OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE
Melbourne Spring 2016
Spring’s hottest events
From local labels to international brands
Discounts for the city’s best experiences
Kinky Boots, The Musical
16 SEP – 12 FEB
THE IAN POTTER CENTRE: NGV AUSTRALIA, FEDERATION SQUARE
A NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA EXHIBITION IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
John Olsen Seafood paella 2007 (detail) Private collection © John Olsen, administered by Viscopy, Sydney
Santana de Yepes
13 Melbourne Festival
26 Get the good oil from celebrity chef George Calombaris Cumulus Inc
Welcome to Melbourne
Melbourne springs into action
16 Laneways of hidden treasures
18 Melbourne laneways map
20 Melbourne’s many sides
24 Discover Melbourne
Eat & drink
58 Reader competition
Arts & culture
See & do
102 Melbourne neighbourhoods map
114 Regional Victoria
122 Regional Victoria map 124 V/ Line network map
132 Useful information
140 Train network map
141 Tram network map
144 Traveller tips
48 Our dining picks this spring
148 Frequently asked questions
151 Accommodation index
152 Inner Melbourne map
154 Melbourne city map
Message from the Minister
Festivals, fashion and fillies will get the pulse racing as Melbourne gallops into spring with the 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival.
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Message from the Lord Mayor The sun is shining, the days are warmer and there’s plenty on offer in the world’s most liveable city this spring.
Music lovers will head to Melbourn e Music Week, while fashionistas can sample the latest trends at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. The Spring Racing Carnival is rarin g to go, featuring an action-packed calendar of even ts, and Melbourne Fringe will delight and surprise audie nces with an outstanding range of arts performan ces. From strolling through our beautiful parks and gardens to taking in the stunning waterfront views at Docklands, spring is the perfect time of year to explore our wonderful city. We look forward to welcoming you!
Robert Doyle Lord Mayor
Welcome to Melbourne
With so much to see and do, visitors to Melbourne are spoilt for choice: sporting spectacles; art and culture attractions; stylish shopping; beautiful arcades and laneways; and picturesque public parks.
Arts & culture
Food & wine
From grand theatres, museums and galleries to laneway street art and vibrant cultural festivals, Melbourne is the place to get your fix of art, design, music and live shows.
Within the leafy city limits there are beautiful botanical gardens and public parks. Explore Port Philip Bay’s sheltered beaches, take a boat cruise on the Yarra River or follow a walking track along the water’s edge.
Melbourne is renowned for its flair for food, acclaimed chefs and cool bar scene. The city boasts more than 3,000 restaurants, cafés and bars representing about 75 different ethnic cuisines.
Melbourne lives and breathes sport. A jam-packed calendar of high-profile sporting events runs year round, with spectators able to get up close to the action at our world-class arenas.
Melbourne is a favourite destination for those with a passion for fashion. The city’s shopping precincts cater to all tastes and budgets with luxe designer boutiques, large department stores and local artisan markets.
Bourke Street Mall
Toyota AFL Grand Final
Jurassic World: The Exhibition
Until 11 November
Late September–22 January
From 28 August
Princess Theatre w au.matildathemusical.com
Arts Centre Melbourne w artscentremelbourne.com.au
Regent Theatre w wewillrockyou.com.au
Until 18 September
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre w animefestival.com.au
We Will Rock You
SCORSESE ACMI w acmi.net.au
Until 18 September
Melbourne Winter Masterpieces – Degas: A New Vision NGV International w ngv.vic.gov.au Until 2 October
Jurassic World: The Exhibition
Melbourne Museum w jurassicworldtheexhibition.com
Matilda the Musical
Madman Anime Festival
October 1 October
2016 Toyota AFL Grand Final
MCG and Etihad Stadium w afl.com.au
2016 Toyota AFL Finals Series
15 September–2 October
Various locations w melbournefringe.com.au 17 September–25 September
Snugglepot & Cuddlepie
Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne w artscentremelbourne.com.au
Kylie on Stage
MCG w afl.com.au
MCG Open Day MCG w mcg.org.au
Melbourne Festival Various locations w festival.melbourne From 12 October
Her Majesty’s Theatre w kinkybootsthemusical.com.au
We Will Rock You
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre w cakebakeandsweets.com/ melbourne
11 November–13 March
Cake Bake and Sweets Show
Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix Phillip Island w motogp.com.au 29–30 October
Fast5 Netball World Series Hisense Arena w netball.com.au
29 October–5 November
Melbourne Cup Carnival Flemington Racecourse w flemington.com.au
Welcome to Melbourne
World Cup of Golf
Melbourne Music Week Various locations w melbourne.vic.gov.au/mmw
David Hockney NGV International w ngv.vic.gov.au
16 November–29 March
Summer Night Market Wednesdays at Queen Victoria Market w qvm.com.au
21 November–16 December
The Ring Cycle
Arts Centre Melbourne w opera.org.au 23–27 November
World Cup of Golf Kingston Heath w pgatour.com
2016 Festival of Hockey Various locations w hockey.org.au/melbourne
Looking ahead 2–4 December
The Big Design Market Royal Exhibition Building w thebigdesignmarket.com 4–11 December
2016 Sailing World Cup Final St Kilda Sailing Precinct w sailingworldcupmelbourne.com
Top left: AFL Media Above: David Hockney, English 1937–, Yosemite I, October 16th 2011, iPad drawing, Collection of the artist, © David Hockney
Melbourne is blooming with sport, art, music, theatre and fashion this spring. Get among the action!
Melbourne gets kinky
The feel-good, multi-awardwinning musical Kinky Boots (from 12 October) will sashay into Her Majesty’s Theatre this spring. Audiences will be wowed and moved by the tale (based on a true story) of reluctant shoe factory inheritor Charlie Price and effervescent drag queen Lola. This unlikely pair has much to learn from one another! With a musical score created by pop icon Cyndi Lauper to boot (pardon the pun), you’ll kick yourself if you miss this fabulous show. w kinkybootsthemusical.com.au
The best of David Hockney
Discover why David Hockney is considered one of the most influential contemporary artists of the past century at NGV International’s exclusive exhibition. David Hockney (11 November–13 March) features 700 extraordinary pieces by the acclaimed British artist, including paintings, digital drawings, photography and video works. The large-scale landscapes will take your breath away. w ngv.vic.gov.au
David Hockney Above: David Hockney, English 1937–, Self-portrait, 25 March 2012, No. 2, iPad drawing, Collection of the artist, © David Hockney
Spring drinks Looking for a place to have a sip with friends after a show or day at the races? Check out these venues with great views.
Welcome to Melbourne
SCORSESE Brigitte Lacombe
We Will Rock You!
More than 16 million theatregoers can’t be wrong! That’s how many people have rocked out at performances of this smash hit musical (written by Ben Elton with songs by Queen) in the world’s biggest cities. Due to popular demand, We Will Rock You! (from 28 August) is returning to Melbourne’s Regent Theatre. Get ready to be dazzled by the show’s brilliant costumes, sets, lighting and, of course, rock anthems, including ‘We are the Champions’ and ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’. w wewillrockyou.com.au
Opera doesn’t get any bigger than this. Richard Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen (also known as The Ring Cycle) is a pinnacle of operatic and orchestral indulgence and excellence. The Ring Cycle (21 November–16 December) is a four-part opera that is staged over four different nights. Arts Centre Melbourne will present three productions of The Ring Cycle. w opera.org.au
A number of blockbuster exhibitions and musicals are about to bid Melbourne farewell, so catch Degas: A New Vision and SCORSESE (both until 18 September), as well as Jurassic World: The Exhibition (until 2 October) and Matilda the Musical (until 11 November), before they move on. w ngv.vic.gov.au w acmi.net.au w jurassicworldtheexhibition.com w au.matildathemusical.com Matilda the Musical
Melina On The Rooftop
01 Melina On The Rooftop
New rooftop venue with fabulous views, architecturally designed interior and tapas menu inspired by Greek actress Melina Mercouri. w melinaontherooftop. com.au
02 Woolshed Pub
Spacious gastro pub in Docklands with harbour views, outdoor decks and sport on the big screen. w woolshedpub.com
03 Ludlow Bar & Dining Room
Dining room, cocktail lounge and public bar overlooking the Yarra River in the Southbank precinct. Open 11am till late every day. w ludlowbar.com.au
The city becomes swept up in fillies and fashion during the Spring Racing Carnival (27 August–26 November). The excitement of thoroughbred racing also extends to the suburbs and regional areas with race meets held at tracks across the state as part of the carnival calendar. Melbourne Cup Carnival
Did you know?
The crowd at the first Melbourne Cup was just 4,000 people and the winner’s prize was actually a gold watch – not a Cup trophy – and cash purse.
The Makybe Diva Stakes is the feature race at the Sofitel Girls’ Day Out (10 September). The major drawcard for many of the female contingent of the crowd is the fashion and entertainment precinct, Paris Lane, overlooking the track and city skyline. BMW Caulfield Cup (15 October) is an important lead-up race to the Melbourne Cup as it informs punters which horses are in peak form for ‘the race that stops a nation’™ on the first Tuesday in November. The trackside fashion and festivities are also a highlight at the second richest horse race in Australia. Considered by serious race-goers as one of the best days for quality racing, the prestigious William Hill Cox Plate (22 October) at Moonee Valley Racing Club is known for fast and thrilling racing.
Melbourne Cup Carnival
The Melbourne Cup Carnival (29 October–5 November) continues to grow in profile and popularity each year. Crowds flock to Flemington to soak up the social atmosphere while watching the magnificent thoroughbreds thunder down the straight.
In the know
Georgia Connolly VRC Flemington Ambassador and talented equestrian eventer
Shop Melbourne Cup Carnival
With each day comes with its own fashion style. The traditional dress code for AAMI Victoria Derby Day (29 October) is black and white for the ladies and grey morning suits for the gents. Steeped in history and nostalgia, Emirates Melbourne Cup Day (1 November) is the world’s richest handicap turf race and known for its frivolity and party-like atmosphere. A highlight of Crown Oaks Day (3 November), known as ‘ladies day’, is the announcement of the coveted Fashions on the Field competition, while the carnival winds down with family-friendly Emirates Stakes Day (5 November).
As a Melbourne girl I love shopping, and there’s no better place to find the perfect spring racing look than at Myer. It stocks all my favourite Australian designers including Alex Perry, Yeojin Bae and Maticevski. For headpieces I like working with talented local milliners like Natalie Bikicki and Kim Fletcher, who always manage to create something unique to complement my Melbourne Cup Carnival look.
For pampering and facials I love ISIKA at Crown Metropol. Not only are the staff amazing, but you also have access to the phenomenal Metropol pool, with stunning views across Melbourne’s CBD. It’s the perfect spot to indulge pre-raceday.
Tips for raceday novices
Make sure your shoes are comfortable – opt for a block heel as a stiletto will sink into the ground. And a bag with a shoulder strap is another must, because then you have your hands free to place bets and juggle the race guide with a glass of champagne!
Follow Georgia on: @gigi_connolly
Welcome to Melbourne
Georgia Connolly, who has been riding since she was three, is in her element as a VRC Flemington Ambassador where she can combine her passion for horses and love of fashion. Georgia owns four horses and competes in dressage. Her family was a part owner of 2001 Melbourne Cup runner Maythehorsebewithu which came a respectable fifth place. We spoke to Georgia about her top tips for visitors who will be in town for this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week
It’s a feast for fashionistas when Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (26 August–2 September) showcases the latest creations from the city’s top designers in runway shows, parades, exhibitions and workshops. Find out what styles are trending this season as well as who are the rising stars of the rag trade. w melbourne.vic.gov.au/msfw
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week
Melbourne Music Week
Melbourne is a music-loving city and for the sixth year celebrates its status as Australia’s live music capital during Melbourne Music Week (11–19 November). The program features concerts, DJs, films, workshops, artistic collaborations and industry events across the city in spaces you might imagine (such as the city’s well-known live performance venues) as well as many exciting and unconventional ones you might not. Melbourne Music Week
The lure of tours What better way to explore the city than on foot – or two wheels – with a passionate expert guide? Get your sneakers on and go.
Welcome to Melbourne
Melbourne Festival Raphael Helle
Melbourne Fringe Walk Melbourne
01 Hidden Secrets Tours
Explore the city’s labyrinth of beautiful laneways and arcades and discover places that most locals don’t even know exist! Tour themes include café culture and progressive high tea. w hiddensecretstours.com.au
02 Walk Melbourne Melbourne Festival
Thought-provoking and inspiring, Melbourne Festival (6–23 October) is Australia’s leading international arts festival, delivering 17 days of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia and outdoor events at venues across the city. Highlights include Voces, a tribute to the art of flamenco by Ballet Flamenco and Sara Baras, plus Ancient Rain, which sees the words of great Irish poets given new life in a collaboration between Paul Kelly and Camille O’Sullivan. w festival.melbourne
Melbourne Fringe (15 September–2 October) is a festival that celebrates unbridled creativity and pushes the boundaries of what art is and can be. Thousands of performers from Australia and beyond participate in the independent festival to present their most exciting new work. With hundreds of shows, events and exhibitions spanning theatre, comedy, dance, visual art, circus, music and more, Melbourne Fringe has something for everyone. w melbournefringe.com.au
Choose your own adventure – different themed tours cover dumplings, coffee and even Melbourne’s famous rooftop bars. w walkmelbourne.com.au
03 Melbourne By Bike The bike, helmet and safety vest are supplied, you just need to provide the pedal power. The tailored tour itineraries are about four hours in duration, taking in CBD and inner suburban landmarks.
Footy’s grand day
Australian football was ‘born’ in Melbourne 160 years ago. The AFL remains the talk of the town for the 26 rounds of competition and preliminary finals leading into the Premiership flag decider, the 2016 Toyota AFL Grand Final (1 October). Footy is held in such esteem in Victoria, the Friday before the Grand Final has been declared a public holiday, allowing AFL fanatics to take part in the Toyota Grand Final Parade (30 September) through the CBD. w afl.com.au
Did you know?
The blackbox recorder, utility vehicle (‘ute’) and Vegemite were all invented in Melbourne.
Melbourne nets netball coup
Fast5 Netball World Series
Netball is one of the most popular team sports in Australia and Melbourne is rapt to be the host city for the Fast5 Netball World Series (29–30 October at Hisense Arena). It’s a bit like the netball equivalent of cricket’s Big Bash League, with the best players from Australia and across the world competing in an exciting five-players-a-side modified game format. Get yourself courtside. w fast5worldseries.com.au
Hooked on hockey
In the know
Cheer for our homegrown hockey stars from the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos as they take on the world’s best in the 2016 Festival of Hockey. The action will take place at the State Netball and Hockey Centre (23–27 November) and Bendigo (29–30 November). w hockey.org.au
World Cup of Golf
Twenty-eight of the golf’s biggest names will tee off at Melbourne’s magnificent Kingston Health course for the highly anticipated World Cup of Golf (23–27 November). The tournament will be a 72-hole, twoman team event (golfers will know what that means). w pgatour.com
Melbourne Vixens and Australian Diamonds netballer Twenty-two-year-old Joanna Weston is a shining star – or rather, ‘Diamond’ – of netball in Australia. She debuted with the Melbourne Vixens in 2011 and her strong defence skills and innate ability to read the play has seen her secure a spot on the Australian Diamonds team. Off the court, Joanna is a keen foodie and loves her home city of Melbourne. Here are some of favourite places.
Welcome to Melbourne
Festival of Hockey
Eau De Vie is a great hidden bar and has creative cocktails that go down very easily. For band gigs, I like going to The Workers Club in Fitzroy.
Seamstress is always reliable for delicious Asian food and the décor is interesting with creative references to the building’s former life as a textile factory. Fratellino Pizzeria in South Yarra is warm and cosy and its pizzas are the best in Melbourne.
Need for speed
Head to Phillip Island’s spectacular coastal racing circuit for the 2016 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix (21–23 October). Top riders in three bike classes will tackle the challenging course in pursuit of first place on the podium. w motogp.com.au
You can’t beat the view from the top of the Shrine of Remembrance (above). It is also a very moving place, paying respect to all Australians who have served in war to protect our freedom.
Above: Craig Ridley
World Cup of Golf
The Sidney Myer Music Bowl in the Kings Domain Gardens is an awesome outdoor amphitheatre for concerts and festivals.
Follow Joanna on: @jo_weston
of hidden treasures Melbourneâ€™s CBD is perfect for exploration. Within the easy-to-navigate grid pattern of city blocks are beautiful arcades and hidden laneways crammed with treasures.
Street art beat
Welcome to Melbourne
Melbourne has gained international notoriety for its street art. Some of the city’s most impressive street art murals and stencil work can be found in Hosier Lane (opposite Federation Square), Union Lane (off Bourke Street Mall) and Centre Place. Take a self-guided expedition or join a tour of our unofficial art galleries with a local street art specialist. w streetarttours.com.au w urbanscrawl.com.au/tours
Hide and seek bars
Submerge yourself in the city’s culture by enjoying a meal, drink and people watching at a cosy laneway restaurant or bar. Much of the fun comes from discovering a ‘secret’ bar behind a non-descript door. Seek out the signage-free Eau De Vie – an opulent old-world whisky and cocktail den. For fabulous food and wine in Flinders Lane, try Supernormal, Chin Chin and Meatball and Wine Bar. w eaudevie.com.au w supernormal.net.au w chinchinrestaurant.com.au w meatballandwinebar.com.au
Did you know?
Melbourne was the capital city of Australia for 26 years (from 1901 to 1927) before the capital shifted to Canberra.
