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Recommended attractions in Southeast Australia


Airey's Inlet (Great Ocean Road)
Bark Hut, Inlet Crescent
The original bark hut was built here in 1857, but burned down in 1983.
This recreation shows what early homes in this area were like. The Bark Hut is in the Allan Noble Sanctuary and there?s a small lake there too.

Split Point Lighthouse
Perched on a hilltop 230 feet above sea level, this 112-ft. tall lighthouse is visible for nearly 20 miles. It was built in 1891 after a ship sank off the coast, and it?s said to be haunted.
Phone:  04.0022.3812
Hours:  Saturday and Sunday,
9AM to 5PM during
summer; 9AM to 4PM
during winter;
Tours can be
arranged for parties
of 4 or more
during the week
Web:   www.aireysinlet.org.au
Tours:   12AUD

Apollo Bay (Great Ocean Road)
Apollo Bay Visitor?s Information Center, Apollo Bay Foreshore
Pick up information about all the attractions along the Great Ocean Road here.
Phone:  03.5237.6529
Web:   www.greatoceanrd.org.au

Cape Otway Lighthouse Station , P.O. Box 41
The second oldest lighthouse on the Australian mainland, Cape Otway was built in 1848. There are a number of out-buildings dating from the same period, including the workshop, the lightkeeper?s residence, the telegraph office, and a cemetery a 30-minute walk away.
Phone:  03.5237.9240
Fax:  03.5237.9245
Hours:  Tours start daily at 9AM
Email:  keeper@lightstation.com
Web:   www.lightstation.com

Arthur?s Seat (Mornington Peninsula)
Arthur?s Seat Chairlift, Arthur?s Seat Road
Take this chair lift 1,000 feet above sea level to the top of Arthur?s Seat for unbelievable views of the Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip Bay, and even the mountains of the Great Dividing Range.
Phone:  03.5987.2565
Hours:  11AM to 5PM daily; open later in summer
Web:   www.arthursseatchairlift.com.au/
Admission   12AUD

Belgrave (Yarra Valley)
Puffing Billy Railway, P.O. Box 451
This 100-year old steam train travels via narrow gauge railway from Belgrave to Emerald Lake. The trip is wonderfully scenic, and if you'd like you can travel in the restored turn-of-the-century dining car and have lunch en route.
Phone:  03.9754.6800
Fax:  03.9754.2513
Hours:  Several departures daily, call for times.
Email:  info@pbr.org.au
Web:   www.puffingbilly.com.au
Rail fares from:   18AUD
Rail trip with lunch from:  43AUD

Blackheath (Blue Mountains)
Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, Govetts Leap Road
Pick up information about area walks and local history here.
Phone:  02.4787.8877
Fax:  02.4787.8514
Hours:  9AM to 4:30PM daily

Blue Mountains Rhododendron Garden, P.O. Box 32
1,500 rhodies on 45 acres with an ornamental lake and five lovely pools. There are several lovely walks through the reserve.
Phone:  02.4787.8695
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily
Web:   www.blue.mountains.com.au/rhododendron/garden.htm

Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains Explorer Bus
The Blue Mountain Explorer Bus is a good option for those who don?t drive to the Blue Mountains. The Bus stops at 29 different locations throughout the mountains and you can get on and off as often as you?d like. Buses run every hour.
Phone:  02 .4782.4807
Hours:  The first bus leaves Katoomba railway at 9:30AM; the last leaves at 4:30PM
Web:   www.explorerbus.com.au
One-day pass:   25AUD

Mount Tomah Botanic Garden, Bells Line of Road
This annex of Sydney?s Royal Botanic Gardens was established to house plants that could not survive Sydney?s coastal climate. Cool-climate species from all over the world -- including the Himalayas -- are grown here.
Phone:  02.4567.2154
Fax:  02.4567.2037
Hours:  10AM to 5PM; closing off season at 4PM
Web:   www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/
Admission:   4.40AUD

Cape Schanck (Mornington Peninsula)
Cape Schanck Lighthouse and Museum, Cape Schanck Road
The 68-ft. lighthouse was built in 1859 and there?s a museum and a couple of historic outbuildings on the property.
Phone:  03.5988.6184
Hours:  tours every 1/2 hour from 10AM and 5PM daily
Web:   www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/1park_display.cfm?park=48
Admission   12AUD

Shearwater Cape Schanck Resort, Boneo Road
18 Holes, Par 70. Designed by Robert Trent Jones. Shearwater is a public course that plays not too differently from its private neighbor, "The National." It?s beautifully maintained, facilities are first rate, and it?s something of a bargain.
Phone:  03.5950.8000
Web:   www.capeschanckresort.com.au
Greens fees from:   35AUD

Coldstream (Yarra Valley)
Domaine Chandon Green Point Vineyards, Maroondah Highway
If you visit only one vineyard while you're in the Yarra Valley, make it Domaine Chandon. Owned by the legendary French Champagne house Moet & Chandon, Domaine Chandon creates some of Australia's finest bubbly from the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes they grow here. Some 80,000 visitors a year take a tour here and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and fabulous views of the vineyards and Great Dividing Range.
Phone:  03.9738.9200
Fax:  03.9738.9201
Hours:  10:30AM to 4:30PM daily; guided tours at 11AM, 1PM, and 3PM
Email:  info@greenpointwines.com.au
Web:   www.greenpointwines.com.au/
Wine tastings with appetizers from:    8AUD

