Wheather you are looking for some fun on the sun or a lazy day out, there are plenty of things to do in and around Melbourne to help you wind down from a busy week.

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  • Whittlesea Monday Market

    Whittlesea Monday Market

    Every Monday

    The Whittlesea Monday Market has over 120 stalls covering everything from fruit and veggies, homewares, artisan breads, fresh food, live poultry, clothing, plants, farm supplies, antiques and vintage collectables, electrical goods and even the kitchen sink! This is a great opportunity to not only grab a bargain but to get out of the house and enjoy!

    The Whittlesea Monday Market has over 120 stalls covering everything from fruit and veggies, homewares, artisan breads, fresh food, live poultry, clothing, plants, farm supplies, antiques and vintage collectables, electrical goods and even the kitchen sink!

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  • Hurstbridge Wattle Festival, Hurstbridge, Train, Locommotive, Diamond Creek, Food, Music, Entertainment, Free, Community

    Hurstbridge Wattle Festival

    Sunday, 27 August 2017

    Board the K Class steam locomotive and view the wattle in a blaze of glory along Diamond Creek as you approach the historic Hurstbridge Township and The Wattle Festival. The steam train arrives in the centre of town where there will be a day of fabulous food, music, roving entertainment and free activities. It is a celebration of Heritage, Environment, Community and Rail History; and the perfect day of family fun. 

     

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  • Diamond Creek, Rotary, Town Fair, Gumboot Throwing, entertainment, free

    Diamond Creek Rotary Town Fair

    Saturday, 9 September 2017

    The Diamond Creek Rotary Town Fair is a great day out for all the family. All your favourite activities will be there, carnival rides, free entertainment, craft stalls, demonstrations, food stalls the spectacular fireworks display and more. And by popular demand - egg and spoon races, sack races, cricket pad races and the old favourite, gumboot throwing competitions! Heaps of fun and entertainment for the whole family. 

     

    The Diamond Creek Rotary Town Fair is a great day out for all

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  • Open Cellars of the Artisan Hills

    Open Cellars of the Artisan Hills

    14 October - 15 October 2017

    Visit cellars that are not always open and taste wines that are not always on offer!  Come and meet the winemakers of boutique wineries and share their passion for the exceptional quality wines they produce in this special part of the Yarra Valley. The weekend is an excuse for winemakers to make available some limited releases and offer some special prices or events they don’t do for the rest of the year! No entry charge or tasting fee.

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  • Eltham, Community, Food, Wine, Activities, Fireworks, pets, family

    Rotary Eltham Town Festival

    11 November 2017

    Eltham town comes alive with parades, competitions, food, wine and an abundance of activities for the whole family. The festival attracts over 30,000 people over the weekend and includes an incredible Fireworks Display, the Pet Parade and a huge array of entertainment and activities.

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  • Ruffey Lake Park

    One of Manningham’s most popular parks, Ruffey Lake is the perfect place to expel a bit of energy, with two large playgrounds, a flying fox and jogging / walking tracks . Alternatively relax with a picnic and make use of the barbecue and picnic facilities. The park is dog friendly in areas, so make sure you check where pups can be off leash before heading down! 

    One of Manningham’s most popular parks, Ruffey Lake is the perfect place to expel a bit of energy

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  • Woodlands Historic Park

    Woodlands Historic Park offers a fascinating glimpse of the landscapes and wildlife seen by European settlers in the 1840s. The park has a 150-year old homestead, Indigenous canoe trees, native woodland and grassland. See kangaroos, birds and other wildlife.  It's also the site for a colony of endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoots that were re-established here as part of a program aimed at securing the species' future.
     
    Woodlands Historic Park offers a fascinating glimpse of the landscapes and wildlife seen by Eur
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  • Pirate Ship Playground, Aberfeldie

    Pirate Ship Playground, Aberfeldie

    Ahoy me mateys! Get yaaaaar kids together and walk the plank off one of the most unique playgrounds in all of western Melbourne. The Pirate Ship Playground in Riverside Park, Aberfeldie was opened in 2014 as part of a major redevelopment of the entire park. The attention to detail on "The Black Sapphire" is mighty impressive, with crow's nest, treasure map, captain's quarters, bells, telescopes, sunken treasure and even a classic wooden ship's wheel.

    Ahoy me mateys!

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  • CERES

    CERES Environment Park

    CERES is a non-profit community environment park beside Merri Creek, open every day with free entry. Displays, demonstrations, talks and events help visitors understand what can be done for the environment on a household, community and on a global level. Site tours are held Saturday and Sunday mornings, and there is a craft market and organic market open Saturday and Wednesday mornings.

    CERES is a non-profit community environment park beside Merri Creek, open every day with free entry.

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  • Mantra Tullamarine

    Accommodation, Conferences & Wedding Venues

    Imagine holding your next business meeting, small convention or special event mere minutes from Melbourne Airport and with easy access to the CBD. Hume offers some of Victoria's premier conference and wedding facilities in a mix of urban and rural settings. Enjoy city skyline views, enchanting wineries or rustic heritage buildings and impress those you care about most! 

    Imagine holding your next business meeting, small convention or special event mere minutes from M

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  • Minette's Vintage, Burnley Village

    Minette's Vintage, Burnley Village

    Minette's Vintage is a beautifully curated vintage store with an eclectic mix of stock. Expect to find excellent quality vintage clothing and accessories, select pieces of vintage furniture and homewares alongside unique upcycled jewellery. For truly unique gifting there is also vintage inspired stationery and greeting cards and a great range of hand-made candles and perfumes.

    Minette's Vintage is a beautifully curated vintage store with an eclectic mix of stock.

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  • Lygon Street

    Stroll along leafy Lygon Street and discover 'Little Italy' – a place where Melbourne’s famous cafe culture was born. Beautiful Victorian terraces provide a backdrop for lovers of coffee, dining al fresco. A variety of cake shops and gelati bars tempt visitors as they spill out of the theatres, cinemas and galleries.

    Stroll along leafy Lygon Street and discover 'Little Italy' – a place where Melbourne’s famous ca

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  • Jawbone Marine Sanctuary

    Jawbone Marine Sanctuary

    Jawbone Marine Sanctuary is named for its shape. The little promontory has been fenced off from the rest of the world for over 80 years by a coastal rifle range. This unspoilt place is now a haven for coastal and marine life. Patches of all marine habitats from northern Port Phillip Bay are packed into this small area. On the west of the promontory, there is saltmarsh and the largest occurrence of mangroves within Port Phillip Bay.

    Jawbone Marine Sanctuary is named for its shape.

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  • Karkarook Park

    Karkarook Park

    Karkarook Park is a recreational and environmental oasis, revegetated with indigenous plants. The lake is a great spot for canoeing, kayaking, sailing or fishing. Take the dog for a walk, take kids to the playground, or explore the 6km of trails on foot or bike.

    Karkarook Park is a recreational and environmental oasis, revegetated with indigenous plants.

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  • Calder Park Motorsport Complex

    Calder Park Motorsport Complex is perfect for those who are into everything on two or four wheels, with off street drag racing, drifting, stunt riding and more. Check out the 'thunderdome' which is a purpose built 1.8km quad oval speedway, drivers race on this either clockwise for right-hand-side drivers (Australian) or counter-clockwise for left-hand-side drivers (American). 

    Calder Park Motorsport Complex is perfect for those who are into everything on two or four wheels

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  • Yarra Bend Park

    Yarra Bend Park

    Yarra Bend Park is the largest area of natural bushland near the heart of Melbourne, featuring steep river escarpments, open woodlands, playing fields and golf courses. Explore the park by foot or by bike while enjoying superb views of the city skyline. Pleasant picnic areas, barbecues, rotundas and playgrounds make it popular with families with dogs welcome in most areas.

    Yarra Bend Park is the largest area of natural bushland near the heart of Melbourne, featuring st

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  • Beauty on Rose

    Beauty on Rose, Essendon

    Located on Rose Street in the heart of Essendon, Beauty on Rose is a contemporary oasis offering a variety of inspiring treatment rooms designed to allow guests the luxury of privacy and space. Enjoy a casual and upbeat ambiance in the boudoir-inspired pedicure lounge, the perfect escape for personal timeout or to enjoy with friends. Beauty on Rose boasts a beautiful retail boutique that offers an extensive range of best in class skin care brands, unique gift ideas and divine aromatic candles. 

    Located on Rose Street in the heart of Essendon, Beauty on Rose is a contemporary oasis offering

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  • Creek Trails

    Creek Trails

    The Merri Creek Trail is 21km long and starts at Dights Falls near the meeting point of the Merri Creek and Yarra River. The trail follows the creek, passing through Coburg Lake Reserve, the Brunswick Velodrome and CERES Community Environment Park. The Moonee Ponds Creek Trail is 25km long and starts at Docklands on Footscray Road following the creek, going under and around the Tullamarine Freeway. After Bell Street the trail meanders north through a series of parks.

    The Merri Creek Trail is 21km long and starts at Dights Falls near the meeting point of the Merri Creek and Yarra River.

