Melbourne & Suburbs

Events in Melbourne

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

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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

Brunswick Market

Brunswick Market fruit & veg section
Brunswick Market fruit & veg section

A general indoor market with long-term stall and shop holders with butchers, a fishmonger, poultry, delis, dry goods, fruit and vegetables and some variety and clothing stores. 6am to 6pm Monday to Saturdays (Fridays open till 7pm). On Sundays only the fruit and veg section is open (enter from rear) from 7am to 6pm.



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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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Footscray Market
A large indoor market with a large range of produce and general goods.

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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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Preston Market
Preston market is a large market selling fresh produce, meat, poultry and fish as well as a wide range of general goods. White Hat particular recommends Preston Market if you are shopping for a family on a tight budget. It is located next to the railway station and trams, and there are several supermarkets in the complex if you need to top up on anything not sold in the market. More information on Preston Market.

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

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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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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Fox Classic Car Collection
For anyone interested in classic cars, White Hat can recommend this collection as a 'must visit'. Except for special occasions, The Fox Classic Car Collection is only open on Tuesdays Wednesdays & Saturdays (closed Grand Prix Weekend, Easter & Melbourne Cup Day) more info >>
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Free Tour of Melbourne Town Hall
A free tour of the historic Melbourne Town Hall. Numbers are limited so bookings are essential and required one day in advance. More information >>
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Heide Museum of Modern Art
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Hellenic Museum
Situated in the historic Former Royal Mint buildung, this small but important museum is Australia' foremost centre of Hellenic history, ciuture and the arts as well as documenting Greek migation and contributions to Australia. More information >>
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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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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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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

Exhibitions in Melbourne

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




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Public Art
There is much public art to be seen on the streets at any time of day as well as in many public buildings. More information on public art in Melbourne. In addition, public bodies such as the City of Melbourne sponsor temporary artworks and installations in laneways and public spaces.


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

Mornington Village Shopping Centre Market
An indoor market with home made and home produced goods.

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Mornington Wednesday Market
This is not one of your "let's try it and see if it works" markets that has cropped up in recent years - this one has been around for 30 years rain, hail or shine and shows no signs of getting any less popular. White Hat can recommend this market (one of Victoria’s longest running street markets) as well worth a visit for those interested in homemade crafts, baked goodies, home grown plants and produce.


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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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