Rochford Yarra Valley, Maroondah Highway & Hill Road
One of the most architecturally striking vineyards in the Yarra Valley, Rochford Yarra Valley offers a summer concert series and outdoor movies. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Traminer, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Merlot are grown on 25 acres planed in 1982.
Phone:  03.5962.2119
Fax:  03.5962.5319
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Web:   www.rochfordwines.com

Dixon's Creek (Yarra Valley)
De Bortoli Winery & Restaurant, Pinnacle Lane
This award-winning winery has 130 hectares of vineyards, making it one of the largest in the Yarra Valley. Last year, they crushed more than 5,000 tons of grapes to produce Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.
Phone:  03.5965.2271
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily; complimentary tours at 11AM and 3PM
Web:   www.debortoli.com.au
Wine tastings:   4AUD Admission is free

Dromana (Mornington Peninsula)
Heronswood, 105 La Trobe Parade
A must for gardeners, Heronswood has eight separate vegetable, herb, cottage, and rose gardens. And a National Trust classified building dating from 1864 where you can buy books, plants, and seeds. There?s also a thatched roof cafe.
Phone:  03.5987.1877
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily; Cafe open 10AM to 4PM
Web:   www.diggers.com.au/GardensHeronswood.htm
Admission:   7AUD

Hickinbotham of Dromana, Nepean Highway near Wallaces Road
Winemaker Andrew Hickinbotham studied in France before returning to the Mornington Peninsula to grow Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot grapes. Terryn?s architect father redesigned the old Hampton High School gym to serve as the stylish tasting room.
Phone:  03. 5981.0355
Hours:  11AM to 5PM daily
Web:   www.hickinbotham.biz/

Karina Vineyard, Harrisons Road
The lovely gardens and welcoming hosts are almost as good a reason for visiting as the highly regarded Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cab/Merlot created from grapes grown on the property.
Phone:  03.5981.0137
Hours:  11AM to 5PM weekends; open daily in January
Web:   www.visitor.com.au/karina.html

Echo Point (Blue Mountains)
Echo Point Visitor Information Centre, Echo Point Rd
Get information about attractions and walks in the Katoomba area at this visitors? center.
Phone:  02.1300.653.408
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily
Email:  info@bluemountainstourism.org.au
Web:   www.bluemountainstourism.org.au

Faulconbridge (Blue Mountains)
Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum, 14 Norman Lindsay Crescent
Artist and author Norman Lindsay lived in this beautiful stone cottage most of his life. The National Trust has converted the property into a gallery of the artist?s work. And there are 40 acres of lovely gardens to explore.
Phone:  02.4751.1067
Hours:  10AM to 4PM daily
Email:  nlg@hermes.net.au.
Web:   www.hermes.net.au/nlg
Admission:   9AUD

Flinders (Mornington Peninsula)
Flinders Golf Club, Bass Street
18 Holes, Par 69. Perched high on the clifftops of Flinders, there are fabulous ocean views from every hole here. Wind can be a factor and appropriate dress is required.
Phone:  03.5989.0312 Reservations required
Web:   www.flindersgolfclub.com.au
Greens fees from:   25AUD

Healesville (Yarra Valley)
Chum Creek Winery, 52 Cunninghams Rd, Victoria 3770
Phone:  03.5962.5551

Eco Adventure Tours, P.O. Box 542, 3777
For something different in the evening, try a bush walk in one of the area's wildelife reserves. If you're lucky, you'll spot gliding possums, wallabies, kangaroos, wombats, and other native critters.
Phone:  03.5962.5155
Fax:  03.5962.5150
Hours:  Evenings by reservation
Email:  ecoadven@hotkey.net.au
Web:   www.wire.net.au/~ecoadven
Night walks from:   22.50AUD

HCP Antique Emporium, 81 Badger Creek Road
This big antique market has more than 300 dealers specializing in Australiana, furniture, books, pottery, jewelry, toys and everything else you can think of.
Phone:  03.5962.4433
Fax:  03.5962.3084
Hours:  11AM to 5PM Weekdays except Wednesdays; 10AM to 5PM Saturdays and Sundays

Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, Badger Creek Road, Victoria 3777
Founded in 1921 by Sir Colin McKenzie, the Sanctuary has more than 200 species of animals and birds, most of which can be seen in a natural setting. There are koalas, wombats, dingoes, and wedge-tailed eagles.
Phone:  03.5957.2800
Fax:  03.5957.2870
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily
Email:  hs@zoo.org.au
Web:   www.zoo.org.au
Admission:   21AUD

Yarra Valley Visitor Centre, Old Court House, Harker Street, Victoria 3777
Phone:  03.5962.2600
Fax:  03.5962.2040
Email:  info@visityarravalley.com.au
Web:   www.visityarravalley.com.au

