What to do and see in Abbotsford, Australia: The Best Places and Tips

February 12, 2018 Velvet Champine

Discover the best top things to do in Abbotsford, Australia including City Circle Tram, Sea Kayak Australia, Xcapade Escape Rooms, Carlton BrewHouse, Collingwood Children's Farm, Abbotsford Convent, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Shrine of Remembrance, The Australian Ballet.
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1. City Circle Tram

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia +61 1800 800 007
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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.

2. Sea Kayak Australia

12 Turner St, Abbotsford, Yarra, Victoria 3067, Australia
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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.

3. Xcapade Escape Rooms

15A Railway Pl, Fairfield, Yarra, Victoria 3078, Australia +61 3 9410 9870
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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

4. Carlton BrewHouse

24 Thompson Street, Abbotsford, Yarra, Victoria 3067, Australia +61 94206800
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4.5 based on 310 reviews

Carlton BrewHouse

Visit the Carlton Brewhouse, located at Australia's largest brewery & home of some of Australia's favourite beers including Carlton Draught & Victoria Bitter. Here you can go on a beer expedition, following the River of Beer through which 150,000 litres of fresh beer flows each day. You'll be guided through 150 years of brewing history & knowledge as you experience the sheer scale of this iconic facility on the banks of the Yarra. Return to the Brewhouse to sample your favourite brewery fresh beers, enjoy a delicious meal, play in the Brewer's Yard or have some fun with our new touch screen TV's. The Carlton & United Brewery, Abbotsford Plant, is a genuine working brewery and production numbers vary week to week, as such, we cannot guarantee that all areas of the plant will be fully operational on the day you visit. Please call for an up-to-date production schedule. Don't have time for a tour? The Carlton BrewHouse Cafe is open Monday-Friday 9am - 4pm & Saturday 11am - 4pm and Sunday 12pm - 4pm, offering great pub meals and the freshest beer in town! Looking for a unique venue? The Carlton Brewhouse is also offered for private hire on weeknights and weekends for social or corporate events and for large group tours.

Reviewed By Gary R - Melbourne, Australia

A great time was had learning all about beer making on a grand scale. Very worthwhile trip and beer tasting at the end of it!! Definitely worth the visit, with good food also. You can even get a tea or coffee!Cheers Gary, we appreciate the review. Come back sometime for a coldie, or tea or coffee! Andrew Brewhouse Manager

5. Collingwood Children's Farm

18 St Heliers St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3067, Australia +61 3 9417 5806
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4 based on 311 reviews

Collingwood Children's Farm

Reviewed By Janelizabeth56 - Nelson, New Zealand

We have visited here twice with our wee granddaughter and have thoroughly enjoyed our time here. The small farm is beautifully set out without being overly formal. The barn experiences (cow milking and brushing, holding Guinea pigs) were lovely especially for the pre--schoolers.We travelled by train from Northcote and then had a small walk to the farm. Hope to come another time to this delightful children's farm.

6. Abbotsford Convent

1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, Yarra, Victoria 3067, Australia +61 3 9415 3600
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4.5 based on 149 reviews

Abbotsford Convent

Just four kilometres from Melbourne's CBD, its 11 historic buildings, Gardens and car park are spread over 6.8 Hectares in a sweeping bend in the Yarra River and are surrounded by the Collingwood Children's Farm and Yarra Bend Park. With a focus on creativity, culture and learning the Convent is now home to over 100 artist studios and offices for small businesses, a radio station, four eateries, an open air cinema, food and craft markets, two galleries, an extensive program of events and venues for rehearsals, Performances, classes, workshops and conferences.

Reviewed By jgls - Victoria

I’d happily go by myself next time for respite! Quiet peaceful pretty. Lentil as Anything ya there., beautiful artworks, amazing architecture and walks around Gardens are great. Bike path well connected, oh so nice! I’m sorry I can’t put in photos but TripAdvisor playing up! Just go!

7. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Birdwood Ave | South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia +61 3 9252 2300
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Visit Melbourne's inner-city oasis. Over 10,000 plant species from around the world are presented in a kaleidoscope of colour and texture. Sweeping lawns, tranquil lakes and majestic trees are home to an amazing range of wildlife.

Reviewed By Adrian_ace - Melbourne, Australia

There is nothing like packing a picnic and heading to the Gardens on a warm Melbourne day. Sitting under a tree or exploring the vast Gardens is such a grounding experience. However one of my favourite things to do is an evening picnic at moonlight cinema. Watching the city scape light up while you enjoy the quiet of the Gardens and good company and good food, then enjoy one of the many movies.
I can think of no better way to emerge yourself in Melbourne culture than to spend time in the Gardens.

8. Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Yarra Park, Jolimont, Melbourne, Victoria 8002, Australia +61 3 9657 8888
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is Australia's largest, oldest and most popular sporting venue. The MCG has hosted plenty of international cricket, including the first-ever Test and the 1992 World Cup final, countless VFL/AFL Grand Finals, the 1956 Olympic Games and 2006 Commonwealth Games. It also hosted the final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Other sporting spectacles include FIFA World Cup soccer qualifiers, rugby league home and away matches and State of Origin and international rugby union clashes. Apart from its sporting events, the MCG has also witnessed many blockbuster music Concerts, and even Pope John Paul II held a mass there when he visited Melbourne in 1986. The MCG has a total capacity of 100,024 people, comprising 95,024 seats and 5000 standing room spaces. The stadium also houses the National Sports Museum, which includes some of the most priceless pieces of memorabilia in Australian sporting history.

Reviewed By groggery1 - London, United Kingdom

A fantastic experience for any sports fan, regardless of your interest or experience in Australian sport. As it happens, I went to the first game of the season with 90,000 others, and this in itself is a very rare experience. Not expensive either, so get there for the opening bounce.

9. Shrine of Remembrance

St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia +61 3 9661 8100
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Shrine of Remembrance

Visit the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne's most iconic landmark, where Victorians have been coming since 1934 to honour the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women in war and peacekeeping. Enter the Shrine and experience the quiet solitude of the Sanctuary where hundreds of thousands pay their respects each year. All visitors are invited to participate in a Remembrance Ceremony featuring the Ray of Light re-enactment. Surrounded by the Shrine Reserve, the Shrine is elevated, overlooking the city of Melbourne within 13 hectares of beautiful parkland. Enjoy stunning views of the Reserve and many of Melbourne's landmarks from the balcony of the Shrine. Explore the monuments and memorials throughout the Reserve, including the Gallipoli Memorial, as well as the many remembrance trees dedicated to Victorian service units from the Boer War onwards. The Eternal Flame on the Second World War Forecourt symbolises eternal life for those who have served. The Ray of Light ceremony is central to the experience of the Shrine of Remembrance. A ray of natural sunlight passes through an aperture in the ceiling of the Sanctuary and falls onto the Stone of Remembrance over the word "love" at precisely 11.00 am on 11 November each year. This is the moment when the armistice was signed in 1918 marking the end of hostilities in the First World War. The ceremony is now reproduced every half hour using electric light to allow all visitors to the Shrine to experience it. The Shrine also has an extensive permanent and temporary exhibition space. The Galleries of Remembrance is a $45 million Victorian Government redevelopment that utilises 1,600 square metres of undercroft space beneath the Shrine. Over 850 objects illustrate the experiences of Australians at war and in peacekeeping operations, from Pre-Federation to the present day, with a particular focus on individual and unit stories of Victorian service and sacrifice. A highlight of the exhibition is the SS Devanha lifeboat, a Gallipoli landing boat on loan from the collection of the Australian War Memorial. The Devanha carried soldiers of the 12th Battalion and the 3rd Field Ambulance into Anzac Cove on the morning of 25 April 1915.

Reviewed By Ian T - Swanage, United Kingdom

Awesome shrine to the war dead of Victoria. Biggest I have seen and very tastefully considered. Views from the shrine are great and the entrance to botanical Gardens is next door. Go pay your respects.

10. The Australian Ballet

2 Kavanagh St | Level 4, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia +61 1300 369 741
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4.5 based on 186 reviews

The Australian Ballet

The Australian Ballet exists to inspire, delight and challenge audiences through the power of its Performances. The Australian Ballet is one of the world's premier ballet companies and has delivered extraordinary Performances for over 50 years. A commitment to artistic excellence, a spirited style and a willingness to take risks have defined the company from its earliest days, both onstage and off. Moving effortlessly between the great classical Ballets and new contemporary commissions, the company has a uniquely Australian style, powered by artistry and athleticism. UPCOMING Ballets MURPHY | Melbourne 16 – 26 MAR | SYDNEY 6 – 23 APR THE MERRY WIDOW | SYDNEY 28 APR – 19 MAY | Canberra 25 – 30 MAY | Melbourne 7 – 16 JUN VERVE | Melbourne 21 – 30 JUN THE SLEEPING BEAUTY | Adelaide 6 - 12 JUL 2018 GISELLE | Melbourne 30 AUG – 8 SEP SPARTACUS | Melbourne 18 – 29 SEP | SYDNEY 9 – 24 NOV CINDERELLA | SYDNEY 30 NOV – 19 DEC

Reviewed By ksquared2014 - Melbourne, Australia

It really doesn't get much better than this! The performance (which celebrates Graeme Murphy's 50 year contribution to the Australian Ballet) starts of with a film clip of Graeme talking (amongst other things), about his passion in finding the artist in performers - that moment...MoreThanks for your review and thoughts on the production and costumes. Happy to hear you enjoyed the introductory short film which will form part of a documentary by Philippe Charluet. Keep your eye out for that one!

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