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Hidden Museum - Australian National Aviation Museum

12 First Street, Moorabbin Airport Tel: (03) 9580 7752 Open Monday to Friday 10 AM to 4 PM           Saturday & Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM           ANZAC Day 1 PM to 5 PM           Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day Entry costs Adults $10, Concession/Pensioner $7, Children $5, Under 5 years FREE, Family $20. The  Australian National Aviation Museum  was founded in 1962 by a group of dedicated volunteers and today houses a unique collection of Australian made aircraft, including the oldest surviving Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation built aeroplane, a Wirraway A20-10. There's a Mk21 Beaufighter, one of only two surviving Australian made variants of the type and the oldest surviving Beaufort Bomber, currently undergoing restoration. The museum has 34 aircraft on display, everything from a Victa Airtourer, to a Fairey Gannet and Dassault Mirage jet fighter.

Hidden Museum - HMAS Castlemaine

Gem Pier, Williamstown Tel: (03) 9397 2363 Open Weekends and Public Holidays (except on days of extreme heat – over 36°C)  Entry costs Adults $8, Children 4 – 16 years $4, Families 2A2C $20, Children under 4 FREE. One of 60 'BATHURST' Class vessels constructed in Australia  HMAS CASTLEMAINE  was built at Williamstown and launched on 7th August 1941. Built primarily as minesweepers, the BATHURST Class ships performed armed escort duties, troop landings & resupply and engaged in anti-submarine warfare. Armed with anti-aircraft guns, depth charges and a QF-4 Inch deck gun CASTLEMAINE operated with a crew ranging from 70 to 100 and was officially designated an "Australian Mine Sweeper". HMAS CASTLEMAINE saw service in the Pacific & Indian Oceans, the China Sea and northern Australian waters. She sustained minor damage in numerous enemy actions and at the end of the war was dispatched to Hong Kong to participate in the Japanese surrender. Lovingly restored and

Hidden Museum - Ian Potter Museum of Art

University of Melbourne, Parkville Tel: (03) 8344 5148 Open Tuesday to Friday 10 AM to 5 PM.           Saturday & Sunday Midday to 5 PM.           Closed Monday Entry is FREE The  Ian Potter Museum of Art  houses the University of Melbourne Art Collection, over 14,000 works making it the largest University collection in Australia. An eclectic assortment of art in all media the collection includes classics, international indigenous works and European art dating from the early 19th Century to the present day. 

Hidden Museum - Fire Services Museum of Victoria

39 Gisborne Street, East Melbourne Tel: (03) 9662 2907 Open Thursday & Friday 9 AM to 3 PM           Sunday 10 AM to 4PM. Cost of entry is Adults $10, Children $8, Concession $8, Family $18 and National Trust Members $8. The  Fire Services Museum of Victoria  is housed in perhaps its finest exhibit, the original headquarters of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) on the corner of Gisborne Street and Victoria Parade, East Melbourne, sometimes also referred to as the Eastern Hill Fire Station. Home to one of the largest collections of fire-fighting artefacts and memorabilia in Australia, the museum aims to preserve and showcase fire-fighting equipment from Victoria, Australia and the world.

Hidden Museum - Melbourne Tram Museum

8 Wallen Road, Hawthorn Tel: (03) 9819 6447 Open Saturday's 11 AM to 5 PM Entry by gold coin donation. The  Melbourne Tram Museum  showcases the history of trams and the contribution they've made to life in Melbourne since 1885 in the most authentic tramway museum in Australia, the heritage-listed Hawthorn Tram Depot. The depot was built for the Hawthorn Tramways Trust and opened in 1916 as a three storey building housing offices, amenities, a four road tram shed and the electrical substation that provided traction power to the tramway. The museum is home to 21 trams ranging from a Melbourne Tramway & Omnibus Company cable tram and trailer to a Yarra Trams Z1 Class #81 which entered service in 1978 and was finally retired in 2006.

Hidden Museum - Victoria Police Museum

637 Flinders Street, Docklands Tel: (03) 9247 6354 Open Monday to Friday 10 AM to 4 PM Entry by gold coin donation. The  Victoria Police Museum  contains collections of artefacts dating from the 19th Century to the present day, including the largest collection of Ned Kelly armour in Australia – two full sets of original Kelly Gang armour. There are Police uniforms & equipment, convict registers and prison records, confiscated weapons, a bomb disposal robot and forensic evidence from some of the States most notorious crimes. The museum provides an amazing insight into our Police and crime in Victoria.

Glamping (limited time only)

Found a couple of sites with the opportunities to enjoy the nature in the wild. Wilderness Retreats Located at Wilsons Promontory National Park, Cape Conran Coastal Park and Buchan Caves, Parks Victoria's Wilderness Retreats offer visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature while staying in high comfort, low impact, safari-style tents. Each Wilderness Retreat has timber floors, covered timber decks with chairs and tables, a fridge and a queen-size bed complete with a plump doona and fresh linen. Glamping in Victoria Nature lovers looking for an extra touch of comfort can now go glamping in two Victorian National Parks with Parks Victoria’s glamping trial now on. Based in  Mount Buffalo National Park  and  Lake Eildon National Park , this is a unique opportunity to go glamping in some of Victoria’s most stunning and remote locations. The fusion of glamour and camping has been a hit worldwide, so trialling the experience in Victoria’s National Parks to c