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Melbourne The destination

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Tastes of the City Bars and nightlife, restaurants and dining experiences

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Style Starts Here Boutique stores, laneways and precincts, Melbourne shopping hubs

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Creative Culture Cultural attractions, galleries and historical buildings

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Urban Indulgence Spa treatments, accommodation, dining and indulgent experiences

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Advertisers Index

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Destination Melbourne™ Ltd. www.destinationmelbourne.com.au info@destinationmelbourne.com.au While every attempt has been made to ensure accurate information at the time of going to press, the publishers accept no responsibility for supplied information or omissions. ‘The Insiders Guide to Melbourne’ is now available as an iPad application via the Apple apps store. Please visit www.apple.com/au/ipad/from-the-app-store to download your free application. Insiders Guide to Melbourne 2011 - 2012 edition Front Cover image: location Union Lane - Artist’s Reko + Makatron


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the destination Experience all the good things life has to offer in one city: fine dining and hot nightlife, arts and culture, innovative retail and world-class events. Melbourne has it all. Food for thought

If you ate at a different restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for years, Melburnians would still be able to tell you about a secret haunt or local favourite that you’d managed not to experience. Whether it’s a low-key catch-up with friends or a celebratory splash-out, there are choices to suit all moods and occasions. Eat from the kitchens of celebrity chefs, including the likes of George Calombaris and Shannon Bennett, taste the cuisines of the city’s diverse range of nationalities, and experience exquisitely fresh local produce and the finest Victorian wines. Oh, and the coffee is beyond compare.


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Night moves

The evening never ends with dessert in Melbourne. This is a city famed for its bars. Everyone talks about the hidden gems tucked into the CBD laneways, but those on a night out these days are looking up, quite literally. The latest hotspots are on the rooftops, where you can enjoy a chilled glass of chablis or cocktails mixed by some of the city’s best bartenders. Afterwards, adjourn to a late-night speak-easy, shake it at a club or head to one of Melbourne’s famed pubs to catch some live music.

Style setting

Historic city arcades lined with boutiques, character-filled villages boasting a slew of independent retailers and vibrant local markets with stalls of one-off treasures are just some of the retail options available to those like to shop in Melbourne. The city’s denizens have nurtured their own style - think understated and artistic - and there are more than enough stores to satisfy the urge of admirers thinking of taking the look home.

Culturally speaking

You’ll often hear people say that there’s always something going on in Melbourne - and they’re right! The city is Australia’s cultural heart. World-class galleries host blockbuster exhibitions and superb permanent collections, while tiny lanes are daubed with street art that is lauded around the world. On the stage, there are always theatre, musicals, opera and dance to be enjoyed, from both major companies and more independent outfits. And if all that isn’t enough, Melbourne is a city of festivals, with comedy, film, music and the arts celebrated throughout the year when the finest performers from around the country and the globe arrive to ply their trade.


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Ask a local for directions to places to eat, drink or find music in Melbourne - the reasons are many. Streets of plenty

Was it down this laneway, or that one? Many of Melbourne’s prized restaurants, bars and late-night venues are tucked away out of view. Explore the city and surrounding neighbourhoods for a true taste of the city.

Life on a plate

It’s a fact that Melburnians take food very seriously; it’s a boon for visitors who get to share the rewards dished out by fabulous chefs who delight in using the finest local produce. In the CBD, some of our best-known chefs have new ventures: Gallic gourmet Philippe Mouchel has PM24, Frank Camorra opened MoVida Aqui, seafood specialist Maurice Esposito has St Peter’s, and Guy Grossi has launched the Venetian-inspired Merchant. Don’t forget the dining precincts just out of the city, either. There’s Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, St Kilda (Andrew McConnell has just opened Golden Fields, an Asian eatery, there), and the latest hotspot, Smith Street, where you’ll find Huxtable, Easy Tiger, Gigibaba and Josie Bones clustered in one block.

Raise a glass

From tiny hidden bars furnished in eclectic style to designer enclaves frequented by the city tastemakers, there is no end to the potential of opportunities for a nightcap or two. For a glass of local wine and a plate of cheese, tiny Von Haus is worth seeking out. For superbly mixed drinks, there’s no better place in the city than the moodily lit 1806, named for the year a cocktail was first served. Another sexy parlour, this time with an Oriental vibe, is New Gold Mountain. For a younger crowd, try vintage-bedecked Sister Bella or ‘bar in a shipping container’ Section 8.


High times

In the past couple of years, publicans have gone to new heights, opening bars on the roofs of their establishments. Kick back with a cold beer among the faux flamingos at Palmz, upstairs at the Carlton Hotel. Order a jug of sangria at Emerald Peacock or local favourite Madame Brussels. Very relaxed is the Rooftop Bar on top of Curtin House (during summer, it also becomes Rooftop Cinema), while those looking to impress - or be impressed - should head to Siglo, with its sparkling views of Parliament House, above the Melbourne Supper Club.

Food, festivals, fun

Celebrate the culinary arts during some of Melbournes favourite gourmet events. Taste of Melbourne (25 - 28 August 2011) Set in the exquisite Exhibition Building, this is a long weekend teaming the country’s finest chefs with favourite producers and winemakers. Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (2 - 21 March 2012) MFWF, the largest festival of its kind in the world, celebrates its 20th birthday. Expect the biggest names in food and wine to arrive for the party. Good Food & Wine Show ( June 2012) Enjoy a weekend of tasting, demonstrations and workshops at the Melbourne Convention Centre.


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WINDO W S RESTAURANT

Nothing short of a Melbourne institution, come enjoy John McLeay’s modern take on S/E Asian cuisine at Red Spice Road. Dine under the CBD skyline, or sip cocktails under Australia’s biggest red lantern. Enjoy one of the CBD’s best value lunches or come in for dinner Monday to Saturday.

Overlooking picturesque Albert Park Lake, unwind amongst stylish décor whilst sampling the extensive menu on offer at Windows Restaurant. Experience the renowned Seafood Buffet served every Friday and Saturday evening. Present this ad when dining to receive a glass of selected wine per person* Open daily for breakfast and dinner.