The city is packed with hidden treasures tucked down laneways and inside beautifully restored, historic arcades. Browse the eclectic mix of boutiques selling everything from locally designed fashion to hand-made wooden toys and exquisite chocolates. Some must-sees? Block Arcade, Royal Arcade and Flinders Lane. w theblock.com.au w royalarcade.com.au
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01 A Hardware Street classic
Melbourne Central Station
Combining late-night drinks with after-hours snacks six nights a week, Nieuw Amsterdam is a New York-style bar that is also worthy of a lunchtime tipple should you feel the need.
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w nieuwamsterdam. com.au
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Bourke St Mall
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Find Royal Arcade, then go up a flight of stairs until you discover a true hidden gem of Melbourneâ€™s fashion scene, Somewhere Store. Home to mainly independent designers, there are options for any occasion.
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02 Dresses for her
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St Paul’s Cathedral
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laneways Welcome to Melbourne
State Library Victoria
02 Tiny treasure
Seek out Presgrave Place, wander down and take a peek into the glass box that is TwentyByThirty Gallery (out the front of Bar Americano, above). You will have discovered Melbourne’s smallest artist-run space.
3 minutes’ walk per block
Melbourne is a city with multiple personalities. Thanks to our ethnic and cultural diversity, you can get a delicious taste of a huge variety of cuisine, art, music and traditions. Docklands
After seeing the city sights from a bird’s-eye view on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, strap on your iceskates and channel Torvill and Dean as you glide around the rink at O’Brien Group Arena. w melbournestar.com.au w briengrouparena.com.au
See the city from a different perspective on a scenic Melbourne River Cruises boat trip along the Yarra River, followed by a drink at ‘floating’ bar PonyFish Island under the Southbank Pedestrian Bridge. w melbcruises.com.au w ponyfish.com.au
Fed Square is a city meeting spot and arts and cultural hub. Pop into ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), a world first, state-of-the-art facility displaying the moving image in all its forms – film, television, games, video and digital media. Check out the latest exhibition before heading to the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia to appreciate the largest collection of Australian art, including big names such as Sidney Nolan, Tom Roberts and Albert Tucker. w acmi.net.au w ngv.vic.gov.au
Bustling Chinatown on Little Bourke Street is the perfect place for traditional yum cha (try Shark Fin Inn, a city institution) and delicious dumplings (our recommendation is HuTong). Stop by the Chinese Museum for an insight into the history and culture of Chinese immigrants to Melbourne. w sharkfin.com.au w hutong.com.au w chinesemuseum.com.au HuTong
Auction Rooms Cafe
Welcome to Melbourne
Did you know?
Melbourne was originally named Batmania.
Word on the street
Go Greek in the cultural precinct spanning Lonsdale Street and Russell Street with a guided tour of the Hellenic Museum. Then enjoy a traditional or ‘lighter choice’ souvlaki at the Konstandakopoulos family’s 24-hour eatery Stalactites, which has been satisfying the cravings of the city’s night owls since 1978. w hellenic.org.au w stalactites.com.au
Everything old is cool again. Admire the antiques and great coffee at Auction Rooms Cafe, before browsing the selection of vinyl at Heartland Records. w auctionroomscafe.com.au w heartlandrecords.com.au
Head north of the city and enjoy la dolce vita in village-like Carlton. Carb up on delicious pasta or pizza at one of the many Italian trattorias on Lygon Street, followed by gelato and coffee at Brunetti Café. With a content tummy, check out an art-house flick at Cinema Nova. Stroll up and down the main strip exploring the retail offerings, or enjoy some live music at John Curtin Hotel. w brunetti.com.au w cinemanova.com.au w johncurtinhotel.com
Carly (29) and Lisa (28) from London, England You can see why Lygon Street is known as Little Italy – the food and coffee is the real deal here. The smell of pizza floating out onto the street is irresistible. We found a fantastic little place with a classic name, Heartattack and Vine, and had delicious tapas. We also loved exploring the massive bookshop (Readings) and boutiques along the strip. It’s mandatory to grab a gelato when you visit Lygon Street too. Pidapipo is our tip. w heartattackand vine.com.au w readings.com.au/carlton w pidapipo.com.au
the mark Dylan Alcott is a truly inspiring sportsman and human being. Dylan was born with a spinal cord tumour resulting in paraplegia and wheelchair dependence, but he has not let this define or confine him. Dylan Alcott’s list of achievements is impressive – gold medal winning wheelchair basketballer, Australian representative in wheelchair tennis at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, motivational speaker and Swisse Ambassador. He also has an infectious energy and positivity for life. We asked Dylan – a proud Melburnian and live music enthusiast – to share his favourite local places.
Royal Exhibition Building
The best place for a coffee is Drugstore Espresso on Toorak Road (a double shot latte is my choice). Great coffee, great food and run by some legendary dudes who are always up for a chat.
I am passionate about live music and festivals. Music is a huge part of how I celebrate life every day! Whenever I get some free time from sport I love relaxing with some music. The Corner Hotel and Forum are prime spots for this. The Vineyard in St Kilda is great for a beer in the sunshine. And Eau de Vie is the best spot for something fancy.
I do love a good night out when my tennis competition season is finished. My favourite spots are Pawn and Co and OneSixOne.
Welcome to Melbourne
The Local Tap House and Grosvenor Hotel in St Kilda are my favourite spots for a casual parma with the boys. For something special, my girlfriend and I like to head to Gazi in Exhibition Street.
I spend most of my days in streetwear. I am sucker for sneakers and have countless pairs of Nike kicks. I also love shopping at Prime, Incu and MJ Bale, or Aquila when suiting up.
Being a sports nut, I’m certainly living in the right city! The Australian Open (tennis) has a brilliant atmosphere and attracts the best players in the world. For me, it is an absolute honour to play there every year. The Melbourne Cup Carnival is another favourite, particularly
Derby Day. I love the tradition of Derby Day and the black-andwhite dress code, plus there is no better palace on track than the Swisse marquee in the Birdcage.
A sneaky trip down to Red Hill (on the Mornington Peninsula) and its wineries is a beautiful little treat. Not far from the city, it’s an excellent spot to unwind with great food and a drop of red.
The Royal Exhibition Building is my favourite building in Melbourne. The architecture is stunning. I was lucky enough to have all of my university exams in there, so I have spent countless hours admiring the décor. Follow Dylan on: /dylanalcottofficial @dylanalcott
Melbourne Let your passion – or purse – determine how to spend your time in Melbourne.
Laugh out loud
Melbourne loves a laugh. See some of Australia’s top comedians at The Comic’s Lounge (open every night except Sunday) where you can enjoy dinner before the stand-up show begins. Some of the names on the line-up in September and October are Akmal Saleh, Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann, Josh Earl and Mickey D (whose real name is Michael Dwyer). The Brunswick Hotel has a free comedy night (starting at 8pm) on Mondays, as does Spleen Bar (from 8.30pm). w thecomicslounge.com.au w brunswickhotel.net w comedyatspleen.com
City Circle Tram
Melbourne Town Hall
The best things in life are free
There are stacks of visitor attractions you can enjoy without having to open your wallet. Jump aboard a free City Circle Tram (number 35) for a loop of the CBD. Take a stroll around Fitzroy Gardens (see the hand-carved Fairies Tree, model Tudor village and floral displays in the Conservatory. Join a tour of Parliament House or Melbourne Town Hall. Browse specially commissioned works at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). w ptv.vic.gov.au w fitzroygardens.com w parliament.vic.gov.au w melbourne.vic.gov.au w accaonline.org.au
We heart Melbourne
Ramp up the romance with a catered picnic lovingly prepared by The Stables of Como, the onsite café at historic Como House and Garden in South Yarra. After devouring the delicious contents of your wicker basket, stroll around pretty surrounds and join a tour of the elegant homestead. w thestablesofcomo.com.au w nationaltrust.org.au
If you’re scared of heights, look away now! If you’re not, get your adrenaline pumping by strapping on a harness and plunging headfirst down a seven-storey building with Melbourne Rap Jumping. Another suggestion is ‘The Edge’ experience at Eureka Skydeck, where you’re suspended nearly 300 metres over Melbourne in a glass cube. w rapjumping.com w eurekaskydeck.com.au
Pure pampering Need some nurturing? Here are three of the city’s best spas. Miss Fox
Welcome to Melbourne
01 Miss Fox The Grampians
All that jazz
Tucked down the city’s laneways is a treasure trove of cool jazz clubs that come to life at night. Bennetts Lane is a Melbourne institution. Also check out Paris Cat and the new Bird’s Basement, which has a partnership with New York’s legendary Birdland. If you’re visiting the city on a Sunday this September or October, make a reservation for Arts Centre Melbourne’s Jazz High Tea where you’ll enjoy a live performance of jazz classics with your plate of cakes and pastries. w bennettslane.com w birdsbasement.com w pariscat.com.au w artscentremelbourne.com.au
Bliss for bookworms
Forget soulless e-books, lovers of literature in paper form can peruse for hours at specialist book stores, such as Readings (crowned 2016 International Bookstore of the Year) and Kay Craddock Antiquarian Booksellers for rare and fine books. For author talks, discussion groups and inspiration, visit the Wheeler Centre. w readings.com.au/carlton w kaycraddock.com w wheelercentre.com
Adventures further afield
If the mention of hiking in beautiful bushland or exploring ancient caves makes your eyes light up, there’s an abundance of adventure activities in Victoria’s picturesque regions. See the Regional Victoria section on page 114.
Enjoy an indulgent facial laced with precious stones (yes, you read it right) at this old-world glamour beauty parlour, followed by a cheeky Champagne or espresso martini. w missfox.com
02 Isika Day Spa at Crown Metropol
Relax at this peaceful, luxurious haven on the 27th floor of the Crown Metropol complex. Spa guests can also take a dip in the infinity pool. w crownmelbourne .com.au/spas
03 One For Men
A grooming and relaxation retreat for guys only. Get spruced up for spring at this one-stop shop that offers facials, waxing, hairstyling, pedicures and teeth whitening. w oneformen.com.au
Fashion on show
See some of the biggest names in fashion, jewellery and music on show.
01 Kylie On Stage
This major new exhibition at Arts Centre Melbourne (from late September) celebrates magical moments from Melbourne-born Kylie Minogue’s concert tours, including spectacular costumes and stage props. Entry is free. w artscentremelbourne. com.au
02 Italian Jewels: Bulgari Style
Bling it on! This stunning exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (30 September–29January) examines the relationship between the famed Italian jewellery house and Hollywood cinema. Ogle spectacular jewels worn by Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly and Keira Knightley. Entry is free. w ngv.vic.gov.au
03 Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists
The avant-garde creations by fashion artists Victor Hosting and Rolf Snoeren feature in this world-first exhibition, including more than 35 haute couture pieces. At NGV International from 21 October– 26 February. w ngv.vic.gov.au
George Calombaris, the kid from Mulgrave who became a masterchef, makes no secret of the fact that he’s madly in love with Melbourne.
George’s favourites We asked George to share some of his favourite Melbourne places.
D.O.C. Espresso, Carlton
Vue de Monde
Vue de Monde – Shannon Bennett is a brilliant chef doing awesome things with food.
E-lounge Pizzeria in Victoria Street, Richmond. It looks like an internet café from the outside but makes the best pizzas in Melbourne.
“The thing that makes Melbourne special is its inner soul,” says chef George Calombaris. “I’ll admit that I’m a linear, organised, 90 degree angle kind of guy, so I like that the city is set out in a grid format, making it easy to get around as well as delve into the laneways to find all those hidden gems.” But now George is heading west. Alas, it’s just across the Bay to Williamstown! The third installment of George’s highly successful Hellenic Republic franchise, known as Hellenic Hotel, is in the beautiful heritage building that was once Hobson’s Bay Hotel and has a distinct nautical feel to its interiors. “The style of food is traditional
pub favourites with a modern Greek gastro twist – we’re doing updated version of 1970s favourites like oysters kilpatrick and pavlova.” There’s a daily $15 meal special (think moussaka, stifado or chicken) that can be enjoyed upstairs in the public bar. Up here, there’s also a wide verandah where you can dine and drink al fresco. If you’d prefer to eat on Williamstown Beach or in a park, there’s a take-away menu too. So to steal some of George’s famous phrases, do yourself a favour, cross the Westgate and go to the Hellenic Hotel for a cracking dish. Chop chop! w hellenicrepublic.com.au
For more ideas about what to see and do in Williamstown see page 106.
The coffee at D.O.C. Espresso is incredible. You stand up while you drink it and watch the world go by, then leave to go about your business.
I love Melbourne Victory and cheering for the boys at their games at AAMI Stadium. We really are lucky to have so many world-class stadiums in the one city. It’s quite phenomenal.
Prahran Market is fantastic for fresh produce and meat.
Lui Bar has a smashing drink list and tapas menu, as well as awesome views over the city.
The Royal Mint (now the location of the Hellenic Museum) is stunning.
Welcome to Melbourne
Shop Shopping in Melbourne is at its finest in spring as the layers of winter clothing are shed and new season styles and racing attire hit the stores
Bourke Street Mall
Dressing the man The saying goes ‘clothes make the man’. Make a stylish statement by decking yourself out at three of our favourite Melbourne menswear specialists.
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01 Godwin Charli
This ready-to-wear suit boutique produces beautifully tailored, locally designed collections with small runs, meaning you’re unlikely to run into a ‘twin suiter’. It also offers a made-to-measure service and alterations. w godwincharli.com Emporium Melbourne Image Play
For the best names in fashion and food, step into the CBD’s newest shopping and dining precinct: St Collins Lane. The elegant three-storey centre is home to 60 retailers, including contemporary local and international fashion and luxury brands such as Maje and Reiss. St Collins Lane’s dedicated dining level, the Aviary, is no ordinary food court – there are eight
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restaurants, including celebrity chef Neil Perry’s exciting new Burger Project, two kiosks and two al fresco areas. Only a few city blocks away you’ll find more retail therapy at Bourke Street Mall’s department stores and shopping mecca Emporium Melbourne which has 225 fashion, lifestyle and food brands under the one roof. w stcollinslane.com w emporiummelbourne.com.au
02 Smart Alec
Head to Fitzroy for this funky boutique specialising in smart vintage hats and elegant accessories for stylish gents. w smartalec.com.au
Home to the coolest kicks in town, including rare and limited edition sneakers by the likes of Balenciaga and Lanvin. w sneakerboy.com
All in one place
Chadstone – The Fashion Capital is so big – Australia’s largest mall in fact – Melburnians joke that it should have its own postcode! A free shuttle bus is available from the CBD and takes approximately 25 minutes to reach the mega mall of 500-plus stores catering for all styles and tastes. If you’re from overseas, interstate or a regional Victorian town that’s 50km from Melbourne, stop by one of the service desks for your Chadstone Tourism Passport filled with exclusive offers and discounts. w chadstone.com.au w shuttle.chadstone.com.au
The top of Collins Street (towards Spring Street) is colloquially called the Paris end of the shopping strip. Here you can browse and shop at renowned international luxury brand stores, such as Prada, Hermes and Louis Vuitton. For more than 50 years, the well-heeled ladies of Melbourne have been buying glitzy designer shoes and handbags from Miss Louise located beneath The Westin hotel. w misslouise.com.au
Not just the domain of fruit and veg, Melbourne’s markets offer much more than tasty fresh produce. Our biggest and bestknown, Queen Victoria Market, has hundreds of stallholders selling gourmet goods, clothing, jewellery, handcrafts and souvenirs. Taste your way around the 138-year-old Melbourne icon on a two-hour Hunt and Gather Food Tour. Scattered across the city and suburbs are specialty and artisan markets selling art, fashion, homewares, books and gifts. Federation Square’s Little Sparrow Market features 60-plus stalls laden with wares made by Australian artists and indie designers. It’s a great place to pick up one-of-a-kind gifts, such as quirky porcelain and ceramic pieces, stationery and children’s toys. Take a short tram ride to check out the covetable works of talented local artists, designers and crafters at the Makers’ Market at Abbotsford Convent and Rose Street Artists’ Market in Fitzroy. w qvm.com.au w makersmarket.org.au w rosestmarket.com.au
Queen Victoria Market
Shopping the suburbs Go hunting for cool finds in Collingwood and Fitzroy.
01 Vintage Garage
For a wide range of vntage hats, clothes and memorabilia browse this huge store. w vintagegarage.com.au
02 Tanner + Teague Rose Street Artists’ Market
Sam Fisher, the Collingwood boutique’s co-owner (with wife Kyleigh), honed his pattern-making skills working with Vivienne Westwood, Scanlan & Theodore and Willow. Now he focusses on men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories. w tannerandteague.com.au
03 Kleins Perfumery
Beauty magazine editors and influential bloggers rave about this fragrant Aladdin’s cave, laden with lotions, potions and life’s little luxuries in Fitzroy. Chadstone
AUSTRALIAÂ´S GREATEST MARKET
Discover the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere. Shop for a huge range of fresh produce, clothing, jewellery, handcrafts, souvenirs and more. Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Cnr Victoria & Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne
Johnston Jewellers, a family business dating back to 1901, is proud to be one of Melbourneâ€™s largest opal dealers. With knowledge stemming from an involvement in opal mining and manufacturing, Johnston Jewellers can provide first-class quality and selection to suit all budgets. We stock a huge selection of unmounted opals, as well as set opal jewellery, and are only too happy to explain the intricacies of purchasing one of these fine gems.
