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OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE

Melbourne Summer 2016–17

What’s on

Discover summer’s blockbuster events

Eat & drink

Taste Melbourne’s delicious cuisines and enjoy world-class wine

Coupons

Discounts for the city’s best experiences

Australian Open 2017


FEEL IT LIVE 16-29 Jan Melbourne Park

Plan your summer at ausopen.com


©Joan Marcus

10 The Book of Mormon

9 Todd Woodbridge serves up his top travel tips Jo Stanley

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Welcome to Melbourne

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What’s on

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Hot in the city

16 Laneways of hidden delights

18 Melbourne laneways map

20 Melbourne’s precincts

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Itineraries

26 My Melbourne with Jo Stanley

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Eat & drink

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See & do

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Arts & culture

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Shop

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Neighbourhoods

102 Melbourne neighbourhoods map

113 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

26 Radio funny woman Jo Stanley shares her city gems

148 Frequently asked questions

150 Advertiser index

151 Accommodation index

152 Inner Melbourne map

154 Melbourne city map


Message from the Minister

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Message from the Lord Mayor The world’s most liveable city really shines in summer. Delight in the vibrant decorations of the Christmas Festival and watch as Town Hall and Federatio n Square transform with nightly light projections. Visit magical Christmas Square, marvel at the giant Christmas tree and meet Santa, before indulging in the city’s shopping and dining destinations. The city skyline will sparkle with a spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks display, which you can enjoy wherever you can see the city skylin e. Soak up the atmosphere and free entertainmen t at the live sites. Enjoy the MCG’s summer of crick et, watch the world’s best tennis players in action at the Australian Open, or stay up late to explore White Nigh t. Experience the excitement and diver sity that Melbourne has to offer this summ er.

Robert Doyle Lord Mayor

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Welcome

Melbour 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.


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Arts & culture

Food & wine

Outdoors

Sport

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 3000 restaurants, cafés and bars representing about 75 different ethnic cuisines.

Shopping

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. Flinders Lane

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.

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The Big Design Market

What’s

on

On now From 22 October

Kinky Boots

Her Majesty’s Theatre w kinkybootsthemusical.com.au Until 16 December

The Melbourne Ring Cycle

Arts Centre Melbourne w opera.org.au/ring Until 25 December

Christmas Festival

Various locations across Melbourne w melbourne.vic.gov.au/christmas Until 22 January

The Art of Banksy

The Paddock, Federation Square w theartofbanksy.com.au Until 26 February

Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists NGV International w ngv.vic.gov.au

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David Hockney: Current

Until 8 March

26–30 December

Wednesdays (excluding 28 Dec) Queen Victoria Market w ngv.vic.gov.au

MCG w cricket.com.au

Summer Night Market

Until 13 March

David Hockney: Current NGV International w ngv.vic.gov.au

December 2–4 December

The Big Design Market

Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton w melbourne.thebigdesignmarket. com 3 December

Mazda Opera in the Bowl Sidney Myer Music Bowl w opera.org.au/melbourne 4–11 December

2016 Sailing World Cup Final

St Kilda Sailing Precinct w sailingworldcupmelbourne.com

Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test Match

31 December

New Year's Eve

Official live sites across Melbourne w melbourne.vic.gov.au/nye

January 16–29 January

Australian Open Tennis Championships Melbourne Park w ausopen.com

From 18 January

The Book of Mormon

Princess Theatre w bookofmormonmusical.com.au 21–24 January

Festival of Sails

Royal Geelong Yacht Club w festivalofsails.com

Left: David Hockney, English 1937–, Self-portrait, 25 March 2012, No. 2, iPad drawing, Collection of the artist, © David Hockney

Christmas Festival


Jayco Herald Sun Tour

Welcome to Melbourne

Australian Open Tennis Championships

White Night Melbourne

27–29 January

2017 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

Geelong, Barwon Heads, Torquay w cadelevansgreatoceanroadrace. com.au 27 January –12 February

Chinese New Year Festival

Various locations across Melbourne w cnymelbourne.com.au 29 January–5 February

Melbourne Barbecue Festival

Flemington Racecourse w theyaks.melbournebarbecue festival.com.au

For more information on what’s happening in Melbourne melbourne.vic.gov.au/whatson 18 February

White Night Melbourne

Various locations across Melbourne w whitenightmelbourne.com.au 19 February

KFC T20 International Cricket: Australia v Sri Lanka Kardinia Park, Geelong w cricket.com.au

