We have reviewed many playgrounds and things to do in Melbourne and Geelong and these are the pick of the crop. Read above to get more informations about each of the locations we would like you to know about. Each one of this places has its own charm and should be visited and enjoyed at least once.
McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park
Set in 16 hectares of bush and landscaped gardens, the McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park presents an inspiring and engaging range of changing exhibitions and public programs. McClelland’s outdoor sculpture collection showcases over 70 works by prominent Australian sculptors.
McClelland’s three indoor exhibition spaces accommodate temporary exhibitions and collection displays of works on paper, photography, painting and sculpture. McClelland Gallery is committed to the development of sculpture in Australia and is the home of the biennial McClelland Sculpture Survey and Award for contemporary outdoor sculpture.
A brilliant place for adults and kids. What better way to appreciate the skill and imagination of an artist than wandering around and coming across large-scale sculptures. The whole area is jam-packed with fun and interesting sculptures and includes a large labyrinth with walls made of rocks.
There is a base set of sculptures that are here permanently and during the biennial Survey & Award, many extra sculptures are displayed. The sculpture trails winds through bushland and every turns leads to something exciting.
Phil Price’s large-scale, wind-activated kinetic sculpture, The Tree of Life, is housed here. Even though the kids can’t climb on the sculptures, there is an exception to this rule – a giant set of white balls which kids can clamber over and even go inside.
Geelong, Bellarine and Surf Coast
Beautifully crafted play space that has a variety of different areas and is fully fenced. The fencing is hardly necessary since no one is going to want to leave this fun and interesting play space. There is a Pirate ship with a rope ladder on the side, tire steering wheel with paddles to make music, a wave slide and a device which makes noise as you go past it.
This area has a wide, sloped climbing wall, stand-on spinners and two springers.
Across a musical bridge is an area with three sheep springers, a bamboo tunnel, cottage ruin, sundial, stepping stones of various shapes through the trees, sound machines scattered about, sandpits, hand pump, a big maze made from different colored pavers, creek spring, dragonfly and swings.
There are shaded and unshaded seats scattered about and quite a lot of shaded areas, a water tap that makes interesting sounds when it is used and toilets. Outside the fenced area is a large shelter with tables and BBQs.
Victoria Police Museum
The Victoria Police Museum in Central Melbourne is home to a darker side of Victorian history with tales of colorful criminals. Be on the lookout for the 19th Century vampire-slaying kit which was confiscated during a 2004 Melbourne drug raid
The Victoria Police Museum is home to a darker side of Victorian history. With tales of colorful criminals and the gallant work of police in risky situations, the museum offers a unique view into the execution of Victorian crimes and the aftermath of disasters.
The museum collection reflects Victoria Police’s role in almost every major incident in Victoria. You can learn about why 1870s Detective John Christie was known as Victoria Police’s Sherlock Holmes. See over 150 years of stories and displays of crime, justice, courage, forensic techniques and examples of how police are making Victoria a safer place to live.
To miss it would be a crime! The museum is at the World Trade Centre, Lower Concourse Level. Main entrance via Siddeley Street (near the corner of Flinders and Spencer streets), Melbourne, Victoria.
The museum is quite small but has several exhibits, including about a dozen display cases, which highlight policing in Victoria over the years. The museum is only open during weekdays and the entry fee is nominal (gold coin donation).
- Eric, the first bomb disposal robot used by the Victorian Police which has now been pensioned off to the Museum.
- A 19th Century vampire-slaying kit which was confiscated during a 2004 Melbourne drug raid.
- A memorial to Constable Angela Taylor who died in a bombing in Russell Street and was the first Australian policewoman to be murdered.
- Documentation of courageous acts by members of the Police Force.
- An area to reflect on the Victorian Police who served the community during World War I.
- A marine rescue video.
- Pictures and artifacts from famous crimes such as the “Brown-out” Strangler and Turkish Consulate bombing.
- Displays on the drugs problem, drink driving, policing in the olden days and the various role of the police.
- A police motorcycle from 1958. There was no radio communication and in the event of an emergency, the rider would need to find a public telephone.
- Fredrick Deeming who was Australia’s Jack the Ripper.