124 Exhibition Street, Melbourne t 9650 7434 w johnstonjewellers.com e email@example.com Find us on:
DFO South Wharf
Find over 170 Australian and international brands at DFO South Wharf. Melbourneâ€™s first stop for fashion with designer brands up to 70% off! Plus complete your day with a unique dining experience at one of the many waterfront cafes, restaurants and bars along South Wharf Promenade. Train: Southern Cross Station Tram: Number 12, 96 or 109 to stop 124A (Casino/ MCEC) or 70 to stop D5 (The Goods Shed) Open daily: 10am to 6pm (Fri, 10am to 9pm) 20 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf t 9099 1111 w dfo.com.au/southwharf
Johnston Jewellers also has a magnificent range of South Sea black, white and gold pearls, and jewellery, to choose from.
Something Aussie Something Aussie isn’t your typical souvenir shop – it is an Australiana emporium filled with tasteful clothing, gifts, art, ornaments, jewellery, skincare, gourmet treats and more. The bright and friendly store, just a few minutes walk from the Queen Victoria Market (or stop 10 on tram number 57), has been operating for more than two decades. Something Aussie’s owner, Kuan Kan, puts the business’s enduring success down to an emphasis on quality and value. “Our staff genuinely enjoy their job – meeting people from all over the world and helping them find that special memento of their trip to Melbourne,” he said. The store is also popular with locals wanting to buy gifts for friends living overseas, as well as companies and conference organisers seeking Australiana merchandise for customers and delegates from overseas.
Tram: Number 57 to stop 10 Open: Mon–Fri, 9.30am to 6pm & Sat-Sun/ public holidays, 10am to 6pm 400 Victoria Street, North Melbourne t 9329 8622 w somethingaussie.com.au /somethingaussie The huge and varied gift range includes: apparel; Aboriginal art and craft; soft toys of native animals; flags; hats; sweets and nuts; Manuka honey; ceramics; health and skincare products made with local oils and ingredients; and even frozen abalone. Authentic Aboriginal artworks are also a highly sought-after product, with Something Aussie selling Alison Buchanan prints (A4 size) for $36.95. The famous Australian sense of humour is also featured in the store’s wares, with a range of playful and quirky souvenirs.
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Beautiful giftware for a special friend, family member, corporate client or just for you. We specialise in Australian hand crafted:
Aboriginal Art & Craft . Timber Pewter . Bronze . Silk Scarves Jewellery & Hand Blown Glass And many other beautiful Australian made gifts to choose from.
The Block Arcade, Shop 20, 282 Collins Street , Melbourne, Victoria 3000 T: 03 9663 9883 Open 7 Days www.australianbydesign.com.au
The Block Arcade
A Melbourne heritage building and key feature of the city’s Golden Heritage Trail, this Collins Street National Trust treasure is a must to visit. The Block Arcade opened in 1892 on the site of the original Georges store. Construction of the Elizabeth Street wing followed in 1893. Truly Melbourne’s grandest arcade, it’s home to 29 fascinating shops as well as an amazing intricate mosaic floor. The Block Arcade is listed on the Heritage Register of Victoria.
Guided tours: Available every Tuesday and Thursday. Bookings by phone or email are essential. 282 Collins Street, Melbourne t 9654 5244 w theblock.com.au e firstname.lastname@example.org
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Superb Southbank and city locations – walk to Bourke Street Mall shopping, Queen Victoria Market, MCG, restaurants and cafés plus RMIT and Melbourne University. Save thousands on Stamp Duty (off the plan). Inspect: Mon–Sat, 10am to 5pm & Sun, 12pm to 5pm Melbourne Property Buyers Centre 60 Kavanagh Street, Southbank t 9278 8888 w centralequity.com.au Left: Artist impression
Rutherford Fine Jewellery & Pearls
Over 60 years, Rutherford of Collins Street has established a reputation for rare, beautiful and high quality jewellery. Mr Bruce Rutherford started the business in 1952 trading in antique diamond and coloured stone jewellery. Now with four stores, the family business also specialises in Australian South Sea pearls. These three pieces are highlights of Rutherford’s extraordinary ruby, sapphire and emerald collection. Open: Mon–Fri, 10am to 5.30pm & Sat, 10am to 5pm 182 Collins Street, Melbourne t 9650 7878 174 Collins Street, Melbourne t 9650 6277 Shop 17, The Block Arcade, Melbourne t 9650 4888 w rutherford.com.au e email@example.com
The Melbourne Shop by Lumbi
Since 2008, The Melbourne Shop by Lumbi has been making and selling quirky and cool Melbourne and Australian-themed gifts and souvenirs that explore every part of our city and beyond. Visit our CBD shop nestled in the Royal Arcade, Australia’s oldest, or our Fitzroy shop which also houses our factory, on the iconic Brunswick Street, the home of alternative Melbourne. With endless print themes and products from pillows and cushions, bags, pencil cases, magnets, canvas art, tshirts and a lot more, you’ll find something Melbourne for everyone! Tram: Number 11 to stop 16 Shop 23, Royal Arcade, 335 Bourke St, Melbourne 338 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy t 9663 2233 w lumbi.com.au Find us on:
Tivoli Jewellers is located in the heart of Melbourne CBD, in the iconic Royal Arcade Building. Our staff has over 100 years of expertise in jewellery and are committed to giving our customers the best experience while in our shop. We specialise in Australian Opals, Australian South Sea Pearls and Australian Pink Diamonds from the Kimberley mine. We also have an exclusive range of Japanese Akoya Pearls, Freshwater Pearls, Gemstones and Diamonds. Come and visit us! We are right next to the big clock at the Royal Arcade. Open: Mon-Thu 10.30am to 5pm; Sat, 10.30am to 5pm & Sun, 11am to 4.30pm Royal Arcade, Shop 27, 335 Bourke St, Melbourne t 9663 0996 w tivolijewellers.com.au e firstname.lastname@example.org
Eat & drink
Eat& drink World-class chefs, innovative cuisine, quirky venues and brilliant baristas characterise the cityâ€™s dining and drinking scene
Vino and views Melbourne is taking happy hour to new heights with a growing number of rooftop bars and highaltitude cocktail lounges. Here are three of the best.
Did you know?
Melbourne has the highest number of restaurants and cafes per capita than any other city in the world.
Find the hidden entrance then head to the rooftop for a great cocktail selection and city view. w goldilocks.com.au
02 Naked In The Sky
Naked In The Sky, Fitzroy
Whether you’re craving a bowl of pho, traditional tikka or modern Mexican, Melbourne’s multicultural mix means we have all the flavours of the world on our doorstep. For fantastic food in sensory surrounds try Chin Chin (mod Thai) and Minamishima (Japanese fine dining). w chinchinrestaurant.com.au w minamishima.com.au
A great way to sample Melbourne’s vibrant food districts is on a half- or full-day guided tour with a local expert. Explore the city’s multicultural cuisines with popular foodie Maeve O’Meara (SBS’s Food Safari presenter) with a Gourmet Safaris walking tour. w gourmetsafaris.com.au
Take the lift up to the terrace for breathtaking views, a buzzing atmosphere and Spanish share food. w nakedforsatan.com.au
03 Vue de Monde’s Lui Bar
This sleek, sophisticated bar on the 55th floor of the Rialto offers panoramic views of Melbourne and beyond. w luibar.com.au
Hellenic Hotel, Wlliamstown
Top chefs’ new ventures Three of Australia’s culinary superstars have recently opened new eateries in Melbourne. The kebabs at Shane Delia’s Biggie Smalls are in a league of their own (try the Dirty South with fried chicken, sweet pumpkinpie hummus and shaved pickle). Neil Perry has set up shop in fashionable St Collins Lane with Burger Project. Everyone’s favourite MasterChef George Calombaris has opened his third Hellenic Republic eatery – called Hellenic Hotel – in seaside Williamstown (see page 26 for more mouth-watering details). w biggiesmalls.com.au w burgerproject.com w hellenicrepublic.com.au/ williamstown
Eat & drink
Raising the bar
With literally hundreds of cool drinking venues – and more new hot spots popping up every week – it’s no surprise other cities have bar envy when it comes to Melbourne. Boilermaker House has more than 500 single malt whiskies lining its shelves, while wine buffs won’t want to leave Andrew McConnell’s Marion. w boilermakerhouse.com.au w marionwine.com.au
When the sun goes down, Melbourne comes out to play. Plush club Spice Market has a spectacular light show and snowmaking machine, while Untz Untz in Hawthorn is keeping the crowds happy with its infinity light-up dance floor and live music.
Latest food crazes
While renowned for seriously awesome restaurants and chefs, Melbourne also has a soft spot for food that’s fun and a bit over the top. Urban dwellers and Instagram have been going crazy for the new wave of super-sugary, super-creative novelty mash-ups being served at cafes across the city. Now the food hybrids are extending to sweet-and-savoury concoctions such as soft-shell crab croissant burgers and cauliflower panna cotta (found at White Mojo) and doughnut burgers (on offer at Mammoth). w facebook.com/whitemojocafe w eatmammoth.com
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Industry Beans, Fitzroy
Capturing the Flinders Lane vibe, Cumulus Inc buzzes all day and night. The stylish eating house and bar has chef Andrew McConnell at the helm and an Age Good Food Guide chefs hat.
This friendly bar has a fantastic selection of Victorian wines, beers, ciders and cheeses.
Expect the unexpected at this South Melbourne hot spot. The inventive cuisine and cocktails feature out-of-the-ordinary ingredients and a theatrical presentation. w restaurantlume.com
Check out the traditional and flavoured sourdough. The fig and fennel loaf is a perfect match for wine and cheese. w rusticasourdough.com.au
Lauded by New York Times as the ‘world’s best’, this tiny holein-the-wall croissanterie has a huge fan base. Handmade, flaky, buttery, yum. w lunecroissanterie.com.au
Underwood Wine Bar
Temple Brewing Company
It’s about so much more than just beer at this bar. Enjoy some hearty fare with your pint. w templebrewing.com.au
Garden State Hotel
You can find it all at this new fourlevel Flinders Lane hotspot. It’s a sophisticated cocktail lounge, dining room, public bar, New York-style grill and beer garden as big as a small park. w gardenstatehotel.com.au
A 1935 service station has been transformed into a bright and spacious cafe serving great brunch and coffee. w gloversstation.com.au
Beatrix Bakes and Bake-Away
Order the seven-layer Strawberry Shag cake, just one of the epic cakes available here. /beatrixbakes
Seriously good coffee Industry Beans
Hidden down a back street among converted warehouses is this boutique coffee roaster. How very Fitzroy! w industrybeans.com.au
South Melbourne locals love this laneway cafe and bakery serving expertly brewed coffee and divine French pastries. w chezdre.com.au
Crepes for Change
This not-for-profit crepe van roams Melbourne’s streets, markets and festivals with 100 per cent of the profits going towards alleviating youth homelessness. Check website for locations. w crepesforchange.com.au
Fancy a crème brulee? Check out where the Brulee Cart will be parking its caravan and bringing out the blowtorch to scorch handmade desserts. /thebruleecart
Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
Dining in Melbourne is a fabulous experience, especially aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. As the glossy, burgundy trams cruise the scenic streets of Melbourne, diners enjoy our fine cuisine and drink the very best of Australian wines. There’s also a selection of other beverages available from our fully stocked bar at an inclusive price. Open daily: Luncheon, 1pm to 3pm; Early dinner, 5.45pm to 7.15pm & Late dinner, 8.35pm to 11.30pm t 9695 4000 w tramrestaurant.com.au
Lindt Chocolate Café
Eat & drink
Indulge in an exquisite chocolate experience at Lindt Chocolate Café. Savour the finest Lindt chocolate creations, all handcrafted by the Lindt Master Chocolatiers, in a relaxing café environment. Decision making is made deliciously difficult with everything from our decadent cakes and desserts to our signature hot and cold chocolate drinks and creamy ice-cream. 271 Collins Street, Melbourne t 9667 0900 Ground level, Southgate Retail Precinct, Southbank t 9686 7498 w lindt.com.au
Taxi Kitchen is one of Melbourne’s iconic restaurants. Situated in the heart of Melbourne at bustling Federation Square, this relaxed yet smart eatery and bar boasts unparalleled views of the CBD, Yarra River, Arts Precinct and Southbank. The food is contemporary and rustic, and focuses on shared dishes, making it perfect at any time of day or night. Pop in for a drink or quick bite before heading to a show, or come and celebrate in style among the sparkle of the city lights. Open: Mon–Sat, 12pm til late & Sun, 11am til late Level 1, Transport Hotel, Federation Square, Melbourne t 9654 8808 w taxikitchen.com.au Find us on:
Award-winning contemporary japanese cuisine HAMER HALL ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE, 100 ST KILDA RD 03 8687 0775
MELBOURNE CBD 121 FLINDERS LANE 1300 670 910
EAT & DRINK LIKE AN ITALIAN
7 Alfred Place
1300 253 733
MELBOURNE’S BIGGEST BAVARIAN BIER HALL munichbrauhaus.com 45 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf 03 9645 8335
New York style steakhouse in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD 7 Alfred Place
cutbarandgrill.com 1300 253 733
VS SPORTS BAR
Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-2:00am Friday 5:00pm-3:00am Saturday-Sunday 5:00pm-4:00am
With a luxurious environment, VS Sports Bar is equipped with 6 nine-ball billiard tables, 9 eight-ball billiard tables and American darts. There is also a bar counter and a lounge where you can enjoy drinks and tantalizing dessert after playing games. Additionally, the VS Sports Bar regularly holds various matches, which will enable you to feel the excitement of competition.
VS Sports Bar
VS Sports Bar
Address: Level 2, 206 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000 www.axfentertainment.com.au/rainbow/
Contact: (03) 9650 8988
LOST HEAVEN Monday-Sunday 11:30am-10:00pm
Lost Heaven, a subsidiary of AXF Entertainment, is a high-quality restaurant on the busy Bourke Street that satisfies customers taste with various delicate dishes. Diners can enjoy the taste of home cuisines and a wonderful dining experience with innovative and first-class cooking skills. With a speciality in Cantonese, Sichuan, Hunanese and Northern Chinese cuisines, multi award-winning Master Chef Meisheng Yu (rated one of the top 10 chefs in China) puts his creative mind and cooking ideas together to deliver an impeccable traditional Chinese dining experience.
Address: Level 2, 206 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000 www.axfentertainment.com.au/lostheaven/
Contact : (03) 9650 2188
Lost Heaven Restaurant
Oriental Foot Massage Xiang Club Chinese Health Massage Oriental Foot Massage Cupping Therapy The Gua Sha Treatment
Xiang Club provides a comprehensive suite of services, including sauna, spa, foot massage, Chinese Wellness Massage, Aromatherapy Oil Massage, scraping therapy, cupping and so on. We also offer high standard services by the most professional technicians in private rooms with an emphasis on privacy and comfort. As one of our most popular and unique services, our oriental foot massage with luxurious HermĂ¨s lotion, will bring you an unforgettable experience.
Address: Level 3, 206 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000 www.axfentertainment.com.au/xiangclub/
Contact: (03) 9663 7888
The Pancake Parlour
The Pancake Parlour is a Melbourne family business serving sweet and savoury pancakes and crepes, as well as fish, chicken, steak and salads. Breakfast fare, including delicious crispy bacon, free-range eggs, house-made hash browns and freshly squeezed orange juice, is served until 5pm daily (until 12pm public holidays and big event days). Melbourne Central (Level 3, next to cinemas) Centrepoint Arcade, Bourke Street Mall (down the escalators) w pancakeparlour.com.au Find us on:
Melbourne's latest dream destination for delicious food, connoisseur coffee and wonderful service is Cromwell STREAT. This 1860s manor house turned cafe hides a sunny, treed 'town square' leading to an artisan bakery, coffee roastery, bustling kitchens and function rooms. The dreams, however, belong to the young trainees at STREAT, a leading social enterprise designed purely to stop homelessness. One by one, the 1.5 million meals and coffees STREAT’s served its customers are doing just that – providing life skills and hospitality training for more than 500 disadvantaged youth since 2010. Our dream is to triple that number at Cromwell STREAT. We’d love to welcome you – see our map! Tram: Number 109 or 112 to stop 18, then walk north along Cromwell Street. 66 Cromwell Street, Collingwood t 9629 4222 w streat.com.au Find us on:
Eat & drink
Southgate Melbourne Southgate is a vibrant restaurant, shopping and entertainment destination located on the banks of the Yarra River, Melbourne. The centre is located directly opposite the heritage-listed Flinders Street Station at the gateway to Melbourne’s arts precinct, in the heart of Southbank. Southgate offers a diverse mix of restaurants, cafes and bars, a casual dining licensed food court and a range of boutique retailers as well as everyday needs. Southgate is conveniently open early until late seven days a week. This spring the sun is set to shine upon Southgate’s dining precinct. ENA Greek Street Food is a modern
Tram: Alight at St. Kilda Road / Arts Centre Melbourne tram stop, cross over St Kilda Road and walk past Hamer Hall into Southgate Train: Catch the train to Flinders St Station and take underpass to walk over Southbank Pedestrian footbridge to Southgate Open: Check the website for details 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank t 9686 1000 w southgatemelbourne.com.au Find us on: evolution from the street stalls and beaches of Greece. Dessert bar Damon Bradley boasts every sweet treat you could imagine, from dessert martinis to cakes. Discover 7000 by Pure South Dining, the temporary test kitchen in operation while Pure South Dining is being re-imagined, to experience a taste of what’s to come from the new ground level venue. For breakfast, try risotteria Tutto Bene’s Italian breakfast menu featuring house-made cannoli with its award-winning gelato, hot-stuffed Italian croissants and more. Experience it all at Southgate.
