Places to go

Federation Square

Description

Federation Square is Melbourne’s meeting place and unique cultural precinct, and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Victoria – receiving over 40 million visits to date. We are the biggest free Wi-Fi site in Australia, where visitors with a laptop and a wireless connection can enjoy fast, easy internet access.

Fed Square is home to The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia; ACMI; Champions – The Australian Racing Museum; Fracture Gallery; and theacga gallery; as well as a wide range of restaurants, cafés, bars and shops.

The Melbourne Visitor Centre is also located at Federation Square, providing a one-stop shop for information on Melbourne for local, interstate and international visitors alike.

Location

Federation Square
2 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
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Contact Details

Tel.:9655 1900
info@fedsquare.com

Newquay

Description

NewQuay has revitalised the western end of Melbourne’s CBD with a bustling promenade with restaurants, cafes, bars, retailers, events, a stunning private marina and inspiring public art. Arguably the best example yet of the Docklands vision – the creation of a lively and cosmopolitan harbour precinct within Melbourne’s CBD – NewQuay is host to thousands of residents, a strong retail and business community and over one million visitors a year.

Location

24 Newquay Promenade
Docklands VIC 3008
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Contact Details

Tel.:9600 4433
info@newquay.com.au

Birrarung Marr

Description

Birrarung Marr, on the north bank of the Yarra River next to Federation Square, is Melbourne’s newest major park, opened in 2002. Its name comes from the language of the Wurundjeri people who originally inhabited this area, ‘Birrarung’ means ‘river of mists’ while ‘Marr’ refers to the side of the river.

The Birrarung Wilam (meaning ‘River Camp’) installation celebrates the diversity of Victoria’s indigenous culture by interpresting stories from local communites through public artworks. A winding, textured pathway acknowledges the significance of the eel as a traditional food source for groups camped by the river. Large rocks incised with animal drawings enclose a performance space, and closer to the river a semi-circle of metal shields represents each of the five groups of the Kulin Nation.

On the outside wall of the ArtPlay building are silver touch panels featuring audio recordings of indigenous people telling their personal stories. The artists who created these works were Vicki Couzens, Lee Darroch and Treahna Hamm.

Other features include; Deborah Halpern’s Angel sculpture; Speakers’ Corner; and the Federation Bells, which ring three times each day with different compositions.

At a glance

Map of Birrarung Marr (PDF 1.2Mb)
Map of Birrarung Marr (jpeg 50Kb)
Melway Ref: 1B S11
Facilities: playground, barbeque, running/bike track.

www.newquay.com.au

Location

Birrarung Marr
Batman Avenue
Melbourne VIC 3000
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Contact Details

Tel.:9658 9658
www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/parks

How to get there

Trams and buses: Metlink

Eureka Skydeck 88

Description

Nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the awe inspiring views from the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere – Melbourne’s iconic Eureka Tower. Two dedicated lifts propel visitors to Level 88 in under 40 seconds. Only Skydeck 88 can give you the world’s only “Edge Experience” – a switchable glass cube which slides out from the building – with you inside!

Apart from the unforgettable panorama, Skydeck 88 entertains the entire family with a host of activities and fascinating facts. Located beside the Yarra River in Southbank, Skydeck 88 will change the way you look at Melbourne and maybe the world.

Location

7 Riverside Quay
Southbank VIC 3006
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info@eurekaskydeck.com.au

www.eurekaskydeck.com.au

Flemington Racecourse

Description

Flemington is the best-known and oldest continuing metropolitan racecourse in Australia. It is the most significant racing heritage site in the country and in 2006 it was placed on the National Heritage List.

The first race meeting held here was on the rough river flats beside the Maribyrnong River in March 1840 when Melbourne as a town was barely five years old. This was two years after Melbourne’s first race meeting, near present-day Spencer Street railway station (March 1838).

Flemington has also been a great centre for horse training. Many of Australia’s most famous trainers have maintained stables at or near the course.

Location

Flemington Drive off Epsom Road
Flemington VIC 3032
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Melbourne Aquarium

Description

Home to thousands of aquatic animals, the must-see Melbourne Aquarium is an entertaining and educational experience with four exciting worlds to discover and enjoy.

The enchanting adventure begins with Antarctica, where you can explore a world unlike any other. Marvel at the majestic King and cute Gentoo penguins as they play in the only exhibit of its kind in Australia.

Prepare to be surprised as you experience Weird & Wonderful creatures like enchanting sea horses, mesmerizing sea jellies, spiky lionfish and a whole host of tropical critters.

Journey from River to Reef, which is an interactive wonderland featuring animals such as turtles, frogs, snakes, crabs, sea jellies and a stunning collection of tropical marine life in the Coral Atoll.

The awe-inspiring Southern Ocean completes the unforgettable experience as you dive into Sharks Alive – but you’d better watch out for the sharks inside Melbourne Aquarium’s 2.2 million litre Oceanarium! You can view intimidating sharks, massive stingrays, turtles and hundreds of other fish from below, above and even inside – if you are brave enough!

With daily animal feeds and diver presentations adding to the adventure, the must-see Melbourne Aquarium is an aquatic wonderland with exciting worlds to discover and enjoy.

Location

Melbourne Aquarium
King Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
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Docklands

Escape the winter blues: head to Docklands and experience a little bit of somewhere else, right in the heart of the city.

Enter Docklands and discover a more scenic side of Melbourne life, where yachts cruise the harbour, and fine dining offers waterfront views. Plus, you’ll discover more opportunities for shopping, sports, art and entertainment.

Don your cosy coat and come and enjoy:

source: thatsthemelboutne.com