Yarra Valley Winery Tours, 299 Maroondah Highway, Victoria 3777
If you prefer to leave the driving to someone else, Yarra Valley Winery Tours will pick you up at your hotel and take you to five wineries of your choice. Or, you can let them pick for you. They'll customize the day -- or half day -- based on your preferences.
Phone:  03.5962.3870
Fax:  3.5962.3862
Hours:  Tours are available daily but should be booked in advance.
Email:  info@yarravalleywinerytours.com.au instead
Web:   www.yarravalleywinerytours.com.au
Wine tours from:   85AUD

Jenolan (Blue Mountains)
Jenolan Caves, Jenolan Caves Road
These spectacular limestone caves were discovered in 1840. Of the 22 major caves here, you can tour nine. The caves, which were formed in a 3 million-year-old limestone deposit are filled with incredible stalactites, stalagmites, rivers, and ponds.
Phone:  02.6359.3911
Fax:  02.6359.3307
Hours:  Tours start at 10AM weekend, 9:30AM weekends; last tours around 4:30PM
Email:  info@jenolancaves.org.au
Web:   www.jenolancaves.org.au
Admission:    24AUD

Katoomba (Blue Mountains)
Scenic Railway, 1 Violet Street
Built in 1878 to transport coal miners to the Jamison Valley, the Scenic Railway is the world?s steepest railway. It travels at a nerve-jangling 50-degree incline. From the valley floor, you can hike to the base of Katoomba Falls.
Phone:  02.4782.2699
Fax:  02.4782.5675
Hours:  9AM to 5PM
Web:   www.scenicworld.com.au/
One-way ticket:   8AUD
Roundtrip ticket:  16AUD

Scenic Skyway, 1 Violet Street
The Scenic Skyway is a cable car that takes passengers on a 7-minute thrill ride high above the valley floor. Sensational views of Katoomba Falls and Orphan Rock en route.
Phone:  02.4782.2699
Fax:  02.4782.5675
Web:   www.scenicworld.com.au/
Admission:   16AUD

Leura (Blue Mountains)
Everglades Gardens, 37 Everglades Avenue
Built in 1936, this National Trust managed garden is one of the most beautiful in New South Wales. There?s an arboretum, an alpine garden, lots of rhododendrons and formal terraces.
Phone:  02.4784.1938
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Web:   www.nsw.nationaltrust.org.au/ever.html
Admission:   6AUD

Leurella, 36 Olympian Parade
This Art Deco mansion now houses the New South Wales Toy and Railway Museum. The 12 acres of gardens were laid out around the turn of the century.
Phone:  02. 4784.1169
Fax:  02.9488.7432
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Lilydale (Yarra Valley)
Lilydale Museum, 33 Castella Street
Housed in the original Shire Offices dating from 1889, the Lilydale Museum contains displays describing the history of the area and an exhibit about opera diva Dame Nellie Melba who grew up here. The museum will also arrange heritage and walking tours.
Phone:  03.9294.6313
Hours:  11AM to 4PM Wednesday through Sunday or by appointment

Lilydale Vineyards, 10 Davross Court
The McWilliams have been winning awards for their wines since 1900. Under the Lilydale name, they produce award-winning Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Gewurztramner, and Chardonnay. There's a restaurant here too where you can grill your own meal.
Phone:  03.5964.2016
Fax:  03.5964.3009
Hours:  11AM to 5PM daily
Web:   www.mcwilliams.com.au

Warburton Rail Trail, Lilydale Railway Station
The Warburton Rail Trail follows the old rail tracks along the Yarra River through the Yarra Valley from Lilydale to Warburton. The trail is paved and is surrounded by hills and mountains. There are orchards and vineyards along the route. Suitable for bikers of all levels.

Lorne (Great Ocean Road)
Lorne Visitor Information Centre, 144 Mountjoy Parade
You can get information about walks and attractions in the area here.
Phone:  03.5289.1152
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily
Web:   http://www.visitsurfcoast.com

Medlow Bath (Blue Mountains)
Hydro Majestic Hotel, Great Western Highway
This terrace of this historic hotel built in 1904 is a terrific place for a drink at sunset. The views are unbeatable.
Phone:  02.4788.1002
Fax:  02.4788.1063
Web:   www.hydromajestic.com.au

Melbourne
Block Arcade Studios, 20/282 Collins Street
This National Trust listed arcade opened in 1892. It was extensively refurbished in 1988. The domed ceiling and mosaic floors are beautiful and there are many exclusive shops here.
Phone:  03.9654.5244
Hours:  10AM to 6PM Monday to Wednesday; 10AM to 9PM Thursdays and Friday; 10AM to 5PM Saturdays and Sundays

City Circle Tram, 103 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne's City Circle Tram line provides free transportation around the Central Business District. Trams traveling in both directions, stop every ten minutes at specially marked spots. You can hop on and off as you like. Or stay aboard for a 40-minute sightseeing tour.
Phone:  03.131.638
Hours:  Trams operate from 10AM to 6PM daily
Web:   www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/city_circle/

David Jones - Melbourne, 310 Bourke Street
If you can find what you're looking for in this up-market department store, you're ahead of us. Everything always seems to be in another building. If you can find the food hall, it's worth the effort.
Phone:  03.9643.2222
Hours:  9:30AM to 6PM Monday to Wednesday; 9:30AM to 7PM Thursdays; 9:30AM to 9PM Fridays; 9AM to 6PM Saturdays; and 10AM to 6PM Sundays