24 February–26 February

2017 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship Yamaha Finance Australian Round Phillip Island Circuit w worldsbk.com.au

February

26 February

3–7 February

Federation Square w jcjsm.org.au/fest

Jayco Herald Sun Tour Various locations across Victoria w heraldsuntour.com.au

Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival

Looking ahead 1–19 March

Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival

Various locations across Melbourne w vamff.com.au 3 March–5 March

Australian International Airshow Avalon Airport, Geelong w airshow.com.au 4 March

White Night Ballarat Ballarat w whitenightballarat.com.au 31 March–9 April

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

Various locations across Melbourne and regional Victoria w melbournefoodandwine.com.au

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Hot in

the city Raise a racquet

The Australian Open (16–29 January) at Melbourne Park creates a festive atmosphere that needs to be seen and felt first-hand. In addition to the best tennis players on the planet battling it out, some of Australia’s hottest musical artists will perform at the new entertainment stage 'The Open Sessions', as part of the AO Festival, returning to Birrarung Marr. Plus, there will be plenty of fun for the little ones with The Ballpark, a new mini theme park for kids, plus new $5 kids' ground pass tickets. w ausopen.com

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Melbourne offers up a bumper summer calendar of sport, art, music, theatre and cultural festivals. Get among the action!

We are sailing

Perch yourself in the huge grandstand spanning St Kilda’s sailing precinct to see the world’s top-ranked sailors compete in the 2016 Sailing World Cup Final (4–11 December). As well as the fierce competition unfolding on the waves for the prestigious title, there will be live music and festivities on the shoreline. w sailingworldcupmelbourne.com

2016 Sailing World Cup Final


On a good wicket

Slap on the zinc and a novelty hat and join the huge crowd of cricket fans at the MCG for a sporting event that’s an Australian institution: the Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test Match (26–30 December). This year Australia faces off against Pakistan.

In the know

Todd Woodbridge, OAM Australian tennis legend and media commentator

If you like your cricket fastpaced and under the stars, book a seat at a KFC T20 International Cricket: Australia v Sri Lanka at the MCG (17 February) and Geelong’s Kardinia Park (19 February).

Welcome to Melbourne

Recognised as one of the best doubles players of all time, Todd Woodbridge’s incredible feats include 22 Glam Slam titles in men’s and mixed doubles between 1992 and 2003. Today, Todd works for Tennis Australia and provides commentary for Channel Seven’s Australian Open broadcast. Todd and his sport-, theatre-, art- and food-loving family have all their passions catered for in Melbourne.

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Scenic cycling

Elite and recreational cyclists from across Australia and the globe will converge on the Bellarine and Surf Coast region for a race program created by Tour De France winner Cadel Evans. The 2017 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and People’s Ride (27–29 January) course takes in Geelong, Barwon Heads (where Cadel calls home when he’s in the country), Torquay and Bells Beach. More two-wheel action will hit the roads around Melbourne and regional Victoria in the annual Jayco Herald Sun Tour (3–7 February). Cheer for the biggest names in cycling as they race around the city during the prologue event, before taking to the rolling hills and mountains of regional Victoria. w cadelevansgreatoceanroadrace. com.au w heraldsuntour.com.au

The Tan

Family outing

For Natasha, Zara, Beau and I, a great Sunday is yum cha in Chinatown followed by a matinee theatre show.

Sport

The Australian Open is the heart and soul of Melbourne in January – the atmosphere and energy is incredible. My son is also a massive Melbourne Victory fan, so we love to catch an A-League (football) match together at AAMI Stadium.

Outdoor exercise

I have to admit I’m not as fit as I was, but there is nothing like running around The Tan at the Botanical Gardens. Another option that I take these days is a bike ride from Port Melbourne down to Brighton Baths. Great views along Port Phillip Bay certainly take your mind off the exercise part!

Dining

When I have international guests in town, I always take them to Donovans on St Kilda Beach. It is a favourite of all the Legends players who come to the Australian Open.