27 McKillop Street, Melbourne

The Sebel & Citigate Albert Park 65 Queens Road, Melbourne

Ph: (03) 9603 1601 www.redspiceroad.com

Ph: (03) 9529 4300 dining_tscapm@mirvac.com www.sebelalbertpark.com

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tastes sensations Fresh food ideas are born in Collingwood, Fitzroy & Richmond. Whatever the craving, the serving is yours. Collingwood You? Shake the brass pig trotters to enter Josie Bones on Smith Street where nose-to-tail cooking is celebrated and washed down with an extraordinary beer list. Casual refinement is minutes away at Huxtable, where staff are welcoming; the food and wine list divine. Afterward, enjoy the 1920s with a cocktail at Caz Reitop’s Dirty Secrets. Fitzroy Foodie Superb fine dining and delicious lunches: there’s constant culinary culture in Fitzroy. Have fun with cocktails and finger food at Brunswick Street’s Naked For Satan, celebrate a special night at decadently romantic Matteos or wander Gertrude Street where classy pub fare mixes with a la carte and live music.

Ravenous Richmond Renowned for its shopping, Richmond also knows wonderful breakfasts. Start the day at rustic gem, Gypsey & Musquito. Memorable banquets are easily attainable with Victoria Street’s famous Vietnamese strip and Swan Street’s favourite Greek bistros. All will prime you for the awardwinning Church St Enoteca and the always-musical Corner Hotel. Getting there These precincts are all easily accessed by public transport. To find out how, visit www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au For more dining ideas, visit www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/events


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the hotel windsor Only a select few cities in the world have a hotel that you have to visit... Melbourne is one of them. The Hotel Windsor pre-dates London’s Savoy, The Ritz in Paris and The Ritz in London. The Hotel Windsor’s history is intrinsically linked not only to the fact that she is one of the world’s first Victorian era grand hotels, but one which has been a reflection of marvellous Melbourne for the past 128 years. ‘You have not visited Melbourne unless you have had afternoon tea at The Hotel Windsor…’ nothing else compares. The quality is unrivalled. And, with some of the world’s finest chefs, a dinner at the hotel’s signature restaurant is a gastronomic experience well worth flying in for also. Experience Melbourne…. Experience The Hotel Windsor

Afternoon Tea served daily since 1883. Reservations are essential. The Hotel Windsor Opposite State Parliament 111 Spring Street, Melbourne Reservations Essential Ph: (03) 9633 6004 restaurantreservations@ thehotelwindsor.com.au www.thehotelwindsor.com.au


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TREASURY RESTAURANT

Discover delightful, seasonal fare, a charming, intimate environment and sophisticated service at felt restaurant. Enjoy 2 courses including a glass of selected premium wine for $65 per person. Present this offer to receive 10% off* the total bill when 2 or more people dine.

Set in a magnificent heritage listed building, experience outstanding cuisine and attentive service at Treasury Restaurant. Enjoy an express lunch menu of 2 delicious courses for only $35, including a glass of wine or sample the extensive a-la-carte dinner menu on offer. Present this ad to receive 10% off your total dinner bill when two or more people dine.*

Hotel Lindrum 26 Flinders Street, Melbourne

394 Collins Street, Melbourne

Ph: (03) 9668 1111 reservations@hl.mirvac.com www.hotellindrum.com.au

Ph: (03) 9211 6699 treasury@tsm.mirvac.com www.treasuryrestaurant.com.au

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Oaks Hotels & Resorts have three stylish Melbourne properties, all centrally located in the Melbourne CBD. Select a Collins, Market or Lonsdale street address and Oaks Hotels & Resorts will provide you with spacious, quality accommodation. You have a choice of studio, one, two or three bedroom fully self-contained apartments just moments away from some of Melbourne’s famous attractions. For a tempting choice of dining options, Oaks on Collins First Floor Restaurant and Bar fuses a contemporary menu with elegant surrounds and views over the heritage buildings of Collins Street. R2 Restaurant and Bar at Oaks on Market combines a lively upbeat bistro vibe with a delicious menu and is the perfect place to enjoy a casual meal or meet with business associates. Contact the property for information on dining hours or to find out more about our exciting cocktail hour. Looking to hold a meeting or event? Oaks on Collins and Oaks on Market can cater for 10 up to 180 delegates and tailor a competitive package to suit every budget. Contact the Meeting and Events team for further information.

Oaks on Collins 480 Collins Street, Melbourne 1300 786 603 Oaks on Market 60 Market Street, Melbourne 1300 790 687 Oaks on Lonsdale 23-33 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 1300 880 229 www.oakshotelsresorts.com


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INTERCONTINENTAL MELBOURNE THE RIALTO

JARRAH RESTAURANT & BAR

Melbourne’s foremost lifestyle destination. Alluvial Restaurant - The best Australian produce, with most ingredients sourced within a 200km radius. Rialto Bluestone Wine Lounge Australia’s best wines and tapas. Market Lane Bar - Afternoon tea, cocktails and Melbourne’s most serious whiskey collection.

Enjoy an exceptional dining experience at the stylish Jarrah Restaurant. Located in vibrant Southbank, Jarrah is ideal for pre-theatre dining or a casual bite to eat with friends. Enjoy a main meal and glass of selected wine for $32 per person. Present this offer to receive 10% off* the total bill when 2 or more people dine.

495 Collins Street, Melbourne

Quay West Suites Melbourne 26 Southgate Avenue, Southbank

Ph: (03) 8627 1400 Fax: (03) 8627 1412 icmelbourne@ihg.com www.intercontinental.com/melbourne

Ph: (03) 9693 6000 reservations@qwsm.mirvac.com www.quaywestmelbourne.com *Valid to 30 June 2012. Available Tuesday to Sunday from 6pm. Conditions apply.

