White Hat Tour of Melbourne Cemetery
Melbourne Cemetery is an ideal introduction to Melbourne's history - particularly with the entertaining and informative guide from White Hat. The final resting place of many famous Australians including Peter Lalor, judge Redmond Barry, Sir Robert Menzies, John Gorton, Marcus Clarke, Burke & Wills, Sir Isaac Isaacs, Walter Lindrum and many more. As chosen and recommended by the Qantas In Flight
magazine in May 2007. More information on the cemetery tour >>.
Morning Tai Chi session
Led by Tai Chi Australia
Free Guided Tour of Fitzroy Gardens
A free one hour guided walking tour through this formal garden highlighting
its rich history. Bookings are not required. The tour leaves from the
Information Centre in the gardens.
Free Government House garden tour
lovers can enjoy a free tour of the Government House gardens. Tours start at
11am and are free but bookings are essential.
The gardens feature magnificent lawns, specimen trees surrounded by large
beds of trees and shrubs, and the Peace and Prosperity Kitchen Garden. The
gardens also feature ceremonial trees planted by members of the Royal Family
and previous Governors.
The tour goes for about
one hour and you will need a general level of fitness. There are some
steps, small hills and uneven surfaces.
While each tour
caters for up to 30 people, there are no group bookings available.
Bookings close at 12 noon the day before the tour, or when the tour is full.
Bookings can be made online through the
Wear casual clothes with
sensible footwear. Bring photo ID (passport, drivers licence, student ID
etc.,). Check in at the Government House Gatehouse 15 minutes before the
Entry will involve passing through a security checkpoint and
You are encouraged to take public transport: Flinders
Street Station is a 15 to 20-minute walk to Government House Take the St
Kilda Rd/Coventry St tram - routes 3/3a, 5, 6,16, 64, 67 and 72 - and get
off at the Grant Street - Police Memorial stop.
Parking is not
available at the House. If you drive, there is metered parking on Linlithgow
and Birdwood avenues.
Tours can be cancelled in extreme weather or for operational reasons.
Ballarat Antique Fair
The Ballarat Antique Fair claims to be the largest and longest running fair in Australia and White Hat has no reason to doubt them.
Heritage Apple Sale
To the best of White Hat’s knowledge, this event or location is
currently cancelled, postponed or suspended due to COVID-19 precautions. If in
with the organiser or institutioninvolved. White Hat will constantly monitor
events and venues in an attempt to update listings when conditions change.
The National Trust’s annual Heritage Apple Sale is an opportunity to savour
the wonderful tastes of heritage apples from your own backyard. The Trusts’ gardening team has selected
around 40 different apple varieties from the National Trust collection,
providing an amazing variety of shapes, colours and flavours that you won’t find
at the supermarket. From the buttery richness of ‘Ribston Pippin’, to the tang
of ‘Pine Golden Pippin’ and the highly sought after ‘Cox’s Orange’ and ‘Bramley
Seedling’, there is something for all tastes.
All trees have been grafted on-site by our gardening team onto rootstocks
well suited to home gardens. Our gardening team will also be on hand to
offer advice on growing a great crop.
Entry to the sale is free. If you a buy a tree at the sale, entry to the
Gardens is included. All apple varieties are $30.
The Piers Festival
Festival is held at Princes Pier, Port Melbourne during Victoria’s Term
1 school holidays.
Piers Festival celebrates and reflects on the collective historical and
contemporary migration stories at its site, Princes Pier, the significant
entry point where almost half of Australia’s post World War II refugees
arrived. The Festival brings to life the pivotal role Princes Pier played
from 1915 to 1969 in Victoria’s growth and as a gateway to the diversity of
cultures that enrich our community. With 12,000 attendees in 2015, Piers
Festival has grown to become an annual fixture in Victoria’s cultural
calendar and a significant occasion to acknowledge and bring to light our
Indigenous and multicultural talent.