He was worried people wouldn’t ‘get’ Spanish cuisine.
We’re proud to be Melbourne’s most iconi GIORGIO ANGELÉ began his training in Rome at the ripe age of 10. In 1956, he came to Australia with the Italian Olympic team as a Pastr y Chef. After working a few years he migrated here permanently, founded Brunetti and has been involved in the industr y ever since. You can still find him in the Brunetti kitchen baking delicious European-style sweets and desserts. Brunetti is a Melbourne food institution and with expansion across the city and international locations, Melbourne Airport is ver y lucky to have them situated in the newly built T4 Domestic Terminal.
He came to Australia rich in pastry and café expertise.
FRANK CAMORRA set up shop in a 1970’s pub on the fringe of Melbourne in 2002. Having come back from a year cooking in Spanish kitchens, he started out ser ving the usual entrée-main-dessert formula. He was concerned Melbourne wouldn’t ‘get’ Spanish food as tapas had already earned a bad name after a series of poorly executed bars during the 90’s. But Frank didn’t give up and along came MoVida in 2003, followed by Bar Pulpo in 2012 at Melbourne Airport’s T2 International Terminal.
e home to some of ic food stories The man behind Vue de monde took cooking classes in a girls school.
SHANNON BENNETT was raised in Westmeadows in Melbourne. He attended Penleigh Essendon Grammar School where an opportunity at the local girls school to study Home Economics was too good to pass up. Shannon’s passion for cooking was further realised by trips to Europe where his uncle introduced him to the sophisticated world of restaurants. At 24, he opened his first restaurant, Vue de monde in Carlton. He had a dream to provide great food in an airport setting and Café Vue opened at Melbourne Airport in 2010 at T2 International Terminal.
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Arts & culture
Arts& culture From modern art to mind-blowing multimedia, music and museums, Melbourne has a vibrant and ever-changing art and cultural scene
Indigenous Melbourne Experience Melbourne’s rich Indigenous history, culture and art at one of many locations across the city.
Melbourne Museum’s First Peoples exhibition (above) at the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre focuses on the story of Aboriginal Victoria from the time of creation to today.
Northcote Social Club
02 Koorie Heritage Trust
The Koorie Heritage Trust is the oldest community-owned Aboriginal arts and culture centre of its kind in Australia. It’s home to temporary exhibitions and permanent displays as well as a retail centre that promotes art and craft work by Koorie artists. w koorieheritagetrust.com
03 Aboriginal Heritage Walk
Explore the ancestral lands of the Wurundjeri people and taste Indigenous food straight from the tree on a guided tour of the Royal Botanical Gardens. w rbg.vic.gov.au
04 The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
This gallery in Federation Square focuses solely on local art. The Aboriginal collection is particularly strong, with both artefacts and works by major Indigenous artists on permanent display. w ngv.vic.gov.au
The Corner Hotel, Richmond
Live and loud
There’s nothing like the atmosphere of a live music gig, whether it’s a raw acoustic set at an intimate club or ear-ringing rock’n’roll at a grungy pub. Melbourne has the live music scene and all its genres covered. The Corner Hotel is probably our best-known live music venue, but other great band rooms can be found at The Workers Club, Grace Darling Hotel and Northcote Social Club. w cornerhotel.com w theworkersclub.com.au w thegracedarlinghotel.com.au w northcotesocialclub.com
Arts & culture
Melbourne Museum, Carlton
Fun and factual
History, science and nature are brought to life at the massive Melbourne Museum through its brilliant exhibits, artefacts and interactive technology. A very popular exhibit for visitors of all ages is immortalised champion racehorse, Phar Lap. The all-new Biomedical Breakthroughs: A New View of You exhibition (2 September–3 February) explores how the human body – particularly the immune system – works and how Melbourne is leading the world in medical research to beat debilitating diseases. w museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum
Follow your art
The National Galley of Victoria’s expansive art collection is housed across two sites: NGV International on St Kilda Road and the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square. NGV International hosts visiting exhibitions by the biggest names in the international art world as well as an impressive permanent collection of masterpieces, while NGV Australia boasts the largest collection of Indigenous art in the nation. A 20-minute drive from the CBD is the captivating Heide Museum of Modern Art, where you’ll find works by some of the artists who pioneered Australian modernism, including Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker and Arthur Boyd. w ngv.vic.gov.au w heide.com.au
Popular stars of the small screen are taking to the stage in two spring productions by the Melbourne Theatre Company.
Kat Stewart (Offspring) and Mitchell Butel (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) star in Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Disgraced (until 1 October), that proves politics and dinner parties are never a good mix. Intense and absorbing, this gripping play sensationally validates Chekhov’s observation that lives can be destroyed during an event as mundane as a dinner party.
Word on the street Bill (45), Sandy (44), Sarah (12) and Alice (8) from Dallas, Texas We headed to Fed Square yesterday and checked out ACMI. It’s a state-of-the-art centre dedicated to film, television, games, new media and art in all its forms. The girls loved the Screen Worlds exhibition and best of all it was free! w acmi.net.au
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02 The Odd Couple
The NGV has the world’s largest stained glass ceiling – 51 metres long by 15 metres wide.
In The Odd Couple (5 November–17 December) Shaun Micallef (Mad as Hell) and Francis Greenslade (Packed to the Rafters) play mismatched duo Oscar Madison and Felix Unger. Just like the famous TV sitcom, it’s classic comedy when slovenly Oscar and neat freak Felix – both divorced – decide to move in together. w mtc.com.au
Culture on a budget You don’t have to go all out to discover the rich arts and culture that define this city. There are plenty of venues with free entry and activities to enjoy.
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01 State Library of Victoria
One of the world’s great libraries, the State Library houses items that showcase Victoria’s life, past and present. The collection goes well beyond books, with the library holding thousands of significant items reflecting Victoria’s cultural and social heritage, including Ned Kelly’s armour. State Library of Victoria
Melbourne’s amazing architecture
From the outside they look spectacular, but many of Melbourne’s landmark buildings can also be visited and toured. The Old Treasury Building is considered one of the finest 19th-century buildings in the country, and there are exhibits and exhibitions on show in many of its rooms, including the old gold vaults. Just up the road, Parliament House is open to the public during sittings, and there’s the chance to go behind the scenes during its public and architecture tours. Impressive is the only word you can use to describe the domed reading room at the State Library of Victoria, which opened in 1854. As well as books, the library holds a huge collection of artefacts often shown in its galleries. w oldtreasurybuilding.org.au w parliament.vic.gov.au w slv.vic.gov.au
02 Shrine of Remembrance
Surrounded by 13 hectares of beautiful parkland and with stunning views of the city, the Shrine is one of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks. Visitors have been coming here since 1934 to honour the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women in war and peacekeeping. w shrine.org.au
Telling the story of the modern world, ACMI is the centre for all things pop culture and screen art. Immerse yourself in the world of film, television and digital culture in Screen Worlds, and discover how the moving image has changed the world. w acmi.net.au
Sitting beneath one of the city’s most recognisable icons – the magnificent spire – Arts Centre Melbourne is Australia’s largest performing arts precinct.
The cultural hub
For more than 30 years, Arts Centre Melbourne has been a hub for story-telling through world-class theatre, dance, music, art and circus, and thrilling audiences with a diverse program of local and international productions and exhibitions. Arts Centre Melbourne is much bigger than even most Victorians realise, comprising three venues on both sides of St Kilda Road: The Theatres Building encompassing the impressive State Theatre, Playhouse and intimate Fairfax Studio; Hamer Hall, a premier concert venue for musical performances, including Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; and Sidney Myer Music Bowl that is popular for open-air concerts. More than merely a place to see a show, this buzzing cultural precinct is a remarkable tourist attraction in its own right that can be explored and enjoyed in a variety of ways. The good news is many of the experiences are free.
Melbourne More than meets the eye Visitors can peruse the works of renowned Australian artists such as Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan lining the walls of the building or take a guided tour (daily at 11am). Also on Sundays (10am to 4pm), local artisans showcase their unique handmade goods – perfect for one-of-a-kind gifts – at the Sunday Market on the Art Centre Melbourne lawn.
Wining and dining
There are plenty of great places to eat and drink. The Barre is perfect for a pre-show wine, meal or late-night drink to discuss the production you’ve just seen. Other spots for a coffee on the go and cake are Cento and Cafe Vic, while Italian restaurant Fatto Bar & Cantina, Teatro (pizzera and tapas) and Sake Restaurant & Bar (Japanese) alongside Hamer Hall overlook the Yarra River.
Kylie Minogue on show From late September to 22 January, catch the free Kylie On Stage exhibition celebrating magical moments from Kylie Minogue’s highly successful concert tours.
Above: Kylie Minogue backstage, Showgirl Homecoming tour, 2006. Photograph by William Baker.
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Melbourne Theatre Company
No visit to Melbourne is complete without a trip to Victoria’s premier state theatre company. MTC presents worldclass productions all year round, like the thrilling new play Switzerland at Southbank Theatre from 16 September, and comedy classic The Odd Couple (pictured) playing from 5 November. Discover what’s on during your visit and book now. Train: Flinders Street Station Tram: Number 1 to stop 17 (Sturt Street & Southbank Boulevard) Southbank Theatre Box Office open: Mon–Sat, 9am to 5pm 140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank t 8688 0800 w mtc.com.au Find us on:
Old Treasury Building
Open: Sun–Fri, 10am to 4pm (closed Sat) 20 Spring Street, Melbourne t 9651 2233 w otb.org.au Find us on:
Visit Victoria’s Parliament House, one of Australia’s oldest and most architecturally distinguished public buildings. Free guided tours are provided on non-sitting days, Monday to Friday. Groups of six or more must book. On sitting days, come and see Parliament in action. Public tours: Non-sitting days, Mon–Fri, 9.30am; 10.30am; 11.30am; 1.30pm; 2.30pm & 3.30pm Express tours: 1pm & 4pm Spring Street, East Melbourne t 9651 8568 w parliament.vic.gov.au/visit
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The Old Treasury Building is widely regarded as one of Melbourne’s finest nineteenth-century buildings. Designed by 19-year-old JJ Clark, this historic building now hosts exhibitions exploring the stories of the gold rush, democracy and others that have shaped Victoria. Explore the original gold vaults and the fascinating Melbourne Panorama display. From midSeptember, visit Wild Colonial Boys, recounting the stories of Victoria’s bushrangers.
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Relive Melbourne’s golden age in this stunning free exhibition. 14 July – 23 October slv.vic.gov.au/strutts-australia #struttsaustralia Image: William Strutt, Black Thursday, February 6th,1851 (detail),1864, oil on canvas, State Library Victoria
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A Beautiful Planet 3D is a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before. Made in cooperation with NASA, the film features stunning footage of our magnificent blue planet —and the effects humanity has had on it over time—captured by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
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IMAX provides the world’s most immersive cinematic experience. Our screen is the second largest in the world, spanning a massive 32 meters wide and 23 meters high. Visiting IMAX Melbourne goes beyond just seeing a movie on the giant screen, the experience envelops you. The screen size combined with our revolutionary projection system and digital surround sound makes a visit to IMAX Melbourne the ultimate movie-going experience.
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Shrine of Remembrance The Shrine of Remembrance is a building with a soul. Opened in 1934, the Shrine is the Victorian state memorial to Australians who served in global conflicts throughout our nationâ€™s history. Inspired by Classical architecture, the Shrine was designed and built by veterans of the First World War. Renowned for its architecture, the Shrine offers a multi-layered journey rich in meaning and symbology. Set in an elevated position as the centrepiece of the sprawling parklands at the southern end of the cityâ€™s cultural precinct, the Shrine provides unrivalled, panoramic views of Melbourne.
Tram: Number 3/3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 or 72 to stop 19 Bus: Melbourne Visitor Shuttle to stop 13 Guided Tours: Daily at 11am & 2pm from the Visitor Centre Open daily: 10am to 5pm (closed Good Friday and Christmas Day). Last entry to Galleries at 4.30pm Admission: Entry by donation Birdwood Avenue & St Kilda Road t 96618100 w shrine.org.au Find us on: A Ray of Light traces its path across the commemorative stone every half hour as it does naturally at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month each year. Beneath the inner sanctum a labyrinth of galleries unfolds, featuring more than 800 artworks, historic artefacts and the personal effects of Australians at war. Special exhibitions and events are held throughout the year, providing an everchanging experience.
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See & do There is so much to see, do, learn and feel in Melbourne. Enjoy the sensory overload of all the experiences this city has to offer
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National Sport Museum
The only way is up
The sporting life
On the other side of town, in the Docklands precinct, Melbourne Star is a giant observation wheel offering uninterrupted 360-degree views of the city to the Dandenong Ranges.
At the National Sport Museum you can grab a bat and face one of Shane Warne’s famous leg spin deliveries. Well, not the real Warnie, but a virtual reality simulation and holograph. Check out the stunning collection of sports memorabilia, including Cadel Evan’s 2011 Tour de France bike, and fun interactive displays.
Go sky high for amazing views of Melbourne. Catch the super-fast lift to level 88 of the city’s tallest building, Eureka Tower, to reach the Eureka Skydeck and its floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of the CBD and beyond.
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Whether you want to see native animals – kangaroos, koalas, wombats and echidnas – or exotic species from elsewhere, you can find the lot at Melbourne Zoo. Explore the Trail of Elephants, Gorilla Rainforest and Butterfly House as well as interactive exhibits. Find Nemo, Dory and more than 10,000 of their underwater friends – and foes in the food chain – at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. Exhibits include Penguin Playground, Crocodile’s Lair and Mermaid Garden. w zoo.org.au w melbourneaquarium.com.au
Ever dreamed of kicking the winning goal right on the siren of the AFL Grand Final or hitting a six at the ‘G during the Boxing Day Test? A guided tour of the MCG will see you fulfill part of the fantasy by permitting you to step onto the hallowed turf.
Melbourne Sports Tours offers behind-the-scenes excursions of Melbourne’s iconic sporting stadiums and venues, including the MCG, Etihad Stadium and Rod Laver Arena. There’s a range of themed tours available and the friendly hosts know stacks of sporting stats, anecdotes and trivia tidbits. w nsm.org.au w melbournesportstours.com.au
Access all areas We want everyone to be able to enjoy our city, so here are our tips for Melbourne’s best accessible attractions.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Fancy yourself as a puzzle-solving pro or armchair detective? Test your ability to think laterally and decipher clues at the Escape Room Melbourne experiences in Flemington and South Melbourne. w escaperoom.com.au
01 Global Ballooning
Operating Australia’s first disability-friendly hot-air balloon, Global Ballooning offers sunrise flights over Melbourne and the Yarra Valley. The basket has specially designed seating and seatbelts as well as a door that allows access without climbing over the edge. w globalballooning.com.au
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The Royal Botanic Gardens are a beautiful green oasis in the heart of the city. Established in 1846, the gardens feature a vast variety of native plants, ferns, spectacular flowers and 120-year-old English elms. Ride the Garden Explorer or wander on foot through the beautiful open expanses, then take a 30-minute punt cruise on the Ornamental Lake.
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Arts Centre Melbourne offers a range of services to ensure accessibility to its theatre, musical and ballet performances. All areas of the complex are wheelchair accessible and patrons can request Auslan (sign language) interpretation and a free audio description system. w artscentremelbourne.com.au
03 Federation Square
As well as wheelchair accessibility throughout the site, hearing loops are located in the Atrium, Deakin Edge and the Square. ACMI offers two wheelchair entry points and access to all of its galleries, studios and cinemas. ACMI also offers wheelchair loans as well as assistive listening devices. w fedsquare.com w acmi.net.au
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
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Word on the street Ria (26) and Marcus (25) from Geelong, Victoria Marcus organised a special surprise for my birthday – one of Melbourne Zoo’s Close-up Encounters with the rare Sumatran tigers. I absolutely love animals, so this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I’ll never forget. We got to see how the zookeepers care for, feed and play with these incredible big cats. The zoo also has other behind-thescenes tours with elephants, giraffes, lemurs, meerkats, kangaroos and seals. I want to do them all! After our Close-up Encounter with the tigers, my next surprise was a beautiful lunch and glass of bubbly at the zoo’s Lakeside Bistro overlooking a Japanese garden. A brilliant birthday. w zoo.org.au
Walk this way
With Melbourne’s different facades, laneways and niche offerings, it’s not surprising that a number of companies have grown to fill the need for walking tours throughout the city. Hidden Secrets Tours has been operating since 2004 and its dedicated tour guides are excited to share their own personal highlights of the city, as well as tales of Melbourne’s storied past. For a more bespoke offering, the guides at Localing Tours spend some time with you learning about what you want to see, then tailor a private tour to focus on your interests. For a sweet edge to your day, book a Chocolate Wonderland Tour with Chocaholic Tours.
