For a Christmas gift with a difference, give the gift of Melbourne with a Ticket to Eureka Skydeck. Perfect for the whole family and guaranteed to create memories that will last a lifetime.
The holiday season is a perfect time to surprise that special someone with an unforgettable gift experience atop the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform.
Take a trip up to the 88th level of the Eureka Tower, 285 metres above the ground, in a swift 40 seconds and enjoy the spectacular 360 degree views Melbourne has to offer. Or get the adrenaline pumping and give them a Christmas thrill they will never forget as you step out onto The Edge, the world’s only 3 x 3m transparent glass cube which slides out from the building, suspending guests above the Melbourne skyline!
Located in Southbank, Eureka Skydeck will be open from 10 am – 10 pm (last entry 9.30 pm) daily throughout the Christmas School Holiday break, excluding Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve where we are open 10 am – 5.00 pm (last entry 4.30 pm). No bookings required.
Melbourne Christmas Gift Ideas
It’s never too early to start shopping for Christmas gifts, especially when you want to pick out something truly memorable for that special loved one. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.
Rather than buying your loved ones something that will be forgotten by January, buy them an experience instead. Below, we highlight some of the best gift experiences in Melbourne so that you can give your loved ones a present they’ll remember forever.
Eureka Skydeck Ticket
What better way to experience the stunning metropolis of Melbourne than from above? With Eureka Skydeck Tickets, guests can see Melbourne from an impressive 300m above the ground, and prices start at just $23 per adult for entry into the observation area.
Best of all, if you purchase a Skydeck membership for a loved one, they’ll enjoy unlimited entry for 12 whole months…and they can even snag their guests 20% of the admission price.
Show your loved ones Melbourne like never before – purchase your tickets here, and personalise it with a unique, special message.
Treat your loved one to something truly special this year with a luxurious pamper experience at the Peninsula Hot Springs.
Let them indulge in relaxing spa treatments, bathing, and nutritious dining, and they can round it all off with a trip to the spa shop where they can recreate their experience at home. A trip to Peninsula Hot Springs is the gift that keeps on giving!
Click here to learn more about the Peninsula Hot Springs and buy a gift voucher in time for Christmas.
Punting on the Lake
If you’re looking for a serene, quiet experience for a loved one with refined taste, take them to the Royal Botanical Gardens, where they can cruise around the picturesque islands of the Ornamental Lake. They can take plenty of pictures as they navigate around the elegant scenery and the classic wooden punts – pictures that they’ll treasure forever.
Punting on the Lake is perfect for everyone, old or young, whether it’s for a special birthday, a family day out, or a cool catch up with friends on a peaceful spring day.
To find out more about Punting on the Lake, check them out and purchase a gift voucher here.
Zoos Victoria Gift Membership
Who doesn’t love a trip to the zoo? Purchase an unlimited express entry voucher for that animal lover in your life and give them access to Healesville Sanctuary, Werribee Open Range Zoo, and Melbourne Zoo 365 days a year. Best of all, they’ll be entitled to cool member perks and discounts!
Visit Zoos Victoria here to find out more and make your family smile this Christmas.
Enchanted Adventure Garden
Do you have a wild child or an adventurer in the family? Look no further than a trip to the Enchanted Adventure Garden! A gift voucher for the Enchanted Adventure Garden offers something for the whole family, whether it’s tree surfing, flying down the big zip, or spectating from below and cheering everyone on.
Kids under 135cm can cruise over the specially designed “Nippers” course, so there’s no need for the little ones to feel like they’re missing out. While the kids are exploring the Nippers course, the adults can tackle the 50-aerial obstacle courses, five zip-lines, and challenging bridges along the tree-top climbing tour.
Purchase a general admission gift voucher here.
Whether it’s cruising over a tranquil lake or drinking in the Melbourne scenery from 300m above ground, there’s something for everyone in this bustling city. Show your loved ones a new side of Melbourne this Christmas, and treat them to an experience they’ll never forget!
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“OFFERING THE PURE JOY OF MUSICAL THEATRE AT ITS UNADULTERATED BEST, COME FROM AWAY IS A BREATHLESS CELEBRATION OF THE FINEST QUALITIES OF HUMANITY”
Sunday Herald Sun
COME FROM AWAY tells the remarkable true story of thousands of stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland, Canada that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.
Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® and Grammy nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony® winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley with musical staging by Tony® nominee Kelly Devine.
Newsweek cheers, “it takes you to a place you never want to leave!”
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Skydeck experience
The magical world of wizards is descending on the city of Melbourne. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is now playing exclusively at the historic Princess Theatre in the heart of the city, with each screening split into two session times.
So, what’s a muggle to do between sessions – some of which take place over two consecutive days? Experience the real-world magic of ascending high into the Melbourne skies at the Eureka Skydeck – all at a discounted price.
Make the most of your trip to Melbourne
The fun never stops in this vibrant city. With plenty to see and do, Melbourne is a place full of character and personality. Explore the winding alleyways adorned with colourful artwork and hole-in-the-wall eateries or walk through our spectacular parks and pack a picnic for a peaceful lunch.
Our city is beautiful – and there’s no better way to experience it than from the sky.
The highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere
Dare to explore new heights at the Eureka Skydeck, one of the city’s most popular attractions. Perched a staggering 300 metres in the sky, muggles of all ages will enjoy panoramic, 360-degree views of Melbourne city, Albert Park Lake, Port Phillip Bay, the Dandenong Ranges, and more.
Atop the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere, peer through one of the 30 magnifying viewfinders dotted around the Skydeck. Who knows what kind of mischief you’ll spy at street level with your bird’s-eye view?
Open between 10 am and 10 pm (last entry is at 9.30 pm), soak up the skyline in the clear brightness of day or experience the stunning lit-up cityscape by night.
Adored by couples, families, Gryffindors, Slytherins, and Harry Potter fans of all types, no visit to Melbourne is complete without a trip to the Eureka Skydeck.
Defy gravity with The Edge experience
There’s nothing like it. Encased in glass, soaring high on the Eureka Tower’s 88th floor, The Edge experience gives you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to defy gravity – no broomsticks in sight.
Face your fears and explore Melbourne from a whole new angle. It truly is one of the most unforgettable attractions in the country.
A treat for Harry Potter fans
The magic doesn’t end in the theatre.
Experience the thrill of the Eureka Skydeck and The Edge all at a discounted price. Simply present your Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ticket to receive a 20% discount on admission.
You would be spitting slugs to miss it!
- This competition runs from 23/10/2019 to 24/10/2019
- To enter the competition, entrants must answer in 10 words or less why they deserve to win
- Eureka Skydeck management will select winners at random.
- This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook. The information you are providing is to the Eureka Skydeck and not to Facebook.
- Eligibility – the competition is open to legal residents of Australia only.
- The prize are 5 double passes to assist the Melbourne Fitness Show on 26 or 27 October 2019
- Entrants must be available to attend.
- This competition is open to legal residents of Australia only.
- Entrants must be over the age of 18 to enter.
- Employees of Journey Beyond’s Group are not eligible to enter.
- The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The winners will be contacted via private message on Facebook.
- No transfer, cash redemption, or substitution of prize (or portion thereof).
- Promoter is Melbourne Eureka Tower Observation Deck Pty Ltd. Employees of Journey Beyond are not eligible to enter.
Pssst! Hey you! Quick! Check no ones reading over your shoulder as I’m about to share my Top 5 locations I go to shoot around Melbourne, the best time of day to be there, and some camera specifics to get the best shot! You may be wondering who I am, right? Good question! Never take advice from strangers whispering from the shadows! Wha? Never mind, my Name is Luke! Pleased to meet you! I’m a passionate Melbourne based photographer known for my Melbourne biased content as featured on my Instagram page “Lukesphotographymelbs” & I’m only too happy to share with you my Top 5 Best places in Melbourne to take Photo’s, Let’s go!
#5 Location – Brighton Beach
Definitely a photography hot spot! What’s not to love about a location by the water, colourful beach boxes, and the Melbourne City skyline in the background!? This is my beach side go-to Location at Sunset, you get the beautiful light of the setting sun bringing out maximum colour and clarity on those beautiful beach boxes and the city buildings beyond…My tip, always look up the exact time sunset will be and get to location 30mins to an hour before so you can find your spot, set up, play with composition etc before the best light begins-this will ensure you get the best results from your shoot time. My Secret spot is not down on the beach but a short walk up the hill on the walk/ride track by the road side where you get the awesome perspective of the beach boxes and city aligned in the background!
