Comfort Inn Essendon
93 Bulla Road
Melbourne, VI 3041
Phone: (61) 3 93742433
Fax: (61) 3 93741516
At the Riverside Golf and Tennis Center, the driving range comprises two storey with 44 individual bays, along with putting and chipping areas. On the tennis front, there are 12 flood lit courts with varying surfaces ranging from rebound ace to hard court and synthetic grass. Coaching is offered in both sports.
When the snow falls, Mount Buller is transformed into a thriving hub of activity being the closest snowfield to Melbourne. The area is a wonder of nature and is picturesque during both the winter and summer months. There is a wide range of accommodation and dining options and equipment hire outlets, both on and off the mountain. Check the website for details. Make your reservations on +1800 80 0905.
Perfect your stroke or learn to swim in this three-pool aquatics center. The Maribyrnong Aquatic Center offers something for swimmers of all levels, with separate pools for lap swim, leisure, and warm water swimming. Programs for first time swimmers provide helpful guidance to those who desire to get their feet wet in the area of aquatics, while the veterans of the sport can showcase their abilities in the 50 meter pool equipped with stadium seating. The Maribyrnong Aquatic Center also has a spa, sauna, and gymnasium with state of the art workout equipment.
Allow lots of time to enjoy this park and bring your bikes or walking shoes to really make the most of it. Set in a bend of the Maribyrnong River, the park encompasses the Kulin wetlands (named after the original Aboriginal inhabitants), and the historic Dodds Homestead as well as several picnic and barbecue areas. The Visitors' Centre has lots of information on the park's history and facilities and also houses a kiosk. On weekends and school holidays the Hedgend Maze is open.
Horseshoe Bend Farm is an urban farm with lots of animals straight out of the "Old Macdonald" song to delight the little ones. Pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, and horses are all there to be patted and admired, while the more mechanically minded young ones can inspect (and climb on) the old tractors and farm equipment. The original farm house has been converted into a tea house and shop, surrounded by a lovely cottage garden. The Farm caters well for groups and can provide pony rides and guided tours by prior arrangement.
No matter what level your fitness, or desire to carve out a magnificent physique, the Brunswick City Baths has the facilities to look after your needs. There is an outdoor pool, for the weights buffs, well-equipped gymnasium and cardiovascular rooms are the place to head before relaxing in the steam room and spa. Regular swimming, aerobics and fitness classes are also held, while lessons in the pool cater for children as young as six months old.
Starting at the beautiful Brimbank Park bushland reserve, the Maribyrnong bike path follows Melbourne's lesser known river, the Maribyrnong, 12.42 miles from the Brimbank Park to Footscray Road. Rated as suitable for beginners to intermediate level, the surface is mainly quartz, gravel and asphalt, with some unsurfaced spots. There are also a couple of fences, stairs and sand patches to negotiate. Watch out for snakes during summer.
Opened in 2001 its a multi-sport venue. Its close to restaurants, hotels and shopping centers located at Central Business District. It was host to the prestigious Commonwealth Games 2006. Located in the scenic surroundings of Royal Park it is the ideal leisure spot to spend time with your family on a get-away weekend. It offers 2 multi-purpose function rooms for holding corporate parties and large personal events. The hours of operation vary with the type of event held.
A popular place with local families, the Woolhouse Playground is located in the local suburb of Thornbury. An ideal option to spend a fun day with your kids. For more details, call ahead.
Even though you are in Australia, you can still enjoy ice skating, and other similar activities at the Medibank Icehouse. The center offers two Olympic-sized ice skating rinks, high-tech sound and light systems, stadium seating for up to 1000 people, a café/bar, a gym, and more! Whether you are skating for the very first time, or are an skating expert, Medibank Icehouse is sure to be your new favorite fun spot. Every age is welcome to enjoy the rink, but be sure check their website for pricing information, since it changes according to season.
Touted to be the southern hemisphere's largest and most advanced rock climbing center, the Hardrock center is well worth a visit. Climbers seeking one on one instruction are catered for. Harness and shoe hire are available.
Situated near the famous Melbourne landmark the Westgate Bridge, the Westgate Golf Course is a good par 32 nine-hole course that is in top condition all year. The links are reasonably flat, suiting all ages and levels of ability. The dress code stipulates neat clothing. On Sundays a mixed competition is played and you will need to be a guest of a member or have approval from the club captain or president to line up.