Top 8 Budget-friendly Things to do in Boroondara, Victoria

September 15, 2021 Mikaela Didonna

Discover the best top things to do in Boroondara, Australia including Hays Paddock, Maranoa Gardens, Lido Cinemas, Melbourne Tram Museum, Central Gardens, Bellbird Picnic Area, Studley Park Boathouse, Palace Balwyn.

1. Hays Paddock

Longstaff St, Kew East, Boroondara, Victoria 3102 Australia http://www.melbourneplaygrounds.com.au/melbourneplaygrounds-info.php?id=19522
Excellent
78%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 18 reviews

Hays Paddock

Reviewed By Craigjones79 - Greater Melbourne, Australia

This big park is good for a full day out for family’s. There is BBQs around the park and a good kids playground to keep the kids entertained

2. Maranoa Gardens

Yarrbat Avenue, Balwyn, Boroondara, Victoria 3103 Australia http://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/our-city/parks-gardens/feature-garden
Excellent
63%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

Maranoa Gardens

3. Lido Cinemas

U 1 675 Glenferrie Rd First floor, Hawthorn, Boroondara, Victoria 3122 Australia +61 3 8658 0000 [email protected] http://www.lidocinemas.com.au
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 69 reviews

Lido Cinemas

Lido Cinemas is a brand new eight screen artiplex showing both commercial and new release art house films in the heart of Hawthorn's bustling Glenferrie Road. Our exciting new cinema hosts special events and ensures audiences enjoy an intimate and specialised cinematic experience with films that cater for everyone. Possessing a vibrant atmosphere and boutique, individually designed cinemas, Lido's diverse program of films and events will appeal to the many different tastes of film aficionados in the local area of Hawthorn and of wider Melbourne. The Lido's unique space has lost none of its grandeur since opening in 1912 when it first opened as a cinema. Innovative Architect Aidan Halloran has combined the building's original structural features with contemporary design and technology. Preserving the building's historic charm has been at the forefront of the design process and we hope you enjoy seeking out the cinema's gorgeous original features. The Lido sees some of the world's most cutting edge technology, including a 4K projector and Dolby Atmos, contrasted beautifully in our historic venue. If you look above you'll also find Lido's impressive rooftop cinema. Our rooftop forms as the first venue in mainland Australia to have a rooftop screen attached to the cinema.

Reviewed By whiskywonder - Melbourne, Australia

Preview of a movie New Years Eve, lovely glass of champagne on arrival. Preview had been more popular than I assume expected so email went day prior informing that had been moved to biggest cinema. Seats had been reallocated, with care taken to ensure hopefully in the same previously preferred section. Staff were warm and welcoming, ensuring that patrons knew their new seating allocations. With late arrival, which there were quite a few, not the cinemas fault. Staff were requesting patrons to please just take any seat as they were disruptive to others. Great experience ????

4. Melbourne Tram Museum

8 Wallen Rd, Hawthorn, Boroondara, Victoria 3122 Australia [email protected] http://www.trammuseum.org.au
Excellent
69%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Melbourne Tram Museum

Reviewed By Victorianlad - Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne now has the largest number of kilometres of tram routes worldwide, a title that was once held by St Petersburg i Russia. Hawthorn Tram Depot was closed in about 1965 but the state government's VicTrack kindly stores an historic collection of older trams there. One has to be very careful in choosing when to visit as open days are not on many days throughout the year. There is however a good website and I think Facebook page. Carolyn in the shop greeted us. Admission is suggested to be by way of a gold coin - minimum A$1 - donation. The shop was clean and had a good range of postcards, books and other items including large posters. The tram collection has favourites such as an L and W2 class (types on which I travelled to my Catholic school, loving every minute) and many others such as the 'toastrack' tram, former cable trams (the cable car network closed in 1940 and predated electric trams' introduction, earlier) and small 'single truck' tramcars. There was an excellent display of the famous Melbourne Art Trams. This was airconditioned. The trams are all beautifully restored. Let's hope one day there's teh green light for some to operate again. Some modifications to teh overhead may be required, and franchise owner Yarra Trams would have to agree, but it's not impossible. Well worth a visit!

5. Central Gardens

32 Henry St, Hawthorn, Boroondara, Victoria 3122 Australia +61 3 9278 4444 http://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/our-city/parks-gardens/popular-gardens
Excellent
68%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Central Gardens

Reviewed By 619jeffry - Essendon, Australia

Central Park's best known feature among the younger set is the Rocket, which is a great adventure to climb; it also has an extra-long slide. The gardens have lush foliage, meandering paths and 'green rooms' for photography. Since they were established in 1900, the gardens have had their ups and downs, but they remain one of Hawthorn's favorite places; the gardens can be hired for functions.

6. Bellbird Picnic Area

Yarra Bend Road, Kew, Boroondara, Victoria 3101 Australia
Excellent
54%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Bellbird Picnic Area

Reviewed By Magglington

Maybe the most important thing is to get to the viewing platform just before sunset. We were a little early, not wanting to miss the action, and basically they all hang around doing very little. However, once the sun sets within around half an hour later they all start flying around, the noise and spectacular sight is something you don’t often see!

7. Studley Park Boathouse

1 Boathouse Rd, Kew, Boroondara, Victoria 3101 Australia +61 3 9853 1828 http://studleyparkboathouse.com.au
Excellent
39%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.0 based on 97 reviews

Studley Park Boathouse

Reviewed By amanderj

This place was built in 1863 and has continued ever since to entertain young and old Melburnians and visitors as somewhere for a paddle on the river or a repast under the shade of the gum trees. The kiosk provides snacks, the cafe for a more substantial meal and the restaurant caters for functions. Ducks and geese waddle around competing with seagulls and sparrows foraging for food scraps around the tables and picnic area. A stroll across the iconic suspension bridge to the other side of the river gives a look down onto the water and boats and canoes. This is definitely something different and special, and great for outdoor entertaining with family and friends or just somewhere new to visit.

8. Palace Balwyn

231 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn, Boroondara, Victoria 3103 Australia +61 3 9817 1277 http://www.palacecinemas.com.au
Excellent
47%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4.0 based on 79 reviews

Palace Balwyn

Reviewed By susanj802 - Drysdale, Australia

I just love having a local cinema. If I want to see a movie it is close enough to walk if I feel energetic. With it's renovations there are more choices for movies. I have been going to Balwyn cinemas since I was 17 and feel if we all support our local business they can survive and prosper. It's also a great place to have a snack before or after your film with good selection of cakes, sandwiches and ice-cream. And if you join the Palace club you can enjoy discount prices and some free tickets.

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