Tuesday, 14 February 2017

New Attractions in Melbourne and Victoria for 2017

Arthurs Seat Eagle

Launching December 2016, just in time for the busy summer season, the much-anticipated gondola ride will allow visitors to get a bird's eye view of the Mornington Peninsula. The Arthurs Seat Eagle will have 24 gondolas, and the ride will take 15 minutes each way, reaching a summit of 314 metres.

Canoe Trails

From February, a new self-guided canoe trail will connect the towns dotted along the Loddon River. There are four trails, catering for all physical abilities and levels of enthusiasm: the 3.5 kilometre Laanecoorie Canoe Trail, the 600 metre Bridgewater Canoe Trail, the 4.2 kilometre Serpentine and the 1.5 kilometre Durham Ox.


Australia's first Legoland discovery centre will open at Chadstone the Fashion Capital in autumn. Specifically designed for families with children aged three to 10 years old, it will include two Lego rides, five themed 'build and play' zones, build classes from the Legoland master model builder, special party rooms for birthdays and other celebrations, a 4D cinema, and an exhibit designed to reflect Melbourne's buildings, skyline, and landmarks.

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Eco-tourism operator, Robert Pennicott, will launch Wilsons Promontory Cruises from Tidal River, South Gippsland, mid year. The wilderness cruises will allow visitors to explore the spectacular waterways of the area and learn about the history, culture, flora and fauna of Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park.


Located at Melbourne Airport, Urnbsurf Melbourne will be the first man-made surf park facility in Australia when it opens late in the year. Thanks to clever, wave-generating technology, visitors of all abilities will able to have an authentic surfing experience whatever the weather - without a beach in sight. And LED lighting means keen surfers can ride the waves night and day.

Melbourne Cricket Ground zipline and roof walk

Plans are currently underway to develop a new Roof Walk at the MCG. The new attraction will allow visitors to visitors to walk on the MCG's roof, taking in spectacular views of the ground itself, as well as Melbourne's sporting precinct more broadly and the city skyline. A zipline will also be added to transport thrill-seekers from the city-end scoreboard to a landing on the opposite side of the stadium. It is anticipated to launch in 2017.

Wild Oceans EcoBoat tours

Phillip Island's Wild Oceans EcoBoat tours will offer two new tours from late November 2016. A new 90-minute tour will offer visitors a trip to Seal Rocks, with the chance to experience an up-close encounter with the seals and other wildlife such as gannets, terns and even albatross, along with the spectacular scenery. Run at sunset, it also offers the chance to see short tailed Shearwaters as they fly against the postcard-esque backdrop of the Cape Woolamai sunset. Also launching is the Island Discovery Tour – a three-hour tour that takes in Phillip Island's coastline and varied wildlife, but also includes a gourmet picnic lunch on a secluded beach on French Island.


An inflatable adventure park on the Murray River, Aquazone opened in November, catering for children aged seven plus, right through to adults. The park includes awesome waterslides, trampolines and obstacle courses, all in deep water, and considered a category 4 of difficulty.

Murray Offroad Adventures

Small group tours with a focus on nature-based attractions. Offering both half and full day tours, showcasing The Murray from Mildura Weir Pool to the Merbein Common.


New helicopter scenic flights showcasing one of Victoria's finest landscapes - Wilson's Promontory. Promhelis offers five scenic options over 'The Prom' starting at $85 per person for 8 minutes over Shallow Inlet up to the extended Wilsons Promontory and surrounding islands tour at $495 for 45 minutes. Opening early January and operating every day throughout summer.

Children's Gallery at Melbourne Museum

After months of redevelopment, Melbourne Museum will open a new Children's Gallery in December 2016. Filled with multi-sensory, play-led activities, it will feature a dinosaur dig to excavate fossils, a discovery garden, museum objects and an immersive 'camouflage disco' where children can turn into spotty and stripy animals.

Chadstone The Fashion Capital

Upon complete mid year, Chadstone's $660 million development project will feature more than 100 new retailers, two new dining precincts, a new cinema complex and Legoland Discovery Centre – bringing the number of retailers to a whopping 600.


Towards the end of 2017, Scienceworks will launch a new exhibition space for zero to five-year-olds, with the aim of igniting a lifelong interest in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Kangaroo Country at Healesville Sanctuary

In late 2017, visitors to Healesville Sanctuary will be able to access a new kangaroo enclosure, which has been built to complement the sanctuary's recently opened Koala Forest exhibit.

Snow Leopards, Tigers oh my! at Melbourne Zoo

A new home for Melbourne Zoo's Snow Leopards and Sumatran Tigers will take shape at the end of 2017. The facility will take visitors deep into the world of some of the most intriguing, mysterious and endangered predators.

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