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  • If you are more of a discoverer, then Melbourne is the best place for you because Melbourne is a city of secrets. When you visit Melbourne during the summers, the beaches of the city should definitely be on your top go-to list. You can relax in the summer sun on a calm bay beaches in Melbourne.

    Known as Melbourne’s beachside playground, St Kilda beach is purely paradise on earth. You will love the view of port Philip, palm line boardwalk, safe sandy beach, huge range of beach activities that St Kilda Beach offers and its colourful past and present.

    Elwood Beach is one of the largest reserves and open areas in Elwood suburb. It is surrounded by open spaces that invite exploration. The beach has great fridges, vegetation that is cared for, storm water-filtering techniques, sports & recreational clubs, kiosks, restaurants and all other basic amenities.

    Here are the best beaches in Melbourne:

  • 01St Kilda

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    When you visit Melbourne during the summers, the beaches of the city should definitely be on your top go-to lists. There are many breath-taking beaches in this second largest city of Melbourne and St. Kilda Beach is one of them.

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    Highlights –
    Running for over 700m in length, St. Kilda beach is purely paradise one earth, especially during the hot summers. The waters are abode to various simmers of all age groups who come here to beat the heat. Also the shores are full of people who engage in some water sports or the other. You will find no dearth for refreshments as there are a number of restaurants and bars lined along the sea baths of St. Kilda.

    Location –
    Port Philip, Victoria.

    Activities –
    Swimming, kite-surfing, wing-surfing, water-skiing, jet-skiing, beach volleyball, sailing, rollerblading, skating park, boardwalk, walking, jogging, cycling and many more.
  • 02Elwood Beach

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    Located in the small suburbs of Elwood, this beach has undergone a complete transformation in the recent past to look swanky and clean with all kinds of facilities today.



    Highlights –
    Elwood Beach is one of the largest reserves and open areas in Elwood suburb. It is a perfect location to bring kids to, as there are many activities to indulge in during the weekends and sunrise hours. Recently, the DSE (Department of Sustainability & Environment) invested close to 3millionAUD to completely redevelop the beach. Today, the beach has great fridges, vegetation that is cared for, storm water-filtering techniques, sports & recreational clubs, kiosks, restaurants and all other basic amenities.

    Location -
    8km south of Melbourne CBD.

    Activities –
    Life-Saving Club, Sailing Club, Football Club, swimming, surfing, fishing and wind-surfing (allowed at Point Ormond). Apart from this, fitness enthusiasts make use of the well-constructed walking, jogging and biking tracks of this beach to sweat it out during the early morning hours.
  • 03Half Moon Bay,Black Rock

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    Named after its crescent shape, this beach is located in the 350m long Half Moon Bay.

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    Highlights –
    This is one of the quietest and safest beaches in Melbourne. The place contains a jetty and a ramp for launching boats, which tourists can take for short ferry rides. Just at a little distance from the jetty, one can spot the remains of the HMVS Cerberus which went underground during 1926. Historians love to come here to see this spot. You can come here for a relaxing stroll along the shores as not many people come here during the day. The place gives the feeling of a secluded fishing village as one gets to experience first-hand experiences with natural extravaganzas here, in spite of being in a commercial city like Melbourne.

    Location –
    Port Philip, southeast of Melbourne.

    Activities –
    Yachting, surfing, swimming, boating, fishing, walking, jogging, eating delicious food at the local cafes & restaurants and many more.
  • 04Brighton Beach

    Named after the famous Brighton Beach in the UK, this one in Melbourne is one of the most-visited beaches in the city.

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    Highlights –
    The first thing that will attract you when you come to Brighton Beach, is the colourful bath boxes that are found on the shores. All of identical sizes and structures, these multi-coloured bath boxes are the only types of accommodation available here. With its turquoise blue waters, yellow & soft sands and the golden rays of the sun to accompany you, you can enjoy some relaxing moments here. During summers, the beach gets a little crowded; however, it doesn’t get too claustrophobic. That’s the speciality of this beach. It is easily accessible as well, which makes it friendlier for tourists.

    Location -
    11km southeast of Melbourne CBD.