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  • Animal Farm

    Animal Land Children's Farm

    Meet Oscar the pig, milk Lucy the cow, ride Goldie the pony! Nurse baby animals, collect eggs and take a tractor ride in the paddock. Animal land gives children that real hands on farming experience. They get to scratch, feel, smell and hear all the experiences of life on a farm. Our visitors include schools, kinders and the general public!

    Meet Oscar the pig, milk Lucy the cow, ride Goldie the pony!

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  • Royal Mail Hotel

    Royal Mail Hotel

    Whittlesea is a perfect destination for a day trip. When you visit, make sure you stop by The Royal Mail Hotel, ideally located in a magnificent part of Victoria just 35kms from Melbourne. We are proud of our status as a good Australian country hotel with excellent service and a friendly atmosphere.

    Whittlesea is a perfect destination for a day trip.

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  • Major Attractions

    Melbourne is all about variety – so whatever your interests Melbourne has an attraction for you. With so many museums, art galleries, hands on activities, tours and iconic locations there is so much for you to see in Melbourne you won’t know where to start.

    Melbourne is all about variety – so whatever your interests Melbourne has an attraction for you.

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  • Lysterfield Park

    Lysterfield Park

    Lysterfield Park is a recreation hub in a beautiful natural environment close to Melbourne. Explore the bushland on walking tracks and mountain bike tracks. Enjoy canoeing, sailing, paddle boating or surf skiing on the popular Lysterfield Lake. 

    Lysterfield Park is a recreation hub in a beautiful natural environment close to Melbourne.

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  • Scienceworks

    Scienceworks

    With such a stunning range of themed exhibition and interactive scientific displays, Scienceworks is sure to enthral and entertain the kids for hours. Experience live demonstrations, informative tours and plenty of hands-on activities – all designed to unravel the mysteries of science. With enough happening to fill a full day, head down this weekend and enjoy! 

    With such a stunning range of themed exhibition and interactive scientific displays, Scienceworks

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  • Yarra Flats Park

    Yarra Flats Park

    Yarra Flats winds along the natural bushland and wetlands of the Yarra River. The Main Yarra Trail runs the length of the park, passing by heritage and pastoral landscapes, it's the perfect sunday stroll location. Enjoy an informal picnic, walk, cycle or take your dog for a walk on lead, its sure to be a fun day for the whole family! 

    Yarra Flats winds along the natural bushland and wetlands of the Yarra River.

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  • Casey RACE

    Casey Recreation and Aquatic Centre (RACE) is located in Cranbourne East. It features a 50-metre pool, aquatic education, spa, sauna, steam room, warm water pool, indoor splash park, tipping bucket, whirl pool, two giant slides (space bowl and raft slide), health club, group fitness, RPM studio, crèche and Good Life Café.

    Casey Recreation and Aquatic Centre (RACE) is located in Cranbourne East.

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  • St Rose Café

    St Rose Café, Essendon

    St Rose Cafe was founded in 2013 by husband and wife duo Domenic and Diana Caruso. The pair dreamt of bringing the cafe experience of the inner city to the suburbs, a little closer to home. A passion for good coffee and simple food, done extremely well were the antecedence to St Rose's humble beginnings.  The café is a cool, casual and organic new it- spot right in the heart of Moonee Valley.  

    St Rose Cafe was founded in 2013 by husband and wife duo Domenic and Diana Caruso.

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  • Footscray Markets

    Footscray Market, Corner Hopkins and Leeds Streets, Footscray;

    Little Saigon Market, Byron Street, Footscray

    There is no better place to shop for affordable fresh food than Footscray. You are spoilt for choice with two fabulous markets.

    The Footscray Market is a large bustling indoor market with a wide selection of fresh produce, seafood and general goods. You’ll also find an exotic range of produce including lotus flowers, pigs’ ears and cassava root. Open Tuesday – Saturday.

    The Little Saigon Market provides an energizing Asian market shopping experience. There’s a huge range of produce with some stalls offering tasting plates of freshly cut fruit. It is a great place for exotic items, fresh meat and fish along with a wide variety of cheap fruit and veg. It is very popular with the local Vietnamese community. Open seven days.

     

    Footscray Market, Corner Hopkins and Leeds Streets, Footscray;

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    Melbourne Walks

    Arguably the best way to explore the city is simply on foot! Take a stroll through some of Australia’s most beautiful parks or take in city and river views with a walk along the Yarra. For a uniquely Melbourne experience, choose the laneway route or marvel the city’s best creative and sporting achievements. Explore Victorian architecture and discover the classic cosmopolitan CBD. Get your specialised self-guided tour map by clicking ‘More Info’ and strap on your walking shoes.

    Arguably the best way to explore the city is simply on foot!

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  • Bridge Inn Hotel

    Bridge Inn Hotel

    Established in 1891 the Bridge Inn Hotel has been restored, revamped and relaunched. With À La Carte Bistro, Lounge area and Sports Bar each offering their own unique menu’s there’s sure to be something for everyone. Open 7 days a week and offering special themes and events throughout the week you’ll be sure to have a great time.

    Established in 1891 the Bridge Inn Hotel has been restored, revamped and relaunched.

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  • Aqualink Nunawading and Aqualink Box Hill

    Loated in Nunawading and Box Hill , visitors can use premium swimming and gynasium facilities and attend a variety of fitness classes. Some of the services and facilities include large pools and spa facilities, premium gym equipment, personal training, kids birthday parties, a café and creche.

    Loated in Nunawading and Box Hill , visitors can use premium swimming and gynasium facilities and

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  • The Maribyrnong River

    Maribyrnong River

    The Maribyrnong River is popular for walking and bike tracks following the banks, bridge river crossing at several points,  fishing from jetties and fishing platforms, and parklands on either side of the river such as Maribyrnong Park and Fairbairn Park. These include boat landings and picnic facilities. Pipemakers Park is the site of a former meat canning works and later a pipe factory, and is now the location of the Living Museum of the West. 

    The Maribyrnong River is popular for walking and bike tracks following the banks, bridge river cr

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  • Sunbury Wine Region

    The Sunbury Wine Region is famous for its many wineries. The region has been producing wines since the 1860's and is well regarded for its award-winning Shiraz. Wineries include: Craiglee Vineyard, Goona Warra Vineyard, Longview Creek Vineyard, Yuroke Vineyard and Pitruzzello Estate - Olive Grove & Winery.

    The Sunbury Wine Region is famous for its many wineries.

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  • Yarra River

    A Melbourne icon, the Yarra River is the focus for numerous spectacular events. The banks of the river have a number of barbecue and picnic facilities, fishing platforms and jetties. In addition, there are trails and paths for cyclists, walkers and joggers.

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  • The Shed

    The Shed

    Australia's biggest indoor skate facility, The Shed in Cranbourne caters for all levels of rider and features a huge street course, vert ramp, bowl, resi and foam pit. The entire park is covered with a special ramp surface that delivers a smooth ride. The redeveloped park was designed in consultation with skaters, BMX riders and the community. There is something for everyone at The Shed, including daily sessions, beginner and intermediate workshops and development camps for all levels. The park has a viewing area, a retail store and a kiosk.

    Australia's biggest indoor skate facility, The Shed in Cranbourne caters for all levels of rider

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  • Mind Alive, Essendon

    Mind Alive, Essendon

    For almost 40 years, the families of Essendon and surrounding suburbs have been drawn to the wonderland that is Mind Alive Toy Store in Leake Street. Traditional toys such as puzzles, arts and crafts, stacking cups and wooden toys line the shelves, waiting for eager children - of all ages - choose them as their new favourite toy. With a focus on quality service, a belief in the products that educate and inspire young minds, and a love of the community, it's truly a paradise for all.

    For almost 40 years, the families of Essendon and surrounding suburbs have been drawn to the wond

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  • Maribyrnong River

    Maribyrnong River

    The Maribyrnong River offers a range of outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy. Cycle or walk along the tranquil Maribyrnong River Trail (28km from the city to Brimbank Park) and take in the fantastic views of the Melbourne’s skyline and the river, while passing Flemington Racecourse, Victoria University, sporting clubs, native bushland, riverside parks and other attractions. Take a river cruise on the Maribyrnong and enjoy the scenery and commentary.

    The Maribyrnong River offers a range of outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy.

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    Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club

    The Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club features an 18 hole Greg Norman designed championship golf course. Demanding considerable concentration and an appreciation of the effect of weather on golf strategy, the links style layout is testing to the novice and challenging to the champions.

    The Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club features an 18 hole Greg Norman designed championship golf course.

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  • Whittlesea Bowls Club

    Whittlesea Bowls Club

    Fully licensed bistro and functions rooms available for meetings, celebrations and bus groups. A relaxed atmosphere and delicious menu are perfectly matched to ensure you have a magical experience. You can enjoy the view over the greens or even maybe enjoy some exercise in a friendly environment, please ask about the lawn bowling activities.

    Fully licensed bistro and functions rooms available for meetings, celebrations and bus groups.

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  • Morack Golf Course

    An enjoyable course that contains tree lined fairways, small greens, several water hazards and many bunkers. The course contains a driving range and a pro shop as well as providing demo days and a teaching service by the GSM golf academy.