Fairfield Park Boathouse & Tea Gardens, Fairfield Park Drive
You can ride your bike along the Yarra Bike Path and come up here for tea, or rent a punt to get out on the river yourself.
Phone:  03.9486.1501

Half-Tix Kiosk, Bourke Stree Mall
Get day-of-performance tickets for half price at this kiosk on Bourke Street Mall.
Phone:  03.9650.9420
Hours:  10AM to 2PM Monday; 11AM to 6PM Tuesday through Thursday; 11AM to 6:30PM Friday; 10AM to 2PM Saturdays

Melbourne River Cruises, Vault 11, Banana Alley
This family-run business has been taking tourists down the Yarra in six purpose built vessels since 1981. Cruises ranging in length from one hour to two-and-a-half hours are available.
Phone:  03.8610.2600
Fax:  03.9614.1252
Hours:  10AM to 4PM daily; 11AM to 3PM in January; 10:30AM to 3:30PM in September
Email:  info@melbcruises.com.au
Web:   www.melbcruises.com.au
Cruises from:   17.20AUD

Myer Emporium, 314 Bourke Street
Twelve floors of name-brand goods and services in one of Melbourne's leading department stores.
Phone:  03.9661.1111
Hours:  10AM to 6PM Monday to Wednesday; 9AM to 7PM Thursdays; 9AM to 9PM Fridays; 9AM to 5PM Saturdays; 10AM to 6PM Sunday
Web:   www.myer.com.au

Queen Victoria Market, Victoria and Elizabeth Street
More than 130,000 people come to this huge market each week. More than 1,000 stalls covering 17 acres sell everything imaginable. There is a wine market every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Phone:  03.9320.5822
Hours:  6AM to 2PM Tuesdays and Thursday; 6AM to 6PM Fridays; 6AM to 3PM Saturdays; 9AM to 4PM Sundays
Web:   www.qvm.com.au

Rialto Towers Observation Deck, 525 Collins St
Take the elevator to the 55th floor of the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere for the best views in Melbourne.
Phone:  03.9614.5888
Fax:  03.9629.3936
Hours:  10AM to 10PM daily; open until 11PM Fridays and Saturdays
Email:  ob.deck@rialto.com.au
Web:   rialto.com.au
Admission:   13.50AUD

Royal Arcade, 250 Queen Street
The oldest retail arcade in Melbourne, the Royal Arcade was built in 1869. It's been beautifully restored, and though the present mix of shops is a little odd, it's worth a visit. Look for the statues of Gog and Magog on either side of Gaunt's Clock. They are modeled after originals in London's Guild Hall.
Phone:  03.9670.7777
Fax:  03.9670.1285
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Saturday to Wedesday; 10AM to 7PM Thursdays; 10AM to PM Fridays
Web:   www.royalarcade.com.au

St Paul's Cathedral, Swanston Street
This beautiful Gothic Revival Church dates from about 1886, but the spires were not added until 1926. The organ is the work of English master T.C. Lewis and dates from 1890.
Phone:  03.9650.3791
Hours:  8AM to 6PM Monday through Friday; 8AM to 5PM Saturdays; Evensong nightly around 5PM; 6PM on Sundays
Web:   www.stpaulscathedral.org.au

Moorooduc (Mornington Peninsula)
Barak Estate, Lot 4 Barak Road
The family-run, boutique winery produces high-quality Chardonnay. Their rustic tasting room is surrounded by gardens.
Phone:  03. 5978.8439
Hours:  Noon to 5PM weekends and holidays

Ermes Estate, 2 Godings Road
Small boutique specializing in Pinot Noir.
Phone:  03 5978.8376
Hours:  11AM to 5PM weekends and holidays

Moorooduc Estate, 501 Derril Road
The McIntyres are one of the most respected winemaking families in the region. They use wild yeast and warm fermantation to imbue their wines with a special character.
Phone:  03.5971.8506
Hours:  11AM to 5PM weekends
Web:   www.moorooduc-estate.com.au

Stumpy Gully Vineyard, 1247 Stumpy Gully Road
Now into its second generation of wine producers, the Zanvoort family is experimenting with less frequently produced wines such as Marsanne and Sangiovese.
Phone:  03.5978.8429
Hours:  11AM to 5PM weekends
Web:   www.stumpygully.com.au

TV World, Moorooduc Coolstores
This unusal museum traces Australian pop culture, as well as its cinema and television history. There?s a working studio here, and a mini cinema.
Phone:  03.5978.8766
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily

Mornington Peninsula
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Civic Reserve Dunns Road
The terrific light, fresh air, and tremendous natural beauty of the Mornington Peninsula have attraction numerous artists to the area. Their work is showcased here, in one of Victoria?s 16 regional galleries. The gallery has an Artists Trail Map that shows the location where to see the artists? inspiration first-hand.
Phone:  03.5975.4395
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Tuesday through Sunday
Web:   mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au/
Admission:   4AUD

Mornington Racecourse Market, Racecourse Road
You?ll find a little bit of everything at this "crafts" market on the Mornington Peninsula.
Hours:  9AM to 2PM second Sunday of each month
Web:   www.craftmarkets.com.au