    Activities –
    Yachting, Sailing, Swimming, Walking, Biking, Kite-surfing and more.
  • 05Mothers Beach

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    As the name suggests, Mothers Beach is a favorite amongst locals because of its family friendly nature and safe shallow waters. An hour’s drive from Melbourne’s CBD, Mothers Beach is sheltered by towering cypress trees and has a number of BBQ and picnic facilities that make for a great day out with the family. On the Mornington Peninsula, one is lucky enough to have some of Victoria's best bay and back beaches that are separated by a small stretch of land in between. Some of the beaches are only accessible via coastal walking tracks within National Parks whilst others are located near the main shopping strip along Point Nepean Road. Mothers Beach is below the Mornington Park and playground so it can be easier to get parking and it overlooks the Mornington pier. There are also toilets and BBQ's. One of the Mornington’s three beaches north of the jetty, this is a stand-out for its family friendly safe swimming and shallow waters. It has a lovely stretch of clean sand and there are picnic tables and barbecues under shady trees.

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  • 06Williamstown Beach

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    Providing beautiful views of the commercial landscapes of Melbourne, Williamstown Beach is one of the most-loved beaches in this city by locals and tourists.

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    Highlights –
    This beach is situated very close to the main city is often one of the most sought-after weekend getaways for locals. It is fondly addressed as Willy Beach by the locals. Every month local traders put up waterside craft stalls at the Nelson’s Place Point. If you are lucky enough, you can watch the lively ambience in this waterside stall and buy some excellent local handicrafts at reasonable rates.

    Location -
    It is very easily accessible through public transport as it is just about 5 minutes away from Gem Pier Station.

    Activities –
    deep water swimming, paddle swimming, sunbaking, sailing, walking, relaxing strolls, watching fireworks at night during important festival days etc.
  • 07Sorrento

    One of the scenic and beautiful beaches of Melbourne, Sorrento, is an absolute treat to watch during the sunset hours.

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    Highlights –
    Encompassed by a canopy of Port Philip Bay waters on one side and Bass Straight waters on the other side, Sorrento proves to be an awesome tourist spot for people of all age groups. The foreshore that surrounds the beach is replete with absolute natural extravaganza, making it one of the Melbourne’s most beautiful beaches. Added to this, the beach has lots of jetties clear-water rock pools and an incredible coastline that you just cannot get enough of! Visit here during the evenings to time your trip with the sunset, to experience the beauty of the beach in its full form.

    Location –
    Around 90minutes from the Central Business District of Melbourne.

    Activities –
    Awesome walking trails which find lots of early morning walkers and joggers making full use of it daily.
  • 08Altona Beach

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    Are you looking for a quiet beach to enjoy the serenity of the waters with great peace & tranquillity? Altona Beach, in Melbourne, is the right choice for you.

    Image Credits : Cliffano



    Highlights –
    This is not only one of the quietest but also one of the cleanest beaches of Melbourne, which makes it great for swimming for kids as well. Earlier, the beach waters were filled with seaweeds. However, a mass level of cleaning happened and today, the waters are crystal-clear. Altona Pier,which is 500m long, crosses this beach, making it an ideal picnic spot. There are lots of restaurants and small eateries along the shores of the beach.

    Location –
    About 25minutes away from Central Business District of Melbourne and 500m away from Altona Railway Station.

    Activities –
    Swimming, walking, kite-surfing, etc.
  • 09Mornington Peninsula

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    Out of Victoria’s total coastline, 10% is occupied by the beautiful and scenic Mornington Peninsula.

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    Highlights –
    Modelled on the likes of a coastal village from Europe, this 260-km long coastline contains all activities that are ideal for family vacations. The marine park here has been declared as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and is home to over 500 species of fishes and 1000 species of marine plants. Port Philip Bay and Western Port are the two famous bays here. Endless sands, clear waters, perfect climate and the blue skies make this spot look absolutely heavenly. Reefs full of rocks, meadows replete with sea grass, expansive plains full of sand and sponge gardens are the common habitats found in this peninsula, which favour the diverse range of species housed here.

    Location –
    One hour away from the Central Business District of Melbourne.

    Activities – Swimming, surfing, sailing, kayaking, fishing, paddle boarding, scuba-diving, snorkelling and more.

  • 10Hampton

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    This is one of the ancient and beautiful beaches of Melbourne.



    Highlights –
    During as early as 1913, the Life Saving Club of Hampton was introduced. Until then, the Hampton Beach was only made of huge expanses of sand. It was during the 1950s that this beach was actually formed when a boat harbour was constructed in this location. Today, the beach is a whopping 900km long and is a huge hit among the locals, who come here for weekend trips. Rocks & reefs, boat harbour, life- saving club and a great ambience are some of the major highlights of this beach today.

    Location –
    About half an hour away from the Central Business District of Melbourne.

    Activities –
    The beach has been declared as a safe swimming area, which makes it suitable for kids as well. Other activities that are done here are kite-surfing, windsurfing and fishing.