#4 Location – Albert Park Lake
Aaaahh, hows the serenity!? I’d say this is my most relaxing place to shoot around Melbourne, ducks & swans swimming on the lake, the occasional rower paddling past, lush green surrounds, & the sound of pitter patter of people jogging by on the running track, …and then pow!-Glorious Melbourne, right there, front & centre beckons to be photographed! Like many of my favourite places to shoot around Melbourne this place is brilliant at Sunrise or Sunset. My tip is hit this spot when the winds are super light, often in the morning at Sunrise, and you will get some of the most spectacular reflections of Melbourne in the lake, sometimes some hot air balloons too if you make it here for Sunrise! Again, remember to arrive early to give you time to set up, often the best colours for Sunrise happen in the 30minutes prior to the sun actually hitting the horizon! If you have a tripod for your camera, this is a great spot to play with Long Exposure Photography at First light, to smooth out the water and bring those city reflections to the next level!
#3 Location – St Kilda Pier
So many photography opportunities right here, I’ve seen Penguins as well as seals swimming around this pier and the rock wall at Sunrise! You’ll see a good variety of birds, Yachts, Colourful wooden row boats, kite surfers, paddle boarders, cruise ships, the wooden pier, the Kiosk, this place just oozes character and has views to die for wherever you look! Awesome at either Sunrise or Sunset, I love this location purely for the incredible variety of shots available as well as the variety in subject matter, not to mention the unique perspective looking across the bay to Melbourne’s impressive city skyline where the Eureka tower just draws you in! My favourite shot here is taken at the very end of the Pier and you turn right at the kiosk and walk a little towards the Yacht Moorings, looking now directly towards the city, this vantage gives great leading lines for a Photo no matter what your shooting with, but if you’ve got a camera tripod it’s awesome in low light, set your aperture to f16 and try some long exposure shots…30seconds to a minute long, to get the boardwalk deck lights to starburst which just takes your photo to another level, & even better if you can get a friend to model for you and stand still in the shot as it’s always good to have a human element in any landscape photo.
#2 Location – Birrarung Marr
A special location with incredible views of Eureka Tower, the winding Yarra river, Princes Bridge & the city beyond. I love this location at Sunrise due to the beautiful golden light, sparkling off the many reflective surfaces as Melbourne slowly comes to life with the busy mornings activity on the Yarra with the Rowing clubs out doing there training, bike riders flying along the bike tracks, and trams dinging as they cross Princes Bridge city bound. Sunset here can also be a treat, best with some cloud in the sky to hopefully light up with some nice colour which usually happens immediately after the suns gone down. Stay a bit later after sunset and you reach ‘Blue hour’ where the sky isn’t totally dark yet but takes on a vibrant blue colour, a perfect background for capturing a Melbourne Cityscape as she lights up for the night, and from this location you can get those pretty city lights dancing off the Yarra Rivers surface which makes for awesome photos!
#1 Location – Docklands
A photography smorgasbord! Hit Yarra’s Edge and you’ve got spectacular views of the Bolte Bridge, Luxury Yacht & Powerboat moorings, the Webb Bridge, & Views Down the Yarra River all the way to Crown & Eureka Tower. Take a short walk over to Victoria Harbour & the Melbourne City Marina and you will see a Cow in a Tree (Street Art!) ,Marvel Stadium, the Melbourne Star, Trams, some spectacular Architecture and some of the best waters for reflections anywhere in Melbourne! This location is fantastic at Sunrise and Sunset, there is always something going on with beautiful boats coming & going, people rowing or being taken on a cruise,but one of my favourite spots to shoot from is standing on the Webb Bridge looking towards the Bolte Bridge at Sunset, it’s just stunning!
Need one more spot for Inspiration!? … Well, to capture awesome shots of Melbourne from above there really is nowhere like shooting from Eureka Skydeck. Whether it is a wide sweeping shot at sunset or a close up of Melbourne’s City Streets hustle & bustle, the Skydeck is the best vantage point to see it all!
