Melbourne & Suburbs

Events in Melbourne

As well as the specific events, markets, exhibitions and attractions listed below for this particular Sunday, you may also be interested in our general suggestions for 20 Things To Do in Melbourne on a Sunday.

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Melbourne Fashion Week

Melbourne Fashion Week (MFW) kicks off on 1 September with a week-long celebration of the best in Melbourne fashion.

Featuring a huge designer line-up and exciting new additions, MFW 2017 presents over 150 events across the city – including Premium Runways with the country's leading designers, industry workshops, exhibitions, parties, films, music, and free fashion experiences.

Melbourne Town Hall will be a hub of activity throughout the entire week. As well as the Premium and Garage runways, the historic space will feature live music and DJ sets, pop-ups, fashion showcases, a designer market, workshops and the Creative Collective Exhibition.

As part of Melbourne Fashion Week's Opening Night celebrations, MFW teams up with Vogue Australia and Emporium Melbourne for a full night of fashion, shopping and entertainment. Get along to the free Emporium Melbourne Opening Night Runway on Little Bourke Street's open-air runway, then take advantage of exclusive offers at the city's leading retailers as part of Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out (VAEFNO).




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The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon

From South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, it’s The Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards® including Best Musical. 

The Book of Mormon made its world premiere in March 2011 at Broadway's Eugene O'Neil Theater. The London production opened in February 2013 at the Prince of Wales Theatre. The show has set house records at 27 theatres around the US, and broken the house record at New York's Eugene O'Neill Theatre more than 50 times. The London production broke box office records for the highest single day of sales in West End history.

White Hat can thoroughly recommend The Book of Mormon as one of the best and most entertaining musical productions to be seen in Melbourne for quite some time

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Aladdin The Musical

From the producer of The Lion King and Mary Poppins, the well-loved story of Aladdin comes to theatrical life in this new musical comedy.

The New York Times says it’s “Fabulous!” and “Extravagant!” and USA Today calls it “Pure Genie-us!”

With fine choreography, impressive production numbers and arresting visual effects White Hat can recommend this production of Aladdin as a great night in the theatre for people of all ages.

Ticket information and bookings from official site.




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The Bodyguard - The Musical

The Bodyguard is the award-winning musical based on the film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. In the storyline Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker.  Each expects to be in charge – what they don’t expect is to fall in love.

The Bodyguard features the well-known classics including Queen of the Night, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, Greatest Love of All, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and one of the greatest hit songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

Ticket prices and purchases on The Bodyguard official website




Markets in Melbourne

Queen Victoria Market

Victoria's premier market and major tourist attraction with fresh produce and general goods. More information at Queen Victoria Market.

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Rose Street Artists Market

Loosely based on designer markets in London, Berlin and Europe and situated only a short distance from Brunswick Street Fitzroy, this market showcases over 50 cotemporary artists and designers each week. More information >>.

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Sunday Arts @ The Convent

View, discuss and purchase works from painters, jewellers, printmakers, writers, photographers textileartists and other creative individuals.

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Bentleigh Sunday Market

The Bentleigh Sunday Market is run by the Rotary Club of Bentleigh Moorabbin Central. Since 1977, over $1.7 million has been raised to support local charities and Rotary Projects. There are about 150 stalls available, where you will find plants, clothing, cosmetics, jewellery, books, videos, tools, toys, crafts, pre loved goods, and more! Located at the Bentleigh railway station car park, Bent Street, opposite Coles supermarket. Casual and regular Stallholders wanted. Have your garage sale here! Tables and clothing racks available for hire. Enquire at the market or by email to info@bentleighmarket.org.

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Altona Lions Club Market
An outdoor market with 40 stalls in the spacious park next to Cherry Lake with trash & treasure, toys, clothes, preserves, home-grown and home-made goods.

