Tours and Attractions

Includes friends of organisations (of attractions or places)


SEE (ATTRACTIONS / PLACES OF INTEREST / TOURS)

– Includes friends of organisations (of attractions or places)
– Tours (Guided or self guided) of attractions and notable places.


Useful Melbourne Google search terms

– When typing these terms in google search and google maps, it will highlight with pins the places of interest on google maps, based on the genre of the search term.

This is useful to visually explore places which are in close proximity and discover places which aren’t usually highlighted on the tourist trail.

– ‘Arts Melbourne’
– ‘Vintage clothes Melbourne’


Attractions – Melbourne Metropolitan Area
– Includes ‘freinds of’ or memberships of attractions

Portals:
Thats Melbourne – Melbourne landmarks – http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Placestogo/MelbourneLandmarks/Pages/MelbourneLandmarks.aspx?start=0

Visit Melbourne – Sunset spots – http://www.visitmelbourne.com/Things-to-do/Nature-and-wildlife/Sunset-spots
Visit Melbourne – Waterfalls – http://www.visitmelbourne.com/Things-to-do/Nature-and-wildlife/Lakes-and-waterways/Waterfalls

Specific:

1,000 steps (Kakoda Memorial trail – popular for fitness) – Ferntree Gully

Altona miniature railway (Altona North) – https://altonaminiaturerailway.com.au/ and https://www.facebook.com/altonaminiaturerailway/
Altona Pier
Altona Yacht Club (Hold regular public sailing days) – http://www.altonayachtclub.org.au/events/
Aqua Donut (CBD – Docklands) – http://aquadonut.com/
AMF Bowling Centres (Multiple locations) – http://www.amfbowling.com.au/
Arts Centre Melbourne and pointed arts spire – https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/ – and guided tour – https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/your-visit/guided-tours

Art Vo – 3d illusion art gallery – Level 1 Harbourtown docklands – http://artvo.com.au/

Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) – https://www.acmi.net.au/
Australian Centre for contemporary art (ACCA) – (Southbank) – https://www.accaonline.org.au/

Australian national aviation museum – Moorabbin airport – http://www.aarg.com.au/

Bolte Bridge (Architecture) –
Bounce Inc (Trampolining – Essendon Fields, Glen Iris and Blackburn North) – https://bounceinc.com.au/
Break Room (Smash items – Collingwood) – http://www.thebreakroom.com.au/
Brighton beach bathing boxes – http://www.brightonbathingbox.org.au

Bulla Hill Railway (Miniature Trains) – (Bulla – Near Melbourne Airport) (12 noon – 4.00 pm on the first and third Sunday of each month) – http://bullahillrailway.org.au/
Bundoora Park (Kangaroos, View of Melbourne and more) – http://www.bundoorapark.com.au/
– Bundoora childrens farm

Carlton gardens
Cat Cafe Melbourne – http://catcafemelbourne.com/ and (Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cat-Cafe-Melbourne/1488122931412889

Central pier – Docklands – http://www.centralpier.com.au/
Chapel street bazaar (Prahran) – http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/chapel-street-bazaar

Chesterfield Farm (Scoresby) – http://chesterfieldfarm.com.au/
Chinese museum
Cliffhanger Rockclimbing (Altona) – http://www.cliffhanger.com.au/
Clip n climb Melbourne (Richmond) – http://www.clipnclimbmelbourne.com.au/
Cocktails and canvas (Art Classes – Moonee ponds) – http://cocktailsandcanvas.com.au/
Cooks Cottage Fitzroy Gardens (CBD) – http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/PlacesToGo/CooksCottage/Pages/CooksCottage.aspx

Collingwood Childrens Farm (Collingwood) – http://www.farm.org.au/
Crown Casino – http://www.crownmelbourne.com.au/
– Map – https://www.crownmelbourne.com.au/general/map
Crown casino fire show (Gas Brigades) – Every hour, on the hour, Monday – Friday 9:00pm – Midnight, Saturday – Sunday 8:00pm – Midnight – https://www.crownmelbourne.com.au/general/gas-brigades
Cuckoo clock restaurant (Olinda) –

D’Albora marinas (Sydney and Melbourne) – https://dalboramarinas.com.au/

Docklands – Chamber of Commerce – http://www.docklandscc.com.au/ and https://www.facebook.com/MelbDock/
– Includes: Docklands winter fireworks (Friday nights – 7.30pm – July and August)

Docklands park
Docklands Sailing Club –
Dracula’s cabaret (Show and theatre restaurant) – https://www.draculas.com.au/melbourne
Escape room (Kensington) – http://www.escaperoom.com.au/

Essendon airport Airways Museum – http://www.airwaysmuseum.com
Essendon fields precinct – http://www.ef.com.au/

Etihad Stadium – and Stadium tour – http://www.etihadstadium.com.au/stadium/tours
Eureka Tower Observation skydeck – http://www.eurekaskydeck.com.au/

Fairfield boathouse and tea gardens – http://www.fairfieldboathouse.com/
Federation bells (Birrarung marr) –
Federation square – http://www.fedsquare.com/ and live camera – http://fedsquare.com/fed-cam and guided tour – http://fedsquare.com/shop/guided-tours
– Winter – Ice skating rink
– Main screen schedule – Fed square tv – http://www.fedsquare.com/fed-tv
– Pop up vegie patch fed square (Garden and events space) – http://fedsquare.com/shopvisit/pop-up-patch

Fire services museum (East Melbourne) – http://www.fsmv.net.au/
Fitzroy gardens (conservatory, cooks cottage, tutor village)- http://www.fitzroygardens.com/ and http://www.fitzroygardens.com/Conservatory.htm
Flight experience (Flight simulator) – http://www.flightexperience.com.au/

Flinders Street Station (Architecture) – http://www.flindersstreetstation.com.au/ and http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Placestogo/MelbourneLandmarks/Historic/Pages/6223.aspx
Flipout – (Trampolining – Clayton, Derrimut and Altona) – http://flipout.net.au/
Floral clock – http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Placestogo/ParksandGardens/AllParksandGardens/Pages/4437.aspx

Former Melbourne Magistrates’ Court –
Frankston Pier
Funfields – Whittlesea – http://www.funfields.com.au/

Galactic Circus (Amusement centre – Crown Casino, Southbank) – http://www.galacticcircus.com.au

Government house
GPO Post office (Architecture) –
Grainger museum (Melbourne University) – http://www.grainger.unimelb.edu.au
Grimwade centre – Uni melb http://arts.unimelb.edu.au/grimwadecentre
Hardrock (Rock climbing – Melbourne CBD) – http://www.hardrock.com.au/
Heavenly Queen Buddhist temple (Footscray) – http://www.heavenlyqueentemple.com.au
Hellenic Museum – http://www.hellenic.org.au/
Holey Moley – Bar / Mini golf – http://holeymoley.com.au/

Icebar Melbourne – Fitzroy – http://www.icebarmelbourne.com/

Icehouse / Obrien group Arena (Iceskating, Icehockey and winter sports complex – Docklands) – http://www.obriengrouparena.com.au/
– Events – Includes icehockey, Fgure skating, Speed skating, Curling, Skate school – http://www.obriengrouparena.com.au/calendar
– Include Olympic Winter sports Institute of Australia – http://www.owia.org/

Ifly Melbourne (Indoor sky diving) – Essendon airport – https://downunder.iflyworld.com/

Indian cultural centre (Proposed) – City of monash
Intercontinental Hotel Melbourne (Iconic architecture)
Islamic Museum of Australia – (Thornbury) – http://www.islamicmuseum.org.au/

Jewish museum of Australia (Elsternwick) – http://www.jewishmuseum.com.au/
Johnston Collection (Private museum) – https://www.johnstoncollection.org

Koorie Heritage Inc Trust Cultural centre – http://www.koorieheritagetrust.com/
Laverton Rollerskate Centre (Laverton) – http://www.lavertonskatecentre.com.au/
La trobe cottage
Latrobe University – wildlife sanctuary (Bundoora) – http://www.latrobe.edu.au/wildlife/visit

Law library Victoria – http://www.lawlibrary.vic.gov.au

Lego land theme park- Chadstone shopping centre- https://www.legolanddiscoverycentre.com.au/melbourne/
– Adults only nights – https://melbourne.legolanddiscoverycentre.com.au/tickets/adult-nights/

