Chapter 10
Accessing Melbourne
exceptions, the cells are too narrow for a wheelchair to enter. As the cells are only
2.0 x 1.5 meters, it is easy to see everything from the doorway. A book is available
explaining the contents of historical importance in each cell.
Countless relics are on display; death masks, a lashing triangle and its wicked cat
o' nine tails, Ned Kelly's armour (complete with dents made by police bullets) and
his pistols.
A tour guide is available for bookings of 10 or more, but you may be lucky and be
privately guided through the gaol.
The Polly Woodside
The Polly Woodside (open daily 10am   4pm, adult $7, concession $4, family $15,
9699 9760).
Built in Belfast in 1885, it is one of the few remaining 19th century deepwater
sailing Barques still  afloat . Located on the city fringe directly in front of  Jeff's
shed  (the Melbourne Exhibition Centre) in Lorimer St, Southbank.
The Polly Woodside was re named RONA when she was sold to New Zealand
owners in 1904. In 1968 she was given back her original name when she was
acquired by the National Trust and lovingly restored by volunteers. During her
working life The Polly Woodside transported coal and nitrate between Europe and
South America.
Public transport, trams and buses convey visitors to the Polly Woodside. Parking
close to the entry is available but there are no dedicated parking bays. Pedestrian
access from the city is available by crossing the bridge at Spencer St and from the
casino Entertainment Complex. A flat paved path along the river bank leads to the
Museum's gently ramped entry and glass hinged doors.
The Museum on the bank of the Yarra River contains many interesting items of
nautical history spread over a site including, displays, models, paintings and
theatrette. All attractions are on one level and have been made accessible through
extensive use of gently sloping ramps. There is an accessible toilet. Access to the
Polly Woodside, is limited as steps lead visitors onboard, however a flat viewing
area provides a great view of the vessel with the city as a backdrop.

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