In conclusion, Picking ‘just’ 5 Best Photography locations around Melbs is like choosing your favourite child! Melbourne is absolutely chockablock full of amazing places to take photo’s, much depends on what you’re into and what time of day you prefer to shoot. I’ve been shooting Melbourne for 3 years & feel I have only scratched the surface! My plan is to get out there as much as possible, camera in hand and keep exploring…Maybe I’ll see you out there!!😊👍 – Luke
Bio: Luke Evans is a self taught Photographer, Melbourne based, and loves shooting Landscapes, Cityscapes & Nightscapes that show Melbourne in the best light!
Valentine’s day will be here faster than you know it! And love is already in the air, with heart-shaped boxes of chocolates on display in shops, flower bouquets on every corner and couples walking hand-in-hand through the streets. Melbourne is a delightfully romantic city in which to spend this Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love, but every couple can use some help coming up with a memorable date. Well, we’ve got plenty of ideas to keep you and your loved one entertained. So take your significant other or your BFF out on the town…or hey, fly solo! Self-love is important, too. Read on for the romantic date ideas in Melbourne we love the most.
The Skydeck at Night
Take advantage of long opening hours and experience the glowing sprawl of Melbourne at night until 10 pm each night. Enjoy a selection of wines, beers and champagne from the kiosk, kick back and witness the magic. It’s good to know that The Edge is one of the top proposal destinations here in Melbourne! Feel exhilarated by the wind on your face as you visit our outdoor terrace. The stunning views of Melbourne are even more beautiful when shared with the one you love.
To purchase tickets click here. No bookings required.
Melbourne Sunset Kayak Tour
Is there anything more romantic than enjoying a sunset with your loved one? With the Melbourne Sunset Kayak Tour, you’ll get to:
- Enjoy an intimate tour of Melbourne and the Yarra River from a kayak
- Spot popular landmarks and watch the stunning sunset over Melbourne from the water
- Share a freshly-prepared fish and chips dinner that’s served to you right on the water
Click here to find out more.
Venice on the Yarra
There is no better way to enjoy Melbourne than a cruise along the city’s Yarra River. But if rowing isn’t your thing, don’t despair. The Venice on the Yarra tour lets you enjoy the beauty of the river in an upscale gondola! View the modern Docklands, the bright lights of the lively Southgate precinct and the gentle seclusion of the botanical gardens.
Click here to find out more.
Picnic in Treasury Garden
This lush garden sits right on the corner of Fitzroy Gardens that adjoins Spring Street. Take a relaxing stroll with your loved one amongst the prominent trees including the bay fig, cedar, elm, eucalyptus, pines, gums and oaks. Marvel at the statues and settle down for a lovely picnic on the green.
Click here to find out more.
For inspired custom cocktails with a view, the Rooftop Bar is not to be missed! From local wines and bubbly to high-end bar food, the Rooftop Bar does it right. From grass-fed beef burgers and fried chicken to vegetarian offerings such as the housemade veggie burger or grilled mushroom patty, you and your romantic date will both leave feeling satisfied. They don’t have a dress code, so you and your date can feel free to dress as you please. Whether you feel like getting dolled up or keeping it casual, you’ll be welcome here!
Click here to find out more.
Start the Date Right
Visit Eureka Skydeck for a great morning of breathtaking sunrise views over Melbourne. This exclusive activity is a perfect opportunity for photography buffs and view-enthusiasts to experience Melbourne’s beauty in the morning. It will set the whole day up right for a festival of love.
First Visit to Melbourne: A Traveller’s Guide
For business and pleasure, Melbourne is a top travel destination worldwide. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself on a trip to Melbourne, prepare to be wowed by delicious food, vibrant culture, tranquil beaches, pumping nightclubs and stunning weather. Beautiful Melbourne has a style and vibe all of its own
We’ve gathered our top tips for new visitors to help you maximise your fun:
How To Get Around
New to Melbourne? One of the first things you’ll figure out is how to get around. Melbourne has a great public transport system that’s easy for travellers to access. If you don’t feel like renting a car, then Myki cards are a must-have. They help you access trains, trams, and buses to get you through the city with ease. You can learn more about them here.
