Melbourne's Many Attractions Along The Yarra River

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What’s better than visiting the many attractions of Melbourne’s Yarra River Precinct over summer? It’s being able to visit them time and time again over the next 12 months. Fortunately, there’s a very cost effective way to be able to do it, and we’ve picked out a few to highlight here.

The many galleries and tanks of SEALife Melbourne is something that’s hard to take-in properly on one visit, so their $95 per year unlimited visit ticket may be just the shot for you. Not only does it give you unlimited visits to SEALife Melbourne, but also to the top 10 Merlin attractions around Australia and New Zealand.  It’s called the Merlin Platinum Annual Pass, and it also gives you exclusive benefits and deals.  It’s worth it to just be able to pop in at any time and watch those Gentoo Penguins parading their stuff in their icy home.

They say Melbourne experiences four seasons in a day, therefore the view of Melbourne from the top of the Eureka Tower can change from hour to hour, let alone between the seasons. This makes a $60 per year membership of Eureka Skydeck great value. Even the difference between taking in the view during the early morning compared with the view at sunset can be amazing. The annual membership also lets you bring friends and family with you at 20% off their admission price, as well as 20% of the Edge Experience and everything in the gift shop. Greater Melbourne looks like a giant Legoland from level 88 of Eureka Tower, which is something that you will never get tired of watching.

One of the great galleries of the world is right here in the Yarra River Precinct. The NGV International and NGV Australia can provide weeks of entertainment and stimulation, but who has weeks at any one time to take it all in ?  That’s why an NGV annual membership is a way to keep coming back, plus participate in all the other activities and special member deals that the gallery provides. Single NGV membership is $110, a duo is $155, and a family membership is $165. For each of those categories you get discounted and priority entry to all NGV ticketed exhibitions and priority access to timed entry ticketing; one free exhibition ticket of your choice, subscription to NGV Magazine print and digital editions, published bi-monthly, access to talks and events and discounted NGV courses, access for you and a guest to the NGV Members Lounges, 10% discount at NGV design stores and dining venues, as well as 15% discount on parking at Arts Centre Melbourne and Federation Square.

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Fed Square re-opens in February 2021 following a $40 million facelift. There’s all new interactive galleries and temporary displays that trace the evolution of film and video in this country, plus an outstanding collection of classic and contemporary films they screen regularly. For just $28 per year, you get discounted exhibition entry, program and special event discounts, 10% off at the shop, no booking fees, pre-sales, cafe discounts, member-only film previews, what's on listings and partner offers.