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Last minute gift guide

Zoos Victoria

Give a year of joy with a 12-month Zoo Membership. From children to grandparents, teachers to animal lovers, everyone will love the gift of a Zoo Membership this year to reconnect with nature, wildlife and the outdoors. Annual Zoo Memberships provide unlimited entry to Victoria’s three great zoos, for 365 days, and help Zoos Victoria save endangered species from extinction. Visit a world of wildlife in the heart of the city at Melbourne Zoo, explore a bushland haven for Australian Wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary or have an African safari adventure close to home at Werribee Open Range Zoo. Elliott Avenue, Parkville, 3052.

Melbourne Theatre Company

Melbourne Theatre Company is the ticket to the city's best entertainment, all year round. It’s one of the largest theatre companies in the English-speaking world and presents new Australian writing to renowned classics and the very best international works. With the 2021 season soon to be announced, a gift card will ensure its recipient will be in the right place for a good dose of culture. 140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank Theatre, Southbank, 3006.


Give the gift of an ACMI membership for the best way to explore a plethora of events taking place at the museum of screen culture throughout the year. Home to Melbourne's best and most popular film festivals, great Australian and international cinema, there are regular screenings for all ages, including award winners and cult classics. Flinders Street and Swanston Street, Melbourne, 3000.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

For friends of music lovers out there, consider gifting a personalised 2021 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra experience to rediscover the art of listening. Subscriptions allow the choice of three or more performances by one of Australia’s leading orchestras across the 2021 January to June season. 120-130 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank, 3006.

Museums Victoria

Delve deep into the history of places near and far at Melbourne's varied museums, dedicated to both the well-known and quirkiest local stories with a Museum Victoria Membership. With unlimited access to Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and the Immigration Museum, an infinite world of creativity, technology and history is waiting to be discovered.

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

A Penguin Passport will gift a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with SEA LIFE Melbourne's colony of sub-Antarctic penguins. Participants will get taken onto the ice where for an exclusive opportunity to get up close to the majestic King and cheeky Gentoo penguins. Go behind the scenes and see the penguin food preparation and veterinary areas, as well as how the state-of-the-art exhibit maintains its sub-zero temperatures. Corner of King Street and Flinders Street, Melbourne, 3000.

The Australian Ballet

Celebrate the start of an exciting new era for ballet in Australia, with a 2021 season package to the Australian Ballet. Next year’s season will cater for everyone and includes much-loved story ballets, 20th-century classics including Anna Karina and Romeo and Juliet, as well as exciting new works to inspire and energise audiences. 2 Kavanagh Street, Southbank, 3006.

National Gallery of Victoria

The National Gallery of Victoria has two magnificent galleries located a short walk apart, both with free entry to the permanent collection. NGV International houses a whole world of international art, displaying the National Gallery of Victoria's collections of European, Asian, Oceanic and American art. Since the National Gallery of Victoria opened in St Kilda Road in 1968, the total collection has doubled in size to more than 70,000 works of art. Gift a membership for an extraordinary visual arts experience with diverse temporary exhibitions, Collection displays, talks, tours and performances. 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, 3000.

Heide Museum of Modern Art

A Heide Museum of Modern Art membership is an ideal gift for the art loving friend that connects members with the best art and culture in Melbourne. With free museum entry and are invitations to private exhibition viewings and events, members can delve further into the stories behind the art as they mingle with Heide curators and directors. 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen, 3105.

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