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city of port phillip St Kilda, Port Melbourne, South Melbourne and Albert Park create seaside evening magic. St Kilda On The Town St Kilda loves catching up. Sip from Slow Down @ Harley Court’s fantastic wine list then head down Acland Street toward Claypots and Big Mouth; stay central for Ichi Ni’s Japanese and The Espy ’s neighbouring music or pop over to Stokehouse or Soul Mama’s. Stroll to Donovan’s, or to Fitzroy Street to enjoy the classic Cantonese at Lau’s Family Kitchen (and the iconic Prince Of Wales dancefloor!) South Melbourne Nights Share light moments and delicious plates with friends at South Melbourne’s fresh and fun Honey Bar; pair a beautiful wood-fired pizza with a great wine at The Blue Room. Slide into the romantic galley-style dining room at Lamaros and for something different and

delightful take in a show and a cocktail at the Butterfly Club. Perfect Port Watch the moon twinkling off the lake from The Point in Albert Park; tucked behind the Victoria facades of Bridport Street nestle vibrant garden restaurants too. Get your elegant on atop the private roof-top deck at The Pier or in the always warm all-weather-terrace of Waterfront. Wander Bay Street for a casual culinary encounter, or select a candle-lit table at C’est Bon.


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THE PANCAKE PARLOUR

Discover The Ludlow Formation at Southbank, spectacularly located on the banks of the Yarra. A grotto inspired, uniquely Melbourne drinking and dining destination featuring riverside barbecue and bar, cocktail lounge and dining room. Open everyday for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and functions.Monday to Friday, 7.30am until late, Saturday & Sunday, 8am until late.

The Pancake Parlour is a Melbourne family business established in 1965. Famous for the their sweet and savoury pancakes and crepes, they also serve steak, chicken, fish and salads. The full breakfast fare is served until 5pm all weekend (excluding public holidays and big event days). Enjoy crispy bacon, free-range eggs, home-made hash browns and freshly squeezed orange juice. Just Lovely! Melbourne Central open until 3am Friday and Saturday!

By the River, 6 Riverside Quay, Southbank

Ph: (03) 9699 1676 hello@theludlowformation.com.au www.theludlowformation.com.au

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Melbourne Central Ph: (03) 9654 3117 Bourke Street Mall Ph: (03) 9654 1893


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waterfront dining Discover the best in waterfront dining experiences with breathtaking views.

Spend a leisurely day or romantic evening at any one of Docklands’ award winning restaurants, stylish bars or relaxing cafes around NewQuay, Waterfront City, Central Pier, Victoria Harbour or Yarra’s Edge. With over 100 restaurants, bars and cafes to choose from, Docklands caters to all tastes and budgets. Events and Attractions As well as dining, Docklands is a year round visitor destination with an annual calendar of events. Work up an appetite or work off your meal at one of the many fun attractions at Docklands including Wonderland Fun Park, Black Light Mini Golf, Tunzafun and Medibank Icehouse, Melbourne’s world class ice sport and leisure venue. For sports fans, Etihad Stadium is home

to AFL matches, A-League soccer games and concerts and offers stadium tours all year. Access is easy with options including a walk across the Bourke Street pedestrian overpass, the free City Circle tram, drive and park at Harbour Town Shopping Centre free for the first hour then a $5 flat rate fee, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or book a water taxi to get around for something different! Docklands is your dining, activity and shopping destination. For more information, visit www.docklands.com


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cultural city Looking for something unique, Even a little scary? Head out to Wyndham. More than one way to see a ghost To set the scene, it’s the 19th Century and you are dining in the historic kitchen of the elaborate Werribee Park Mansion. It is a cooking demonstration by Chef Bart Beek and a culinary experience all in one. The three course dinner is reminiscent of the era including boutique wines. After dinner you are taken as guests on a tour of the Mansion, but expect a few bumps in the night. Point Cook Homestead is a hidden treasure located down a country track. By day you have an ideal historic Homestead and café with uninterrupted views across the Bay a great place for the whole family to enjoy. By night, a haven for hunting ghosts and murder mysteries.

Our best kept secret...A winery just 30 minutes from Melbourne that has all the trimmings. Shadowfax Winery is a hive of activity all weekend, presenting exciting food, wine and live music. You have the choice - the sweet sounds of an acoustic session on a Saturday or jazz on a Sunday. Over the warmer months the music extends into the evening with twilight sessions. But don’t come just for the music be prepared for the tantalising tastes from the wood fire oven. For more information contact Werribee Visitor Information Centre 9742 0906 or www.wyndham.vic.gov.au


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starts here Down that tiny laneway, in that Victorian arcade, along a tree-lined street‌ The shopping scene in Melbourne offers cutting-edge design and fashion favourites, all with a distinctive backdrop. Under one roof

Need proof that atmospherics and shopping go hand in hand? Wander the historic arcades of the city that house unique boutiques. The mythical figures of Gog and Magog watch over the Royal Arcade, which first opened in 1870. Climb the stairs to Marais for a bewitching blend of local and international designer labels, including Lanvin, Balenciaga and Viktor & Rolf. Downstairs is contemporary Australian jewellery designer Canturi, and you might want to stock up on chocolate at Koko Black. Equally as beautiful and historically significant is the Block Arcade, modelled on the arcades of London and Milan. Also explore the GPO, which has become the destination for fashionistas in the CBD with its selection of stores that include Willow, Sass & Bide, Mimco and Leona Edmiston.


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Leading locals

If you really want to get the Melbourne look, it’s essential to discover some of the local designers, many of whom are sought out by trendsetters across the globe. In both the CBD and some of the city’s other shopping precincts – Chapel Street and Fitzroy, for example – you’ll find Melbourne-based labels including Gorman, Obüs, Claude Maus, Trimäpee and Alpha 60. Want to discover the next big thing? Head to the Fashion Incubator at Melbourne Central and Design A Space in Manchester Lane, both of which showcase up-and-coming designers in a retail environment.

Accessory all areas

Update your look with a trinket or two. Melbourne is home to some of the most amazing accessories stores you’ll find anywhere. Contemporary jewellery design is on display and for sale at e.g. etal, Pieces of Eight and Gallery Funaki. In any of these, you’ll find limited-edition and one-off pieces by local artisans. If quirky style (or great gift ideas) is what you’re seeking, try Little Salon, Glitzern and Counter at Craft Victoria. For more than a decade, Christine Barro has been travelling the world and bringing back the best jewellery, bags, scarves and hats for her exclusive subterranean boutique, Christine.

Start the journey

Sometimes the options can be overwhelming, so get an overview of what the CBD has to offer on one of Hidden Secrets’ popular Lanes and Arcades tours. The three-hour walk uncovers hidden offerings and includes a city map and shop guide so you can return later. Hidden Secrets also offers specialty tours, including A Vintage Outing, for lovers of days gone by.


