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The Royal Exhibition Building is one of the world's oldest remaining exhibition pavilions. On 1 July 2004, it became the first building in Australia to achieve a World Heritage listing. Located in Carlton Gardens, the pavilion was originally...more
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Carlton Gardens | 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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All reviews carlton gardens beautiful building melbourne museum flower show old building world heritage grand old lady gardens surrounding australian parliament gold rush guided tour walk around sunny day well worth the visit city circle tram fountain architecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Have to been to many functions at the venue including a grand ball, and we attend the garden show which is a great day out.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank walshiemj
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visit here offen for special events. Love going to Dog lovers show and Melbourne flower and garden show. Always easy to get to and very clean and tidy. All events are very well run.Great for Melbourne

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank diamondphoenix28
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With its domed roof and cruciform layout all in sandy coloured stone this royalty approved exhibition hall is well worth a look , the gardens are lovely and being next door to the super modern museum it provides a great contrast.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Rightly the first building in Australia to be awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Hosts the Melbourne Flower Annually. Worth a look after visiting Melbourne Museum and the gardens

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JohnG3121
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This nice looking building was designed in 1879 and is next to the Melbourne Museum. It was not open when we visited so only saw it from the outside. Is in Carlton Gardens which is a very nice place to walk.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 184DonP
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I’ve been here a few times but always for MIFGS. This is a spectacular building with interesting interpretive signage which details a bit of the history of the place.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Holiday255068
Reviewed December 11, 2018

The building and its surrounding are well worth a visit - particularly in the warmer weather when you can sit in the grounds and watch the world go by. The Melbourne Museum is right next door to it and both are easily accessible from Parliament...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ian W
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

This building is magnificent and very historically important. Before Canberra was built, the First Federal Parliament was opened here. I think people forget that the reason this state is called “Victoria” is because of Queen Victoria. Lord Melbourne was one of her Prime Ministers. If...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Hermlegal
Reviewed December 1, 2018

This is a magnificent looking building, which reminded us of the amazing Parliament building in Budapest. The building is surrounded by the beautiful Carlton gardens with greens, ponds and a gorgeous fountain. During our visit, they were preparing the building for the Oktoberfest celebrations, so...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TheShis
Reviewed November 17, 2018

You must visit here, try going when there’s an exhibition on. It’s so beautiful the architecture is sublime, just a stunning place to visit if your a traveler or local.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from Kerryn72 | Reviewed this property |
Also comes up on the front page of their website: TA won't allow me to post the website but enter what I wrote above into google and you'll get the same answer on at least 3 sites!
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February 12, 2018|
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Hi I would check as they do hire this out for day time events which run for 2 to 3 days at a time. Lyne
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Hi, It's my first time going to melbourne. i will be going with a family of 4. i have planned my itinerary and would like you to help me check if it's feasible? in terms of the timing and whether it's too packed. I am going in first week of June. sunday: Arrive at The Blackman Hotel St Kilda in the morning Tram to Esplanade Market area at about 11am Lunch Walk around Esplanade Market and Acland Street Dinner at Grill'd Burgers Back to hotel monday: Great Ocean Tour by Go-West...More
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Well done on a well planned itinerary. You have obviously put a lot of time and effort into it - even right down to where you are going to eat desert! At first glance. I can't see too many (actually none) problems with it. Just one minor point though. The free city circle tram does not pass Queen Victoria market, but the free city circle bus does.
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Hi all, I will be going to melbourne this friday. I'd appreciate if you could give some opinions on the places that i have planned to go. Appreciate your help in this.Thanks. 1st day: Airport - Hotel - Queen Victoria Market - State Library of Victoria - Old Melbourne Gaol 2nd day: St Kilda Beach - Southside Handmade & Vintage Market - Bourke Street Mall - Flinders Quarter 3rd day: Flinders Street Station - Federation Square - Melbourne Visitor Booth - Arts Centre - Shrine of...More
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>>4th day: Great Ocean Road<< By tour?
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Honestly I would spend the two weeks in one country or the other not try and do two countries in the time you have. In Australia its often suggested visiting no more than three destinations in a two week time frame. You are likely to get more info about NZ by posting questions on that forum. Good luck with this.