Bar

Unfortunately I’m a bit old these days for the club scene and now prefer a nice glass of red wine with friends at the Punch Lane Wine Bar and Restaurant on Little Bourke Street. The City Wine Shop Bar next to the Princess Theatre is also brilliant. Follow Todd on: @toddwoodbridge Connect with Australian Open: AustralianOpen @AustralianOpen @AustralianOpen

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White Night Melbourne

The Book of Mormon

Broadway blockbuster

After 180 weeks of sold-out shows on Broadway and a stack of Tony awards, The Book of Mormon (from 18 January) by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, writers of South Park, is coming to the Princess Theatre. The satirical musical tracing the fortunes of two hapless missionaries in a remote Ugandan village has received rave reviews for its sharp-witted script and sassy, Grammy-winning soundtrack. w bookofmormonmusical.com.au

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The Art of Banksy

Street art genius

See more than 80 works by acclaimed street artist Banksy at The Art of Banksy (until 22 January) being staged in a custom-designed enclosure behind the Federation Square car park. Alongside the vast collection of stencil works by the enigmatic English artist renowned for his dark humour and anticapitalism messages will be an exhibition of established and upand-coming local street artists. w theartofbanksy.com.au

White up the night

White Night Melbourne (18 February) fills the city and surrounds with music and light from dusk to dawn, transforming Melbourne into an all-night art gallery and cultural festival. The party atmosphere draws huge crowds to see the stunning light and laser projections beamed across landmark buildings and city facades. w whitenightmelbourne.com.au


Grand gardens and good times

Welcome to Melbourne

Cooks' Cottage

01 Cooks’ Cottage, Fitzroy Gardens

Step back in time to eighteenth-century England at Captain James Cook’s family’s original stone cottage – Australia’s oldest building – that was carefully transported to Melbourne from Yorkshire and reassembled in 1934 to mark 100 years since Melbourne's settlement. Try on period costumes and take a photo in front of the Captain Cook statue. Start your visit at the Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre to pick up maps, entry tickets, souvenirs and enjoy the cafe facilities. w melbourne.vic.gov.au/cookscottage

02 Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens

Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists

Famous fashion rebels on show

Admire the creative brilliance and intricate craftsmanship of Dutch designers Victor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren at Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists (until 26 February), showing at NGV International. The world-first exhibition of avant-garde creations includes more than 35 haute couture pieces and a work-in-progress featuring replicas of antique dolls in Viktor&Rolf designer looks. w ngv.vic.gov.au Far left: ©Joan Marcus Top left: John Gollings Above: Viktor&Rolf, Marte-Mei, Viktor&Rolf Haute Couture, Autumn/Winter 2015, Wearable ArtPhoto: Team Peter Stigter

Discover the history and beauty of the World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building (within Carlton Gardens) on a guided tour. Admire the meticulously restored interior and soaring dome before taking a wander around the nineteenth-century gardens, featuring majestic fountains, miniature lakes and an awardwinning children’s playground. w museumvictoria.com.au

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Take a tranquil break in the green oasis near the city centre, the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Spread a rug on the lawn and unpack a picnic, or join a free Summer Discovery Tour to learn more about the diverse collection of plants. Check the website for information on special events and performances that are happening during your visit. w rbg.vic.gov.au

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In the Christmas spirit

Get in the festive spirit with the month-long Christmas Festival (25 November–25 December) bringing a winter wonderland to our summer streets. City Square will become Christmas Square from 10am to 11pm daily, so the kids can meet Santa, listen to stories and sing carols, as well as pop their wish list in the post box for direct delivery to Santa’s North Pole headquarters. The Gingerbread Village features Melbourne icons created out of dough, and the ever-popular light projection show on Melbourne Town Hall expands with an immersive installation at Federation Square, taking place every 30 minutes between 9pm and 10.20pm (30 November– 25 December). While you’re in the city, tick off the items on your own Christmas list during the extended shopping hours and check out the craft and design markets being held over the festive season. w melbourne.vic.gov.au/ christmas

New Year's Eve

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Christmas Festival

Count down to 2017

See in 2017 in dazzling style with City of Melbourne’s New Year’s Eve celebrations (31 December), including the midnight fireworks. This New Year's Eve, where you can see the city skyline, you will be able to see the midnight fireworks. If you are planning on coming into the city, secure a vantage point for the colourful fireworks and live musical entertainment at one of the family-friendly, alcoholfree live sites at Docklands, Flagstaff Gardens, Treasury Gardens and Kings Domain. w melbourne.vic.gov.au/nye


Christmas giving With your gift list firmly in hand, head to the city to do some serious shopping.

