State of Victoria Things to Do

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State of Victoria Things to Do

  • Great Ocean Road

    Melbourne Things to Do

    We took a day trip along the Great Ocean Road. This was by far the highlight of our trip. The scenery is amazing. Rocks have been eroded into a variety of spectacular shapes by the constant pounding of the ocean. The erosion of course is on-going and the scenery ever changing. There are fewer apostles now than on our visit. We saw a picture of one...

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  • Geelong Waterfront

    Geelong Things to Do

    Eastern beach has a beautiful hill landscape for jogging, a gated swimming area, stunning views of Corio Bay. Locals and tourists come here to spend morning walk, jogging, photo shooting, and etc. You can continue walking along the coast all the way to western beach. This is a must visit place in Geelong... not to miss the stunning views and a...

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  • Great Ocean Road

    State of Victoria Things to Do

    A few miles further south from Portarlington around the bay is another low-key holiday resort, St Leonards. There's not a lot to it - a pub/hotel, a few shops (convenience store, fish & chip shop, pizza and the real estate), a caravan park and a number of holiday homes spread along the shoreline. But there's a long stretch of safe if...

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  • Queen Victoria Market

    Melbourne Things to Do

    The Queen Victoria Markets are the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere since the 1850's. As well as being a tourist destination it is a great place for locals to find souvenirs, clothing,gifts, wine, specialty food items,homewares, fresh produce, meat, seafood, breads, cheeses, candy, pastry and prepared foods. Our hotel was only a...

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  • The Great Ocean Road

    Geelong Things to Do

    The road starts at Torquay and ends at Allansford . Drive along the Great Ocean Road (243 kms long) and see the 12 Apostles, limestone stack formations that are a little way out, standing in the ocean. There are also several blow holes and naturally formed caves to see.

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  • St. Kilda

    Melbourne Things to Do

    Southern Cross station on Spencer St. Compared to other beaches around Australia, it was not really for surfing, but still it was good for myself to get away from the city and relax, walk around, enjoy an ice-cream.

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  • Geelong Botanic Gardens

    Geelong Things to Do

    From my emails at the time: "A diffused sun pushed its wan light below the clouds as I surveyed the morning scene overlooking the bay and pondered the advantages of a motorhome; parked here with million dollar views and not a soul to disturb me though I knew that would change. Behind me was Geelong Botanical Gardens. Last time I’d been there the...

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  • Phillip Island

    Melbourne Things to Do

    Phillip Island seems to be well known for the penguin parade, but there is more to do and see to make the long trip truly worthwhile. I know in asking about the island, there were many that said "don't bother", but we ended up taking a tour out that direction, and found it very worthwhile. The big difference is probably us "furr-i-ners", who can...

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  • Geelong Football Club

    Geelong Things to Do

    Geelong has the 2nd oldest Australian Rules football club, founded in 1859. It's home turf, known as 'The Cattery' is the oval in Kardinia Park and the only opportunity left to see a traditional suburban ground where the Australian game is played at the highest level. Of course it has changed greatly over the past few years and historic...

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  • Dandenong Ranges

    Melbourne Things to Do

    The Germans used to have the formula for aspirin but it was "misplaced". Alfred rediscovered it and made a fortune. A fair percentage of that fortune went into a wonderful garden in the Dandenongs that was ultimately bequeathed to the state. These days the National Parks and Wildlife look after it and the great news is that it's free. You can...

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  • National Wool Museum

    Geelong Things to Do

    Now, a 'wool' museum may not sound like a lot of fun - but this will give you some insight into Australian culture (both now and in the 19th Century) - this is not just a museum full of different types of yarn. It was also a place we would always go to on a school trip and here's why: "The National Wool Museum is Australia's only comprehensive...

