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Things to do in Melbourne

Gaze at Ned Kelly's death mask at the Old Melbourne Gaol and the city's skyline from the Eureka Skydeck 88. The National Gallery of Victoria at Federation Square in the city houses Australian art. Trams go to the Royal Botanic Gardens, and to local sports fans' favourite, the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Relax by the Yarra River at Abbotsford Convent. Museums are mostly free and open 10am-5pm.

Capital City Trail, Melbourne. Photo by Adam Bruzzone, © Tourism Australia

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia - Museums and Galleries

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    Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne. Photo by NGV Photographic Services, courtesy of National Gallery of Victoria

    Australia's most comprehensive display of native art is housed in Federation Square's Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. The collection traces the history of Australian art from the Heidelberg School to today and features galleries devoted to indigenous artworks.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free; special exhibitions A$10-A$15

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-5pm

    Address

    Federation Square, Corner Russell and Flinders Streets, Melbourne 3000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 8620 2222

    Transport

    Flinders Street Train Station

    Website

    National Gallery of Victoria Website

  2. 2. Melbourne Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Melbourne Museum, Melbourne, Australia

    Melbourne Museum focuses on Victoria's natural environment and cultural history. Eight galleries of permanent and temporary exhibitions include a living rainforest and Aboriginal cultural centre. Pride of place goes to racehorse Phar Lap and Evolution Gallery's dinosaur and whale skeletons. Likened to a modern airport, this new building will take you both back in time and give you a glimpse into the future.Show this on map

    Cost

    A$6; concessions and children free; additional charge for special exhibitions

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-5pm

    Address

    11, Nicholson St, Carlton, Melbourne 3054

    Telephone

    + 61 (0) 3 8341 7777

    Transport

    Parliament Train Station or Tram: 86 or 96 to the museum and Royal Exhibition Building, or free City Circle Tram to Carlton Gardens.

    Website

    Melbourne Museum

  3. 3. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art - Museums and Galleries

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    Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. Photo by Derek Swalwell, courtesy of ACCA

    Melbourne's leading Australian Centre for Contemporary Art surprises and impresses with its programme of commissioned artworks by local and international artists. The rust-red modernist exterior is as striking as the visual art inside this gallery in Southbank's arts precinct.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat & Sun 11am-6pm

    Address

    111, Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne 3006

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 9697 9999

    Transport

    Tram 1 to Sturt Street

    Website

    Australian Centre for Contemporary Art Website

  4. 4. National Gallery of Victoria - Museums and Galleries

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    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Photo by NGV Photographic Services, courtesy of National Gallery of Victoria

    Australia's finest international art collection is showcased in Federation Square's bright and spacious National Gallery of Victoria. View artists from Rembrandt to Warhol plus Australian classics by Tom Roberts and Sidney Nolan. Admire the waterwall and Great Hall's stained-glass ceiling.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free; special exhibitions charge

    Opening hours

    Wed-Mon 10am-5pm

    Address

    180, St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 8620 2222

    Transport

    Flinders Street Train Station

    Website

    National Gallery of Victoria Website

Attractions

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  1. 5. Federation Square - Attractions

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    Federation Square, Melbourne

    Melbourne waited 165 years for a city square and this undulating cobbled piazza was worth the wait. A popular venue for events and celebrations, Federation Square is a bold landmark and arts precinct, featuring geometrical patterning in sandstone and glass.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne 3000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 9655 1900

    Transport

    Flinders Street Train Station.

    Website

    Federation Square Website

  2. 6. Eureka Skydeck 88 - Attractions

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    The Edge at Eureka Skydeck 88, Melbourne. Courtesy of Eureka Skydeck 88

    Nothing can prepare you for the awe-inspiring city views from the Southern Hemisphere's highest viewing platform, the Skydeck at 88 Eureka Tower on Melbourne's Southbank. Don't miss the 'Edge Experience' - a glass cube that slides out from the building.Show this on map

    Cost

    A$16.50; concessions A$11; 4-16s A$9. The Edge Experience costs an additional A$12; concessions A$10; 4-16s A$8

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-10pm (last entry 9.30pm)

    Address

    7 Riverside Quay, Southbank, Melbourne 3006

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 9693 8888

    Transport

    By Tram and Train: to Flinder's Street Station or Federation Square

    Website

    Eureka Skydeck Website

  3. 7. Royal Botanic Gardens - Attractions

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    Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. Courtesy of Tourism Victoria

    South Yarra's Royal Botanic Gardens are a textbook example of 19th-century picturesque landscaping, with vistas at every turn. The exotic mix of temperate and tropical plants, meandering pathways and ornamental lakes provides a haven for native wildlife and city dwellers.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily 7.30am-sunsetTropical Display: daily 10am-4pm

    Address

    Birdwood Ave, South Yarra, Melbourne 3141

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 9252 2300

    Transport

    Tram 8 to corner Domain Road and Park Street

    Website

    Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne Website

  4. 8. Como Historic House & Garden - Attractions

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    Como Historic House & Garden, Melbourne. Courtesy of Tourism Victoria