Attractions

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Royal Botanic Gardens

If you are someone deeply interested in botany then you must not skip the Royal botanical gardens in Sydney. The place was opened in 1816 which makes it one of the oldest scientific institution not only in Australia but in the whole world.

 

Location: The Royal botanical garden is located in the Mrs. Macquarie's road in Sydney and the place is quite accessible from most of the major locations in the city.

Highlights: It is one of the major botanical gardens located in the heart of Sydney where you will find plants of a wide variety of species.

Price: The entry is free to all which makes more people come here and explore the place.

Best time to visit: The botanical garden is open from 9 in the morning to 5:30 in the evening so you need to visit the place during these times to be able to see plants that are on the display.
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Puffing Billy Railway

Puffing Billy travels through the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne (sometimes referred to as 'The Dandenongs') All aboard Puffing Billy – Australia's most popular steam train ride! Running daily from the foothills at Belgrave to the mountain town of Gembrook, Puffing Billy is the most fun way to tour the Dandenong Ranges. Puffing Billy's rattling red carriages run across three historic timber bridges, uphill and down dale, through valleys and plains filled with tree ferns, and under the shadow of towering mountain ash. The route runs through the eucalyptus of Sherbrooke Forest, past the steam museum at Menzies Creek and the picnic grounds at Emerald Lake, in the pretty town of Gembrook. The one-way journey is 24 km (15 miles), taking just under two hours. Puffing Billy is Australia's favorite steam train and is one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. This century-old steam train is still running on its original 25-kilometer mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook, through the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges.
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Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo is Australia's oldest zoo and was modeled on London Zoo. The zoo was opened on 6 October 1862 at the Royal Park site in 55-acre (22 ha) on land donated by the City of Melbourne. Before this, animals were housed at the botanical gardens in Melbourne. Visitors can see historical cages, including the heritage listed Elephant House, which has been renovated and adapted for use for customers paying to sleep overnight in tents at the zoo in popular Roar and Snore evenings. These evenings allow the public to see some of the nocturnal animals at the zoo in evening guided tours by keepers. One of the most famous exhibits was Quinine the elephant. The zoo is set among flower gardens and picnic areas. Many of the animals are now organized in bioclimatic zones: African rainforest featuring gorillas, mandrills, pigmy hippos and parrots; Asian Rainforest with tigers and otters; and the Australian bush with koalas, kangaroos, emus, echidnas and endangered hairy-nosed wombats.

 
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National Sports Museum

Nowhere in the world can you find a museum that celebrates a nation's rich sporting history like the National Sports Museum at an unmatchable venue like the MCG. In air-conditioned comfort, the museum offers something for everybody all year round with school holiday activities. Interactive gallery and Australia's largest collection of sporting, memorabilia. Across a multitude of sports, the museum features memorabilia from some of the country’s biggest heroes and Highlight moments that have shaped the traditions of Australian sport. The NSM displays: Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum, Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, Australian Football Hall of Fame, Champions – Thoroughbred Racing Gallery, MCG – The People’s Ground, Melbourne Cricket Club Museum, Backyard to Baggy Green Exhibition (including a Shane Warne 3D hologram), Australian Football Exhibition (including a James Hird 3D hologram), An interactive gallery for visitors of all ages, Game On!

 
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Old Melbourne Gaol

Since 1845 until its closure in 1929 the Old Melbourne, Gold has held Melbourne's most dangerous criminals. The original cells also held petty offenders, debtors, children, the homeless and the mentally ill along with Australia’s most infamous citizen, the bush-ranger Ned Kelly. The gallows, where 133 prisoners were hanged, are still in place at the jail. Today you can visit the Old Melbourne Jail and find out what life was life was like for the men and women who lived and died here. Explore all three levels including the execution area and see Ned Kelly’s death mask. Join the Charge Sergeant on a tour of the cells when you visit the Watch House. Take a night tour with the Hangman or join our Ghost. What Ghost? An Evening tour. Take part in the recreation of a famous trial in Court One of the Old Magistrate’s Court during school holidays. "Such is Life!" - The last words of Ned Kelly as he stood on the gallows at the Old Melbourne Jail, 11 November 1880.


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Eureka Tower

What is a trip without any adventurous activity? Get some adrenalin into your bodies when you come to Melbourne by taking part in the Europa Skydeck.

Highlights – Located at a height of 292m, the Eureka Tower promises to provide ultimate thrill and entertainment to the adventure enthusiasts.

