Join us in March when Thomas the Tank Engine returns.
Day Out With Thomas takes place at Puffing Billy's EMERALD Town Station (GPS Ref: Memorial Ave, Emerald / Melway ref 127 E5), NOT Belgrave where most other Puffing Billy departures commence.
Prices:
Adults and Children (4 - 16): $26.00
Toddlers (1-3 years): $15.00
Infants (under 1 year): Free

 
 
 
 
ASCHOMBE MAZE & GARDENS


    Red Hill Road, Shoreham 3916

Ashcombe is Australia's oldest and most famous hedge mazes as well as home to the world's first circular rose maze.
Situated on a 25 acre property the walls of the Maze are now over three metres high and two metres wide.

The circular rose maze was the first of its kind in the world to be planted and draws admirers from far and wide to view the 1200 rose bushes specifically chosen for their colour and exotic perfume.

 
BALLOON FLIGHTS OVER MELBOURNE

21 Wangaratta Street, Richmond 3121

As one of Melbourne’s premier tour operators, Balloon Flights Over Melbourne would love to share with you the stunning panoramic views that our beautiful city has to offer from the air.

Take pleasure from the serene spectacle of Melbourne waking gently at sunrise, then quickly transforming into a bustling metropolis of over three million people.

At the conclusion of each flight we return our passengers to the renowned Observatory Café in the Royal Botanic Gardens for a delicious fully cooked breakfast including champagne.
 
BUNJILAKA ABORIGINAL CENTER

Bunjilaka is the Aboriginal Centre at Melbourne Museum, a campus of Museum Victoria.

Bunjilaka celebrates the survival of Victoria's Koori people and the relationship between indigenous people and the land, their systems of law and community.

Bunjilaka contains two galleries.

Jumbunna houses the main exhibitions and temporary displays, while Birrirung presents a dynamic program of art and artists from south eastern Australia.

Bunjilaka is an excellent introduction to Australian Indigenous cultures.
 
COMO HOUSE AND GARDEN

como house melbourne Corner Willams Road & Lechlade Ave
South Yarra VIC 3141

Como is a gracious colonial mansion set on 5 acres of historic gardens. Built in 1847 by Edward Williams, Como is an unusual mix of Australian Regency and Italianate styles of architecture.

The grounds boast sloping lawns, picturesque flower walks, pine and cypress glades, a croquet lawn, the superb fountain terrace and a water garden by well-known Australian landscape designer, Ellis Stones. A majority of Sangster's original decorative garden remains intact today.

 
CROWN ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX

 crown casino melbourne South Bank Melbourne

The Crown Entertainment Complex offers an unsurpassed range of entertainment and business facilities in one of the most innovative and technologically-advanced sites in the world.

Melbourne's Crown Complex operates 24 hours a day and the Complex has brilliant facilities.

The foyer is a just worth a visit just to see the combination of lighting and clever use of moving water.
 
THE IAN POTTER CENTER: NGV AUSTRALIA

Federation Square, Melbourne
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square is the spectacular new home of Australian art, with twenty galleries housed in a landmark architectural complex designed by Lab architecture studio in association with Bates Smart.
This gives a new perspective of the city through its glass matrix, NGV Australia is more than a great place to view art.

Admission to the permanent collection is free.
 
HERRING ISLAND ENVIROMENTAL SCULPTURE PARK

Accessible only by boat, Herring Island, 2.8 hectares in size, is just 3 km from the city, and the only substantial island in the Yarra River.

This informal parkland has provided the inspiration for curator Maudie Palmer to develop a concept in which artists are commissioned to create site-specific sculptures.

Created from natural materials such as stone, earth and wood, the sculptures appear as part of the landscape to reflect the Island's unique and tranquil setting. In particular, different types of stone have been brought from various locations to the island.
 
HEALESVILLE SANCTUARY

A visit to Victoria is not completed without a seeing Healesville Sanctuary. Healesville Sanctuary, Australia's premier wildlife park, is nestled in the foothills of the Yarra Valley, just one hour from Melbourne.

Opened in 1934, Healesville Sanctuary features Australian wildlife with more than 200 species of native birds, mammals and reptiles, seen in natural bush settings.

Australia's unique Koalas, Dingoes, Kangaroos and Platypus are all seen.
 