    An enjoyable course that contains tree lined fairways, small greens, several water hazards and ma

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  • Mordialloc Pier

    Mordialloc Pier

    Watch the waves crash up off the rocks, drop a line in or just enjoy the beauty of Mordialloc Pier.

    Watch the waves crash up off the rocks, drop a line in or just enjoy the beauty of Mordialloc Pie

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  • Paintball Sunbury (Indoor & Outdoor)

    Paintball Sunbury offers four action-packed fields with the state of the art guns and paintballs all ready for action. Catering for birthdays, bucks/hens parties, Christmas parties, corporate groups, sports clubs, families and friends - it’s sure to meet all your paintball needs.

    Paintball Sunbury offers four action-packed fields with the state of the art guns and paintballs

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  • Yarra River

    A Melbourne icon, the Yarra River is the focus for numerous spectacular events. The banks of the river have a number of barbecue and picnic facilities, fishing platforms and jetties. In addition, there are trails and paths for cyclists, walkers and joggers.

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  • Philhellene

    Philhellene, Moonee Ponds

    Aiming to provide a rich experience around Greek food, culture, music and history, Philhellene is the closest you will come in Melbourne to eating in a traditional Greek home. The cuisine is provincial Greek with a strong Cretan influence. At Philhellene they present an authentic style of food and drink using high-quality produce and applying traditional methods derived from their own mothers’ cooking. This makes for a memorable and even emotional occasion! 

    Aiming to provide a rich experience around Greek food, culture, music and history, Philhellene is

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  • Newell's Paddock

    Newell's Paddock

    Newell’s Paddock is a tranquil wetland reserve beside the Maribyrnong River, and home to dozens of bird species, snakes and frogs. It is an ideal location for bird watching with over eighty different bird species sighted including cormorants, herons, ibis, falcons, teals, coots and swans.

    The reserve is accessible from the Maribyrnong River Trail and offers excellent views of the Heavenly Queen Temple with its 16 metre high golden statue of Mazu.

     

    Newell’s Paddock is a tranquil wetland reserve beside the Maribyrnong River, and home to dozens o

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    Werribee Park Sculpture Walk

    Feed your cultural heart and take a stroll through this contemporary sculpture walk. A unique outdoor exhibition, featuring 29 works by Australia’s leading sculptors. Don't forget to pick up an audio guide to discover the inspiration and meaning of the works.

    Feed your cultural heart and take a stroll through this contemporary sculpture walk.

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  • Growling Frog Restaurant

    Growling Frog Restaurant

    The Growling Frog Restaurant is perched high above the rolling golf course with magnificent views of the Great Dividing Range. The Restaurant offers an impressive selection of fine food and wine in a smart yet relaxed environment. The Restaurant is open for lunch every day of the week and for dinner Thursday to Sunday. 

    The Growling Frog Restaurant is perched high above the rolling golf course with magnificent views

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  • Ramsay Street- Neighbours

    The iconic soap opera is filmed in the front and backyards of the houses in this street in Vermont South. Tours to this street run througout the year.

    The iconic soap opera is filmed in the front and backyards of the houses in this street in Vermon

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  • Mullum Mullum Park

    Mullum Mullum Park

    Mullum Mullum Park is an important wildlife corridor in Melbourne’s east. This is a great park for cyclists and walkers, with the 1.6km Eastlink Trail running through the park and linking to Melbourne’s wider trail network. A perfect walk to take the family on on a Sunday, Mullum Mullum offeres amazing surroundings that is sure to cap of any great weekend. 

    Mullum Mullum Park is an important wildlife corridor in Melbourne’s east.

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  • Yarra River

    A Melbourne icon, the Yarra River is the focus for numerous spectacular events. The banks of the river have a number of barbecue and picnic facilities, fishing platforms and jetties. In addition, there are trails and paths for cyclists, walkers and joggers.

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  • Chilli Clothing, Essendon

    Chilli Clothing, Essendon

    Chilli Clothing is a women's fashion boutique dedicated to bringing our customers the best of Australian and international labels. They stock Manning Cartell, J Brand, Paige Denim, Viktoria and Woods, Senso Shoes, White Suede, Ginger & Smart, Hudson, Equipment, Citizens of Humanity, Joes, Living Doll, Von Treskow,  American Vintage, Hunkydory, T-Lux, Staple the Label, Hunt No More, Very Very, Liam and many more great Australian and international labels.

    Chilli Clothing is a women's fashion boutique dedicated to bringing our customers the best of Aus

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  • Coburg Drive-In

    Coburg Drive-In

    Opening in 1965, the Coburg Drive-In has a special place in the hearts of locals with patrons coming from all over Melbourne. For a night of good old fashioned movie fun, take your visiting family and friends along to Melbourne’s best kept secret - the Coburg Drive-In. Grab a bite to eat in the retro style diner before you settle in for a nostalgic evening of movie fun every night of the year!

    Opening in 1965, the Coburg Drive-In has a special place in the hearts of locals with patrons com

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    Point Cook Coastal Park

    The Point Cook Coastal Park & Cheetham Wetlands rank among the top places in the world for viewing migratory wading birds. The diversity of birdlife is considered second only to Kakadu in Australia. More than 200 species have been recorded, 34 of which are covered by international migratory agreements. Migratory birds travel here from as far away as Siberia, Japan & Alaska. Get a 360 degree eagle’s view from the Observation Tower or head down to the beach at low tide and get up close and personal.

    The Point Cook Coastal Park & Cheetham Wetlands rank among the top places in the world for vi

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  • Albert Park

    Albert Park

    Only 3km from the heart of the city, Albert Park is popular for a range of activities like dog walking, jogging, cycling, sailing and rowing. Attractions include sporting facilities, ovals, playgrounds, restaurants and a 5km walking and running track around the lake.

    Only 3km from the heart of the city, Albert Park is popular for a range of activities like dog wa

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  • Organ Pipes National Park

    The ‘Organ Pipes’ are basalt geological formations, formed by molten lava cooling and cracking about 2.8 million years ago. The surrounding National Park also features other natural formations like the Rosette Rock, and plenty of walking trails, wildflowers and picnic facilities.  The park is also popular with bird watchers. Located in Keilor North with access from the Calder Freeway.

    The ‘Organ Pipes’ are basalt geological formations, formed by molten lava cooling and cracking ab

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  • Nortons Park

    Enjoy a picnic, relax with the family, or kick a ball on the rolling lawns of Nortons Park. Free electric barbecues are available in the picnic shelter.  Great place to take the dog for a walk off lead.

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  • The Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park

    This hotel provides the perfect luxury getaway with an indulgent day spa, award-winning restaurant, indoor pool, cosy library with fireplace, snooker room and tennis courts. An unforgettable experience that will linger with you long after you check out.

    This hotel provides the perfect luxury getaway with an indulgent day spa, award-winning restauran

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  • Yarra River

    Yarra River

    A Melbourne icon, the Yarra River is the focus for numerous spectacular events. The banks of the river have a number of barbecue and picnic facilities, fishing platforms and jetties. In addition, there are trails and paths for cyclists, walkers and joggers.  Head down to the banks of the Yarra River and take in the spectacular views of the river and the city skyline in the back ground, the best spot for this is near the Royal Botanical Gardens. 

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  • Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

    Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

    Only 50 minutes from central Melbourne, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park invites you to wander through 10 hectares of bushland, meeting endangered species, feeding kangaroos and wallabies, and enjoying encounters with colourful birds, reptiles, dingoes and many other animals. Twice daily, visitors can even cuddle a koala, phone for times.

    At night, Moonlit Sanctuary comes alive with world-famous lantern-lit tours. Night birds are active, tiny feathertail gliders and giant squirrel swoop around, and endangered quolls, pademelons and bettongs forage for food.

    Winner of the Victorian Tourism Awards for Ecotourism, and the Zoos Aquarium Association award for excellence in exhibit design.

    Only 50 minutes from central Melbourne, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park invites you

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  • Altona Beach

    Altona Beach is Melbourne’s western suburbs largest and most pristine swimming and recreational beach. The beach is patrolled over the summer. It is home to many recreational and water sport activities such as kitesurfing, paddle boarding, sandcastle building and volley ball.  There is free parking, tree lined parks, bbq areas and public amenities all within walking distance to shops, cafes and public transport.

    Altona Beach is Melbourne’s western suburbs largest and most pristine swimming and recreational b

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    Werribee Park Golf Club

    Located along a beautiful section of the Werribee River this 18 hole champion golf course offers breathtaking views. Well known for the lush fairways and excellent greens the open design and strategically planted trees will even test the most professional golfer. After a day on the green, enjoy a lovely meal or drink at the clubhouse which features views of the You Yangs, Werribee River and Bellarine Peninsula.

    Located along a beautiful section of the Werribee River this 18 hole champion golf course offers

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  • Altona Pier

    Altona Pier is an iconic landmark located on Altona Beach adjacent to shops, cafes and parkland.  The Pier provides an avenue for fishing, bird watching, leisurely strolls and summer fun. You can capture breathtaking views of the Dandenong Mountain Ranges, Point Cook Coastal Park and on a clear day you may be able to the see Mornington and Bellarine Peninsulas.

