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Schools

Mac Robertson Girls School | Melbourne CBD

Website: https://www.macrob.vic.edu.au

Phone: 03 9864 7700

The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School is unique in its role as an academic select-entry school for girls in the state of Victoria. The selective nature of entry results in a broad socio-economic and cultural mix, as well as a strong commitment to academic excellence. The students and staff work collaboratively to develop transnational awareness, empathy, as well as creative and critical thinking skills to prepare for an unknown future. The school provides an educational experience that equips our students for tertiary study and leadership roles in the academic, professional and business communities for a global context, and develops interests and skills to enhance their personal lives.

 

Melbourne High School | South Yarra

Website: http://www.mhs.vic.edu.au/

Phone: 9826 0711

Unique in its status as a state-wide provider for boys from Year 9 to 12, Melbourne High School seeks to remain at the forefront of education for boys in Australia. An established State Secondary School situated in a central inner city location, it offers outstanding facilities for the delivery of its programs and is attended by students from a wide area of metropolitan Melbourne and beyond. The selective nature of entry results in a broad socio-economic and cultural mix and a strong commitment to academic excellence.​The school values the traditions that have contributed to its success in the past while embracing the opportunities offered by the future. The students’ talents, efforts and achievements are rewarded in an environment which fosters mutual respect, personal integrity and strong sense of self-worth. True to its motto, “honour the work”, the school adheres to a code of conduct based on self-discipline and responsibility to oneself and others.

 

Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School | Essendon, Moonee Ponds, Keilor East

Website: https://www.pegs.vic.edu.au

Phone: 03 9016 2000

Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School offers an enriching education from Kindergarten to VCE. The single gender and co-educational learning environments balance the support of small sections with the resources and opportunities of a large school.

They welcome students at multiple entry levels, beginning with our co-educational Kindergarten in Essendon. The primary years of Prep to Year 6 are offered at the Junior School (girls) campus in Moonee Ponds and the Junior School (boys) campus in Essendon. The flagship Keilor East campus is home to the separate Middle School (girls) and Middle School (boys) sections for Years 7 to 10, as well as the combined Senior School section for Years 11 and 12.

 

Maribyrnong College | Maribyrnong

Website: https://www.maribsc.vic.edu.au

Phone: 03 9091 8100

Maribyrnong College provides a broad education for students in Years 7-12. It is also home to Victoria’s only state-funded Sports Specialism with a sports enrolment comprising nearly 40% of the school population. The College provides a broad VCE and the majority of students undertake further study after Year 12. The school’s International Student Program supports 50 international students, predominantly in Years 10 to 12. Additionally, the College provides an EAL program to support students of non-English speaking backgrounds. Maribyrnong College delivers programs that produce excellent outcomes for students in both academic and sporting endeavours and this is aptly described by the school’s motto: “Pride in Performance”. A High Achiever Program has operated since 2005 and Year 10 accelerated students access VCE subjects. A rich extra-curricular program includes instrumental music and drama, a school production and a strong inter-school sport program.

 

Williamstown High School | Williamstown

Website: https://www.willihigh.vic.edu.au/

Phone: 03 9399 9228

Williamstown High School is a multi-campus school with two quite unique and complementary campuses. The Bayview Campus, catering for Year 7-9 students, was built on environmentally sustainable principles. The focus of the Middle Years campus is to ensure students successfully transition from primary school and are quickly engaged by a range of diverse, challenging and inclusive activities. The Pasco Campus, catering for our Year 10-12 students, is housed in heritage listed buildings which provide a long and rich history. Here the students have access to a range of Year 10 electives, VCE, VET and VCAL certificates that allows each individual the opportunity to create a three year program that will see them well prepared for success in whatever pathway they wish to pursue.

 

Brunswick Secondary College | Brunswick

Website: http://www.brunswick.vic.edu.au

Phone: 03 9387 6133

As symbolised by their school logo, Brunswick Secondary College is proudly diverse.  The stars on their logo represent the diverse elements that make up theirschool community .They have students from over 52 nationalities. The star is also a symbol of excellence and of unity.  The Brunswick Star (school newsletter), is a celebration of student excellence and achievement in a diverse range of pursuits.

At Brunswick Secondary College, the vision and direction is guided by the school values of excellence, persistence, responsibility, achievement and teamwork underpinned by the core value of respect. Their mission is for all students to live these values, achieve their full potential and have a successful pathway beyond the school. The school prides themselves on the care and development of young people with positive personal values and a strong sense of social responsibility.

