***Corona Virus (Covid-19) Melbourne Updates***
Please note that due to Covid 19 some Tourist Attractions are closed. Please check before you venture out
Victorians are being told that from the 1st June, the message is shifting from "stay home" to "stay safe", as the coronavirus restrictions ease.
The advice to maintain a 1.5 metre distance from others is still being suggested, avoid hugging and kissing where possible, and give space to those around you.
Those who are vulnerable, such as Victorians over 70, or those with chronic health conditions, are still being urged to think carefully about limiting their interactions in order to reduce the risk of infection.
Our beautiful city of Melbourne, in fact all of Australia has had to either shut it's business doors to Retail, Restaurants and Cafes, tourist destinations and activities, parklands and sporting venues.
However from 11.59pm on 31 May ...
The Covid 19 restrictions are being eased slowly and methodically ensuring that there is not another spike in the number of Corona Virus cases.
Restrictions on shopping, retail and personal services will be eased further:
For the latest update as we move into the month of April, please visit here ... Corona Virus
We are still on high alert here in Melbourne for anything that could pose a threat to our community and it is urged that, if we still can hold back from populating public venues at this stage, it will be in the best interest of all Victorians.
This is going to be a slow process back into re-opening public venues and quite a few of these Tourist attractions will remain closed or at least enforce restricted access until at least late June when statistics will either show that restrictions can be eased more or the opposite
It's getting easier for Victorians to get out and about for different kinds of exercise, starting with the reopening of public playgrounds and outdoor gym equipment from Tuesday, the same day state schools will welcome back the first wave of students to classrooms.
Due to the evolving nature of COVID-19 and after following closely the State and Federal Government’s advice, they have extended the NGV’s temporary closure until 30 June.
Stay connected and inspired with highlights from the NGV including the stories behind their Collection works, virtual exhibition tours, essays, interviews and more.
NGV's Virtual Tours
Explore the virtual exhibition tour by zooming in and out on artworks and reading in-depth labels.
More than 68,000+ works in the NGV Collection can be viewed online.
A trip to the movies is on the cards
If all goes according to plan, on June 22 that limit will be raised to 50 people, with cinemas and theatres finally able to open their doors again.
They are running several programs, talks and workshops online and posting regular articles in our Ideas section to keep our community of watchers, players and makers connected.
Every Tuesday they will release details of their weekly Virtual Cinémathèque via ACMI's and Melbourne Cinémathèque's social media
For those who would like to recreate the social aspect of viewing as a community or family/friend group - there is a free program called Metastream that allows you to invite a group to watch at the same time, from all of your respective homes. Watch or listen together. Start a session and invite by sharing your 'friend code' with them.
Despite the physical closure of theatres, the Australia's biggest short film festival will still run this year thanks to the internet. All films in the program will be available to watch for free between June 12 and June 20. Check out the official Australian Film Festival link here.
Australia's Top 100 Short Film competition will still go ahead, as will a number of curated sessions.
The 2020 program features flicks starring the likes of Claudia Karvan, Larry Emdur, Aaron Pederson, Gary Foley, Gary Sweet, Chengwu Guo and Victoria Haralabidou.
St Kilda Film Festival will this year present
The festival will also feature comedic shorts.
Walk the halls of MTC HQ in this virtual tour and explore the spaces where plays are rehearsed, sets are built, and costumes and wigs are created.
MTC's Sturt Street headquarters in Southbank is the engine room of the company, housing their production departments including Wardrobe, Wigs, Millinery, Props, Scenic Art and Workshop. Step behind the scenes and explore Melbourne's home of theatre in this virtual tour.
For up and coming theatre productions online, the Aussie Theatre Company Facebook page will keep you up to date.
The Australian Ballet's new At Home with Ballet TV digital season beams their premium-quality productions right to your couch for free.
They've hand-picked a selection of their most beloved and inspiring ballets, and each will have a limited two-week season on their streaming platform, Ballet TV.
Paquita (Petipa) & La Sylphide (Bournonville)
Thurs 28 May – Thurs 11 June
Thurs 11 June – Thurs 25 June
Swan Lake (Murphy)
Thurs 25 June – Thurs 9 July
They're back as they continue to provide the very best in stand up comedy for you to enjoy from the safety of your lounge room!
We need laughter more than ever so they are running their 2nd night of LIVE STAND UP COMEDY from their secret venue in Melbourne's CBD.
Saturday 6th June
Show starts at 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Virtual tickets are available to the show you can can experience the magic of being at a show from the safety of your couch. They suggest that you can pay what you’re comfortable with for the best seats in the house, help them keep comedy alive at a time where it is most important! The more you donate means the bigger acts they can have on board!
They have a very limited amount of VIRTUAL AUDIENCE TICKETS with access to special viewing and behind the stage action and participation in the show. You only need to purchase one per household! That a pretty cheap night out for all the family.
