Things To Do Around Melbourne


Tourist Attractions

Southbank buzzes with the 24-hour Casino complex; 350 gambling tables, 2,500 pokies machines, the Palladium ballroom, shops, restaurants, a 14-theatre cinema and space for over 8,000 parked cars. The spectacular 2,000 seat Lyric Theatre has excellent acoustics for live performances of opera, ballet and theatre. The Yarra Riverside walk is lined with interesting shops, and cosmopolitan cafes and restaurants overlooking modern fountains and Melbourne CBD. Adjacent is the Melbourne Convention Centre, with the Polly Woodside sailing shop and maritime museum along the South Wharf. All the fabulous attractions of Melbourne are on the doorstep of Southbank, or a hop and a skip away.

At night fire-breathing dragons come out to play and fairy lights sparkle. The incorporated Southgate complex of 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, and 40 retailers, is a journey into luxury and opulence, where style reigns supreme.

Other tourist attractions within walking distance include National Gallery of Victoria (10 minutes), Federation Square (15 minutes), Eureka Tower (5 minutes), South Melbourne Market (15 minutes), Botanical Gardens/Shrine of Remembrance (15 minutes), Melbourne Cricket Ground (20 minutes).

Eating/Dining

You are spoilt with high end restaurants inside the casino and on the riverside promenade. You will find modern Australian, Asian, Italian, French and Greek restaurants within 10 minutes of walk.

The casino also has middle range restaurants including buffets. Alternatively, you can walk to South Melbourne within 10 minutes where you can find family owned mid-range restaurants. You will also find Melbourne's finest breakfasts in South Melbourne.

Take away choices include pizza delivery, fish and chips, Indian and Asian food both from inside and outside of the casino in Southbank or from South Melbourne.

Night Life

Bars and Pubs inside the casino include The Pub at Crown, Lagerfield Bar and various drinking venues inside the gambling area. There are several night clubs on the third floor of the casino complex.

On the riverside promenade, newly renovated popular places include Leftbank and World Bar. Closeby night clubs are Eve located on City Road and various others on St Kilda Road.

Crossing the river into the CBD, you will find the most concentrated area of main stream clubs, alternative bars and jazz bars. Live musicals, operas and plays are held inside the Arts Centre which is five minute walk, or Majestic and Princess Theater in the city. Malthouse Theater which is just behind Melbourne Tower has smaller productions all year round.

Tours

Most tour companies do pick-ups from the Casino lobby which is across the road and some tour companies do direct pick-ups from Melbourne Tower. Day tours include Phillip Island for penguin parade, Yarra Valley Winery Tour, Great Ocean Road Tour and Mount Dandenong.