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Cafes

Hardware Societe Katherine Place | Melbourne CBD

Website: https://hardwaresociete.com/

Phone: 03 9078 5992

A tiny, worn-out kitchen was the catalyst for Hardware Société’s move, almost 10 years after originally opening on Hardware Street.

This 250-square-metre eatery on Katherine Place seats 110 and has a kitchen four times the size of the old spot. The room is painted in shades of dusty pink and emerald, with ivory panelling, cane chairs and emerald booth seating. Pendant lights hanging over a glass case of cakes and other treats are by Danish design store & tradition, and handmade alphabet boards list coffee specials. Art by illustrator Mads Francis and vintage French street signs decorate the walls.

The French-inspired menu has expanded to fit the larger space. Start with a brunch cocktail – there are classics, such as Bellinis and Mimosas, or try the Boozy Tea, which is iced tea spiked with prosecco – then onto oysters with Bloody Mary dressing or grapefruit and gin granita.

 

Wide Open Road | Brunswick

Website: https://wideopenroad.com.au/

Phone: 03 9387 6079

In a city saturated with Scandi-cool cafes, Wide Open Road stands out. It has a certain X factor that can’t be solely explained by the building’s industrial charm, the ever-buzzing vibe or the unique looks of the staff and customers.

Hootan Heydari and Jono Hill (Heart Attack and Vine, Bedford Street) arrived here in 2009, to start roasting their own coffee. Their first cafe, A Minor Place (since sold), was too small for the task.

Since then they’ve steadily built their roasting expertise. The flagship Bathysphere blend includes beans from Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia and Kenya. It works beautifully with milk. Superb filter roasts are served as batch brew or pour-over. Tea is treated just as seriously, with Larsen & Thompson leaves steeped at precise temperatures and duration’s using thermometers and timers. Then there’s the in-house brand of chai, Chai La Lai.

 

Industry Beans | Fitzroy

Website: https://industrybeans.com/

Phone: 03 9417 1034

In 2013, brothers Trevor and Steve Simmons transformed this open warehouse into a lively cafe, an ambitious roastery, an upstairs cupping (tasting) lab and expert coffee training facilities. It’s a pretty serious upgrade from their previous venture, Northcote’s Penny Farthing.

At Industry Beans you can expect top-grade product and intriguing flavours sourced anywhere from the hills of Sumatra to the plantations of Panama, on a daily list featuring nine different origins.

Dishes are spread wide across the brunch spectrum, from light and fresh (compressed watermelon with rosewater and lemon myrtle panna cotta) to rich (truffled egg with zucchini ribbons, enoki mushrooms, pea panna cotta, artichoke crisps and coffee) and downright filling (a coffee-rubbed Wagyu burger on brioche).

 

Axil Coffee Roasters | Hawthorn

Website: https://axilcoffee.com.au/

Phone: 03 9819 0091

As serious cafes go, this slick operation by two-time Australian barista champion Dave Makin, and his partner Zoe (of equal coffee nous), is as impressive as they come.

The cafe is only part of the Axil operation. As well as the CBD espresso bar and The Petty Officer, a large strip of a former bowling alley has been converted into a raised communal table. And from here, under the glow of powder-coated milk urns-come-light-fittings diners can watch roasters busy at work in the cupping and training room next door.

The crew at Environmental Design STStyle have used a minimalist palette to create a brooding, masculine space with a mix of black walls, highly polished concrete floors, a ceiling lined in corrugated iron and a feature wall of white and green tiles. A wall of metal framework lattice, usually found on construction sites reinforcing concrete slabs, supports a variety of succulents that climb from the bench seating right to the ceiling.

 

Seven Seeds | Carlton

Website: https://sevenseeds.com.au/

Phone: 03 9347 8664

Melbourne is full of good coffee spots. Still, there are a number of places that sit above the rest. Seven Seeds is undeniably among them.

After selling St ALi in 2008, Mark Dundon moved to Carlton where he and business partner Bridget Amor converted an old warehouse into a roaster and cafe. At a time when Melbourne was dominated by dark-roasted, untraceable, commodity-grade beans made solely for espresso, the duo began pushing quality, provenance and lighter roasts to suit filter, cold drip and other brewing styles.

The company’s roasting operation outgrew Carlton in 2017. Nowadays it imports green beans from the Americas, Africa and Asia and roasts them on a monstrous 60-kilogram Probat machine and two smaller models at its wholesale headquarters in Fairfield.

 

Rudimentary | Footscray

Website: http://www.rudimentary.com.au/

Phone: 03 8596 6909

There’s a refreshing back-to-basics nature to Rudimentary: its no-fuss fundamentals let it focus on quality food in a beautifully designed space.

