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Government House
Open Day
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Edible Garden Weekend
West Gippsland
Free garden tour
Government House
Once a month
Parliament House
Open Day
White Hat
Ballarat Antique Fair

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Activities for Seniors in Melbourne


Suggested activities

Seniors in Melbourne



Some suggeted activities for seniors in Melbourne & Victoria:

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.

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Government House Open Day

As part of Australia Day, citizens and visitors are invited to visit Government House, inspect many rooms not normally open to the public and enjoy a picnic on the lawns. Music and entertainment throughout the day. Last entry to the house will be at 4pm. Last entry to the gardens will be at 4:30pm.

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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.

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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 inside many public buildings. More information on public art in Melbourne. In addition, public bodies such as the City of Melbourne often sponsor temporary artworks and installations in laneways and other public spaces.

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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 Parliament House Open Day >>

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Free Government House garden tour

Government House garden

Garden 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 official website

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 tour starts.
Entry will involve passing through a security checkpoint and bag inspection.

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.

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Creative Harvest Edible Garden Weekend

Basket of vegetables

Creative Harvest Edible Garden Weekend is an open edible food gardens weekend in West Gippsland. It has workshops and activities for kids, as well as number of open vegetable gardens to visit. Full details at Creative Harvest website

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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.

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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.

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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 Gardens page.

For the full itinerary, visit the Bright Spring Festival website at

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Clunes Agricultural Show

Clunes Agricultural Show

Special Attractions at the 158th Annual Spring Show include:

  • Cobb & Co Coach Rides
  • Food & Wine Pavillion
  • 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 Wesley Bands
  • Clunes Pet Show
  • Scarecrow Competition
  • Ferret Racing - Bring your Ferrets to Compete
  • Society Memorabilia Display 
  • Professor Wallace’s Puppet Show
  • Bute Ute Competition
  • Vintage Engine Display
  • Rural Ambassador & Junior Show Ambassador
  • Show Girl & Show Boy Competitions 
  • Keg Throwing, Tug Of War & Gum Boot Throw Competitions
  • Ladies Woodsplitting Competition
  • Grand Parade 3pm
  • 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.
All Exhibitors / Exhibits are encouraged to parade
Grand Parade Lucky Ticket Prizes
1st prize $100 - 2nd prize $50

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Mazda Opera in The Bowl

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 Opera Australia begins.

Hear our brightest stars, under the stars, sing opera's most famous arias with the magnificent backing of Orchestra Victoria.

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.

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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.

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Heritage Apple Tree Sale

Rippon Lea Heritage Apple Tree Sale

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.

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