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“Participant Stories: Stephen’s What’s On in Melbourne: Winter Edition”

Note: The opinions expressed in this article are Stephen’s own and do not reflect an endorsement by Out Doors Inc. Neither Stephen nor Out Doors Inc. are sponsored by any organisations mentioned.

By Stephen Duff

Hello everyone, hope you are well and keeping warm. For this edition of “What’s On in Melbourne” during winter, I’ll focus a little bit more on indoor outings.

As I’ve mentioned before in previous editions, the art gallery across from Flinders Street is definitely worth a visit. The gallery is always changing its exhibits, and you could easily spend hours there.

Another great place is the Melbourne Museum in Carlton on the outskirts of the CBD. It’s a wonderful way to spend a day exploring all the different displays.

Another spot to check out is the Shrine of Remembrance, just a few tram stops near South Melbourne. They have an amazing display within the Shrine, which you can enter near the Botanical Gardens side. They offer guided tours for a small fee, or you can grab a brochure at the information desk and take a self-guided tour.

Remember to make your way to the top of the Shrine for a full 360-degree panoramic view of the local area—highly recommended!

On a different note for any NDIS participants: did you know you can get huge discounts on meals if you have a DSP/NDIS package? One company I use is Dineamic, which delivers meals to your door. For example, if you order roughly 15 meals, it would normally cost around $180, but with your DSP, it comes in at around $40. Most meals can be popped in the microwave for 3-4 minutes, and you’re done!

You may need some support with the initial setup (talk to your Support Worker or Plan Manager if you have one), or you can try to do it yourself, but you’ll definitely need your NDIS number. There are a variety of different meal services to choose from, so some initial research can get the ball rolling.

Also, speaking of NDIS packages, did you know that you can charge back to the NDIS for outings like movies, events, or the aquarium? You can get reimbursed for these outings as long as they fall under your ‘social inclusion’ section within your Personal NDIS package. There are various other categories you can explore with your Support Worker or Plan Manager to make the most out of your NDIS package.

One last thing to remind everyone: if you have a DSP card, you can get free PTV travel on weekends. You still need to tap on, but you won’t be charged. Most manned train stations can set this up for you—just don’t forget to bring your DSP card and some ID.

Well, that’s it from me. Please look after yourselves, keep warm, and I hope the above information was helpful.

Until next time…🙂


  1. REPLY
    Christina says

    That’s sounds great.👍
    Thanks guys.

    • REPLY
      admin says

      No problem at all, Christina. 😊

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