Explore the Prehistoric Wonders at Melbourne Zoo’s Dinos Trail

Embark on a journey through time and imagination as Melbourne Zoo unveils its latest attraction: the Dinos Trail. For a limited time only, visitors of all ages can immerse themselves in a prehistoric adventure, filled with moving dinosaurs, hidden fossils, and plenty of dino-themed delights.

Unearthing the Adventure

Prepare to be amazed as you wander through The Lost Wild tunnels, encountering lifelike dinosaurs along the way. From towering T-Rexes to gentle herbivores, there’s something to captivate every dino enthusiast. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for hidden fossils waiting to be discovered!

Feast Fit for a Paleontologist

After your thrilling expedition, satisfy your appetite with our exclusive dino-themed menu. Indulge in a kid’s pack featuring dino-shaped treats, and treat yourself to a scoop of Ben & Jerry’s dino-themed ice cream. It’s the perfect way to refuel after a day of exploration.

Take Home a Piece of History

Make sure to visit the Zoo Shop before you leave and bring home a prehistoric souvenir to remember your adventure. From plush dinosaurs to educational books, there’s something for every budding paleontologist.

Play Time Galore

But the fun doesn’t end there! Explore all the play spaces scattered throughout the zoo, offering even more opportunities for adventure and discovery.

Exclusive Benefits for Zoo Members

If you’re a Zoo Member, you’re in for an extra treat. Keep your eyes peeled for a unique code hidden along the dino trail. Use this code to participate in our online scavenger hunt for a chance to win exciting weekly prizes!

Plan Your Visit

Location: Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Avenue, Parkville, Victoria, 3052

Dates: 01 May – 15 Jul 2024

Don’t miss out on this unforgettable journey into the past. Join us at Melbourne Zoo’s Dinos Trail and let your imagination roam wild amidst the wonders of the ancient world.

Government Launches Campaign to Improve Rental Minimum Standards

The Minister for Consumer Affairs, along with the Director of Consumer Affairs, has unveiled a statewide initiative aimed at reinforcing the rights and responsibilities of rental providers, agents, and tenants. This campaign will focus on emphasizing the minimum standards required for rental properties across the state.

With resources allocated to this campaign, agents will be better equipped to communicate with both renters and rental providers, ensuring that properties meet the necessary standards outlined in state legislation. Effective communication and access to accurate information are crucial in safeguarding the interests of all parties involved.

The Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) will play a pivotal role in advocating for increased awareness and understanding among renters and rental providers regarding their obligations. By collaborating with the Victorian Government and relevant agencies, the REIV aims to foster better educational outcomes for its members and the broader rental sector.

Through this concerted effort, the government seeks to enhance the quality of rental accommodations and promote a fair and transparent rental market for all stakeholders.

Incentivising property investment in 2024-25 Victorian State Budget

Incentivising property investment in 2024-25 Victorian State Budget the key to boosting housing supply

The Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) has submitted its proposals to the 2024-25 Victorian State Budget, advocating for a thorough reassessment of the state’s property tax strategies to bolster investment in the property sector.

In its submission for the 2024-25 Victorian State Budget, the REIV urges the government to prioritize enhancing housing supply by restructuring property tax policies to encourage investors. It outlines three primary recommendations to achieve this objective.

Firstly, the REIV proposes the introduction of new tax incentives to encourage investors to contribute to the long-term rental market. For instance, this could involve offering a land tax concession to property owners who commit to maintaining their properties as rentals for a specified duration, such as five to ten years. These incentives aimed at long-term rental supply are anticipated to have a more substantial impact compared to recent measures targeting vacant land and short-term accommodations.

Secondly, the REIV suggests a comprehensive review of the state’s stamp duty regulations, including exploring alternatives to stamp duty that facilitate mobility and stimulate economic activity.

Lastly, the REIV advocates for maintaining negative gearing in its current form. According to the REIV, negative gearing plays a crucial role in incentivizing investment in the state’s rental market, and its elimination could lead to further instability in the rental market and reduction of available properties.

Jacob Caine, President of the REIV, emphasizes the need for the Victorian Government to revamp its property tax policies in a manner that enhances Victoria’s appeal to investors.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Get ready to laugh until your sides hurt at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival! From uproarious improv acts to side-splitting solo shows, this festival promises endless entertainment for comedy enthusiasts of all kinds.

Mark your calendars for the Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow and prepare to be dazzled by the wit and charm of some of the world’s best comedians. With performances happening at various venues throughout Melbourne, including the iconic stage set against the backdrop of a bustling audience, this festival is a must-visit for anyone craving a good laugh.