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Luna Park, St Kilda
For two-and-a-half hours, wander the city’s laneways and arcades, tasting the best confectionary the city has to offer and topping it off with a decadent afternoon tea. Enjoy some culinary highlights while learning about the city’s history, dumplings and its hottest chilli sauce by signing up to Walk Melbourne’s Dumpling Discovery Walk, which runs every Wednesday and Thursday night (bookings required). w hiddensecretstours.com w localing.com.au w chocaholictours.com.au w walkmelbourne.com.au
Visiting Melbourne with kids is great fun, with a vast range of family-friendly attractions throughout the city and suburbs guaranteed to please. The smiling face of Luna Park is an Australian icon and has welcomed visitors for more than a century. Take a ride on the Great Scenic Railway with its view over Port Phillip Bay. The Collingwood Children’s Farm provides an entertaining and educational way to spend a few hours or more. Pat and cuddle the farmyard animals, learn about sustainable farming and where your food comes from, or even help to milk Heather the cow. w lunapark.com.au w farm.org.au
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For more than 100 years, it’s been the place to go ‘just for fun’ in Melbourne. Come and brave the heights of the Great Scenic Railway for a spectacular view of Port Phillip Bay. Try out your dodgem skills, take a nail-biting thrill ride on the Power Surge or just re-discover pure, unadulterated fun! Open: School holidays, weekends and public holidays from 11am. See website for more details. 18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda w lunapark.com.au e email@example.com Find us on:
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William Ricketts Sanctuary
Wander along the lush, fern-lined paths and discover more than 90 beautiful clay sculptures. Created by William Ricketts and inspired by the culture and traditions of the Pitjantjatjara and Arrernte Aboriginal people of Central Australia, this forest gallery is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the Dandenong Ranges. Free entry. Make the most of your day with a picnic nearby in the Alfred Nicholas Gardens or National Rhododendron Gardens. Train: Belgrave Line to Belgrave Station or Lilydale Line to Croydon Station Open daily: 10am to 4.30pm (except Christmas Day) 1402 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Mount Dandenong t 13 19 63 w parks.vic.gov.au
MCG TOURS Explore the inner sanctum of the MCG, walk on the hallowed arena and experience where legends play by taking a guided MCG tour! Highlights of this must-see tour include the famous MCC Long Room, player change rooms, cricketersâ€™ viewing room, the Ron Casey Media Centre, the Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar portrait, and a walk on the hallowed arena.* Tours are available all year round, departing regularly from 10am to 3pm inside Gate 3! Visit mcg.org.au/tours for tour times on event days. *Tour route subject to availability and alteration.
NATIONAL SPORTS MUSEUM The National Sports Museum offers something for everybody all year round, highlighted by regular school holiday activities, the Game On! interactive gallery, 3D holograms (including Shane Warne), and Australiaâ€™s largest collection of sporting memorabilia. Including displays of Australian football, cricket, Olympics, horse racing and much more, the museum is sure to please all sporting fans. The National Sports Museum is open from 10am to 5pm every day inside Gate 3 of the MCG. Visit mcg.org.au/nsm for operating hours on event days.
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Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market
Every Sunday from 10am to 4pm, more than 80 local artisans fill Arts Centre Melbourne’s lawn between Hamer Hall and the Theatres Building to showcase their unique, handmade goods ranging from arts and crafts to freshly made edible delicacies. Just a short walk from Flinders Street Station, over Princes Bridge and along St Kilda Road, the Sunday Market is a much-loved weekly event. It has the relaxed feel of a regional craft market set against the backdrop of Melbourne’s buzzing arts precinct. Meet the makers and artists face to face and learn about their products and what inspires their work.
Tram: Number 1, 3, 3a, 5, 6, 8 , 16, 64, 67 or 72 to stop 14 Train: Get off at Flinders Street Station and walk a couple of minutes toward St Kilda Road Bus: Melbourne Visitor Shuttle to stop 1 Open: Sun, 10am to 4pm 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne t 9281 8581 w artscentremelbourne.com.au/sundaymarket Find us on: Stallholders are selected based on the originality and quality of their wares – and there’s plenty to capture your imagination, such as silk scarves, jewellery, organic goods, paintings, photography, bags, clothing, gourmet goodies and more. It’s all produced locally, making the market a real favourite if you’re hunting for that one-of-a-kind treasure – or need a delicious savoury or sweet treat to tide you over as you meander through the stalls and enjoy this friendly and unique Melbourne shopping experience.
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Enjoy a sightseeing cruise and discover the best of what Melbourne has to offer, while gently meandering your way through this river city. + Yarra Sightseeing Cruises + City & Williamstown Ferry
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Melbourne River Cruises
Located in the heart of Melbourne, the Royal Botanic Gardens is considered one of the worldâ€™s finest gardens, offering visitors a calm oasis of beautiful plants and landscapes. This spring, join one of our Indigenous guides on an Aboriginal Heritage Walk or take a traditional punt cruise on the lake. Enjoy a relaxing scenic tour on our Garden Explorer people mover, then recharge at one of our two cafĂŠs, Jardin Tan or The Terrace. Visit the gift shop for a unique range of botanical-inspired gifts and gardening accessories.
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Puffing Billy is Australiaâ€™s Premier Preserved Steam Railway and has been loved by generations for over 100 years! Enjoy an authentic Excursion Train journey or have lunch aboard the first class fully enclosed dining carriages. Bookings are essential. Operates daily except Christmas day from Belgrave, one hour east of Melbourne. Tours are offered by all major day-tour operators.
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With over 400 Licensed Tour Operators to choose from, planning your next nature-based experience is easy Enhance your visit with one of 400 Licensed Tour Operators across Victoria. Licensed Tour Operators offer a range of experiences and activities that will make your visit safe and enjoyable. Victoria has many different natural Australian landscapes to experience, spread across more than four million hectares of parks and waterways. Whether itâ€™s a day trip or an extended tour for exploration, adventure and learning are all within easy reach. Find maps, latest conditions, licensed tour operators and news all on our website www.parks.vic.gov.au
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Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
Melbourne’s award-winning wildlife park. Explore our bushland, meet endangered species, feed kangaroos, cuddle up to koalas and enjoy encounters with colourful birds, reptiles, dingoes and many other animals. Or come on a magical lantern-lit evening wildlife walk. Close to Melbourne on the way to Phillip Island. Open daily: 10am to 5pm 550 Tyabb-Tooradin Road, Pearcedale t 5978 7935 w moonlitsanctuary.com.au e email@example.com
RAAF Museum Point Cook
See Australia’s Air Force in fascinating detail through thousands of memorabilia items, beautifully preserved aircraft and interactive flying displays, just 25 minutes from the CBD. Admission is free! Open: Tue–Fri, 10am to 3pm; weekends & public holidays, 10am to 5pm (closed Mon, Christmas Day & Good Friday) RAAF Williams, Point Cook Road, Point Cook t 8348 6040 w airforce.gov.au/raafmuseum e firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the Carlton Brewhouse, located at Australia’s largest brewery and home of some of Australia’s favourite beers, including Carlton Draught and Victoria Bitter. Here you can go on a beer expedition, following the River of Beer through which 150,000 litres of fresh beer flows each day. Open daily: Mon–Fri, 9am to 4pm; Sat & Sun, 11am to 4pm & selected Wed evenings 24 Thompson Street, Abbotsford t 9420 6800 w carltonbrewhouse.com.au
Global Ballooning Australia
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Catch the number 12 tram and alight at stop 127 for a sweet treat at Bibelot before exploring the South Melbourne Market, which sells fresh produce, gifts, homewares, jewellery and clothing. Continue browsing the boutique and specialty stores along Clarendon and Coventry Streets. w bibelot.com.au w southmelbournemarket.com.au
Jump on a ferry from Southbank and enjoy the trip across the bay to the historic seaport of Williamstown. Immerse yourself in maritime history with a visit to Blunt Boat Builders and floating museum HMAS Castlemaine. Fuel up on some fish and chips at Off the Pier before strolling through the historic streets of this lovely seaside village. w williamstownferries.com.au w bluntboats.com.au w hmascastlemaine.org.au
Visit Melbourneâ€™s bohemian heartland, Fitzroy. Fossick around the vintage clothing stores and fringe art galleries in Gertrude and Brunswick Streets. The Centre for Contemporary Photography is a must-see for shutterbugs. For lunch, try Jimmy Grants or one of the fantastic gastro pubs, such as Union Club Hotel. Make sure you leave some room for dessert at Gelato Messina â€“ there are more than 40 freshly churned flavours to choose from. w ccp.org.au w jimmygrants.com.au w unionclubhotel.com.au w gelatomessina.com
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Saigon Sally, Windsor
Take the short tram ride to Chapel Street and shop up a storm in the up-to-the-minute fashion and designer boutiques. For cool threads, peruse the racks at Green With Envy, Gorman and LIFEwithBIRD. Give the credit card a little respite while you lunch at Hannoi Hannah or Saigon Sally. w greenwithenvy.com.au w gormanshop.com.au w lifewithbird.com.au w hannoihannah.com.au w saigonsally.com.au
Catch a Metro train to Glenferrie station and visit the Tramway Museum’s collection of lovingly preserved heritage trams from various eras. Enjoy some delicious Mexican street food at Fonda, before checking out an art house flick at Lido Cinemas or the latest exhibition at Hawthorn Arts Centre (Louis Kahan: Art, Theatre and Fashion is on until 23 October). At the centre’s gallery store, you’re guaranteed to find unusual, beautiful pieces created by some of Australia’s best established and up-andcoming designers. w tramway.org.au w fondamedican.com.au w lidocinemas.com.au w hawthornartscentre.com.au
Hire a car through Redspot Enterprise and head to Werribee (32km from the CBD). Check out the African-themed Werribee Open Range Zoo where you’ll see rhinoceros, giraffes and zebras wandering the fields, before a leisurely lunch at Shadowfax Wines. Check into the Werribee Mansion Hotel, then join a tour of the historic mansion and admire the sculptures dotted around the property. Next morning, enjoy a sleep-in or some pampering at the Mansion Spa. w redspot.com.au w zoo.org.au/werribee w shadowfax.com.au w lancemore.com.au/mansionhotel-and-spa
Brunch hotspots These cafes will make you a morning person with their stand-out breakfast and brunch delights.
Collingwood Children’s Farm
Word on the street
Kettle Black, South Melbourne
Fiona (42), Cam (43), Lila (7) and Tom (5) from Donvale, Victoria
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Last school holidays we decided not to go away, but explore our home city. Both Lila and Tom loved Collingwood Children’s Farm. They held guinea pigs and watched cows being milked. The farm is right next to Abbotsford Convent, so we popped in there for a look around and lunch at the bakery. We also visited Clip ‘n Climb, an indoor rockclimbing centre, in Richmond. It’s a great physical activity and much better than them climbing all over the furniture at home!
02 Kettle Black
Intriguing (and totally delicious) breakfast dishes, such as chilli scrambled eggs with house-cured kangaroo, feta and seasonal leaves, are served at this bright cafe.
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Former Vue de Monde sous chef Simon French makes breakfast dishes into works of art. Try the Briostie, comprising chorizo, fried egg, napoli fondue and smoked mozzarella.
03 Small Victories
On most breakfast menus sides play second fiddle to the mains, but here they shine in their own right. Our favourite pairings for your eggs: house-made sausage, rosewater-pickled eggplant and almond cream, pickled pine mushrooms, chestnuts and tarragon. Collingwood Children’s Farm
Smith Street, Collingwood
Hop on tram 86 and head to Smith Street in Collingwood for a night of bar hopping. Start with a late afternoon tipple in the leafy beer garden at Habitat (which is technically in Fitzroy, but weâ€™ll let that slide), before moving on to Grace Darling Hotel, a beautiful big bluestone building, for dinner. The menu focuses on pub classics with a modern touch, and the atmosphere is relaxed and unpretentious. Next up, check out the DJs on the decks at Mr Scruffs before chilling out with a nice Victorian wine at Smithward. w habititatfitzroy.com w thegracedarlinghotel.com.au w mrscruffs.com.au w smithward.com.au
Gertrude Street, Collingwood
Half Moon Bay, Sandringham
Sydney Road, Brunswick Spotted Mallard, Brunswick
Hire a car from Redspot Enterprise and cruise down the Nepean Highway to Sandringham Beach. Talk a stroll along the water or walking tracks. The Bayside Coastal Arts Trail from Brighton to Hampton also has beautiful views and there are 90 signs along the 17km length explaining the area’s cultural heritage, including notable artists whose works were inspired by the bayside coast. Enjoy a late lunch in Station Street at Bluff Town. w bayside.vic.gov.au w lasvolta.com.au
Take a Werribee or Williamstown line Metro train to Yarraville station and explore this inner suburb that has a friendly village vibe. Check out the eclectic gifts, gadgets and homewares at Village Idiom and browse the brilliant books at Sun Bookshop, as well as sibling store, the Younger Sun Bookshop that specialises in children’s literature. Have a bite to eat at Cobb Lane before catching a movie at the stunning art deco Sun Theatre that was built in 1938. w villageidiom.com.au w sunbookshop.com w cobblane.com.au w suntheatre.com.au
Brunswick is the ideal place for a night of live music. Catch a number 19 tram to Sydney Road for dinner at Tom Phat, before walking a little farther along the busy strip to renowned band venue The Retreat for a free live music gig. Next stop is Spotted Mallard for more live tunes – here you’ll find a mix of music styles, from gypsy to soul to offbeat cabaret, pop and blues. w tomphat.com.au w retreathotelbrunswick.com.au w spottedmallard.com
Melbourne Airport Broadmeadows
St Albans Caroline Springs
Essendon Moonee Ponds Flemington
neighbourhoods Hoppers Crossing
Werribee Point Cook
Port Phillip Bay
Bundoora Greensborough Eltham Pascoe Vale Preston
South Yarra Toorak
Caulfield Whellers Hill
Oakleigh Bentleigh Mulgrave Clayton South
Carlton Collingwood North Melbourne Fitzroy
& Surrounds Werribee Open Range Zoo
Just 30 minutes from the city and en route to the famed Great Ocean Road is one of Victoria’s holiday playgrounds. Werribee and its surrounds have so much to offer visitors this spring. Don’t miss it! Werribee Visitor Information Centre
Train: Werribee Line to Werribee Station Bus: Route 439 from Werribee Train Station to Werribee Park and Werribee Open Range Zoo Open daily: 9am to 5pm Werribee Park Tourism Precinct, K Road, Werribee t 8734 6006 w experiencewyndham.com.au /experiencewyndham /experiencewyndham
Victoria State Rose Garden
Spring is the perfect time to visit the Werribee Park Precinct, especially the amazing Werribee Open Range Zoo. Meet the keepers and enjoy an authentic African ‘safari’ adventure. It’s wild! Take the chance to visit the superb Victoria State Rose Garden, which, with more than 5,000 different roses, it is going to be looking it’s bloomin’ best right about now as the lovely spring roses come into flower. While you’re with us, don’t forget to taste awardwinning food and wine at the famous Shadowfax Winery, and why not treat yourself to a night or two of indulgence at the gorgeous Werribee Park Mansion Hotel and Spa? If you are looking for an experience with a difference take a trip on the new Port Phillip Ferry from the heart of the docklands to Wyndham Harbour. w portphillipferries.com.au Look inside the back cover for your Werribee Park Mansion coupon.
Williamstown, Altona, Newport & Spotswood
Explore the inner west’s heritage, culture and waterfront locations. The perfect daytrip close to the CBD yet a world away. Williamstown
Historical charm mixes freely with a contemporary lifestyle showcasing cafes and restaurants overlooking a picturesque waterfront in Melbourne’s oldest suburb. Board the HMAS Castlemaine, a floating museum, or visit Seaworks maritime precinct with its lively events calendar. Experience a seaplane flight, ghost tour, Titanic adventure, railway museum and more. Take one of three selfguided tours and visit over 300 shops in a friendly main street setting, including more than 70 restaurants, bars and cafes. Take the ferry from Southgate or the train to Williamstown station.
Beach town Altona
Stroll the beach, spot the birds, walk the pier and then watch the sun set over the bay as you dine from a selection of restaurants and bars. With the beach and a tree-lined reserve adjacent to the shopping area, Altona is a destination with something for everyone. Take the train to Altona station.
The Substation is one of Melbourne’s newest and most exciting arts destinations. With a firm commitment to making the Arts accessible to all, it is exposing audiences to challenging, thought-provoking artistic experiences. Check out the schedule of performances and exhibitions. Take the train to Newport station.
What’s on 1–2 September
Tenacious open day Come explore the Tenacious on these two public open days. The Tenacious provides life-changing adventures to people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of physical ability by taking ablebodied and disabled people on sea voyages. Public sail days on 24–25 September and 19, 20 and 27 November. 2 September–29 November
Free guided heritage walking tours Every Tuesday and Friday from 11.45am to 12.45pm (no tour on 1 November). Contact the Visitor Information Centre on 9932 4310.
Biking and walking
Hobsons Bay is blessed with 23 kilometres of paved walking and cycling trails set along a stunning coastline. Take the punt across the Yarra River, start at Spotswood and set your own course passing through Williamstown, Altona and beyond. Look out for public artworks and markers along the trail.
Visitor information For more information on attractions and events, please contact: Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown Open daily: 9am to 5pm t 9932 4310
Markets Regional Farmers Market, Williamstown Second and fourth Sunday of the month, 9am to 1pm Williamstown Craft Market Third Sunday of the month, 10am to 4pm Altona Beach Market Every Tuesday, 9am to 3pm
8 September–9 October
The Substation Contemporary Art Prize Exhibition, Newport Encouraging and recognising innovation in art. 15 October
Home of Scienceworks, the Melbourne Planetarium, cool cafes and Australian history. Head to Scienceworks where you can explore, unearth and unveil the inner workings of the world. See a show at Melbourne Planetarium and then download the Spotswood industrial heritage tour app to see the set of Mad Max, where Ned Kelly’s armour was made and the home of the infamous stubbie. Later head to nearby Hudsons Road to experience trendy cafes. Take the train to Spotswood station.
