Bendigo, VIC

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White Hills Botanical Gardens
  • White Hills Botanical Gardens – 557-559 Napier St, White Hills VIC 3550

The White Hills Botanical Gardens is a beautiful spot for a picnic. With lovely, newly upgraded facilities, the playground is a wonderful adventure for kids, as well as the bird sanctuary. Barbecue and toilet facilities available.

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Sacred Heart Cathedral
  • Sacred Heart Cathedral – Corner of Wattle and High Streets, Bendigo.

The Cathedral is one of Bendigo’s greatest pieces of architecture. Definitely worth a stop to admire the view, if you’re lucky you may pass as organist is playing.

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Post Office Gallery
  • Bendigo Post Office Gallery – 51-67 Pall Mall, Bendigo VIC 3550. Open 9am – 5pm daily. Gold coin donation entry.

When looking for places to go, the Information Centre is always the first place to head. As well as containing flyers and brochures for locations in Bendigo and surrounding areas, the former post office contains two smaller art galleries once inside.

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Victoria Hill Quarts Mines
  • Victoria Hill Mining Reserve – 24-32 Happy Valley Road, Ironbark.DSC05247

The Victoria Hill Quarts Mines are a major part of Bendigo’s gold rush history. With walking tracks to explore, nature to see and a poppet head to climb to see the view, the mines are a nice place to stop. As well as this there is barbecue and toilet facilities, as well as picnic spots.

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La Trobe Institute of Art
  • La Trobe Institute of Art – 121 View St, Bendigo VIC 3550. Open 10am – 5pm Tuesday to Friday, 12pm – 5pm Saturday and Sunday, closed Monday. Gold coin donation entry.

Directly across the road from the famous Bendigo Art Gallery in the arts district, the La Trop Institute of Art has new collections every few weeks, and is worth a stop if going on an Art crawl.

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The Zone Fun Park
  • The Zone – 1 Gildea Ln, East Bendigo VIC 3550. Open 10am – 8pm Sunday to Thursday, 10am – 11pm Fridays, 10am – 10pm Saturdays. Prices vary.

The Zone is an activity park that features roller skating, mini golf, laser tag, go karts, paintball, arcade games and more. Great for kids big and small.

http://www.thezone.com.au/index

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Bendigo Art Gallery
  • Bendigo Art Gallery – 42 View St, Bendigo VIC 3550. Open 10am – 5pm Tuesday to Sunday, closed Monday. Gold coin donation for permanent collection, other exhibitions may cost extra or need to be booked in advance.

http://www.bendigoartgallery.com.au/Home

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Lake Weeroona
  • Lake Weeroona – Lake Weeroona, Bendigo VIC 3550.IMG_0046

Great walking/riding track, large playground, toilet and barbecue facilities available and ducks always ready to eat your left over bread. Definitely a nice picnic spot, across the road from Favourite Flavours Ice creamery and a fish and chip shop. But if you’re not in the mood for a picnic there are plenty of cafes and restaurants in walking distance of the lake, to go to before or after you’ve walked around.

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Mickey Mouse Hill
  • Mickey Mouse Hill – Pethard Place; Bendigo, Victoria 3555

Mickey Mouse Hill is a lookout the views a city of Bendigo. However to locals it is also known as “Make Out Point”. It is definitely worth it to go have a look at the view, but watch out for any funny business.

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Conservatory Gardens
  • Conservatory Gardens – located in Rosalind Park towards the Mall.

Beautiful gardens to stop and look at if wandering through town. The gardens are closed up after 5pm most nights.

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Bendigo Bowling Centre
  • Bendigo Bowling Centre – 159 Hargreaves St, Bendigo VIC 3550. Monday to Friday 9:30am – 10:30pm. Saturday and Sunday 10am – 10:30pm. Prices based on 1 game, $12 per adult, $10 per student or concession, $7.50 children 6 & under. Sundays after 3pm it is $6 per person.

Prices include shoe hire and bowling ball hire.

http://bendigobowlingcentre.com.au/

 

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Basement on View
  • Basement on View – 50 View St, Bendigo VIC 3550. Open 9am – 4pm daily

Famous in Bendigo for their Freakshakes, ranging about $15 each, they come with a slice of your choosing and different candies.

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Golden Dragon Museum
  • Golden Dragon Museum – 1/11 Bridge St, Bendigo VIC 3550. Open Tuesday to Sunday 9:30am – 5pm. Prices; $11 per adult, $9 per concession, $6 child (5-14), or $28 for family (2 adults and up to 4 children)

The Golden Dragon Museum is dedicated to the history and culture of the Chinese people who immigrated to the Bendigo region during the times of the Gold Rush. Displaying many antiques, with a couple of animated displays, furniture, and the famous Dragons which come out during local festivals, especially around Easter time.