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famous for fashion Shopping takes on another dimension when you hit Chapel St, Toorak Rd and High St. Three words of advice - just do it. Shopping is a serious pursuit in the City of Stonnington, and you can’t say you’ve shopped in Melbourne until you’ve shopped on Chapel St. So here’s the challenge: shop the entire length of Chapel St from Toorak Rd to Dandenong Rd. You’ll need stamina to explore this 3km shopping strip which is home to renowned designers, independent boutiques and funky retro fashion. Stylish Toorak Rd, South Yarra and Toorak Village is graced with the best local and international designers as well as speciality shops filled with must-have shoes, bags, jewellery and gifts. High St, Armadale has been voted by Melburnians as their favourite shopping strip. With a sophisticated range of fashion labels as well as art galleries,

furnishings and homeware stores, you’ll easily spend the entire day. Come back again to explore Hawksburn Village, where you can stylishly outfit the whole family starting with tinies and tots. Shop for gifts, books and exquisite jewellery. Specialist food stores add to the mix. Serious shoppers need to refuel every few hours. The entire area is also noted for its cafes and restaurants. The coffee is always excellent (this is Melbourne, after all) and the passing parade is always fascinating. And for a real taste of Melbourne don’t miss the Prahran Market on Commercial Rd, open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


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SCREEN WORLDS AT ACMI

A haven for film addicts, the ACMI Store brings together an inspiring collection from the world of film and digital culture. Boasting a distinctive selection of DVDs, books, CDs, games, toys and gifts, the ACMI Store is where you’ll find your own little slice of the silver screen.

The story of film, television & digital culture. This stunning, free exhibition tells the story of the moving image through a spectacular array of innovative exhibits and interactive experiences. Screen Worlds will change the way you think about the most pervasive and powerful cultural forms of our time. Free permanent exhibition Open daily 10am - 6pm.

Federation Square, Melbourne

Federation Square, Melbourne

Ph: (03) 8663 2227 www.acmi.net.au/acmi_store

Ph: (03) 8663 2200 www.acmi.net.au/screenworlds

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Hot Spots - Chapel St Precinct

Here is a mix of tried-and-true favourite winter hot spots and new local loves.

Slip Behind the Seams

The number 8 tram will take you straight to the heart of Chapel St South Yarra for Bloom’s boudoiresque beauty boutique at #574A or refresh your image at Cyberia #570. For “get the girl” mens cool casual, check out Marcs at #576 followed by a quick revive at The Pound # 5/556. For runway inspired accessories be seduced by the luxe fabrics, beading and lace of Collette Dinnigan at #553 before crossing back over for Alannah Hill girly chic at #529. Make a note of Red Bennies #373 for an evening of rambunctious jazz before pushing on and turning right at Commercial Rd for Australia’s oldest food market, Prahran Market. Check out the raw and controversial work of our most successful living artist at The Cullen Hotel #164, while enjoying the sublime chilli wontons from Hutong Dumpling Bar. Back to Chapel and turn right looking out for the clock tower and Greville Street.

Hunters & Gatherers

Rock chicks, glamour girls and re-style stalkers alike will love the Greville Village. Drop into Stevie #203 for a sexy flower halty or space dude tee, Palm Beads #181 for distinctive wearable tribal jewellery before tucking into one of Ladro’s #162 precisely imperfect pizza discs. Duck around the corner to Signed & Numbered # 5/155 for affordable limited edition prints and Northside Wheelers # 2/155 for fine cycling wears. Back into Greville to A Shop Called Milton for every gentleman’s chum and every woman’s fancy before crossing over to peruse Greville Records #152 healthy collection of vinyl and cult kitsch dvd’s. Take time out for glass of Grigio at the end of FOG’s #142 catwalk carpet before picking up a fun & flirty number for your wardrobe at Emma Veall #136.

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Retro, Danish & vintage furniture connoisseurs should nip over Chapel into Cecil Pl. to Design Addict 20th Century at #2A. Be inspired by the beautiful fabric covered stationary at Handworks Nouveau Paperie #244 before dropping into Eurotrash #226 for eccentric, edgy recycled vintage style. If it’s after 5 you could also shoot over the road into the funky upstairs surround of Colonel Tans #229 for hawker-style Thai fare. Then allow at least half an hour to stalk the bizarre yesteryear bits and bobs of Chapel St Bazaar #217.

Insider Treading

Continue on Chapel crossing High St for good, plane threads at #143 Plane, and Design a Space #142 for up and coming young designer fashion. Café Orange’s footpath “lounge room” is the place to pop the cork or duck around into Duke St for sophisticated warehouse chic cocktails and tapas at Pandora’s Box #2. Invest in authenticity at Shag #130 and Fat Helens #78 and look into the past for inspiration at Le Contraste at #83 and Tarlo & Graham at #60 before settling in to the European allure of Dino’s Deli #34.

Partying is Such Sweet Sorrow

Haven’t had enough? Neither have we…. With the sun sinking and other parts of Melbourne settling in for the night, now’s the time to apply some spritz and a smile for an alternative night out on the town. Chill out in an intimate booth before stepping it up a notch at Hoo Haa #105. Yellow Bird #122 turns into a laid back rock n roll drop in bar after dinner or enjoy a lychee or pomegranate infused beverage at Lucky Coq #179. Greville St’s Boutique Nightclub #134 is one of Melbourne’s premier nightspots, while the million dollar view from Electric Ladyland #1/265 should impress. Join the cool crowd down at Katuk #517a or check out the disco bling at Temperance Hotel #426.

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lord coconut Handcrafted jewellery, cufflinks and art designed for men.

This hidden treasure within Carlow House is the only store in Melbourne specialising in handcrafted contemporary jewellery, cufflinks and art for men. The store features works by over 20 Melbourne jewellers, designers and artisans. Once you enter this Aladdin’s cave of contemporary jewellery you’ll be amazed at what the talented Melbourne jewellers and designers have produced for the discerning male. Products include: cufflinks, rings, necklaces, tie pins, lapel pins, mooches (brooches for men), earrings, bracelets/cuffs and selected artwork/objects. Take one of our handmade products home with you and you’ll be supporting Melbourne craft makers, jewellers, artisans and designers.