    Altona Pier is an iconic landmark located on Altona Beach adjacent to shops, cafes and parkland.

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  • Fairfield Boathouse

    Fairfield boathouse was established in 1908 as a picnic, camping and refreshment room area and today this neighbourhood gem holds true to its heritage. Nestled along the banks of the Yarra River, the Boathouse is a place to enjoy an informal outdoor dining experience, where you can relax by the river in summer or sit by the cozy wood fires and admire the view in winter. Hire a bike, canoe or kayak and paddle through inner Melbourne’s only remaining natural bushland – only 10 minutes from the city centre.

    Fairfield boathouse was established in 1908 as a picnic, camping and refreshment room area and to

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  • Organ Pipes National Park

    Organ Pipes National Park

    The Organ Pipes National Park takes its name from the spectacular basalt columns, giving us a glimpse of the rich geological history of this landscape. Picnic tables and toilets are provided, or bring your own gas barbecue, picnic rug and your favourite snacks and cook up a storm!

    The Organ Pipes National Park takes its name from the spectacular basalt columns, giving us a gli

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  • Shadowfax Winery

    This award winning winery’s cellar door is the place to go for exquisite wines, delicious wood-fired pizza and funky live entertainment. For that ‘something extra’, join the winery tour and experience the Underground Barrel Hall.

    This award winning winery’s cellar door is the place to go for exquisite wines, delicious wood-fi

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  • Victory Park

    Victory Park, Chelsea

    Look out for the Lighthouse! Next to the beach at Chelsea, come and enjoy the lighthouse and sand castle playground at Victory Park. The park features a lighthouse with spiral staircase and great views across the Bay, a sand castle, sand pit diggers, swings and a boat.

    Look out for the Lighthouse!

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  • St Andrews Market

    St Andrews Market

    The St Andrews Market has a vibrant and earthy atmosphere and has been a part of the local community for over 40 years. At certain times of the year special markets are held and in December a twilight market is also held close to Christmas. 

    The St Andrews Market has a vibrant and earthy atmosphere and has been a part of the local community for over 40 years

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  • Altona Beach Market

    Altona Beach Market

    The Altona Beach Market is nestled into one of Port Phillip Bay’s most appealing coastal towns. The weekly outdoor street market has been a highlight since 2004. Thousands of regular market goers visit each week to purchase fresh produce, green life, homemade soaps, candles and much more.  On market day a visit through the town's shops, café’s, restaurants and coastal pleasures completes a great day's outing.

    The Altona Beach Market is nestled into one of Port Phillip Bay’s most appealing coastal towns.

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  • playground, parks, kids, view, coast, beach, picnic

    Plum Garland Playground

    This beachside park is the perfect place to take the kids for a run around or simply sit back and take in the views. The well equipped playground will have the kids occupied and with picnic tables and foreshore access it makes the ideal location for a day out with family and friends.

    This beachside park is the perfect place to take the kids for a run around or simply sit back and

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  • Banksia Park

    Banksia Park

    Banksia Park is loved by family and friends for picnics, short strolls or effortless bike rides along the Yarra River bends. Exercise dogs in the off lead fenced area, add a visit Heide Museum of Modern Art, or just lay under the canopy of trees and enjoy the fresh air. Dogs are permitted in the park but must remain on a leash at all times (except within the fenced dog off-leash enclosure).

    Banksia Park is loved by family and friends for picnics, short strolls or effortless bike rides a

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  • Collingwood Children's Farm

    Situated in a sweeping bend of the Yarra River opposite Yarra Bend Park, the Children’s Farm offers a slice of country life in the heart of Yarra. Home to cows, pigs, goats, horses, ducks and more, the farm encourages visitors to help feed the animals and even to have a go at milking a cow. Open to the public every day of the year from 9.00am – 5.00pm. Breakfast, lunch and all things in between are available from the Farm Cafe, open daily. There is also a monthly Farmers Market offering the freshest produce from the farm and other local growers.

    Situated in a sweeping bend of the Yarra River opposite Yarra Bend Park, the Children’s Farm offe

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  • Patterson River

    Patterson River

    Patterson River is a thriving canal system of the Patterson Lakes residential area. There are four public boat ramps, parking for cars and trailers and riverside picnic facilities and electric barbecue facilities make it the perfect venue for family boating expeditions. The nearby National Water Sports Centre is used by a wide range of water sport groups. 

    Patterson River is a thriving canal system of the Patterson Lakes residential area.

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  • Queens Park, Moonee Ponds

    A popular park with a rose and sunken garden beside a stunning lake that is a picturesque oasis with an abundance of natural wildlife and beautiful fauna and flora. Also known for its historic features including being the first camping ground for many on their way to the gold diggings. Burke and Wills also camped near here on the first night of their journey. Oliver's Garden cafe sits next to the lake within the beautiful surrounds of Queens Park; it is open every day and serves breakfast, lunch and light snacks. Situated next to the playground, it is the perfect place to sit back and have a coffee whilst enjoying the natural world class surroundings.

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  • The Grange Reserve (UFO Park)

    The Grange Reserve (UFO Park)

    Located on Osborne Avenue in Clayton South, the UFO was designed by Council to reflect the 1966 Westall UFO incident. The children’s play space features a silver UFO with red slides and warp-control as well as other equipment. In addition to the children’s play space, the park also has BBQ facilities, shade and plenty of space to have a picnic with ample parking spots and public toilets.

     

    Located on Osborne Avenue in Clayton South, the UFO was designed by Council to reflect the 1966 W

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  • Diamond Valley Railway

    Diamond Valley Railway

    Enjoy a fun day out riding the miniature trains at the Diamond Valley Railway, which has approx 2km of track taking you up hills, over bridges and even through tunnels, at Eltham Lower Park. It operates every Sunday from 11am to 5pm and selected public holidays. Also Wednesdays during school holidays (except December) from 1pm to 4pm. $3 per person (under 2 free). 

    Enjoy a fun day out riding the miniature trains at the Diamond Valley Railway, which has approx 2km of track taking you up hills, over bridges and even through tunnels, at Eltham Lower Park.

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  • Seaworks and the Maritime Discovery Centre

    Seaworks and the Maritime Discovery Centre

    Included in the maritime collection is a large display of ship models, ships bells, books, prints, navigation equipment, plaques, marine equipment and its World War Honour board. The centre is open every Wednesday and Sunday 11am-3pm and group tours are available at other times. Seaworks is a new and exciting location for any event! 

    Included in the maritime collection is a large display of ship models, ships bells, books, prints

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  • Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary

    Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary

    Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary is located just off Beaumaris, where sloping cliffs of sandstone jut out into Port Phillip Bay. At the water's edge the rock has been worn down into a series of platforms and rock pools, creating a varied and easily accessible marine environment. The diversity of habitat at Ricketts Point is what makes this marine sanctuary so fascinating. 

    Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary is located just off Beaumaris, where sloping cliffs of sandstone

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  • beach, sup, paddleboarding, windsurfing, kite surfing, sports, extreme sports, kite board, adrenaline

    Seeking Adventure?

    Head down to St Kilda beach if you’re in the mood for some adventure. A multitude of organised water sports for all levels of experience are on offer. Try your hand at some stand-up paddle boarding or if you’re looking to challenge yourself, give windsurfing a shot. Better yet, have a kite boarding lesson from any of the friendly instructors at St Kilda West beach who can guide you through all the excitement and adrenaline of this latest water sport craze. Perhaps you would like to learn to sail? Royal Melbourne and other sailing clubs offer social sailing to pique your interest.

    Head down to St Kilda beach if you’re in the mood for some adventure.

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  • Braeside Park

    Braeside Park

    Braeside Park is a great park for a family day out, with an adventure playground to keep the kids happy, barbecues and a picnic area, as well as lots of easy walking and cycling trails.

    Braeside Park is a great park for a family day out, with an adventure playground to keep the kids

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  • Plenty Gorge Park

     Walk to the beautiful Plenty River Gorge and marvel at the diverse wildlife within the park.  Enjoy a quiet picnic, play ball games or fly a kite in the wide open spaces of Yarrambat Picnic Area.  Hawkestowe Picnic Area is the perfect spot for a barbecue, with views to the Plenty River and the historic Le Page Homestead as a backdrop. 

     Walk to the beautiful Plenty River Gorge an

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  • Shopping & Dining

    Experience Moonee Valley’s diverse range of boutique retail precents, shopping centres and eclectic mix of multicultural restaurants, artisan style cafes and boutique bars on offer. Treat your taste buds to an array of impressive dining options waiting for you with an experience for everyone. Make a day of it and have a total shopping experience whilst discovering the hidden secrets of Moonee Valley’s shopping precincts. Shopping precincts include: Union Road - Ascot Vale, Racecourse Road and Pin Oak Crescent - Flemington, Napier Street - Strathmore, Puckle Street and Mt Alexander Road - Moonee Ponds, Rose Street - Essendon, Direct Factory Outlet (DFO) and Homemaker Hub - Essendon Fields, North Essendon Village and Keilor Road - Niddrie.