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  • Rialto Tower

    Melbourne Things to Do

    One of the easiest ways to orientate yourself in a new city is to take a trip to the top of somewhere high. In the case of Melbourne, this means taking the lift to level 55 of Rialto Towers to the Melbourne Observation Deck. Here you can experience 360 degree views of this diverse city. ENTRANCE FEES (March 2007) : Adult $14.50 Child $8.00 (Aged...

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  • Royal Botanic Gardens

    Melbourne Things to Do

    The statue of Hercules is one of the two classical sculptures at the Royal Botanic Garden's Main Entrance. Both statues were unveiled in 1928 with an unknown artist. Both busts are of marble. Fortunately this bust has weathered the elements better than its counterpart the Statue of Apollo and is in pretty good condition.

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  • Crown Casino

    Melbourne Things to Do

    Then Crown Casino is the place for you. It is the largest casino in the southern hemisphere, and has endless rows of slot machines and gaming tables. Besides gambling, there are many other attractions at Crown Casino, including shopping, clubs, restaurants and bars, sports watching, a movie theatre, bowling alley & arcade, laser tag, and live...

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  • Old Melbourne Gaol

    Melbourne Things to Do

    This gaol was interesting because it provided a lot of information about the history of Melbourne. Many of the criminals mentioned inside had killed their partners through greed during the Gold Rush. An Aborigine was executed there for killing the white men who raped an Aboriginal woman. One section included death masks made using the heads of...

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  • Federation Square

    Melbourne Things to Do

    Federation Square is a hub of activity in the CBD. The Square is an odd looking area comprised of strange structures and buildings flanking the corners. The Square is a hangout for people just sitting on the steps, eating at one of the restaurants or for peopel handing out pamphlets on whatever cause they happen to believe in that particular...

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  • Chinatown

    Melbourne Things to Do

    Melbourne's Chinatown resembles most Chinatowns I have seen back in the states. This particular area of Melbourne is located on Little Bourke Street and branches out to side streets and alleyways. This Chinatown dates back to the Gold Rush days of the 1850's that brought a flood of Chinese immigrants looking to make it rich and is the longest...

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  • Yarra River

    Melbourne Things to Do

    The Yarra River rises in central-east Victoria and enters the sea into Port Phillip Bay. It is here the the city of Melbourne was established. Originally known as Birrarung the river was a major source of food for the aboriginal tribes of the area. Early European settlers used the river area mainly for agriculture but hte landscape has changed...

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  • Shrine of Remembrance

    Melbourne Things to Do

    PLEASE NOTE; NOT ALL SECTIONS OF THE SHRINE ARE CURRENTLY OPEN AS A MUSEUM IS BEING CONSTRUCTED AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN TIME FOR THE 100 YEAR CELEBRATION OF THE ANZAC LANDING AT GALIPOLI Perhaps one of the most iconic Melbourne buildings, The Shrine has a prominent position on the skyline and is well worth a visit – even if you are not...

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  • Zoo

    Melbourne Things to Do

    Melbourne Zoo opened in 1862 and was the first to do so in Australia. Since then it has changed continually enlarging the site and upgrading exhibits. There are more than 320 species of animal and bird to be viewed along with a variety of landscapes. The zoo is only 4km from the city centre and is easily accessible by trams and trains. Melbourne...

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  • Historical Buildings

    Melbourne Things to Do

    There is a trio of buildings from the ‘marvelous Melbourne’ era which together make up the historic sections of the ANZ Banking group of buildings. The first is what has been dubbed, The Gothic Bank’ on the corner of Queen and Collins Streets. and built 1883-87 for the English, Scottish and Australian (ES&A) Bank as banking chambers and managers...

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  • Brighton Beach

    Melbourne Things to Do

    Further south along the bay from St Kilda is the upmarket suburb of Brighton, Brighton Beach and its famed sweep of colourful beach huts. Its quite an exclusive place, the more so because there is virtually no development on the beach front aimed at tourists - simply upmarket homes and one or two boutique hotels. But 5 minutes walk from the front...

