Quality Hotel Batman's Hill on Collins
623 Collins Street
Melbourne, VI 3000
Phone: (61) 3 96146344
Fax: (61) 3 96141189
The pride of Melbourne, Rialto Towers have dominated the city's skyline for sometime now. Used as office space, the tall 63-floor building houses various multi-nationals. An architectural marvel, the glass exterior of the tower has been an inspiration to various structures around the world. Surely warrants a visit when in the city.
The world-class Melbourne Aquarium is a fascinating journey into subspace. Ground level houses coral atolls, shadow dwellers and natural born killers from around the world. On level one is the less scary mangrove swamp, where hands-on activity includes feeding the locals. Subspace 2 is deep sea territory where sharks and other predators prowl inches from your head, literally. The undersea tunnel ends in a theater and a simulator ride, where you can experience a fish's view of life. Riverside cafes and restaurants provide pleasant views and the gift shop sells 'fishy' memorabilia.
Galactic Circus' location is at what is known as Australia's largest indoor interactive theme park, conveniently placed in the middle of the Crown Entertainment Complex. Aside from the usual circus affair, this place offers hundreds of carnival favorites: prize-redemption games, bowling lanes, themed indoor laser tag arena and the latest high-tech attractions. There are plenty of bargain packages available for families of all budgets, so be sure to check with their web site for further details. It's easy to see why this thrilling venue is the one of the best options for entertainment that Southern Australia has to offer!
Catch the latest in sports and entertainment at this Stadium. Rugby Union, Rugby League, Soccer, Cricket, Basketball, Hockey, Wrestling, Boxing and Super Cross - this stadium offers it all. Formerly known as the Colonial Stadium, it is the first Australian stadium to have an enclosed roof, which stadium officials say is virtually impossible to be hit by match balls. There are even 2 giant screens, so that you catch all the action live and up close. With an entertainment complex which includes a pub, bar, restaurant, cafe, lounge, nightclub and live television studio, it offers more than just sporting action. Rooms for social, business and private functions are available. It also offers baby changing rooms. Take a tour to find out all the behind-the-scenes gossip.
The biggest development in Melbourne since the gold rush, Crown Entertainment Complex opened up a previously rundown area of the Yarra River and turned it into a gold mine for retail outlets. The four levels of the complex house restaurants, bars, designer fashion shops, entertainment venues, a 24-screen cinema complex, a five-star hotel - and of course the Casino, which attracts an international clientele and is now Victoria's biggest tourist attraction. The Showroom, Odeon Cabaret and Mercury Lounge often host international acts. An age limit of 18 years applies to the gaming rooms and bars.
The Belfast-built Polly Woodside ferried coal and nitrate between Europe and South America until 1904 when she was sold to New Zealanders, who renamed her Rona. She then plied the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean until being decommissioned and sold to the Australian National Trust. Teams of volunteers lovingly restored her to her former glory and rechristened her Polly Woodside. She now sits in the only wooden dry dock left in the world and is the center piece of the Melbourne Maritime Museum. Facilities include a gift shop, small cafe, barbecues and picnic areas.
Sailing in Port Phillip Bay provides one of the most beautiful and relaxing views of Melbourne possible. Providing you have adequate sailing experience, you can hire a yacht for a half-day, full-day or overnight cruise. Laze away the day with up to five friends as skipper of your own boat. All vessels are fully approved by The Marine Board of Victoria and all safety gear is supplied. You just need to bring food and refreshments and suitable shoes, hat and sunscreen. Check website for more information.
One of the most recognizable landmarks in Melbourne is definitely the Flinders Street Station. Not only is the architecture elegant, but it is also the busiest suburban railway Station in Australia. Flinders Station is on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets, very close the Yarra River in the middle of the city, stretching from Swanston Street to Queen Street. It is serviced by Connex's suburban and city loop services, and V/Line's regional services. Check the website for details on how to ride a train right into this famous landmark.
Set in the heart of the city, these gardens are a Mecca for lunchtime office workers. The original pines have been replaced with shady oaks and elms, ideal for finding a quiet shady spot to eat a quick sandwich. Being on a hill with one of the best views over Port Phillip Bay, Flagstaff Gardens were named after the flagstaff that used to be raised to announce the arrival of a British ship carrying more new immigrants. The grounds were also an early pioneer burial site, as well as an important Aboriginal meeting place. A walking tour has recently been laid out with markers, giving visitors the opportunity to see the two sides of its history.
Central Pier can be touted as the hub of all entertaining, creative and fun activities. Featuring on-site dining outlets, event venues, a community hall and so forth, the place is always abuzz with activities. For more details and information about the schedule, check website.
At almost 300 meters from the ground, Eureka Skydeck 88 is the highest public viewing platform in the southern hemisphere. Located on the eighty-eighth floor, the viewing platform reveals sky-high views of central Melbourne, including the Yarra River and Federation Square. For the thrill seeker, an added attraction is The Edge, a glass cube which is gradually extended out from the building, giving the sensation of being suspended in space. Not for the weak-kneed, but an original way to see Melbourne. You have to pay admission charges to get there, and the rates vary for children and adults.
Melbourne is the second most populated city in Australia. It is a major business and financial center and has the nation's busiest seaport. Known as a city that never sleeps, it offers a wide choice of theaters, concert halls, restaurants, boutiques, cafes, bars, galleries, parks and village-like inner suburbs, each with its own special character. Famous for its sports, fashion and festivals that go on throughout the year, it's one of the most desirable cities to live in and visit. Luna Park and Flinders Street Station are some of the notable attractions found in this vibrant city.