    Experience Moonee Valley’s diverse range of boutique retail precents, shopping centres and eclect

  • Kingston Heath Reserve

    Kingston Heath Reserve

    Kingston Heath Reserve is one of the most popular parks in Kingston with a range of amenities including several sports fields, dogs’ off-lead area, public toilets, car parking, long walking trails and the Kingston Botanic Gardens. The playground includes a variety of play settings such as sand, a rocky stream, lots of play equipment and a large net and fire truck.

    Kingston Heath Reserve is one of the most popular parks in Kingston with a range of amenities inc

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  • Edendale Community Farm

    Edendale Community Farm

    Edendale Community Environment Farm is situated on the banks of the Diamond Creek in the heart of Eltham. It offers a range of environmental information and educational programs as well as activities throughout the school holidays. Say hello to guinea pigs, sheep, goats, cows and feed the poultry. Talk to staff or take a self-guided walking tour to learn about sustainable land practices and how we get food products from animals. You can also investigate the life-cycles of our minibeasts, water bugs, stick insects and frogs.

    Edendale Community Environment Farm is situated on the banks of the Diamond Creek in the heart of Eltham.

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  • Williamstown Beach

    The Williamstown Beach and park area runs between Thompson Street and Bayview Street Williamstown. There's a wide range of facilities and services, including cafes, a sand swimming beach in a non-boating area, public toilets, picnic facilities and playgrounds. Just catch the train to Williamstown Beach train station and you're there!

    The Williamstown Beach and park area runs between Thompson Street and Bayview Street Williamstown

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  • The Substation

    The Substation

    The SUBSTATION presents an annual program across art forms, which actively responds to our unique building and place in Melbourne. The SUBSTATION’s program respects the original vision for the building as an asset for artists and audiences. We invite audiences and communities from across Hobsons Bay to experience The SUBSTATION’s artistic program as active participants, attendees and collaborators.

    The SUBSTATION presents an annual program across art forms, w

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  • skydive, extreme, adrenaline, beach, view

    Skydive the Beach and Beyond

    Soak up beach views from a whole new perspective. Attached securely to your experienced tandem instructor, leap from the plane at maximum altitudes for up to 60 seconds and reaching speeds beyond 200km per hour. Take the life changing, adrenaline pumping leap all while taking in stunning Melbourne views. The thrill of the fall paired with a picturesque and uniquely Melbourne drop zone will make your sky dive a truly unforgettable experience.

    Soak up beach views from a whole new perspective.

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  • Petty’s Orchard

    One of Melbourne’s oldest commercial orchards, Petty’s holds the largest collection of apple varieties on mainland Australia, with more than 200 varieties. It uniquely encompasses an antique apple orchard, commercial orchard, on-site organic store, wetlands, bird hide, an old packing shed which displays the orchard’s history. Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

    One of Melbourne’s oldest commercial orchards, Petty’s holds the largest collection of apple vari

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  • Brimbank Park

    Brimbank Park

    Brimbank Park offers an ideal setting for picnics, walks, fishing, canoeing and bird watching. The new Playscape is a haven for creative play that will inspire children and their families to connect with nature.  For those who forget their picnic gear there is a great little cafe in the visitors centre that has you covered for food and drink. Walk off the food with a self-guided tour around the park and enjoy you day! 

    Brimbank Park offers an ideal setting for picnics, walks, fishing, canoeing and bird watching.

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  • Sandown Raceway

    Sandown Raceway

    Feel the rush of speed at Sandown Raceway with car and horseracing throughout the year including the crowd-favourite V8 supercars. Sandown hosts five major motorsport weekends annually including the V8 Supercars ‘Heritage Round’ and the Sandown 500. Sandown also hosts many horseracing meets throughout the year, including the annual Greater Dandenong Race Day.

    Feel the rush of speed at Sandown Raceway with car and horseracing throughout the year including

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  • Point Cook Coastal Park & Marine Sanctuary

    Point Cook Marine Sanctuary

    Point Cook Coastal Park, adjoining the Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary, features abundant birdlife, a historic bluestone homestead and intertidal sandbanks. It is popular with birdwatchers, nature lovers and family groups. The beach picnic area has everything you need for a perfect family day out - free gas barbecues, picnic tables, taps, shade shelters, two playgrounds and toilets.  If picnics are not your style, the Homestead Restaurant is fully licensed and serves excellent meals. 

    At nearby Cheetham Wetlands, see migratory waterbirds and enjoy the views from the Tower. A combination of narrow sandy beaches, rocky reefs and mud flats, this park hosts a huge diversity of marine and coastal life. The marine sanctuary is a no-take area.

    Point Cook Coastal Park, adjoining the Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary, features abundant birdlife,

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  • Riverside Golf and Tennis Centre

    Offering a range of facilities including a nine hole golf course, a 44 bay driving range, 12 tennis courts including one rebound ace court, mini golf, pro shop and the Riverside Restaurant bar and function centre. Situated in natural picturesque surroundings and nestled away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Riverside Golf and Tennis Centre is a relaxed atmosphere that has something for both beginners and the professional sporting types.

    Offering a range of facilities including a nine hole golf course, a 44 bay driving range, 12 tenn

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  • Beaumaris Farmers Market

    Beaumaris Farmers Market

    Beaumaris Farmers Markets are held on the second Saturday of every month. Facilitated by volunteers from Beaumaris Rotary, the market has 60 stall holders offering good quality fresh produce at a reasonable price and a wonderful community atmosphere. Running every second Saturday the market gives the opportunity to purchase great food and will get you out of the house this winter! 

    Beaumaris Farmers Markets are held on the second Saturday of every month.

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  • Walking and Cycling Trails in Whitehorse

    Walking and Cycling Trails in Whitehorse

    Whitehorse has an abundance of walking tracks and bike routes that are suitable for all different levels of fitness and of different lengths. With trials located all throughout the municipality, there are many options for cyclists and walkers to explore stunning scenery, picturesque views and beautiful landscapes that Whitehorse has to offer.

     

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  • Nillumbik Community Events

    Nillumbik Community Events

    Nillumbik plays host to a wide range of community festivals, events and exhibitions, from the monthly Red Chair Artists talks to fun runs and gardening workshops. More details can be found by clicking on the link below.

    Nillumbik plays host to a wide range of community festivals, events and exhibitions.

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    Hit the beach

    Sport goes hand in hand with summer and sun, so what better way to enjoy the summertime than to head seaside for some friendly beach sports. Challenge your friends to a game of beach tennis at Port Melbourne in the warmer months, or enjoy a sunset game of beach volleyball in St Kilda. If you’re really competitive, take part in the SLAM Festival held on St Kilda beach each January, or simply lay out a towel, relax and watch all the excitement from the sand.

    Sport goes hand in hand with summer and sun, so what better way to enjoy the summertime than to h

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  • Gardener’s Indulgence Trail

    Spend a leisurely day out visiting up to six unique garden centres. Along the trail you can immerse yourself in all things gardening, yet each venue also offers something different. Take in a quirky gallery space, garden art sculpture, find out more about edible gardens and sustainable gardening practices, browse for garden and homewares, or take in lunch or a coffee at a quaint teahouse or café.

    Spend a leisurely day out visiting up to six unique garden centres.

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  • Cheetham Wetlands

    Cheetham Wetlands

    Cheetham Wetlands, consisting of salt marshes and natural and artificial lagoons of Skeleton Creek, are a natural bird haven. These internationally significant wetlands provide important feeding and habitat areas for thousands of migratory birds from Japan, Siberia and New Zealand. The Tower is a public art commisson which provides a visible symbol and celebration of migration to Australia.

    Cheetham Wetlands, consisting of salt marshes and natural and artificial lagoons of Skeleton Cree

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  • Greater Dandenong Nature Reserves

    Greater Dandenong Nature Reserves

    Explore natural indigenous bushland, untouched since the arrival of white settlers, through guided nature walks, frog watch events and torch night talks. Greater Dandenong is home to some beautiful nature reserves showcasing untouched natural bushland. Join our rangers for a guided tour to learn about the many indigenous plants and native animals that live in our neighbourhoods.

    Explore natural indigenous bushland, untouched since the arrival of white settlers, through guide

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  • Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park

    Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park

    Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park has a rich history. It was the site of Victoria’s first permanent settlement and seaport and was crucial to the initial growth of the state. Immerse yourself in Victoria’s colonial past by visiting Fort Gellibrand, retrace Ned Kelly’s steps along Battery Road, marvel at the ingenuity of early mariners at Timeball Tower!

    Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park has a rich history.

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  • Walking and Cycling

    Walk along this pleasant 3.5 kilometre trail with Boeing Reserve as its base to the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail - a nature lover’s delight. Home to a variety of bird life, it also has an interesting pioneering history, providing settlers with a ready water supply. Afton Street Reserve and Conservation Wetland houses a protected natural environment for native plants and animals in stunning surroundings. Take a stroll down Maribyrnong River Trail which begins at Thompson Street Reserve and ends at the historic Riverview Tea Gardens, incorporating many sights of interest along this magnificent waterway. A steep climb to the scenic lookout at Lily Street will reward walkers rewarded with magnificent views along the river and the city skyline.