Library at the dock (Docklands) –

Living Museum of the West (Maribyrnong) –

Luna Park (St Kilda) – http://lunapark.com.au/

Manchester Unity Building (CBD) – http://www.manchesterunitybuilding.com.au/

Marche – Board game cafe (CBD) –http://mbgcafe.com.au/
Maritime Cove and Sandridge Lookout in Port Melbourne (Observation deck of Melbourne) – Part of Peace White reserve – Webb docks (Access from near Surf life saving Victoria HQ) – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8x0n3hRNf5ETTZRLVNvSndaQkU/view
Melbourne Airport – Plane spotting and viewing areas –

2 main – locations (Weather conditions determine which one of the viewing spots is the Take off and Landing viewing areas for the timebeing).
– Off Sunbury road
– Off link road

– Jetspotter – Guide to plane spotting in melbourne airport – http://jetspotter.com/mel%20view.htm
– Spotter wiki – Melbourne plane spotting – https://www.spotterswiki.com/index.php/Melbourne_Tullamarine_Airport

Melbourne cable park (Watersports) – Bangholme (Near Carrum) – http://melbournecablepark.com/
– Aqua fun park bangholme – inflatabable water obstacle course

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre – Southbank – http://mcec.com.au/
– Developments – Expansion – http://www.mcec.com.au/expansion

Melbourne (Sealife) Aquarium – http://www.melbourneaquarium.com.au/
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) – and guided tour – http://www.mcg.org.au/things-to-do/mcg-tour
– Developments – New sky zipline

Melbournes’ Laneways –
http://www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Melbourne/Destinations/Laneways

Melbourne National Water sports centre – (Watersports) – Bangholme (Near Carrum) – http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/national-water-sports-centre

Melbourne Maritime Museum (Polly woodside ship) –

Melbourne Observatory – Melbourne botanic gardens – Telescope viewing held on Mondays (Paid entry)

Melbourne and Olympic Parks – http://www.mopt.com.au/
Melbourne and Werribee Open range Zoos (Includes Animal zoo encounter booking – extra fees) – http://www.zoo.org.au/
– Melbourne – Zoo Twilights music series (Summer months)
– Werribee – African summer music series (Saturdays in January and February) – Membership – http://www.zoo.org.au/members

Melbourne recital centre – http://www.melbournerecital.com.au/
– tours – http://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/guidedtours/

Melbourne star (Observation wheel) – http://www.melbournestar.com/

Melbourne Town Hall (Architecture and guided tours) –

Michaels camera museum –

Mordialloc Pier

Museums Victoria – http://www.museumvictoria.com.au
– Includes Friday nights at the Melbourne museum

Field guide apps –
https://museumvictoria.com.au/discoverycentre/museum-victoria-apps/national-field-guide-apps/
– Online library of museum resources – http://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/

Includes:
Melbourne Museum (Carlton) – includes Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Scienceworks (Spotswood) – and planetarium

Melbourne planetarium –
– Planetarium events – https://museumvictoria.com.au/scienceworks/whats-on/filter/what/planetarium
– Planetarium astronomy monthly sky notes – https://museumvictoria.com.au/planetarium/discoverycentre/skynotes/
– Planetarium monthly sky maps – https://museumvictoria.com.au/planetarium/discoverycentre/sky-maps/

Immigration Museum (CBD)
– Immigration museum discovery centre – heritage research centre

Museums Victoria – Whats on:
– Melbourne Museum – https://museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/whats-on/
– Science works – https://museumvictoria.com.au/scienceworks/whats-on/
Immigration museum – https://museumvictoria.com.au/immigrationmuseum/whats-on/

Melbourne quarter – skypark docklands – http://www.melbournequarter.com/

Melbourne University – Teddy bear hospital – http://teddybearhospital.unimelb.edu.au/
Melbourne Zoo –
Moonee ponds creek trail –

Museo italino cultural centre

Myer Mural hall – http://www.muralhall.net.au
Myuna farm

National Gallery of Victoria (Two locations – NGV International at St Kilda road, NGV Ian potter Australian art centre at Federation square) – http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/
– Potential 3rd site being investigated

National Trust (Old Melbourne Gaol, Como house, Ripponlea Estate and many more heritage properties around Victoria) – http://www.nationaltrust.org.au/vic/Home
National Sports Museum (MCG) – http://www.nsm.org.au/

Old Melbourne Gaol – http://www.oldmelbournegaol.com.au/
Old Treasury Building (CBD) – Exhbitions and art- http://www.oldtreasurybuilding.org.au/

Parliament house of Victoria (CBD) – http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/ and guided tour – http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/visit/public-tours

Pentridge Coburg (Mixed entertainment precinct in Coburg) – http://pentridgecoburg.com.au/

Polly woodside – http://www.pollywoodside.com.au/
Princes Pier (Port Melbourne)
Princess Bridge – Southbank (Architecture) –
Primrose potter Australian ballet centre (tours) (Southbank) –

Puffing Billy Steam Railway (Belgrave – Mount Dandenong)- http://puffingbilly.com.au/en/
Queen Victoria Market – http://www.qvm.com.au/ and guided tour – http://www.qvm.com.au/tours/
– Redevelopment occurring – http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/building-and-development/urban-planning/local-area-planning/queen-victoria-market-precinct-renewal-plan/Pages/queen-victoria-market-precinct-renewal-plan.aspx
– My market kitchen TV show based in the market

RAAF Aviation Museum (Point cook) – http://www.airforce.gov.au/raafmuseum/

Ripponlea estate (Kew) – http://www.ripponleaestate.com.au/

Royal Botanic Gardens – http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/ and guided tour – http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/visit-melbourne
– Includes Garden explorer buggy ride
– Royal botanic gardens – Punting on the lake – http://www.puntingonthelake.com.au

Royal Botanic gardens – Whats on – http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/whats-on/
– Aboriginal heritage walk
– Boat tours
– Garden tours
– Events

Royal Exhibition Building – (Carlton) (and soon to open observation deck)- http://museumvictoria.com.au/reb/and tours – http://museumvictoria.com.au/reb/whatson/royal-exhibition-building-tours/

Sandridge Bridge – Southbank (Architecture) –
Sandsculpting Frankston Beach (November to April – Annually)http://www.sandstormevents.com/

Shot Tower Museum (Melbourne central shopping centre) –
Shrine of Remembrance – War memorial includes: exhibitions, ceremonies, gallery, talks and events – http://www.shrine.org.au/
– Events – http://shrine.org.au/Visit-the-Shrine/Talks-and-Events

Southern Cross station (Architecture) –
South wharf Melbourne – http://southwharf.melbourne/
St Kilda pier and penguins (Around sunset) – http://stkildapenguins.com.au/
St Patrick’s Cathedral –

St Pauls Cathedral – http://www.stpaulscathedral.org.au
St Michael’s Uniting Church –
State library of Victoria – http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/
– Friends of the state library – https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/get-involved/become-friend-library
– Redevelopment ending in 2020
– Blog – http://blogs.slv.vic.gov.au/
– Events – think tank – http://percapita.org.au/

– Exhibitions and events – https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/filter?type=117&cost=All
– Courses – https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/live-learn/general-interest-courses
– Catalogue – search and discover – https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/search-discover

State Rose Garden (Werribee Park) – http://vicstaterosegarden.com.au/
Station Pier (Port Melbourne) – http://www.portofmelbourne.com/port-operations/cruise-shipping-and-station-pier
Strike Bowling and entertainment centres (Various Locations) – http://www.strikebowling.com.au/
Sunshine Rollerskate Centre – http://www.rollerskating.com.au/

Supreme Court of Victoria (Architecture) –

Testing grounds – art space – http://www.testing-grounds.com.au/
That VR Joint (Virtual reality centre –Fitzroy) – http://www.thatvrjoint.com/
Tibetan buddhist society – rose garden – yuroke – http://tibetanbuddhistsociety.org/
Titanic restaurant (Williamstown) –

Traffic Schools
– Essendon traffic school – http://www.mvcc.vic.gov.au/experience-moonee-valley/essendon-traffic-school.aspx
– Kew traffic school – https://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/residents/kew-traffic-school

Tram car restaurant – Coplonial (Departs from Near crown casino, South Melbourne) –

Universities:
RMIT –
– Development – http://www.rmit.edu.au/nas

University of Melbourne Grounds –
University of Melbourne – Museums and collections – http://library.unimelb.edu.au/museumsandcollections

