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10 Places You Can't Go in Melbourne

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by Geoff Edlund (subscribe)
Always on the hunt for creative, fun, and interesting places, events, and experiences.
Published May 4th 2013
10 Places You Can't Go in Melbourne

Crown Club 23
Crown Club 23. Credits:

Sometimes, there are great places in a city that are banned, restricted, hidden, lost, mythical, or simply don't want your kind of folk. Here's the Top 10.

Here's why you can't go to these places in Melbourne

You're not influential enough

1. The Australian Club

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 Australian Club
The Australian Club. Credits:

You're not rich enough

2. Club 23 at Crown Towers

Australia's most exclusive nightclub may just be Club 23 in Crown Towers. A cocktail was sold here earlier this year for $12,500. After a big night, you can retire to your
1000 square metre villa for $27,500.

Crown Club 23
Crown Club 23. Credits:

You're not crazy enough

3. Swimming in the Lower Yarra

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.

4. Westgate Bridge on a Bicycle

Cyclists are prohibited from using the bridge. Exceptions are made for charity events like MS Summer Cycle and Around the Bay in a Day.

Westgate Bicycle Punt
Westgate Bicycle Punt. Credits: Peter Parker

You don't have a time machine

5. Studley Park Bridge

The bridge that was used to cross the Yarra River at Abbotsford costs a penny, but was demolished in 1899.

Studley Park Bridge
Studley Park Bridge clogged with debris. Credits: La Trobe Library.

6. Hampton High School

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.

You don't have the keys

7. Manchester Unity Building Rooftop Terrace

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.

Manchester Unity Building
Manchester Unity Building. Credits: John Gollings

8. Russell Street Substation

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.

You're not special enough

9. Secrety Dining Society

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
Secret Dining Society. Credits: Secret Dining Society Facebook Page.

10. Mensa in Melbourne

Mensa is the high IQ society. To qualify for membership to Mensa, you'll need an IQ score that is in the top 2 per cent of the Australian population. Give it a go, you never know.
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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.
by Jerome (score: 2|111) 2705 days ago
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.
by Daywalker (score: 1|45) 2704 days ago
Awesome article; what a great idea.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8040) 1736 days ago
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