    Como Historic House & Garden was the home of an elite colonial family for almost a century. Protected by the National Trust, the South Yarra mansion is noted for its iron-lacework verandas, period furnishings and landscaped grounds. There are guided tours only.Show this on map

    Cost

    A$12; concessions A$9; children A$6.50

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-4pm

    Address

    Corner Williams Road & Lechlade Avenue, South Yarra, Melbourne 3141

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 9827 2500

    Transport

    South Yarra Train Station

    Website

    Como Historic House & Garden Website

  5. 9. State Library of Victoria - Attractions

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    State Library of Victoria, Melbourne. Photo by Andrew Lloyd, courtesy of the State Library of Victoria

    The city centre's imposing State Library of Victoria opened in 1856 and now has 19 public spaces including restored heritage reading rooms, galleries and exhibition areas. For relaxed browsing, there's the impressively-domed La Trobe Reading Room and Newspaper Reading Room.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-6pm (until 9pm Mon-Thu)

    Address

    328, Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 8664 7000

    Transport

    Melbourne Central Train Station

    Website

    State Library of Victoria Website

  6. 10. Old Melbourne Gaol - Attractions

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    Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne. Courtesy of the National Trust of Australia

    Old Melbourne Gaol in the city centre operated from 1842 to 1929. The 136 people hanged here included legendary bushranger Ned Kelly in 1880, whose death mask is on display. Entrance includes admission to the city watch house and magistrates' court.Show this on map

    Cost

    A$20; concessions A$16; children A$11

    Opening hours

    Daily 9.30am-5pm

    Address

    Russell Street, Melbourne 3000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 8663 7228

    Transport

    Melbourne Central Train Station

    Website

    Old Melbourne Gaol Website

  7. 11. Melbourne Aquarium - Attractions

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    Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne. Courtesy of Melbourne Aquarium

    Home to Australia's biggest walk-through fishbowl, the educational and entertaining Melbourne Aquarium in Flinders Street introduces visitors to ocean, billabong and mangrove inhabitants. Sharks and stingrays swim with creatures like cuttlefish, seadragons, luminous sea jellies, long-neck turtles and hermit crabs.Show this on map

    Cost

    A$31.50; concessions A$19.50; children A$18

    Opening hours

    Daily 9.30am-6pm (until 9pm 1-26 Jan)

    Address

    Corner Flinders Street and King Street, Melbourne 3000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 9923 5999

    Transport

    Free City Circle Tram to Flinders Street

    Website

    Melbourne Aquarium Website

Special things to do

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  1. 12. Capital City Trail - Special things to do

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    Capital City Trail, Melbourne. Photo by Adam Bruzzone, © Tourism Australia

    Cycling through the city on the Capital City Trail is a great way to see the sights. Hire a bike at Docklands and make your way to Southbank, the MCG or zoo. Follow signs bearing the Capital City Trail logo.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free (cycle day hire A$35; family A$90)

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-5pm

    Address

    Vault 14, Federation Wharf, Riverside @ Federation Square, Melbourne 3000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 417 339 203

    Transport

    Free City Circle Tram to Docklands

    Website

    Rentabike Website

  2. 13. Melbourne Cricket Ground - Special things to do

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    Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne. Courtesy of Tourism Victoria

    Melburnians take their football and cricket seriously, and this Richmond sporting venue is hallowed ground. The National Sports Museum is here, and tours on non-event days include coaches' boxes, players' changing rooms and a walk on Melbourne cricket ground itself.Show this on map

    Cost

    Tours A$15; concessions A$11

    Opening hours

    Tours daily 10am-3pm

    Address

    Brunton Avenue, Richmond, Melbourne 3121

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 9657 8888

    Transport

    Jolimont Train Station or Tram 70

    Website

    Melbourne Cricket Ground Website

  3. 14. Abbotsford Convent - Special things to do

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    Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne. Courtesy of Abbotsford Convent

    The former Abbotsford Convent of the Good Shepherd has been transformed into a vibrant arts precinct overlooking the Yarra. Bordered by Collingwood Children's Farm, the precinct includes heritage gardens and medieval-style buildings. Tours, markets and on-site cafés complete the experience.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily 7.30am-10pm

    Address

    1, St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne 3067

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 9415 3600

    Transport

    Victoria Park Train Station

    Website

    Abbotsford Convent Website

  4. 15. Balloon Flights over Melbourne - Special things to do

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    Hot-air Balloon Flight, Melbourne. Photo by Andrew Chapman, courtesy of Balloon Flights Over Melbourne

    Melbourne comes to life on a hot-air balloon flight at dawn. You'll get a new perspective on landmarks like Federation Square and Southbank, and see how far the suburbs sprawl. Trips include a gourmet champagne breakfast with your pilot.Show this on map

    Cost

    A$330

    Opening hours

    Daily an hour before dawn

    Address

    Birdwood Avenue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne 3004

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 9427 0088

    Transport

    Flinders Street Train Station

    Website

    Hot-air Balloon Flight Website

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