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Guided Walks and Tours

Fitzroy Gardens

Valued for their historic, aesthetic, architectural and horticultural significance, the Fitzroy Gardens were classified by the National Trust in 1974 and placed on the Victorian Heritage Register in 1999. Originally set aside as a reserve in 1848, the gardens derived their name from Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy, Governor of New South Wales (1846 - 1851) and Governor-General of the Australian Colonies (1851 - 1855).

In the gardens sits Cooks' Cottage, presented to the people of Victoria as a gift for the State's centenary in 1934. The cottage, home of Captain James Cook's parents, was transported from the Yorkshire village where Cook, one of the first Europeans to chart Australia's east coast, was born. Its furnishings and restoration are appropriate to the time in which they lived in the dwelling.

Another feature of the gardens is the Conservatory (1930), housing magnificent indoor floral displays that are changed five times each year. Also in the Fitzroy Gardens are the Fairies' Tree carved by Ola Cohn, a model Tudor Village, Sinclair's Cottage, as well as an array of statues, fountains and structures.

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Fitzroy Gardens
Wednesday at 12.30pm
Free guided walking tour

www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/visitors/Documents/Melbourne_AWalkInThePark.pdf

Royal Botanic Gardens

The picturesque setting of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne extends over 38 hectares and displays more than 50,000 plants.

Diverse plant collections, year-round events, unique tours and a reputation as one of the world's finest gardens has made the Royal Botanic Gardens one of Melbourne's most popular tourist attractions. Visit the “What’s On” section of the RBG website for a full listing of events and activities in the Gardens.

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Meet at the Visitor Centre, Observatory Gate
Tuesday–Sunday 11 am–12.30pm and 2–3.30 pm
03 9252 2429
Free

www.rbg.vic.gov.au/

Herbarium Discovery Walk

The Herbarium Discovery Walk turns the Herbarium inside out, with signs and displays that highlight the fascinating work of Royal Botanic Garden scientists and showcase the Herbarium collections.

Explore the work of scientists at Victoria’s main plant biodiversity research centre, the National Herbarium of Victoria. Glimpse into Australia’s oldest and most comprehensive collection of preserved plants and fungi.

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Outside the Herbarium, near F Gate on Birdwood Avenue
Every day
Free

www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/visitors/Documents/Melbourne_SecretGardens.pdf

Shrine of Remembrance

Visit the Shrine of Remembrance, Victoria's memorial to the men and women who have served Australia in armed conflicts and peacekeeping operations throughout our nation's history.

One of Melbourne's iconic buildings, the Shrine draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, to remember, to contemplate, to admire or to visit as tourists. It is a place where all can come to learn about the service and sacrifice of Australian service men and women.

The Shrine welcomes all visitors to enjoy their visit to the memorial and respects the cultural diversity of our visitors. It does ask that the behaviour of visitors whilst at the Shrine, remains respectful to the nature of the Shrine as a sacred place for commemoration. 

Guided tours at 11am and 2pm daily, leaving from the Visitor Centre. Services of Remembrance (featuring the Ray of Light) are held every half hour starting at 10:30am in the Sanctuary.

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Birdwood Avenue and St Kilda Road
10.00am to 5.00pm Daily (except Good Friday and Christmas Day)
Free

www.shrine.org.au/home

Melbourne Town Hall

Free tours of Melbourne's historic Town Hall give visitors the chance to learn about the architectural, social and political significance of this impressive 19th century building.

Experience the grandeur of the wood panelled Council Chamber, stand on the Portico where the Beatles waved, sit in the Lord Mayor's chair and view the richly carved Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ. With more than 10,000 pipes it is the largest grand romantic organ in the southern hemisphere.

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Melbourne Town Hall, 100 Swanston Street
1 hour tour at 11am and 1pm. Weekdays only
03 9658 9658
Free - bookings recommended
[email protected]

www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/townhalltours

Parliament House

Parliament House is open to the public throughout the year. When Parliament is sitting, visitors are welcome to come in and see Parliament in action. The Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly (the Houses) both have public galleries, which are open whenever the House is sitting. Public tours of Parliament are conducted on days when Parliament is not sitting.

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Corner of Spring St and Bourke St
Public tours take place at 9.30 am, 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 1.30 pm, 2.30 pm and 3.45 pm Monday to Friday from the Vestibule
03 9651 8568
Free

www.parliament.vic.gov.au/

Old Treasury Building

Sitting at the top end of Collins Street in the Melbourne CBD, the Old Treasury Building is widely regarded as one of the finest 19th century buildings in Australia and was designed by nineteen-year-old architect JJ Clark and built between 1858 and 1862.

The Old Treasury Building hosts the original gold vaults where gold bullion was stored during the gold rush era, as well as rare and historic documents from Public Record Office Victoria highlighting key moments from Victoria’s history.

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20 Spring Street, Melbourne
Open Sunday to Friday (closed every Saturday)
03 9651 2233
Free

www.oldtreasurybuilding.org.au

State Library

A stroll around the Library, an iconic Melbourne landmark recognised for its heritage architecture, reveals much about its fascinating history. The building, which is in fact made up of 23 buildings, takes up an entire city block and was constructed over many years beginning in 1854. Highlights include the spectacular domed La Trobe Reading Room and the splendid Redmond Barry Reading Room. They offer a range of tours of the heritage reading rooms and permanent and temporary exhibitions. Tours are conducted by staff and volunteer guides. 