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Brimbank Community Market
Brimbank Community Market.is a privately owned Australian company and aims is to develop the site in Ardeer into an iconic attraction, a valuable addition to the western suburbs. It is more than a traditional weekend market. The stalls are an attraction in their own right and provide a great atmosphere where patrons will find products and services only found at weekend markets, the market will also have a huge area devoted to entertainment, with a circus, amusements, children's play area, a traditional sumo wrestling ring and other entertainment. The main objective is to provide an environment where the whole family will find something to enjoy. The entertainment and community involvement will be varied and ongoing and it is hoped that each time you visit the market you will find something new and exciting. Currently planned events include Sumo Wrestling, Dart Competitions, Basket Ball, Football and soccer shoot outs, Tug of war, Cooking competitions, Traditional folk dancing and Musical Entertainment Brimbank Community Market would welcome community groups, and the general public to participate in the events and competitions they organise.

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Camberwell Rotary Market
A large outdoor second hand goods, bric a brac. A small entry fee applies. White Hat can recommend this market as one of the better ones in Melbourne for vintage clothing. It is a 5 minute walk from Camberwell Station. It is not operating on the 20th & 27th December 2009.  More details at Camberwell Sunday Market.

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Caribbean Gardens Market
A large market picnic area and a big range of new and second hand goods. On Wednesdays entry is free and there is access to and general market, food stalls and playground. On Sundays there is an entry fee and as well as the market there is a children's train and boat rides, rock climbing. Caribbean Gardens Market is close to the Eastlink freeway and is now oppen Fridays as well as Wednesdays and Sundays. It is closed Christmas Day.

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CERES Organic Food & Craft Market
CERES Organic Market and Shop recently celebrated their 10th birthday. The market sells fresh organic fruit and veg with an emphais on locally grown produce. The CERES Craft Market sells a mixture of hand crafted objects and second hand bargains in a social and friendly environment." The

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Chapel Street Bazaar
A veritable Alladin's Cave of collectables, memorabilia and antiques. With over 80 independent dealers buying and selling, White Hat believes this is the largest bazaar of its type in Melbourne.

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Cheltenham Rotary Market & Car Boot Sale
Crafts, second hand and car boot sales in an under cover carpark.Tthe venue is the multi story car park behind the Kingston City Offices (Fujitsu Building) enty off Station Rd, Cheltenham.

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Coburg Community Market
Community market featuring local products and produce. Hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Coburg & Moreland. Stall holders commence 7:15am, market commences 8am.

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Coburg Trash & Treasure Market
A large outdoor market selling new & second hand goods, antiques & craft. A small entry fee applies. Casual stallholders are welcome. The venue is a drive-in theatresite and can acter for cars and trailers on the site. White Hat would advise 'professional buyers' to pay the additional fee for early bird entry at7am if you want to get first pick of the stock.

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Dandenong Trash & Treasure Market
A large outdoor market selling new & second hand goods, antiques & craft. A small entry fee applies. Casual stallholders are welcome. The venue can cater for cars and trailers on the site. White Hat would advise 'professional buyers' to pay the additional fee for early bird entry at7am if you want to get first pick of the stock.

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Docklands Sunday Market
An eclectic market overlooking the waterfront at Docklands. A perfect compliment to the restaurants & shops of Melbourne's newest tourist hub. Be pleasantly surprised with an Ever-Changing Market! With Arts, Artisans, Crafts, Beauty Products, Baby/Children's Wear, Vintage, Soy Candles, Bonsai Trees, Jewellery, Hats, Clothing, Secondhand Books, Handmade Flowers, Model Cars, Licorice; Lollipops, Kids Face Painting and Lots More! Something for everybody. Take a stroll along the promenade, find a treasure, have a meal and make a day of it. More information at www.docklandsundaymarket.com.au

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Flemington Computer Swap Meet
A large number of stalls selling new and second hand computer equipment and related goods. A small entry fee applies. (Note - the dates and venue of this event can vary. Click here to confirm the current information on this event.

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Frankston Sunday Market
A bustling carpark market with wide variety of New Goods, Plants, Trees, Flowers, Fresh Produce, Craft, Bric-a-Brac, Great Food, Hot Donuts and a Canopy Café. Small admission charge

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Greville Village Market
An open air market with an emphasis on local design and fashion. White Hat will check it out and let you know what we think.

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Hawthorn Craft Market
Hawthorn Craft Market continues to offer stalls boasting top quality products in its new home at the Atrium, Swinburne University. Whether you’re on the lookout for a unique gift, or a little self indulgence, you’ll be spoilt for choice at the Hawthorn Craft Market. Please note relocation to Parkview Room (next to Camberwell Library), City of Boroondara Municipal Offices, Reserve Road, Camberwell.