Prada

01 St Collins Lane

Step into the elegant St Collins Lane, home to more than 60 retailers, including contemporary local and international fashion brands. w stcollinslane.com.au

02 Paris end of Collins Street

Asia TOPA

Chinese New Year

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster during Melbourne’s Chinese New Year Festival. Saturday 28 January is officially Chinese New Year’s Day, however celebrations extend from 27 January to 12 February. Enjoy performances, colourful light installations and culinary delights at locations across the city, including Chinatown, Federation Square, along the Yarra River, Docklands and Queen Victoria Market. w cnymelbourne.com.au

Mega Asia-Pacific arts and culture festival

From January to April, Melbourne’s premier arts institutions and venues will unite to host the inaugural Asia TOPA, the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts, showcasing the region’s rich performing, visual, screen and literary arts and culture. The Asia TOPA program includes more than 60 productions, exhibitions and events incorporating digital arts, design, installation, architecture, contemporary dance, ballet and music. w asiatopa.com.au

If you’re buying for loved ones who have discerning taste, make a beeline for the luxe boutiques, jewellers and chocolatiers situated at the eastern end of Collins Street. Here you’ll find topend brands such as Hermès, Prada and Dior.

03 Emporium Melbourne

Even the trickiest people on your Christmas list will be catered for at shopping mecca Emporium Melbourne, which has 225 men’s, women’s and kids’ fashion, lifestyle and food brands under the one roof. w emporiummelbourne. com.au

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Welcome to Melbourne

Chinese New Year Festival


Drinks with a view

Enjoy a vino with a view of the city skyline at one of the many river-facing or rooftop bars across the city and inner suburbs – they're especially appealing on warm summer evenings. Find the hidden entrance to Goldilocks on Swanston Street for a great cocktail selection and city view. Next door and a bit higher up is Rooftop Bar with its lively vibe – it’s also home to Rooftop Cinema from December to April. Another great option is the Imperial Rooftop, with its stunning outlook onto Parliament House and 20 beers on tap. For views of the Yarra and the Southgate promenade, try floating bar Ponyfish Island, under the Yarra Pedestrian Bridge. w goldilocksbar.com.au w rooftopcinema.com.au w bourkestreetimperial.com/rooftop w ponyfish.com.au

Ponyfish Island

Special-occasion dining

Pidapipo

Gelato days

Gelato may hail from Italy, but Melbourne has definitely taken the icy dessert to heart. Some of the best gelato bars in the city are located on tourist strips perfect for a stroll with a cone of flavoursome, frozen goodness. Our top picks: Pidapipo (Lygon Street); Popstic Icecream and Sorbet (Federation Square); Gelateria Primavera (Spring Street); and Limonetto Gelati (Docklands). w pidapipo.com.au w popsticicecream.com.au w springstreetgrocer.com.au w newquay.com.au

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Looking for a place to celebrate the festive season, New Year’s Eve or a special occasion? Be transported to Venice at Guy Grossi’s Merchant Osteria Veneta in the Rialto Towers forecourt or enjoy a modern Thai banquet at Longrain in the Chinatown district. Overlooking the Yarra River in vibrant Southbank are two favourites, restaurant/bar Leftbank and Japanese eatery Sake at Arts Centre Melbourne. Taxi Kitchen in Federation Square offers a modern Australian menu and expansive views of the Yarra River and Arts Precinct. w merchantov.com w longrain.com.au/melbourne w leftbankmelbourne.com.au w sakerestaurant.com.au w taxikitchen.com.au Taxi Kitchen


In the know

Lauren Phillips TV presenter, socialite and ambassador for Myer and Vision Australia

Docklands

Sittin’ on the dock of the bay

The Docklands is a perfect place for a meal or drink with waterfront views and a relaxing cool breeze on a summer’s day. With prime positioning for the fireworks displays, Berth and Harbour Kitchen are hosting special New Year’s Eve events at sunset and midnight. w berth.com.au w theharbourkitchen.com.au

Christmas in the city

I love everything about Christmas in Melbourne! The Myer Christmas Windows are always on my must-do list, as is watching Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve.