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Jumpz 
  • Jumpz – 293-303 High Street Kangaroo Flat, Bendigo VIC 3555. Open 10am – 6pm Sunday to Thursday, and 10am – 9pm Friday and Saturday. Pricing; 1 hour is $16 per person, however if you go during school hours outside school holidays and public holidays you can pay for 1 hour and stay for up to 5, make sure to ask about this deal. $3 for Jumpz grip socks (these are a must have, can’t be any other brand)

Jumpz is Bendigo’s trampoline park, definitely a great way to wear anyone out, with foam pits, trampoline walls and dodgeball areas. Afterwards there is laser tag and arcade which costs extra.

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Confectionary Capers
  • Confectionary Capers – 1028 McIvor Rd, Junortoun VIC 3551. Open 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday, 1pm – 5pm on Sundays. Pricing; $8 per adult, $5 children (5-16), $20 family (2 adults and up to 5 children), free for under 5.

Confectionary Capers is a wonderful experience for everyone, it may appear small from the outside but inside it is beyond imagination. You’ll especially love it, if you’re a fan of puns. So many amazing displays, with many being interactive. The owner who runs it, puts in a crazy amount of effort to keep everything running and has been doing so for many years. If you’re heading to Bendigo through Heathcote, it is just on the way, and is an experience you wouldn’t want to miss.

 

Echuca Moama, VIC/NSW

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Read Heeler Bookshop
  • Read Heeler – 580 High St, Echuca VIC 3564. Open 7 days a week, 9am – 5pm.

The Read Heeler is a second hand bookstore located on the main tourist strip. Filled top to bottom with books and shelves and dogs. The whole store is dog themed, with art and figurines hidden in every crevasse. Definitely worth a look.

Visited: April 2017

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Echuca Historical Society Inc
  • Echuca Historical Society Inc – 1 Dickson St, Echuca VIC 3564. Opening times located in photo above. Entry $2 per child or concession, $5 per adult.

Inside the museum, it contains photographs, documents, figurines, vintage clothing and vintage objects. With many different rooms, containing different collections, there are many things to see that could spark interest.

Visited: April 2017

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Echuca Paddlesteamers
  • Echuca Paddlesteamers – 30 Murray Esplanade, Echuca VIC 3564. Different cruises through the day 9am – 5pm. $25 per adult, $22 per concession, $11 per child (4 – 14), free for under 3, $66 family (2 adults and up to 4 children), $45 family (1 adult and up to 4 children).

The Echuca Paddlesteamers is a calming 1 hour long cruise along the Murray River. Throughout the cruise the captain shares facts about the area and points out different key object passed. Towards the end of the cruise kids are given the opportunity to have their photo taken at the boats wheel and receive a certificate afterwards for doing so.

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Sharps Magic Movie House and Penny Arcade
  • Sharps Magic Movie House and Penny Arcade – 43 Murray Esplanade, Echuca, Victoria, Australia. Open daily 9am – 5pm.

From the outside, Sharps is a lolly shop, with rich fudge and favourite childhood sweets. But in the back area of the shop for $7 you can enter the Movie House and Penny Arcade. The Movie House is a small black and white cinema, which you can stay at for as long as you’d like. With your $7 you receive 7 pennies to use the antique arcade games, such as Fortune tellers, strength testers, personality describers and vintage games. Spotted this one when walking back to the car from the Paddlesteamer, was a wonderful experience.

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The Strawberry Pick
  • The Strawberry Pick – 359 Lady Augusta Road, Echuca Village, Victoria, 3564. OpenDSC06974 daily 9am – 5pm Spring, Summer and Autumn.  $3 entry. $6 per 500g punnet, $12 per 1kg punnet.

The Strawberry Pick is a hidden gem in Echuca. With rows upon rows of 3 different varieties of strawberries available for the picking. The $3 entry covers all the strawberries you can eat while picking, the punnets are to take home. Against the shed where you pay and buy jams and other preserves their is a chalk wall to leave your mark. The staff were very welcoming, the fruit was amazing and it was overall a great experience

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Horseshoe Lagoon
  • Horseshoe Lagoon – Horseshoe Lagoon, Moama NSW 2731

Horseshoe Lagoon is a wetland track about a 2 minute drive over the border from Victoria to New South Wales. The water a beautiful and very reflective, great for photography. With bridges to walk over and nature to view. It’s a great area to walk, ride, see, fish and other low level activities.

