The Matt Christie Institute of Australia

"Striving for academic excellence"

South Melbourne 

Albert Park

Only 3km from the heart of the city, Albert Park is popular for a range of activities like dog walking, jogging, cycling, sailing and rowing.

Apart from the lake itself, other attractions include sporting facilities, ovals, playgrounds, restaurants and a 5km walking and running track. Sporting facilities include a golf driving range, gymnasium and the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

Enjoy a barbecue or picnic with the family. Hire a boat and explore the lake. Walk, cycle or jog around the track, past green lawns and playing fields.

Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre

MSAC has hosted more than 40 international events and welcomes 2.2M+ patrons each year. It features a world-class aquatic arena, state-of-the-art sports courts and stadium, a fully-equipped Fitness Centre and Wellness Zone, a variety of flexible and impressive function spaces and a selection of essential sports medicine and retail providers.

Our History

Designed by Peddle Thorp Architects and built by Baulderstone Hornibrook, MSAC opened its doors in July 1997. The construction was jointly funded by the Victorian State Government and the City of Port Phillip, who wanted to establish a first class sports and aquatic centre to inspire and support the local community to a healthier lifestyle, as well as cement Melbourne’s reputation as a world leader in sports and recreational facilities.

Since its opening, MSAC has held thousands of events ranging from local swimming carnivals and basketball tournaments, through to international events including the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2007 FINA World Swimming Championships. In 2006, a new 50m outdoor pool was opened as part of MSAC’s ongoing redevelopment. In 2008, the outdoor pool was upgraded and became the world’s first 50m swimming pool with a moveable floor.

MSAC Facilities


Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre offers internationally recognised state of the art aquatic facilities. Hosting both the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2007 FINA World Swimming Championships, MSAC has a wide range of aquatic facilities to suit every persons needs. Ranging from professional aquatic usage to family recreational play the facilities at MSAC are built to impress.

Our wide range of facilities include:

  • Indoor Pools including 50m competition pool and 25m lap pool
  • Multi Purpose pool
  • Outdoor 50m Pool
  • Wave pool including toddlers play area
  • Spa, Sauna and Steam Room
  • Water slide
  • Dive boards
  • Hydrotherapy Pools


MSAC’s stadium facilities include a show court suitable for international basketball, volleyball, gymnastics and martial arts events, plus two sports halls which are regularly used for basketball, badminton and table tennis.

Stadium facilities include:

  • 10 court squash facility with international standard glass show court
  • 12 court badminton stadium
  • 27 table table tennis facility
  • 10 court basketball facility including the 1800 seat show court
  • 3 volleyball Courts

Children’s Programs

Healthy habits start from childhood, so we’ve made sure to provide plenty of programs and facilities just for kids. From perfect parties to our creative crèche and more, MSAC has everything you need to keep your little ones smiling – and active! MSAC for kids includes:

  • SplashOUT (weekends and school holidays)
  • Planet Sport School Holiday Program
  • Creche
  • Swim School
  • Birthday Parties
  • School Programs

South Melbourne market

Since 1867, South Melbourne Market has been a treasured inner city landmark and a favourite amongst locals and visitors. It is the quintessential village market, a place where people come not only to purchase fresh food, but to meet, eat, drink, shop, discover, share and connect.

Our walls are full of authentic traders who display their wares with pride and passion. Quirky and playful characters are found behind the counters, delivering old fashioned customer service with a smile. We embrace and showcase the local, supporting local farmers, artisans and producers.

It’s a foodie’s paradise where freshness, quality and diversity are paramount with food stuffs from land to sea. We celebrate a philosophy of real food, encouraging you to cook food that is made from great quality, fresh produce sourced from our family of traders you know, love and trust.

We are a home to seriously good coffee, specialty tea and a vibrant restaurant precinct for day and night time fun. There’s also an amazing array of merchandise and services with everything from clothing, homewares and second hand books to hairdressing and pet food.

With a full calendar of live music, events and activities, the Market is a happy and experiential place that celebrates the senses. Take a trip to the Market, you never know what you’ll find, but we guarantee it will be full of surprise, moments and wonder.


Paid Parking and Ticket Machines

Paid parking restrictions are in place across the municipality.

South Melbourne / Middle Park Beach

This popular beach and picturesque Kerferd Road Pier is well recognised by families, sunbathers, anglers, volley ballers and swimmers alike. It also plays host to a playground, cafés, new public toilets and exercise stations. Council worked with the state government Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) to protect and maintain the $5 million renourished Middle Park beach. 

Shopping Dining

Clarendon Centre, at the heart of South Melbourne, knows what you LOVE to eat, to shop, to wear, to dine, to enjoy. Fashion, accessories, food, dining, services and style in a style that suits you.

South Melbourne Shopping. South Melbourne is often described as the heart of the City of Port Phillip. Always busy and bustling, it draws people from neighbouring suburbs to the unique South Melbourne Market, to work at the myriad small businesses that have made this area home, or simply to enjoy the relaxed shopping ...

South Melbourne is often described as the heart of the City of Port Phillip. Always busy and bustling, it draws people from neighbouring suburbs to the unique South Melbourne Market, to work at the myriad small businesses that have made this area home, or simply to enjoy the relaxed shopping and café culture. Clarendon Street is the main artery of South Melbourne with everything from banks, supermarkets, florists, fashion retailers and somewhere to stop and eat, drink and watch the world go by on every corner.

Off Clarendon Street run numerous side streets all with their own unique and boutique retail offerings and casual eating spots at cafés and restaurants. Coventry and Market Streets both lead to the South Melbourne Market, a traditional icon of Melbourne and THE place to go for fresh produce, deli specialties, home wares and fashions - all at bargain prices.

Getting there

Tram - 1/22, 12 & 96

Bus - Route 253

For timetables & information visit

We have three public libraries close to our campus

The Gasworks

Gasworks Arts Park is a vibrant arts precinct producing a range of high-quality arts programs, workshops and activities for all ages. Situated in Albert Park, Melbourne, on the site of the former South Melbourne Gas Plant, Gasworks is just three kilometres from the CBD and the precinct houses four hectares of park, two theatres, three gallery spaces, a café, as well as function and workshop spaces.

The See Up Temple is just behind our campus in Raglan Street South Melbourne

This temple in Raglan Street, South Melbourne, features a unique blend of European and Chinese elements, combining a neoclassical exterior with a floor plan that follows Cantonese temple tradition

76 Raglan St, South Melbourne VIC 3205


Lily Sands Inn

Address: 335 Moray St, South Melbourne VIC 3205

Tel: +61 3 9690 8609

Email: [email protected]

Lily Sands Inn is a new architecturally designed boutique residential hotel situated in a quiet and leafy part of South Melbourne. Each of our 12 rooms has been purposely built and designed to make you feel at home. Decorated in neutral colours and classic European style furnishings and with the city skyline from your window, it is the best place to relax and base yourself to explore Melbourne.

  • Located next to the beautiful Albert Park Lake, Lily Sands Inn is a stone throw away from Melbourne CBD. Guests can take a leisurely stroll to the botanical gardens, the beach, the Arts Centre, Federation Square and the Crown Casino Complex. Well connected with multiple tram lines, it is easy to travel to and from our place.