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Laneway Greens Sophie Dhuij

Lean, clean and green

Organic, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, raw… Whether you have special dietary requirements or simply prefer healthy wholefoods, there are lots of cafes, juice bars and vendors ready to fulfill your craving for delicious, guilt-free food. Order a big breakfast and coffee at gluten-free Seedling Café. Enjoy a decadent yet healthy dessert at Raw Trader, or pop into Laneway Greens for a nourishing salad, pressed juice or smoothie. Two newbies to the health and wellness café scene that are receiving rave reviews are Matcha Mylkbar in St Kilda and South Melbourne’s Happy Place, owned by celebrity nutritionist Lola Berry. w seedlingcafe.com.au w rawtrader.com.au w lanewaygreens.com.au w matchamylkbar.com w happyplacelb.com.au

In the city, Myer Melbourne stocks most of my favourite designers. I also enjoy shopping the boutiques along Flinders Lane. If I'm not in the city, then my go-to in the west is the new Pacific Werribee. It’s a beautiful place to shop and has lots of good places to eat, too.

Bars

I love a good rooftop session on a Sunday afternoon. In the city, I love Siglo and French Saloon, above Kirk’s Wine Bar. You also can't beat the views from Naked in the Sky on Brunswick Street.

Art and culture

A great way to spend a day is walking the streets of Fitzroy and Collingwood, as well as the city’s laneways – particularly Hosier Lane, Degraves Street and Hardware Lane – admiring the street art. Follow Lauren on: @lfizzlphillips @laurenphillips_

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Welcome to Melbourne

Lauren Phillips has a hectic work schedule as a travel presenter on Postcards, entertainment reporter and co-host of children’s program Kids’ WB, as well as an ambassador and spokesperson for Myer, Vision Australia and Pacific Werribee. Lauren loves her home city of Melbourne, particularly in summer. Here’s why.


Laneways

of hidden delights Explore the city’s labyrinth of beautiful laneways and historic arcades jam-packed with covert treasures.

Royal Arcade

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Word on the street Christina (38) from Elsternwick, Victoria

w theblock.com.au w eaudevie.com.au

Street art beat

Melbourne has gained international notoriety for its street art. Some of the city’s most impressive murals and stencil work can be found in Hosier Lane (opposite Federation Square), Union Lane (off Bourke Street Mall) and Centre Place (between Flinders Lane and Collins Street). Take a self-guided expedition or join a tour of our unofficial art galleries with a local street-art specialist. w melbournestreetarttours.com.au

Best beans and baristas

Venture down the cobblestone laneways that splinter off the city’s busy main streets to discover covert coffee spots and cosy cafes. Degraves Street is a perfect place for a caffeine hit and people watching surrounded by colourful street art. For consistently smooth coffee, try Degraves Espresso Bar and Cup of Truth. a 23-25 Degraves Street, Melbourne w cupoftruth.com.au

Addicted to arcades

Did you know?

Melbourne was the capital of Australia for 26 years (from 1901 to 1927) before Canberra took the mantle.

The city is teeming 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 are Block Arcade, Royal Arcade and Flinders Lane. w theblock.com.au w royalarcade.com.au

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Welcome to Melbourne

Even if you’re from Melbourne, it’s great fun to play tourist in your home city and spend a day wandering the laneways. Block Arcade has such a glamorous, old-world feel and Flinders Lane is great for locally made fashion. It’s also very Melbourne to go hunting for cool secret bars – ones that don’t have any signage – such as Eau De Vie.


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Seek out this cosy, understated breakfast/lunch place whose barista is also a baker. Did we mention the $3 coffees?

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Soak up the colours, ideas and energy in this cobblestone laneway that is the city’s bestknown street art space.

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Visit this tiny treasure trove of creations by in-demand Melbourne jewellery and accessories designer Lucy Folk. w lucyfolk.com

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DOC Espresso

Melbourne

precincts

Journey a few tram or train stops from the CBD to discover Melbourne’s ethnic and cultural diversity in nearby suburbs. Southbank

Take a short stroll across Princess Bridge to Southbank, the art lovers’ precinct whose residents include Arts Centre Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria and Melbourne Recital Centre. Check out a show, exhibition or performance that captures your imagination. Southbank is also the city’s decadent dessert and high tea destination, so head to Damon Bradley or Aria Bar and Lounge at The Langham, where pastry prodigy and MasterChef guest judge Christy Tania is at the helm. w southgatemelbourne.com.au w artscentre.com.au w ngv.vic.gov.au w melbournerecital.com.au w damonbradley.com.au w ariabar.com.au

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Federation Square

Fed Square is a modern piazza opposite Flinders Street Station, and a hub for arts, culture, dining and entertainment. Pop into ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), a state-ofthe-art facility dedicated to the moving image in all its forms – film, television, video and digital media – before checking out the nation’s largest collection of Australian art at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. After getting your culture fix, enjoy a drink at Riverland in the historic Federation Wharf vaults. w fedsquare.com w acmi.net.au w ngv.vic.gov.au w riverlandbar.com