 

Melbourne, VIC

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Presgrave Place
  • Street Art – http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Placestogo/PublicArt/Pages/StreetArt.aspx

In Melbourne’s CBD every few streets there are free street art lane ways, which are always changing.

Visit: April 2016

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The National Opal Collection
  • The National Opal Collection – 119 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000. Open weekdays 9am – 5:30pm, weekends 10am – 4:30am

Visited: April 2016

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Vons
  • Vons Restaurant & Bar – 78 Hardware Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000. Open Monday – Thursday 5pm – 10pm, Friday 11am – 2:30pm & 5pm – 10pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am – 2:30pm & 5pm – 10:30pm.

Visited: April 2016

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  • Queen Victoria Markets – 513 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000. Open Tuesday 6am – 2pm, Thursday 6am – 2pm, Friday 6am – 5pm, Saturday 6am – 3pm, Sunday 9am – 4pm.

Always very busy, 100’s of stalls to see. Often has special twilight markets to look out for.

Visited: June 2016

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Pancake Parlour
  • The Pancake Parlour – Melbourne Central, Latrobe Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000. Open daily from 8am – 12am.

Visited: June 2016

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Scienceworks
  • Scienceworks – 2 Booker St, Spotswood VIC 3015. Open daily 10am – 4:30pm. Cost $14 adult, free for children under 16 and concession holders.

There are a few extra activities which can be paid for at the front desk such as the Planetarium and the Lightroom which are $6 each or $10 for both but otherwise everything else is avaliable once you’ve entered.

Visited: June 2016

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Melbourne Aquarium
  • Melbourne Aquarium – King St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000. Open daily 9:30am – 6pm. Costs – $41.50 adult, $28 children aged 4 – 15, $32.50 concession, $133 family of 4 (max 2 adults).

Visited: January 2017

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Eureka Tower
  • Eureka Tower – 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3006. Open daily 10am – 10pm. Skydeck costs – $20 adult, $15.50 concession, $11.50 children aged 4 – 16.

The Eureka Tower is a 297.3-metre skyscraper located in the Southbank with 88 floors. You also have the option to go on The Edge, which is a room where the floor slowly becomes clear and you can see below you. This costs an extra $12 per adult, $10 for concession and $8 for children.

Visited: January 2016

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National Gallery of Victoria
  • National Gallery of Victoria – 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006. Open daily 10am – 5pm. Entry for permanent collection is free. Any other collection prices will vary.

Visited: January 2016

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ArtVo
  • ArtVo – Harbour Town, 26 Star Cres, Docklands VIC 3008. Open daily 10am – 6pm. Costs – $25 adult, $20 student, $15 child (aged 5 – 15), $15 seniors.

A crazy surreal 3D art experience, which was definitely worth it, make sure you have a good camera and a couple of friends to help capture the experience.

Visited: January 2017

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St Kilda Beach
  • St Kilda Beach

Only 6km from the Melbourne CBD, can get there by Tram.

Visited: January 2017

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Melbourne Star
  • Melbourne Star – Harbour Town, 101 Waterfront Way, Docklands VIC 3008. Open 11am – 10pm daily. Costs – $36 adult, $28 concession, $22 child (5 – 15)

Visited: March 2017

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O’Brien Group Arena
  • O’Brien Group Arena – 105 Pearl River Rd, Docklands VIC 3008. Open Tuesday 9am – 3:45pm & 7pm – 10pm, Wednesday 9am – 3:45pm, Thursday 9am – 3:45pm & 7pm – 10pm, Friday 9am – 11pm, Saturday 11am – 11pm, Sunday 9am – 9pm. Costs – $27 adult, $25 concession, $23 child (aged 6 – 14), $14 child (aged 3 – 5)

O’Brien Group arena is a ice skating house for ice sports and entertainment.

Visited: March 2017

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The Art of Dr Seuss
  • The Art of Dr Seuss – Shop 18, Block Arcade, Melbourne VIC 3000. Free Entry. Open Monday to Thursday 10am – 6pm, Friday 10am – 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm.

Visited: March 2017

 

 

Port Fairy, VIC

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Griffiths Island Lighthouse
  • Griffiths Island – Island in Port Fairy, Victoria.

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You can walk all the way around Griffiths island, plenty of beautiful scenery. As well as the Griffiths Island Lighthouse, which is occasionally open during tourist seasons to be given a tour and hear more knowledge about the tower and it’s purpose.

Visited: January 2017

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Wishart Gallery
  • Wishart Gallery – 19 Sackville St, Port Fairy, Victoria. Open 10am – 5pm Thursdays, Friday – Sunday 10am – 10pm.