Melbourne is also a bike-friendly town. If you prefer to speed through the city on bike, just remember that biking in Melbourne requires a helmet to be worn at all times. Don’t worry, helmet hair is an attractive look here!
Some visitors choose to rent a car so they can get around the city with ease. If you do decide to drive, realise that Melbourne has a unique driving experience that includes “hook turns”―a type of turn that isn’t used anywhere else in the country!
Coffee Snob? You’ve Found Your Paradise!
If you like coffee you’ll fit right in with the morning crowd in Melbourne. Melbourne has an unbeatable variety that’s on the cutting-edge of the coffee industry. Ask any local on the street and they’ll tell you their favourite place to grab a cup of coffee. Here are some of Melbourne’s favourite coffee spots:
- St. Ali in South Melbourne is known for experimental brewing such as Aeropress, nitro and more!
- Market Lane in Prahran is famous for distinctive single origin coffees and stellar baked goods
- Proud Mary in Collingwood offers in-house roasting and great cafe fare with eclectic vibes
- Wide Open Road in Brunswick is known for industrial-chic decor and famous house blends
- Code Black in Brunswick is always experimenting to produce new and delicious varieties of coffee. They’ve also got great food!
- Industry Beans in Fitzroy features a wide variety of single blend and drip coffees, as well as modern and surprising food offerings
Prepare For Dynamic Weather
Melbourne can experience dramatic temperature and weather shifts that can catch even the most seasoned traveller off-guard. We recommend bringing a light jacket or dressing in layers. Don’t let Melbourne’s unique weather patterns put you off, however. Melbourne weather may have sudden changes, but it stays quite temperate. To compare, New York City runs 20 degrees colder in winter and nearly 10 degrees warmer in summer.
Museums: A Must-Do in Melbourne
Melbourne has a huge range of museums to display art, explore culture, preserve history, and celebrate industry.
- The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is the oldest art museum in Australia and features an unbeatable collection of pieces with varied styles and traditions. Most of the special exhibits offer free entry included with a day pass.
- The Koorie Heritage Trustis devoted to preserving Koorie art and culture. It’s a cultural experience you won’t find anywhere else.
- The Immigration Museum is a great introduction to Melbourne that celebrates the diversity of our city.
What Should I Eat In Melbourne?
This city is packed with delicious food! Many people call Melbourne the “cafe Mecca of Australia”. There are great street carts, walk-up counters, cafes, and fine dining from a range of cuisines including British, Chinese, Indigenous, French, Italian, Japanese, African, fresh seafood, gelato and more! Food blogger Nam of LaughTravelEat has put together a great guide for first-time foodies in Melbourne.
For The Night Owls
Love to stay out late? Melbourne has a booming nightlife with a wide variety of late-night restaurants, bars, clubs and dance halls spinning techno, dance hall, R&B, jungle and pop tunes to the early hours of the morning. For visitors looking to shake their stuff, Time Out has put together a list of the best nightclubs Melbourne has to offer.
Could you use a laugh? Catch a comedy show at Crab Lab or The Comic’s Lounge.\
Explore the Surrounds on a Day Trip
For those who like to venture out of the city centre and explore the surrounds, there are tons of awesome day trips within 1-2 hours of the city. So pack a snack, take a short drive and experience the amazing sights that the Melbourne surrounds have to offer. Here are four-day trip ideas:
- The Geelong Wine Region encompasses many different growing environments, enabling visitors to experience a variety of wine styles and tastes
- Yarra Valley has something for everyone. Also a traditional home of winemaking, along with gorgeous scenery, amazing local food, and one of the world’s oldest indigenous communities.
- If sun, fun, and beautiful ocean side is more your scene, check out Surf Coast Shire for the ultimate beach experience.
- The city of Bendigo offers an incredible range of museums and tours, including the Bendigo Art Gallery, an international art exhibit since 1887, the Golden Dragon Museum which celebrates Chinese heritage, and the Deborah Gold Mine that offers an underground tour of the mining experience!
So Many Things to Do in Melbourne―Visit Today!
Experience great food, coffee, arts and culture that’s easy to traverse. If you’re looking for great day trips, the surrounds of Melbourne give you access to wineries, beaches and smaller cities for a perfect afternoon getaway. With open arms, we welcome you to Melbourne.
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