Get a panoramic view of Melbourne City from around 300m above sea level from all 360 degrees. There are close to 30 viewfinders on the Skydeck, through which you can spot some of the major landmarks of Melbourne from the towering heights of the Eureka. This is the only place in the world where you will find “The Edge” – a glass cube located at 88th floor of the tower, providing incredible views to tourists who are suspended from here.


Location – Southbank precinct of Melbourne.

Timings – 10AM to 10PM.

Price – 20AUD per adult and 11.50AUD for kids aged between 4 and 16years. 
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Williamstown Beach

Providing beautiful views of the commercial landscapes of Melbourne, Williamstown Beach is one of the most-loved beaches in this city by locals and tourists.



Highlights –
This beach is situated very close to the main city is often one of the most sought-after weekend getaways for locals. It is fondly addressed as Willy Beach by the locals. Every month local traders put up waterside craft stalls at the Nelson’s Place Point. If you are lucky enough, you can watch the lively ambience in this waterside stall and buy some excellent local handicrafts at reasonable rates.

Location -
It is very easily accessible through public transport as it is just about 5 minutes away from Gem Pier Station.

Activities –
deep water swimming, paddle swimming, sunbaking, sailing, walking, relaxing strolls, watching fireworks at night during important festival days etc.
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Sorrento Beach

One of the scenic and beautiful beaches of Melbourne, Sorrento, is an absolute treat to watch during the sunset hours.



Highlights –
Encompassed by a canopy of Port Philip Bay waters on one side and Bass Straight waters on the other side, Sorrento proves to be an awesome tourist spot for people of all age groups. The foreshore that surrounds the beach is replete with absolute natural extravaganza, making it one of the Melbourne’s most beautiful beaches. Added to this, the beach has lots of jetties clear-water rock pools and an incredible coastline that you just cannot get enough of! Visit here during the evenings to time your trip with the sunset, to experience the beauty of the beach in its full form.

Location –
Around 90minutes from the Central Business District of Melbourne.

Activities –
Awesome walking trails which find lots of early morning walkers and joggers making full use of it daily.
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Hampton Beach

This is one of the ancient and beautiful beaches of Melbourne.



Highlights –
During as early as 1913, the Life Saving Club of Hampton was introduced. Until then, the Hampton Beach was only made of huge expanses of sand. It was during the 1950s that this beach was actually formed when a boat harbour was constructed in this location. Today, the beach is a whopping 900km long and is a huge hit among the locals, who come here for weekend trips. Rocks & reefs, boat harbour, life- saving club and a great ambience are some of the major highlights of this beach today.

Location –
About half an hour away from the Central Business District of Melbourne.

Activities –
The beach has been declared as a safe swimming area, which makes it suitable for kids as well. Other activities that are done here are kite-surfing, windsurfing and fishing.
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Chapel Street

Chapel Street is a historic market which aims to provide guests a world-class experience.

 

Highlights –
Chapel Street is not just a tourist hub in Melbourne City. It is also a commercial and residential complex. Therefore, it is always crowded. Chapel Market Street runs about 4.13km in length and houses some businesses like fashion, arts, international-quality restaurants, medical care facilities and many more. All shops have a Gothic style of architecture, which attracts guests to a great extent. If you are looking for vintage items, this is the place to be.

Location –
Runs along the Yarra River and covers areas like Brighton and St. Kilda. There are about 980 shops here!

Famous for –
Known as Melbourne’s fashion capital Chapel Street is famous for its upmarket fashion stores, jewellery, antique items and more.

Timings –
Varies as per shops.
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Melbourne GPO

The shopping complex located at Melbourne GPO is a classic example of renovation gone absolutely incredible!

 

Highlights –
During 2004, the ancient postal office building underwent a complete makeover and is today one of most stylish and upmarket boutique shopping destinations in Melbourne. Classical style of architecture, as evident in all the other Victorian Era buildings, adds a unique charm to this place. The clock tower located on top of the building is still an iconic structure in Melbourne. Home to some of the finest dining joints and leading fashion outlets, Melbourne GPO, provides absolute bliss to guests coming here from all parts of the world.

Location –
At the corner of Bourke Street Mall, at the intersection of Lonsdale & Elizabeth Streets. Famous for- Chic dining joints, leading international fashion brands, entertainment and other antique items.