Out on the Weekend A music festival held at Seaworks in Williamstown from 12 noon to 10.30pm. October–November
Melbourne Aces baseball Support the Melbourne Aces professional baseball team throughout the season. Take the train to Laverton Station. w melbourneaces.com.au 18–27 November
Art & Industry Festival Industry-inspired art events and open days throughout Hobsons Bay. w dyob.com.au/hobsonsbay
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Follow the insider and explore
Melbourne east of the river
Maling Road, Canterbury
Boroondara Farmers Market
This outdoor market brings the best of regional Victorian produce to the city each month. Stock up on fruit and veggies, cheese, eggs, nuts, olives, bread, cakes, chocolate, and even wine. Third and fifth Saturday of each month 8am to 1pm, Patterson Reserve, Hawthorn. w boroondara.vic.gov.au/ farmers-market-facebook
Camberwell Sunday Market and Hawthorn Craft Market
Each Sunday the Camberwell Sunday Market attracts collectors from all over Melbourne. Selling furniture, bric a brac, second-hand clothes and antiques. 7am to 12pm, Station Street, Camberwell. w camberwellsundaymarket.org
From 10am to 3pm the Hawthorn Craft Market opens with artisans selling jewellery, bags, rugs, furniture, candles, paper art, toys and homewares. First Sunday of the month March to December, Parkview Room, City of Boroondara Council offices, 340 Camberwell Road, Camberwell. w hawthorncraftmarket.org.au
High fashion, high tea, and a glass of pinot – Shopping and eating
Boroondara’s shopping centres offer an enviable lifestyle and a range of opportunities. Explore matchbox cafes and hidden courtyard bars near Glenferrie Road, hunt for vintage in Ashburton, find classic retailers in Camberwell, or enjoy afternoon tea in the irresistibly charming Maling Road.
Kew Court House
The Kew Court House is a vibrant performing arts venue proudly associated with the Hawthorn Arts Centre and run by the City of Boroondara. This spring the Court House has a something for everyone no matter what their taste in entertainment. Check out the program at their website. w hawthornartscentre.com.au/ kew-court-house Getting there Train: Belgrave or Lilydale line to Auburn, Hawthorn, Camberwell and Glenferrie Stations Tram: Number 16, 48 70, 72, 75 or 109
Real food, real farmers – Boroondara Farmers Market
Enter tree-lined streets, cosmopolitan alfresco dining, collectors markets and a multitude of well-stocked shopping precincts. Discover a little more every time you visit.
Design A Space, Windsor
Chapel Street, High Street & Toorak Road Spring is the perfect time to explore the stylish streets of Melbourne’s unique shopping strips. South Yarra
Chapel Street, South Yarra is the perfect destination to get you race day ready. You’ll find Scanlan and Theodore, Arthur Galan AG and Manning Cartell who give the European labels a run for their money. Cross the road to stock up on spring wardrobe staples with local labels Alice McCall, Life With Bird and Gorman.
Windsor & Prahran
Chapel Street takes a different shape as you enter Windsor and Prahran, with bars and boutiques nestled in between graffitied laneways. Hawker Hall combines the best eats, beats and vibes inspired by the vibrant hawker centres of Singapore and Malaysia. For an after dinner treat, head to Pidapipo, a gelataria whose cult status produces longer lines than the club down the street, but is well worth the wait.
Stretching between Toorak and South Yarra, Toorak Road is a hot hub for hairdressers. If you’re looking for the special treatment, Rokk Ebony and Joey Scandizzo offer award-winning services, both favourites of celebs and fashionistas alike. Go all out at the Blow Out Bar in Toorak Village or Neon & Co in South Yarra, dedicated entirely to the latest in international hairstyling trends.
Everybody knows High Street, Armadale for its designer labels, exclusive fashion and bridal boutiques, but the renowned street is also a destination for beauty and lifestyle. MECCA Cosmetica offers the world’s leading luxe beauty brands, while Missy Lui nail salon pampers you with organic treatments in a modern sanctuary.
Missy Liu, Armadale
All year round Prahran Market Famous for fine fresh produce, join the Hidden Gem Market Tours. Chapel Off Chapel A premier venue for the visual and performing arts. Art Series Hotel The Olsen or The Cullen, both centrally located, just off Chapel Street. Chadstone Shopping Centre Take the courtesy bus from Melbourne CBD and shop ‘til you drop!...
Sun Theatre, Yarraville
Chinese New Year, Footscray
Just five kilometres west of the CBD you’ll find an ever-changing neighbourhood that features a fascinating mash of international cultures offering tasty food, a lively arts and festivals presence and exciting bars and cafés.
Beyond Footscray you’ll find interesting local villages to explore. Discover Yarraville Village, well known for its art deco Sun Theatre and mix of fashionable boutiques, cafes and bookstores. Neighbouring Seddon Village is emerging as a hotspot for quirky buys and great eating.
Venture off the beaten track to find the biggest Chinese temple in Australia, The Heavenly Queen. Download the free ‘I ♥ Maribyrnong’ app and discover the very best of the inner west w maribyrnong.vic.gov.au
The inner west thrives on the creative energies of its people and diverse communities and has long been home to a diverse and eclectic array of festivals. Check out what’s happening this spring and start planning your trip today!
Ethiopian New Year Festival 15 September–2 October
Fringe Out West
Central Footscray is a global hub that is as diverse as it is convenient. In one corner sits Little Saigon, in another corner, Little Africa and in between, there’s the iconic Footscray Market. Woven among all of this are laneways of street art to explore, little eateries and quirky bars pumping with live music.
For a different shopping experience visit Highpoint in Maribyrnong, one of Melbourne’s largest shopping centres.
Lantern Festival 8 October
MTF Bathukamma Festival of Flowers w festivalcity.com.au Getting there Footscray Train: Sydenham or Werribee line to Footscray Station Yarraville & Seddon Train: Williamstown or Werribee line to Seddon & Yarraville Stations
Uniquely Yarra Yarra’s Retail Precincts Richmond Bridge Road, Church Street, Swan Street and Victoria Street
Rose St. Artists’ Market, Fitzroy
Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Experience Yarra’s famous retail, dining and entertainment precincts set in a vibrant, multicultural and bohemian atmosphere. From bustling high streets to small picturesque villages, Yarra’s retail precincts are full of cafes, restaurants, bars, live music venues, unique and independent retailers and galleries for you to explore. All precincts are well serviced by public transport including train, tram or bus with many situated within easy walking distance from Melbourne’s CBD Complementing Yarra’s retail precincts are several fascinating
and unique markets. The vibrant Gleadell St Market in Richmond, ever popular Collingwood Children’s Farm Farmers Market and Slow Food Farmers Market at the historic Abbotsford Convent are all overflowing with fresh and affordable seasonal produce and gourmet delights. The Rose St. Artists’ Market is a sensory delight offering an extensive range of handmade jewellery, clothing, arts and crafts from talented makers.
Collingwood, Fitzroy and Fitzroy North Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North Village, Gertrude Street, Johnston Street, Nicholson Village, Queens Parade and Smith Street Carlton North Rathdowne Village
Gleadell St, Richmond Every Saturday, 7am to 1pm Collingwood Children’s Farm Farmers Market, Abbotsford Second Saturday of each month, 8am to 1pm Slow Food Farmer’s Market, Abbotsford Convent Fourth Saturday of each month, 8am to 1pm Rose St. Artists’ Market Rose Street, Fitzroy Every Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm
What’s on 24 September
Listen Out w listenout.com.au 15–16 October
Oktoberfest w oktoberfeststkilda.com
& South Melbourne
St Kilda Halloween Festival w stkildamelbourne.com.au 4–26 November
Sunset Cinema @ Gasworks w sunsetcinema.com.au
Call into Port Melbourne Bay Street is filled with fashion, wellbeing providers and stylish restaurants, bars and cafés. Watch the ships come and go from the waterfront, as you savour a meal with an ocean or sunset view. Gasworks Arts Park offers a cultural fix of theatre, festivals, workshops and exhibitions.
South Melbourne Market
Savour South Melbourne St Kilda Pier
Spring into St Kilda
Walk, run, cycle or rollerblade along the beach to banish those winter cobwebs. For more adventure, try sailing, windsurfing or take a kite boarding lesson or for a real adrenaline thrill, skydive over St Kilda. Seeking to rather rejuvenate and revitalise? Practice yoga in the gardens, have a massage or swim in the heated pool of St Kilda Sea Baths. Sit out and soak up spring’s sunshine over a well-earned coffee, or dine out at any of St Kilda’s many alfresco restaurants
and cafés. Let Acland Street’s famous European bakeries and cake shops sweet treats tempt you in. Admire exhibitions at Linden New Art, Brightspace and The Gallery to truly immerse yourself in contemporary art. Every Sunday (10am to 5pm) trawl St Kilda Esplanade Market stalls for unique, handcrafted and local artisan wares, souvenirs and treasures. After dark and on weekends, St Kilda abounds in events, live music and nightlife, certain to entertain. w stkildamelbourne.com.au
Browse Clarendon Street’s gorgeous fashion boutiques, bookshops, homeware and speciality stores. Stroll along trendy Coventry Street to the South Melbourne Market, for bountiful local produce, bright spring flowers and designer wares. Brimming with stunning Victorian architecture, galleries, cosy cafés and vibrant street art, you will delight in discovering South Melbourne. w southmelbournemarket.com.au Getting there by tram St Kilda: 96; 3a; 16 or 12 Port Melbourne: 109 South Melbourne: 12 or 1
Regional Victoria Head out of the city to discover the diversity and beauty of Victoriaâ€™s regions
Geelong & the Bellarine
Hire a car from Redspot Enterprise and hit the road to Victoria’s second largest city, Geelong. Stop at Eastern Beach Pier for a stroll along the boardwalk, checking out the 100 colourful wooden sculptures depicting important characters from Geelong’s history on the Baywalk Bollard Trail. Pop into the National Wool Museum before lunch at Little Creatures Brewery and Canteen, where you can join a tour of the beer-making process. Jump back in the car and head to the seaside village of Queenscliff. Learn about the region’s maritime history and shipwrecks at Queenscliff Maritime Museum or Forte Museum. After checking into Athelstane House, take a late afternoon stroll down to the harbour to see the local anglers returning with their day’s catch, then venture back to Main Street for the famous local fish and chips. Next morning, take a dip with wild dolphins and seals on a Sea All Dolphin Swims half-day boat tour. Once back on dry land, drive to Terindah Estate and Jack Rabbit Vineyard (both in McAdams Lane, Bellarine) for wine tastings, beautiful meals and stunning views. w visitgeelongbellarine.com.au
Bendigo is an easy day trip by hire car, coach or train from Melbourne, but why not linger a little longer and stay overnight? Start your visit at Bendigo Art Gallery, checking out Maticevski: Dark Wonderland (until 20 November) showcasing the masterful skill of Australian fashion designer Tony Maticevski, as well as the gallery’s permanent collection of early and modern Australian art works. Wander the sweeping streets and admire the grand heritage buildings, including the Sacred Heart Cathedral. Board the Talking Tram to take in the sights while listening to entertaining stories about Bendigo’s history as a gold discovery hot spot during the 1850s, before descending 60 metres underground for a tour of the Central Deborah Mine. Another highly popular local tourist attraction is the country’s oldest working pottery, Bendigo Pottery. Take your pick of fantastic cafes, restaurants, hotels and wine bars, such as Mr Beebe’s, Masons of Bendigo and The Dispensary Bar and Diner. After a busy day of exploration, put your feet up at the hip Schaller Studio by Art Series Hotel.
Otway National Park
Sovereign Hill, Ballarat
Great Ocean Road
For keen walkers, there’s Otway Fly Tree Top Walk (near Beech Forest) and sections of the Great Ocean Walk passing through beautiful national parks. Back on the road, your next stop will be the magnificent 12 Apostles. For the best view of the famous landmark, board a scenic flight with 12 Apostles Helicopters. Stay overnight at Southern Ocean Villas, with dinner at Waves Cafe.
The Great Ocean Road continues to rank among Australia’s and the world’s top journeys of a lifetime. Drive to Victoria’s surfing capital Torquay where the Great Ocean Road technically begins. Discover the history of Australian surf culture at Surf World and grab a coffee at nearby Sticks and Stones Café. Follow the coast through the resort towns of Jan Juc, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Lorne and Apollo Bay, stopping for photo opportunities at the various lookouts, beaches and lighthouses along the route.
Catch the dedicated Goldrush Special V/Line train and coach service directly to the entrance of Sovereign Hill, an authentic recreation of Ballarat during the gold rush days. Spend the day and night (staying at the on-site hotel) at the outdoor museum, taking in the Blood on the Southern Cross soundand-light show during the evening. Next morning, get close to nature at the interactive Ballarat Wildlife Park or Ballarat Bird World. Venture into town for lunch at Pipers by the Lake, overlooking Lake Wendouree. Take a stroll around the lake then head across the road to the magnificent Botanical Gardens. Check out Prime Ministers Avenue – a series of bronze sculptures of Australia’s political leaders since 1901 – and 52 National Trust-listed significant trees, as well as the spring blooms in the Conservatory.
Take a walk on the wild side Lace up your walking shoes to discover Victoria’s natural beauty, history and culture on foot. Here are three fantastic walking trails.
Great Ocean Walk
01 Great Ocean Walk
The Great Ocean Walk’s 104km trail stretches along the spectacular south-west coast and traverses coastline and forest from Apollo Bay to the iconic 12 Apostles. The trail offers walkers the option of short walks of a few hours to day hikes and seven-night/eight-day camping experiences. w greatoceanwalk.com.au
Hire a car from Redspot Enterprise and set off for the township of Daylesford that has become synonymous with spa, wellness and relaxation. Visit the Convent Gallery, before heading 10 minutes’ drive north for lunch at Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm. Next up is an hour or two of pampering and rejuvenation in the mineral water therapy baths and day spa at Hepburn Bathhouse. Hold onto that peaceful vibe with an overnight stay at Grange Bellizona and dinner at Frangos and Frangos. w dmrexplore.com.au
02 Wilsons Promontory National Park
Daylesford and Macedon Ranges
One of Victoria’s best-known national parks, Wilsons Promontory is the most southerly point of the Australian mainland and one of Victoria’s favourite wilderness destinations for its beautiful beaches, superb coastal scenery and abundant wildlife. There are more than 30 different walking trails to explore, ranging from a short 300m stroll to Squeaky Beach to strenuous day and overnight hikes. w parkweb.vic.gov.au
03 Great Victorian Rail Trail
This is the longest continuous rail trail in Australia, traversing 134km through north-east Victoria. It meanders through farmland, along the Goulburn River and past the foothills of the magnificent Victorian High Country. Hepburn Bathhouse
Take the enjoyable drive to Healesville Sanctuary that’s home to more than 200 species of Australian native animals. Check out the brand new Kangaroo Country zone and Koala Forest exhibit. Your next stop is the award-winning Healesville Hotel for lunch and a wander around the village’s specialty shops. Get back on the road to visit some of the region’s world-class wineries and gourmet delis. Some cellar doors with amazing views are Domaine Chandon, Yering Station and TarraWarra Estate (which is colocated with a modern art museum). w visityarravalley.com.au
Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens, Shoreham
Take the scenic drive to the Mornington Peninsula, making Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens your first stop. Once you’ve found your way through the huge hedge labyrinths, have lunch at the cafe. Explore the local beaches and Cape Shanck Lighthouse, then sink into the beautiful mineral spas at Peninsula Hot Springs. After a barbecue dinner at Moonlit Sanctuary, take a lantern-lit tour of its wildlife conservation park to see the nocturnal creatures come out to play. w visitmorningtonpeninsula.org
Mount William, The Grampians
Loch Ard Gorge, Great Ocean Road
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Sit back and enjoy the views on a road trip to Phillip Island with Wildlife Tours Australia. The packed one-day tour itinerary includes feeding kangaroos at Australian Wildlife Park, exploring the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit where the high octane action happens, discovering Seal Rocks and visiting the famous Penguin Parade to watch the colony of littlep enguins waddle their way from the water to their burrows at night.
Experience the best of the Australian coast and mountain ranges on Bunyip Tour’s three-day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Adventure. Day one of the journey is a trip along the Great Ocean Road. The next two days see you heading inland towards to Grampians National Park, site of some of Australia’s most stunningly rugged landscapes. Here you will go on stunning nature walks and learn about the region’s rich Aboriginal culture and spirituality.
Adventures Hit the open road to discover Victoria’s regions at your own pace on a self-drive tour.
Sydney–Melbourne touring routes
Chart a course from Melbourne to Sydney (via Canberra) on the Heritage Drive, exploring historic gold rush towns, award-winning vineyards and the mighty Murray River along the way. Alternatively, the 1160-km Coastal Drive hugs the south-east coast of Australia, taking in national parks, pristine beaches and amazing native wildlife.
Great Southern Touring Route
The 850km Great Southern Touring Route takes in the breathtaking beauty of the Great Ocean Road, rich Aboriginal culture of the Grampians and intriguing history of the Goldfields.
South-east Touring Triangle
The South-east Touring Triangle links three popular visitor destinations for wildlife encounters and gourmet delights: the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island.
Great Alpine Road
The Great Alpine Road extends from the High Country region to East Gippsland, winding through lofty mountains, pine forests, bushland and past rivers, vineyards and farms. The 308 km touring route got its name for being the mountain equivalent of Victoria’s famous Great Ocean Road.