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new meaning Exciting, groundbreaking, entertaining. Words not normally associated with Eyecare. But OPSM eyehub is unlike anything out there, it’s the first concept store in Australia to offer Bespoke, high quality eyecare all in one place. What’s more, OPSM eyehub is located in Hawthorn. Take a moment now and discover how we have revolutionised eyecare. At OPSM eyehub, seeing is believing.

We’re open when you need us, drop in or book an appointment.

Trading hours 8am-8pm 9am-5pm 11am-5pm

174-176 Burwood road, Hawthorn Victoria 3122 T. 03 9819 5424

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Explore 530 Fabulous Stores, 50 Australian and International Designer Boutiques and 12 World Class Luxury Brands, all under the one roof and just 25 minutes from the city. Enjoy exclusive discounts of up to 30% from almost 200 stores when you collect your free Visitors Passport. Plus, be transported in style on the free Fashion Shuttle - Leaving the CBD 5 days a week. For enquiries, call 1300 668 467. It’s Time To Shop, In The Fashion Of Chadstone.

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Citadines on Bourke Melbourne Bringing you to the heart of the city.

Citadines on Bourke Melbourne, in the heart of the city’s CBD, offers access to world-renowned restaurants, entertainment areas, shopping districts and theatres. Each vibrant apartment has modern amenities along with access to the tness corner and swimming pool for convenience. Explore Melbourne and relax in the privacy and comfort of your Apart’hotel. For bookings call 1800 766 377 or visit www.citadines.com.au The Ascott Limited is a member of CapitaLand. It is the largest global serviced residence owner operator in Asia Pacic, Europe and the Gulf region, managing the Ascott, Citadines and Somerset brands in over 70 cities across more than 20 countries.


Surround yourself with heritage style in the heart of Melbourne.


InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto Celebrated as one of the world’s hottest and best new hotels by both Conde Nast Traveler and Wallpaper* magazines. InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto represents the resurrection of one of the city’s last remaining examples of 19th Century Victorian Gothic architecture into a timeless and inspiring luxury hotel. Behind the Gothic facade is a sleek yet intimate hotel that is home to two very different bars - the Bluestone Wine Lounge and the Market Lane Bar - and a variety of dining establishments, including Alluvial Restaurant and Guy Grossi’s exciting new venture, Merchant. InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto has also teamed up with Shannon Bennett, providing valet parking for his new Vue de monde restaurant on the 55th floor of the adjacent Rialto building. InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto’s warmth and exceptional service belies its size, with more than 250 guest rooms across two soaring wings,

including a stunning collection of suites as well as the exclusive Club InterContinental lounge and facilities for premium guests. The hotel’s rooftop is also a destination itself, home to the kitchen’s own market garden and beehives, the Scandinavianinspired swimming pool and the glassencased fitness centre overlooking the Melbourne cityscape. Also available is the luxurious candle-lit East Day Spa offering east-meets-west treatments and therapies.

InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto 495 Collins Street Melbourne Ph: +61 3 8627 1400 www.intercontinental.com/melbourne


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The long awaited Longchamp boutique is now open on Collins Street. Established in Paris, in 1948, it’s one of the few luxury houses in the world still family owned. Longchamp is known for craftsmanship and heritage. Kate Moss now designs her own seasonal collection. Hunt Leather has been an iconic store on Collins Street since 1976. Discover fine luggage and leathergoods from around the world.

Melbourne’s best shopping strip. Just minutes from the city centre & offering the best of Melbourne’s shopping & dining experiences.

292 Collins Street, Melbourne

75 Tram from Flinders Street 48 Tram from Collins Street 78 or 79 Tram from Sth Yarra or St Kilda

Ph: (03) 9654 4151 www.huntleather.com.au

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style search begins Melbourne style is showcased in the shopfronts of Fitzroy, Collingwood & Richmond. Fitzroy Frivolity Gertrude Street galleries and cafes lace boutiques like Vixen - defined by textiled opulence and simplicity. Brunswick Street’s Vintage Sole pedestals history ’s rock scene, while Zetta Florence writes divine letters. Just north, Tiger & Peacock marries old world elegance and fresh style. Collingwood Cornucopia Smith Street is all about lifestyle, live music and food! Mountain Design and Kathmandu are perfect places to start your next outdoor adventure - while Nike and Adidas keep you moving. In.Cube8r showcases local design and ingenuity while Vivienna Lorikeet transforms your favourite garment into something new and wonderful.

Richmond Run About Start at the Yarra and re-decorate in Church Street’s designer homeware sector. Swan Street boasts style purveyors Hermon & Hermon and brings local design to the fore with Lily & The Weasel. Bridge Road gets unique with Excentrix, and the artist-run Blank Canvas. Victoria Street celebrates Asian Tide’s antiquities and Orient Express’ bold signature pieces. Getting there These precincts are all easily accessed by public transport. To find out how, visit www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au For more wonderful ways to spend your day, visit www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/events


docklands bargains! With such a variety of shops on offer, there is something for everyone.

Enjoy the open air spaces and laneways of Waterfront City ’s Harbour Town Shopping Centre between Costco and Docklands Drive. Offering a great mix of discount retailers and specialty stores, it is open 7 days a week with late night shopping to 9pm on Fridays. While there, visit the Tourism Lounge and pick up a free VIP card offering additional discounts and offers throughout the centre. If you have children, Monkey Mania has a “drop & shop” program giving you free time to concentrate on shopping without distractions! Spencer Street Fashion Station, above Spencer Street Station, is a new addition to Melbourne’s iconic fashion hot spots. There are over 120 brands giving you a fresh retail experience to really get excited about.

Open 10am to 6pm, 7 days a week. Access is easy with options including a walk across the Bourke Street pedestrian overpass, the free City Circle tram, drive and park at Harbour Town Shopping Centre free for the first hour then a $5 flat rate fee, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or book a water taxi to get around for something different! As well as shops, there are an abundance of restaurants, picturesque promenades, marinas, over 35 large scale urban art installations and exciting events and activities the whole family can enjoy, all within minutes of the city centre. For more information, visit www.docklands.com

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Get your fix of culture while you’re in the city. Art, design, theatre, dance and music are on offer day and night! Riverside revelry

The rejuvenated arts precinct at Southbank has an ever-evolving array of productions and exhibitions for all to enjoy. The NGV International hosts the incredibly popular Melbourne Winter Masterpieces blockbuster each year: this year, Vienna, Art & Design is on display. The Melbourne Theatre Company has a new home in an architecturally designed building, right next door to the Melbourne Recital Centre. Nearby, the Malthouse Theatre and ACCA (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art) have less mainstream artistic offerings.

