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Melbourne: MCG and Australian Sports Museum Guided Tour

1. Melbourne: MCG and Australian Sports Museum Guided Tour

Experience the highlights of the Melbourne Cricket Ground on a tour including a visit to the famous MCC Long Room, the players’ changing rooms, the cricketers' viewing room, and the Ron Casey Media Centre. After your guided a walk through the arena, take in the Cricket Victoria Bill Lawry Centre, and head to the Melbourne City Terrace for views of the stunning skyline.   Next, visit the all-new Australian Sports Museum for a truly memorable experience. This isn’t your typical museum: it’s an exciting, interactive, and ever-changing experience where the latest technology has been used to create immersive exhibits and galleries.

Melbourne: Entry Package to the City's Only Ice Bar

2. Melbourne: Entry Package to the City's Only Ice Bar

Situated in Federation Square in the heart of the city, chill and enjoy a drink at Melbourne’s only ice bar — a must for tourists and locals alike. Geared up in special snow wear, make your way through the doors of the explorer's ship and into the sub-zero temperatures on the other side.   This is a truly unique Arctic experience for people of all ages, so don’t leave your little explorers at home. People under the age of 18 are welcome until 7 PM. You'll be surrounded by over 30 tones of expertly sculpted ice.  The ice bar is also within walking distance of many other major Melbourne attractions, including the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Botanical Gardens, Crown Casino, Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Eureka Sky Deck, and Bourke Street Mall.

Melbourne: Melbourne Cricket Grounds (MCG) Guided Tour

3. Melbourne: Melbourne Cricket Grounds (MCG) Guided Tour

Meet the guide at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds for this behind-the-scenes tour. Visit parts of the stadium that the general public doesn't get to see with a guide who is an MCC member. Highlights of this tour include: The famous MCC Long Room MCC Library (founded in 1873) MCG Tapestry Player changing rooms Cricketers’ viewing room Ron Casey Media Centre Portrait of Sir Donald Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar A walk on the arena Cricket Victoria Bill Lawry Centre Ponsford Stand City Terrace with views of Melbourne’s skyline Experience the history and world-class facilities of the MCG.

Melbourne: Pentridge Prison Ghost-Themed Walking Tour

4. Melbourne: Pentridge Prison Ghost-Themed Walking Tour

Explore Pentridge Prison in Coburg on this walking tour that focuses on the macabre. Uncover the secrets of this location where 44 bodies are buried. Hear about the key members of Australia’s criminal underworld who called Pentridge home. Enter the site and begin your tour of Pentridge Prison, D Division which has been standing since 1850. Trace the history of this site since the first prisoners arrived at the prison in 1851.  Immerse yourself in the dark side of Australia's most famous prison as you hear the harrowing tale of Ronald Ryan, the last man executed in Australia. Find out how this prison relates to Chopper Reed and Ned Kelly through spine-chilling stories. 

Melbourne: The Phantom of the Opera at Arts Centre Melbourne

5. Melbourne: The Phantom of the Opera at Arts Centre Melbourne

The Phantom of the Opera haunts the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House. He’s man and mystery, a deformed genius. And in Christine Daae, he’s found his angel of music: the young woman he would make a star. But how many lives will he sacrifice to make the music of the night? Hear a spectacular new production that has stunned critics across the United Kingdom and North America. Hit after hit punctuates the thrilling score, from the stunning romance of 'Music of the Night', 'Think of Me' and 'All I Ask of You' to the splendid 'Masquerade' and brilliant title song. Overseen by Cameron Mackintosh and Matthew Bourne, the simply epic new staging includes many special effects, from the famous chandelier to the underground lake, and a large cast and orchestra.

From Melbourne: Sovereign Hill Gold Mining Town Day Trip

6. From Melbourne: Sovereign Hill Gold Mining Town Day Trip

Immerse yourself in daily life during the 19th-century gold rush on a day trip to Sovereign Hill, a replica gold mining town. Wander through faithful model buildings and watch professional actors reenact scenes from the 1850s. Enjoy optional gold mine cart rides or horse carriage tours. Meet your driver in Central Melbourne and begin the journey to Sovereign Hill with views of the Australian countryside on the way. The town is full of interactive exhibits and demonstrations to discover: gold panning demonstrations, underground gold mines, and gold bar-making demonstrations. Wander through the town's true-to-life buildings for an insight into daily life. From grandmothers teaching grandchildren how to embroider to the local primary school and police station, the buildings are a great way to travel back in time to the excitement of the era. Feel free to ask the traditionally dressed actors for photos. You can also enjoy optional activities at an additional cost. You could go for a horse-drawn carriage tour of the town or take an underground mine cart ride. There are also occasional dramatic reenactments throughout the day.