Mornington Vineyards Estate, Moorooduc Road
The 65 acres here were originally part of a thoroughbred training camp, so equestrian objects decorate the tasting room walls. Try Chardonnay or Pinot Noir.
Phone:  03.5974.2097
Hours:  11AM to 5PM on weekends and holidays; daily in January

Sorrento Golf Club, Langford Road
18 Holes, Par 72. Members only on Saturdays. The tonist of the clubs on the Mornington Peninsula, Sorrento is a bastion of civility. The dress code is strictly inforced. If you have to ask what it is, your golf etiquette may not be up to snuff. It?s a hilly, lovely course that?s favored by many of Melbourne?s movers and shakers.
Phone:  03.5984.2226 Reservations recommended
Email:  adavis@sorrentogolf.com.au
Web:   www.sorrentogolf.com.au
Greens fees from:   45AUD

Mount Martha (Yarra Valley)
The Briars Historic Park, Nepean Highway
The 12-room homestead here built in the 1850s is best know for its collection of objects relating to Napoleon. It?s surrounded by 20 acres of gardens.
Phone:  03.5974.3686
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily; homestead open 10AM to 4PM
Admission to homestead:   4.50AUD

Olinda (Yarra Valley)
National Rhododendron Garden, The Georgian Road, Victoria
A must for garden lovers, particularly during Australia's spring when 15,000 rhododendron, 12,000 azaleas, 3,000 camelias are in bloom. There's a 2-mile path through the 103-acre grounds.
Phone:  03.9751.1980
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily; best from September through November
Admission:   8AUD

Olinda Golf Course, Olinda-Monbulk Road
This 18-hole, Par 68 public course in the Dandenong Ranges has great views and plenty of sloping fairways. Visitors are welcome.
Phone:  03.9751.1254
Fax:  03.9728.1052
Email:  prosales@otusnet.com.au
Web:   www.olindagolf.com.au
Greens fees from:    14AUD

Pirianda Garden, Hacketts Road
The terraced gardens here combine many important species of trees, shrubs, and perennials. The garden is especially nice in autumn.
Phone:  03.13.1963
Hours:  10AM to 4PM

R.J. Hamer Forest Arboretum, Chalet Road
There are more than 150 species of exotic trees and shrubs from Australia and around the world. Surrounded by mountains, the scenery is beautiful and there are several good walking trails.
Phone:  03.131.963
Hours:  Open daily

Port Campbell (Great Ocean Road)
Loch Ard Shipwreck Museum, 27 Lord Street
Five vessels, including the iron clipper Loch Ard, went down off the coast here from the 1850s to the 1890s. Artifacts from those ships are displayed at this interesting museum.
Phone:  03.5598.6463
Hours:  9:30AM to 5:30PM daily

Port Fairy (Great Ocean Road)
Easy Rider Surf School
Learn to surf the easy way with this tourism award-winning school.
Phone:  03.5560.5646
Web:   www.easyridersurfschool.com.au
Group lessons from:   30AUD

Port Fairy Boat Charter, Port Fairy Wharf
Divers can explore the wreck of the Thistle, which sank in 1849. The company also offers scenic cruises, whale-watching excursions, and fishing charters.
Phone:  03.5568.1480
Web:   www.myportfairy.com/boatcharter

Port Fairy Golf Club, Woodbine Road
One of Victoria?s ten best courses, this 18-hole links style course is a real challenge on a windy day. There are great views of the ocean throughout the course.
Phone:  03.5568.1654 Visitors should reserve in advance
Web:   www.portfairygolf.com.au
Greens fees from:   18AUD

Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre, 22 Bank St
Pick up map and brochures on attractions in Port Fairy here.
Phone:  03.5568.2682
Web:   www.port-fairy.com/vic/

Portsea (Mornington Peninsula)
Portsea Golf Club, Relph Avenue
18 Holes, Par 72. Saturdays are members only. This is the tough one. Hilly, windy, and with incredibly fast greens and lots of bunkers, Portsea is as big a challenge as you?ll get in the area. The course is ranked number two in Victoria and number 28 in Australia.
Phone:  03.5984.2909 Reservations required
Web:   www.portseagolf.com.au
Greens fees from:   45AUD

Sherbrooke (Yarra Valley)
Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, Sherbrooke Road
This garden was originally part of the Burnham Beeches Estate. It features lots of water, including an ornamental lake with boathouse, and waterfalls. There are walking paths here through the ash forests of the Dandenong Ranges.
Phone:  03.131.963
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Admission:   6AUD

The George Tindale Memorial Gardens, 33 Sherbrooke Road
Exotic plants grow beneath a huge canopy of mountain ash in this beautiful garden.
Phone:  03.9755.2413
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Admission:   6AUD

Sydney
AirportLink
The AirportLink provides train service between Sydney Airport International and Domestic terminals and downtown Sydney. Roundtrip airport transfer via the AirportLink train is included in the SydneyPass.
Phone:  02.9268.2800
Web:   www.sydneybuses.nsw.gov.au/sb.express.html
Roundtrip airport transfers:    17.30AUD

Argyle Department Store, 18-24 Argyle Street, The Rocks
The Argyle Department Store first opened in 1828. The former wool exchange maintains its original beams, floorboards, and sandstone. But nowadays, it's filled with trendy shops and an excellent Italian restaurant.
Phone:  02.9251.4800
Hours:  10AM to 6PM daily: Thursdays until 7PM