Discover federation

The square, that is. Opened in 2002, it has since become Melbourne’s meeting place, with a number of cultural, retail and gourmet offerings. A favourite with visitors and locals alike is The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, which focuses solely on local art. The Aboriginal collection is particularly strong, with both artefacts and works by major indigenous artists, including Queen McKenzie, Emily Kam Kngwarray and Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, on permanent display. Also on site is the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Both permanent and travelling exhibitions dealing with the history and workings of the film industry are shown here, and there’s also a cinema showing arthouse films and cult classics. See the work of contemporary street artists at No Vacancy Project Space, and drop in on Saturdays for the Fed Square Book Market, held in the Atrium. One of the most unusual uses of space happens at Fed Square twice a year ( July and December) when the Melbourne Design Market takes over the car park. Fashion, homewares, lighting, furniture and plenty more by selected artisans are available for sale.


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Even a day wandering the streets can give you a taste of how art is integrated into all aspects of Melbourne life. Down tiny laneways - try Hosier, Caledonian and Union Lanes - you’ll find the work of not only this city’s most exciting street artists, but also creations by others who’ve visited from around the world. Each year, the City of Melbourne also reveals its Laneway Commissions, a series of contemporary public works driven by artists and their ideas. In 2011, submissions were sought from Victorian-based indigenous artists, and the results will be unveiled in August and September. Also in the streets and laneways you’ll find many independent artist-run galleries. West Space has developed an enviable reputation in arts circles for its artistled program that includes practitioners working experimentally in a diverse range of mediums, from craft and visual art to music and writing. Equally innovative are the exhibitions at Craft Victoria, which supports contemporary designers and makers. (Its shop, Counter, is also the perfect spot to buy unique gifts.) Some really interesting galleries, including Blindside and Pigment Gallery, can be found in the Nicholas Building. This is also the home of many of Melbourne’s creatives - jewellers, milliners, designers - although you’ll need to make appointments to see them or visit on an Open Day.

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Many people assume that indigenous culture can only be experienced in the outback, but Melbourne, part of the Kulin Nation, is an important meeting place for the Wurundjeri, Boonerwrung, Taungurong, Djajawarrung and Wathaurong people. Apart from the excellent collection of Aboriginal art at the NGV: Ian Potter Centre, there are several other places to view indigenous works in Melbourne including the Koorie Heritage Trust, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi and Flinders Lane Gallery. On Tuesday and Thursday each week, visitors can join indigenous guides for a 90-minute walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens to discover the traditional uses for native plants. At the Melbourne Museum, Bunjilaka is a centre where Aboriginal people interpret their culture and heritage for both indigenous and non-indigenous people.

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Don’t spend precious browsing time being lost. Join one of Bernadette Alibrando’s Walk to Art tours taking in street art, artist-run spaces, commercial galleries and artists’ studios. You can ask questions of the consultant leading the walk as well as the artists and curators you meet. There are a number of tours in the CBD and inner suburbs, and all participants are given a starter pack so they can keep exploring.


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54 creative culture OLD TREASURY BUILDING

QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET

Old Treasury Building was built to store gold and it was also the office of the Premier and Governor. Explore the original gold vaults and fascinating exhibition stories about Melbourne, the gold rush era, Ned Kelly and the Eureka stockade. Temporary exhibitions too. FREE ENTRY.

Looking for a unique shopping experience? Shop at Queen Vic Market! Find an array of clothing, shoes, leather goods, fresh flowers, jewellery, handicrafts, souvenirs, homewares and more. It’s the perfect place to look for gifts for all occasions - and it’s all in the one location.

20 Spring Street, Melbourne

Cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne

Ph: (03) 9651 2233 info@oldtreasurybuilding.org.au www.oldtreasurybuilding.org.au

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MELTOURS

The Shrine of Remembrance is Victoria’s war memorial of national significance. It is one of Melbourne’s unique architectural landmarks surrounded by beautiful parkland. The Shrine of Remembrance offers an annual program of exhibitions and events. Open 10am - 5pm daily. Admission free, donations welcome.

MELTours is Melbourne’s best Walking Tour Company and we are excited to be able to show off our great city to you! We offer a wide range of tours such as laneways, art, architecture, bars, cycling and shopping, MELTours is able to cater for everyone.

Shrine of Remembrance St Kilda Road, Melbourne

MELTours GPO Box 2248, Melbourne

Ph: (03) 9661 8100 www.shrine.org.au

Bookings: 0407 380 969 info@meltours.com.au www.meltours.com.au

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bay of creativity An exciting art scene thrives as St Kilda, Port Melbourne and South Melbourne inspire young minds and fresh palates. St Kilda Sensation St Kilda proves the perfect marriage of yesterday, tomorrow and today. The contemporary art scene of breaking and established artists is celebrated at Acland Street’s Linden Gallery while Alma Road’s Jewish Museum of Australia combines the historical with the visionary. Surface Pop - the exciting exhibition space and shop front - is turning art on its head, while Dogs Bar art events are warmly catered. The whole family, as always, can enjoy the area’s local artisans with the Esplanade’s famous beachfront market. Art on the Port Port Melbourne’s Gasworks Arts Park is a Melbourne institution where else can you visit artist-run studios and vibrant exhibitions while enjoying the fresh air and café atmosphere? Along Bay Street’s

beautiful avenue the Melbourne Art Room and Port Art Gallery hang a diverse range of collections in historic splendour. South Melbourne Sojourn South Melbourne is buzzing with creativity: Coventry Street’s Nexus Modern Art and Greenwood Gallery present contemporary art at its best. Park Street proudly hosts the indigenous art of Blue Door Gallery and rock star love of The RAW Gallery. A walking tour or class changes the pace at The Victoria Tapestry Workshop.


