Open House Melbourne - Victorian Mounted Police

Open House Melbourne – Victoria Police Mounted Branch


When: 10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday
Where: Corner of Grant and Dodds Streets, South Melbourne
Cost:  FREE

What to do:  Come along and see riding and training demonstrations with the horses of Victorian Police.

Last year the mini reviewers made this our first stop on our Open House day out, and it was one of the (many) highlights.  We were taken on a tour of the stables where we could see examples of the mounted police uniforms as well as some of the protection gear the horses might wear.  We were told about how the horses are used and we got to see some of the horses in their stables – in the distance.   We were also given some background about the building we were standing in.

These are serious working horses, so no patting or pony rides kids – but amazing to hear what they can do and see the inside of their living quarters (which also happen to be architecturally interesting).

After visiting the stables it’s into the indoor equestrian arena next door to watch some of the horses training – that was pretty cool.

My tip – you might have to wait, the tours start every 15 minutes (well they did last year) and so if you’ve just missed a group then you will have to wait for the next one.  Also the groups can only be a certain size.  If you don’t want to miss the horses then perhaps make this one your first stop for the day!

Find out more: Victoria Police Website
Building info: Victoria Police Mounted Branch at Open House Melbourne