    Walk along this pleasant 3.5 kilometre trail with Boeing Reserve as its base to the Moonee Ponds

  • Bayside Farmers Market

    Bayside Farmers Market

    Bayside Farmers Markets are held on the third Saturday of every month. Made possible by the volunteers from the Rotary Club of Hampton Inc. then Bayside farmers markets connects the community to over 60 stall holders who produce their food for their mutual benefit and enjoyment. Come down and discover the beautiful fresh produce at the Bayside Farmers Market.

    Bayside Farmers Markets are held on the third Saturday of every month.

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  • Dining in Casey

    Dining in Casey

    Casey offers a great variety of wining and dining experiences. With so many options there is sure to be something to suit tantilise your tastebuds and suit your budget also. Some great dining experiences include: Ambrosia in Berwick - 9702 0044

    Ashcotts in Berwick - 9707 5900

    Atura Hotel in Eumemmering - 9771 6000

    Eighty One in Berwick - 9768 9555

    Nomadic in Berwick - 9769 8727

    Shanikas in Berwick - 9707 3511

    Trios at Cranbourne Racecourse in Cranbourne - 5996 3233

    Wings and Fins in Tooradin - 5998 3600

    Casey offers a great variety of wining and dining experiences.

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  • Two Beans and a Farm

    Two Beans and a Farm

    The 1860s bluestone Carome Homestead in Mernda, nestled along the banks of the Plenty River, has been artfully restored and is now a restaurant, perfect for the whole family. Two Beans and a Farm is a hidden gem offering delicious meals made from home grown produce.  It’s the perfect escape.

    The 1860s bluestone Carome Homestead in Mernda, nestled along the banks of the Plenty River, has

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  • bike, bike trail, st kilda, elwood, middle park, albert park, riding

    Get on your bike

    Enjoy a seat with a view. Get on your bike or hire a vibrant blue bicycle from Melbourne Bike Share stands across Melbourne and cycle The Bay Trail. It is arguably the best way to take in the sights and scenery from Port Melbourne, via St Kilda down to Elwood. Stop along the way to admire the vista, grab a coffee or something more substantial to keep up the energy. On your return cut inland and trundle up the Elwood Canal and back through the tree-line streets of Elwood, Middle and Albert Park.

    Enjoy a seat with a view.

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  • Bolin Bolin Billabong

    Visitors to Bolin Bolin Billabong, one of the few remaining billabongs to be found in an urban setting, can explore the rich indigenous history of the land through interpretive signs dotted throughout the park. Prior to European settlement it was a significant meeting place for indigenous people from across Victoria.

    Visitors to Bolin Bolin Billabong, one of the few remaining billabongs to be found in an urban se

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  • Cheetham Wetlands

    Cheetham Wetlands, consisting of salt marshes and natural and artificial lagoons of Skeleton Creek, are a natural bird haven. These internationally significant wetlands provide important feeding and habitat areas for thousands of migratory birds from Japan, Siberia and New Zealand.

    Cheetham Wetlands, consisting of salt marshes and natural and artificial lagoons of Skeleton Cree

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  • Ferries to Williamstown

    Jump on a ferry and head across the bay to Williamstown to take in a glimpse of Melbourne’s past life. Williamstown retains the charm of an old seaport, close to the city but a feel that is truly a world away. For some serious summer fun, head to the unofficial gelato capital of Williamstown, Nelson Place.

    Jump on a ferry and head across the bay to Williamstown to take in a glimpse of Melbourne’s past

  • Toorak Road, South Yarra

    Toorak Road, South Yarra

    From one end of Toorak Road to the other, it’s all about specialty shops; outstanding jewellery, handmade designs, interesting cafes, brilliant restaurants and bars, exciting galleries, designer lighting, the finest leather goods, home wares, very special gifts and a myriad of services. There are more than 300 stores with men’s and women’s fashion setting the scene. Iconic stores - It’s savvy and stylish with the best local and imported designers, hard to find, must have shoes and bags, unusual accessories, and vintage fashion. It’s a kilometre of unique stores, close to the City, Chapel Street, St Kilda beach and many of Melbourne’s art and sporting venues. Simply, the place to be...

     

    From one end of Toorak Road to the other, it’s all about specialty shops; outstanding jewellery,

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  • Walking and Cycling trails

    Whether you want to see gum trees and bushland, discover Manningham’s rich heritage, or learn more about its artistic past, Manningham has many self-guided walks that allow you to explore every nook and cranny. Doing any of this as well as improving fitness is a win for anyone, so grab a friend or your pooch and take a self-guided tour through one of these amazing tracks. 

    Whether you want to see gum trees and bushland, discover Manningham’s rich heritage, or learn mor

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  • The Gallery @ BACC

    The Gallery @ BACC

    The Gallery @ BACC, located in the Brighton Town Hall, presents a series of high quality temporary exhibitions, public programs and visual arts events, in both conventional and new media.  Supporting the work of local Bayside artists and arts organisations, as well as giving visitors the opportunity to engage with important work by non-local significant and established practitioners, The Gallery provides a space for people to engage with art at all levels.

    The Gallery @ BACC, located in the Brighton Town Hall, presents a series of high quality temporar

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  • Kingston Arts

    Kingston Arts

    Culture that captures the imagination. Scratch the surface of the City of Kingston and you’ll find a thriving arts and cultural scene that’s buzzing with dynamic, diverse and high quality creative programs. 

    Kingston showcases the finest local and national talent, and champions artistic endeavor of all kinds from all corners of our diverse community. Experience, inspire, challenge yourself, and most of all enjoy your journey of cultural discovery in the City of Kingston. Get involved in your local arts scene and discover what Kingston Arts has to offer.

    Culture that captures the imagination.

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  • baths, pool, spa, day spa, dining

    St Kilda Sea Baths

    The St Kilda Sea Baths offer some fantastic activities to keep you fit and healthy, sweat it out at the health club or swim a length in the 25 metre heated seawater pool, whatever the weather. Take some time out for yourself, book a relaxing massage at Spa Dreamtime - the internationally award winning day spa, while taking in one of Melbourne’s best views over St Kilda beach. The St Kilda Sea Baths is also home to several excellent dining venues. Why not make a day of it!

    The St Kilda Sea Baths offer some fantastic activities to keep you fit and healthy, sweat it out

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  • Dining and Nightlife

    Restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs are always buzzing in Melbourne. An eclectic range of cuisine is on offer across town - hidden down laneways, high above street level or overlooking the waterfront.

    Restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs are always buzzing in Melbourne.

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  • Churchill National Park

    Churchill National Park

    Churchill National Park remains as an example of the original landscape before clearing and settlement. There are barbecue and picnic facilities set amongst woodland forest.

    Churchill National Park remains as an example of the original landscape before clearing and settl

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  • Williamstown Botanic Gardens

    Williamstown Botanic Gardens

    Williamstown Botanic Gardens opened in 1860 are one of Victoria’s first public gardens. The gardens are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register as significant for their historical, aesthetic, scientific and social significance to the state of Victoria. Nestled by the sea, complete with rare and significant trees, a formal palm avenue and a charming Edwardian ornamental pond amongst its many attractions, the gardens provide a peaceful setting.

    Williamstown Botanic Gardens opened in 1860 are one of Victoria’s first public gardens.

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  • Warrandyte State Park

    Warrandyte State Park

    Warrandyte State Park is a haven for bushwalkers, canoeists, picnickers, birdwatchers and those who enjoy peace and solitude. Pound Bend Tunnel hints at the rich heritage dominated by the Yarra River as it winds through natural bushland. A sure winner for any Saturday or Sunday day trip with the family or loved ones, head down and enjoy the serenity! 

    Warrandyte State Park is a haven for bushwalkers, canoeists, picnickers, birdwatchers and those w

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  • Heritage Walks

    Heritage Walks

    Visit the Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre in Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown and pick up information on three self guided heritage walks. With so much to explore around Hobsons Bay take the time to explore and learn something new about your local area. explore the historic seaport of waterfront Williamstown, as well as its hidden lanes, monuments, buildings and the original morgue.

    Visit the Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre in Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown and pick u

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  • The Darebin Parklands Spiritual ad Healing Trail

    The Darebin Parklands Spiritual and Healing Trail

    The Darebin Spiritual Healing Trail is a tranquil and uplifting walk amidst the beautiful natural bush setting of Darebin Parklands in Alphington. The Trail winds around beautiful native bushland, down to the magnificent rock faces along the Darebin Creek, to the lush wetlands, across the creek over rocks and stepping stones, and then up a gentle hill for a birds’ eye view of the parklands and towards the city skyline. Along the Trail there are five major stops with themes and special readings which focus on personal wellbeing.

    The Darebin Spiritual Healing Trail is a tranquil and uplifting walk amidst the beautiful natural bush setting of Darebin Parklands in Alphington.

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  • Enterprize Tall Ship

    Enterprize Tall Ship

    Set sail aboard Melbourne’s Tall Ship Enterprize, a working replica of the ship that brought the first white settlers to Melbourne in 1835. Relax on deck with the family as we explore the bay and tell the little known story of the founding of Melbourne. The truly adventurous can experience life as an early sailor and climb the rigging for a heart stopping view of Melbourne. 