The best way to get around Melbourne and the surrounding regions is with a great-value rental car. Redspot Enterprise will have you sorted with a comfortable and safe car that’s the right size for your travel party and suitable for the terrain you’ll be driving through while sightseeing. Vehicle pick-up and drop-off is available at Melbourne Airport and in the city on Little Collins Street. w redspot.com.au
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Daylesford & The Macedon Ranges
Geelong & The Bellarine Peninsula
Ocean Grove Torquay
Great Ocean Road
Distance from Melbourne Geelong & The Bellarine Bendigo Ballarat
Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges
75km / 47mi 147km / 91mi 115km / 71mi 214km / 133mi 55km / 34mi 60km / 37mi
Great Ocean Road
188km / 117mi 207km / 128mi
142km / 88mi
308km / 191mi
Daylesford & Macedon Ranges Grampians
113km / 70mi 254km / 158m
Bright Mount Beauty
Port Phillip Bay
Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges
Mt Baw Baw
Wonthaggi Inverloch Wilsons Promotory
season of regional art Mitchell Harris Wine Bar
Ballarat is fast becoming a hub of art and culture and this spring will showcase why. As well as hosting the prestigious Archibald Prize, the city is home to a thriving live music scene and an array of cultural experiences. So this spring, visit Ballarat and enjoy all that the Season of the Arts has to offer with this two-day itinerary.
Day one Immerse yourself in art
Head to the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Take your time walking through the permanent collection of historic fine art, Indigenous and contemporary art. Don’t miss the prestigious Archibald Prize (14 October–27 November), featuring portraits of some of Australia’s most renowned subjects.
Walk through history
Wander on a heritage walking tour where you can learn about the city’s rich history. Alternatively, download the Ballarat Revealed app and go on a self-guided tour of the city.
Dine in heritage
Visit one of Ballarat’s historic eateries where you can enjoy gourmet local fare. Restaurants such as Craig’s Royal Hotel and Catfish Thai or cafes and bars including Mitchell Harris Wine Bar and the Unicorn are just some of the highlights.
The Art Gallery of Ballarat
Day two Learn about democracy
Visit the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka. The modern museum features interactive content inspiring visitors to learn about the infamous rebellion and its place in global history. The museum also houses the Eureka Flag.
Discover hidden gems
Explore Ballarat’s offering of galleries and museums. Head to the Lost Ones Gallery and delight in the contemporary art, or enjoy the city’s gold history at the Gold Museum.
The Eureka Flag at MADE
Unforgettable night out
Finish your evening with a night on the town. Hit up the iconic Her Majesty’s Theatre or visit one of several live music venues such as Karova Lounge or Suttons House of Music. During spring, Ballarat will also host SongWays Music Festival (13–16 October).
Jump aboard a V/Line train from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station and you’ll arrive in the heart of Ballarat’s CBD in just over an hour, with a gorgeous view of the countryside along the way. t 1800 44 66 33 w visitballarat.com.au
The Lost Ones Gallery
The Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of Ballarat
Geelong & The Bellarine Geelong and The Bellarine is a place of discovery, stunning ocean vistas, culinary delights and village atmosphere. Geelong
Victoria’s second largest city boasts a stunning waterfront bustling with activity. Along the waterfront, with its whimsical bollards, you’ll find markets, events and places for a lazy lunch. The city itself hosts museums, galleries, fine cafes and restaurants, and mainstream and boutique shops. This is a city with a regional feel.
Visitor Information Centres
Geelong Visitor Information Centre 26 Moorabool Street, Geelong Open daily: 9am to 5pm t 5222 2900 | 1800 755 611 (toll free) Bellarine Visitor Information Centre 1251–1269 Bellarine Hwy, Wallington Open daily: 9am to 5pm t 5250 6861 | 1800 755 611 (toll free) ueenscliff Visitor Information Centre Q 55 Hesse Street, Queenscliff Open daily: 9am to 5pm t 5258 4843 | 1300 884 843 (toll free) w visitgeelongbellarine.com.au
Step out of the city and you’ll stumble upon The Bellarine, no more than 30 minutes from Geelong. With its landscape laced with lush vineyards, captivating bay views and coastal villages, the seaside villages of the Bellarine highlight what makes this place special. The region is known for delectable provedores and farmgates, right through to world-class golf courses, boutique shops and magical beaches.
Enjoy a drop of cool-climate wine. Producing some of Australia’s best wine, some Bellarine vineyards have spectacular water views, while others dominate the undulating hills and valleys of the Moorabool Valley. The region’s wine is celebrated at Toast to the Coast on the Melbourne Cup weekend. w winegeelong.com.au
What’s On 18 October
Geelong Cup 29–30 October
Toast to the Coast Wine Festival
Queenscliff Music Festival
Geelong Revival Motoring Festival
A vibrant regional city, Bendigo’s beautiful streets are the legacy of one of the world’s greatest gold rushes. Explore these streets to discover the heart of Bendigo. A strong arts culture is led by the acclaimed Bendigo Art Gallery. Dine at award-winning cafes and restaurants or unearth unique fashions and collectables. Relive the gold rush by visiting our world-class attractions, and taste quality local wines and produce from markets, nearby farms and surrounding vineyards.
Bendigo is only a 90-minute drive from Melbourne Airport and 90 to 120 minutes via V/Line trains from Southern Cross Station.
Bendigo Visitor Centre
51–67 Pall Mall Open daily: 9am to 5pm (except Christmas Day) t 1800 813 153 w bendigotourism.com /ExploreBendigo @explorebendigo @explorebendigo
10 August–6 November
Flamingo Park & Beyond – Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson Bendigo Visitor Centre 13 August–20 November
Maticevski: Dark Wonderland Bendigo Art Gallery September
Harvest Moon Festival Dai Gum San Chinese Precinct 2–4 September
Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music View Street Arts Precinct 8–9 October
Bendigo Heritage Uncorked 10–11 October
Heathcote Wine and Food Festival 3–6 November
Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival
As the warmer days and clear skies appear in late September, 30,000 of Bendigo’s famed tulips open to brighten the beautiful heritage streets.
Flinders Street Station
After touching down at Melbourne or Avalon Airport, you have a number of options for making your way into the city. SkyBus
SkyBus operates 24 hours, seven days a week and provides an express service every 10 minutes from Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross Station in the city. There are three SkyBus stops just outside Terminal 1, Terminal 3 and Terminal 4. Tickets can be bought online and shown to the driver in paper form or on your smart phone. Alternatively, you can visit one of the SkyBus ticket booths near the terminals. For a one-way trip to the city, it costs $18 per adult, $9 per child and $25 to $41 for families. w skybus.com.au
You can catch a taxi from designated taxi ranks located on the ground floor outside Terminal 1 and between Terminal 2 and 3 at Melbourne Airport. If you’ve pre-ordered a taxi to pick you up from the airport, the driver will park in the short-term carpark and should meet you at the baggage carousel. Taxi fares vary based on distance, location and time of travel. You can use the taxi fare estimator on the Taxi Services Commission’s website to obtain an approximate cost. w taxi.vic.gov.au
Hit the road with Redspot
If you like the idea of deciding where you want to go and for how long, then a hire car from Redspot Enterprise will provide that freedom. Pick up the keys to your temporary set of wheels at Melbourne airport and let the adventure begin. Redspot Enterprise has all-inclusive packages that are great value as well as offering hire of GPS devices and booster seats for young travellers. w redspot.com.au
If you’re flying into Avalon Airport, you can catch a ride to Southern Cross Station on a Sita Coaches’ Airport Bus. The shuttle bus currently meets all Jetstar flights and the trip into the CBD takes approximately 50 minutes (depending on traffic conditions). You can buy tickets at the Sita Coaches’ service desk inside the Avalon Airport Arrivals Hall or pre-book online. One-way tickets from Avalon to the city are $22 for adults and $10 for children (4 to 14 years). Avalon Airport also has a taxi rank directly outside the terminal and bookings can be made by calling 131 008. For travellers disembarking at Avalon and heading to Geelong, Bellarine or the Surf Coast, catch a lift with Murrell Group’s Avalon Airport Shuttle. A one-way adult ticket to Geelong is approximately $18 or $32 to Torquay. Buy a ticket at the booking counter in the Arrivals Hall or call ahead on 5278 8788. w sitacoaches.com.au w murrellgroup.com.au
StarBus Melbourne Shuttle Service offers transfers from Melbourne Airport to your accommodation in the CBD or inner suburbs. The service runs seven days a week from 6am to 6pm, with departures every 20 minutes. The StarBus leaves from Bus Zone L (otherwise known as Groups and Charters). Bookings can be made online or via phone. The price for a one-way trip to the city is $18 per adult and $20 to $25 for most inner urban destinations.
With four terminals servicing arrivals and departures, Melbourne Airport is the city’s major gateway. Thirty million passengers use the airport each year, and there are plenty of ways to spend your time before your plane takes off. Terminal 1
Home to Qantas’ Melbourne Domestic aircraft, Terminal 1 has more than 60 retail outlets, offering a broad range of products and services. Whether it’s the latest fashions, a new magazine or just some travel essentials, there’s something for everyone. Fashion labels such as Victoria’s Secret, Mimco and Sunglass Hut will ensure you’re suitably dressed for any occasion, while restaurant Billie Chu brings a taste of Asia to travellers, offering a range of exciting dishes. Throw in a number of other cafes, bars and fast food outlets, and there’s a meal for any traveller.
All of Melbourne Airport’s international flights arrive into, and depart from, Terminal 2. When it comes time to leave Melbourne, you’re spoilt for choice in terms of food and shopping. You’ll discover venues by Melbourne’s most iconic restaurants once you pass through customs, where Café Vue and Bar Pulpo by Movida will have you wishing you could stay a little longer.
Virgin Australia operates from Melbourne Airport’s Terminal 3, which is located at the left end of main airport building, directly adjacent to the International Terminal. One of the most popular venues in the airport is PJ O’Brien’s Irish pub, with Able Baker Charlie another a favourite for quintessential Italian food.
The new kid on the block, Terminal 4, is Melbourne Airport’s newest terminal. It opened in August 2015 and features new technology including automated check-in kiosks and bag-drop facilities, as well as an expanded departure lounge and more shopping and food choices. Among the extensive list of retailers are household names such as Country Road and Witchery, and exclusive brands, such as international fashion label Desigual. One of Melbourne’s favourite cafes, Brunetti Café, is also on hand to provide a tasty way to spend your time before flying off on your Jetstar, Tigerair or Regional Express flight. w melbourneairport.com.au
Shoppers are catered for too, with Australian favourites including Australian Made, Dreamtime Journey and UGG all available before you take to the skies and either head home or off on your next adventure.
If you want to touch down and drive straight out to enjoy the sights, choose Avalon Airport. Avalon is the most efficient and economical airport in Australia. Plus itâ€™s only 40 minutes from Melbourneâ€™s CBD and is the closest airport to the Great Ocean Road, Bells Beach, Geelong and the 12 Apostles. It really is flying made easy. Bus: Sita Coach to/from Southern Cross Station or Avalon Airport Shuttle to/from Geelong, the Bellarine & the Surf Coast Open daily: 4am to midnight 80 Beach Road, Lara t 5227 9100 w avalonairport.com.au Find us on:
Melbourne Airport to City SkyBus offers express travel between Melbourne Airport and the heart of Melbourne city, departing 24 hours, seven days a week including public holidays. Relax and enjoy free Wi-Fi onboard.
We are proud to announce our new SkyBus St Kilda Express Service with a weekday frequency of 30 minutes. SkyBus is now also operating between Melbourne Airport and Frankston and surrounding bayside suburbs. Ticket Booths: + Melbourne Airport at kerbside (T1, T3 & T4 outside arrivals) + CBD SkyBus Gateway Terminal at Southern Cross Station A Free Hotel and City Transfer service operates in the CBD, Southbank and Docklands precincts. For fare information and to purchase tickets visit our website and simply present your smartphone when you board. t 9600 1711 w skybus.com.au Find us on:
Traffic laws in Victoria may be different to those in your home city. Below are some of the major traffic rules that apply in Victoria to keep road users safe and ensure traffic flows efficiently. ++ Drivers are required to carry a licence at all times. International Driver Licences are acceptable for up to three months, however you will require a Victorian Drivers Licence after this period. ++ Australians drive on the lefthand side of the road, which can be initially disconcerting for visitors used to driving on the right.
++ Speed limits are clearly marked (generally 50km/h or 60 km/h in built-up areas and 100 km/h on open roads) and police operate speed safety cameras across Victoria. ++ Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol carries serious penalties. In Australia, you are not permitted to drive a car if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.05 or higher. If you hold a probationary or provisional driver’s licence, your blood alcohol level must be zero at all times.
Traffic near trams
Cars share the roads with trams on many streets within Melbourne. With these trams come some important rules about driving near them: ++ Tram lanes are designated by a tram lane sign (that may indicate hours of operation) and continuous yellow line. You must not drive in a tram lane during the times it is operational, except for up to 50 metres before turning, so long as you do not obstruct the progress of a tram. ++ You may only overtake a tram on the left. ++ Do not drive past the rear of a tram stopped at a tram stop (where there is no safety zone, dividing strip or traffic island). ++ You must stop level with the rear of the tram and wait for people to get on and off. The tram doors must be closed again before proceeding.
Bicycle lanes are indicated by a bicycle lane sign and a continuous or broken white line. You must not drive in a bicycle lane during the times it is operational, except for up to 50 metres before turning or when parking.
Some particular driving manoeuvres that are used in Melbourne are described below:
Due to tramlines running down the middle of major city streets, there are some intersections where cars turning right need to do so from the left lane. The vehicle remains there until the traffic lights for the road its entering turn green, then carefully executes its turn. See onlymelbourne.com.au for a short video demonstration of how to perform a hook turn.
To perform a U-turn, a driver makes a 180-degree turn to head back in the direction from which they came. The simple rule to remember is drivers performing U-turns are required to give way to other vehicles and pedestrians. In Victoria, drivers are allowed to make U-turns at intersections with or without traffic signals and at breaks in the median unless there is a ‘No U-turn’ sign. Visit the VicRoads website For more information about Victoria’s road laws and guidelines for appropriate child restraints. w vicroads.vic.gov.au
++ Drivers and passengers are required to wear seatbelts. Infants must be restrained in baby capsules and small children in an appropriate booster seat.
Driving is an efficient way to get around during your time in Melbourne, but read on to familiarise yourself with our road rules before taking to the street.
From trams and trains to bike hire and ferries, here’s all you need to know about getting around Melbourne. How to travel in Victoria
All you need is a myki card. myki is a reusable travel card that’s easy to use. It is your ticket to travel on Melbourne’s public transport network and regional train services across Victoria, from Melbourne to Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong, Traralgon and Seymour, as well as local bus services around these centres. If you are travelling beyond the myki-enabled area you’ll need to purchase a V/Line paper ticket.
myki Visitor Value Pack
International and interstate visitors coming to Victoria can buy a myki Visitor Value Pack to travel on the public transport network in Melbourne and regional Victoria. The myki Visitor Value Pack includes: ++ A full fare, concession, child or seniors myki card, pre-loaded with enough value (myki money) for one day’s travel in Zones 1+2. ++ Discount offers at 15 Melbourne and regional attractions, including SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, the National Sports Museum, Eureka Skydeck and Puffing Billy Railway, saving visitors more than $100. ++ A protective souvenir myki wallet.
t 1800 800 007 (6am to midnight, all night Fri & Sat) w ptv.vic.gov.au
Enjoy Regional Victoria
For convenient and comfortable services to regional Victoria, hop on a V/Line train or coach. Simply make your way to V/Line’s passenger hub at Southern Cross Station and someone there will be happy to help you plan your next getaway.
Free Tram Zone
There is a Free Tram Zone in Melbourne’s CBD and Docklands. Travel on trams within this zone is free and you do not need to use a myki card. However, if your journey starts or finishes outside the boundaries of the Free Tram Zone, you must touch on your myki at the reader to make sure you have a valid ticket. You can also ride the iconic W-class free City Circle Tram (number 35) that will take you on a historic tour of Melbourne’s CBD, complete with automated commentary.
Plan your journey
For a quick and easy guide on how to travel around Melbourne, use the PTV Journey Planner. The Journey Planner can be used online and there is also a free app to assist you with directions from one location to another. The Journey Planner can provide you with public transport route numbers, as well as the distance and time it will take you to reach your chosen destination.
Night Network is about giving everyone a convenient and affordable way to travel later. Night Network includes all-night public transport on weekends, with all-night metropolitan trains, trams, late-night buses, and a 2am coach service to key regional centres. Stay out longer and enjoy Melbourne's vibrant nightlife, popular hot spots and special events throughout the year.
SkyBus is a direct service from Southern Cross Station to Melbourne Airport that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The buses depart every 10 minutes in both directions, and stop at Terminals 1, 3 and 4. w skybus.com.au
Taxis can be hired off the streets, from designated taxi ranks or by phone/online bookings. There are taxi ranks all over the CBD (refer to the Melbourne city map on page 154), including four safe city taxi ranks for late night travellers. Taxi fares vary based on distance, location and time of travel. You can use the taxi fare estimator on the Taxi Services Commission’s website to obtain an approximate cost. Between 10pm and 5pm, Victorian taxi drivers are allowed to ask for an upfront deposit for the trip fare. Melbourne’s major taxi companies are 13 CABS, Silvertop Taxis and CABiT.
