10 Things to Do in Balwyn That You Shouldn't Miss

August 19, 2017 Matilde Konrad

Discover the best top things to do in Balwyn, Australia including Palace Cinema Balwyn, Xcapade Escape Rooms, City Circle Tram, Bounce Inc Trampoline Park Glen Iris, Maling Road, Sea Kayak Australia, Heide Museum of Modern Art, EscapeXperience, Westfield Doncaster, Maranoa Gardens.
Restaurants in Balwyn

1. Palace Cinema Balwyn

231 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn, Boroondara, Victoria 3103, Australia +61 3 9817 1277
Excellent
48%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 66 reviews

Palace Cinema Balwyn

Reviewed By nilintentum_reliquit - Melbourne, Australia

The building dates back to 1930s has been restored to former glory. Modern comfortable seats with state of the art sound system. A refreshing change from the main street offerings. Cafe and bar available. Thanks for the vote if you found this review helpful.

2. Xcapade Escape Rooms

15A Railway Pl, Fairfield, Yarra, Victoria 3078, Australia +61 3 9410 9870
Excellent
95%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 104 reviews

Xcapade Escape Rooms

Escape Rooms are an exciting & challenging real life experience that enable small groups of people to use clues within and sometimes beyond the room to solve puzzles that allow them to escape the room.

Reviewed By afamlonga - Melbourne, Australia

We had such a great time trying to decipher the riddles and clues. The clues themselves were very well thought out, and I am surprised we actually cracked all of them, as they were so clever! Great thing to do with a family, an hour...MoreHi Afamlonga, Thanks for taking time and reviewed us!! We glad to hear you all had an amazing time in our escape room and we hope to see you again soon. Nick and Benson

3. City Circle Tram

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia +61 1800 800 007
Excellent
59%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

City Circle Tram

The City Circle Tram is a free and convenient way to see the sights of central Melbourne and the Docklands while experiencing a ride on one of the city's much loved heritage trams.An audio commentary provides details of city landmarks and major attractions such as the City Museum, Parliament House, Docklands, Federation Square, Melbourne Aquarium and the Princess Theatre.The City Circle Tram also links with other tram, train and bus routes around Melbourne.To catch the City Circle Tram, simply wait at any tram stop along the City Circle Tram route. These tram stops are specially marked with a City Circle sign.Trams operate in both directions every 12 minutes between 10am and 6pm from Sunday to Wednesday and between 10am and 9pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.City Circle Trams do not run on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Reviewed By JFTasmania - Melbourne, Australia

Nice that the city it's on free trams, especially in a time when people are lining up for your money - for example try parking in the city!
There are a few reasonable parking buildings that will not fleece you, then you can ride the tram around to where you wanna go for free.
Also there's the nostalgic side. These are old well restored trams, a bit rickity and noisy, not exactly my style, but I can see lots of people appreciate such things, so has to almost be a must if your coming to admire the Victorian era of the city.

4. Bounce Inc Trampoline Park Glen Iris

2 Weir Street, Glen Iris, Stonnington, Victoria 3146, Australia +61 1300 000 540
Excellent
72%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 160 reviews

Bounce Inc Trampoline Park Glen Iris

BOUNCE is a world where the wall becomes the floor, a slam-dunk is within your grasp and the rules of gravity no longer apply. It's packed with lots of things to do with kids and the family. BOUNCE takes the rush of getting airborne and adds a bunch of new dimensions - from aerial manoeuvres to slam dunking, wall running and dodgeball warfare. The best part is it doesn't matter if you're under 5 or an action sports junkie in training - you're never too old or too young to have an awesome time. With more than 100 interconnected trampolines housed within huge, colourful spaces at a growing number of locations around Australia, BOUNCE is a spring-loaded urban playground with a wide range of things to do with kids; where hard surfaces are replaced with circus-grade sponge, giant air bags and Springs. The rush of BOUNCE is infectious. Look around and everyone's buzzing, whether they're running up The Wall, launching into the Big Bag or loosening up in the Free Jump arena. It can be as easy or as challenging as you like - a training ground for aerial sports acrobatics, a place to kick back and look out over the action, or just a hard-core form of exercise that lets you burn energy without noticing you're in the middle of a cardio workout. And our friendly staff are always there to offer safety tips and show you a few moves along the way.

Reviewed By Stefani T

The staffs are excellent. They are friendly and helpful. There was some confusion but rectified quickly. Our host, Liam and his friend, Mr Banana, were superb with the kids. They were fun and engaging, they were very aware of the surrounding and was always prioritising safety without being like "helicopter parents". The facilities were great but ultimately, the staffs won us over. We did wish that we were better informed about the structures of the party as some parents of our guests were requesting jumping access so they can be near the kids. We bought 8 extra but most were wasted because the parents who requested them didn't really require the access.

5. Maling Road

Maling Road, Canterbury, Boroondara, Victoria 3126, Australia
Excellent
31%
Good
69%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Maling Road

Maling Road is a colourful, contemporary village offering a selection of quality homeware, gifts, beauty, fashion, cafes, fresh food and eateries that create the unique Maling Road experience. Stroll through enticing walkways and get immediately caught up in the eclectic atmosphere. Stylish street shopping at its best, Maling Road is one of Melbourne’s best shopping areas. A sought after location by film crews for local and international films, Maling Road comprises of approximately 70 retail and service businesses. Browse a shopping village that still upholds a sense of care and standard and experience traders offering a traditional combination of personalised service, quality and presentation. Uncover stores that supply the unique and the everyday and be greeted by business owners who understand you are a customer, not a consumer. Shop where owners will get to know you by name. Maling Road – where everyone’s a local.