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Heathmont Farmers' Market
A real Farmers Market offering fresh produce from around the region.Over 40 stalls selling the best in good clean food. Great country breakfast. Make your shopping a family affair. When White Hat visited in August 2008 we found a good range of fruit, vegetables, meats, condiments and other produce.

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Hurstbridge Farmers' Market
The Hurstbridge Farmers’ Market, has an emphasis on local fresh food and produce that is grown, reared, caught or made by the person selling the produce. Local producers will be given preference over producers from out of the area and the range of produce on sale will vary from season to season. Products include: free range meats, seasonal vegetables, seasonal fruit, honey, olives and olive oil, baked goods, cheeses, eggs ,seedlings, wine and more. White Hat reminds city dwellers that Hurstbridge is accessible by train and that a Sunday Saver ticket costing next to nothing. Why not make special trip and enjoy a day in community that has retained its country atmosphere?

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Kingsbury Drive Community Market
(Previously known as the Greensborough Community Market) A market with 100 stalls selling fruit, veg, plants, second hand good and home made products as well as trash and treasure. After operating for over 30 years in Greensborough, the market has moved to LaTrobe University due to redevelopment works in the Greensborough precinct. The market is located in Car Park 2 with free parking in Car Park 1. Use the North Entry to LaTrobe University on Kingsbury Drive. No dogs are allowed.

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Lah de da Bazaar
The publicity describes this as "A tantalizing fashion extravaganza deep in the heart of Melbourne City – Lah De Da Bazaar is the perfect spot for all fashion hunters and avid fashionistas to discover the hidden talents of our local fashion labels and a treasure trove of dazzling vintage fashion finery. Pamper yourself and enjoy Lah de da."

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Lost & Found Market
Lost & Found is an indoor market based in a shop just off Smith Street Collingwood. It features vintage furniture, lighting, art, posters, clothes, books, records and anything collectable. Permenant and casual stalls available.

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Malvern Computer Swap Meet
A large number of stalls selling new and second hand computer equipment and related goods. A small entry fee applies. (Note - the dates and venue of this event can vary. Click here to confirm the current information on this event.

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Minsky's Market at House of Burlesque
White Hat blushes to mention the type of items available at this market at the House of Burlesque but they include lingerie, corsets, and tassels at clearout prices. The market at House of Burlesque is hidden away on the vibrant Brunswick Street Fitzroy, above Calico House. While you are in he area you will probably want to visit some of the coffee shops in Brunswick Street and maybe call in at the Rose Street Artists Market.

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Monthly Healers Market
Free entry. Massage, Reiki, Reflexology, handmade jewellery, soaps and candles, Tarot readings, Shell Essences, Aromatherapy, Spirit Art, Pranic Healing and lots more. Food and Beverages available.

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Mulgrave Farmers Market
More than 45 stallholders selling everything from seasonal fruit and vegetables to fresh-cut flowers.

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Oakleigh Rotary Market
An outdoor community market with produce and trash & treasure. Some carpark markets are straggly and slightly soorry affairs, but not this one. White Hat can recommend the produce - we suspect that a lot of it is grown in (largely Greek) back gardens in the Oakleigh area.

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One Market in Williamstown
One Market is all about beautifully made food, fashion and wares. New and vintage. Our emphasis is on quality, taste and design. On the first Sunday of every month (except January) at the beautiful church in the main stretch of Williamstown.

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Prahran Market
A large suburban market with produce and general goods. More information on Prahran Market.

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South Melbourne Market
A large undercover produce and general market. More information at South Melbourne Market.

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Sunday Market at the Arts Centre
An undercover and outdoor market with a wide range of arts and crafts.

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The Esplanade Market, St Kilda
An outdoor market with over 200 stalls of original art and handcrafts made by the stallholders. White Hat suggests that you can combine a visit to this market with a quiet drink at the Espy, a visit to Luna Park, a coffee in Acland Street or a meal in Fitzroy Street.

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Thomastown Trash & Treasure Market
A large outdoor market with all manner of hardware, clothing, odds and ends and kitchen goods. White Hat can recommend this market for DIY enthusiasts. Parking is available and a small entry charge applies. As you can see in the photograph, if you want to buy a roll of carpet, this is the place to go.

