Phillip Island Nature Parks
Phillip Island Nature Parks comprises over 1,805 hectares of Crown Land set aside for the conservation of areas of natural interest or beauty or of scientific, historic or archaeological interest. Located only 90 minutes from Melbourne, Phillip Island Nature Parks manage four major parks: the Penguin Parade; the Koala Conservation Centre; Churchill Island Heritage Farm; and the Nobbies Centre as well as other recreational areas, including beaches, wetlands and woodlands. The park part of the UNESCO Western Port Biosphere Reserve and encompass wildlife sanctuaries, wetlands, woodlands and breathtaking coastlines which are protected and managed by its world-renowned environmental and research programs. Habitat within Phillip Island Nature Park supports significant populations of little penguins, hooded plovers, short-tailed shear waters and other international migratory bird species, and mammals such as koalas, possums, wallabies, Australian fur seals and bats. The Nature Parks protect a range of plant communities that includes over 330 native species.
The National Opal Collection
Houses Australia’s most important opalized fossil and specimen collection.See a replica of an underground mine and buy unique Australian Opals at fantastic prices
119 Swanston Street, Melbourne.
T: 9662 3524. www.nationalopalcollection.com.au
Crown Entertainment Complex
Non-stop excitement offering something for everybody. Featuring cinemas, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, disco, theatre, exclusive shopping and a Casino with an array of machines and gaming tables. Telephone: 9292 8888
Melbourne Maritime Museum
Discover the sights, sounds and sensations of Melbourne’s maritime heritage and Home of the Polly Woodside. Open Daily 10.00am – 4.00pm
9699 9760. South Wharf Road, Southbank
Shrine of Remembrance
Visit Melbourne’s iconic landmark and Victoria’s war memorial. Free admission.
Open 10am-5pm daily. St Kilda Rd/ Birdwood Ave Melbourne. Telephone: (03) 9661 8100
Melbourne Museum –
Real, hands on, virtual and innovativefun! Stroll through a lush Australian rainforest or track the passage of time with awesome dinosaurs.
Open daily 10am – 5pm. Carlton Gardens. Call: 13 11 02
Bourke Street Mall
Hub of the city where visitors and locals gather to watch the many performers. Also gateway to two leading department stores and busy shopping arcades.
TGI Fridays prides itself on providing a fun and relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and original recipes. Fridays fun and friendly atmosphere is perfect for a night out with family and friends.
Arts Centre Melbourne
Arts Centre Melbourne is Australia’s largest performing arts centre, bringing people together for remarkable experiences.
Proudly the home of flagship Resident Companies – The Australian Ballet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Theatre Company and Opera Australia – and a range of presenters who collectively bring the stages and spaces to life every day.
Arts Centre Melbourne is much bigger than most realise, comprising three venues on both sides of St Kilda Road: The Theatres Building has the impressive State Theatre, Playhouse and intimate Fairfax Studio; Hamer Hall is a premier venue for musical performances, including those by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; and Sidney Myer Music Bowl is popular for open-air concerts.
Explore the unique venues with daily guided tours available or pop into the Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market, offering local craft and produce, held every Sunday 10am to 4pm.
Discover the stories of contemporary Australian music with a visit to the Australian Music Vault, a free exhibition open daily.
There are plenty of great places to eat and drink within the venues. The Barre is perfect for a pre-show wine, meal or late-night drink. For a quick coffee and cake break try Café Vic and the café on the forecourt. At Hamer Hall, Bombini Buzz serves coffee and ice-cream during the day, morphing into a pre-show bar.
Line up at the Theatres Building Box Office at 6pm nightly for your chance at one of 20 tickets to select evening performances for just $30.
Be transported into a world of Melbourne’s Chinese community. Visit this colourful iconic Chinese precinct on Little Bourke St which stretches from Swanston Walk to Exhibition St. and famous for its concentration of fine Chinese restaurants tea shops and grocers.
The arcades and malls in the city hold many pleasant surprises for those who care to venture. The Block and Royal Arcades, Centrepoint, Howey Place, The Causeway & The Walk are all worth a visit.
You’ll find everything from bars, magazines, souvenirs, books, jewellery, shoe shops to traditional Greek meals with alfresco dining. Lonsdale Street, Greek Precinct.
Queen Victoria Market
Flinders Street Station
The oldest metropolitan station in Australia and a Melbourne Landmark.Also one of our busiest thoroughfares – more than 260,000 people pass through daily.
Old Melbourne Gaol
Victoria’s oldest surviving penalestablishment. See the original hanging beam or book a night performance & explore the gaol by candlelight. Russell Street, City.
Tel: 9663 7228
The oldest building in Australia providing an insight into 18th Century England. Celebrates the life of Captain James Cook. Open Daily 9am – 5pm. Phone: 9419 4677
Visit one of Victoria’s most unique areas at Federation Square. See the Ian Potter Centre, The Australian Centre for the Moving Image; the Melbourne Information Centre, restaurants, cafes, bars and much more.
Located at the heritage listed former Royal Mint building, experience the wealth and diversity of Greek culture. Current exhibitions include Gods, Myths & Mortals, a collection of treasures spanning 8,000 years of history. Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm. 280
William Street, Melbourne. PH 8615 9016
Museum Discover Victoria’s multicultural history and explore one of Melbourne’s finest 19th century buildings, the Old Customs House. Open daily 10am – 5pm.
Tel: 9927 2700