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The Funderdome Is Melbourne's New Home of Competitive Thrills, Mini Golf and Karaoke

Highpoint's all-ages fun house features mini golf, two arcades and a slew of other unprofessional sports pursuits, along with a US-style diner and bar.
By Libby Curran
January 27, 2022
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By Libby Curran
January 27, 2022
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Here in Australia, we sure love our professional sport. But as you'll see from Melbourne's new all-in-one house of good times and friendly competition, we've still got plenty of time for the unprofessional stuff as well.

Making its home within Highpoint Shopping Centre from today, January 27, is The Funderdome: a multi-attraction venue complete with mini-golf, karaoke, shuffleboard, arcade games and a stack of other recreational pursuits.

Clocking in at a hefty 2000 square metres, the all-ages funhouse is guaranteed to unleash your playful side and tickle your nostalgia. By day it's open to all, while after 8pm the venue transforms into an over 18s-only affair.

A free-entry arcade is divided into two zones — one devoted to old-school games like Space Invaders and Pacman, and the other decked out with an oft-updated collection of newer offerings, including some of the latest immersive gaming experiences.

Putt-putt stars can put their skills to work on the Playas Crazy Golf course, created in collaboration with pioneering London-based designer Zachary Pulman. It boasts 18 holes across two levels, taking its aesthetic cues from New York's famed Coney Island.

And for those whose competitive spirit extends to throwing down ABBA belters, there are two roomy private karaoke lounges, kitted out in a fierce nod to the 70s.

Of course, since all that fun's no good on an empty stomach there's also The Clubhouse, serving diner-style eats and drinks alongside even more entertainment offerings. Here, fuel up for your moment of mini-golf glory with the likes of woodfired pizza, panko-crumbed mac 'n' cheese balls, a reuben, or one of the signature hot dogs, aka 'funderdogs'.

The matching drinks list pours mostly Aussie wines and familiar local brews, along with a classic-leaning cocktail lineup — think, espresso martinis, Aperol spritzes, the ginger-infused pina colada, and a time-tripping Toblerone.

The Clubhouse also features its own collection of activities, including air hockey, Atari pong, foosball, shuffleboard, sports screens and weekend DJs.

And if pesky lockdowns have cramped your birthday style in recent times, The Funderdome is helping make up for lost shenanigans with a whole range of party packages and function options starting from an easy $40 per person.

Find The Funderdome located next door to HOYTS at Highpoint Shopping Centre, 120-200 Rosamond Rd, Maribyrnong. It'll open 10am–12am Sunday–Thursday, and from 10am–1am Friday and Saturday.

Published on January 27, 2022 by Libby Curran

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