LUNA PARK

St Kilda Esplanade
Melbourne’s Luna Park has amusements and sensations that bring large crowds to the St Kilda foreshore.

Some of the attractions include thrill rides like the Pharoah’s Curse, Metropolis and the Enterprise, to the exciting rides like the Spider, G force and Shock Drop, you’re sure to have an fabulous time.

Luna Park is one of Melbourne's greatest family attraction. Since its opening in 1912, Luna Park has changed little over the years,but still keeps bringing the people back.
 
MELBOURNE AQUARIUM

The Melbourne Aquarium is a ‘must-see’ attraction for any visitor to Melbourne.

It is Australia’s newest Aquarium facility and boasts state-of-the-art interactive technology.

Totally involving and entertaining the Melbourne Aquarium focuses on the creatures of the Southern Ocean over four amazing levels.

The Melbourne Aquarium’s convenient location is a just a short stroll from many inner-city attractions and visitors should allow approximately 2 hours for their tour of the Melbourne Aquarium.

Opening Hours:  Daily 9:30am 6:00pm
 
MELBOURNE CRICKET GROUND

The Melbourne Cricket Ground is one of the most historical and famous sporting arenas in the world.

A feature of the MCG is its close proximity to the Melbourne Central Business District.

The M.C.G. has had many international cricket games, countless VFL/AFL Grand Finals, and also played host to the 1956 Olympic Games.

Apart from its sporting events, the MCG has also witnessed many blockbuster music concerts, and even the Pope, John Paul II, held a mass there when he visited Melbourne in 1986.

Visitors to the M.C.G. can enjoy great facilities and take a tour through the well-known Australian Gallery of Sport.

It has a world-class reputation as a leading multi-purpose stadium.
 
MELBOURNE MUSEUM

The Melbourne museum is set in the Carlton Gardens, next to the historic Royal Exhibition Buildings.

The Melbourne Museum has permanent and touring exhibitions, cafés, IMAX Theatre, gift shop, and undercover parking.
Its treasures date back to Australia’s Aboriginal heritage through to today’s modern technology.

A great place to visit to see one of the best museums in the southern hemisphere.
 
RIPPONLEA ESTATE

To go to Rippon Lea is to see the last of Australia's great privately owned 19th century suburban estates.

This mansion, designed and built in 1868 in the Romanesque style, is secreted within a beautifully maintained original Victorian pleasure ground.

The spacious mansion mixes both the lavish Victorian decoration from its first owners, the Sargood family, with the glamorous 1930s 'Hollywood' lifestyle features of its last owner, Mrs Louisa Jones.
 
WERRIBEE OPEN RANGE ZOO
Werribee Open Range Zoo is found in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and the focus is on displaying bothe Australian and African animals in a natural habitat.

It was originally agistment land to the Melbourne Zoo and is located on the Werribee River in Werribee Park, adjacent to the Werribee Mansion and has grown into an open range zoo of international standing..

It is part of the Zoological Parks and Gardens Board which also includes Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary,

Attractions include the standard safari tour, but visitors are able to book various 'specialty' tours, including open vehicle and canoe safaris, as well as close encounters with lions or rhinos.

Visitors both local and from all over the world come to Werribee Open Range Zoo to see Australian, Asian, North American and African grassland animals in conditions as close as possible to their own natural habitats.

 
OLD MELBOURNE JAIL
Victoria's first prison, the Old Melbourne Gaol is one of Melbourne's oldest surviving buildings.

This imposing bluestone institution is where 136 people, including infamous bushranger Ned Kelly, were hanged.

The building was a focus during some of Australia's most significant historical moments, including the Gold Rush, the Eureka Stockade Rebellion and World War ll.

Experience what life was like for some of our most notorious villains - learn about their life and crimes, their trials and treatment.


Opening Hours:  Daily 9:30am 5:00pm

Closed: Good Friday and Christmas Day
  • Adult - $18.00
  • Child - $9.50
  • Concession - $14.00
  • Family - $44.00 (2 Adults and up to 4 children)
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    MELBOURNE OBSERVATION DECK
    Melbourne is changing everyday! Rialto Towers is Melbourne's most recognised building and the Southern Hemisphere's tallest office structure.

    Views from our Level 55 Observation Deck are nothing short of breathtaking!

    When you visit Melbourne, make a point of experiencing stunning 360-degree bird's-eye-views of the fabulous city and 60km to the horizon.