    Click below for sailing times.

    Set sail aboard Melbourne’s Tall Ship Enterprize, a working replica of the ship that brought the

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    Point Ormond

    Elwood's beaches are perfectly paired with the series of parks and walking and bicycle tracks, ideal for getting out and enjoying the fresh air. Here you will also find the Point Ormond Reserve, neatly perched on a raised headland overlooking the water. The highest point is known as Point Ormond Hill and offers the perfect place to watch the sky melt into stunning hues of red and gold at sunset. Admire exceptional views of the city skyline and bay or during the day delight in the parachutists ‘Skydiving the Beach’ landing into the drop zone.

    Image credit: portphillip.vic.gov.au

    Elwood's beaches are perfectly paired with the series of parks and walking and bicycle tracks, id

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  • North Melbourne and Kensington

    The striking and historic streetscapes of North Melbourne’s Errol and Victoria streets are well known for their great cafes, restaurants and a lively arts scene. Neighbouring Kensington is the place to enjoy a slower pace of life in luxuriantly leafy surrounds, while the hustle and bustle of Flemington’s busy Racecourse Road strip will keep the more active visitors entertained.

    The striking and historic streetscapes of North Melbourne’s Errol and Victoria streets are well k

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  • Gem Pier, Williamstown

    Gem Pier is the arrival point for ferries from the city. Step off into the historical township of Williamstown, the first settlement in Melbourne. With so much to see from the HMAS Castlemaine to historical buildings, plan to stay for the day or the weekend. With nearby picnic spots as well as playgrounds and BBQ this is the perfect day trip to Hobsons Bay. 

    Gem Pier is the arrival point for ferries from the city.

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  • Seaplanes

    Melbourne Seaplanes operate from the water at Williamstown, providing an exciting way of seeing Melbourne. Trips range from a short ride over Melbourne to longer journeys around the bay, with spectacular views of the city and surrounds.

    Melbourne Seaplanes operate from the water at Williamstown, providing an exciting way of seeing M

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  • Aquarena Aquatic and Leisure Centre

    Aquarena is one of the largest and modern recreation and aquatic facilities in Victoria. With both indoor and outdoor pools, the centre offers high quality facilities and a large range of programs and services. Aquerena also offers group bookings and swimming lessons. It's never too early to get your children in the pool and learning to swim! 

    Aquarena is one of the largest and modern recreation and aquatic facilities in Victoria.

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  • Wattle Park

    Wattle Park

    Wattle Park is a wonderful escape within the suburbs for a pleasant picnic, walk or jog.  Set in natural bushland and sweeping lawns, the park features historic buildings, huge gum trees, the historic Lone Pine, exotic trees, tennis courts, public nine-hole golf course, and a playground. 

    Wattle Park is a wonderful escape within the suburbs for a pleasant picnic, walk or jog.

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  • …a place for gathering

    …a place for gathering

    Suspended by cables between two street light poles and with a soundscape that fuses music and environment sounds, Hillary, Haq and Cran, generate a dynamic interface between community and place.  Using the words and phrases taken from a range of community voices about what a place for gathering means to them, the work is presented within a traditional neon form, reminding us of a time when neon captivated the hearts and minds of cities.

    Suspended by cables between two street light poles and with a soundscape that fuses music and env

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  • Manningham Art Gallery

    Manningham Art Gallery presents an eclectic program of contemporary art exhibitions that includes curated group exhibitions, shows by emerging and mid-career Victorian artists and touring exhibitions from interstate and state galleries. Recognising the region's significance to the history of Australian pottery, the gallery regularly hosts exhibitions of work by celebrated Australian ceramic artists as well as the biennial Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award.

    Manningham Art Gallery presents an eclectic program of contemporary art exhibitions that includes curated group exhibitions, shows by emerging and mid-career Victorian artists and touring exhibitions from interstate and state galleries.

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  • Herring Island

    A hidden gem in the middle of the Yarra River, Herring Island is located only 3kms from the CBD. A haven for nature and art lovers alike, the Island is home to native flora and fauna, a gallery and environmental sculptures. Access to the island is via boat. For just a small fee, you can hop on Parks Victoria’s punt which runs from Como Landing, January to April. Pack a picnic, gather your friends and family and spend the day on this little slice of paradise.

    A hidden gem in the middle of the Yarra River, Herring Island is located only 3kms from the CBD.

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    Catani Gardens

    Comprising six hectares of beautiful landscaped gardens and ideally situated right on the St Kilda foreshore, Catani Gardens is a must visit when exploring Port Phillip. Established in the 1920s with their grand avenues, the historic bandstand and rows of palms, they are now recognised to be of historical, architectural and horticultural importance. The gardens host numerous events throughout the year including the IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship each year.

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    Comprising six hectares of beautiful landscaped gardens and ideally situated right on the St Kild

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  • City Centre

    As you enter Melbourne’s city centre switch your curiosity to ‘high’. Look up, look down, follow that tune down that laneway and venture up those stairs. Melbourne’s city streets are a mosaic of high style, buried treasure, graceful elegance and quirky character.

    As you enter Melbourne’s city centre switch your curiosity to ‘high’.

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  • Greenvale Reservoir

    Greenvale Reservoir

    The grassy slopes of the park are popular with large groups for picnics and games. Trails wind through the park, and offer an opportunity for families to explore the exciting terrain. There are several picnic areas with free gas barbecues, picnic shelters, water and toilets. So grab some meat and get the extended family together for what will prove to be a wonderful day.

    The grassy slopes of the park are popular with large groups for picnics and games.

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  • Warrandyte Berry Farm

    This quaint roadside store at the farm gate specialises in strawberries dipped in chocolate, strawberry icecream, berry smoothies and a huge range of berry jams, all made with locally grown and freshly picked berries. The perfect first stop to any adventure, why not fill up on some delivious fresh produce or take some to snack on throughout the day. 

    This quaint roadside store at the farm gate specialises in strawberries dipped in chocolate, stra

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  • Westerfolds Park (including Candlebark Park)

    Westerfolds Park

    Westerfolds Park, including Candlebark Park, is perfect for picnicking, cycling, walking, canoeing and there's an adventure playground for the children. The Main Yarra Trail, that forms part of the 6km of sealed trails throughout the park, connects many parks, trails, and wetlands along the Yarra River waterways.

    Westerfolds Park, including Candlebark Park, is perfect for picnicking, cycling, walking, canoein

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  • Darling Street Espresso

    Darling Street Espresso, Moonee Ponds

    Spoil the kids - and yourself - at Darling Street Espresso. Hidden away in an old milk bar on a residential Moonee Ponds street, it's the perfect place for an after-school or holiday treat. Try one of their famous cake pops for that afternoon sugar rush, or enjoy some downtime with friends, good coffee and great food.

    Spoil the kids - and yourself - at Darling Street Espresso.

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    Get involved - Albert Park Sport Precinct

    Albert Park is one of Melbourne’s most famed sporting destinations as the host to the Grand Prix each year. But the sporting action never stops with the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC), Albert Park Golf Course and a variety of sailing, rowing and yacht clubs all conveniently located within the 220 hectares of lush parkland. Walk or run the lakeside track, admire the bird life, try a watersport or just relax and enjoy a lakeside picnic with the family.

    Albert Park is one of Melbourne’s most famed sporting destinations as the host to the Grand Prix

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  • Docklands

    Enjoy a picnic by the water's edge, in a grassy park, or grab a table at one of Melbourne’s most scenic restaurants by day or by night. There are plenty of options from fine dining to family friendly venues. At Docklands you can pick up a bargain or experience a number of attractions and events. Ride, walk or run around parklands dotted with modern art. Gaze over the harbour – or get out on the water. Getting to Docklands is easy, with plenty of transport options.

    Enjoy a picnic by the water's edge, in a grassy park, or grab a table at one of Melbourne’s most

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  • Herring Island

    Herring Island

    Accessible only by boat, Herring Island in the Yarra River is just 3km from Melbourne's city centre. The park is a haven for nature and art lovers. It is home to a series of environmental sculptures. 

    Accessible only by boat, Herring Island in the Yarra River is just 3km from Melbourne's city cent

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  • Funfields

    One of Victoria’s leading adventure parks, Funfields offers a range of rides and activities for people of all ages. With toboggans, a pirate ship, waterslides, go karts, mini golf and much more! You cannot miss the world record longest Proslide CannonBowl waterslide, Typhoon. The Typhoon is over 400 feet long and reaches speeds of up to 30 kmph.  It is the perfect destination for family fun! 

    One of Victoria’s leading adventure parks, Funfields offers a range of rides and activities for p

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  • Cycling in the City of Whittlesea

    The City of Whittlesea is one of Melbourne’s leading destinations for cycling. With an extensive network of on and off-road bike routes, the municipality offers the perfect location for experienced riders and beginners alike.

    The City of Whittlesea is one of Melbourne’s leading destinations for cycling.

