The Australian Club is a social club that is by invitation only. It is located at 110 William Street in the city. Your best chance at entry may be to enter with a member, and be spoiled by the luxurious surroundings, fine cuisine and outstanding service.
The water between Bolte Bridge and the bridge at Gipps Street in Collingwood are prohibited to swimmers, expect for designated events with a permit. Unless you are part of Moomba, on the long weekend in March, swimming is off limits.
Hampton High School was on Ludstone Street, but was closed in 1988. The site is now filled with upmarket townhouses. Parents can breathe a sigh of relief as the area is home to several high quality public and private schools still.
There is a gothic building at 91 Swanston Street that was constructed in 1932. A great way to see the rooftop terrace, the boardroom, and the rooftop entertainment area is to get on the list for Melbourne Open House.
There is a substation underground between Little Collins Street and Bourke Street, built in 1929. There is a DC room, switch rooms and transformers. Unless you are a specialised electrician this is likely to be off limits. However, this building is also open during the Melbourne Open House weekend held annually.
This monthly event is for a small group of people selected by ballot. Venues switch between cellars, private homes, and other creative locations. Expect 4-course meals with wines, and bring plenty of cash.
Secret Dining Society. Credits: Secret Dining Society Facebook Page.
Flinders St Station Ballroom, Federation Square Labyrinth, Supreme Court Library, Parliament House Library, Exhibition Building Dome balcony and tunnels, inside the dome of 333 Collin St, Verdun Apartments in the Gothic Bank, Peter Jansen's pad in Highlander Lane, Rooftop bee hives on the Rialto Hotel Buliding, City of Melbourne Archives are a few more.
The Australia Club, big deal, I worked there in catering and seriously, you're not missing anything. Those "lovely educated ladies and gentlemen" finished the evening drunk as skunks and the women adorned with pearls exhibited some of the most revolting, uncouth behaviour I've ever seen. It's just that this is where they go to carry on like that - all behind closed doors.