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  • Southbank & Southgate

    Melbourne Things to Do

    Southbank and Southgate, Melbourne Victoria There is plenty to entertain you along the Yarra on a Sunday afternoon. We stared at Crown Casino and walked along the river bank, across the bridge to Flinders Station, explored the Melbourne inner city arcades and then back over the Yarra and back to our Crown Towers Hotel. Being a Sunday there were...

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  • Cook's Cottage

    Melbourne Things to Do

    I am very interested in Captain Cook and his epic sea voyages, so I was interested to know that his family cottage had been transported and reassembled in Melbourne. We had to go visit. Cooks' Cottage was originally built in the Village of Great Ayton in Yorkshire in 1755, by James and Grace Cook, Captain James Cook's parents. In 1933 the...

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  • Williamstown

    Melbourne Things to Do

    Williamstown is an sub-urban area of Melbourne. It is an easy and beautiful place to visit in Melbourne. This town is away from Melbourne CBD district, cause everything is very peaceful, slow, relax, small colonial classic town which is different from other parts of Melbourne. In fact, you can reach here by a 15-minutes metro train or by a...

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  • Fitzroy Gardens

    Melbourne Things to Do

    I accidentally passed by this garden on my way to Carlton gardens. This garden is beautiful and big enough that you can enjoy the peaceful moment in your life and wonder around the small attractions like Cook's Cottage, Conservatory, Model Tudor Village, and Fairies Tree for hours. I am impressed with the numbers and how tall those trees in the...

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  • Aquarium

    Melbourne Things to Do

    After buying my ticket online prior to walking in the door I was quite rudely told I must leave the venue to print the ticket prior to entering the venue. There is no other option. Later find a sign in the venue stating save the rain forests by only print when really needed. Printing this single page is not for your convenience, as they take it...

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  • Healesvile Sanctuary

    Melbourne Things to Do

    This is a really cool wildlife sanctuary just an hour out of Melbourne. A great place to see alot of Australias unique native wildlife, such as Kangaroos, Koalas & Wombats. They have an awesome Bird's of Prey exhibit and Reptile Exhibit. The Sanctuary is located in the Yarra Valley, which also has lots of great Wineries to visit . Best time to...

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  • Museum

    Melbourne Things to Do

    The museum always has a special disp;lay we went especially to see the Mummies of Ancient Egypt. It is an alright way to spend a cool or wet day as we did. Admission is $6 adults & children or concession holders are free. The museum is open 10.00-5pm daily except Christmas & Good Friday. A few interactive things for the kids.

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  • Shopping

    Melbourne Things to Do

    Since shopping is a major activity for most Melbournians, it would be a pity to not let travellers such as yourself know about the great places to shop in South Yarra, a small suburb outside of Melbourne CBD. Tons of clothing shops, restaurants, cafes, and discount shops line the blocks of Chapel St., including brand name fashions, and unknown...

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  • Sovereign Hill

    Melbourne Things to Do

    1999: Me & my mate made my way here DIY. I was never a big fan of theme parks but we thought we would give this one a go. Gold-panning always sound like a good idea....you know striking it rich? Greed has no boundaries. Caught a train from Southern Cross Train Station in Melbourne. Journey took about 1.5 hours). I don't know what to call it....

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  • Flinders Street Station

    Melbourne Things to Do

    Flinders Street Station is the central railway station of the suburban railway network of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets next to the Yarra River in the heart of the city, stretching from Swanston Street to Queen Street and covering two city blocks. We were coming in from St Kilda and got off...

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  • Grampians National Park

    Melbourne Things to Do

    Woah! I never thought a backpackers' place up the mountain can be so much comfortable and warm than the one in the city.... An absolutely splendid place with clean facilities and warm welcome upon our arrival. I really enjoyed it here and the place feel more like at home and not like in a backpackers. The surroundings are so serene and it just...

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  • Yarra Valley

    Melbourne Things to Do

    Our friends took us for a drive through the Yarra Vally which was not far from the outskirts of Melbourne. If you are a wine lover there are more wineries here than people which would be a plus for most. If you are not a wine lover it is a great drive just to relax on and there are also plenty of art gallerys and many other things along the...