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ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS MELB OURNE

Relive some of Australia’s greatest fashion moments and experience all the drama and excitement that is Flemington. Unique programs include the chance to make your very own millinery creation and learn about Millinery art from one of Melbourne’s own Milliners.

Take a stroll through the spectacular Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and discover over 160 years of fascinating history in this much-loved garden. Learn about the local Indigenous culture on the award-winning Aboriginal Heritage Walk; relax in one of the Garden’s cafés or experience the delightful Gardens Shop. Open 7.30am to sunset daily.

448 Epsom Road, Flemington

Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra

Ph: (03) 8378 0660 flemingtonheritage@vrc.net www.flemington.com.au

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craving culture Add music, art and events to your ‘must do’ list. This area is brimming with creative energy. On the fringe of the city, just south of the Yarra, are some of Melbourne’s most famous shopping precincts including Chapel St, High St and Toorak Rd. But explore a little further and you’ll find a thriving arts community, more than 30 vibrant galleries and auction houses and a year-round program of events, festivals and performances. Stonnington Jazz is an important fixture on the cultural calendar. For 10 days in May, the city celebrates with 100 per cent Australian Jazz featuring jazz greats as well as emerging artists. The festival is a must for jazz fans. For details www.stonningtonjazz.com.au During Spring and Summer, parks and gardens across the City of Stonnington come alive with a range of free outdoor concerts

and events. Whatever your age or musical taste, there’s something on the events program for you including; Jazz In The Gardens, Opera In The Park, Symphony Under The Stars and Flavours, which celebrates the city’s cultural diversity. Check the program at www.stonnington.vic.gov.au/arts Chapel off Chapel in Prahran is a gem. It is the city’s premier venue for the arts with a critically acclaimed theatre as well as gallery spaces. Chapel off Chapel hosts outstanding live performances and exhibitions all year round. For details of what’s on visit www.chapeloffchapel.com.au


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discover inspiration Located a short distance from Melbourne’s CBD, along the iconic Yarra River… Home to Heide Museum of Modern Art, Montsalvat and a multitude of working artists’ studios and galleries, the area offers visitors the opportunity to discover and experience what has captured the imagination of some of Australia’s greatest artists. Art Hunt out the galleries, performing arts venues, potteries, artists open studios and workshops dotted across the region to immerse yourself in the region. Follow in the footsteps of the artists of the Heidelberg School, Australian’s first significant art movement. The Heidelberg School Artists trail includes 57 signs, providing information on the individual artists with reproduction of their work

located close to where they painted and lived. Heidi Museum of Modern Art 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen Heide Museum of Modern Art is a unique space - a synthesis of indoor and outdoor environments, a place of modern and contemporary art and design, with a rich and colourful art heritage and social history. Montsalvat 7 Hillcrest Road, Eltham Montsalvat, an Artist Colony situated in 12 acres of garden. Currently Montsalvat’s grounds and buildings are mostly used for exhibitions, performances, weddings and receptions; many artists continue to reside in Montsalvat.


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valley of the arts Melbourne’s Valley of the Arts teams with artistic activity and creativity.

Where to Eat and Shop Visit the village-type shops of Warrandyte, Hurstbridge or Eaglemont for anything from antiques, handmade jewellery or crafts. For many, the culinary delights of Melbourne’s Valley of the Arts are enough reason to visit. Everything from pub meals to coffee shops, cafés in memorable venues and locations to award winning wineries and top class restaurants are here to be enjoyed. Weekend markets are a big part of the Valley. From Farmers Markets to craft markets every taste is catered for. The weekly Saturday morning market at St Andrews is a must do visit. History Walking back in time is easy in the Valley of the Arts. Explore Victoria’s

gold rush at the Gold Soundscapes Trail in Warrandyte where gold was first discovered in Victoria; you can step back to pioneering days at Schramms Cottage in Doncaster or Andrew Ross Museum in Kangaroo Ground. Drop into Petty’s Orchard in Templestowe to see a heritage orchard growing more than 200 varieties of apples. Step out of the city inside the Valley of the Arts… exceptional arts experiences, accommodation, fine food and a glass of local wine… and enjoy.


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CHOCOHOLIC TOURS

Prahran Market is the premier food market in Melbourne from gourmet to everyday. Enjoy lunch in our square and get goodies vacuum packed to take back home! Open: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday - selected traders.

Chocoholics, sweet tooths and visitors alike can discover Melbourne’s world of chocolate and experience the life of its streets, hidden lanes and arcades - all in one walking tour. The walking tours are for all ages and take place throughout the year, in all weather conditions. Tours go Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Private tours can be arranged.

163 Commercial Road, South Yarra

Chocoholic Tours, Melbourne

Ph: (03) 8290 8220 www.prahranmarket.com.au

Ph: (03) 9686 4655 Mobile: 0412 158 017 suzie@chocoholictours.com.au www.chocoholictours.com.au

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art of discovery Galleries in hidden laneways, creativity behind historic doors: Fitzroy, Collingwood & Richmond are sure to surprise. Unfurling Fitzroy Start at the Fitzroy Gardens with the Fitzroy Aboriginal Walking Trail. Along the way, veer off to admire Brunswick Street’s public art installations; engage in the Walk to Art tours to ensure you capture everything. Galleries and artistrun studios spark inspiration and illustrate the area’s creative heart. Collingwood Culture There’s only two ways to discover vibrant Collingwood: recommendation or exploration. If a point down beautiful paths strikes you best, visit hidden studios and exhibition spaces in the Collingwood Arts Precinct. Spend contemplative days at the Abbotsford Convent, the arts precinct enveloping artists, heritage gardens, classes, ideas and conversation.

Richmond Prediction Yesteryear’s ideas hold strong in Richmond’s architecture; tomorrow’s inspiration pulses behind the facades. Get a head start with the City of Yarra Galleries Guide and go hunting at your own pace. Albert Street Galleries organise open days to show you what’s next - don’t miss out. Getting there These precincts are all easily accessed by public transport. To find out how, visit www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au For more creative inspiration, visit www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/events


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Discover a rich, vibrant history of culture in Hobsons Bay.