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Wantirna Trash & Treasure Market
A large outdoor market selling new & second hand goods, antiques & craft. A small entry fee applies. Casual stallholders are welcome. The venue can cater for cars and trailers on the site. White Hat would advise 'professional buyers' to pay the additional fee for early bird entry at7am if you want to get first pick of the stock.

Attractions in Melbourne

Old Melbourne Gaol

Ned Kellyat the scaffold in the Old Melbourne Gaol

A gaol built in the early days of European settlement and the site of over 100 hangings including that of the bushranger Ned Kelly. more information at Old Melbourne Gaol >>


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Grainger Museum

Grainger MuseumBuilt by arguably Australia's finest musician, Percy Grainger, to house his collection of music-related instruments, scores and other items associated with his life and career. more info > >
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Toorak House - (The Swedish Church)

Toorak House - 1857
One of Victoria's earliest surviving mansions, Toorak House now also functions as The Swedish Church. It is open to the public daily and also features a shop selling Scandinavian crafts and Scandanavian food. Details at Toorak House - (The Swedish Church)

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Black Rock House

This historic mansion, after which the suburb of Black Rock is named, is open
to the public on once a month. More information at Black Rock House.


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Melbourne Zoo

Established in 1862, Melbourne Zoo is Australia's oldest zoo. It contains more than 350 animal species from Australia and around the world. It is a short distance from the city and can be accessed by car, train or a picturesque tram ride through Royal Park. More information at Melbourne Zoo.
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Cooks' Cottage

Cooks' CottageThe original tiny cottage belonging to Captain Cook's parents which was brought to Australia and reassembled in the Fitzroy Gardens - a short walk from central Melbourne. More information at The White Hat Guide to Cook's Cottage >>.
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Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

The Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium features marine life from the Southern Ocean and Antarctic regions. This means that locals can learn more about our own sea life while visitors from the northern hemisphere are likely to witness creatures they have never seen before. more info >>

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Australian National Aviation Museum
A collection of aeroplanes and displays relating to Australia's aviation history. The museum is at Moorabbin Airport. more info > >
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Bundoora Homestead
Bundoora Homestead is a wonderful Queen Anne style Federation mansion operating as a historic house, art gallery and licensed café. Free admission.More info >>
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Bundoora Park
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Chinese Museum
Situated in the heart of Chinatown, the Chinese Museum records the history and significant contribution of Chinese people in Victoria since their first major arrival with the gold rush. more info > >
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Heide Museum of Modern Art
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Ian Potter Museum of Art

The Ian Potter Museum of Art at Melbourne University is a short tram ride from the city and a short walk from Lygon Street Carlton. Entry is free but from time to time there are special exhibitions in part of the gallery which may entail an entry charge. Exhibited works are chosen from teh art clocction of the Unversity of Melbourne - the largest university art collection in Australia. More info >>


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Immigration Museum
Covering Victoria's immigration history from the early 1800s to the present day. More information on the Immigration Museum
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Jewish Museum of Australia
Preserving and exhibiting Jewish heritage, arts, customs and religious ritual in all its diversity. It includes the significant contrbutions of Jewish people to Australian life. more info > >
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Melbourne Fire Services Museum
Australia's largest collection of fire brigade memorabilia housed in a historic fire station. More info >>
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National Gallery of Victoria - Australian Collection
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National Gallery of Victoria - International Collection
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Old Treasury Building
One of Australia's finest Victorian era buildings. It is open to teh public on Wednesdays and Sundays and features fine displays related to Melbourne history. More info >>
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Portable Iron Houses
Some of the few 19th Century prefabricated iron buildings remaining in the world. There are situated in South Melbourne and are open to the public once a month. More information >>
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Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne's famous Royal Botanic Gardens are open daily. Free guided tours are available 11am and 2pm Tuesday to Sunday. More info >>
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Shrine of Remembrance
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Tall Ship Enterprize
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The Hotel Windsor
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Villa Alba

A stately mansion in Kew open to the public on the first Sunday of the month. It is particular notable for its interior decoration. More info >>

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Williamstown Historical Society Museum

Exhibitions in Melbourne

Hokusai

Hokusai is the first major presentation in Australia of one of Japan’s most influential, prolific and everlastingly popular artists, Katsushika Hokusai (1760 – 1849).  An influential master of Japanese manga and a self-proclaimed ‘drawing maniac’, Hokusai produced a body of work comprising some of the most recognisable and reproduced images in the history of Asian art, most notably ‘The great wave’.