Timings –
9.30AM-7PM (Mon-Wed); 9.30AM-9PM (Thurs &Fri); 9.30AM-8PM (Sat) & 10AM-7PM (Sun).
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Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

Take a fascinating journey from the coast to the ocean depths through 12 themed zones, including one of the world’s largest Saltwater Crocodiles residing in the state-of-the-art the Croc Lair exhibit. Don’t miss the Australia’s most interactive rainforest; get up close to the 10,000 creatures, including Australia’s largest collection of Sub-Antarctic penguins, the world’s largest collection of Sea Horses and the only Elephant Sharks in the captivity. Find out how it feels to touch a starfish and the other creatures living in our interactive rock pool. Fun talks and an animal feeds, special events and our Dive Adventure Trail means that there’s always a load for everyone to enjoy at the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. The all new SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, with 12 amazing habitat zones to discover, is on top of the list of things to do in the Melbourne. No trip to Melbourne is complete without visiting the Melbourne Aquarium. Situated on the riverside, just opposite to the Crown Casino, the Melbourne Aquarium is a home to the thousands of animals, including sharks, turtles, stingrays, sawfish, tropical fish and much, much more.
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Block Arcade

With mosaic-tile flooring, a glass canopy and carved stone, the Block Arcade is one of the finest examples of a 19th-century shopping arcade on the planet. Connecting Collins Street to Little Collins and Elizabeth streets, the heritage, shopping arcade was built between 1891 and 1893, its design modeled on Milan's grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. The boutiques and cafes taking up residence in the Block have retained the arcade’s richly decorated uniform design, ensuring a seamless shopping experience from the color-coordinated plant holders and paintwork to the heritage lighting and translucent glass ceiling. The arcade's most popular residents include the Hopetoun Tea Rooms, whose windows filled with delicious cakes are as beloved by photographers as by gourmands, and Haigh's Chocolates, one of Australia's premier chocolatiers. The Block is a regular fixture on food tours and leads to the flurry of tightly squeezed cafes lining Block Place. Go behind the scenes on the Block on one of the twice-weekly guided tours, held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1pm and meeting in front of the Hopetoun Tea Rooms.


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Degraves Street

Idle in the afternoon away by the Bluestone cobbles at a Degraves Street or Centre Place cafe and become part of a Melbourne postcard scene. Centre Place might supply the stereotypical images of Melbourne's laneways, but even chockablock with happy snappers the laneway-of-all-laneways satisfies and surprises. Changing stencil art and graffiti provide a sensory overload best dealt with by squeezing into Jungle Juice for an international coffee. Soups, sushi, and crepes will tempt, but you might want to save room for the delights on offer at Degraves Street, just across Flinders Lane. Take your friends from out-of-town to Degraves Espresso, a quintessentially Melbourne cafe experience. Despite the Parisian vibe, cast by the café umbrellas in the shadow of the impressive Majorca House, the dining on Degraves veers towards the Italian, with IL Tempo and Andiamo feeding many. Savor the sugar at Little Cupcakes. An air of creativity blows up from the Degraves Street Subway and the Platform Artist Group's underground displays.

 
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National Gallery of Victoria

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia’s oldest and pre-eminent public art museum, hosting blockbuster exhibitions and one of the world’s finest art collections. The collection encompasses treasures from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and the pre-Columbian period, in addition to an Oceanic gallery dedicated to the indigenous cultures of the Pacific area. The collection also includes nearly 16,000 international prints and drawings, a distinguished array of European and Asian decorative arts, and a gallery space dedicated to 4000 works representing the art of Asia. You will also find an outstanding collection of European and British paintings dating from 1200 to today, fashion and textile exhibits, photography, furniture and sculpture. Dining options include Persimmon, the Gallery Kitchen, and the Tea Room. The National Gallery of Victoria, popularly known as the NGV, is an art museum in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1861, it is Australia's oldest, largest and most visited art museum.

 
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Southbank & Arts Centre Melbourne

If you are a lover of theatre, arts, drama and other dance/musical shows, the Southbank & Arts Centre at Melbourne (previously known as Victorian Arts Centre) should definitely be on top of your must-visit places.

Highlights – Standing tall at a height of 182m, this centre was open to the general public during 1984 and has distinct zones within it for various performing arts. Some of the famous venues here are Hamer Hall, State Theatre, Playhouse, Fairfax Studio and Galleries.

You can find legendary pop music artists, ballet dancers from across the globe, exhibitions of exquisite handcrafted clothes and accessories, famous stage plays and other events of great interest staged here at regular intervals. You can also take up one of the many guided tours available here to know more about this place.


 Location – Southbank district.

 Timings – Depend on the timings of a particular show.

 Price – Varies as per show.

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