South Wharf

Head to South Wharf, on the Yarra River’s southern bank adjacent to the Docklands, for discount fashion and dining with waterfront views. DFO South Wharf is a haven for shoppers in

search of a bargain, with more than 100 clothing, footwear, jewellery and accessories brands at sale prices. Wander along South Wharf Promenade to take your pick of restaurants and bars lining the river, including The Boatbuilders Yard and Munich Brauhaus. w dfo.com.au/southwharf w southwharfpromenade.com.au

Lygon Street

Jump on a number 1 or 8 tram to the inner-city suburb of Carlton, otherwise known as Little Italy. For delicious cibo, try the homemade pasta at DOC Espresso. Next up is gelato and coffee at Lygon Street institution Brunetti Café. Check out an art-house flick at Cinema Nova or explore the massive selection of books at Readings. w docgroup.net w brunetti.com.au w cinemanova.com.au w readings.com.au/carlton


Word on the street

Cassie (41), Simon (42), Charlotte (10) and Bridget (8) from Hawthorn East

Welcome to Melbourne

Last school holidays we decided to explore some of the great places in our own backyard, here in Melbourne. The first stop on our Docklands day out was the trick art gallery ArtVo, where the kids loved striking a pose for selfies inside the 3D art installations. After a yummy lunch at The Woolshed Pub, overlooking the harbour, we took a ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. The 360-degree views were incredible – we could see the entire city and out to the Dandenongs. w artvo.com.au w woolshedpub.com.au w melbournestar.com

Greek Precinct

Greece is the word in the cultural precinct spanning Lonsdale Street and Russell Street. Join a guided tour of the Hellenic Museum to work up an appetite for a traditional or ‘lighter choice’ souvlaki at 24-hour eatery Stalactites. Check out Caras Music, specialising in Greek music, magazines, books, board games, statues and souvenirs. w hellenic.org.au w stalactites.com.au w greekprecinct.com.au/shop

Chinatown

Experience the buzzing atmosphere of Chinatown with its authentic and modern Asian cuisine, karaoke venues, bars and boutiques. Stop by the Chinese Museum and Visitor Centre for an insight into the history and culture of Chinese immigrants to Melbourne, followed by a tour of Chinatown with a knowledgeable museum staff member. Chinese New Year celebrations, from 27 January to 2 February, will ratchet up the popular precinct’s energy level an extra notch. w chinesemuseum.com.au w cnymelbourne.com.au

Hellenic Museum

Queen Victoria Market

North Melbourne/ Kensington

North Melbourne is home to the historic Queen Victoria Market, the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere with hundreds of stallholders selling gourmet goods, clothing, jewellery, handcrafts and souvenirs. From 16 November, the Queen Vic will be abuzz on Wednesday evenings with its popular Summer Night Market. Just a hop and a skip away is Kensington, which has a friendly village vibe. Check out the ever-changing array of cool home and lifestyle merchandise at The Assembly Hall, then browse the selection of vintage vinyl records and sip on a cocktail in the courtyard at White Rabbit Record Bar. Vinyl is also on high rotation at artisan microbrewery Henry St Brewhouse. w qvm.com.au w thenightmarket.com.au w theassemblyhall.com.au w whiterabbitrecords.com.au w henrystbrewhouse.com.au

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In the know

Asia TOPA

takes centre stage in Melbourne Encompassing Bollywood superstars, martial arts, youth choirs, ballet and everything in between, the landmark arts and cultural festival, Asia TOPA, will see the city teeming with Pan-Asian talent from January to April. Dismiss any preconceived ideas you may have about Asian art and performance or whether it’s ‘your (artistic) cup of tea’: this is the message from Asia TOPA’s creative director Stephen Armstrong and associate director Kate Ben-Tovim. “The Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts, known as Asia TOPA , features more than 60 events with 350 international artists, so it’s not your regular festival” says Stephen. “Rather it's a huge celebration of the region’s cultural and artistic diversity.” “Almost all of Melbourne’s major arts institutions and venues – and a few regional areas – are taking part and the variety and quality of the art forms and talent on offer is incredible.” Acknowledging the large program (and many unfamiliar names) could be quite bewildering for festivalgoers, Kate says there are suggestions –

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‘curated journeys’ – on the website based on specific themes and artistic disciplines. “A major highlight will be the familyfriendly concert at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, where the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will perform some of the best-known film scores by Bollywood legend AR Rahman, with Rahman himself as special guest performer,” says Kate. “Rahman is a brilliant Indian composer who has sold more albums worldwide than The Beatles, but is probably best known here for his work on Slumdog Millionaire.” w asiatopa.com.au

Stephen & Kate’s favourites We asked Stephen and Kate to share some of their favourite spots in the city.