University of Melbourne
– Melbourne medical precinct (Bio 21 institute of molecular science and biotechnology, Doherty institute, Brain centre, Royal Melbourne and women’s hospitals, Victorian comprehensive cancer centre and other research institutes.
– Faculty / institute buildings
– Architecture
– Outdoor / garden spaces
– Student services and amenities
– George Paton Gallery – http://www.umsu.unimelb.edu.au
– Physics Museum – http://www.ph.unimelb.edu.au/museum
– Henry forman Atkinson dental museum – http://www.museums.mdhs.unimelb.edu.au
– Ian potter museum of art – http://www.art-museum.unimelb.edu.au
– Medical history museum – http://www.museums.mdhs.unimelb.edu.au
– Noel Shaw Gallery – http://www.library.unimelb.edu.au
– Grainger museum – http://www.grainger.unimelb.edu.au
– Dax Centre (Mental health and wellbeing through art) – http://www.daxcentre.org

Urban surf – Tullamarine (Opens 2017) – http://www.urbnsurf.co/
Victorian archives (Public record office) – http://prov.vic.gov.au/
Victoria Barracks (Architecture) –

Victorian Law Foundation –Guide to Melbourne’s Legal Precinct – http://www.victorialawfoundation.org.au/publication/melbourne%E2%80%99s-legal-precinct
Victoria Market – http://www.qvm.com.au
Victoria Police Museum – http://www.policemuseum.vic.gov.au/
Victorian space science education centre (Strathmore primary)- https://www.vssec.vic.edu.au/

War memorial – Korean war memorial – Quarry park (planned) Maribyrnong
Webb Bridge – Docklands (Architecture) –

Werribee Mansion – http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/werribee-park/things-to-do/werribee-mansion
Witches n britches (Theatre Restaurant) – http://www.witchesinbritches.com.au/

Yarra’s edge precinct (Docklands) – http://www.marinaye.com.au

Yarra River Pool – Proposed – (Melbourne floating pool) – http://yarrapools.com/
Yarra river Rowing sheds (Near Arts Centre) –


Melbourne – Indigenous sites and attractions
Narama Aboriginal cultural centre –Geelong
Melbourne Museum- Bunjilaka
Koorie Heritage trust
Royal botanic gardens – Aboriginal heritage walk
Birrarung marr park
Ian potter centre

Visit Melbourne – Aboriginal victoria – http://www.visitmelbourne.com/Things-to-do/Aboriginal-Victoria


Melbourne – Spa and Wellness

Izumi Massage and day spa (Elizabeth street and Flinders street – CBD) – http://izumimassage.com.au/
Japanese Bathhouse (Collingwood) – http://www.japanesebathhouse.com/
Onsen Ma (Japanese Spa – Melbourne CBD) – http://onsenma.com.au/
Sakura Lounge and spa (Japanese day spa – CBD) – http://www.sakuralounge.com.au/


Melbourne – Playgrounds and family recreational

Portals:
Melbourne playgrounds – Portal of notable Melbourne playgrounds – http://www.melbourneplaygrounds.com.au/melbourneplaygrounds.php?id=2

– Best playgrounds in Melbourne and Geelong – http://www.melbourneplaygrounds.com.au/melbourneplaygrounds-info.php?id=31526

Specific:
– Booran feserve – Glen huntly
– Point cook housing estates
– Cruikshank park Yarraville
– Royal Park Nature Play playground


Attractions – Rest of Victoria

9 Regional areas (As designated and aligned with tourism Victoria regional tourism divisions)

Types of country sights
– Bakery
– Brewery / cider
– Cooking schools / classes
– Family activities
– Farmers market
– Farm produce (Gate selling and you pick)
– Public bar / hotel
– Restaurant / cafe
– Tour
– Winery / cellar door
– Rural roadside letter boxes
– Sideside Hay creations
– Big things (Items or attractions)

3-4 1

Obtained from: http://www.travelvictoria.com.au/regions/

Daylesford and Macedon Ranges

Portals:

Attractions / Things to do:
Anti Gravity Hill – Straws Ln, Woodend

Ardent Alpaca Farm (Beechworth) – http://www.ardentalpaca.com.au

Buda Home and garden

Creswick alpaca Farm – http://www.creswickwool.com.au

Daylesford historical train Railway rides

Duneira gardens and arts house – mt macedon

Edgars Mission (Near Mount Macedon) – By Appointment only – rescued animals – http://www.edgarsmission.org.au/visit-us/

Forest Glade Gardens – English garden, Japanese garden, woodland, and fern gully. 816 Mount Macedon Rd, Mount Macedon

Hanging Rock (Near Mount Macedon – Views of the landscape) – http://www.visitmacedonranges.com/natural-attractions/hanging-rock/

Hepburn Springs Bathhouse and mineral springs area (Near Daylesford) – https://www.hepburnbathhouse.com/

Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm (Near Daylesford) – http://www.lavandula.com.au

Mount Macedon Memorial cross, Macedon Regional Park

Secrets Magazine (Daylesford region magazine) – http://www.secretsmagazine.com.au

Tangled Maze (Springmount/Creswick) – http://tangledmaze.com.au/

Vaughan mineral springs (near Hepburn springs)

Blackwood mineral springs reserve
Boat house – Daylesford
Clunes town – bootown festival
Convent gallery
Daylesford and Hepburn springs natural mineral water pumps
Gisborne botanic garden
Great Victoria rail trail
Hepburn bathhouse
Hepburn mineral spa
Kyneton botanic garden
Lake house – Daylesford
Lavandula swiss Italian farm
Le peche gournaird – Creswick
Living Legends (Champion horses farm) – Bulla – http://www.livinglegends.org.au
Malmsbury botanic garden

Maze House – Newlyn North – http://mazehouse.com.au/
Melton botanic garden
Mill Markets – Daylesford
Piper street – Kyneton shops
Shizuka ryokan Japanese spa
Springhill nursery
Tangled Maze & Mistydowns Nursery
Wombat hill botanic garden – scenic views

Gippsland / Promontory region

Portals:

Attractions / Things to do:

Pepperment ridge farm (Bush foods) – http://peppermintridgefarm.com.au/
Agnes Falls –

Buchan Caves and falls(Buchan – Gippsland) – http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/buchan-caves-reserve/things-to-do/cave-tours

Gumbuya Park (Princes Hwy, Tynong) – http://www.gumbuya.com.au/

Mount Oberon summit walk
Mungo National Park, Mungo

Princess margaret rose caves – Lower Glenerg national park – http://www.princessmargaretrosecave.com/

South Gippsland railway – Korumburra to Leongatha – sgr.org.au
State coal mine – Wonthaggi
Tarra Bulga National Park
Walhalla Goldfields Railway – http://www.walhallarail.com.au
Wilsons Promotory National Park

– Norman Bay, Wilsons Promontory

Goldfields (Includes Bendigo and Ballarat)
Portals:

Attractions / Things to do:

Museum of Australian democracy at Eureka – Ballarat – http://www.made.org
Ballarat Bird world –
Ballarat goldmines –

Ballarat splash land –

Ballarat Wildlife Park – http://www.wildlifepark.com.au/

Kryal Castle – Leigh Creek (Ballarat) – http://kryalcastle.com.au/

Lake Wendouree – Ballarat

Sovereign Hill (Ballarat) – http://www.sovereignhill.com.au/

Bendigo – Chancery lane

Bendigo golden dragon (Chinese) museum
Bendigo tram ways – http://www.bendigotramways.com
Bendigo – Gold mines – Central deborah gold mine bendigo
Bendigo Botanic gardens –
Castlemaine Botanical Gardens
Ballarat botanical gardens
Mount Buninyong
Lake Wendouree, Ballarat
Old Castlemaine Goal
Victorian goldfields railway – Maldon to Castlemaine – http://www.vgr.com.au

Lambley Nursery and Gardens
Rosalind Park, Bendigo
Mill Castlemaine (Arts space)
MICA Grange gardens

Grampians

Portals:

Attractions / Things to do:
Boroka Lookout, Grampians National Park

Brambuk aboriginal centre

Dunkeld arboretum

Grampian grove (nut farm)

Halls gap zoo

Horsham Botanic Gardens

One tree hill scenic lookout

Mc Kenzie Falls –

Pinnacle walk

Points aboreteum – eucalyt collection

Volcanoes discovery centre

Wartook valley

Waubra – Wind farm

Great Ocean Road (Includes Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula and Warrnambool)

Portals:
Geelong arts atlas – http://www.artsatlasgeelong.com.au
Attractions / Things to do:

Adventure Park (Geelong) – http://www.adventurepark.com.au

Aireys inlet lighthouse

Anakie Fairy Park (Near Geelong) – http://www.fairypark.com/

Blues Train Ride – Bellarine Railway
Bellarine Railway – Queenscliff to Drysdale – http://www.bellarinerailway.com.au

Cape Bridgewater, Portland
Carisbrook Creek – Stacked stones on the beach
Erskine Falls – Lorne
Geelong Gallery – http://www.geelonggallery.org.au
Geelong library and hertitage centre – http://www.grlc.vic.gov.au
Geelong performing arts centre – http://www.gpac.org.au

Great Ocean road (Geelong to Warrnambool)

Great Ocean road wildlife park
Jirrahlinga koala and wildlife sanctuary – Barwon heads – http://www.jirrahlinga.com.au

Loch arch gorge

London Bridge
Melba Gully glow worms – Melba Gully Road, Lavers Hill – http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/great-otway-national-park/things-to-do/melba-gully
Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre – Queenscliff

Old Geelong Gaol

Otway Fly Treetop adventures – (Otway Ranges, Great Ocean road) – http://www.otwayfly.com.au

Narama Aboriginal cultural centre –Geelong

National Wool museum (Geelong) (Wool history and art exhibition space) – http://www.nwm.vic.gov.au

Point Addis

Queenscliff – Blues train – http://www.thebluestrain.com.au/tickets-and-lineup/show-dates/
Queenscliff harbour – http://www.queenscliffharbour.com.au
Red Rock Volcanic Reserve, Colac
Royal Geelong Yacht Club

Surf world Torquay

Teddy’s Lookout, Lorne

Tower hill nature reserve – near Warrnambool

Twelve apostles – Port Campbell –

Whale watching (June to September) – Warrnambool

Mornington Peninsula

Portals:

Attractions / Things to do:

Arthurs seat Gondolas Eagle –

http://aseagle.com.au/

– Austplant nursery and gardens
– Ashcombe maze and lavender gardens
– Big goose – Moorooduc-
Boneo maze and mini golf

Briars homestead – Mount Martha

Beaches –

Camping – Dromana and greater peninsula

Cruden farm (Langwarrin) – http://www.crudenfarm.com.au/
Discover Mornington peninsula – http://www.discovermorningtonpeninsula.com.au/index.php
Dinosaur world – Somerville – http://www.dinosaurworld.net.au/

Enchanted Maze, garden and adventure activities (Arthurs Seat) – http://www.enchantedmaze.com.au/

Factory antique market – Dromana
Herronswood

Martha Cove (Engineering of the canal)

Millionaires walk Sorrento –

Moonlit Sanctuary (Tyabb-Tooradin Rd Pearcedale) http://www.moonlitsanctuary.com.au/

Mornington peninsula rose garden – http://morningtonrosegardens.com.au/
Mornington peninsula wine – http://www.mpva.com.au

Mornington railway – Mt eliza (Mornington to Morooduc) – http://www.morningtonrailway.org.au
Panorama garden estate (Mornington peninsula) – http://www.panoramagardenestate.com.au

Peninsula Hot Springs (Rye) – http://www.peninsulahotsprings.com/

Point Nepean National Park

Produce – Berry, Fruit and Wineries –

Red hill cherries – http://www.cherryfarm.com.au
Red hill olives – http://www.greenolive.com.au

Red hill lavender farm
Royal botanic gardens Cranbourne
Tyabb packing house antiques
Vintage steel – Tyabb

Portsea hotel – http://www.portseahotel.com.au/
Sorrento hotel – http://hotelsorrento.com.au/
and http://www.continentalhotel.com.au/
Rosebud hotel – http://www.rosebudhotel.com.au/

Rye hotel – http://www.ryehotel.com.au/

Murray (Northern Victoria and Goulburn Valley Region)
Portals:

Attractions / Things to do:

Aqua zone Park – Lake Mulwala – https://aquazonewaterparks.com.au/

Murray river house boats (Accomodation)

Lake Mulwala, Yarrawonga-Mulwala
Orange world Mildura – http://www.orangeworldmildura.com.au
Paddlesteamers

Swan Hill’s Pioneer Settlement

Phillip Island (And surrounds)

Portals:

Attractions / Things to do:
Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies – http://www.penguins.org.au/attractions/antarctic-journey
Cape Woolamai, Phillip Island
French Island (Koalas) –

Maru Koala Park (Grantville – near Phillip Island) – http://www.marukoalapark.com.au/

Phillip Island Nature Parks and Pengiun Parade (Multiple Attractions)

San Remo foreshore, Phillip Island

The Nobbies centre (Including antractic journey), Penguin Parade, Cowes, Rhyll Inlet, Cape Woolamai, Churchill Island Koala conservation centre) – http://www.penguins.org.au/

Warrook Farm – Monomeith (Near Phillip island) – http://www.warrook.com.au

National Vietnam veteran museum
Rhyll trout and bush tucker farm
Amaze n things

Victorian High Country (Includes Ski Fields and Hinterland)

Portals:

Attractions / Things to do:
Avenel Maze – Avenel – http://www.avenelmaze.com.au/
Benalla – Street art
Cactus country – strathmetron – http://www.cactuscountry.com.au/
High country Maze – Goughs bay – http://www.highcountrymaze.com.au/

Mansfield Zoo – http://www.mansfieldzoo.com.au/

Omaru alpaca farm (Cottles bridge victoria – Hurstbridge) – http://www.omaru.com.au/

Lake Bolac (Near whittlesea) – http://www.lakebolac.com.au

Yarra valley and Dandenong Ranges

Portals:
Book Yarra valley – http://bookyarravalley.net/

Attractions / Things to do:

Alfred Nicholas gardens

Alowyn Gardens

Big Bouquet and Alpaca Farm (Yarra Valley) – http://www.bigbouquet.com.au/

Blue lotus water garden (January to April) – http://www.bluelotusfarm.com.au/
Brunos Art gardens and sculpture park – Marysville – http://www.brunosart.com/
Cherry hill orchards

George tindale gardens

Gerbera Flower Farm
Great forest national park (Proposed) – http://www.greatforestnationalpark.com.au/

Healesville Sanctuary (Includes Animal zoo encounter booking – extra fees) – http://www.zoo.org.au/healesville

Hedgend maze – Healesville – http://www.hedgend.com.au/

Karwarra Australian native garden and nursery

Lake Eildon (recreational area) –
Marysville (Autumn and Spring) –
Mont de lancey homestead –
Mount Burnett Observatory – http://www.mtburnettobservatory.org
Olivigna (Italian Winegrove – Warrandyte) – http://olivigna.com.au/

Pirranda gardens

Produce – Berries, Fruits, Chocolate, Wines.

Puffing billy – Belgrave –

Rainforest gallery and skywalk – warburton

Rayners Fruit Orchard –
Seville farm –

Sherbrook falls

Singing gardens of CJ Dennis

Sky high (Mt Dandenong Lookout and Gardens) – http://skyhighmtdandenong.com.au/

Steavenson falls – Marysville

Tesselaar Tulip Grounds and Festival (Spring season annually – Silvan, Mount Dandenong) – http://tulipfestival.com.au/

Trees Adventure (Mount Dandenong) – http://treesadventure.com.au/

Warrantina Lavender farm
Yarra Valley Archery park

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice creamery

Yarra Valley Railway (Healesville to tunnel hill) – http://www.yarravalleyrailway.org.au

Yarra valley trout farms

Yarra valley wineries


Roadtrips and Drives

Road trip Portals:

Visit Victoria – Route planner – http://www.visitvictoria.com/Information/Route-planner

Visit Victoria – Touring Routes of Victoria – http://www.visitvictoria.com/Things-to-do/Touring-routes

Road trip routes (Notable):

Around the Bay
Black spur drive (between Healesville and Marysville)
Daylesford, Hepburn springs and Sunbury drive
Great alpine road

Great ocean Road
Great southern touring route
Melbourne to Sydney coastal drive
Murray region
Ned Kelly touring route

South east touring route
Sydney heritage drive
Western freeway
Yarra valley to High country touring route


Attractions – Spring sightseeing ideas

Cherry Blossoms (Late September to Early October)- Cherry orchard farms and National Rhododendron Gardens
Flower shows – Tesselaar tulip farm


Attractions – Autumn sightseeing ideas

Harvest festivals
Autumn leaves


Melbourne and Victorian swimming holes (Inland)