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  • The Ultimate Karting Experience

    Get your adrenalin pumping at The Ultimate Karting Experience. Get a bunch of friends together and take to the track. You can speed along the winding course challenging your friends or attempt to beat your own record. Whether experienced or amateur it is sure to be a fun filled day.

    Get your adrenalin pumping at The Ultimate Karting Experience.

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  • Bicentennial Park

    Bicentennial Park is an old favourite with many locals who know it as Mount Chelsea. The park is located on Scotch Parade and features a regional play space, kilometres of walking trails with links to the Long Beach Trail and the Chelsea Netball Centre.

    Bicentennial Park was awarded the 2011 National Playspace Award. There is a Liberty swing, shelters with BBQs and tables, toilets, seats (including some wonderful curved seats) and water taps are spread around. The area is surrounded by fences with child proof gates. Come and expolore the magnificant playgrounds with big mound slides, a smurf village, giant basket swing, flying fox, monkey bars and so much more. This renowned park is guaranteed to give the family hours of entertainment.

    Bicentennial Park is an old favourite with many locals who know it as Mount Chelsea.

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  • Waves Leisure Centre

    Waves Leisure Centre has a State-of-the-Art Health and fitness centre comprising of all the areas you need to get fit and healthy. With access to our fantastic timetable, impressive gymnasium and aquatic facilities, Waves Leisure Centre is a one stop solution to everything you need to reach your Health and Fitness goals. Waves Leisure Centre also hosts birthday parties and fun school holiday programs, phone for more details - 9559 7111

    Waves Leisure Centre has a State-of-the-Art Health and fitness centre comprising of all the areas

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  • Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne

    The Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne is one of Victoria's most precious areas of native bushland and offers nature lovers the chance to explore 363 hectares of untouched heath lands, wetlands and woodlands. These expansive natural gardens are also home to thriving bird and animal life, including several rare and endangered species. The park is open to the public daily from 9 am to 5 pm (closed on Christmas Day and days of Total Fire Ban). With walking and bicycle tracks, picnic areas, cafe, souvenir shop and meeting rooms, the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne has it all.

    The Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne is one of Victoria's most precious areas of native bushland

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  • Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick

    Only minutes from the Monash Freeway, Wilson Botanic Park attracts local and international visitors and provides a sanctuary for an abundance of native animals. The picnic areas of Wilson Botanic Park are the perfect place for a barbecue with friends, the playground is popular with children and there are walking tracks around the picturesque lakes. The park features spectacular exposed rock formations, unique fossils dating back 22 million years and native and exotic gardens. Two rotundas with magnificent views provide beautiful settings for weddings and photographs.

    Only minutes from the Monash Freeway, Wilson Botanic Park attracts local and international visito

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  • Market to Market

    Do you want fresh, affordable produce and gourmet delights? Are you looking for a special gift, or a shopping experience that’s a little different where you can buy handmade jewellery, clothing or arts and crafts direct from the makers? The head to one of the many markets that come alive within Casey each month. Whatever your taste, all of the markets in the City of Casey have something special to offer.

    Do you want fresh, affordable produce and gourmet delights?

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  • Shopping in Casey

    Shopping in Casey

    Experience the vibrant atmosphere in the City of Casey’s fabulous retail precincts. Each precinct offers unique shopping experiences to suit all tastes and has good public transport options. Come and discover the hundreds of shops and outlets throughout the municipality including Westfield Fountain Gate Shopping Centre, Berwick High Street’s retail precinct as well as the newer Casey Central in Narre Warren. 

    Experience the vibrant atmosphere in the City of Casey’s fabulous retail precincts.

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  • Casey Fields

    Set on a 76-hectare site in Cranbourne East, Casey Fields is the premier outdoor sports facility in Melbourne's south east and features a broad range of active and passive recreation opportunities for the entire region including, football, cricket, fishing, athletics, netball, rugby, tennis and cycling. There is plenty to see and do at Casey Fields, from playgroundclimbing the rope bridge in the play space to having a picnic or barbecue.

    Set on a 76-hectare site in Cranbourne East, Casey Fields is the premier outdoor sports facility

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  • Sugarloaf, Reservoir, Christmas Hills, Water

    Sugarloaf Reservoir - Christmas Hills

    Sugarloaf Reservoir is an integral part of Melbourne's water supply and a great place for a relaxing picnic or walk. This is a tranquil setting for a picnic or a stroll near the reservoir shores, offering wonderful views across the water. For the more energetic, there is a 15km walk that circumnavigates the reservoir.

    Opening hours: Every day of the year. Gates open at 8.30am and close at 7.00pm during daylight saving. Outside of daylight savings, the park closes at 5.00pm.

    Sugarloaf Reservoir is an integral part of Melbourne's water supply and a great place for a relaxing picnic or walk.

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  • Ponyland Equestrian Centre

    Enjoy the tranquility of a trail ride through the Australian bush. Ponyland has a wonderful team of horses and ponies to suit every rider.  Hosted by experienced and friendly guides.

    Opening hours: Open 7 days.
    Location: Osborne Road, Christmas Hills. Melways Ref 266 A10
    Contact: 9730 1334; ponyland@optusnet.com.au

    Enjoy the tranquility of a trail ride through the Australian bush. Ponyland has a wonderful team of horses and ponies to suit every rider.

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  • Montsalvat

    Montsalvat

    Famous for its architecture, music and poetry festivals, performances in the Great Hall and fabulous art exhibitions, Montsalvat, founded by Justus Jörgensen, is Australia’s oldest artists’ colony and home to practising artists. It remains to this day a working not-for-profit arts centre administered by a board. Set in 12–acres of established gardens, the historic buildings include charming mudbrick cottages and the impressive Great Hall.

    Famous for its architecture, music and poetry festivals, performances in the Great Hall and fabulous art exhibitions, Montsalvat, founded by Justus Jörgensen, is Australia’s oldest artists’ colony and home to practising artists.

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  • Wineries

    Wineries

    Local wineries range from the volcanic hilltops of Kangaroo Ground, across the gravelly clays of Panton Hill and St Andrews, down to the fine soils of Arthurs Creek and Yan Yean. Many wineries have cellar doors where you can meet the winemaker, hear their stories and taste and buy the wine. Wineries and cellar doors vary from contemporary designs to ancient Italian-inspired stone and mudbrick buildings. Some wineries offer meals or platters of local produce as well as galleries exhibiting works by local artists.

    Local wineries range from the volcanic hilltops of Kangaroo Ground, across the gravelly clays of Panton Hill and St Andrews, down to the fine soils of Arthurs Creek and Yan Yean.

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  • Tracks and trails

    Tracks and Trails

    The Nillumbik Shire trails network provides a great opportunity for walkers, cyclists and horse riders to enjoy the Shire's natural and cultural heritage. Residents and visitors are encouraged to enjoy the 25 kilometres of urban trails, 6 kilometres of rural trails and many informal trails that run throughout Shire of Nillumbik. Urban trails link to the Melbourne Metropolitan Trail Network and include the Diamond Creek Trail, the Plenty River Trail and the Aqueduct Trail. Other trails of interest include the Heidelberg Artists Trail, Heritage Walks and the Gawa Wurundjeri Aboriginal Resource Trail.

    The Nillumbik Shire trails network provides a great opportunity for walkers, cyclists and horse riders to enjoy the Shire's natural and cultural heritage.

  • The Hunt Club Community Arts Centre

    The Hunt Club in Deer Park provides opportunities for participation in the arts, including classes, arts projects, exhibitions and events. The 1886 building is heritage listed; built for the Melbourne Hunt Club, which grazed 300 acres of deer to the rear of the building. It was the first hotel in the area!

    The Hunt Club in Deer Park provides opportunities for participation in the arts, including classe

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  • Bicycle Discovery Trails

    Bayside’s picturesque foreshore, parks and architectural highlights are exciting to explore and discover on your bike. Six bicycle discovery trails cover distinct areas of Bayside, so you can enjoy a variety of interesting cycling routes.  Each trail is suitable for cyclists of all abilities and the trails include opportunities for rest stops at parks, cafes and other points of interest. All the trails include a section of the attractive foreshore to enjoy! 

    Bayside’s picturesque foreshore, parks and architectural highlights are exciting to explore and d

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  • Sailing

    From the nineteenth century, Bayside has offered top-class sailing in one of the world’s safest and most picturesque bays. Officials involved in the 1999 World Sailing Championships – held for the first time in Port Phillip Bay – declared it was one of the best ‘yachting venues’ in the world.  No matter what your age or status, sailing the Bayside foreshore offers untold pleasures – the joy of the sport itself, spectacular views, exercise, outstanding companionship and the challenge of competition (if sought).

    From the nineteenth century, Bayside has offered top-class sailing in one of the world’s safest a

  • Hawthorn Craft Market

    The Hawthorn Craft Market is one of Melbourne’s longest running makers’ markets. You’ll find a range of beautifully designed, handmade items, perfect as a gift or simply to indulge yourself. There are over forty stalls with artists working across a variety of mediums. You’ll find jewellery, clothes, children’s toys, bags, cards, candles, photo-art, sculpture, plants, furniture and unique one off pieces.

    The Hawthorn Craft Market is one of Melbourne’s longest running makers’ markets.

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