Technical Tours

The WEC local organising committee have put together some exciting suggestions for technical tours that are guided or can be undertaken at your own leisure. You may wish to undertake on the days outside of the WEC 2019 Program.

Please find suggestions along with information on locations and how to book below:

Self Guided

Essendon Incinerator

The Essendon Incinerator, now The Incinerator Gallery, is a Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin industrial building that opened in 1929. Its innovative design was seen as a solution to the environmental and technological problems facing Melbourne communities in the late 1920s.

Over its 88-year history, it has become a significant building in the story of Modernism in Australia. Burley Griffin’s office built 13 incinerators across Australia between 1929 and 1938 (including the Pyrmont Incinerator in 1935) and designed many more – only six of these buildings remain today.

The Essendon Incinerator is the only example in Victoria and the only incinerator that still has most of its engineering extant.

More information

Date: Tuesday 19th November 2019 – Sunday 24th November 2019 (open Tuesday – Sunday)
Address: 180 Holmes Rd, Aberfeldie VIC 3040
Opening hours: 11am–4pm
Tours: at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, running for 45minutes, in groups of 40
Cost: Free

Contact details:

Phone: (03) 8325 1750
Email: incinerator@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available
Website: Click here

How to get there:

The Incinerator Gallery is located just a moments’ walk from the stunning Maribyrnong River in Aberfeldie.
Map: Click here

Parking:

There is free parking available and plenty of options if you are planning on travelling to the Gallery via public transport.
Train: Closest station is Moonee Ponds on the Craigieburn Line. Then catch the 467 bus or take a 15-minute walk west on Holmes Road toward the river.
Tram: Closest tram stop is Stop 41 near Maribyrnong Park on the 57 and 82 tram routes. Then a 10-minute walk north along the Maribyrnong River to Holmes Road.
Bus: Closest bus stop is at the corner of Holmes Rd and Waverley St, Moonee Ponds. Disembark bus routes 467 or 468 then walk west for 5 minutes to the Gallery.

Melbourne Tram Museum

Melbourne Tram Museum is a volunteer based non-for profit group established by VicTrack. Its aim is to promote the Melbourne Tramway heritage initiative and operations and provide the public with the opportunity to learn about the history of the street tramway service in Melbourne. Features of the museum are the 20 fully-restored trams that help visitors explore the history of trams that began in 1885. Adding to the experience is the building the museum is located in being the heritage-listed Hawthorn Tram Depot.

More information

Date: Saturday Only
Open day: 23 November 2019
Address: 8 Wallen Rd Hawthorn VIC 3122 (The museum is located on Burwood Road)
Opening hours: 11:00 to 17:00
Cost: Gold coin donation

Contact details:

Phone: (03) 9819 6447 (Open days only)
Email: info@trammuseum.org.au
Website: Click here

How to get there:

Via tram route 70 (docklands – Wattle Park or 75 (City – Vermont South).
The closest stop is number 29 (Riversdale Junction).
Map: Click here

Taxi/UberX:

Approximately $25.00 or UberXL approximately $37.00

National Steam Centre

A visit to the National Steam Centre will delight a wide audience from the pre-schooler obsessed with Thomas and train rides, to enthusiasts with a deep interest in vintage machinery or those fascinated by how 150 years of mechanisation have changed our lives. There are over 400 engines and associated exhibits in the Melbourne Steam Traction Engine Club exhibition sheds plus a fabulous miniature railway. The Miniature Railway track runs for about 1km around the perimeter of the site passing the lake complete with numerous ducks and other water birds, cattle grazing on the nearby farmland and museum machinery around the track. The engines on display at the steam centre represent many years of collection and restoration efforts by the members. In addition to the engines owned by the club, a number of members privately owned engines are kept at the centre. There are tractors, earth moving machinery and industrial diesel engines as well as steam engines in the museum.

