Local Highlights

Melbourne Aquarium
The Melbourne Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals and fun especially for children. You can also watch the staff feed the animals daily, go through a behind the scenes tour and be amazed at their floor-to-ceiling fish tank. Interactive displays and stunning visuals will entertain and educate on everything there is to know about the Penguins natural environment – the coldest, windiest and driest continent in the world. Melbourne Aquarium is a must-see visitor attraction. Ask at reception for your VIP pass to jump queues and get 20% off.

The Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is home to both amazing and diverse plant collections such as camellias, rainforest flora, succulents and cacti, roses, Californian species, herbs, perennials, cycads and plants from Southern China.The Gardens also provide a natural sanctuary for native wildlife such as the black swans, eels, bell birds, cockatoos and kookaburras. A popular attraction is The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden.

With such a stunning range of themed exhibitions and interactive scientific displays, Scienceworks is sure to enthrall and entertain the kids for hours.

Melbourne 360 - the Melbourne Observation Deck at Rialto
Eureka Sky deck is Melbourne’s tallest skyscraper. Go up 88 floors and witness the incredible 360-degree views of Melbourne City. If you dare, try “The Edge” and stand inside a glass cube that projects 3 meters out of the building. We recommend going before dusk to see the city will light up before your eyes. The reception has a 10% discount voucher for admission to the Sky Deck.

Funfields is fast becoming Melbourne’s favourite Family Fun Park and it is located only 40 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD.

Melbourne Zoo
Be filled with awe and wonder as you explore the award-winning Melbourne Zoo. With more than 300 species of animals from all over the world, you won’t believe that you’re only 4km from the central business district.

Old Melbourne Gaol
Home to Australia's oldest prison, historic Magistrates' Court and former Police City Watch House, Russell Street has been at the heart of crime, law and order in Melbourne since the 1840s. Most of Australia’s infamous characters, including Ned Kelly and notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor have spent time within the walls of this precinct. Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century prison, be arrested in a modern-day Police Station or put yourself on trial in court. A ticket to the Old Melbourne Gaol Crime & Justice Experience grants you visiting rights to the past, present and future of crime and justice in Australia.

The Queen Victoria Market
The Queen Victoria Market has been the favourite fresh food destination for Melbournians for 130 years. The Market is probably best known for its huge variety of fresh produce. Almost 50% of the Market area is dedicated to the sale of fresh produce, including fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, chicken, seafood and delicatessen products.

Shopping! in the CBD
Whether you’re after high fashion or fine art, Melbourne’s ever evolving shopping choices make it difficult to decide where to start your spree. Explore Melbourne Central, discover the QV and GPO precincts and lose yourself in laneways and arcades. Boutiques, Major Retailers, Specialty Stores....Melbourne has it all.

Melbourne Star
Melbourne Star is the perfect introduction of the city centre for all visitors. Each of the 21 cabins will give you an unparalleled, air conditioned tour of the Melbourne skies accompanied by a running commentary. The Melbourne Star is the southern hemispheres only giant observation wheel and boasts a spectacular light show. There are more than 15 million different lighting combinations which make for a spectacular sensory experience. Ask at reception for your 10% discount voucher

Crown Casino
The thrill of the gaming floor, the glamour of the nightlife, the sumptuous dining, the remarkable shopping and the friendly service come together at Crown to create one of Melbourne's most exciting entertainment experiences.

Local Events

Spring Racing Carnival featuring the Melbourne Cup Carnival
from 01 October, 2008 to 19 November, 2008
Frock up for six weeks of Spring Carnival action as world champion thoroughbreds descend on Melbourne for a first class racing season

AFL Finals Series
from 05 September, 2008 to 27 September, 2008
See this spectacular crescendo of 22 weeks of fiery competition in the 2008 Australian Football League Finals Series.

GMC Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix
from 03 October, 2008 to 05 October, 2008
See the world's best riders in three Grand Prix classes compete in this exciting three-day event on Phillip Island.

Melbourne International Arts Festival
from 09 October, 2008 to 25 October, 2008
Indulge in the cream of Australian and international cultural events. Melbourne International Arts Festival has an outstanding reputation for presenting unique international and Australian attractions in the fields of dance, theatre, music, opera, visual arts, free and outdoor events.