There will be signed merchandise available for sale before, during and after the show.
Due to the extended closure of the performance venues, including Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Recital Centre, Costa Hall and Robert Blackwood Hall, they regret that all scheduled MSO events until 30 June, 2020 will not proceed.
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra invites music lovers to #KeepTheMusicGoing this Melbourne in June, with special pre-recorded online premiere concerts every Thursday evening.
Featuring performances such as Deborah Cheetham’s 'Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace', sung entirely in the ancient dialects of the Gunditjmara people, or ‘The Lark Ascending, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis with violinist Richard Tognetti, audiences can now join the orchestra on the MSO YouTube Channel from the comfort of their own home to remain connected and engaged.
For details on upcoming Thursday Night (in) with the Symphony events or to view past concerts, visit the website or MSO YouTube Channel
As people around the world self-isolate to stop the spread of COVID-19, Victorian Opera is committed to keeping the music going. They'll continue sharing opera any way they can. So, get ready for Virtual Victorian Opera.
Every Wednesday night they will be releasing short, never-before-seen videos from their archives. Virtual Victorian Opera will also feature brand new content, including performances and interviews from their artists in isolation.
Tune in each Wednesday at 7.30pm for the latest content.
If you're keen to visit Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary or Werribee Open Range Zoo this Melbourne in June, you'll need to plan ahead.
They announced they'll be restricting entry tickets to online purchases so they can cap attendance at their zoos to 2,000, 1,500 and 1,000 respectively.
So if you turn up without buying ahead, you could be turned away at the gate if they're already at capacity.
And the enclosed indoor areas such as the reptile and nocturnal houses will remain closed.
See moving dinosaurs at all three of Melbourne's world-class zoos. Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary re-open on June 1, 2020. While keeping their distance, visitors can still enjoy the Dinosaurs at the zoo experience at all three zoos.
The dinosaurs are large-scale models of these ancient beasts, and they will be roaming around at Healesville, Werribee and Melbourne zoos again until July. Maybe you just might see a keeper waking a sleeping dinosaur, or come face to face with a moving prehistoric creature.
You can experience the newly landscaped Dino Lab. See baby dinosaurs sleeping in a dino nest, visit the incubation station to see the breeding program, or kids can go on a dino dig and excavate fossils to help the Zoo's Dino Field Research team. There will be daily activities and plenty of dino facts to learn.
You calk walk through the Dinosaur River Trail. There are several life-sized dinosaurs to see and get up close and personal with, including the massive Tyrannosaurus rex.
You can experience the Lost Sanctuary and head out to the local bushland to see the dinosaurs and megafauna that was thought to be lost forever.
Enjoy Victoria's zoos from home with these live streams
There will be special appearances from the animals at Healesville Sanctuary too. They're all hosted on the Zoos Victoria website.
For example ...
Highlights of the snow leopards can be viewed. Three cubs were born on Australia Day 2020 and thanks to the live-streams we'll be able to watch them grow up.
The Penguins, that are fed and weighed right in front of the camera and I've found they're sometimes given fun things to occupy them there as well, like a sprinkler.
Recently, Zoos Victoria has arranged for Keeper Talks to be put up every week. They've also put up the names of the individual animals in many streams, while more and more recordings from Healesville Sanctuary are appearing.
Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium will be reopening to visitors on June 1.
Here are some of the live events that will be streamed ...
Check out what feeding the mega croc', Pinjarra, at lunch time looks like
While the Immigration Museum is closed, they've curated their best online content for you to enjoy from home.
Take a virtual walk through their galleries on Google, and learn about the in-depth details of their exhibitions.
Watch videos exploring exhibitions past and present, hear touching personal stories of migration, and learn about the history of migration in Victoria and Australia, and of the Customs House that the Immigration Museum calls home.
Explore over 17 million items on Museums Victoria Collections Online, including their indexed Migration and Cultural Diversity Collection, or visit Museums Victoria's YouTube Channel for unique and inspiring videos.
I am sure that you are truly looking forward to Melbourne returning back to normal. This pandemic has had a huge impact on so many industries throughout Australia. The impact affecting the tourism and hospitality industry has been devastating. Here's to a safe return here in Victoria. We are going slow for a reason - your personal safety.
Hopefully the Site's Monthly page for July will have some exciting things to report. In the meantime ...
Please, everyone, stay safe, stay at home and look after yourselves and, if you have just found Family Getaways Melbourne, spend some extra time wandering through my site's pages and perhaps enjoying a virtual tour of my hometown, Melbourne. Start planning some Day trips from Melbourne for you and your family in the not too distant future.
You might consider starting a new hobby? I've been busy this month doing just that. Check out my latest book review on my hobby, collecting sea glass