Top 5 tourist attractions in Victoria

With cities like Melbourne and easy access to the still­untamed Tasmania, it is easy to see why tourists flock to this southern Australian province. Here are five of the top destinations to visit while you a re in Victoria.

Melbourne Museum

One mainstream attraction is the Melbourne Museum the largest museum in the southern hemisphere. First opened in March 1854, this museum is located in the Carlton Gardens, and is next to the Royal Exhibition Building. If time allows, they a re both worth a visit as well. For now, enter the museum to take in a number of dinosaur skeletons. Whether you a re old or young, these towering skeletons complement the skeleton of a Pygmy Blue Whale and the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, among many other attractions.

August 2015 the museum is hosting a National Science Week for schools. Students will be able to meet directly with scientists representing astronomy, palaeontology, mammalogy, ornithology, herpetology, entomology, and marine biology. Bendigo Coachlines offers special rates for student excursions. Please contact one of our representatives today at 03 5446 7018 to make a reservation.

Speaking of animals, the Werribee Open Range Zoo is a fascinating opportunity to get close to your favourites. The zoo, only 30 minutes from Melbourne, features 225 hectares of gorillas, a pride of lions, monkeys, cheetahs, and even a family of hippopotamus! A series of Wild Encounters gives you a behind­the­scenes look at their lives, getting you closer to an animal than you thought possible. The Slumber Safari makes coming back for a second day that much easier, and is a great chance to spend more time with your favorites after seeing them all.

geelong-adventure-parkWinter 2015 has a special exhibit of monkeys. Swing into Werribee Open Range Zoo for the ultimate hands on learning experience for your little monkey. Children can enjoy a special keeper talk daily at 10:45 and learn all about the Vervet Monkeys and how different their personalities are. Activities include monkey dress up, monkey medicine, and monkey stories to read and share.

The activities at the zoo change from time to time and visiting their website directly for the latest activities is advisable. Just a friendly reminder that d kids are free on all Victorian Government holidays, weekends, and public holidays.

While Melbourne has the usual selection of department stores and shopping areas, head to Yarraville Market for handmade Australian crafts you are be proud to display in your own house. The market is held the 2nd weekend of every month from 10am­4pm at the Masonic Hall in Yarraville, and features dozens of boutique shops along with the Sun Theatre. If your timing works out, this is a perfect chance to connect with local craft makers and artisans.

Shoppers will be delighted with the hand made selection of skincare products, knitted and crocheted clothing and housewares, jewellry, hats, photography, aromatherapy products, and children's clothing.

All items at the market are made in Australia or are hand made. There is also face painting available to keep the kids entertained.

Geelong, the second largest city in Victoria has plenty to see. For many, the Adventure Park will be the biggest draw as the largest amusement park in the province. Between the water rides, go­karts, and the speedy Aqua Racer, there is plenty of ways to get the adrenaline flowing. When it is time to slow down, there are 21 hectares worth of land to make a picnic or relax by the lake.

There are a number of kid zones like Bonito’s Bay and Waterplay which is a Caribbean Pirate Adventure. Gold Rush Rapids which is a race 110 metres long, and a tiny tots splashzone.

They have specials for school excursions, birthday parties and groups. Let us know what kind of adventure you are looking to have and we are happy to help you book your day at Adventure Park.

Geelong is also home to the start of the Great Ocean Road. Taking the scenic route has never looked so pretty.

A final destination to take in is Northern Melbourne, an area full of folks who love what is new or edgy. Head towards the Queen Victorian Market to see what is new in the historic landmark, or take in the former North Melbourne Town Hall, now known as Arts House. This is where performers come to play for an off­beat audience. Make room in your schedule for this wonderful province!

The winter night market is every Wednesday from 5­10 pm and you can enjoy fashion, food, bars, music, art, shopping, and so much more. Educational excursions are available for school groups aged 7­12. There are two distinct tours available for the older kids or the younger ones.

Both tours focus on the history of the Queen Victoria Market which has been around since the 1880s, the food as well as the nutrition sold at the Queen Victoria Market, and sustainability.

As a coach company we are hyper aware of the sustainability movement and are proud to offer group transportation which is the most cost effective, environmentally friendly way for groups to travel currently. Book an excursion for groups of 4­400 throughout Victoria. Bendigo Coachlines will assist your group with its itinerary whether a private group, educational group, or corporate. Bendigo has the experience and the vehicles to cater to all your customer transport needs in and around Victoria and Melbourne.

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