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Melbourne Day 2009

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As Melbourne turns 174 on August 30 this year, get ready to soak yourself in the festivities that follow. It was this day in 1835 when the first European colonists touched the north bank of the Yarra River aboard 'Enterprize'. At 10 am join Lord Mayor Robert Doyle at the official flag raising ceremony and earn a chance to meet the 2009 Melburnian of the year and the Melbourne Football Club players at Enterprize Park, corner William and Flinders streets.

Take a free guided tour of the historic schooner, Enterprize, which will be open to the public at Waterfront City Marina, Berth No. CO3, Docklands. Take a sneak peek into Melbourne's famous tall ship and what life was like aboard the city's founding ship. The Open Day tour is available from 9am to 5pm. For details call (03) 9397 3477 or check online.

As part of the celebrations, the Melbourne Football Club is giving away 50 family passes (two adults and two children) to the game against St Kilda in Round 22 at the MCG. To enter, simply answer this: what is your favourite place in Melbourne and why? Passes include free admission to the National Sports Museum. For details click here.

Join a free guided tour at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia to explore the rich history of our amazing city through visual arts. On display will be works of celebrated artists like Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Frederick McCubbin. For more information call (03) 8662 1555.

You can even avail certain special offers and enjoy discounted entry by simply presenting a voucher on Sunday, August 30 at the following attractions:

Eureka Skydeck 88 –Purchase one full price ticket and receive the second to same or lesser value free. Cost: adult $16.50, child $9, conc. $11, family $39. Where: 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank. Inquiries: (03) 9693 8888 or check online.

Melbourne Golden Mile Guided Walk - Purchase one full price ticket and receive the second to same or lesser value free. Cost: adult $20, child $10, conc. $15, family $50. Where: Tours depart from the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square, corner of Flinders and Swanson Streets. Inquiries: (03) 9928 0000 or 1300 780 045 or check online.

City Museum at Old Treasury Melbourne - Purchase one full price ticket and receive the second to same or lesser value free. Cost: adult $8.50, student/conc. $5, family $18, children under seven free. Where: Old Treasury Building, Spring Street. Inquiries: (03) 9651 2233 or check online.

Queen Victoria Market: Melbourne Day Market Tour - Receive 50 per cent off entry price. Cost: adult $30, child $17. Where: Electrolux Cooking School, 69 Victoria Street. Inquiries: (03) 9320 5822 (bookings essential) or check online.

Melbourne 360: Melbourne Observation Deck at Rialto - Receive 50 per cent off entry price. Cost: adult $15.50, child $8.50, conc. $10.50, family $39.50. Where: 525 Collins Street. Inquiries: (03) 9629 8222 or check online.

Hellenic Museum – Cost: free entry on Melbourne Day. Where: 280 William Street. Inquiries: (03) 8615 9016 or check online.

Old Melbourne Gaol - Purchase one full price ticket and receive the second to same or lesser value free. Cost: adult $20, child $11, conc. $16, family $49. Where: Russell Street (between La Trobe and Victoria streets). Inquiries: (03) 8663 7228 or check online.

Chinese Museum: Bridge of Memories Exhibition - Purchase one full price ticket and receive the second to the same or lesser value free. Cost: adult $7.50, child $5.50, conc. $5.50, family $20.50. Where: 22 Cohen Place. Inquiries: (03) 9662 2888 or check online.

Melbourne City Cruises - Purchase one full price ticket and receive the second to same or lesser value free. Cost: adult: $23, child $11, conc. $18, family: $50. Where: Berth 5, Lower Promenade, Southgate. Inquiries: (03) 9654 9588 or check online.

Cooks’ Cottage, Melbourne’s oldest landmark, will feature free guided tours, 18th century games and fun activities. Purchase one full price ticket and receive the second to same or lesser value free. Cost: adult $4.50, child $2.20, conc. $2.70, family $12. Where: Fitzroy Gardens, Wellington Parade, East Melbourne. Inquiries: (03) 9419 4677 or check online.

Australian Racing Museum - showcases the heritage of horse racing and celebrates its significance in Australian culture. Purchase one full price ticket and receive the second to same or lesser value free. Cost: adult $9, child under 12 free, conc. $5. Where: Yarra Building, Federation Square. Inquiries: (03) 9258 4821 or check online.

Australian Centre for the Moving Image - celebrating its 40th anniversary, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a rollicking adventure following a nutty inventor and his magical flying car. Screening as part of ACMI’s Kids’ Flicks program on Sunday, 30 August at 1pm. Purchase one full price ticket (usually $5) for Kids’ Flicks and receive the second to same or lesser value free. Where: ACMI Cinemas, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square. Inquiries: (03) 8663 2200 or check online.

Melbourne Aquarium - Purchase one full price ticket and receive the second to same or lesser value free. Cost: adult $31.50, child $18, conc. $19.50. Where: Corner of King and Flinders streets. Inquiries: (03) 9923 5999 or check online.

Melbourne City Baths - One free swim upon presentation of voucher. Where: 420 Swanston Street. Inquiries: (03) 9663 5888 or check online.

Check the detailed list of Melbourne Day 2009 events and activities or you can download the pdf.
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Why? Because Melbourne's turning 174.
When: August 30, 2009
Where: Melbourne
Cost: Varies upon what you choose to do.
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