Attractions, Zoos and Amusement Parks
Melbourne Aquarium just over the road from Crown Casino, this award winning aquarium offers a truly unique adventure with their new exhibit Antarctica with a frozen winterland for the penguine display and a One 2.2 million-litre tank houses sharks, stingrays, fish and turtles. There is also a River to Reef exibit with mangrove habitats, billabongs and rockpools. Oceanarium, fish feeding sessions and underwater photographic presentations encompass shark dives in the deep tank as well as the new Shark....more
Melbourne I-Venture Pass
These pass's come in two forms. One allows you to access as many of 35 selected attractions that you would like to visit over 2, 3, or 7 days. The other allows you to select 3 or 5 seperate attractions from a list of 20 attractions. These are amazing deals with up to 50% off entrance fees.
See the link below for more details.
Our local zoo is a great family outing located just on the outskirts of melbourne with our new addition Mali the Baby Elephant. This zoo has been open since 1862 and has changed dramatically over the past 145 years with Orangatans, Brown Bears, Asian Elephants, Penguins, Tree Kangaros and much more. Melbourne Zoo began years ago to replace cages with wonderful walk through areas that allow the animals much more freedom and creates a more true to life experience for the guest to this very beautiful and informative zoo. The Melbourne Zoo is a great day out.
Badger Creek Road, Healesville. Opened in 1934, Healesville Sanctuary features Australian wildlife with more than 200 species of native birds, mammals and reptiles, displayed in a beautiful bushland setting. A visit to Healesville Sanctuary is a truly Australian experience and a great way to immerse yourself in the sights, scents and sounds of the Australian bush.
WERRIBEE OPEN RANGE ZOO
K Road, Werribee. Special guided tours available including raising rhino, canoe safari, behind the scenes and photographic safari. See website for special events, including the ever popular twilight evenings and Rhythm of Africa tours. Bookings advisable for groups more than 20 and those with special needs.
Pearcedale Conservation Park. 550 Tyabb-Tooradin Road, Pearcedale. Phone 03 5978 7935. See Australia's wildlife at night. Endangered native nocturnal animals, wetlands, animals that have become extinct from the wild, native animals such as kangaroos and emus, souvenirs, art and crafts, café, educational programs. Guided tours available from dusk. Tour Bookings essential.
KOALA CONSERVATION CENTRE
Off Phillip Island Tourist Road, Cowes. Phone 03 5952 1307. Part of the Phillip Island Nature Park. Natural woodlands park with raised boardwalk for treetop viewings and an interpretation centre. Experience wild koalas in their natural habitat and stroll through Aussie bushland at our environmentally sustainable centre dedicated to koala conservation.
Melbourne is fortunate to be so close to the world's largest Little Penguin colony. Up to a thousand Little Penguins make the journey up the beach to their burrows every sunset. This is one of Australia's most popular wildlife attractions in the penguins natural surroundings. It is recommended to book ahead as numbers are limited.
Lunar Park is a Melbourne landmark. It is one of Melbournes first and still standing amusment parks with lots of history behind it.
The Park offers free entry and the option to pay per ride or to buy an unlimited pass. Mixing history and amusments has never been so much fun.
Opened in 2006 the Eureka Skydeck took over the the responsibility of the tallest building in Melbourne and is the highest public obsevation point in the Southern Hemisphere, not to mention the fastest lift as well (9 meters a seccond). The Eureka Skydeck also has a special viewing deck called The Edge which once inside protudes 3 meters out of the building allowing you to see both up and below 88 stories high (not advised for people with heart conditions and fear of hights).
This is a museum for the whole family. It is science made fun with hands on experience. An amazing array of exhibits showing what happens to your body when you play sports to how long your intestines are. You will see the science behind familiar household items to wonders of the heavens in the planetarium. With exhibits changing all the time this is a great day out and a must for parents with children.