Best Things To Do In Malvern, Australia

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Malvern is an inner suburb of Melbourne, with a rich heritage and can be seen in Victorian Heritage buildings like the Stonington mansion built in 1890 or the Como Historic House and Gardens. It is also home to the Shrine of Remembrance that pays homage to all Australians who served in wars, battles, and the peacekeeping units on behalf of their country.

1. Como Historic House and Garden

(1)Como in Melbourne Australia
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Take a guided tour of the Como Historic House and Garden and thoroughly enjoy the information on the architecture and history of the grand homestead in Melbourne. Learn about and check out the upper-class lifestyle during the early settlement of Melbourne.

Be impressed and amazed by the importance of the diplomacy between the original land owners, the indigenous Australian tribes of south central Victoria, called the “Kulin Nation,” and the early European settlers, when the latter arrived in Victoria. This is a recommended tour to all who want to understand the development and history of Melbourne as it has shaped through the years. A one hour tour will cost you AUD 15 (~11. 36 USD) per person. Easily spend a great two to three hours in an enjoyable fashion. Visit the café in the stables and stroll through the great garden and relive the colonial history.

Como Historic House and Garden

Address: Corner Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave, South Yarra 3141 VIC

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2. Caulfield Racecourse

Melbourne Cup 2013
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The Caulfield Racecourse is one of Australia’s finest racecourses. It is commonly known as the “Heath” and is chockablock with great lawns, activity centers, and a very exorbitant glass fronted grandstand. Take some sunshine, get your friends and family and enjoy horse racing with a hint of children’s entertainment to keep them occupied. Mix it up with a smidgen of gambling and splash of alcoholic beverages.

The family days at Caulfield are good fun, as kids get to play on the bouncy castles and see the horses. Overall, this a good fun outing for the entire family. There’s also a racing gallery that one can visit along with food outlets plus exhibition areas both on the ground and first floors.

Caulfield Racecourse

Address: Gate 22 Station St, Caulfield East VIC 3145, Australia

Website: Caulfield Racecourse

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3. The Jam Factory

Jam factory
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The Jam Factory was originally established as the Victorian Brewery in 1858 which shut down in 1876. It was later purchased to start the Victoria Preserving Company. However, the site was redeveloped and opened in 1979 at a cost of 20 million AUD (~15 million USD) as a shopping center, catering to small designers, which later was renamed as the Jam Factory in 1995.

The Jam Factory is a shopping and entertainment center, located on Chapel Street, South Yarra in Melbourne. It is mostly a hangout for the young crowd. The Jam Factory hosts many brand outlets and has a cinema venue upstairs. Easy to reach the venue by tram and has a lot of restaurant options nearby for you to choose from when the vicinity.

Th Jam Factory includes diverse dining options and one can be entertained by the 15 cinema screens including the luxurious Gold Class cinema where you can watch movies in the lap of luxury. You can also browse through latest fashion brands and accessories at the various retail outlets housed in The Jam Factory.

The Jam Factory

Address: 500 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia

Website: The Jam Factory

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4. Malvern Central

Malvern Central Shopping Centre (MSCS) is in the well-established and prosperous inner southeastern Melbourne suburb of Malvern, approximately eight kilometers (~5 mi) from Melbourne’s CBD.

The shopping centre is not too big and hence becomes easier to get around. The MCSC also has ample parking and doesn’t have the claustrophobic feel of other shopping centres that one is used to. The centre itself is very spacious, well-lit, and airy. With lots of parking underground, the Malvern Central Shopping Centre is a great place for a rainy day, too!

Malvern Central Shopping Centre

Website: Malvern Central

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5. Hedgeley Dene Gardens

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The Hedgeley Dene Gardens is set amidst stunning residential gardens and period houses and is easily Malvern’s most attractive and popular gardens. Having established and well-maintained blend of lawn, deciduous and broadleaf trees and a decorative lake, Hedgeley Dene Gardens reminds us of images of the old English parks.

The Hedgeley Dene Gardens links Central Park and the Gardiners Creek Valley Parklands. The gardens are spread across what was once a waterway, dipping progressively from the decorative lake in the southwest to a green land with deciduous trees at Stanley Street.

One can search for the two turtles that dwell in this enormous park while walking past the duck ponds and the adorable ducklings in a relaxed manner, where giant trees hang over the water and the well-kept bridges makes for a picturesque setting. The intertwined trails around the lake make this place appear bigger than it really is.

Hedgeley Dene Gardens

Address: Tollington Ave, Malvern East VIC 3145, Australia

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6. The Malvern Town Hall

Malvern town hall
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The Malvern Town Hall is a historically significant building and is an extraordinary example of a building with two towers. The building reveals an altering arrangement of styles from the Late Victorian Boom period to the interwar Adamesque period.

The Malvern Town Hall is a huge and impressive Late Victorian-Italianate style building with its symmetrical front to Glenferrie Road, projecting two storey portico. The two tower roofs are in the French Second Empire style with fish scale slates, circular vents, intricate lead work and cast iron walks.

The usage of marble and terrazzo in the foyers and the staircase leads to the upper cocktail lounge, which has a similar elaborate, coffered ceiling and the plaster Adamesque ornamentation in the hall is noteworthy. Also of interest in the foyer is the War Memorial designed by Paul Montford and the statue of Psyche and Cupid. Tourists interested in architecture will definitely appreciate the significance of this building.

The Stonnington City Centre - Malvern Town Hall

Address: 311 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern VIC 3144, Australia

Website: Malvern Town Hall

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7. Shrine of Remembrance

The Shrine of Remembrance is the National War Memorial of Victoria, a memorial devoted to all individuals who have served in the armed battles and peacekeeping operations in which Australia contributed.

The Shrine of Remembrance is a fascinating edifice that permits you to learn a little bit of Australia’s history throughout the wars. Take the stairs up to the top and you’ll find a great view of the skyline of Melbourne as a bonus.

The Shrine of Remembrance is located just 3 km (1.86 mi) from the Jam Factory, and very close to Flinders Station. One can walk there and enjoy the view. If you are looking for a place to wander around and experience some real facts about Australia’s participation in all the wars, this is the place to go. The exhibits are interactive and thought-provoking. If you are visiting Melbourne for the first time, this is the place to start.

The guides explain everything about Australia New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) and its importance to the country. Amazing photo opportunities are available and underneath the shrine are rooms full of history and information and a definite must see.

Be aware that the shrine is closed on Mondays and Wednesdays, so plan accordingly.

Shrine of Remembrance

Address: Birdwood Ave, Melbourne VIC 3001, Australia

Website: Shrine of Remembrance

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Malvern is your must visit to location to see Australian heritage

Malvern is one of the few places in Australian that has a heritage woven within the culture. You cannot miss the many heritage sites that Malvern offers, which provide insight into the things that you can experience from days gone by.

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