Old Melbourne Gaol
The Old Melbourne Gaol was established in 1841 and expanded rapidly during the gold rush. The jail was the setting for 135 hangings, most famously that of Ned Kelly in 1880. Exhibits include a collection of death masks and Kellys armour.
Tel: (03) 9663 7228. Fax: (03) 9639 0119.
Transport: Museum station; or City Circle Tram to corner of Latrobe Street and Russell Street.
Opening hours: Daily 0930-1630.
Admission: A$9.90 (concessions available).
Designed as an architectural icon in a city that loves modern architecture, Federation Square is a complete new city block bringing together social, cultural and commercial activities. Highlights include NGV: Australian Art (the worlds largest collection of Australian art), Federation Pub (a three-level, space-age watering hole), the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the Atrium. This A$338 million development is due to be completed in late 2001.
Tel: (03) 9639 2800. Fax: (03) 9663 3682.
Transport: Flinders Street station.
Opening hours: Daily 24 hours.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbournes Royal Botanic Gardens contain extensively landscaped gardens covering 35 hectares (86 acres) and feature thousands of plants from across Australia and around the world. Free guided walks or self-guided audio walks available.
Tel: (03) 9252 2300. Fax: (03) 9252 2442.
Transport: Numerous trams along St Kilda Road.
Opening hours: Daily 0730-1800 (Apr-Oct); daily 0730-2000 (Nov-Mar).
Rialto Towers Observation Deck
The tallest building in the southern hemisphere, the Rialto Towers Observation Deck offers 360-degree panoramic views of Melbourne and the surrounding areas. The facilities also include a licensed café-bar.
525 Collins Street
Tel: (03) 9629 8222. Fax: (03) 9614 8231.
Transport: Spencer Street station; tram 11, 12 or 109.
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 1000-2200; Fri and Sat 1000-2300.
Admission: A$10.50 (concessions available).
National Gallery of Victoria
Once extensive renovations have been completed, the NGV: St Kilda Road will house Victorias impressive international collections, including Picassos Weeping Woman, with the large Australian collection going to Federation Square. Until then, a small sample of both are on display at the NGV on Russell, 285-321 Russell Street (tel: (03) 9208 0222).
180 St Kilda Road
Tel: (03) 9208 0203. Fax: (03) 9208 0245.
Transport: Flinders Street station; or trams 7, 23, 24, 30, 34, 35.
Opening hours: Daily 1000-1700.
Admission: Free (fees for temporary exhibitions vary).
Australias largest museum opened in October 2000 and boasts a living, breathing Forest Gallery, the giant Rubiks cube of the Childrens Museum, the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Centre and displays featuring dinosaurs, the history of Melbourne and the beloved racehorse Phar Lap.
Tel: (03) 8341 7777. Fax: (03) 8341 7778
Transport: Parliament station; trams 86 or 96 or Ci