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Cool Things To Do When Visiting Melbourne

Melbourne‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌hip,‌ ‌dynamic‌ ‌metropolis,‌ ‌with‌ ‌an‌ ‌exciting‌ ‌city‌ ‌center,‌ ‌inner-city‌ ‌neighborhoods‌ ‌that‌ is ‌full‌ ‌of‌ ‌unique‌ ‌character,‌ ‌and‌ ‌lush‌ ‌green‌ ‌parks‌ ‌and‌ ‌mountain‌ ‌ranges‌ ‌where‌ ‌you‌ ‌can‌ ‌enjoy‌ ‌Australian‌ ‌nature‌ ‌at‌ ‌its‌ ‌finest.‌ ‌

The‌ ‌city‌ ‌is‌ ‌known‌ ‌for‌ ‌its‌ ‌many‌ ‌laneways,‌ ‌its‌ ‌cultural‌ ‌diversity,‌ ‌excellent‌ ‌dining‌ ‌options‌ ‌for‌ ‌all‌ ‌budgets,‌ ‌and‌ ‌amazing‌ ‌street‌ ‌art.‌ ‌It’s‌ ‌also‌ ‌known‌ ‌for‌ ‌being‌ ‌the‌ ‌coffee‌ ‌capital‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌world,‌ ‌and‌ ‌for‌ ‌being‌ ‌regularly‌ ‌voted‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌world’s‌ ‌most‌ ‌livable‌ ‌city!‌ ‌
Let’s‌ ‌explore‌ ‌the‌ ‌best‌ ‌things‌ ‌to‌ ‌do‌ ‌in‌ ‌Melbourne:

Formula 1 Melbourne

Get amongst the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix

What is it? 
All eyes fall on Melbourne for the Formula 1 season-opening event, which takes over the city every March.

Why go? 
International superstars, heavyweight cars and present champions speed to victory on the picturesque Albert Park track – what’s not to love?

Don’t miss: 
There’s plenty of off-track action as well as the vroom vroom of the cars. Think food, drinks, brand activations and plenty of opportunities to rub shoulders with F1 heroes.

Are earplugs ready? The Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix weekend kicks off on Thursday, March 12, setting the city alight with fast cars and festive exhilaration. International superstars, heavyweight cars and present champions will speed to victory on the picturesque Albert Park track.

The city comes to life for the Grand Prix long weekend, so expect excitement at every corner. As usual, general admission and grandstand tickets are available, but the hot ticket item is always the hospitality package. Offering supreme dining options, access to a rooftop tiered viewing deck and daily walks along Pit Lane, it makes spying on drivers a sneaky cinch.
Find out more at https://www.timeout.com/

acmi, melbourne, museum center

Australian Center for The Moving Image

Stories that transport you, ideas that transform you at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Immerse yourself in the world of film, television and digital culture in ACMI’s permanent free exhibit, Screen Worlds. As the home of Melbourne’s best and most popular film festivals, great Australian and international cinema and regular screenings for seniors, kids, and lovers of cult classics, ACMI present an unparalleled annual calendar.

Venture into the world’s largest screen gallery to discover inspirational exhibitions all year round, watch quality films in state-of-the-art cinemas or take part in lively discussions with television and film personalities at one of the many screen culture events. Visit the ACMI Shop, the ultimate store for film buffs or relax in ACMI Cafe & Bar overlooking Federation Square.

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image is a state-of-the-art facility purpose-built for the preservation, exhibition, and promotion of Victorian, Australian and International screen content in all forms.

Find out more at https://www.thrillophilia.com/

Werribee Open Range Zoo melbourne

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Highlights

Get up close and personal to your favorite native animals

Learn more about kangaroos and koalas from an expert keeper

Small and intimate group tour

Acquaint yourself with some of your favorite Aussie icons during this intimate group tour at Werribee Open Range Zoo. Spot sleepy koalas high up in the trees, meet the resident kangaroos and be surprised by all the other weird and wonderful animals you encounter along the way.

What’s Included?

  • Small-group tour meeting Aussie animals
    Entry to Werribee Open Range Zoo
    Expert keeper guide

Love all of Australia’s amazing local legends? Join a ranger and get up close to some of the country’s most iconic species during a small group tour. Enter the world of koalas and see how cuddly they really are, meet the kangaroo mob and encounter many other interesting wildlife along the way. Spend the rest of the day meeting the zoo’s other residents at your leisure.

Session Length

  • This experience is 30 minutes in duration
    Available at 10:35am on Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun

Find out more at https://www.redballoon.com.au/

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Have a ball at the Underground Cinema

What is it? 

Underground Cinema has been in the live cinema business for years now, and during that time it has managed to recreate more than 30 film-inspired worlds. Attending an Underground Cinema event is like walking onto a film set: there are actors in costumes, props galore and yes, even an on-site bar.

