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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.

 

Como House

Guided tours daily.

Open 10am - 5pm, 7 days a week

Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday

Corner Williams Road & Lechlade Avenue South Yarra 3141

Telephone: (03) 9827 2500

Como, with its impressive architecture and extensive garden was the home of the Armytage family for 95 years. It is now possible to explore the life and social history of this family as it was in the 1920s and 1930s and take advantage of the many activities and programs that have been developed to bring to life the history of those times.

 

Red Bear's Playhouse

134 York Street

South Melbourne

Tram #1 or #12

03-9645-0788

Mon.- Thurs. 9:30-6:30; Friday: 9:30-8 Sat. & Sun.: 8:30-8.

Australia's largest indoor play center has piles of plastic tubing formed into tunnels, ladders, and just piles of tubing which appeal to all ages of children. Cappuccino, television and free newspapers and magazines are provided for the entertainment of the adults.

 

Gold Treasury Museum

Spring Street, Melbourne 3000

(03) 9651 2233

Open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Weekends & Public Holidays 10am - 4pm

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday

The Gold Treasury symbolizes the wealth of the gold rush era, and showcases a diverse ongoing program of exhibitions. Built on Gold explores the legacy of Victoria's gold.

 

Healesville Sanctuary

Badger Creek Road, Healesville 3777

(03) 5957 2800

Open 9am - 5pm, 7 days a week

Stroll with kangaroos, meet an emu on the path and encounter colourful birds in a natural bushland setting. An easy drive from Melbourne. Day tours available.

 

Imax

The Museum Complex

Rathdown Street Carlton

(03) 9663 5454

Films screen on the hour from 10am-10pm, 7 days a week.

The sights are bigger at Imax Melbourne. See the world as you’ve never seen it before, on the world’s biggest screen at the Imax theatre.

 

Immigration Museum

Corner of Flinders & Williams Streets Melbourne

(03) 9927 2700

Open 10am - 5pm, 7 days a week

Embark on a journey of discovery at this Contemporary Museum, where Victorias immigration history is brought to life through voices, images, memories and belongings. Climb aboard the 17 meter ship and explore the sensation of ship travel to Australia over the past 200 years, then relax in the beauty of one of Melbourne’s finest 19th Century buildings, the Old Customs House.

 

Melbourne Aquarium

Corner Queenswharf Road and King Street Melbourne 3000

(03) 9620 0999

Open 7 days a week

Melbourne Aquarium provides an innovative environment where fish are heroes and visitors can achieve the ultimate underwater experience. Walk through clear tubes, surrounded by 7 metres of water, watch great sharks, stingrays and other aquatic life. A total immersion experience from the moment visitors meet their electronic host fish and disappear into the exhibit zones, until they exit experiencing the excitement of state-of-the-art simulator rides.

 

Melbourne River Cruises

Princes Walk, Corner Princes Bridge & Batman Avenue, Melbourne 3000

(03) 9614 1215

No visit to Melbourne would be complete without an award-winning trip on the Yarra with fantastic views and informative commentary in the comfort of a Melbourne River Cruiser. Choose from the Scenic River Gardens up river cruise, the Port and Docklands down river cruise, or for the complete city experience, the Melbourne Highlights up and down river cruise. All vessels are fully enclosed with on board amenities and snack bar.

 

Melbourne Zoo

Elliott Avenue, Parkville 3052

(03) 9285 9300

Open 9am - 5pm, 7 days a week

A visit to the internationally acclaimed Melbourne Zoo is a fantastic experience. Wander through an African Rainforest where gorillas bask in the sun, mandrills forage on the forest floor and pygmy hippopotamus drift through the river. Observe otters playing in the rapids or enter the steamy brilliance of the Butterfly House. View Australian animals in the exhibit entitled Australian Bush.

 

Old Melbourne Gaol

Russell Street, Melbourne 3000

(03) 9663 7228

Open 9.30am - 4.30pm, 7 days a week

Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday

Victoria’s oldest surviving penal establishment. Today it houses a fascinating exhibition on the 19th century jail life including the death masks and memorabilia of some of Melbourne’s most notorious criminals. Alternatively, book a Night Performance and explore the gaol by candlelight.

