If you find yourself somewhat of a history buff, then the following activities are worthy of your consideration. One of these recommendations is an annual event; so you only get a change to do the first recommendation once a year.
1. Melbourne Open House 2012
If you want to learn and discover the magic behind over 100 of Melbourne's buildings and architecture; then this event called the Melbourne Open House conducted on the weekend of the 28th and 29th of July 2012, between 10am-4pm is for you. Make a day out of it, and remember your best walking shoes. Popular locations such as the Melbourne City Baths attract the crowds, so a bit of patience is also expected. It is also great to catch a birds eye view and a magical tour of Melbourne Town Hall.
2. Melbourne's True Secrets Past Tour
This can be done anytime, and remember to ensure your phone is fully charged up for maps and an audio tour at your own pace to benefit from the True Secrets Melbourne tour. Great commentary and intriguing entertainment from the cup day police strike back in 1923, where any able bodied person could become a police constable at Bourke Street Mall (the Government at the time intervened and brought in Soldiers as reserves to protect crown property at the time), to a boy at the Tower at Melbourne Town Hall who almost killed John Lennon when the Beatles were on tour in 1964 (in tandem with what exactly went on at one of Melbourne's most successful nightclubs (The Tasty Nightclub) in 1994 before it was shut down for good).
The tour begins at 32 Bourke Street; right near Madame Brussels and covers the following elements of Melbourne's (strange and totally unexpected) events:
Disappearance of the Parliamentary Mace
The Suspicious Origins of Dim Sim
Cup Day Police Strike
Boy in the Tower
Gargoyles Know Secrets
Last Minutes of one.tel
Tasty Nightclub Raid
Quite informative and entertaining. Locals and visitors to Melbourne alike will learn some interesting true secrets based on rumours held around any of these secrets at the time of these events occurring, as opposed to mere hard facts. This element can create interesting conversations after having done the tour; hence an opportunity to participate in this activity.
Right near the botanical gardens, this mecca called The Shrine of Remembrance provides commentary and exhibitions on those Victorians who risked their lives serving for us in the major world wars. A great opportunity to also pay your respects to them.