Building

The ACCA building is brilliant and, as part of Asia TOPA, there will be a neon light installation by He An from 11 February to 23 April.

Eat and drink

Fatto at Arts Centre Melbourne has outstanding food and wine.

Landmark

During the festival, visit the Botanic Gardens Melbourne – we have a special surprise awaiting you!


Itineraries

Itineraries Not sure where to start? Here are some suggestions to suit any interest, whether you’re in Melbourne for a day or a week.

Collins Street

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The Book of Mormon

Discover

Melbourne Let your passion – or purse – determine how to spend your time in Melbourne.

Melbourne Zoo

Family fun

Catch the tram or drive to Melbourne Zoo for a once-ina-lifetime Close-up Encounter (bookings essential) with lemurs, giraffes, meerkats, kangaroos and other species. Have a sit-down lunch at Lakeside Café or a gourmet sausage on the go from the Giraffe Lookout Café. Spend several hours exploring the Trail of Elephants, Gorilla Rainforest and Butterfly House, and meeting a wide variety of Australian animals. In the late afternoon, make your way to Lygon Street for an early dinner of pizza or pasta, followed by gelato. Finish the evening with a 3D movie on the huge screens at IMAX Melbourne. w zoo.com.au w imaxmelbourne.com.au

Chill out

Have a blissful day of relaxation and pampering. After a leisurely lunch at Shannon Bennett’s Jardin Tan within the Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll around the peaceful surrounds, it’s time for a rejuvenating facial or massage at Sakura Lounge or Chuan Spa at the Langham Melbourne. w jardintan.com.au w sakuralounge.com.au w chuanspa.com/en/melbourne/

Night owl outing

Enjoy a hearty laugh at The Book of Mormon at the Regent Theatre, then head to Glenferrie Road in Hawthorn for a late dinner at Fonda Mexican, before hitting the infinity dance floor at Untz Untz until the early hours. Make your way back to your hotel using PTV’s Night Network. w bookofmormon.com.au w fondamexican.com.au /untzuntz w ptv.vic.gov.au

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Jardin Tan

Instagrammer inspo

Melbourne’s love affair with novelty food crazes and hybrid creations – known as mash-ups – provides perfect Insta-worthy fodder, so start your day at White Mojo. Click and post to your heart’s content in Hardware Lane, Degraves Street and Hosier Lane, where the street art will have your followers swooning. Then drop into The Art of Banksy exhibition in the carpark hidden behind Fed Square. /whitemojo.cbd w thatsmelbourne.com.au w theartofbanksy.com.au Top: ©Joan Marcus

For more ideas about outdoor adventure activities within two hours of Melbourne see the Regional Victoria section on page 113.


Adventure awaits on ‘The Island’

Outdoor adventure and adrenaline-pumping action awaits on Phillip Island, so hire a car through Redspot Enterprise for the pleasant 90-minute drive to the Bass Coast. Challenge your friends to a time trial on the go-kart track at the Phillip Island GP Circuit or go for a super-fast spin with a professional racing driver in the Hot Lap experience. Enjoy some fish and chips on the waterfront at Cowes before joining a surfing or stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) lesson. Stay overnight at Ramada Resort, so you can catch the little penguin procession up the beach at the world-famous Penguin Parade at Phillip Island Nature Parks.

Aaron Finch Cricket player for Victoria, Australia and Melbourne Renegades Accomplished wicket keeper and batsman Aaron Finch, who hails from Colac in country Victoria, shares his tips for a top day out in the city for sports fans.

