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Maria's Guide to Melbourne

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Melbourne has been voted the most liveable city time & time again for a reason! This guide is just my small introduction to it for someone who may be interested in visiting.

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  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Beach Goer

20 Places

2 City Tips

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20 Places

Block Arcade

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Melbourne Museum

Speciality Museums

City Circle Tram

Tramways

The Regent Theatre

Theatres

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria - Melbourne Gardens

Gardens, Parks

Federation Square

Speciality Museums

Yarra River

Bodies of Water

Old Melbourne Gaol

Historic Sites

St. Kilda Beach

Beaches

National Gallery of Victoria

Art Museums

Crown Casino

Casinos

Southbank

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Como

Gardens, Historic Sites

Melbourne Central

Neighbourhoods, Shopping Malls

Lygon Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Shrine of Remembrance

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums, Military Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Eureka Skydeck 88

Observation Decks & Towers

Chapel Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Rippon Lea

Historic Sites, Gardens

Mez_12's City Tips

  • Tips not essential in Melbourne - tip if you think the service was great!
  • To get around the city & surrounds via Public Transport, you will need a "Myki" card (enquire at Train Stations about this).
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    Block Arcade
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Mez_12 Says:

    This arcade would have to be one of the most beautiful arcades I have ever seen. From floor to ceiling, it is a visual feast for the eyes.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a walk-through 16/12/2017
    • Christmas 16/12/2017
    • Block Arcade
    Address:
    282 Collins St
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9654 5244
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$8
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 16:00
    Mon - Fri
    08:00 - 18:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Melbourne Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Mez_12 Says:

    This is a great place to visit on your own or with a family. Set over a vast amount of space opposite the absolutely beautiful Royal Exhibition Buildings, it caters to all ages and all interests. I have so many favourite spaces in this museum (perhaps I am a bit biased as I used to volunteer there many years ago and loved it!!) but I am sure that you will definitely not be disappointed. If you are an architecture love, you will love the contrast between the ultra modern Museum, and old Royal Exhibition Buildings. Enquire on doing a tour of the Buildings while you're at the Museum.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Purchase your tickets on the day. There is undercover parking, and a cloak room for any bulky items that you don't want to carry all day.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must see in Melbourne 14/12/2017
    • An engaging two hours 06/12/2017
    • Melbourne Museum
    Address:
    11 Nicholson Pl
    Carlton
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 8341 7777
    Price range:
    US$14 - US$14
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    City Circle Tram
    Tramways
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    Mez_12 Says:

    This is a must for any visitor to Melbourne! Not only do you get around the Melbourne CBD for free, there is a recording throughout the entire journey providing you with information of numerous buildings and sites around this awesome city.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Catch from any stop that has a red "City Circle Tram" sign.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Convenient 16/12/2017
    • Ideal initial city orientation 16/12/2017
    • City Circle Tram
    Phone:
    +61 1800 800 007
    Other:
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    The Regent Theatre
    Theatres
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    Mez_12 Says:

    If you're visiting Melbourne for a show, and it happens to be at the Regent Theatre, then you are in for a real treat. This theatre is beautiful. Definitely a must see for the art & architecture buffs, and musical theatre lovers.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A special old theatre 26/11/2017
    • Body Guard Musical 06/11/2017
    • The Regent Theatre
    Address:
    191 Collins St
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9299 9500
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria - Melbourne Gardens
    Gardens, Parks
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    Mez_12 Says:

    Beautiful gardens that span over a vast space in Melbourne CBD. Escape the hustle & bustle of the city and wander through these beautiful gardens. Have a coffee at one of the beautiful cafes, take a ride on the lake or simply grab a book and take a seat on the luscious green lawns. During the summer months, there is an Open Air Cinema (search "Moonlight Cinema" on the net for details).