What was once an unused, dilapidated corner block in Footscray is now an AstroTurf garden with a cafe niftily fashioned from three shipping containers.

Owner Desmond Huynh wanted to create something sustainable and potentially movable. This design means Rudimentary can pack up and relocate. The build also breathes new life into existing materials.

The light, open space features a glass wall that allows a view of the beautiful outdoor space filled with herbs and lavender beds.

 

Ascot Food Store | Moonee Ponds

Website: http://ascotfoodstore.juisyfood.com/

Phone: 03 9370 2649

Formerly a rundown Spanish delicatessen, this stand-alone suburban space has been reinvented as the Ascot Food Store: an always-buzzing cafe.

Owners Cameron Wilson and David Stewart spent nine months gutting the shopfront and three-bedroom residence. The end product is an open, modern space with polished concrete floors, clean lines and minimal fuss. Pops of orange, retro-style light fittings and succulent-filled pot add a vibrancy that honours the 1960s soul of the venue.

A focus on quality is behind the menu. Stewart runs the kitchen and maintains strong relationships with suppliers to source local and biodynamic produce.

 

Monk Bodhi Dharma | Balaclava

Website: http://www.monkbodhidharma.com.au/

Phone: 03 9534 7250

This tiny little brick cubby might have been a bakehouse in the dim distant past, but these days it’s serving up breakfast and lunch (and dinner on Fridays) to those in need of some nourishment sans-guilt – it’s completely vego here, right down to the absence of eggs. What they have instead is excellent coffee, baristas who know their beans and are happy to help you choose something to suit your own flavour profile and an animal-friendly menu that will feed your stomach as well as your soul.

Inside there’s the comfort of old-is-new-chic, with a pre-loved workbench serving as the communal dining space and re-birthed Singer sewing tables for a cosier tête-à-tête.

 

Proud Mary | Collingwood

Website: https://www.proudmarycoffee.com.au/

Phone: 03 9417 5930

After selling Liar Liar in early 2009, Nolan Hirte opened this buzzing cafe in the backstreets of Collingwood.

It’s laid out according to his love for specialty coffee. A long L-shaped, speckled stone counter serves both as an outer shell for the small kitchen and a huge brew bar, where three or more baristas enjoy an uninterrupted workflow.

An army of grinders hold a variety of Proud Mary’s own blends and single origins, roasted a block away at Aunty Peg’s. These can be enjoyed via cold drip, V60, AeroPress and espresso.

At Liar Liar, Hirte was frustrated with only having three group heads to extract espresso, causing cross-contamination between different varieties of coffee. At Proud’s he remedied that by welding together two three-group Synesso machines to create a custom six-group monster. Each single origin has its own extractor, ensuring it tastes like nothing but itself.

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Children’s Museums

Melbourne Museum |  Carlton

Website: https://museumsvictoria.com.au/

Phone: 03 8341 7777

A visit to Melbourne Museum is a rich, surprising insight into life in Victoria. They show you Victoria’s intriguing permanent collections and bring you brilliant temporary exhibitions from near and far. You’ll see our natural environment, our cultures and our history through different perspectives.

They left their old home in the State Library Building in 1997, and into a building located in Carlton Gardens that was designed by Denton Corker Marshall. The new Melbourne Museum reopened on 21 October 2000.

Inside, you’ll find; the Forest Gallery, Science and Life Gallery, Melbourne Gallery, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Te Pasifika Gallery, Children’s Gallery, Touring Hall, 3D documentaries, museum’s café, shop and theatre.

 

Museum of Modern Art | South Yarra

Website: https://www.heide.com.au/

Phone: 03 9850 1500

Heide Museum of Modern Art began life in 1934 as the home of John and Sunday Reed and has since evolved into one of Australia’s most important cultural institutions.

Soon after purchasing the fifteen acre property on which Heide stands in 1934, founders John and Sunday Reed opened their home to like-minded individuals such as artists Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, Joy Hester, John Perceval and Danila Vassilieff. They nurtured a circle of artists, writers and intellectuals who contributed to Heide becoming a place for the discussion, creation and promotion of modern art and literature.

John and Sunday made a lasting contribution to Australian culture through their support of creative endeavours in the visual arts, literature and architecture. In the mid-1950s the Reeds established the Gallery of Contemporary Art and in 1958, with the assistance of friend and entrepreneur Georges Mora, they re-launched the gallery as the Museum of Modern Art of Australia. This eventually led to the formal establishment of the museum.

 

Scienceworks | Spotswood

Website: https://museumsvictoria.com.au/scienceworks/

Phone: 03 9392 4800

Scienceworks opened in 1992. Their vision was a place for young people to play with science. They linked Melbourne’s industry, heritage and applied technology in one place: a new building looking across the arena to the century-old Pumping Station, all under the grand arc of the West Gate Bridge.

