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Rambling Tour – Open House Melbourne

July 28, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm



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Profile PhotoCameron Wilson
The City of Melbourne’s rather unique Open House Program is looming up and is just over the horizon. The city fathers will prise open the doors to rarely visited public and/or private buildings (for the public to visit) on Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th of July – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This time round (we were attendees in 2017), l’m going to jump on the following events as soon as they become available – Arts Centre Melbourne, Performing Arts Collection Store, Melbourne Town Hall and Flinders Street Station Ballroom. I’ve chosen the Town Hall as a swinging option because if the builders haven’t managed (or been stubbornly obstinate and not agreed) to shove all the construction equipment out of the way, we adventurers may not be allowed access to visit and inspect the Ballroom. First-release bookings open on Friday 13 July at 8.30am and I’m going to grab 10 or so tickets for us. If you want to purchase your own ticket, l would suggest be quick off the mark because I’ve found that the more popular events are rather sharpishly snapped up and tend to be booked solid in no time at all. There are just heaps and heaps of other seldom viewed buildings and sites available for traipsing around in and if you just click on the following link, that’ll take you to the official website and once there you can browse all that’s on offer. If something else pops it’s head up and absolutely screams your attendance, just let me know and we’ll see if we can fit it in. www.openhousemelbourne.org

National Gallery of Victoria

I was once privy to taking a look at the seldom visited sub floor basement area of the Gallery when l managed to tack onto a tour someone else had organised. We were like kids in a candy store because we were able to get up close and personal with the costume, props, staging, lighting and dressing room departments of the National Gallery. It was absolutely eye openingly sensational and they should never have let me try on one of the Skyhooks outfits.

Flinders Street Station Ballroom and hopefully, the recently refurbished Dome on the Roof.

Just as soon as they’re free of scaffolding and signed off by the engineers as safe for visiting I hope to go exploring Melbourne’s skyline from ‘Atop the Clocks’. Afterwards, there’s always Southbank and the Degraves strip is close at hand, but l’m rather partial to the siren call of the Laurent Boulangerie Patisserie (it’s hidden away on the corner of The Causeway and Little Collins). As partners in crime we can combine forces and descend upon this establishment with rampage and laying waste in mind. “Where are you hiding the chocolate ? If you give us all the chocolate and creamy type cakes you’ve hidden away behind the counter no-one will get hurt.” After we’ve finished our pillaging of this shop to within an inch of its life we can take solace in that we shared the guilt around. If we’ve still got the urge to explore we might want to tag team the local shops or have a ‘Captains Cook’ at what’s floating up or cruising down the Yarra River – the river that allegedly floats upside down. Denis Q


July 28, 2018
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Denis Quigly


Flinders Street Station
Corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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