Spanning the artist’s entire career, Hokusai includes more than 170 works by the artist, comprising woodblock prints, rare paintings on silk never-before-seen in Australia and hand-printed manga (illustrated books).

Produced in a landmark international collaboration between the NGV and the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum (JUM), which houses the world’s largest and oldest collection of traditional Japanese woodblock prints, the exhibition includes the complete sets of Hokusai’s five career-defining series – all produced by the artist during his seventies and rarely on display in their totality – including Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, 1830–34, which features his iconic work The great wave off Kanagawa, c. 1830.

The exhibition also features all fifteen editions of The Hokusai Manga, the artist’s irreverent homage to Japanese humorous illustrations, which had an indelible impact on the development of contemporary manga in Japan and positioned Hokusai as a pioneer of the popular form.




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The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture

In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the House of Dior, one of the world’s most prestigious couture houses, the National Gallery of Victoria presents The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture.

The exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly publication, a dynamic program of talks, tours and events and the curated NGV Friday Nights program, featuring live music, food and performances.

Entry prices apply, Prices and bookings on NGV Website




Melbourne Outskirts

The following selected events and attractions are not in the Melbourne Metropolitan Area but can be accessed in a half day trip (or one day round trip) from Melbourne

Events - Melbourne Outskirts

Markets - Melbourne Outskirts

Gully Market
An outdoor market at the foot of Mount Dandenong comprises of a large Fruit and Veg stall, ferns, natives, rare bulbs, statues, jewelry, arts and crafts and many more. Water and some powered sites are available both Saturday and Sunday.

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Laverton Rubble & Riches Market
A large indoor/outdoor market with trash & trasure, produce, clothes, furniture, hardware and a range of other goods. White Hat guarantees that if you are looking for a drive shaft for a 1983 Monaro or a missing pice of that Royal Doulton tea set then it will be there. We're just not quite sure where.

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Lilydale Farmers Produce Market
Lilydale Farmers Produce Market featuring farm fresh produce, variety fresh foods. Easy access and Parking. Over 50 stalls. Organized by Rotary Clubs of Montrose & District, Lilydale and Chirnside Park.


Attractions - Melbourne Outskirts

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Almost 200 hectares of grassy plains and sweeping river terraces are home to a collection of animals from the grasslands of Africa, Australia and Asia. More info >>
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Bringalbit
Bringalbit is a country property near Mt. Macedon retaining some of its original remnant Peppermint Gums, Yellow Box and Manna Gums fail to break the winds. These have been supplemented  confers, oaks, willow and poplar thickets, Monterey pines and Osage trees, nearly all planted in the 19th century. The large trees, together with a small creek feeding a couple of dams and the garden lake before cascading down it’s rocky falls below the spillway forms a peaceful retreat in country Victoria. There is a 60metre Quince Walk that delights in Spring and Autumn. Elsewhere in the garden swathes of roses, lavender, dianthus and gaura soak up the sun on the north facing terraces with their silver foliage context of snow-in-summer edging. There is a small entry charge per person (children free). More info >>
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Forest Glade Gardens
Forest Glade Gardens is one of Australia's finest private gardens. It is short trip from Melbourne and is open to the public from September to May. It features large exotic trees, a bonsai house, a woodland section, a fern gully a blue bell patch and an impressive daffodil lawn during spring; a topiary garden, two aviaries, a laburnum arch, a peony walk highlighted with climbing roses, as well as numerous pergolas, ponds, fountains and statues. Entry $8 per head, (children free); More info >>
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McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park
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National Rhododendron Garden
At The National Rhododendron Gardens you will find brilliantly coloured blooms of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. Seasonal changes ensure the gardens are a delight all year around. When not in bloom, you can still soak in the beauty of rich bark textures, seed capsules, foliage shapes and beautiful fragrance as you stroll through the grounds. More information at National Rhododendron Garden

Exhibitions - Melbourne Outskirts