Art Gallery and Wine Bar.

Visited: January 2017

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Port Fairy Historical Society
  • Port Fairy Historical Society – 30 Gipps St, Port Fairy VIC 3284. Open Wednesday 2pm -5pm, Saturday 2pm – 5pm, Sunday 10:30am – 12:30pm. Cost – $4 adults, $1 teenagers, children free.

Visited: January 2017

 

Daylesford, VIC

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Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens
  • Wombat Hill Botanical Garden – Central Spring Road, Daylesford, Victoria, 3460.

Climb the stairs up the tower, check out the view. Take a walk around, the flowers are beautiful and there are lots of a little quirks around. The Wombat Hill House is a cafe in the gardens which is open Thursday to Monday 9am – 4pm.

Visited: November 2016

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The Amazing Mill Markets
  • The Amazing Mill Markets – 105 Central Springs Rd, Daylesford VIC 3460. Open daily 10am – 6pm. Free parking and entry.

A great vintage, antique, collectables store to walk and look around. With a cool downstairs area filled with different tv/movie replicas available for party hire.

Visited: November 2016

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Lake Jubilee
  • Lake Jubilee – 151 Lake Rd, Daylesford VIC 3460

Visited: November 2016

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The Chocolate Mill
  • The Chocolate Mill – 5451 Midland Hwy, Mount Franklin. Open daily 10am – 4:45pm. Free parking.
Fine Belgium Chocolates make in Central Victoria
Visited: November 2016
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  •  Sailors Falls – Hepburn Regional Park, VictoriaDSC05111

A 4km loop to get to the falls. There used to be stairs to a viewing platform, but due to a landslip in April 2016 they have been closed until further notice.

Visited: February 2016

Ballarat, VIC

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Art Gallery of Ballarat
  • Art Gallery of Ballarat – 40 Lydiard St N, Ballarat Central VIC 3350. Open daily 10am – 5pm. Free entry unless otherwise specified.

https://artgalleryofballarat.com.au/

Visited: February 2017

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Black Hill Reserve
  • Black Hill Reserve – 746 Chisholm St, Black Hill VIC 3350

Stopped by the Black Hill Reserve assuming it was a lookout and was pleasantly surprised. Lots of walking to be done, pretty sights of the city of Ballarat, great for adventuring.

Visited: February 2017

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Yellow Espresso
  • Yellow Espresso – 13 Sturt St, Ballarat Central VIC 3350. Open 8am – 4pm weekdays, 8:30am – 4pm weekends.

The Yellow Espresso is a very vibrant, colourful and busy little cafe in the town of Ballarat. It got my tick of approval for being an all day breakfast cafe. Blueberry pancakes were great.

Visited: February 2017

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Ballarat Wildlife Park
  • Ballarat Wildlife Park – 250 Fussell St, Ballarat Central VIC 3350. Open 9am – 5pm daily. Costs – $33 adult, $27 concession, $18.50 children (5 – 15), $90 family (2 adults and up to 4 children). You can get 10% off tickets if you purchase online.

Great experience! With talks by keepers every hour and lots of species, so many things to keep you entertained. There is a cafe available as well.

Visited: February 2017

 

Healesville, VIC

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Tarrawarra Museum of Art
  • Tarrawarra Museum of Art – 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Rd, Tarrawarra VIC 3775. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am – 5pm. Costs – $7.50 per adult, $5 for seniors, free for pensioners,  students and children under 12.

I visited TarraWarra museum during Louise Hearman exhibition which was absolutely stunning. Many of her pieces brought reality and imagination together to create surreal works which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Visited: March 2017

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Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
  • Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery – 35 Old Healesville Rd, Yarra Glen VIC 3775.

Although a little bit of a drive to find, the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie was worth it. A great collection of chocolate to choose from (a bit on the pricer side), as well as plenty of samples to try. I had the honeycomb ice cream which I 100% would recommend. The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery also had a cafe menu to choose from, and the view outside is absolutely stunning.

Visited: March 2017

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Maroondah Reservoir Park
  • Maroondah Reservoir Park – Maroondah Hwy, Healesville VIC 3777. Open daily from 8am, closing time varies depending on weather, season and month.

DSC08605Possibly my favourite stop in Healesville, so many beautiful views and walking paths. The spillway waterfall looks awesome after some rainy days and the beautiful rose walk up to the dam wall. It’s a great walk over the dam wall, being able to see all the native and exotic plants and the mountains in the distance. If you feel like walking some more, there is a lookout past the dam track which is where I took the picture above.

Visited: March 2017