More information

Date: Saturday 23rd November 2019 and Sunday 24th November 2019
Address: 1200 Ferntree Gully Rd Scoresby
Opening hours: The museum is open for viewing each Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 4pm. Train rides on Sunday only.
Facilities: The grounds have been developed into a very pleasant park with picnic tables, a gas fired BBQ and shade trees. No food is available to purchase onsite except at rally times. Most areas of the site are wheel chair accessible and disabled toilet facilities are available.
Cost: Gold coin donation

Contact details:

Website: Click here

How to get there:

Two bus routes run past the steam centre. One is the Belgrave – Oakleigh Bus Route 693 You can catch it in the Belgrave direction from Oakleigh Station on the Pakenham line or in the Oakleigh direction from Ferntree Gully Station on the Belgrave line. The other, Bus route 753 runs between Glen Waverley and Boronia railway stations.

Map: Click here

Scienceworks

Scienceworks is bursting with things to challenge the curious minds of all ages with exhibitions, tours and features in just one visit, you can stroll among the gigantic machines that kept the city running, enjoy electrifying theatre in the Lightning Room, let your little one’s roam safely in enclosed spaces, wander through our immersive exhibitions and drop into deep space in the Melbourne Planetarium.

More information

Date: All week availability: 10am–4:30pm every day
Address: 2 Booker St, Spotswood VIC 3015
Opening hours: Daily 10 am – 4:30 pm
Cost:  For all information on tickets please click here

Contact details:

Website: Click here

How to get there:

Public transport:

Plan your trip using Metlink’s Journey Planner
Map: Click here

Transport options include:

Public transport: Via train (Werribee and Williamstown Lines) to Spotswood; allow for a 10 minute walk.
Ferry: Available daily from Southbank – Williamstown Ferries (03) 9682 9555.
Bicycle: Scienceworks is located close to bicycle routes along the Maribyrnong River, Hyde Street, the Yarra River and Hudsons Road. There is bicycle parking available near the front of the Scienceworks building.
Car park: Car parking at Scienceworks is $4 per car per day. Payment can be made by coin or credit card. Alternatively, you can pay-by-phone. To register for pay-by-phone go to PayStay. The parking fee raises funds to support the ongoing exhibitions, collections and research activities at Museum Victoria.

Spotswood pumping station
(Onsite at Science works)

Tours of the Spotswood Pumping Station are included with museum entry. On this tour, a guide will take you through the Pumping Station that turned ‘Smellbourne’ back into Melbourne. Check the daily What’s On to see if tours are running.

Meet the guide near the Information Desk and tours run for 30-minutes.

Section

Date: All week availability: 10am–4:30pm every day
Address: Scienceworks and Melbourne Planetarium, 2 Booker St, Spotswood VIC 3015
Opening hours: 11:30am Monday to Friday and 11:00 am to 13:00 pm on Weekends
Cost: Click here  

Contact details:

Website: Click here

How to get there:

Public transport:

Werribee or Williamstown train from Southern Cross Station to Spotswood Station with a 10-minute walk from there.  Plan your trip using Metlink’s Journey Planner
Map: Click here

Transport options include:

Public transport: Via train (Werribee and Williamstown Lines) to Spotswood; allow for a 10 minute walk.
Ferry: Available daily from Southbank – Williamstown Ferries (03) 9682 9555.
Bicycle: Scienceworks is located close to bicycle routes along the Maribyrnong River, Hyde Street, the Yarra River and Hudsons Road. There is bicycle parking available near the front of the Scienceworks building.
Car park: Car parking at Scienceworks is $4 per car per day. Payment can be made by coin or credit card. Alternatively, you can pay-by-phone. To register for pay-by-phone go to PayStay. The parking fee raises funds to support the ongoing exhibitions, collections and research activities at Museum Victoria. From Williamstown, you can sea across to Port Melbourne, South Melbourne, St Kilda and return into the stunning views of the City Skyline.

Metro Tunnel HQ: Enter the world of the Metro Tunnel

Our visitor centre is a great place to find out more about Victoria’s biggest ever public transport project.

  • Chat to our staff about works in your area
  • Use the interactive screens to discover the benefits of the Metro Tunnel for your train trip
  • Try our virtual reality goggles and experience the world of tunnel boring machines

Section

Date: Open Daily
Address: 125-133 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC
Opening hours: : 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday

Contact details:

Website: Click here

Engineers Australia

600 Bourke Street,
Level 31, Melbourne 3000

Ph: 1300 653 113
E: wec2019@engineersaustralia.org.au