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Rd., The Domain
If you'd like to see Australian art, this is the spot. Art from early colonial times to the present is displayed in a beautiful sandstone building in the Domain. In addition to the exhibits of Australian art -- the best in the country -- there are also collections of European, American, and Asian art. The Yirinana Gallery houses Australia's finest collection of Aboriginal art. There's also a very appealing restaurant here.
Phone:  02.9225.1744
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Web:   www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au
Admission to gallery is free   There is a charge for some exhibitions

Australian Museum, 6 College Street
Though nowhere near as impressive as, say, the Natural History Museum in London or similar museums in Washington or New York, Sydney's premier natural history museum still ranks in the top five of its kind in the world. Displays are presented thematically. The best displays are in the Aboriginal section, with its traditional clothing, weapons, and everyday implements. There are some sorry examples of stuffed Australian wildlife, too. Temporary exhibits run from time to time.
Phone:  02.9320.6000
Hours:  9:30AM to 5PM daily
Web:   www.austmus.gov.au/
Admission:   10AUD

Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour
Those with a nautical bent will appreciate the 12 docked vessels you can go aboard here -- everything from a double rigged ship to a destroyer. Inside, there's a variety of permanent exhibits devoted to Australia's maritime history as well as the occasional temporary show.
Phone:  02.9298.3777
Hours:  9:30AM to 5PM daily
Web:   www.anmm.gov.au
Admission from:   10AUD Museum is free, costs for touring ships and special exhibitions vary

Bondi Explorer Bus
The Bondi Bay Explorer bus makes 19 stops between downtown Sydney and Coogee Beach, including Bondi Beach. It's great for sightseeing, and you can get on and off anywhere along the line. Transportation on the Bondi Bay Explorer is included in the SydneyPass.
Phone:  02.9268.2800
Web:   www.sydneypass.info/bondiexplorer/
One-day pass:   39AUD

BridgeClimb, 5 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
There's no more thrilling adventure in Sydney than climbing the Harbour Bridge. You'll be outfitted in a specially designed "BridgeSuit" harness and attached to a lead wire for the climb, which is led by a trained Climb Leader. The view from the 440-ft. apex is unbelievable. Day and night climbs are available. Advance booking is essential.
Phone:  02.8274.7777
Fax:  02.9240.1122
Email:  admin@BRIDGECLIMB.com
Web:   www.bridgeclimb.com
Day Climbs from:   169AUD
Night Climbs from:  249AUD

Cadman's Cottage, 110 George Street, The Rocks
Now housing the Sydney Harbour National Park Information Centre, Cadman's Cottage was built in 1816 as a barracks for coxswains. It's the oldest surviving residential building in Sydney.
Phone:  02.9247.5033
Hours:  9:30AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday; 10AM to 4:30PM Saturday and Sunday

David Jones - Sydney, corner of Elizabeth and Castlereagh Streets
Sydney's largest department store -- and according to its ads "the most beautiful" -- is also the most up-market. Tons of designerware, the best food hall in town, and great housewares from a retailer founded in 1838. Menswear is at 65 -77 Market Street.
Phone:  02.9266.5544
Hours:  9:30AM to 6PM Monday through Friday; Thursdays until 9PM; 9AM to 6PM Saturdays; 10AM to 6PM Sundays
Web:   www.davidjones.com.au

Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street, Circular Quay West
Housed in an Art Deco building dating from 1949, the Museum of Contemporary Art has a good permanent collection with work by Hockney, Warhol, Lichtenstein, and others. The MCA frequently hosts traveling exhibitions. The gift shop is a great place to find gifts and the MCA Fish Cafe is a terrific place for lunch.
Phone:  2.9245.2400
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Web:   www.mca.com.au
Admission is free.    There is a charge for special exhibitions.

Museum of Sydney, 37 Phillip Street
In 1983, archeologists discovered the remains of the first Government House, dating from 1788. The Museum of Sydney was built on the site in 1995 to document the history of the city from Aboriginal times to the present.
Phone:  02.9251.5988
Hours:  9:30AM to 5PM daily
Admission:   10AUD

Myer Sydney, 436 George Street
David Jones's main competitor, previously known as Grace Bros., was rebranded as a Myer's in 2004.
Phone:  02.9238.9111
Hours:  9AM to 5:30PM Monday through Friday; Thursday until 9PM; 9AM to 6PM Saturday; 10AM to 5PM Sundays
Web:   www.myer.com.au

Paddington Bazaar, 395 Oxford Street, Paddington
In the grounds of the Eastside Parish Unity Church, the Paddington Bazaar has something for everyone. Clothes, jewelry, antiques, housewares, and sensational people watching. The gentrified neighborhood is also good for antique shopping.
Phone:  02.9331.2923
Hours:  10AM to 4PM Saturdays

Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo
There are several things going on here. The first of which is the building which dates from 1899 and was the power station for Sydney's tram system until 1963. That's a cool place for a museum, to start with. Then you have the 30,000 objects used to document various aspects of science and technology. Through interactive exhibits, you can explore everything from steam engines to outer space in the world's only joint Soviet, Chinese, Australian and American exhibit. This is a must for anyone with an interest in science.
Phone:  02.9217.0111
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Web:   www.phm.gov.au
Admission:   10AUD