Why go? 

The location and the film’s identity are kept a secret in the lead-up to the event. All you get is a general clue about the genre and often a guide on how to dress up.

Don’t miss: 

Getting swept up in the mystery of it all. Speculation is half the fun!

And so it returns. The most (un)talked about immersive cinema experience returns to Melbourne. Attendees are given a nonspecific title for the experience, a dress code and a general theme. Closer to the time of the event, the location is revealed (or not! Sometimes a bus will take cinema-goers to the site).

After last year’s event was canceled due to events even scarier than the movies, Underground Cinema is back.  

Underground Cinema has been in the live immersive cinema business for years and has recreated more than 30 filmic worlds. Arriving feels like walking onto a film set, full of actors, costumes and props (and an onsite bar).

Attendees complete tasks or take part in an event related to the film before the screening commences and the film is finally revealed. Past movies have included Gattaca, Let the Right One In, Children of Men, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Lords of Dogtown.

This time the theme is FBI 2.0, which means it’s an FBI-themed movie the Underground crew have tackled before. Attendees will be divided into Delta and Gamma units, which must wear different colored uniforms and undergo slightly different training schedules. FBI merch is available for preorder if you want, or just arrive dressed for Quantico. Do you have what it takes?

Altona Beach melbourne

Altona Beach

Are you looking for a quiet beach to enjoy the serenity of the waters with great peace & tranquillity? Altona Beach, in Melbourne, is the right choice for you.

Highlights – This is not only one of the quietest but also one of the cleanest beaches of Melbourne, which makes it great for swimming for kids as well. Earlier, the beach waters were filled with seaweeds. However, a mass level of cleaning happened and today, the waters are crystal-clear. Altona Pier, which is 500m long, crosses this beach, making it an ideal picnic spot. There are lots of restaurants and small eateries along the shores of the beach.

Location – About 25minutes away from the Central Business District of Melbourne and 500m away from Altona Railway Station.

Activities – Swimming, walking, kite-surfing, etc.

Clay Target Shooting Session - Epping Melbourne

Clay Target Shooting Session – Epping

Highlights

Learn the basic skills of clay target shooting from a professional

-Shoot at targets flying through the air from different locations

-No experience or license required

Experience the rush of shooting clay targets flying through the sky! With no experience required, the session begins with a briefing on how to handle the shotguns and hit targets like a pro. A qualified instructor will be by your side as you shoot at a variety of single and double targets.

What’s Included?

All equipment, ammunition, targets and safety gear

Do you have the focus and coordination skills to hit moving targets? Learn the basics of clay target shooting from a professional and try your hand at breaking a variety of single and double targets. Most of these sessions are hosted by Adam Vella, trap shooter, Olympic bronze medalist, four-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist and the former national high-performance shotgun coach of the Australian shooting team.

The experience starts with a safety briefing where you will be familiarised with the firearms. Then, with a qualified instructor by your side, you will shoot at a variety of single and double targets from various stations on the range. Even if it’s your first time picking up a gun, you’ll be surprised at your success!

Session Length

This experience is 1 – 2 hours in duration depending on participant numbers

Please arrive 15 minutes before your session time

Booking is required to secure your spot

Restrictions

The provider does not allow any person/s to participate or attend if they are deemed a” prohibited person” under section 3 of the Firearms Act 1996.

Guidelines

  • The minimum age to participate is 15 years old
    Participants under 18 must have a legal guardian accompanying them during the session
    A firearm license is not required

Participants found to be under the influence of alcohol/drugs will not be allowed to shoot. Your voucher will be forfeited without entitlement to a refund or reschedule

Participants must have a photographic ID to shoot

Cancellation

Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to this policy:

Rescheduling is permitted up to 10 days before your session. Please contact the experience provider in writing

No shows and late arrivals: participants will forfeit their experience and therefore not entitled to a refund or reschedule

Participants found to be under the influence of alcohol/drugs will not be allowed to shoot. Your voucher will be forfeited without entitlement to a refund or reschedule.

Get jeans tailored to you at Dejour Jeans

Get jeans tailored to you at Dejour Jeans

What is it? 

A tiny shopfront in Coburg that functions as a factory outlet, offering on-site (and often same-day) alterations and repairs on its own range of jeans at no extra cost.

Why go? 

Forget trying to find the perfect fit of jeans off the rack. You can get your own custom-fitted pair for the tight-arse price of around $55. Floor-to-ceiling shelves are stocked with jeans in every color and shape you can imagine with a pretty inclusive selection of women’s sizes (5 to 24) and men’s sizes (28 to 46). And if you’re wondering, yes, staff are always busy. Prepare to wait.

Don’t miss: 

If you’re not a jeans wearer, never fear. Dejour also tailors denim jackets, shorts and skirts.

