Ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities in 2011, Melbourne is known for its vibrancy, rich living history, and culture. There is a wide range of activities for the entire family from art, comedy, concerts, dance, museums, fashion, festivals, markets, to kids’ entertainment, music, sport, and theatre – all in the heart of the city. Whether it’s an exciting holiday or a simple family outing you’re looking for, Melbourne has it all.
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Australian Shark and Ray Centre – After a hearty breakfast at our luxurious apartment Fraser Place Melbourne, kick start your day and visit the world’s largest shark and stingray feeding centre. Situated at South of Dandenong, the Australian Shark and Ray Centre attract people of all ages. From little toddlers, teenagers to adults and the senior folks, the centre is a popular attraction for families. A lot of people have a misguided conception that sharks and rays are frightening and dangerous but they are, in fact, gentle and warm creatures. Feeding a three metre long shark or a 300 kilograms ray would be quite the family story to tell during Christmas or Thanksgiving. Wearing wetsuits, visitors get the opportunity to get up close and personal with creatures such as the black stingray, eagle ray, estuary rays, leopard sharks, white spotted sharks, tawny nurse sharks and bamboo sharks. There are also shallow water tanks so even the little ones can get in on the action! If you rather stay dry on onshore, the family can touch and feed the sharks and rays from outside the tank. Visitors can get to Australian Shark and Ray Centre easily via train from Melbourne CBD and get off at the Dandenong Station.
Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm daily
Admission Prices: AU$19.50 (Child), AU$29.50 (Adult), AU$95 (Family – 2 adults, 2 children)
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Melbourne Museum – After visiting the Australian Shark and Ray Centre, bring the family to the Melbourne Museum for an enriching heritage and educational tour. The museum displays Australian social history, local cultures, science and natural environment. Located in Carlton Gardens, the Melbourne Museum attracts over a million visitors each year and won the title of the 2010 Victorian Tourism Awards for Major Tourist Attraction. Both its permanent and temporary exhibitions are featured in eight galleries, including one exclusively for children ages 3 to 8. The Children Gallery showcases fun and interactive elements that illustrate how plants, minerals, animals, and humans beings grow. Some of the major exhibitions include Victoria’s Koorie culture in Bunjilaka, Aboriginal Cultural Centre, the Melbourne Story in the Melbourne Gallery, and Phar Lap the Australia’s legendary. After exploring the Museum, visitors can watch films ranging from documentaries to the latest movie releases in the world’s largest cinema – IMAX theatre. Visitors can take the free City Circle Tram to Victoria Parade, or Free City of Melbourne Tourist Shuttle Bus to stop no. 4, or train to Parliament Station.
Opening Hours: Daily 10am – 5pm (except Good Friday and Christmas Day)
General Museum Entry Price: AU$10 (Adult), Free (Child 3-16 years)
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Polly Woodside – Melbourne’s Tall Ship Story – After lunch, go to Polly Woodside and experience life as a nineteenth century sailor. Polly Woodside is an award-winning 1885 Melbourne’s tall ship and is probably one of the most intact examples of a late nineteenth century maritime trading ship. Constructed in 1885 by Workman Clark & Co Ltd, it started operating as a cargo vessel which transported coal, nitrate and wheat between England and South America, and to North America, Africa, Asia and Australia. The kids will probably be in awe of the gigantic structure of the ship with its main mast as tall as a ten storey building! Head towards the Polly Woodside’s Gallery and learn more about the Tall ship’s rich maritime history through the interactive displays of the ship’s background, the crew, Melbourne’s docks, and maritime language. To end off the heritage tour, visitors can watch the Polly Woodside film which is based on the true experience of the ship’s Carpenter George Andrews’s first voyage across the seas in 1904. Situated on the Clarendon Street in South Wharf, Polly Woodside is easily accessed by either the train or tram.
Opening Hours: Daily 9.30am – 5pm
Admission Prices: AU$15 (Adult), AU$8 (Child), AU$42 (Family – 2 adults and up to 4 children)
Whether you are exploring the delights of Melbourne for the first time or a regular visitor, Fraser Place Melbourne offers the perfect location. A mere short walk from the heart of the CBD, our chic and stylish all suite hotel is conveniently located in the hub of Melbourne’s entertainment quarter, surrounded by trendy cafes and jazz clubs.
Featuring 112 stylish serviced apartments, the property offers 3 types of accommodation – Studio Deluxe, Studio Executive and Studio Premier. A quick stroll down to the Paris end of Collins Street will take you to fine Victorian era grand heritage buildings and designer boutiques, while nearby little Collins Street and Howey Place showcase less mainstream haute couture and hip fashion. Chic cafes and bars in the area are perfect for a little break before scouting out the rich arts scene at the Regent, Princess and Her Majesty’s theaters are also very close by.
Chinatown and the Greek Precinct are also great places to explore close to the hotel and for sports enthusiasts, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Etihad Stadium, Rod Laver Arena and AAMI Stadium are also close by. Guests can access the rest of Melbourne easily with the free City Circle Tramline, which travels to all major city locations. Also available to guests is the free Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle, which includes onboard commentary, has 13 stops and takes approximately an hour and a half for a complete trip. The shuttle runs every 30 minutes between 9.30am and 4.30pm daily (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day).