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Captain Cook's Cottage was rebuilt in the gorgeous Fitzroy Gardens to remember the voyages of Captain James Cook, discoverer of Australia. There are tours through the cottage, which are sure to be memorable: everything is decorated as if time stood still in this famous cottage when it was first built. There is also a very elegant garden that will surely bring a smile to your face by its radiant beauty. They even offer photos (with a fee) that look vintage and true to the time, so your whole family can go back in time! Be sure to call their number for hours, since times can vary.
Housed in an historic Georgian-style townhouse, the Johnston Collection is a treasury of decorative arts. The collection's pieces come mainly from the Georgian, Regency and French Empire periods and are displayed as if the home is lived in and the objects used by the family. For more details, check website.
Amidst the hectic, always on the run city life of East Melbourne, lies this peaceful and quiet Treasury Garden. An ideal place to calm your mind and relax yourself. This park is spread over an area of 5.8-hectare (14.4 acres). Home to the Brushtail Possums, the garden houses monuments of famous personalities like President John F. Kennedy and many statues of great Victorian politicians. The famous poet Robert Burns memorial is also here. Owing to it's prime location, its a hot spot for parties and rallies.
Named after the only player to have secured two Grand Slams, Rod Laver, this is one of Australia's premier sporting venues. It has played host to a wide variety of sporting and entertainment events. From Grand Slam tennis matches to motorbike super-cross action to rock concerts - this venue offers it all. With a capacity of 15,000 seats, it also hosts conferences and classical ballet. The stadiums most distinguishing feature is its retractable roof. If you want to know more about what happens behind the scenes, go on the organized tour.
The Parliament House of Victoria has remained incomplete throughout several decades. This piece of history lacks a dome, northern wing superstructure and a south-eastern basement envisaged in the original design. Nevertheless, it is a significant piece of mid-19th century civic architecture and an important establishment for modern political debate and decision-making. It is also a symbol of parliamentary democracy. Building commenced in 1855. Evidence of the Victorian Gold Rush of that era can be seen in its interior. The elaborate use of gold is a direct result of this important piece of Australian history.
If you only have a short time in Melbourne and want to see as much as possible of the city and surrounding areas, you cannot go past a day tour. Great Sights offers a great selection of activities ranging from morning or afternoon jaunts around the city center to full day trips to the Grampians National Park, Sovereign Hill, Phillip Island and the Great Ocean Road. The city tours cover themes such as The Garden City, Historic Melbourne and Downtown and can include a meal on the ColonialTramcar Restaurant or a visit to the Rialto Towers and Observation Deck , the tallest office building in the southern hemisphere. Call +1300 850 850 for details.
Melbourne Sports Tours offers unique and fun half and full-day tours. See Aussie Rules Football live with a local host explaining all its rules, bumps and brawls. A Sports Lovers Tour allows you to explore the excitement and history of Melbourne sports by visiting venues that host Australia's favorite sporting events. On the Surf Coast Tour, you can visit Victoria's world-famous coastline and experience a day of more than just a beautiful view. Clean out your wallet on the Shopping & Brewery Tour as you explore Melbourne's best discount clothing outlets with a half-day of power shopping. You can then spend the afternoon at more shops or go for a tasting at a brewery.