Forget trying to find the perfect fit of jeans off the rack. Get your own custom-fitted pair from Dejour Jeans – all for the tight-arse price of around $55. Dejour’s tiny Sydney Road shopfront functions like a factory outlet, offering on-site (and often same day) alterations and repairs on their own range of jeans at no extra cost.

Floor-to-ceiling shelves are stocked with jeans in every color and shape you can imagine, with a pretty inclusive selection of women’s sizes 5-24 and men’s sizes 28-46. And if you’re wondering, yes, they are always busy.

Bourke Street Mall melbourne

Bourke Street Mall

Street markets are one of the greatest attractions in Melbourne City. Bourke Street Mall is one of them.

Highlights – Due to its ultra-busy nature, Bourke Street is known as Melbourne’s second street (the first one being Collins Street). Bourke Street Mall located on this street runs for 2km in length and is one of the main tourist attractions of the city. This mall is home to some of the famous restaurants, bars and cafes. During the weekends and evening hours, the mall witnesses thousands of people. There are more than 500 business units of various categories like restaurants, entertainment, fashion, household goods, beauty, specialty shops etc. in this mall.

Location – 200m towards the north of Swanston Street & Elizabeth Street.

Famous for – International & local restaurants, cafes and bars.

Timings – Differs as per shops.

Bridge Road, Richmond melbourne

Bridge Road, Richmond

Bridge Road in Richmond not only provides you a unique shopping experience but also provides you a sneak-peek into the rich cultural heritage of the place.

Highlights – The history of this market dates back to as early as the 18th century. Formed just a few years after the Europeans settled in Victoria, this place was once the hub of corn and hay stores. Later on, they slowly developed into leading fashion outlets, award-winning restaurants, confectioneries, cafes, furniture and other stores. Even today, many heritage walk tours are conducted in and around this area. It is easily accessible by foot, car, bike and public transport.

Location – A very short distance from Melbourne CBD.

Famous for – Fashion outlets selling all international styles of clothes, great restaurants, high-quality furniture outlets, community shops, arts, wellness and other retail outlets.

Have breakfast at Collingwood Children's Farm

Have breakfast at Collingwood Children’s Farm

What is it? 

A working farm located only five kilometers from the city in the hallowed grounds of the Abbotsford Convent.

Why go? 

It gives city kids a chance to give farming life ago. You can milk the cows, feed the chooks, ride a pony or play with the baby lambs. It’s adorable.

Don’t miss: 

A meal at the Farm Café – they serve up hearty meals with a paddock-to-plate policy: everything is made from scratch and ingredients are sourced locally.

Bringing the country to the city, the Collingwood Children’s Farm gives urban kids a chance to give farming life ago. You can milk the cows, feed the chooks, ride a pony or play with the baby lambs. A farmer’s market takes place every second Saturday of the month, where you can pick up fresh produce.

The Farm Café serves up hearty meals with a paddock-to-plate policy: everything is made from scratch and ingredients are sourced locally. Check the website to make bookings for children’s parties.

Black Rock melbourne

Try your hand at paddleboarding at Black Rock

What is it? 

If you’re a bit of a water baby, might we suggest the gorgeous Half Moon Bay down in Black Rock?

Why go? 

Half Moon Bay is a secluded, blue-and-yellow postcard of a beach that’s protected from wild weather. The calm waters also make it a great spot to practice paddleboarding, if you’ve got a strong core.

Don’t miss: 

Not too far from the shore lies HMVS Cerberus, an 1870s battleship that was scuttled in the bay in 1926 to create a breakwater for the Black Rock Yacht Club.

Half Moon Bay is a secluded, blue-and-yellow postcard of a beach that reveals a fascinating piece of maritime history. Not too far from the shore lies the HMVS Cerberus: an 1870s battleship that was scuttled in the bay in 1926 to create a breakwater for the Black Rock Yacht Club.

Named for its crescent shape, the bay is protected from weather and is popular for boating, but is equally perfect for swimming in calm waters. For a post-swim snack, there’s the casual Cerberus Beach House kiosk overlooking the sea.

Bridge Road, Richmond melbourne

Bridge Road, Richmond

Bridge Road in Richmond not only provides you a unique shopping experience but also provides you a sneak-peek into the rich cultural heritage of the place.

Highlights – The history of this market dates back to as early as the 18th century. Formed just a few years after the Europeans settled in Victoria, this place was once the hub of corn and hay stores. Later on, they slowly developed into leading fashion outlets, award-winning restaurants, confectioneries, cafes, furniture and other stores. Even today, many heritage walk tours are conducted in and around this area. It is easily accessible by foot, car, bike and public transport.

Location – A very short distance from Melbourne CBD.

Famous for – Fashion outlets selling all international styles of clothes, great restaurants, high-quality furniture outlets, community shops, arts, wellness and other retail outlets.

Find out more at https://www.redballoon.com.au/

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