Queen Victoria Building, 455 George Street
Refurbished at a cost of $75 million, the magnificent QVB is decorated with stained glass, tile floors, and wrought iron balconies, and crowned with a stunning dome. There are 200 stores here, and it's one of the most beautiful places you'll ever shop.
Phone:  02.9264.8862
Hours:  9AM to 6PM Monday through Saturday; Thursday until 9PM; 11AM to 5PM Sundays
Web:   www.qvb.com.au

Royal Botanic Gardens - Sydney, Mrs. Macquarie's Road
Established in 1816, this 75-acre garden occupies some of the most spectacular real estate in the world. The views looking out over Sydney Harbour are incredible and there are many indigenous plants here. A very pleasant place for a stroll.
Phone:  02.9231.8111
Hours:  7AM to sunset daily; guided walks daily at 10:30AM; Tropical Centre open 10AM to 4PM daily
Web:   www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/
Admission to the Tropical Centre:   3.50AUD

Strand Arcade, 412 George Street
Dating from 1892, the three-story Strand Arcade has beautiful stained glass and ironwork. It's a lovely place to shop.
Phone:  02.9232.4199
Hours:  9AM to 5:30PM Monday through Saturday; Thursdays until 9PM; 10AM to 5PM Sundays
Web:   www.strandarcade.com.au

Sydney Aquarium, Aquarium Pier, Darling Harbour
If you're staying downtown or in the Rocks, take the ferry here -- it's all part of the fun. This is a terrific aquarium, even for those who aren't that interested in underwater life. Walking underneath sharks and giant rays as they swim overhead and all around you is a humbling experience. There are lots of hands-on exihibits here, such as the "touch pool." And it's a great stop before a visit to the Great Barrier Reef, since it shows you all the fish to look for. The three "oceanariums" here float on pontoons. And there are seal feedings twice a day.
Phone:  02.8251.7800
Hours:  9AM to 10PM daily
Web:   www.sydneyaquarium.com.au
Admission:   27AUD

Sydney Explorer Bus
The Sydney Explorer Bus stops at 26 attractions throughout downtown Sydney. You can hop on and off as much as you like. Transportation on the Sydney Explorer is included in the SydneyPass
Phone:  02.9268.2800
Web:   www.sydneypass.info/sydneyexplorer/
One-day pass:   39AUD

Sydney Fish Market, Bank Street, Pyrmont
Talk about busy -- more than 65 tons of fish are auctioned off here each day, in the largest fish market outside Tokyo. You can watch the auction from the viewing gallery, come for picnic supplies, or just enjoy all the activity here.
Hours:  From 7AM daily
Web:   www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au

Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks
One of the best ways to get acquainted with Sydney -- and to get unbeatable photographs -- is to walk across the Harbour Bridge. It takes about an hour, or you can return by train. Built in 1932 to provide jobs for the unemployed during The Depression, the bridge was the symbol of the city until the Opera House was built. If you choose not to walk, visit the Pylon Lookout where there's an interesting musum and good views.
Phone:  02.9240.1100
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Web:   www.pylonlookout.com.au
Pylon Lookout admission:   8.50AUD

Sydney Observatory, Watson Road, Observatory Hill
Instrumental in completing the first atlas of the sky, the Sydney Observatory was built in 1858. During the day, it's an interactive astronomy museum. At night, it's a great place to see the planets and with it's views looking down on the Harbour, it's a pretty romantic spot.
Phone:  02.9241.3767
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily; call or visit their website for evening show times
Web:   www.sydneyobservatory.com.au/home.asp
Admission is free  
Night viewings:  15AUD

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point
Designed by a Dane who has not set foot in the finished structure, the Sydney Opera House is one of the world's great buildings. It's hard to imagine any place on earth that makes better use of its location, which is breathtaking. If you want to attend a performance here, make reservations as far in advance as possible. Otherwise, at least take a tour of this masterpiece of modern architecture. If you see only one thing in Sydney, see this.
Phone:  02.9250.7777 for reservations
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily for 1-hour tours; box office open 9AM to 8:30PM Monday through Saturday and 2 hours before Sunday performances.
Web:   www.soh.nsw.gov.au
Tours from:   23AUD
Performances from:  52AUD

Sydney Pass
New South Wales Transit sells the Sydney pass which includes unlimited transportation on the city's buses and ferries, three harbour cruises, JetCat service to Manly Beach, Explorer and Bondi Explorer buses, and roundtrip AirportLink rail transfers. Three-, five- and seven-day passes are available at Sydney Airport, the Circular Quay Ferries office, or the Rocks Tourism office.
Phone:  02.9268.2800
Web:   www.sydneypass.info/
Three-day pass:   110AUD
Five-day pass:  145AUD

Sydney Visitor's Center The Rocks, Corner Argyle and Playfair Steets
The Sydney Visitor Centre at The Rocks is housed in the heritage-listed Penrhyn House which forms part of The Rocks Center. Pick up brochures, maps, or a SydneyPass at this good information center.
Phone:  02.9240.8788
Hours:  9:30AM to 5:30AM Daily