Legoland Discovery Centre Melbourne General Admission

7. Legoland Discovery Centre Melbourne General Admission

Booking online is the only way to guarantee entry at any given time-slot, as tickets are limited. Enjoy access to 12 attractions inside Legoland! These include: • MiniLand • Lego 4D cinema • Kingdom Quest • Merlins apprentice ride • Lego factory tour • Lego creative workshop • Lego city fire academy • Lego racers build and test • Duplo farm • Earthquake tables • Lego friends • Lego shop Tuck into a tasty, freshly-made sandwich or salad at the cafe. Unwind with a latte or indulge in an ice-cream treat.

Visit J Ward Lunatic Asylum: Night Ghost Tour in Ararat

8. Visit J Ward Lunatic Asylum: Night Ghost Tour in Ararat

Be incarcerated for the evening at Australia's home to the criminally insane: the famous J Ward Lunatic Asylum. Meet at J Ward, Girdlestone Street, Ararat in the evening and commence the tour with free museum access to explore the memorabilia of the past including straight jackets, electro shock therapy devices, and fascinating patient records. After exploring the museum, enjoy a guided ghost tour of approximately 2 hours through the home of notorious criminals such as Chopper Read, Gary Webb and William Wallace. Explore the governor's bathroom, the hangman's gallows, the original kitchen, the showerblock, the grave sites, the West Wing, the J Ward Block, and the exercise yards and grounds in search of the souls that still linger, and hear the terrifying stories of murdered inmates and prisoners buried in the grounds as you explore the property. Tours run every Friday and Saturday evening at 9:30 PM.

iVenture Melbourne Flexi Attractions Pass: 3, 5 or 7 Tickets

9. iVenture Melbourne Flexi Attractions Pass: 3, 5 or 7 Tickets

Learn why Melbourne's motto is "she gathers strength as she goes," and other fascinating urban trivia with your Melbourne Flexi Attractions Pass. This sightseeing pass provides you with entry to many of the city's premier locations, letting you experience 3, 5, or 7 city highlights during a flexible 3-month period. Select the number of sightseeing destinations you wish to explore, and then discover them for yourself during a convenient 3-month period. Choose from an impressive array of Melbourne's top things to see and do. Included Attractions: • Melbourne Skydeck • Phillip Island Nature Park - 4 Park Pass • Melbourne Zoo • IceBar Melbourne • Melbourne River Cruise • Old Melbourne Gaol • Werribee Open Range Zoo • Healesville Sanctuary • Cook's Cottage • Polly Woodside • Rippon Lea House and Garden • Virtual Room Melbourne • Ghosts of the Old City Ghost Tour • Old Melbourne Ghost Tour • Entermission Melbourne

Melbourne: Australian Sports Museum Admission Ticket

10. Melbourne: Australian Sports Museum Admission Ticket

Discover Australia through the lens of sport at the new Australian Sports Museum, located at Gate 3 of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This is no ordinary museum, with interactive experiences for all to enjoy. Here you’ll find touchscreens instead of do not touch signs, and climbable statues for the kids to play on.   Immerse yourself in the wonders of sporting moments with the largest collection of grassroots to elite sporting memorabilia. While kids kick a football at the interactive Game On!, you are invited to expect the unexpected, just like sport itself.   Exhibits featured in the museum include: the Olympics Gallery, Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum, Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Australian Football Gallery, Victorian Racing Gallery, Melbourne Cricket Club Museum, and the Game On! interactive gallery for visitors of all ages.

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4.8 / 5

based on 51 reviews

Fun thing to do in Melbourne.In the bar you wear eskimo poncho and gloves.All your drinks are in ice glass!Fun barman. Recommended for everyone

Do it! I dont follow AFL, (only NRL) And not a huge fan of cricket but.... this tour will blow your mind!!! Stephen, our volunteer was superb

Great tour! John was a fantastic guide, very friendly and had a good sense of humour! Would recommend!

Fantastic show, great seats for the price of $69, I will not book with anyone else now

Simply awesome snd so informative - thank you Tristan !!!