an educational theme park and is
suitable for people of all ages and all interests.
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 &
near the stables at the rear of Osborn House
Street, North Geelong
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm
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
Rocks, The Nobbys, Phillip Island. (follow signs)
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.
Esplanade, St Kilda
to Luna Park is free.
permitting):Friday:7p.m.-11p.m; Saturday: 1-11pm.;
until dusk. Closed Christmas Day.
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
Windermere Road, Lara
(03) 13 19
10am - 4pm
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.
Football - The Great Australian Game
locations and game times.
Aussie Rules, football is the favorite sport, followed by millions. For sheer
atmosphere and excitement it's an experience not to be missed.
Queenswharf Road & King Street, Melbourne
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.
Avenue, South Yarra, 3141
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.
Ballan Road Anakie 3221
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.
Summerland Beach, Phillip Island
change depending on the time of year. the worldâ€™s smallest penguins come in just
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.
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.
Days: Tue & Thurs 6am-2pm, Fri 6am-6pm,Sat 6am-3pm, Sun 9am-4pm.
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.
Kilda Esplanade Art & Craft Market
Esplanade, St Kilda
Swanston Street take #15 or #16, from Bourke Street #96.
handcrafted gifts are made and sold by stall holders along this beachfront
esplanade. There are over 200 stalls.
Sunday Market Victorian Arts Centre
Flinders Street Station across Princes Bridge.
the heart of Melbourne's arts and culture precinct, this market features local
artists and craftsmen who sell their own work.
Commercial Road, South Yarra
Tuesday and Thursday 10am-5pm,
6am-6pm, Saturday 6am-1pm.
#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