Taronga Zoo, Bradley's Head Road, Mosman
On a beautiful day, a ferry ride to Taronga Zoo is well nigh impossible to beat. Although the Zoo has more than 400 species -- many of them indigenous -- you may find yourself distracted by the views of the Harbour Bridge, the Opera, and the entire Harbour from the zoo's hilltop location. Highlights here include the $3.8 million Gorilla Forest; Koala Encounter, where you can have your picture taken with the shy marsupials several times a day; Australian Walkabout; and the Orangutan Rainforest.
Phone:  02.9969.2777
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily
Web:   www.zoo.nsw.gov.au
Admission:   30AUD

The Basement, 29 Reiby Place, Circular Quay
This is the place in Sydney to hear jazz and other headliners.
Phone:  02.9251.2797
Hours:  7:30PM to 1:30AM Monday through Thursday; 7:30PM to 3:30AM Fridays and Saturdays; 7:30PM to 1AM Sundays
Web:   www.thebasement.com.au
Admission from:   15AUD

The Rocks Market, George Street, The Rocks
Top-quality arts and crafts and good people watching at this colorful market in The Rocks.
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Saturdays and Sundays
Web:   www.therocksmarket.com.au

Torquay (Great Ocean Road)
Surfworld Museum, Surfcoast Plaza, Beach Road
This one-of-a-kind museum bills itself as the largest "surfing and beach culture museum in the world." The Wave Pool shows how waves are formed. The Board Room shows the history of surfboards from 1915 to the present. There?s a cinema where you can watch surfing films, and lots of interactive displays.
Phone:  03.5261.4606
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily
Email:  surfworld@surfcoast.vic.gov.au
Web:   www.surfworld.org.au
Admission:   9AUD

Tyabb (Mornington Peninsula)
Tyabb Packing House Antiques, Mornington Tyabb Road
The 1926 apple coldstore has been converted into Australia?s largest collection of antiques and collectables. Forty-two dealers fill 50,000 square feet with furniture, jewelry, cameras, books, linens -- you name it. An antique lover's dream.
Phone:  03.5977.4414
Fax:  03.5977.3216
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Thursday through Sunday
Web:   www.tyabbpackinghouseantiques.com.au

Wentworth Falls (Blue Mountains)
Wentworth Falls Conservation Hut, End of Fletcher Street
Get information about walks and attractions in the Wentworth Falls area at this cafe with great views of the Jamison Valley.
Phone:  02.4757.3827
Fax:  02.4757.3870
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily
Web:   www.conservationhut.com.au

Wonga Park (Yarra Valley)
Kellybrook Winery & Restaurant, Fulford Road
With just 12 hectares of vineyards, Kellybrook is one of the Yarra's smaller wineries. They produce three red and three white tables wines as well as a bubbly and a cider. There's a restaurant here surrounded by lovely gardens.
Phone:  03.9722.1304
Fax:  03.9722.2092
Hours:  9AM to 6PM Tuesday through Saturday; 11AM to 6PM Sundays; 11AM to 5PM Mondays
Web:   www.kellybrookwinery.com.au

Yarra Glen (Yarra Valley)
Fergusson Winery & Restaurant, Wills Road
This pretty vineyard produces Semillon Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Shiraz. There's also an inventive restaurant.
Phone:  03.5965.2237
Fax:  03.5965.2405
Hours:  11AM to 5PM daily
Email:  info@fergussonwinery.com.au
Web:   www.fergussonwinery.com.au
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Gulf Station, 1027 Melba Hway, Victoria 3775
Managed by the National Trust, Gulf Station is the most extensive 19th-century farm complex in Victoria. There are solid timber slab buildings dating from the 1850s and a pretty Victorian garden.
Phone:  03.9730.1286
Fax:  03.9730.1820
Hours:  Wednesday through Sunday 10AM to 4PM
Admission:   8AUD

Lovey's Estate, 1548 Melba Highway
Lovey's produces Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Shiraz on their 27-acre estate. They also are a microbrewery producing five beers and ales. The rose garden here is one of the biggest in Victoria and there's a hedge maze too.
Phone:  03.5965.2444
Fax:  03.5965.2460
Hours:  Noon to 5PM Wednesday through Sunday

Yarra Glen Racehorse Market, Armstrong Grove
Shop for arts, crafts, and specialty items from the local vineyards.
Phone:  03.5974.4710
Fax:  03.5974.4787
Hours:  9AM to 2PM, the first Sunday of each month October through June
Web:   www.craftmarkets.com.au

Yarra Junction (Yarra Valley)
Yarra Burn Winery & Restaurant, 60 Settlement Road
Yarra Burn produces award-winning Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Phone:  03.5967.1428
Fax:  03.5967.1146
Hours:  10AM to 6PM daily

Yarra Valley
Global Ballooning, 8 - 10 New St, Richmond
This company offers sunrise Balloon flights over the Yarra Valley. A buffet champagne breakfast at Fergussons Winery is included. Call for times and meeting place.
Phone:  03.9428.5703
Fax:  03.9428.8473
Hours:  Daily at sunrise
Email:  info@globalballooning.com.au
Web:   www.globalballooning.com.au
Balloon flights from:   295AUD