Econo Lodge City Square
67 Swanston Street
Melbourne, VI 3000
Phone: (61) 3 96547011
Fax: (61) 3 96507107
One of the most relaxing ways to see Melbourne is by cycling along the Main Yarra Trail. The bike path winds along the Yarra River for 35 kilometers, passing the Royal Botanic Gardens, the MCG and Birrarung Marr in the first few kilometers. There are also spectacular views of the city skyline. Watch university rowing clubs training on the river before pedaling back to Southbank for an ice-cream. Hire A Bike rents bikes by the hour from the start of the trail. Baby seats, children's bikes and trailers are also available, so bubs and littlies can join the ride.
Nowhere in Melbourne Victoria (or even Australia) can you find a Mini-Golf course like this one at Docklands, Melbourne. Let's just say that ordinary Mini golf doesn't offer what this place can. It is indoors and has air-conditioning so that people can play year-round. Many ages from places near and far Australia can play, so there is no reason not to come check this place out. Be sure to call ahead for group packages available, which is perfect for any group or birthday event.
Located at Federation Square is a designed center specially constructed for children to learn and have fun. At this place you can expect to have some family fun with your kids and get creative by designing and painting. There are professional artists here to help you with your paintings and artistic endeavors. There is also a park and playground with slides, swings, hammocks and sand-pits for more enthusiastic children. Need to catch your breath? Head to the kiosk for coffee and snacks. This center organizes workshops regularly and is also booked by schools for cultural events.
The Parliament House of Victoria has remained incomplete throughout several decades. This piece of history lacks a dome, northern wing superstructure and a south-eastern basement envisaged in the original design. Nevertheless, it is a significant piece of mid-19th century civic architecture and an important establishment for modern political debate and decision-making. It is also a symbol of parliamentary democracy. Building commenced in 1855. Evidence of the Victorian Gold Rush of that era can be seen in its interior. The elaborate use of gold is a direct result of this important piece of Australian history.
Touted to be the southern hemisphere's largest and most advanced rock climbing center, the Hardrock center is well worth a visit. Climbers seeking one on one instruction are catered for. Harness and shoe hire are available.
Skinners Adventure Playground has evolved as a community project over the past 20 years. Not recommended for children under five, it is very much a do-your-own-thing place. And there is heaps to do, such as climbing, bike riding and trampolining, as well as ponds and creeks to explore. The atmosphere is rather like an overgrown backyard, with new things being added all the time in consultation with the local community. There is also an indoor area with a fireplace and facilities for heating food and drink. This serves as a play area on rainy days.
Picture This Ballooning is a company that operates hot air balloon rides around Melbourne, offering a bird's eye view of the land below. It also offers hot air balloon advertising, balloons with a specific shape for corporates and festivals, and balloon rides for the purpose of aerial film and still photography.
One of the best ways to see the Lake is on the water. Choose the type of conveyance to suit your abilities and energy levels. Best still, sit back and relax in the aqua bike and let your enthusiastic youngster do the hard work! On weekends the Lake hosts water craft of all sizes from radio-controlled model boats to yachts.
Even though you are in Australia, you can still enjoy ice skating, and other similar activities at the Medibank Icehouse. The center offers two Olympic-sized ice skating rinks, high-tech sound and light systems, stadium seating for up to 1000 people, a café/bar, a gym, and more! Whether you are skating for the very first time, or are an skating expert, Medibank Icehouse is sure to be your new favorite fun spot. Every age is welcome to enjoy the rink, but be sure check their website for pricing information, since it changes according to season.
See the world's most livable city from above! Enjoy a one hour, sunrise hot air balloon flight, buffet champagne breakfast at the Hilton on the Park, complimentary transfers to and from your hotel, winery tasting vouchers, in-flight photos and postcards, and white glove service. This unique adventure activity is an active morning outdoors starting before sunrise; so wear warm layered clothing that you don't mind getting dirty, sturdy shoes, warm socks, a cap, and sun glasses. Flights depart dail, and if you book online you will receive a discount. Gift vouchers are also available. This is a very special way to see a very special city.
Melbourne's newest sports and aquatic center is also its best. The MSAC houses state of the art training and recreation facilities for a range of sports from swimming and basketball to table tennis and badminton. Squash and volleyball facilities are also available for hire. It does tend to become quite busy in the pool area, mainly due to the fact there is a competition pool, diving area, wave pool and toddlers pool, definitely something for everyone looking to cool off.
The Albert Park Golf Course forms another leg of what has become a thriving hub of outdoor activities. Putting greens, pitching areas and sand bunkers here can also be used to help knock edges off any rough form. For more details, check website.