– Usually inland lakes, rivers or reservoirs.
– Also Victorian National Parks

Portals:
Parks Victoria – http://www.parks.vic.gov.au
Vic swimming holes – http://www.vicswimmingholes.com/
Wikipedia – Lakes of Victoria – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Lakes_of_Victoria

Notable – CBD Metro and surrounds

Banksia park (Conditional) – Bulleen
Blue Lake – Blue lake recreational area – Plenty Gorge Park – South Morang
Laughing Waters – Laughing Waters Rd, off Reynolds Rd – Eltham.
Lysterfield Lake Park – Lysterfield / Narre Warren (30kms East of Melb) – http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/lysterfield-park
Tikalara park (Conditional)- Templestowe
Werribee gorge – Myers Road, Ingliston(near Bacchus marsh) – http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/werribee-gorge and http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/visit/natural-wonders/werribee-gorge-the-ultimate-escape

Westerfolds park (Conditional)- Templestowe

Notable Regional:

Buchan Falls – Gippsland

Burrong Falls – Grampians –
Hepburn Pool – (Outdoor) Hepburn springs
Pound Bend, Warrandyte state park – Pound Bend Rd, Warrandyte (24 km north-east of Melbourne) – Tubing snd water through cave

Lerderderg Gorge – Lerderberg state park – Near Bacchus Marsh

Lake Eildon – Eildon

Mackenzie Falls – Grampians National Park, Northern Grampians Rd, Zumsteins, 2 hours and 55 minutes’ drive from Melbourne.

Polly McQuinns – Water area – Galls Gap road – Euroa – http://www.visitmelbourne.com/Regions/High-Country/Things-to-do/Nature-and-wildlife/Lakes-and-waterways/Polly-McQuinns.aspx

Trentham Falls- Coliban River, Wombat State Forest, off Trentham Falls Rd, Trentham (Near Daylesford).

Turpins Falls – Near Kyneton

Woolshed beechworth falls – Beechworth


Beaches

General Beach Information

Beach Safe Australia – by Surf life saving Victoria- http://beachsafe.org.au/ and http://www.watersafety.vic.gov.au/
Dorsal shark report – https://www.facebook.com/dorsalaus/
EPA Beach cleanliness reports / updates – http://yarraandbay.vic.gov.au/
Royal life saving Australia – http://www.royallifesaving.com.au/
Surf life saving Victoria – http://www.lifesavingvictoria.com.au/

Recommended Beaches

      Albert park – kerford road pier and beach

    • Altona beach and pier
    • Altona – Jawbone marine Sanctuary – Snorkelling (No beach)

Black rock beach
Blairgowrie

  • Dromana Beach
    • Edithvale / Chelsea Beach

Elwood Beach

      • Mordialloc Beach

Mount Martha

Pillars (Beachside cliffs – view and dive off from) – Mount Martha

    • Ricketts point marine park – Beumauris (Non swimming)
    • Rosebud Beach
      Rye Beach

Safety beach (Mornington Peninsula)
Sandringham

  • Werribee south

Other Beaches:

Aspendale
Avalon Beach (Near Avalon Airport)
Beaumauris
Campbells cove – Werribee south
Canadian Bay – Mt Eliza Beach
Dell (The) – Clifton Springs (Bellarine Peninsula)
Frankston
Hampton
Mentone
Mornington Main Beach
Mornington – Diamond bay
Port Melbourne
Portsea
Sandridge
Santa Casa – Queenscliff
Sorrento
South Melbourne
St Kilda
Williamstown


Gardens / Parks / National parks

CERES Horticulture park (Brunswick east) – http://www.ceres.org.au/

Herring Island (Accessible by boat punt from December to Easter) – http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/herring-island
– Part of the Herring Island Summer Arts Festival 2017 (January to April) – http://www.herringislandfestival.org.au/
– $2 punt from Como landing(11am to 5pm)

Melbourne City Parks and Gardens – http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Placestogo/ParksandGardens/Pages/ParksandGardens.aspx
and http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community/parks-open-spaces/Pages/parks-open-spaces.aspx

Melbourne city – Guide to parks and gardens – http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community/parks-open-spaces/guide-to-parks/Pages/guide-to-parks.aspx

Melbourne Urban Forest map (Interactive map of Melbourne CBD trees) – http://melbourneurbanforestvisual.com.au/

Open Gardens Victoria (Public and Private garden openings – Also garden festivals directory) – http://www.opengardensvictoria.org.au/

Parks Victoria (State National Parks and leisure reserves guide) – http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks
– Parks Victoria – services – Camping accomodation, tours, multi day walks and trails, wilderness retreats, seaonal moorings – http://www.parkstay.vic.gov.au/

Royal Botanic Gardens – http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/
Visit Victoria – Garden and Parks Events – http://www.visitvictoria.com/Events/Gardens-and-agriculture
Visit Melbourne – Parks and Gardens – http://www.visitmelbourne.com/Things-to-do/Nature-and-wildlife/Parks-and-gardens

Wikipedia – Mountains in Victoria – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mountains_in_Australia#Victoria

Lists of national parks – worldwide – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Lists_of_national_parks

Lists of National parks (National, state and metro) – Victoria –
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protected_areas_of_Victoria


National parks – Hiking / Bushwalking – Specific sites

Bushwalking – http://www.bushwalking.org.au
Trail Hiking – http://www.trailhiking.com.au/
Visit Melbourne – Walking and Hiking – http://www.visitmelbourne.com/Things-to-do/Outdoor-activities/Walking-and-hiking


Notable Parks / Gardens / National Parks

Visit Melbourne – parks and gardens – http://www.visitmelbourne.com/Things-to-do/Nature-and-wildlife/Parks-and-gardens

Melbourne Inner city:

Albert Park and Lake
Alexandra Gardens
Birrarung Marr and Federation Square
Carlton Gardens
City Square
Docklands Gardens and Parks
Fitzroy Gardens
Flagstaff Gardens
Kings Domain
Queen Victoria Gardens
Princes Park
Ron barassi snr park – docklands
Royal Botanic Gardens
Royal Park
Treasury Gardens
Yarra Park

Council Parks and gardens

Banyule –
Bayside –
Boroondara –
Brimbank –
Dandenong –
Darebin –

Frankston –
Glen Eira –
Hobsons bay –

Hume Council –
Kingston –
Manningham –

** Maribyrnong –

Maroondah –
Melbourne City –
Moonee valley –

Monash Council –
Moreland –

Mornington Peninsula –
Nillumbik –
Port Phillip –
Stonnington – http://www.stonnington.vic.gov.au/Discover/Parks-and-Gardens
Whittlesea –
Whitehorse –

Wyndham –
Yarra City – http://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/Environment/Parks-and-reserves/
Yarra Ranges –

Yarra Council –

Suburban or regional

Alister Clark Memorial rose garden – Bulla

Alfred Nicholas Gardens – Mount Dandenong

Alowyn Gardens (Yarra Valley) – http://www.alowyngardens.com.au/

Alpine National Park

Batman Park –
Blackburn Lake Sanctuary

Braeside Park

Bundoora Park

Brimbank Park / Maribyrnong River Valley Parklands

Brookfield Maze – Myrrhee (Near Wangaratta)

Broughton Hall – Jindivick, Gippsland, Victoria – http://www.broughtonlodge.com.au/Broughton_Lodge/Garden.html

Buda Historic Home & Garden – Daylesford

Catani Gardens – St Kilda –

Cathedral range state park – Yarra Valley

Cherry Lake and Altona Coastal Park

Cloudehill – Mount Dandenong –

Cremorne Gardens

Creswick Regional Park

Croajingalong national park (Gippsland) –
Duneira, Mt Macedon
Thurra River Dunes

Eltham lower park – featuring diamond valley miniature railway

Enterprise Park

Fawkner Park

Fitzroy Gardens Conservatory – http://www.fitzroygardens.com/Conservatory.htm

French Island (Western Port Bay) – http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/french-island-national-park

Gardens of Tieve Tara (Mount Macedon) – http://gardensoftievetara.com.au/

George petland botanic gardens
Gippsland lakes coastal parks (Gippsland)

G.L. Basterfield Park (Moorabbin)

Hanging Rock / Macedon Ranges

Herring Island (South Yarra)

Jells Park (Wheelers Hill)

Keilor Botanic Gardens

Lake Catani (Mount buffalo) –

Langwarrin flora and fauna reserve

Lysterfield Park (Swimming in Summer)