    It's the perfect place to discover another side to 'the worlds most livable city.'
  • Adult $14.50
  • Child $8.00
  • Concession $9.90
  • Pensioner $9.00
  • Family (2 Adults and up to 4 Children between the ages of 5 and 15) $39.50
  • Single Parent Family (1 Adult and 2 Children between the ages of 5 and 15) $27.50
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    PHILLIP ISLAND PENGUIN PARADE
    Phillip Island Nature Park is where visitors from Australia and overseas come to see little fairy penguins.

    The ‘Penguins Plus’ Viewing Platform was opened in June and it offers visitors a great experience to see the penguins close up.

    Every night at sunset, thousands of visitors gather to see this spectacular sight and it is only 90 minutes from Melbourne.
    The Penguins have become the number one wildlife tourist destination in Australia, with over half a million visitors per year.
     
    PUFFING BILLY
    The Puffing Billy railway is a major tourist attraction that runs for 24.5 kms from Belgrave in the Dandenong ranges till it terminates at Gembrook.

    It is an historic steam train that runs regularly in the mountain district through beautiful forests and fern gullies, so why not take your family or friends on a sentimental journey.

    It is easily accessible by public transport from Melbourne.

    Tours are offered by all major day tour operators

    Opening Hours Daily 9:00am 5:00pm Except Christmas Day.
     
    ST KILDA SUNDAY MARKET
    Upper Esplanade, St Kilda

    This market, set on the coastline of St Kilda, is classified as the oldest art and craft market in Melbourne and each Sunday features around 220 artisans: painters, potters, jewellers, glass blowers, sculptors and every other art and craft.

    There is nothing better to do on a pleasant Sunday than to stroll along the esplanade and pick up an Australian made bargain.

    The market is situated on the upper esplanade of East St.
    Kilda and and is open every Sunday frm 10am till 5pm.
     
    SCIENCEWORKS MUSEUM
    Push it, pull it, spin it, bang it. Through hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, tours, activities and shows, you'll find science has never been quite this much fun.

    You can have fun exploring the mysteries of science and technology.

    It's a great value day out for curious minds and active bodies. Encompassing the only digital planetarium in the Southern Hemisphere, the Melbourne Planetarium is really out of this world.

    Opening Hours: 10:00am - 4:30pm daily
    Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday
     
    SOVEREIGN HILL BALLARAT
    Sovereign Hill was built nearly 35 years ago and many Australians and overseas tourists have visited the recreated 1850s goldfield town.

    Real gold flows in the creek and tours by authentic costumed characters bring the history of those by gone days back to life.

    There is a sound and light show at night about the 1854 Eureka uprising.

    The reality of Sovereign Hill has made it one of the best family tourist attractions in the state. Are you considering staying overnight in Ballarat? If so, the Ballarat Eureka Pass is a great value option for you. The Ballarat Eureka Pass gives 2 days' unlimited entry to Sovereign Hill, the Gold Museum and the Eureka Centre plus admission to the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
  • $45.00 adult
  • $36.00 concession
  • $21.00 child (5-15years)
  • $115.00 family (2adults & up to 4 children)
  • $85.00 single adult family (1 adult & up to 3 children)


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    THE ROYAL MELBOURNE ZOO
    Melbourne Zoo is clearly one of the world's great zoos.

    More than 350 animal species from Australia and around the world are on view just 4 km from the centre of Melbourne, in a botanic garden setting of 55 acres / 22 hectares.

    During the summer months, the zoo stays open until 9.30pm for ‘Zoo Twilights’, when live music, concerts, meals and longer animal displays take place.

    The Melbourne Zoo is a great family day out with lots to see and do especially for the children.

     
    CAPTAIN COOKS COTTAGE
    Built in Yorkshire, England in 1755 by James and Grace Cook - the parents of the famous English navigator Captain James Cook.

    Purchased by Sir Russell Grimwade, in 1933, for 800 pounds, the Cottage was dismantled, numbered, sealed in cases.

    It was transported to Melbourne in crates and barrels, re-assembled and officially opened in 1934.

    The Cottage was re-assembled in the Fitzroy Gardens, and presented to the people of Victoria by Sir Russell Grimwade to commemorate a century of European settlement in Victoria (1934).

    Cook's Cottage allows us to be able to have an insight into family life in 18th century England.