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Polly Woodside

Lorimer Street East, Southbank 3006

(03) 9699 9760

Open 10am - 4pm, 7 days a week

Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday

The restored iron barque Polly Woodside is afloat as the main exhibit of Melbourne’s extensive Maritime Museum. Build in 1885, she made 16 voyages around Cape Horn before sailing for 20 years in Australasian waters. Come aboard, smell the tar and rope in the forepeak store and listen to her creaking and heaving on her mooring ropes.

 

Puffing Billy Railway

(03) 9754 6800

Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave 3160

This world famous steam railway travels through the magnificent Dandenong Ranges from Belgrave, only one hour east of Melbourne, to Emerald Lake Park and Gembrook, every day of the year, except Christmas Day. Together with traditional rail journeys, First Class options available are, Devonshire Tea, Luncheon or Dinner, in luxury fully enclosed dinning carriages. Easily accessible by fast electronic train from Melbourne. .

 

Queen Victoria Market

Corner of Queen & Therry Streets Melbourne

(03) 9320 5822

Tuesday & Thursday 6am - 2pm

Friday: 6am - 6pm

Saturday: 6am - 3pm

Sunday: 9am - 4pm

Closed every Monday and Wednesday, Melbourne Cup Day and Boxing Day

Sample a range of fine Victorian and unique Australian produce as you taste your way around the Market. Discover a world of new tastes and flavours, meet friendly traders and gather hints from professional tour guides. Enjoy the spectacle of a Heritage Tour, a journey over the markets 7 hectares, reliving its 120 years of history.

 

Rialto Towers Observation Deck

525 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000

(03) 9629 8222

Open from 10am until late, 7 days a week.

Spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of Melbourne and surrounds, from the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. Facilities include Rialto Vision the award winning sight and sound extravaganza, gift shop, licensed cafe, function room and Zoom City live action cameras.

 

Rippon Lea

192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick 3185

(03) 9523 6095

Open Tuesday to Sunday - 10am - 5pm

Closed Mondays (except public holidays)

Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday

Rippon Lea is the last of Australia’s great privately owned 19th century suburban estates. The Victorian Pleasure garden, of international significance, includes a lake, island and bridges as well as a large Victorian Fernery. The mansion retains much of the Victorian splendour of the Sargood family but also reflects the 1930s Hollywood style of its last owner, Mrs. Louisa Jones.

 

Royal Botanic Gardens

Open from 7.30am, 7 days a week.

Birdswood Avenue, South Yarra 3141

(03) 9252 2300

Discover one of the great gardens of the world, only minutes from Melbourne’s heart. Stroll through landscapes displaying plants from across the globe, join a guided walk or take a self-guided audio tour. Exclusive gift shop and cafes in magnificent setting.

 

Captain Cook’s Cottage

Fitzroy Gardens, East Melbourne, 3002

(03) 9419-8742

Admission charged.

This historical cottage that Captain Cook purportedly once lived in was transported to its present site from Yorkshire in 1934. The cottage is located in the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens close to the city center and the MCG, you can get to the cottage via the free City Circle tram, which stops a short walking distance from the cottage.

The cottage is a place to visit for those interested in Melbourne and Australia’s History, though it may not interest small children.

 

Scienceworks Museum

Open 10am - 4.30pm, & days a week

Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday

2 Booker Street, Spotswood 3015

(03) 9392 4800

Scienceworks is Melbourne’s award winning hands-on science and technology museum. Encompassing the Melbourne Planetarium, Scienceworks features changing exhibitions, historic objects, live shows, tours and events.

 

Area Attractions

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Corner of Moorabool and Brougham Streets, Geelong

5227 0701

Daily - 9:30am to 5pm (closed Christmas day and good Friday)

The national wool museum, located in the heart of the Geelong CBD is a place of discovery for young and old to learn more about Australia’s wool heritage. The museum features exhibits on sheering and wool production, and houses a working weaving loom, that weaves majestic rugs, which can be purchased

 

Victorias Open Range Zoo at Werribee

K Road Werribee 3030

(03) 9731 9600

Open 9am - 5pm, 7 days a week

Safari Tours depart from 10.30am. Last tour at 3:40pm.

Experience a unique wildlife safari. Enjoy close up views of grassland animals from Africa, Australia and Asia. Rhinos range free with giraffe, zebra and antelopes, while hippos wallow in waterholes and kangaroos graze nearby. Facilities include guided safari, walking trails, discovery centre, Meerkat Bistro & Function Centre and Safari Shop.