Be Inspired Public art, markets, heritage, history, ghost tours, literary and music festivals, the only thing you need is time, walking shoes or bike and an open mind. To explore Hobsons Bay, jump on a ferry and head across the bay to Williamstown, a part of the city with the charm of an old seaport. Much of its heritage remains, with grand old houses, workers cottages, historic pubs and churches making it a great place to wander. Or for the braver souls, listen to tales tall or true by joining one of Lantern Tours’ regular ghost tours or a psychic supper at The Altona Homestead. Hidden Treasures Newport is home to the magnificent Substation, one of Melbourne’s newest and most interesting arts destinations, housed in a massive, and frankly, inspiring space that dates back

to 1915. Don’t miss the indoor Artist Market, held on the first Saturday of each month, where you will find that something special. Seaside Delights The Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail opens up 23 kilometres of foreshore trail, boasting contemporary public artworks and interpretive markers to bring the local environment and history to life. Whether it’s Shakespeare In The Gardens in the idyllic Williamstown Botanic Gardens, or the city wide Summer Sounds music events, make a date to enjoy the sights and sounds of the bay. To discover more, visit www.visithobsonsbay.com.au


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multi-award winning landscape artist John Wolseley and contemporary indigenous artist Lorraine ConnellyNorthey. The BACC often runs programs that provide unique opportunities for discussions with the artists themselves. To get the Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, catch a train on the Sandringham line and get off at Middle Brighton station. After a meander through the cosmopolitan Church Street shopping centre, a five minute stroll north along Carpenter Street will bring you to the historic Town Hall. For more information check out: www.bayside.vic.gov.au/bacc


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indulgence The temptation to pack every minute with activity and experiences is understandable, but make the most of your visit with some decadent downtime. Star treatment

Forget about all your stresses with a luxurious spa treatment. On the 27th floor of Crown Metropol, Isika Day Spa offers a range of massages, body treatments and facials in calm surrounds. But what is really special is the infinity pool and sun deck, surrounded by glass, overlooking the city. You can float here, read a book, and also use the steam room, ice showers and vitality pool. For a different spa experience, head to St Kilda beach, walk along the esplanade, then book in at Aurora Spa Retreat, located at The Prince. The Kitya Karnu Signature Treatment, an exfoliation, facial and hair treatment performed in a private steam room, will leave you feeling as if you’ve been on holiday for weeks.

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Fancy a girly treat? Take high tea with dainty sandwiches, scrumptious cakes and traditional scones, jam and cream. One of the most popular tea services is offered at the historic Windsor Hotel, although a newer favourite is at Hotel Nest, where tea is taken in a light-filled vintage-inspired room.

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Imagine the city, silent and bathed in early-morning light, drifting slowly below you. That’s the experience of a hot-air balloon ride with Global Balloons, which offers hourlong flights at sunrise each day (weather permitting). For those who like to keep their feet planted on terra firma, there are other opportunities to enjoy nature, even in the midst of the city. Wander around the Royal Botanic Gardens, 36 hectares of lush lawns and gardens in South Yarra, and soak up the sunshine and birdsong.


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Melbourne has much for her visitors to see, do, eat and experience. We like to entertain and will always put you up for the night with splendid service, warm hospitality and friendly smiles. As reflected in the city at large, historic heritage properties sit alongside modern architecture; sweeping bay views tower above street level doorsteps and balconies open to sea breezes. In a city where food, dining and entertainment wash over our every passion and interest, hospitality is key. Pick up the key to your room, suite, apartment or home away from home and be comforted by a staff that knows the city you want to know.


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indulge & unwind Immerse Rejuvenate Relax Experience another time, another place at Werribee Park. The sweet sounds of Africa Wake up to the sound of lions roaring and step out of your luxurious safari tent to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Africa. Werribee Open Range Zoo offers a selection of intimate tours to complement your overnight stay. Slow the pace down and step back in time The atmosphere is relaxed, but refined. A stay at the Mansion Hotel and Spa is a must for the discerning traveller. Relax by the pool, indulge in a treatment at The Spa, take a walk in the formal gardens or head next door for a round of golf. Food lovers will be spoiled during their stay.

Take short stroll to Shadowfax Winery for wood fired pizza or indulge yourself in a fine dining experience at Werribee’s contemporary restaurant Joseph’s. For more information contact Werribee Visitor Information Centre 9742 0906 or www.wyndham.vic.gov.au


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Step back in time to Williamstown, a world away yet so close to home.

Grand style Take to the water, or the skies, to make your grand entrance to Williamstown. Cruise into Hobsons Bay by boat or, for a real bird’s-eye view, experience the magnificent scenery from the seaplane; the perfect start to your indulgent getaway. Watch the setting sun reflect off the Melbourne skyscrapers from one of many restaurants by the water in Williamstown or, for pure relaxation, feast on fish and chips at the pier. Pamper time Time to relax and spoil yourself with an indulgent massage or spa treatment. Spend the day being pampered at one of Williamstown’s luxurious day spas and revel in the rejuvenation. Wake up to the

sounds of the sea or perhaps a champagne breakfast with fresh mussels right off the boat. Garden delight Relax with a gourmet hamper from one of the local speciality food stores, and head outdoors to Commonwealth Reserve where the city ferries come in. Enjoy the reserve’s historic rotunda and gracious avenues of elms, catch a film in Summer under the stars or just marvel at the stunning Williamstown Botanic Gardens, right across from the beach. Take time out to enjoy the simple things in life. To discover more, visit www.visithobsonsbay.com.au


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visit bayside Take a break from the CBD in chic Bayside, 15 minutes south east of the CBD on the Sandringham train line. Why not enjoy some of the best golf in Victoria without the hassle of a long journey? There are four public golf courses in Bayside: Elsternwick Golf Course, Brighton Public, Sandringham Golf Links and Cheltenham Park. All of these are located within 30 minutes by train or less by car from the CBD and are located within the famous Melbourne Sandbelt. BYO clubs or hire on site. 17 kilometres of some of the most stunning coastline in Melbourne stretches from Brighton to Beaumaris. The revitalised Coastal Trail that meanders along this length now comprises four elements: history, Indigenous, environment and art.

These trails celebrate the lives and artwork of some of Australia’s greatest artists, tell the stories of the Boon wurrung, recollect the historical significance of the area and celebrate the pristine natural environment of the foreshore. Coastal cafes and tea houses provide the opportunity to relax by the ocean whilst enjoying some of the best of Melbourne’s cafe culture.


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