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  • Carlton Garden and Royal Exhibition...

    Melbourne Things to Do

    The Carlton Gardens are a beautiful way to spend a nice day in Melbourne. There are beautiful fountains, lakes, trees and plantings in honour of the Dalai Lama. Situated in the grounds of the Gardens is the Royal Exhibition Building. It was originally designed for the Melbourne International Exhibition of 1880. Both the building and gardens are...

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  • Wilson's Promontory - The Prom

    Melbourne Things to Do

    This is probably the best set of five pics I've downloaded for any spot. It's not giving a rap to my ability rather a way of saying how easy it is to get good shots in a place as scenic as this. This place is consistently beautiful rather than stunningly spectacular. It rewards the out of doors type person with scene after scene that makes you want...

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  • Places of Worship

    Melbourne Things to Do

    The first time I saw St. Patrick's Cathedral, I thought this was the biggest and the most symbolic church in Melbourne. why? It is so big in the middle of East Melbourne. The exterior architecture is so impressive that make you wonder the interior and to get to know this church better. So, I went inside. The interior is impressive as well. This...

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  • St Paul Cathedral

    Melbourne Things to Do

    When exploring Melbourne you really can't miss St. Paul's. St. Paul's Cathedral is a landmark site as well as a beautiful structure. The Cathedral was completed in 1891 and is in the Neo-Gothic Transistional style. English architect William Butterfield designed the church and the spires were added in 1926. The exterior of the chuch is a grand...

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  • Mornington Peninsular

    Melbourne Things to Do

    How fortunate we are, being in such close proximity to such a variety of outdoor activities including the Mornington Peninsula. My highlights: Wineries After the slendour of the Yarra Valley Wineries, it is quite easy to miss out on the Mornington Peninsula Wineries. If like me, you enjoy your wine, take a day to explore one of the 50 cellar...

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  • Cricket Ground

    Melbourne Things to Do

    There is nothing better - being in the middle of the best stadium in Australia during a football match. If you want to experience part of Melbourne - come during the months of April to September each year. This is when matches are played in the Australian Football League (AFL). Melbourne has the best stadium in Australia - the MCG. The best matches...

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  • State Library of Victoria

    Melbourne Things to Do

    The State Library is a sight to behold, especially at night. It holds over a million books on every single conceivable topic. The Redmond Barry Reading Room is an incredible place to sit, breathe, read and people-watch. Membership is free.

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  • Trams

    Melbourne Things to Do

    A great thing to do in Melbourne is to ride their iconic trams. We rode the free city circle one. The complete loop took about 45 mins and trams passed every 12 or so minutes. We thought it would be all tourists but I think a lot of locals used it to get from one end of the city to the other. Unfortunately this meant that we actually missed seeing...

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  • Immigration Museum

    Melbourne Things to Do

    Almost every Australian has immigrated from another continent and country and if you're curious about the way people migrated in those days and the things they had to do, then you have to visit the immigration museum. There are 3 levels. The ground floor has a mini library where you can get more information on family tree etc, there's a tribute...

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  • Formula One Grand Prix

    Melbourne Things to Do

    It comes around quickly enough, now March '13. Once again we savour the fumes, noise and the feeling atmosphere of the previous one ! The Formula 1 Grand Prix season usually begins here in Melbourne. For weeks beforehand the Albert Park Lake circuit is busily being prepared for the opener. The weather is usually (?) lovely, fairly mild, and the...

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  • National Gallery of Victoria

    Melbourne Things to Do

    You will realise from my introduction that I specifically visited Melbourne, on this occasion, to visit the National Gallery of Vicotria International to see the Exhibition entitled: " The Impressionists Masterpieces from the Musee d'Orsay" It has now finished & the next temporary Exhibition I am looking forward to visiting begins on October 13...

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