Reviewed By DrSwazza - Melbourne, Australia

Beautiful historic precinct in Canterbury with charming retail neighbourhood and plenty of great places to eat. Really good for families. Very little open in the evening. It’d be wonderful if there was a bit of night life. Train station is very convenient.

6. Sea Kayak Australia

12 Turner St, Abbotsford, Yarra, Victoria 3067, Australia
Excellent
89%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 106 reviews

Sea Kayak Australia

Sea Kayak Melbourne's Port Phillip and Westernport Bays. Sea Kayak Tours start from $78, with all equipment provided. The sea kayak tours are all professionally guided and we cater for beginners to advanced (no experience necessary). Choose how long you want to sea kayak for (half day, full day or multi day) and what type of adventure fits your needs. Come along as an individual or as a group. Book online and join our advertised sea kayak tour dates. Popular tours are Melbourne City Twilight Kayak Tour, Williamstown Sea Kayak Tour, Point Nepean Dolphin Sanctuary Sea Kayak Tour & Corner Inlet Wilsons Promontory Sea Kayak Tour. Enjoy a day in the sun sea kayaking Melbourne’s Port Phillip and Westernport Bays and Victoria's Wilsons Promontory! Why not hire a kayak for your own self guided tour and paddle down the Yarra River towards the City of Melbourne (we are located 300m from the water in Abbotsford)? The scenery is beautiful and you would hardly think Melbourne could look like this.

Reviewed By Johannah G

We had a wonderful 3 day experience with Sea Kayak Australia, exploring beautiful Wilson's Prom. They were extremely helpful, knowledgeable and professional right from the beginning of our booking until the end of our trip. It was an unbelievable experience and couldn't recommend them highly...MoreI am glad you had a good time. Dane is great value and the scenery at the north end of the prom is remote and beautiful. Please come again on another sea kayak tour.

7. Heide Museum of Modern Art

7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen, Manningham, Victoria 3105, Australia +61 3 9850 1500
Excellent
54%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 160 reviews

Heide Museum of Modern Art

Reviewed By Traveller88Melbourne - Melbourne

Donated to the State in early 80s by the free loving, partner swapping, bohemian well heeled couple John & Sunday Reed - this museum of Modern art is avant garde, modernist, experimental..etc..etc. So if you are are a classicist- don't come here! Entry into outdoor sprawling park with sculptures is free but fee into the various buildings incl the Reeds' Homestead where artworks are displayed is steep for a state owned Museum. Check website for prices, times & once you print/purchase the ticket - keep it to show Museum staff as you enter the separate buildings esp. the Homestead located near main entrance.
Current exhibition - Sidney "Nolan at the Newsagent" is juvenile smears of paint on various medium that the penurious artist had to make do before he became the renowned painter of Bushranger Ned Kelley. Err..r- if you are into this type of thing. Have seen Ned Kelley series at Canberra Nat gallery - not my cuppa either. School kids do a great job replicating this I reckon!
I got my money's worth mesmerised by Albert Tucker's "Australian Stories". Loved the open plan style of Heide II & the various mediums of artwork displayed here. Jenny Watson's "fabric of fantasy" ..er..rr... art especially modern art is definitely in the eye of the beholder!! You will need at least 3 hours to take it in - both indoor exhibits & the outdoor areas - a lot to cover. The grounds slope down towards meandering murky Yarra river at the back, with a steep gully near the Homestead & nice views.
My first visit here by 903 bus from Chadstone Shopping Centre - 1 hr ride one way getting on about 9.30 am, just for the fun of it! Concession card holders get a free ride on Sunday (pardon the pun).
Park has interesting sculptures scattered around. The corrugated iron cows grazing in the "meadow" will fool you for the real thing, great place for a walk if you have the time - bring a picnic & enjoy the day out. Wheelchair & pram friendly. Various Gardens & winding paths but undercover shelters are limited - no Bbq. Extensive free parking - there are more parking areas further along Banksia Park. Had hot choc at the Cafe - bit watery but friendly service. Yup - will come again & spend more time exploring the park.

38 - 40 Eaton Mall | Level 1, Oakleigh, Victoria 3166, Australia +61 3 9912 8162
Excellent
95%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
1%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 222 reviews

EscapeXperience

Are you ready to be transported to another time and place where you will have to think outside the box and work as a team to escape? EscapeXperience does exactly that ... on every level. Grab your friends, challenge your workmates or bond with family and take on one of our unique escape rooms. We are located at the Eaton Mall in Oakleigh in Melbourne's south east.

Reviewed By GrindMyBeans - Melbourne, Australia

A great way to have fun with staff and work as a team. It makes you think, laugh and bond. Highly recommended

9. Westfield Doncaster

619 Doncaster Rd | Cnr Williamsons Rd, Doncaster, Manningham, Victoria 3108, Australia +61 3 9848 1699
Excellent
38%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
7%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 149 reviews

Westfield Doncaster

Reviewed By Nick K

I like westfield Doncaster. I feel less ferals here compared to other shoplinh centers such as northland
The quality of cafes/restaraunts is very good compared to most shopping centers.
Nice shops here too.
And most if all i love the views

10. Maranoa Gardens

Yarrbat Avenue, Balwyn, Boroondara, Victoria 3103, Australia
Excellent
64%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 25 reviews

Maranoa Gardens

Reviewed By Wombateous - Melbourne, Australia

a great local park with room for riding bikes, a playground, a tower to climb, barbeque area and a fenced off area to walk the dogs. Plenty of interesting plants to look at and some great cafes a short drive, or walk, away. Great on a warm afternoon

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