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Zoos Victoria comprises the Werribee Open Range Zoo, Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary. Melbourne Zoo is Australia’s oldest zoo that prides itself on a large and varied representation of the world’s animal species within a series of habitat zones. The Melbourne Zoo is set in 55 acres of botanic garden settings just 4km from the centre of Melbourne. Participate in an educational discovery program and enjoy a picnic amongst the stirring sounds of the animals. Take the 55 tram from William Street. If a day trip is in order take a journey out to Healesville Sanctuary, Australia’s premier wildlife park at the foot of the Yarra Ranges or experience the plains of Africa on a safari at the Werribee Open Range Zoo. For more information visit www.zoo.org.au.

Scienceworks and Melbourne Planetarium is an active and educational day out for both the young and young at heart. Set in the historic Spotswood Pumping Station, Scienceworks incorporates hands on exhibits, live demonstrations, tours, activities and live shows that educate, stimulate and inspire. The mysteries of science are illustrated in a fun and interactive environment. The Lightning Room and the Melbourne Planetarium are a must as dazzling special effects and shows are informative and entertaining. Sportworks is also featured at Scienceworks where you can discover your body’s talents through ‘body in’ experiences, be a wheelchair athlete, an AFL footballer or an extreme skateboarder. Take the trip across the Westgate Bridge and experience this exceptional museum. For more information visit www.scienceworks.museum.vic.gov.auwww.scienceworks.museum.vic.gov.au

Visiting the Melbourne Museum is an action packed event. Located within the Carlton Gardens next to the historic Royal Exhibition Building, this innovative and award winning example of architecture contains an enormous range touring and permanent exhibitions, lively performances, events and educational programs for everyone. The famous Phar Lap resides here, as does a curious collection of dinosaur bones, birds and creepy crawlies. Diversity is apparent as you can stroll through a rain forest and walk onto the Neighbours TV set all in one day. Visit to Bunjilaka and experience the cultural heritage of Australia’s indigenous people. Cafes, gift shop, IMAX theatre and undercover parking are just some of the other features of this most exceptional day trip. Take the 96 East Brunswick tram or 86 RMIT Bundoora tram from Swanston Street from Bourke Street.

The Melbourne Aquarium is situated on the banks of the Yarra River just opposite the Southbank Precinct. Witness an underwater zoo and be informed about the world’s astonishing aquatic life and ecosystems. You can participate in a group tour or an educational program offered throughout the week featuring expert guides and touring exhibitions. See diving with the sharks and speak with the diver about this unique experience. During your visit relax and have a bite to eat on the deck overlooking the river and life of city. The Melbourne Aquarium is an exclusive and interactive experience. So central to Melbourne you can explore the surrounding sites, maybe pop across the road to the Immigration Museum afterwards. Take the city circle tram or the 48 New Quay Docklands tram from Flinders Street.

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