Experience the electric atmosphere as the lights of Melbourne shine even brighter during this three and a half week extravaganza in March and April. Whether you’re a seasoned comedy aficionado or a first-time festival-goer, there’s something here for everyone. So join us and celebrate the fun, the fearless, the rebellious, and the downright ridiculous at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival!

“As The Age puts it, ‘This is the best time of the year to be in Melbourne.’ Don’t miss out on the opportunity to immerse yourself in a world of laughter and connect with funny, interesting people from all corners of the globe. Trust us, you’re in for the time of your life!”

 

Dates:

Until 21 Apr 2024

Location:

Various venues, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

Accessibility:

Disabled access available, contact operator for details

Facilities:

  • Bar
  • Café
  • Car park
  • Family friendly
  • Non smoking
  • Restaurant

Formula 1® returns to Albert Park for the FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX 2024

With record-breaking crowds again set to descend on Melbourne, the eyes of the motorsport world will turn to Albert Park and witness the F1® cars manoeuvre around the iconic Grand Prix Circuit with city skyline views in the background.

Off the track, blockbuster musical acts will headline our Main Stage, multiple opportunities to get up close and personal with your favourite drivers, a dedicated family zone and an array of culinary options and hospitality experiences will be on offer.

Dates:

21 – 24 Mar 2024

Location:
Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, 12 Aughtie Drive, Albert Park, Victoria, 3206

 

Accessibility:

  • Actively welcomes people with access needs
  • Suitable for guests who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behaviour
  • Suitable for guests with a vision impairment. Attained by providing for guests with partial vision impairment or total loss of useable vision
  • Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times
  • Suitable for guests with allergies and intolerances

Facilities:

  • Bar
  • Car park
  • Coach parking
  • Family friendly
  • Public telephone
  • Public toilet
  • Shop

Albert Park: Melbourne’s Third Most Searched Suburb

Enthusiasts of high-speed thrills and those seeking a more relaxed pace of transportation find common ground in their admiration for Albert Park.

While it is widely known as the host of the grand prix, the other 360 days of the year paint a different picture. Situated three kilometers from the city, Albert Park transforms into a genteel, upscale neighborhood, earning its place as the third most-searched suburb in Domain’s year-end roundup.

Last year’s rankings placed it just behind Hampton East and neighboring Middle Park. The suburb boasts a perfect blend of walkability, swimability, and shopability. Its appeal lies in a fantastic village atmosphere, close proximity to the city, and the tranquility of its beach.

Strict heritage controls play a pivotal role in preserving Albert Park’s distinctive character and exclusive atmosphere. With a median house price exceeding $2.2 million, it’s not a haven for bargain hunters, but long-time residents who settled before the boom appreciate their stroke of good fortune.

Explore & Experience Albert Park Gasworks Arts Park stands out as a cultural hub pleasing all age groups with a lively mix of creativity, play, and caffeine. This former gasworks foundry hosts various performances and exhibitions, making it a perennial attraction.

Dine & Unwind in Albert Park Pipi’s Kiosk emerges as a unique gem in Australian dining, offering a delightful seafood experience with a waterfront view. While maintaining its humble kiosk exterior, this space along Kerferd Road Pier has evolved into an inviting spot to savor a creative menu while gazing at the vast expanse of Port Phillip – whether it appears in shades of blue or grey.

Exploring Opportunities in Victorian Suburbs of Melbourne in 2024: Seeking Value Beyond the Center

The search for more affordable properties further away from the hustle and bustle of central Melbourne is gaining traction among potential homebuyers, indicating potential growth in the suburbs for the year 2024, according to recent data from PropTrack.

Recent figures from PropTrack have highlighted regions such as Coolaroo and Meadow Heights, which experienced a significant number of property inquiries. Although price growth has been below average in the last 12 months, these areas could be poised to take off during the course of this year.

The rapid increase in rental costs has been a key catalyst driving demand for units outside the inner city ring. Suburbs in the northwest and southeast of Melbourne have become the most popular destinations for homebuyers.

Coolaroo tops the list with 25 inquiries per house for sale, featuring a typical price of $507,000. Despite a modest increase of $1385 in the last year, this price is only half the median price of a home in Greater Melbourne, which stands at $916,000

In North Melbourne, an average of 21 interested buyers have contacted agents for each listed house in Wandong, coinciding with a decrease of almost $22,000.00 in prices.

Meadow Heights has shown outstanding performance in units, with approximately 15 inquiries per listing. Apartments or townhouses in this area typically cost around $460,000 thousands below the city’s average unit price of $614,000

PropTrack’s Senior Economist, Paul Ryan, pointed out that the search for more affordable housing options, especially by first-time buyers and young families, has driven this trend towards locations farther from the CBD.