Today, Scienceworks is bursting with things to challenge curious minds of all ages. In just one visit, you can stroll among the gigantic machines that kept the city running, enjoy electrifying theatre in the Lightning Room, let your little ones roam safely in enclosed spaces, wander through our immersive exhibitions and drop into deep space in the Melbourne Planetarium.

 

Old Melbourne Gaol | Melbourne CBD

Website: https://www.oldmelbournegaol.com.au/

Phone: 03 9656 9889

When the Old Melbourne Gaol was built in the mid-1800s, it dominated the Melbourne skyline as a symbol of authority. Inside the Gaol, dangerous criminals were held alongside petty offenders, the homeless and the mentally ill.

Between 1842 and its closure in 1929 the gaol was the scene of 133 hangings including Australia’s most infamous citizen, the bushranger Ned Kelly. Today you can visit the Old Melbourne Gaol to find out what life was like for the men and women who lived and died here all those years ago.

 

Immigration Museum |  Melbourne CBD

Website: https://museumsvictoria.com.au/immigrationmuseum/

Phone: 03 8341 7777

Through their rich collections, exhibitions, events, education programs and digital content, they explore themes of migration, identity, citizenship and community through multiple perspectives. The museum engages with communities and creative practitioners to produce powerful opportunities for social interaction, empathy and debate.

The Immigration Museum opened in 1998 within Old Customs House. Located on the bank of Birrarung (Yarra River), this former administrative centre of immigration and trade is a site of great historical significance and complexity.

Melbourne Tram Museum |  Hawthorn

Website: http://www.hawthorntramdepot.org.au/

Phone: 03 9819 6447

The Melbourne Tram Museum was established by VicTrack. It is a volunteer-based non-profit group established under the Victorian Incorporations Act. It is composed of representatives from VicTrack, Heritage Victoria, honorary appointees with recognised expertise in tramway history and preservation, and elected representatives of its volunteer workers.

VicTrack is the government-owned entity that manages the rail-based property and infrastructure owned by the State of Victoria, including many of its historic rail locations and heritage railway/tramway equipment.

All staff at the Melbourne Tram Museum on open days are volunteers.

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Parks & Playgrounds

Ron Barassi Senior Park | Docklands

Ron Barassi Snr Park is a community recreational and sporting facility that features a sports field, community pavilion, playground, barbeque facilities and a walking circuit.
The park is named in recognition of Ronald James Barassi Snr, who played as a rover for the Melbourne Football Club from 1936 to 1940.

 

Royal Park Nature Play Playground | Parkville

Located in the patch of green where the former Children’s Hospital lived, this park is overrun by rocky terraces, slides, swings and climbing ropes, perfect for little monkeys. Bonus: there’s beautiful trees, gullies and grasslands to explore, plus some pretty nice city views.

 

St Kilda Adventure Playground | St Kilda

Hidden away off Neptune Street, this huge playground features a flying fox, trampolines, a wooden maze, giant ship and a castle. There’s a BBQ area so bring a picnic and make a day of it.

 

The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden | Royal Botanic Gardens

Phone: (03) 9252 2429

The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden is the perfect place for kids who love getting their hands dirty in the garden.

There’s lots of fun places to explore including the Ruin Garden, the Meeting Place (which has a water feature that sprays up out of the ground in summer!), a Wetland Area, Bamboo Forest, The Gorge, Plant Tunnel, Kitchen Garden (full of yummy vegetables!) and The Rill (a gentle waterway that runs through the Garden).

 

Fitzroy Adventure Playground | Fitzroy

Created by sculpture artist Benjamin Gilbert, the project was funded by the State Government and various philanthropic donors. In early design stages, Gilbert worked with local children to create the concept of the play structure and show them the skills needed to create the structure.

 

Hays Paddock Park | Kew East

Known for sports and its all-abilities playground, Hays Paddock is also a great setting for picnics. Tables and seating set in bushland are perfect for social gatherings. Hays Paddock has two sportsgrounds and a hall for hire.

The playground is designed to enable all children to play together. The space contains: swings and slides, including a swing with harness, double-width slide, extra wide see-saw, hammocks, spider’s web, a sandpit with sunshade, wheelchair-accessible carousel.

 

Monument Park | Docklands

Monument Park is a sculpture park located on NewQuay Promenade.  The park is an example of a collaborative project between MAB Corporation, artist Callum Morton, McBride Charles Ryan Architects, Oculus Landscape Architects, City of Melbourne and Places Victoria.

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