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328 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Monday to Thursday: 10am–9pm
Friday to Sunday: 10am–6pm
03 8664 7099
Free

www.slv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/tours


Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market is Victoria's premier open-air market. It's a thriving and vital place pulsating with life. The friendly competition between stallholders and their concern for customers is what gives the Market its Old World charm and the addictive power to draw millions of visitors each year.

The vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere of this historic site has endeared the Market to Melburnians for 130 years. Almost 50% of the Market area is dedicated to the sale of fresh produce, including fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, chicken, seafood and deli products.

The remainder of the Market is used for variety and speciality goods, with Sundays being the most popular day for this category. On Sundays, the hustle and bustle of the weekday Market gives way to a more relaxed and leisurely family day. Queen Street is closed and converted into an outdoor cafe area, with children's rides and other activities.

The Market is divided into a number of Market Precincts; the Deli Hall, Elizabeth Street Shops, F shed laneway, Vic Market Place Food Court, Fruit and Vegetables, The Meat Hall, Organics, General Merchandise, Victoria Street Shops and the Wine Market.

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513 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
When: Monday           CLOSED
Tuesday          6am to 2pm
Wednesday    CLOSED
Thursday         6am to 2pm
Friday             6am to 5pm (Gen Merchandise to 4pm)
Saturday         6am to 3pm
Sunday            9am to 4pm
Free

www.qvm.com.au/


National Gallery of Victoria

Founded in 1861, the National Gallery of Victoria is Australia’s oldest public art gallery. The NGV currently holds over 70,000 works of art from Europe, Asia, America, and Oceania.

The NGV's Australian art collection encompasses Indigenous (Australian Aboriginal) art, Australian colonial painting, Australian Impressionist painting, 20th century, modern and contemporary Australian art.  The NGV houses many of the most recognisable Australian paintings, including Frederick McCubbin's The Pioneer and Tom Roberts' Shearing the Rams.

NGV Voluntary Guides conduct free exhibition and collection tours almost every day of the year at both NGV Australia and NGV International. Free tours are listed in NGV What’s On calendar.

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180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
10.00am to 5.00pm every day except Tuesdays
03 8620 2222
Free

www.ngv.vic.gov.au


The Ian Potter Centre:  National Gallery of Victoria

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia is the world’s first major gallery dedicated exclusively to Australian art. It is a spectacular showcase comprising over 20 galleries housed within a landmark architectural complex. NGV Australia presents the history of Australian art from the Colonial period and the Heidelberg School through to contemporary art, and includes photography, prints and drawings, fashion and textiles, decorative arts, and a suite of galleries dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

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Federation Square, Cnr of Russell and Flinders Streets
10.00am to 5.00pm every day except Mondays
03 8620 2222
Free

www.ngv.vic.gov.au


Federation Square

Federation Square is a unique cultural and entertainment precinct located in the centre of Melbourne. Home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism experiences and an exceptional array of restaurants, bars and gift shops, this modern piazza has been embraced as ‘Melbourne’s Meeting Place’ – a local hang-out and one of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations. The precinct is the size of an entire city block and is internationally recognised for its award- wining architectural design. Federation Square opened in 2002

www.fedsquare.com/


The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art is Melbourne’s leading contemporary art gallery presenting the most challenging, innovative and creative visual art of our time.

Designed by Melbourne based architects, Wood Marsh, ACCA’s distinctive steel building is in the heart of Melbourne’s arts precinct in Southbank. The landmark rust-red structure is one of Melbourne’s architectural icons.

ACCA brings the latest and most significant artwork by living artists from around the world to Melbourne audiences, and commissions new artworks by local and international artists. ACCA is a Kunsthalle - it is the only major public art gallery in Australia focused on commissioning rather than collecting.

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111 Sturt Street, Southbank, Victoria 3006
Tuesday to Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm
Weekends and Public Holidays 11.00am – 6.00pm
Monday by appointment
03 9697 9999
Free

www.accaonline.org.au/AboutACCA


ANZ Banking Museum

The ANZ Banking Museum is housed in the lower ground floor of the 'Gothic Bank' at 380 Collins Street, Melbourne. It was first opened in May 1985 to commemorate the 15Oth anniversary of the granting of a Royal Charter to the Bank of Australasia, one of ANZ's major forebears.

The museum tells the story of Australia's banking heritage through displays of items such as banknotes and coins, moneyboxes, office machines, firearms, gold-mining equipment and uniforms. In putting together these displays, ANZ's Banking Museum draws upon the rich historical resource of ANZ's archives, an extensive collection of manuscripts, correspondence and photographs covering more than 170 years of banking operations.

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380 Collins Street, Melbourne
10am to 3pm Weekdays
Free
Visitor guides are available for self-guided tours and a museum attendant is available onsite to answer questions.

www.anz.com/about-us/our-company/profile/facts/banking-museum