Mackenzie Falls (Near Halls gap – largest waterfall in Victoria) –

Maze House – Newlyn North
Merri Creek river parks and walking track (Northcote / Brunswick)

Mornington Peninsula National Park

Mt eccles national park – http://www.parkstay.vic.gov.au/mount-eccles-national-park

Mungo National Park, Mungo – Gippsland

National Rhododendron Garden

Newport Lakes Park

Olinda falls

Organ Pipes National Park

Peace White reserve – Webb docks (Access from near Surf life saving Victoria HQ) – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8x0n3hRNf5ETTZRLVNvSndaQkU/view

Pinnacle walk – Halls gap

Pipemakers Park (Administered by Maribyrnong Council) – http://www.livingmuseum.org.au/

Princes Park – Caulfield

Princess Park – Carlton

Point Cook Coastal Park

Point Nepean National Park – http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/point-nepean-national-park

Point Park – Docklands

Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary

Sale Botanic Gardens

Serendip Sanctuary

Snowy river national park

St Kilda Botanical Gardens and Alma Park

Studley Park Boathouse and picnic aea

Warrandyte State Park

Wattle Park

Werribee Park (Includes state rose garden and Werribee Mansion) –

Westerfolds Park (Templestowe)

Willamstown Botanic Gardens –

Woodlands Historic Park

Wyndham Harbour (Werribee) – http://www.wyndhamharbour.com.au/

Yarra Bend Park

You Yangs Regional Park, Werribee


Notable walks / natural adventures in and around Melbourne or Victoria

General Portals

Adventure me – http://adventureme.com.au/

Bushwalking Victoria – Directory of notable bush and regional walks – http://www.bushwalkingvictoria.org.au/walks-directory/index.html

Parks Victoria – notable regional walks – http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/visit/popular-activities/walking

Visit Victoria – Great Trails – http://www.visitvictoria.com/great-trails

Suggested Walks

Victoria Walks (Portal) – http://www.victoriawalks.org.au/

Walking Maps (Australia) – http://walkingmaps.com.au/

  • 1000 Steps Walk (Kokoda Memorial walk) (Ferntree Gully)
  • Albert Park Lake (Albert Park / St Kilda)
  • Banksia Park to Heide walk (Heidelberg)
  • Bayside Coastal Trail (Beaumaris to Brighton)
  • Brighton to St Kilda (Along the beach)

  • Capital City Trail (Along Merri Creek – Clifton Hill and Collingwood)
  • Capital City Trail (CBD to South Yarra)
  • Dights Falls Trail (Yarra Bend Park)
  • Foreshore Trail (Port Melbourne, through South Melbourne and St Kilda finishing up at Elwood Park)
  • Hanging Rock (Near Mount Macedon)
  • Heidelberg school artists trail –
  • Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail (Williamstown to Altona)
  • Maribyrnong River Trail (Essendon)
  • Merri Creek (Fitzroy North and Brunswick)
  • Parkville to Princess park

  • Plenty Gorge Park
  • Pound Bend River Walk, Warrandyte
  • Royal Park Melbourne (Parkville)
  • Sherbrooke Falls Trail (Mount Dandenong)
  • Tan (The) – Famous running and walking route (Around the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne – CBD)
  • The Tan to Albert park lake

  • Two Bays walking trail (Dromana over to Cape Schank on the other side)
  • Yarra bend park

  • Werribee Gorge State Park Circuit Walk (Werribee)

Ski Fields

Snow Information

*** Australian Bureau of meteorology (BOM) – Snow and weather conditions / forecasts for all snow fields – http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/alpine/

Melbourne Weather (Australian Bureau of meteorology) – http://www.bom.gov.au/ and Interactive weather / climatic conditions – http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/
Australian Alps National Parks – Alps huts and national park info – https://theaustralianalps.wordpress.com/

Australian ski patrol Association – http://www.skipatrol.org.au/

High country farmers huts – Only for refuge not accomodation – https://hutsvictoria.org.au/
Police Victoria – Outdoor and bush information (Including trip intention form) – http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=23653

Ski Australia – http://ski.com.au/

Snow safe – http://snowsafe.org.au/
Snow safe – Chain fitting – http://snowsafe.org.au/chain-fitting/
Snow safe – First timers guide – http://snowsafe.org.au/category/first-timers-guide/

*** Snow Victoria (Official guide to snow fields of Melbourne) – http://snowvictoria.com/
– List of ski areas in Victoria – http://snowvictoria.com/resorts/
– Direction to ski resorts – http://snowvictoria.com/plan/
– Equipment rental – http://snowvictoria.com/plan/equipment-rental/

Snow Victoria – (First timers guide to the snow – Essential info about snow chains, car access fees to snow regions and more) -http://snowvictoria.com/first-timers-guide/
– Snow Victoria – First timers guide – http://snowvictoria.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/First-Timers-guide-final.pdf

Snow watch- Australia ski field conditions (Also international) – http://www.snowatch.com.au/
Trip intentions website – http://www.tripintentions.org/

** Victorian Snow Reports – http://snowvicreport.com/
Visit Victoria – Snow Fields – http://www.visitvictoria.com/ski
Wikipedia – Skiing in Victoria Australia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skiing_in_Victoria,_Australia

Important Snow Matters
– Anti freeze for Car radiators
– Fill up the car with petrol before arriving
– Recommended to bring food along, as prices in the ski fields are expensive
– Mandatory hiring of car tyre chains – available on the way to the ski fields (Need to prebook online with providers).
– Ski and equipment hire available at rental places nearby the ski entries.
– Entry to snow fields by car, requires pre-purchase of car alpine car passes.

Victorian – Specific Snow Locations
– Dinner Plain –
– Falls Creek – http://www.mtbuller.com.au/
– Lake Mountain – http://www.lakemountainresort.com.au/
– Mount Baw baw – http://mountbawbaw.com.au/
– Mount baw baw – public connection – http://www.mountaintopexperience.com/snow/moe-daily/
– Mount Baw Baw – Car entry access – http://www.alpineentryaccess.com.au

– Mount Buffalo National Park (Accom in Bright and hire shops in neighbouring towns – free entry) – http://www.visitmountbuffalo.com.au/ and http://www.mountbuffaloskischool.com.au/ and http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/mount-buffalo-national-park

– Mount Buller – http://www.mtbuller.com.au/
— Mt Buller – Alzburg – Ski tours / hire – http://www.alzburgtours.com.au/
– Mount Hotham – http://www.mthotham.com.au/ and Hotham holidays – http://www.hothamholidays.com.au/
– Mount St Gwinear – http://www.ericaskihire.com.au/home and http://www.visitmelbourne.com/Things-to-do/Outdoor-activities/Skiing/Mt-St-Gwinear
– Mount Stirling – http://www.mtstirling.com.au/ and http://www.stirlingexperience.com.au/

New South Wales (nearby across the border)
– Charlotte Pass – http://www.charlottepass.com.au/
– Perisher – http://www.perisher.com.au/
– Thredbo – http://www.thredbo.com.au/

Skifields (Summer activities):
– Bike paths
– Bush walking
– Run
– Mountain biking


Sporting / Health Centres – Exercise and public access

Includes:
– Sporting institutes / centres of excellence in Melbourne
– Ex Olympic / Commonwealth games venues
– National sporting centres / national infrastructure (also state) and events
– University institutions – Sporting faculties / clubs, centres and facilities for public use.
– Suburban sporting club – eg athletics club

– State and Federal sporting bodies – eg Rowing Australia, Rowing Victoria.
– Nutritionist / fitness coach

General portals
– Includes Public excercise sessions (such as Federation square)

Sporting code associations –

Wikipedia – organisation of sport in Australia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organisation_of_sport_in_Australia
Wikipedia – Sports governing bodies in Australia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Sports_governing_bodies_in_Australia

AFL – http://www.afl.com.au/
– Wikipedia – List of Australian football league premiers – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Australian_Football_League_premiers

AFL (Australian football league) – http://www.afl.com.au/

Aquatics and recreation (Peak Authority – includes swimming and recreation locations) – http://www.aquaticsandrecreation.org.au/