- Julian Knight, the Hoddle Street Killer.
- Police Horses
- Original armor was worn by Dan Kelly and Steve Hart at Glenrowan.
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Malahang Reserve, Oriel Road, Heidelberg West
Practice your verbs before visiting Malahang Reserve because kids can play, jump, swing, slide, climb, run, skate and execute a multitude of other verbs at the playground which has a great range of playground equipment spread across a large area, a Skate Park and a BMX dirt-track.
The playground includes multiple flying foxes including one with a seat with harness, huge double pyramid rope climbing frame, huge swinging basket, family size see-saw, a fantastic huge structure with a paddle steamer theme, spinning cups with handwheel and a variety of swings including a “comfy chair” and tire swings.
There is a separate boat-shaped structure for toddlers with a ramp, block steps, colored balls and several educational boards. There are plenty of seats (without shade), a big shelter with BBQs and tables, toilets and a basketball court.
Pure Peninsula Honey
Honey may not smell as nice as a roll of unused banknotes but the farm shop at Pure Peninsula Honey in Moorooduc provides a range of activities including free tastings of 100% pure Australian honey, seeing live bees at work, read about amazing bee facts and walk through a mock apiary and smell the natural fragrance of pure beeswax.
The farm shop provides a range of activities including free tastings of 100% pure Australian honey, see live bees at work, browse our bee themed gift shop, sampling cosmetics made from manuka honey, read amazing bee facts, walk through a mock apiary, smell the natural fragrance of pure beeswax candles and enquire about farm talks.
Information provided on the premises:
Worker bees are female bees. There are about 40,000 workers in a hive. They do almost all the chores in the hive. They gather pollen or nectar, guard the entrance to prevent foreign insects from entering, clean the hive, build the comb, make honey, tend to the queen and feed the larvae and drones.
They even fan the hive to keep it cool on a hot summer’s day. A worker bee makes about 1 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. They live for about six weeks.
The brood box (or nursery) is the bottom box of the hive. The queen bee usually lives and lays her eggs in the brood box.
Beekeepers seldom take honey from the brood box because the colony uses this honey for everyday food. Bee’s enter and leave the hive through the entrance (a narrow horizontal slot) which is located in the bottom board underneath the box. The hive temperature is maintained around 34 degrees C.
Honey supers are the boxes stacked on top of the brood box. They contain eight frames on which bees build honeycomb. Each frame can be removed when the comb is full of honey. Bees mainly store honey in the supers. Beekeepers may put more than one super on top when bees are producing honey at a fast rate.
The number of supers depends on the size of the colony and how much nectar is available for bees to collect. The supers are covered with a lid.
The Queen Bee – Each colony has one queen. The queen is the largest bee and her job is to lay eggs. The queen bee has one mating period in her life, this is when she leaves the hive and mates in flight with many drones. With her eggs now fertilized, she returns to the hive and begins to lay eggs.
During this time she is cleaned and fed by the worker bees so she can spend all her time laying eggs, 1000 or more per day. The queen lives for about two to four years.
Drones are stingless male bees. They are the future fathers of the bee colony. They have larger eyes and antennae than the females. These help them succeed in their only task – locating and mating with the queen during flight.
The swiftest drones will catch and mate with the Queen, but their life is short. After mating, they will float back to earth and be dead by the time they reach the ground. Usually, there are only a few hundred drones in a hive and they may be evicted at the beginning of winter or when a shortage of food occurs.
Royal Jelly is a special substance that is the primary source of nutrition for larva and what causes some to grow into Queen Bees. It is a milky substance made of digested pollen and honey mixed with a chemical secreted from a gland in the bee’s head.
It is often used as a fertility stimulant and dietary supplement and contains high levels of many forms of vitamin B. Hives only produce a small amount of Royal Jelly and that is why it is sold at a premium price.
Raising a Queen Normally the colony only Contains one queen. Without her, the colony would cease to exist because the workers die of old age and no new generation of bees is developed.
The bee’s sense when the existing queen is going to leave the nest (swarm). The bees build several queen cells that are larger than a normal cell and the existing queen lays eggs into these. The larva in these cells is only fed Royal Jelly and as a result, a queen develops instead of a worker. Scientists have tried to discover what food materials are in Royal Jelly but no one as yet has managed it.