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable walking shoes as this is a very large garden!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • amazing garden 16/12/2017
    • Beautiful Gardens and friendly people 16/12/2017
    • Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria - Melbourne Gardens
    Address:
    Birdwood Ave
    South Yarra
    Melbourne, Victoria 3004
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9252 2300
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Federation Square
    Speciality Museums
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    Mez_12 Says:

    Federation Square is situated in the heart of the CBD, opposite the historic Flinders Street Station. This large space has played host to many events and is constantly filled with locals & tourists. Take a seat and watch sport on the large screen, have a drink or eat at one of many establishments or walk through the building and head to the ACMI centre. For the visitors to Melbourne, head to the Visitor Centre for information on where to go and what to do while you're here.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • OVER RATED 15/12/2017
    • Tourist attraction 10/12/2017
    • Federation Square
    Address:
    Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9655 1900
    Other:
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    Yarra River
    Bodies of Water
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    Mez_12 Says:

    The Yarra River runs through the heart of Melbourne and beyond. Take a walk along Southbank / Southgate or enquire on one of the numerous river cruises. Definitely a must see / do while in Melbourne.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • filthy 15/12/2017
    • Lifeblood of a city that runs brown 12/12/2017
    • Yarra River
    Address:
    Southbank Promenade
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 1300 365 975
    Other:
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    Old Melbourne Gaol
    Historic Sites
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    Mez_12 Says:

    If you love a good ghost story, and are not afraid of the dark or a certain level of unease, then you absolutely must visit the Old Melbourne Gaol. See where Ned Kelly was hung, and hear lots of prisoner stories. I have experienced being closed in a cell for a few minutes in absolute darkness and let's just say, you're happy when the tour guide opens up that door and lets you out!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes as there is quite a bit of walking around.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • brilliant informative experience 16/12/2017
    • Better than I imagined 14/12/2017
    • Old Melbourne Gaol
    Address:
    377 Russell St
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9656 9889
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 17:00
    Other:
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    St. Kilda Beach
    Beaches
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    Mez_12 Says:

    You cannot visit Melbourne & not visit St Kilda Beach. It would be like going to Sydney and not seeing Bondi Beach. This is definitely the place to head in summer for drinks by the beach. Although for me it's not the ideal beach for swimming (I prefer heading down the Mornington Peninsula), it is a great place to take a seat and watch the world go by. For those that prefer to get active, there is plenty of room to rollerblade, skate or ride a bike down here with the shared lanes. Take a walk down the pier - great photo ops of St Kilda and the city from there.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 38 things to do in St Kilda
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So so 16/12/2017
    • The buzz is electric 16/12/2017
    • St. Kilda Beach
    Address:
    Jacka Boulevard
    West St Kilda
    St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182
    Australia
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    National Gallery of Victoria
    Art Museums
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    Mez_12 Says:

    The NGV is a great way to spend the afternoon. Free to enter (certain exhibitions are paid entry - enquire at information booth), it really does cater to all art tastes. I am a fan of the Renaissance Period and this is my favourite part of the Gallery but there is plenty more to see and do. And as a visitor, you have to see the Wall of Water at the entry. This is a very popular photo spot!

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great new exhibit 16/12/2017
    • Incredible! 16/12/2017
    • National Gallery of Victoria
    Address:
    180 St Kilda Rd
    Melbourne, Victoria 8004
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 8620 2222
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Crown Casino
    Casinos
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    Mez_12 Says:

    You cannot come to Melbourne and not visit Crown Casino at least once! It caters to absolutely everyone. You can stay at one of the luxurious hotels, watch a movie, eat or have a drink, try your hand on one of the tables or have a play on one of their thousands of pokie machines. If you're up for a night out, head to Level 3 or Club 23 for the nightclubs. There are plenty of bars around to have a drink at (one of my faves is Lumia on a Saturday night). And for those who would like to do some shopping, then Crown Casino is for you too!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • over rated 15/12/2017
    • Anniversary week visit 07/12/2017
    • Crown Casino
    Address:
    Crown Entertainment Complex 8 Whiteman St
    Southbank
    Melbourne, Victoria 3006
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9292 8888
    Other:
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    Southbank
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Mez_12 Says:

    Southbank is a lovely place to take a stroll. Situated alongside the Yarra River, there are numerous spots to stop and take a photo or even just have a sit down for some people watching. The Southgate complex comprises of numerous stores and restaurants so it's a great place to head for some food or drinks both day & night. There is also a large underground parking with direct access to the complex.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • over rated 15/12/2017
    • Good to Eat 13/12/2017
    • Southbank
    Address:
    Southbank Promenade
    Melbourne, Victoria
    Australia
    Other:
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    Como
    Gardens, Historic Sites
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    Mez_12 Says:

    Como House is absolutely beautiful. Nestled amongst the beautiful garden, this is a must see for the history & architecture buffs. Take a tour and discover its history. Great to do in all seasons.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #125 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    • Great house and gardens and fab coffee shop! 28/08/2017
    • You'll be surprised to find such a tranquil spot in the middle of a major city. 09/08/2017
    • Como
    Address:
    Corner Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave
    Melbourne, Victoria 3141
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9827 2500
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Melbourne Central
    Neighbourhoods, Shopping Malls
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    Mez_12 Says:

    If you love shopping, then you absolutely HAVE to visit Melbourne Central! 3 levels of shopping, with a walkway to the new Myer Emporium (also a must see), you will definitely not walk away empty handed. And for those that aren't a shopper at heart, that's ok because there is still plenty to see and do. Take a visit and have a look at the historic Shot Tower (photo opportunity) or head upstairs to the Games Arcade or go watch a movie. Definitely won't be short of things to do in Melbourne Central.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable shoes and this is one big complex!
    • Easy to get to. Get off at "Melbourne Central" train station stop.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Melbourne mall at the heart of the city 13/12/2017
    • Heart of town. Parking is exorbitent 12/12/2017
    • Melbourne Central
    Phone:
    +61 3 9922 1100
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 - 18:00
    Fri
    10:00 - 21:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Lygon Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Mez_12 Says:

    The "Little Italy" of Melbourne! Lygon Street is abuzz with restaurants and stores. Take a stroll down during the day or night, and have some authentic Italian food or dessert (lots of cakes and gelato on offer) or take a seat at the Piazza if you want to have a break. Within walking distance of numerous places such as Melbourne Museum, Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be prepared for the spruikers standing outside every restaurant. They will approach you with various offers so be prepared as this can be both a fun and/or frustrating experience.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Italian food 15/12/2017
    • Loads of Great Restaurants 10/12/2017
    • Lygon Street
    Address:
    Lygon Street
    Melbourne, Victoria 3053
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 412 581 982
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 23:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 22:00
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    Shrine of Remembrance
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums, Military Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Mez_12 Says:

    The Shrine of Remembrance is a must see landmark of Melbourne. Situated on St Kilda Road within walking distance (around 10-15 mins) of Federation Square / Flinders St Station), this is a place that young and old should visit. Head downstairs to see museum, and the wall of medals or head to the top and stand on the balcony for a brilliant view of the gardens and city.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very moving 16/12/2017
    • Time to reflect 16/12/2017
    • Shrine of Remembrance
    Address:
    St. Kilda Road
    Melbourne, Victoria 3001
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9661 8100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Eureka Skydeck 88
    Observation Decks & Towers
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    Mez_12 Says:

    What would a visit to a city be if you haven't seen it from the highest vantage point! Located just off the Southbank Promenade, this is a must for all tourists and locals alike. Head up during the day for a view of Melbourne and beyond - out to Port Phillip Bay or over to the Dandenong Ranges, the view really is spectacular. For those that love seeing the night lights, head up and watch the sunset and stay to see Melbourne City come alive. And for those who are not afraid of heights, pay a bit extra and experience the Ëdge". I have done this and loved it but it is definitely not for the faint hearted!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent views on a clear day 16/12/2017
    • Awsome view of modern world 15/12/2017
    • Eureka Skydeck 88
    Address:
    7 Riverside Qy
    Southbank
    Melbourne, Victoria 3006
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9693 8888
    Price range:
    US$11 - US$11
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Chapel Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Mez_12 Says:

    Chapel Street has always been a Melbourne favourite for shoppers. Hosting a numerous array of boutique, commercial and eclectic stores, you definitely won't have a problem finding what you're looking for. Plenty of on-road and paid parking available, it is a great place to head for a shop, a bite to eat or for a drink with friends.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #77 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The best street in Melbourne ! 21/11/2017
    • Yup. It's shops...... 12/11/2017
    • Chapel Street
    Phone:
    +61 3 9529 6331
    Other:
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    Rippon Lea
    Historic Sites, Gardens
    See more photos
    Mez_12 Says:

    This would have to be my favourite building in Melbourne. I have visited countless times and never tire of it. Absolutely stunning building, nestled amongst beautiful gardens, I would recommend visiting this place during your stay.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Elsternwick
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful old estate 15/12/2017
    • Beautiful house and garden and interesting tour 09/12/2017
    • Rippon Lea
    Address:
    192 Hotham St
    Elsternwick, Glen Eira, Victoria 3185
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9523 6095
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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