Melbourne Boxing Day Test
from 26 December, 2008 to 30 December, 2008
This year's Boxing Day test is between a resurgent India who takes on world champions Australia, in the first match in a series of four to decide the Border-Gavaskar trophy between the two countries. The test matches are followed by a triangular one-day series with Australia, India and Sri Lanka. There will also be Twenty-20 action in what is shaping up as a summer’s feast of cricket. This is more than just a cricket match; it's a sporting and cultural event that Melbourne is proud to showcase to the world. So visit the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground and be a part of this great sporting tradition.

Australian Open - The Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific
from 19 January, 2009 to 01 February, 2009
The Australian Open gets bigger and better every year, and in 2009, the Grand Slam event will be the world's biggest stage with top tennis elite battling for the Grand Slam title so don't miss the chance to be a part of Australian Open 2009!

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2009
from 07 March, 2009 to 23 March, 2009
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by The Age is the largest celebration of its kind anywhere in the world. From 7 – 23 March, 2009, Melbourne and Victoria will burst with hundreds of flavorsome food and wine events. Lovers of all things alfresco, pick a dinner under the stars in a hidden city laneway or join the patriotic throng at an outdoor BBQ extravaganza! Happy shoppers, pick up your baskets and peruse delicious wares at a scenic riverside market. Novice and discerning bon vivier alike, learn the secrets of top chefs and winemakers from around the world at MasterClass. And for those who like their lunch leisurely, take a trip through regional Victoria’s richest food and wine spots and discover World’s Longest Lunch tables in the most surprising of places! Each year the Festival attracts experts from the globe over, including celebrity chefs and famed winemakers, growers, purveyors, authors, commentators and critics who present alongside Australia's best. With so many spectacular Melbourne Food and Wine Festival events on offer in 2009, it’s easy to see why Victoria is the epicurean epicenter of Australia!

2009 FORMULA 1 Australian Grand Prix
from 26 March, 2009 to 29 March, 2009
Set in the stunning surrounds of picturesque Albert Park and offering striking views of Melbourne’s skyline, the 2009 FORMULA 1™ ING Australian Grand Prix will be a feast for the senses. If you’ve never witnessed the sensation of the world’s fastest men racing before your very eyes at speeds of more than 300 km/h, make 2009 the year to do it.

Melbourne Comedy Festival
from 01 April, 2009 to 26 April, 2009
Laugh 'til it hurts with the world's premier funny people in Melbourne. Laughter takes over the city as the best international and local comedians descend on Melbourne every year. More than 200 different shows and over 2,200 performances tickle the funny bones of almost 400,000 comedy lovers in venues all across the city. Along with Montreal and Edinburgh, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is one of the world's largest comedy festivals. Featuring a high profile line up of stand-up, cabaret theatre, visual art exhibitions, a comedy film festival and free performances along with many other events, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is bound to have you in stitches.

Melbourne Cup Carnival
from 01 November, 2008 to 08 November, 2008
The $5.1 million Emirates Melbourne Cup is more than just a horse race - it is a 145-year old social and cultural tradition that literally brings Australia to a standstill. The race draws competitors from all over the world with the annual invasion of northern hemisphere-trained stayers making it a truly international event. The Emirates Melbourne Cup now attracts a worldwide television audience of around 700 million people in 120 countries and territories while millions more either view or listen to the event via the internet. The Melbourne Cup Carnival is comprised of four unique race days: Saturday 1st November – AAMI Victoria Derby Day Tuesday 4th November – Emirates Melbourne Cup Day Thursday 6th November – Crown Oaks Day Saturday 8th November – Emirates Stakes Day The Melbourne Cup Carnival creates a party atmosphere unparalleled at any other Australian sporting event.

Rugby League World Cup 2008 - Melbourne
from 02 November, 2008 to 02 November, 2008
The 2008 Rugby League World Cup will be held in Australia in October and November. Ten countries will compete in the first World Cup held since 2000. Thousands of Rugby League fans from England, New Zealand, France and the Pacific Islands will be attending matches.

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