Melbourne Bike Share allows locals and visitors aged 15-plus to hire a set of wheels (and helmet) from one of 50 public bike racks across the CBD. You can borrow and return bikes at any of the racks across the borrowing network. Bikes can be hired for as little as $3 per day and $8 per week (providing you with unlimited 30-minute trips) using VISA or Mastercard. For everything you need to know about the bike sharing program, including pricing and rack locations, visit the website. w melbournebikeshare.com.au
Humble Vintage Bike Hire Co
Exude old school cool on a classic racer or ladies’ retro step-through model from the Humble Vintage Bike Hire Co. Pick-up is available from the city centre or Collingwood. Hire of a bike, helmet and lock for two hours costs $25; a whole day is $35. Payment needs to be made in cash. w thehumblevintage.com
Pedicabs (three-wheel bike taxis) are a fun and carbon neutral way to get around the CBD. See Green Cabs’ website for booking information, operating hours and fare estimates. w greencabs.net.au
Melbourne Water Taxi
Catching a Melbourne Water Taxi can be a smart way to beat the traffic or purely enjoy a scenic ride to your destination. There’s a regular service between Southgate, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Park and the MCG for major events, such as AFL games and concerts. The water taxis operate on the Yarra and Maribrynong Rivers seven days a week, day and night. w melbournewatertaxis.com.au
Plan on doing lots of travelling far and wide? A great way to get around Melbourne and its surrounds is in a rental car. Redspot Enterprise will have you sorted with a comfortable and safe car that’s the right size for your travel party (think little and zippy or large and luxurious). Vehicle pick-up and drop-off is available at Melbourne Airport and in the city (Little Collins Street). w redspot.com.au
w taxi.vic.gov.au w 13cabs.com.au w silvertop.com.au w cabit.com.au
Melbourne Bike Share
Melbourne train network
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The hop-on, hop-off shuttle is the easy way to explore Melbourne. For only $10, you’ll receive two days’ unlimited use, free Wi-Fi and informative onboard commentary. Children nine and under travel free. The 90-minute round trip stops at 13 key locations along the route. Operates every 30 minutes; first service leaves stop 1 at 9.30am and the last at 3.45pm daily (excluding shuttle closure days). For tickets and more information visit: w melbourne.vic.gov.au/shuttle
Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square
Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square
A one-stop shop for visitors providing information on Melbourne and Victoria, including brochures and maps, what’s on in the city, souvenirs, plus a travel booking service.
Open daily from 9am to 6pm (closed Christmas Day).
Melbourne Visitor Booth in the Bourke Street Mall
Friendly volunteers at the Melbourne Visitor Booth provide free maps and information on shopping, attractions and events in Melbourne.
Open daily from 9am to 5pm (closed Good Friday and Christmas Day).
Dressed in their distinctive red uniforms, City Ambassadors provide a mobile information service in the city and can help with advice on shopping, events and how to get around.
Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm; Sunday noon to 3pm (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day).
Melbourne Greeter Service
Free multilingual walking orientations of the city, conducted by trained volunteers. Bookings essential, call City of Melbourne. t 9658 9658 w melbourne.vic.gov.au/greeter
Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre
Your first stop when visiting the heritage-listed Fitzroy Gardens. Find out about current events and attractions, purchase your Cooks’ Cottage tickets and merchandise, and enjoy the cafe facilities and free Wi-Fi.
Open daily from 9am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day). Melbourne Visitor Booth in the Bourke Street Mall
Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre
t 9658 9658 e firstname.lastname@example.org w melbourne.vic.gov.au/visitor /thatsmelbourne @thats_melbourne
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Wondering where to get your hands on visitor information, tickets to a show or what to do in an emergency? Here is a handy reference guide and tips to help your trip run smoothly. Time zone
Melbourne is located in the Australian Eastern Time zone. Standard Time is UTC/GMT +10 hours. Daylight Saving Time is UTC/GMT +11 hours.
During spring (September to November), Melbourne’s average maximum temperatures during the day are 17 to 22°C (or 63 to 70°F). For daily weather forecasts check the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website. w bom.gov.au
Lockers are available for hire at several locations throughout Melbourne. Various sized lockers are available at Southern Cross Station and hire ranges from $10 to $16 for 24 hours. Free lockers are also available in the Palmer Hall, just off the foyer, at the State Library of Victoria. Travellers Aid offers short-term luggage storage at Flinders Street Station between 8am and 8pm daily (same day only, not overnight). For costs, visit the website. w southerncrossstation.net.au w slv.vic.gov.au w travellersaid.org.au
Be sun smart
Too much of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause painful sunburn. Australia has some of the highest UV levels in the world, so it is important to apply sunscreen and wear protective clothing such as a shirt, hat and sunglasses if you’re spending time outdoors. Visit the SunSmart Victoria website to check the daily UV index and alerts. w sunsmart.com.au
Victoria has strict laws on where people are permitted to smoke tobacco as well as e-cigarettes and personal vaporisers. Smoking is not allowed in or around non-enclosed drinking and eating venues, outdoor areas where food is served (i.e. alfresco dining, train stations and platforms, public transport, cars carrying passengers under the age of 18 years, shopping centres, and enclosed spaces that are workplaces (to protect the health of employees, customers and public). Some particular CBD precincts that have been declared smokefree: QV Melbourne; City Square (6am to 8pm); and The Tan running track. Visit the website below for full details of smokefree locations and smoking laws in Melbourne. w melbourne.vic.gov.au
Improving accessibility to Melbourne’s public transport, visitor attractions, events, venues and amenities for people with special mobility needs is a major priority of the Victorian Government and City Council.
Maps and resources
The City of Melbourne offers a variety of downloadable Mobility Maps on its website covering the different city precincts. Lonely Planet also offers a free Accessible Melbourne e-book packed with tips and recommendations for travellers with special needs. Other useful online resources for accessible travel and recreation throughout Victoria and Australia are provided by Australia for All and NICAN. w melbourne.vic.gov.au w lonelyplanet.com/ accessible-melbourne w australiaforall.com w nican.com.au
Assistance & support
The below support numbers can be of service during an emergency. Emergency Services (Police, Fire, Ambulance) 000 Lifeline (Counseling/crisis support) 131 114 Poisons Information 131 126 Nurse-On-Call 1300 606 024
Police stations Melbourne East 226 Flinders Lane, Melbourne East 9637 1100
Melbourne West 313 Spencer Street, Docklands 8690 4444
Epworth Hospital 89 Bridge Road, Richmond 9426 6666 Royal Melbourne Hospital 300 Grattan Street, Parkville 9342 7000 St. Vincent’s Health 41 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy 9288 2211
Travellers Aid provides travelrelated support and aid, including accessible toilets, showers, equipment loan and a rest area. It provides advice and assistance to older and frail people, and people with disabilities to ensure safe passage. This not-for-profit operation has been helping travellers for almost 100 years. Some services attract a small fee, but many are performed free of charge by staff and volunteers. Travellers Aid is located at Southern Cross Station (open seven days from 6.30am to 9.30pm) and Flinders Street Station (open seven days from 8am to 8pm).
In an emergency
The Alfred Hospital 55 Commercial Road, St Kilda 9076 2000 The Royal Children’s Hospital 50 Flemington Road, Parkville 9345 5522
Acland Street, St Kilda
As a general guide, large shopping centres and specialty stores are open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday (except Friday where stores tend to stay open longer). Sunday shopping centre opening hours are usually 10am to 5pm. Most banks are open 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and 9.30am to 5pm Friday. Most banks are closed on weekends. ATMs are open 24 hours.
The currency used throughout Australia is the Australian dollar (AUD). Foreign money can be exchanged for Australia dollars at banks and currency exchange desks at the airport and other locations (such as currency kiosks at shopping centres) around Melbourne.
Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)
A 10% goods and services tax (GST) is incorporated into the price of all goods and services sold in Australia, except some basic items. Under the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) you can claim a refund of the GST and wine equalisation tax (WET) that you pay on goods you have purchased during your stay. To claim a refund you must: + spend $300 (GST inclusive) or more in the one store and retain your invoices + have purchased the goods no more than 60 days before your departure from Australia + wear or carry the goods on board the aircraft or ship and present them along with your original tax invoice, passport and international boarding pass to a Customs and Border Protection Officer at a TRS facility. w border.gov.au
Unlike other countries, tipping is not customary and generally not expected, although it is appreciated.
City postal services
Melbourne GPO 250 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne Mon–Fri, 8.30am to 5.30pm Sat, 9am to 5pm. w auspost.com.au
To find the nearest coin-operated launderette, go to yellowpages. com.au and search under ‘Laundromat and self service laundries’ and your location (i.e. suburb).
Public phone boxes are dotted throughout the city and can be used for local, interstate and international calls (including calls to mobile and landline numbers). Local calls cost 50 cents, while long-distance calls are charged depending on duration. You can use either coins or prepaid phone cards. Alternatively, prepaid SIM cards for mobile phones can be purchased at retailers across the city. To make an international phone call, dial 0011 (the international access code), then the country code followed by the telephone number, including area code.
Frequently called country codes
Australia 61 Canada 1 China 86 Germany 49 Greece 30 Hong Kong 852 Indonesia 62 Ireland 353 Italy 39 New Zealand 64
For comprehensive information about visitor visas, bridging visas and transit visas, visit the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection website. w border.gov.au
All of the following countries have consulates in Melbourne: America
India 93840141 Indonesia
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questions New to Melbourne? Here are the answers to common travel questions. What’s the best way to get around the city? What are the public transport options in Melbourne?
Melbourne’s public transport system is an ideal (and cost-effective) way to explore every pocket of the city and further afield. The extensive train, tram and bus network stretches from the city into surrounding suburbs and regional areas. For more information about public transport routes, fares and timetables, refer to page 138 and 140. The hop-on, hop-off Melbourne Visitor Shuttle is an easy way to make your way around the city’s major attractions. The service operates every 30 minutes from 9.30am to 4.30pm daily. For only $10, you’ll receive two days of unlimited use of the service, free Wi-Fi and informative on board commentary. Children aged nine and under travel free. For more information, refer to page 142.
What type of ticket do I need to use trains and trams? How do I use public transport in Melbourne?
myki is the name of Melbourne’s public transport ticketing system and covers travel on trains, trams and buses. International and interstate visitors can purchase a myki Visitor Value Pack that includes: a myki smartcard (a credit card size plastic card that is effectively your ticket) pre-loaded with enough credit for one day’s Zone 1 travel; instructions on how to use myki; tram map; discount offers at 15 tourist attraction (over $100 value); and protective wallet to store your smart card. A full fare pack for an adult is $14 and $7 for senior, child and concession packs. The myki Visitor Value Pack is available from the PTV Hub at Southern Cross Station, Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square and SkyBus terminals at Melbourne and Southern Cross Station. For all the information on getting around Melbourne and the myki ticketing system, refer to page 138. The PTV Hub at Southern Cross Station offers further public transport information.
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Are there any free ways to travel around the city?
Where can I exchange currency for Australia dollars?
Foreign money can be exchanged for Australia dollars at banks and currency exchange desks at the airport and other locations (such as currency kiosks at shopping centres) around Melbourne.
Where can I find public bathrooms or accessible public bathrooms around Melbourne? Public bathrooms can be found throughout the city, for locations please refer to the map in the inside back cover.
Travellers Aid operates from both Southern Cross and Flinders Street train stations, offering personal care and assistance for senior, disabled or disadvantaged travellers, as well as information, referrals for accommodation, showers, rest facilities, internet access, and transport and travel information. The Travellers Aid service at Southern Cross is open seven days from 6.30am to 9.30pm. The Flinders Street service is also open seven days, 8am to 8pm. w travellersaid.org.au
Where can I get face-to-face information about what to do and how to get around Melbourne?
City Ambassadors and the Melbourne Greeter Service are local experts who know everything there is to know about Melbourne. They offer useful advice and assistance and can be found at the: Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square; Melbourne Visitor Booth in Bourke Street Mall; and Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre.
Melbourne has a Free Tram Zone in the CBD and Docklands. You donâ€™t need a ticket to ride any tram in this zone. However, if you travel anywhere outside this zone, you will need to touch on with a valid myki card. See the map in the inside back cover for zone boundaries.
Where can I find travel-related assistance and help?
Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Where can I rent a car in Melbourne?
Redspot Enterprise will have you sorted with a comfortable and safe car thatâ€™s the right size for your travel party and suitable for the terrain youâ€™ll be driving through while sight-seeing. Vehicle pick-up and drop-off is available at Melbourne Airport and in the city (Little Collins Street). w 1300 668 810 w redspot.com.au
Where can I buy discounted tickets to Melbourne shows and events?
Halftix is a great way to save money on last-minute bookings. Located in the Melbourne Town Hall Administration Building on Swanston Street, Halftix sells tickets to events on the day at a discount. Arts Centre Melbourne also has a Tixatsix offer. At 6pm each night, at least 20 tickets become available for selected evening performances for just $30. Tickets must be booked in person from the Box Office on level five of the Theatres Building. w halftix.com w artscentremelbourne.com.au/tixatsix Arts Centre Melbourne
Accommodation index refer to maps on pages 152-155 Melbourne CITY MAP
Melbourne CITY MAP
Adelphi Hotel | 8080 8888
Pullman Melbourne on the Park | 1800 331 529
Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne | 9934 0000
Punthill Flinders Lane | 1800 331 529
Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne, Flinders Street 8663 0000
Punthill Little Bourke | 1800 331 529
Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne, Northbank 9246 0000
Punthill Manhattan | 1800 331 529
Quay West Suites Melbourne | 9693 6000
Alto Hotel on Bourke Eco Friendly | 1800 135 123
Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne | 9322 8000
Atlantis Hotel | 9600 2900
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne | 9250 1888
Brady Hotels Central Melbourne | 9650 9888
Rydges Melbourne | 9662 0511
Causeway 353 Hotel | 1800 650 688
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins | 9653 0000
Causeway Inn on The Mall | 1800 650 688
Somerset on Elizabeth Melbourne | 1800 766 377
Citadines on Bourke Melbourne | 1800 766 377
The Hotel Windsor | 9633 6002
City Limits Hotel Apartments | 1800 808 651
The Langham, Melbourne | 1800 858 662
Crossley Hotel | 9639 1639
The Paramount Serviced Apartments | 9251 5555
Crown Metropol Melbourne | 9292 6211
Treasury on Collins Apartment Hotel | 8535 8535
Crown Promenade Melbourne | 9292 6688
Wrap on Southbank | 9249 6300
Crown Towers | 9292 6868
Crowne Plaza Melbourne | 9648 2777
DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne – Flinders Street 9654 6888
Fraser Place Melbourne | 9669 6888
Grand Hyatt Melbourne | 9657 1234
Hilton Melbourne South Wharf | 9027 2000
Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders | 9629 4111
Hotel Causeway | 1800 650 688
ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel | 1800 331 147 E2
InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto | 8627 1400
Jasper Hotel | 8327 2777
Melbourne Marriott Hotel | 9662 3900
Melbourne Short Stay Apartments | 1800 008 910
Melbourne Short Stay Apartments at SouthbankONE 1800 008 910
Melbourne Short Stay Apartments MP Deluxe 1800 008 910
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381 Cremorne | 1800 381 381
Abode by Easystay | 8598 0255
Adina Apartment Hotel South Yarra | 9926 0000
Adina Apartment Hotel St Kilda | 9536 0000
Amora Hotel Riverwalk | 9246 1200
Apartments @ IKON Glen Waverley | 9590 6170
Best Western Plus Travel Inn | 9347 7922
Crest on Barkly | 9537 1788
Easystay Studio Apartments | 8598 0255
Lyall Hotel and Spa | 9868 8222
Melbourne Parkview Hotel | 9529 8888
Miami Hotel Melbourne | 1800 132 333
Oaks South Yarra | 1300 660 223
PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport | 8347 2000
Punthill Essendon | 1800 331 529
Melbourne Short Stay Apartments on Whiteman 1800 008 910
Punthill South Yarra Grand | 1800 331 529
Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens | 9205 9999
Punthill Williamstown | 1800 331 529
Oaks on Collins | 1300 786 603
Quest Hawthorn | 8803 7700
Oaks on Lonsdale | 1300 880 229
Royce Hotel | 9677 9900
Oaks on Market | 1300 790 687
The Blackman | 9039 1444
Oaks on William | 1300 554 275
The Cullen | 9098 1555
Park Hyatt Melbourne | 9224 1234
The Larwill Studio | 9032 9111
Pegasus Apart’Hotel | 9284 2400
The Olsen | 9040 1222
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Werribee Open Range Zoo Get onboard for a guided safari across the unique open range savannah and spot rhinos, giraffes and zebras! Come face to face with a pride of lions, visit one of the world’s largest gorilla exhibits, see cheeky monkeys at play and discover a family of hippos in their wetland home.
Just a 30 minute drive from Melbourne. K Road, Werribee Public Transport: Take the Werribee line train to Werribee Station. Then take Bus Route 439 to Werribee Open Range Zoo.
Melbourne Zoo You won’t believe how many animals are at Melbourne Zoo! Visit roaming tigers, see eye to eye with orangutans and meet our family of elephants. Spy unique native wildlife in the Australian Bush setting and see playful penguins and seals.
Only 10 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD. Elliott Avenue, Parkville Tram: Take tram No. 55 from William St. Train: Take the Upfield line to Royal Park Station from Flinders St or Southern Cross stations.
HEalESvillE Sanctuary Wander through the tranquil tracks and meet iconic Australian animals including koalas, kangaroos, platypus, dingoes, wombats and emus. Enjoy feeding Australia’s best loved birds and don’t miss the thrilling shows and presentations. Kids are FREE! Children under 16 receive FREE entry on weekends, Victorian Public Holidays and Victorian Government School Holidays.
Open daily 9am to 5pm 1300 966 784 zoo.org.au
An hour’s scenic drive from Melbourne. Badger Creek Road, Healesville Coach: Group and private day tours to Healesville Sanctuary depart from Federation Square daily.
Published on Aug 29, 2016
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