Athletics Australia – http://athletics.com.au/
Athletics Victoria – http://athsvic.org.au/services/lakeside/
Baseball / Softball –
Croquet victoria – Cairnlea state croquet centre – http://croquetvic.asn.au./
Gridiron Victoria (American Football) – http://www.gridironvictoria.com.au
Hockey –
Ice Hockey –
Lacrosse –
Netball – http://vic.netball.com.au/ and http://netball.com.au/
Outdoors Victoria – http://outdoorsvictoria.org.au/
Swimming Victoria (Peak Authority- includes swimming pool locations) – http://vic.swimming.org.au/

Tennis Australia and Victoria – http://www.tennis.com.au/vic/

Sporting portals and facilities –
Austadiums (Australian website of Australian sporting venues) – http://www.austadiums.com/

Councils
– Active Melbourne city sports – http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/amcs

Department of health and human services – Sport – http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/
– News – http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/news-and-events

– Find sport facilities – http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/find-sport-facilities
– State sporting associations – http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/find-sports-organisations/state-sporting-associations
– Community facilities – http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/find-sport-facilities/community-facilities

Park run – Public fitness runs – http://www.parkrun.com.au

Urban list – Melbourne – Health – http://www.theurbanlist.com/melbourne/health

**Vic swimming holes – warmest indoor pools in Victoria – http://www.vicswimmingholes.com/vic_warm.htm

Vic sport – https://vicsport.com.au/

Yachting Victoria (Peak Body) – http://www.vic.yachting.org.au/

Specific locations – General fitness

– Free outdoor exercise equipment by local councils in local parks – refer to council websites

Darebin International sports hub – Northcote – Velodrome and other – http://www.darebin.org/Directory/Agency.aspx?Mkey=5644&S3Key=318

Federation Square (Free regular public fitness classes) – http://www.fedsquare.com and http://www.fedsquare.com/health

Kooyong Tennis Club – http://www.kooyong.com.au/

Melbourne City Baths – http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/melbournecitybaths/Pages/MCB.aspx
Melbourne and Olympic Parks (Includes the tennis centre) – http://www.mopt.com.au/ and http://www.mopt.com.au/about/overview/ and http://www.tennisworld.net.au/

Melbourne Park Tennis centre – http://www.tennisworld.net.au/about/melbourne-park/
– Court Hire – http://www.tennisworld.net.au/play/court-hire/

The National Tennis Centre offers: – 8 Indoor Plexicushion Courts – 5 Outdoor Plexicushion Courts – 8 Italian Clay Courts – Large Function area – Changeroom and Shower facilities – High Performance Gymnasium – 5 Indoor practice courts next to rod laver arena

Melbourne Cricket Ground – http://www.mcg.org.au/

Melbourne sports hub (Melbourne sports and aquatic centre MSAC) – Albert Park – http://www.melbournesportshub.com.au/
Melbourne sports hub – Victorian state hockey and netball centre (Parkville) – http://www.melbournesportshub.com.au/snhc/
Melbourne sports Hub – Lakeside Stadium (Athletics hub Albert park) – http://www.melbournesportshub.com.au/ls/
National Equestrian Centre – Werribee – http://wpnec.com.au/
National Watersports Centre – Edithvale – http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/national-water-sports-centre

Tan (The) (Running track around the Melbourne botanic garden) – http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/tan-track

Velodromes (Cycling) – http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/velodromes-melbourne

Aquatic Centres and swimming pools:
– Note: Some hotels will allow payment to access the hotel pool, if you are not a guest.

Adelphi Hotel pool
**From January to March 2016 (Monday to Friday), non-hotel guests are welcome to use our pool & deck area for $25 per person, per day (includes entry + towel hire). – http://www.adelphi.com.au/hm_features.pl?id=2

Aqua pulse (Hoppers crossing) –
Aquarena Doncaster
Ascot Vale Lesiure centre –
Ashburton Pool and Leisure Centre –
Bayfit – Altona –
Brighton Baths –
Brunswick Baths –
Collingwood Leisure Centre
Craigieburn Park –
Docklands – Ron barassi snr park – Splash area

Eltham Leisure Centre
Glen eira sports and aquatic centre – Bentleigh east – http://www.gesac.com.au
Glen Iris – harold holt –
Gravity float (Pod floatation centres) – http://www.gravityfloat.com.au/
Hawthorn Aquatic (Glenferrie)
Kew Recreation Centre
Klim Swim (Richmond)
Melbourne City Baths

Melbourne sports hub – Melbourne sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) – http://www.melbournesportshub.com.au/msac/
Middle brighton baths – http://www.middlebrightonbaths.com.au
Northcote Aquatic and Rec. Centre

Peninsula Aquatic Centre – Frankston – http://www.parcfrankston.com.au
Point Cook – Crocodile water park
Richmond Recreation Centre

St Kilda Sea Baths –
Watermark aquatic Centre – Greensborough – http://www.watermarcbanyule.com.au/

Werribee – River walk water park
Windy Hill Fitness Centre (Essendon)


Religious or Spiritual centres

Hare Krisha Melbourne – http://www.harekrishnamelbourne.com.au/


Attractions and events ideas

Art shows
Attraction ideas

Aquatic centre
Beach club / bar
Botanic gardens

Public Libraries
Private libraries
-embassies
-institutes
-government promotion centres

Food
– Cheese
– Wine
– Chocolate
– Cider
– Fruits
– Vegetables

Golf courses
Lighthouse
Tree top walk
Wetlands

Experiences and events ideas

4wd tours
Abseiling experiences
Animal – Dolphins, Seals, Penguins
App (self guided)
Aromatherapy / wellness spa / massage / beauty
Arts and design tours
Art Trail – Walking
Attraction tour
Beer tasting and brewing
Bird watching
Blimp
Bush – walking
Business advice or guidance events- state government, local council
Camping
Cemetery tours
Cooking class
Council run free or paid local tours
Cultural trail – Walking
Cycling – Mountain biking
Cycling tours (Manual or electric bike / Self guided or guided)
Cycling Trails – Rail trail
Disability
Farm Produce Tours
Ferry / Boating tours
Fishing
Fishing
Flight simulator experience
Floating beach items
Food and wine tours (CBD or suburban or regional (eg Yarra Valley) – Private operator or CAE)
Fresh produce picking
Ghost tours
Go karting

Hang Gliding
Helicopter tours
Horseriding (Trail and farmstead)
Hot Air ballooning and ballooning areas
Hot springs experience
Hover craft
Jet ski
Jetpack experiences
Laneway
Motor Racing experiences and tours
Murder mystery experience
Paddle steamer ride
Paragliding
Photography tours
Quad biking
Railway ride (Heritage trains or scenic trains)
Religious
Riverboat
Roadtrip – suggest trails
Roadside flowers, produce and goods
Row boat ride
Running tours
Rural precincts
Sailing / Yachting
Scooter / Vespa tours
Sea Kayaking / Canoe
Seaplane tours
Segway tours
Self guided Audio tours (with downloadble audio guides or device)
Shopping Tours
Ski Tours
Skydive experience
Snorkelling
Spa experience
Sports (Various genres) tour
Stand up paddle boarding
Surfing tours
Trike
Vespa Tours
Walking and on Foot tours
Wellness Retreats
Wildlife
Wine Tours

General Portals

Best of Melbourne – tours
http://www.bestof.com.au/vic/tours

Big bus – Melbourne day tours portal – http://thebigbus.com.au/book-day-tours/melbourne-day-tours/

Experience Oz – Tours portal – https://www.experienceoz.com.au/melbourne/tours
Discover Sailing (Includes sailing open days) – http://discoversailing.org.au/

Lime and Tonic – Tours and Experiences portal –
https://www.limeandtonic.com.au/melbourne/experiences/

Parks Victoria – Portal of recommended activities and suppliers – http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/guided-tours/operators-by-activity

Red Balloon – Melbourne activities and also international events – (Experiences, Products and gift vouchers) – https://www.redballoon.com.au/

Thats Melbourne (Tourism Melbourne) – Tour & cruise operators – http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/VISITORS/TOURS/Pages/ToursCruises.aspx

Viator – Melbourne activities portal – http://www.viator.com/Melbourne/d384-ttd

Viator – Victoria Activities portal – http://www.viator.com/Victoria/d125-ttd

Visit Melbourne – Tours – http://www.visitmelbourne.com/Things-to-do/Tours
Visit Victoria – Official Tours portal for Melbourne and Victoria – http://www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Melbourne/Things-to-do/Tours

Visit Melbourne – Ballooning and scenic flights – http://www.visitmelbourne.com/Things-to-do/Outdoor-activities/Ballooning-and-scenic-flights
Visit Melbourne – Outdoor activities – http://www.visitmelbourne.com/Things-to-do/Outdoor-activities