“The push towards affordability has been another major trend we’ve observed in the last six months to a year,” Ryan noted. “People have been exploring options further away due to affordability pressures across the city.”

Riverboats Music Festival 2024

Prepare for a musical extravaganza as the acclaimed Riverboats Music Festival makes its triumphant return to the picturesque banks of the Murray River in Echuca-Moama!

Set against the backdrop of Yorta Yorta country, this three-day celebration promises an unforgettable experience. Riverboats 2024 will showcase stellar performances by renowned artists such as Missy Higgins, Peter Garrett & The Alter Egos, Kasey Chambers, Regurgitator, Russell Morris, Tami Neilson (NZ), Mia Dyson, Kee’ahn, and many more.

In collaboration with Murray River Paddlesteamers, the festival will once again feature exclusive intimate sideshows on the historic PS Pevensey paddlesteamer, providing a unique and limited opportunity for an up-close musical encounter.

Nestled in a breathtaking natural amphitheatre surrounded by sloping lawns and river red gums, Riverboats 2024 offers the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Immerse yourself in three days of extraordinary Australian music against the backdrop of this stunning locale.

Dates:

16 – 18 Feb 2024

 

Location:

Aquatic Reserve, Heygarth Street, Echuca, Victoria, 3564


Accessibility:

  • Actively welcomes people with access needs
  • Suitable for guests with sufficient mobility to climb two or three steps, but would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance
  • Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times
  • Suitable for guests with allergies and intolerances

 

Cost:

Adult

$75.00 – $205.00

Children 12 years and under free


Adult
$75.00 – $230.00

 

Child

$35.00 – $100.00

Children 12 years and under free

Discovering the Best Options in Melbourne’s Outer Suburbs for Homebuyers

In Melbourne’s dynamic real estate market, outer suburbs are proving to be true gems for those seeking maximum value for their investment. According to Domain data, the suburb of Emerald, nestled in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, stands out as the most affordable option in terms of price per square meter.

With an average price of $418 per square meter, buyers can acquire a property in Emerald with an average land size of 2140 square meters, all at a median price of $900,000. Romsey in the Macedon Ranges closely follows with a cost of $510 per square meter.

Other hidden gems in property size and price per square meter include Narre Warren North ($613), Belgrave ($701), and Mount Evelyn ($778). Data analysis focused on suburbs with at least 50 sales between January and November 15, considering median house prices and the size of the properties sold.

Outer suburbs feature larger properties at lower prices per square meter, while inner-city suburbs command a higher premium for smaller houses. Although traditional prestige suburbs did not top the ranking, Albert Park stood out as the most expensive, with a price of $14,016 per square meter and a median of $2,098,500.

In the case of Emerald, the majority of buyers are families looking to move to larger homes from smaller properties in the southeastern suburbs.

This analysis provides a fascinating insight into how buyers can get the best value based on property size in different Melbourne suburbs. If you are considering home purchase, this data could be the key to finding the perfect option that fits your needs and budget.

Australian Tennis Open 2024

As the tennis world eagerly awaits the dawn of 2024, it’s time to unveil the highly anticipated tennis calendar, set to kick off in grand style with the Australian Open in Melbourne. This marks the 112th edition of the prestigious tournament, which first graced the courts in 1905, and it promises to be a thrilling start to the year with champions Novak Djokovic and Aryna Sabalenka aiming to defend their titles.

Novak Djokovic, with an impressive tally of 10 championships, and Margaret Court, boasting 11 titles, stand as the all-time greats and record-holders among men and women, respectively, in the history of the Australian Open.

Commencing on Sunday, January 14 (still Saturday, January 13 in Mexico, the United States, Argentina, and other countries), the Australian Open 2024 will unfold over 15 days, culminating in the crowning of the champions. Notably, the first round will extend over three days instead of the usual two, taking place on Australian Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

The women’s final is scheduled for Saturday, January 27, while the men’s final will captivate audiences on Sunday, January 28. Preceding these climactic moments, the qualification rounds will unfold between January 10 and January 13

The Australian Open 2024 promises not only high-stakes tennis battles but also a celebration of history, tradition, and the pursuit of greatness. Tennis enthusiasts worldwide eagerly anticipate witnessing the drama unfold on the courts of Melbourne, where the past and the present collide in the pursuit of glory.

Stay tuned for what is sure to be an exhilarating fortnight of tennis excellence Down Under!

Dates: 15 – 28 January, 2024

Location: Melbourne Park, Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000