Toorak Village Festival of Sculpture
For the entire month of may, Toorak Village businesses will display contemporary sculptures in their windows and bolted to the pavements along Toorak Road. Take your time surveying the sculptures as well as the shops. Please enjoy 'a decade of sculpture' and take advantage of the warm hospitality of the traders in the village. Catalogues are available from any of the shops in the village and all sculptures are for sale. Toorak Village is between Wallace Ave and Grange Rd, just east of Williams Rd. Simply catch the no 8 tram from Federation Square, along Toorak Road to stop no 35.
Bright Spring Festival
White Hat often has to remind visitors that Victoria is
a state with four seasons - unlike some of those boring northern states -
and we recommend that one of the best ways to experience spring in the
Victorian countryside is to visit the Bright Spring Festival.
Bright has a natural beauty complemented by fine cafés and restaurants,
marvellous local wineries,
accommodation to suit all budgets, adventure
sports, walking tracks and bike trails and shopping. The festival offers
street and river markets, theatre events, art exhibitions, fireworks, plenty
of entertainment and open gardens. For a full list off the open gardens see
the White Hat Open
For the full itinerary, visit the Bright Spring Festival website at
Open House Bendigo Weekend
Open House Bendigo Weekend program opens a number buildings
including outstanding private homes, significant heritage redevelopments,
with tours of selected venues.
Bendigo is only 90 minutes by train from Melbourne, or a pleasant drive
through the Macedon Ranges. Check out
places to stay in Bendigo.
Full details on the
Clunes Agricultural Show
Special Attractions at the 158th Annual Spring Show include:
- Cobb & Co Coach Rides
- Food & Wine
- Clunes Show Vasa Dog Jump 2pm
- Jamie & Kim’s Mobile Zoo
- Parker’s Mini Circus
- Roving Entertainment – Mad Hatter & Mad Hattie
- Face Painting & Caricature Drawing
- Trike Tours and Joyrides
- Showday Live Music Maryborough Big Band & The
- Clunes Pet Show
- Scarecrow Competition
- Ferret Racing - Bring your Ferrets to Compete
- Society Memorabilia Display
- Professor Wallace’s Puppet Show
- Bute Ute
- Vintage Engine Display
- Rural Ambassador & Junior Show
- Show Girl & Show Boy Competitions
- Keg Throwing, Tug Of War
& Gum Boot Throw Competitions
- Ladies Woodsplitting Competition
- Show Night Entertainment – Bar, BBQ & Live Band Highway 8
Grand Parade - 3 PM
All judging will cease at 2.55 pm for the Grand Parade at 3pm.
Exhibitors / Exhibits are encouraged to parade
Grand Parade Lucky Ticket
1st prize $100 - 2nd prize $50
Mazda Opera in The Bowl
It’s a Saturday evening in summer. You’re sitting in a park with family
and friends, and a fabulous picnic dinner. The picture is complete when the
glorious live music from
Hear our brightest stars, under the stars, sing opera's most famous arias
with the magnificent backing of
Dress up — or not — it's your night to enjoy the power of the human voice
in the kind of communal, cultural celebration Melbourne loves best.
Australia Day Picnic & Historic Vehicles Display
The popular historic vehicle display, with more than 500 veteran and vintage vehicles, entertainment, free activities and food stalls.
Government House Open Day
|As part of Australia Day, citizens and visitors are invited to visit
inspect many rooms not normally open to the public and enjoy a picnic on
the lawns. Music and entertainment throughout the day.
Twilight Jazz at Cruden Farm
For White Hat, the Twilight Jazz at Cruden Farm is one of the special
events of the year. We strongly recommend you gather the family together and
get down to one of the most special gardens in Australia as there is only
one chance a year for the general public to experience it at the special
time of twilight.
Parliament House Open Day
Apart from its regular free daily tours, Melbourne's Parliament House has
an annual open day. On this day not only are the interior spaces of
Parliament House open to the public, the grounds and gardens are also
accessible. More details at
House Open Day >>