Specific Tours

Note – Tour bus depot located next to Fed square

AAT Kings – Day Coach / Bus Tours – http://www.aatkings.com/ and (Brochures) http://www.aatkings.com/brochure/
Aboriginal heritage walk – Melbourne botanic gardens – http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/whats-on/aboriginal-heritage-walk

Achitours – Melbourne architectural tours – https://www.architours.com.au/
Around and About – http://www.aroundandabout.com.au
Australian Natural Treasures Tours

Autopia Tours – http://autopiatours.com.au/
Australia sightseeing – http://www.australiasightseeing.com.au
Awaken tours – http://www.awakentours.com

Balloonman – http://www.balloonman.com.au
Bayplay Aquatic tours – http://www.bayplay.com.au/

Boat cruises – Port Phillip bay, Maribyrnong river, yarra river
Bongo – Electrical open air vehicle tours – http://www.bongotransit.com.au/

Bunyip tours – http://www.bunyiptours.com
C The Market (Melbourne Wholesale Market Tours – Moving to Epping) – http://www.cthemarket.com.au

City sightseeing – hop on /off bus tour Melbourne (City and St kilda tours) – http://www.citysightseeing.melbourne

Coffee Tours Melbourne – http://www.melbournecoffeetours.com.au/

Discover footscray free tours – Maribyrnong city council

Essendon airport sightseeing operators
– Air adventure – http://www.airadventure.com.au
– Amber aviation – http://www.amberaviation.com.au
– Flight academy Australia – http://www.flyaa.com.au
– Flight group – http://www.flightgroup.com.au
– Heli Experiences – http://www.heliexperiences.com.au
– Shortstop jet charter – http://www.shortstop.com.au

Extreme Watersports –

Federation square – Guided tours –
Flemington racecourse
Flavourhood tours – Food tours – Coburg – https://flavourhoodtours.com.au/

Foodi – Melbourne food tours – http://foodi.com.au/melbourne/
Foodie Trails (Melbourne Food tours) – http://www.foodietrails.com.au/

Forgotten foods (Bush foods) – http://www.forgottenfoods.com.au/
Gippsland Food Adventures – http://www.gippslandfoodadventures.com.au/

Global Ballooning (Hot Air Balloon Tours – Yarra Valley and Melbourne) http://www.globalballooning.com.au/
Go West – http://www.gowest.com.au/
Golden mile heritage trail – run by Hidden secrets tours – http://hiddensecretstours.com/tour/golden-mile/
Gourmet Safari food tours (Maeve o meara) – http://www.gourmetsafaris.com.au
GrayLine – Day Coach / Bus Tours – http://www.grayline.com.au/

Great sights – http://www.greatsights.com.au

Hidden secrets tours – http://hiddensecretstours.com/
– Lane encounters, Golden mile heritage walk, Café culture,Progressive degustation
Hisense arena – Guided tour –
I’m free – Free Melbourne city tours – http://www.imfree.com.au/melbourne/index.html

Invisible Cities (Self guided CBD Audio tour) – http://invisiblecities.com.au/

Kathmandu Summit club – adventure events – http://www.kathmandu.com.au/summit-club/summit-club-events
Kayak Melbourne – Includes Twilight Kayak tours – http://www.kayakmelbourne.com.au/

Leadbeater (Yarra valley and Dandenong Ranges Day tours) – http://www.leadbeater.com.au
Localing (Day tours run by locals) – http://www.localing.com.au
Melbourne Activities – Tripadvisor – http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attractions-g255100-Activities-c25-Melbourne_Victoria.html

Melbourne Bike Share (Customised DIY bike tours – suggested routes on the site) – http://www.melbournebikeshare.com.au/
Melbourne by Bike – http://www.melbournebybike.com
Melbourne by Foot – http://www.melbournebyfoot.com

Melbourne Central – Walk to art tours (Free) – http://www.melbournecentral.com.au/walk-to-art-tours
Melbourne Cricket ground – Guided tour –
Melbourne Encountour – http://www.melbourneencountour.com.au

Melbourne Food experiences – http://www.melbournefoodexperiences.com.au/
Melbourne Greeter service (Free two to four-hour walking orientation of the city, conducted by our trained and enthusiastic volunteers) – http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/greeter
Melbourne Laneway Photography Tours – http://www.jaimemurcia.com

Melbourne Photo tours – http://www.melbournephototours.com

Melbourne Sailing Adventures

Melbourne Street Art Tours – Blender studios – http://www.melbournestreettours.com
Melbourne Walkabout – http://www.melbournewalkabout.com
Melbourne Walking tours – http://melbournewalks.com.au/
Meltours – http://www.meltours.com.au
Moonraker Dolphin Swims –
Mountain bike tours – http://www.mountainbikeadventures.com.au
My Melbourne Bike Tours – http://www.mymelbournebiketours.com.au

** New to Melbourne – Wilsons prom , great ocean road, Grampians and more cheap bus tours – https://www.facebook.com/NewToMelb/

Oceania Tours – http://www.oceaniatours.com.au/
Old Melbourne Gaol – night tour
Pedals – bike hire and tours – http://www.pedalsbikes.com.au
Peninsula stand up paddle –

Phototourism tours – http://phototourism.com.au/

Picture This Ballooning (Hot Air Balloon Tours – Yarra Valley and Melbourne) – http://www.picturethisballooning.com.au/
Polperro dolphin swims –

Probus club (semi retired outings) – http://www.probusvic.com.au/

Real Melbourne Bike Tours – http://www.rentabike.net.au
*** Sea Kayak Australia (Yarra river, Docklands, Williamstown, St Kilda and Port Phillip bay kayaking) – http://www.seakayakaustralia.com/

Rod Laver arena and Melbourne Park – Guided tour – http://www.tennisworld.net.au/tours/ and http://www.tennisworld.net.au/tours/book-a-rod-laver-arena-tour/
– Melbourne park development

Steam Rail Victoria (seasonal steam train day trips to Geelong or Mildura from Melbourne. – http://www.steamrail.com.au
South Bay Eco Adventures

Urban Adventures – Melbourne (Includes Kayaking) – http://www.urbanadventures.com/destination/Melbourne_tours
Urban koorie tour – Federation square –
Venetian gondola Yarra river experiences – http://www.veniceontheyarra.com.au

Victorian Adventures – http://www.victorianadventures.com.au/
Visitor (Melbourne guided tours) – http://thevisitor.com.au/

Walk Melbourne (Food and sights tours) – http://walkmelbourne.com.au/
Walk to art (Melbourne art tours) – http://walktoart.com.au/
Walks 101 – Free walking tours – http://www.walks101.com
Wildlife Coast Cruises – http://www.wildlifecoastcruises.com.au/
Wildlife tours – http://wildlifetours.com.au/

Williamstown heritage walking tours (Run by Hobsons Bay city council)


Fresh Produce / You pick areas in Victoria

Products include: Honey, Cheese, Fruits and vegetables

General Portals

– Cherry hill orchard
– Warrantina lavender farm
– Blue hills u pick cherry farm / berries and cherries
– Rayners stonefruit and orchard
– Kookaberry berry farm

Regions

• Bright and High Country – http://www.victoriashighcountry.com.au/food-wine-beer
• Bacchus Marsh – http://www.visitbacchusmarsh.com.au/local_farmgates_and_pick_your_own.html
• Daylesford / Macedon Produce (Including harvest festival – May) – http://dmproduce.com.au/

• Grampians and surrounds region – http://www.visitgrampians.com.au

King Valley wine – http://www.winesofthekingvalley.com.au/
Milawa Gourmet Region (Farm gates)- http://www.milawagourmet.com

• Mornington Peninsula – Farm Gate guide – http://www.winefoodfarmgate.com.au and http://admin.mornpen.vic.gov.au/files/52f036e1-70ed-46bc-8b05-a2e500d75ee5/Farmgate_A4_Brochure.pdf
• Mount Dandenong – http://www.villagesofmtdandenong.com.au/
Murray Region – http://www.farmgatetrail.com.au/
• Yarra Valley – Food network- http://www.yarravalleyfood.com.au/

Notable fresh produce and “you pick” farms

Jay Beries (Wandin) – http://www.jayberries.com.au
Kinglake berries –
Kookaberry Farm (Wandin) – http://www.kookaberry.com.au



Links last checked : / /2015


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