About four days after hatching, a queen larva will be large enough to fill most of the cell. Workers then cap the cell and the larva spin a cocoon around itself and change into a pupa. Only 16 days after the egg was laid, a new adult queen emerges. The new queen immediately searches for other queen cells.
When she finds them, she chews a small hole in the wall of each one, and stings and kills them. If two queens come out of their cells at the same time, they fight until one is killed.
How do Bees Make Honey – Honeybees use nectar to make honey. Nectar is almost 80% water with some complex sugars. Nectar is the clear liquid that drops from the end of the blossom. Bees get nectar from flowers like clovers, dandelions, eucalypts and fruit tree blossoms.
They use their long, tubelike tongues like straws to suck the nectar out of the flowers and they store it in their ‘honey stomachs. Bees have two stomachs, their honey stomach which they use like a nectar backpack and their regular stomach. The honey stomach holds almost 70 mg of nectar and when full, it weighs almost as much as the bee does. Honeybees must visit between 100 and 1500 flowers to fill their honey stomachs.
The honeybees return to the hive and pass the nectar onto other worker bees. These bees suck the nectar from the honeybee’s stomach through their mouths. These ‘house bees’ ‘chew’ the nectar for about half an hour. During this time, enzymes are breaking the complex sugars in the nectar into simple sugars so that it is both more digestible for the bees and less likely to be attacked by bacteria while it is stored within the hive.
The bees then spread the nectar throughout the honeycombs where water evaporates from it, making it a thicker syrup. The bees make the nectar dry even faster by fanning it with their wings. Once the honey is gooey enough, the bees seal off the cell of the honeycomb with a plug of wax. The honey is stored until it is eaten. In one year, a colony of bees eats between 55 and 90 kilograms of honey.
Harmony Park, Gaffney Street, Coburg
This is Harmony Park except when Mum and Dad tell the kids that it is time to go home, then it’s anything but harmony. This large, beautifully created play space has lots of interesting play elements and is not a place that the kids will be keen to leave.
The main wooden structure has a huge tunnel, big wave slide, rope ladder and climbing wall. This leads to an area with a series of different bridges, an area with car tires that make sounds when you jump on them, a large hammock and another area with a large pyramid rope climbing frame, hanging disks, traverses and swings without a safety chain.
There is a large sandpit under shade sails with digger and conveyor belt, car-shaped structure with tunnel, music-making equipment and steering wheels, a little hillock with slide, speed-boat on a rocker, see-saw, swings with safety chains and a huge plastic seat swing.
The playground area has two shelters with tables and seats. There is also a huge shelter with tables and BBQs plus unshaded tables and seats. Large rocky landscaped area, tactile impressions sculpture created by local schools and artists, toilets and water tap. There is a basketball and Skate Park nearby plus a large grassy area.
There is good All Abilities accessibility. Even when wood chips are used, paths are leading to the equipment.
ANZ Banking Museum (Central Melbourne)
The ANZ Banking Museum is housed on the lower ground floor of the ‘Gothic Bank’ at 380 Collins Street, Melbourne.
The museum tells the story of Australia’s banking heritage through displays of items such as banknotes and coins, moneyboxes, office machines, firearms, gold-mining equipment and uniforms. Inputting together these displays, ANZ’s Banking Museum draws upon the rich historical resource of ANZ’s archives, an extensive collection of manuscripts, correspondence and photographs covering more than 170 years of banking operations.
ANZ undertook a major refurbishment of its banking museum in 2007. The refurbishment work presented an opportunity to re-think the existing design, incorporate more interactive displays and update content. The new exhibition, entitled “People & Money – Banking in Australia” is designed to have wide appeal to all age groups.
The exhibition also complements various community initiatives that ANZ is currently involved in. The exhibition begins with early Indigenous economy through to 19th-century banking and traces changes in technology with a new section featuring banking in the future. A key theme of financial literacy underpins the exhibition and is illustrated by a unique collection of historic moneyboxes and other banking paraphernalia.
Visitor guides are available for self-guided tours and a museum attendant is available onsite to answer questions.
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