Itineraries

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In the know

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Sight-seeing on a shoestring

There are plenty of family-friendly attractions you can enjoy without opening your wallet. Jump aboard a free City Circle Tram (number 35) for a loop of the CBD, disembarking at the Federation Square stop. Let the kids’ creativity run wild at ArtPlay in Birrarung Marr behind Fed Square – it offers free activities, workshops and performances. Next, let the littlies get their hands dirty in the Children’s Garden in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, learning how to plant and nurture vegetables in the Kitchen Garden and creating arts and crafts with items sourced from nature. You can also download a list of ‘50 fun kids things to do’ from Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s website or pick up a copy from the Visitor Centre. w ptv.vic.gov.au w melbourne.vic.gov.au/artplay w rbg.vic.gov.au

National Sports Museum

“Melbourne really is a sports lover's dream. For a great day out, I’d start at the National Sports Museum, where you can see Sir Donald Bradman’s baggy green cap and face a big spinning delivery from a 3D hologram of Warnie. Then, after playing on a virtual-reality version of the hallowed turf at the museum, take a behindthe-scenes look at one of the world’s greatest sports stadiums and my home ground with a guided MCG Tour. Next stop is lunch and a drink at any one of the great Aussie pubs within walking distance to Richmond or the CBD.” w nsm.org.au w mcg.org.au

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My Melbourne

Jo

Stanley Comedian, actor, writer and radio show co-host of Jo & Lehmo on Gold 104.3 26


Jo’s favourites We asked Jo to name some of her favourite places in Melbourne.

Itineraries

Heide

Heide Scupture Park

Collins Square

Jo Stanley is Melbourne personified: she’s smart, cultured, cool and unpretentious.

Art

Having spent the bulk of the past 15 years talking – amusing breakfast radio audiences and telling gags at comedy gigs – it’s surprising (or maybe not) to hear that one of Jo’s favourite things about Melbourne is the ability to find places of quiet solitude to reflect and meditate.

rambling art deco home in Elsternwick that they share with daughter Willow, aging labrador Scout and vocal cat Maggie (named after Jo’s favourite AFL team).

“I really love that Melbourne is big enough to find the thing you want to do any day or night of the week – whether it’s going to show, eating delicious food or something outdoorsy – but still small enough that you can find somewhere beautiful to sit and be alone in your thoughts,” she says.

“I recently took a tour of the Manchester Unity building and the architecture is stunning. The Nicholas Building is another favourite, with all its creative artisan residents.

While Jo was born and bred in Yallambie in Melbourne’s north, she made a sea-change to the bayside suburbs at age 18. For the past four years, Jo and husband Darren (Daz) McFarlane have been renovating the

“I love art deco everything, which is another reason I love Melbourne.

“We really are spoiled for choice here in Melbourne, with the best of all worlds – fashion, sport (go Pies), art, theatre, food, gardens… Oh, and breakfast radio, of course!” Above: Emily Floyd, Abstract Labour, 2014, Photo: Christian Capurro. Above right: Jeff Thomson, Cows 1987, Photo: John Gollings

Willow and I enjoy wandering around art galleries. One of our favourites is Heide, with its beautiful art, sprawling gardens and good food at Café Vue. It also has such a romantic history.

Comedy

It’s always a good night out at The Comic’s Lounge in North Melbourne, where I performed – or humiliated myself – many moons ago.

Books

I’m a big reader and book collector. Avenue Bookstore in Elsternwick is a great bookshop.

Coffee

I’m new to coffee – I’ve only been drinking it for about a year – but I love tiny hole-in-the-wall One Square Espresso Bar in Glenhuntly Road.

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Eat& drink Melbourne is renowned for its flair with food, cool bar scene and, of course, its great coffee, so dig in and drink up.

Chin Chin

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Bites and bars on city edge Marion Milk the Cow

Say cheese (and wine)

There are literally hundreds of cool cafes and drinking venue popping up every week in Melbourne’s inner suburbs. Here are three of the best.

Brunch bunch

The bottomless brunch banquet trend is taking over the city. Try Gingerboy’s Sunday morning offering of endless dumplings, pork bao and cocktails for $98 per person (or $63 for food only). Another restaurant where you don’t need to fear bill shock at the end of brunch is Saigon Sally in Windsor, where a Sunday session of modern Viet-style dishes, bubbles and beer is $69 per person (or $39 for food only). If you always find yourself drawn to the sides section of the menu, your order will be happily accommodated at St Kilda’s Matcha Mylkbar (St Kilda) and Hammer and Tong in Fitzroy. w gingerboy.com.au w saigonsally.com.au w matchamylkbar.com w hammerandtong.com.au

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Cheap and cheerful

For a great feed of comfort food from around the globe that won’t break the bank, head to Smith Street, where you can choose from Huxtaburger, Po’ Boy Quarter or, just off the main strip, Jimmy Grants. w huxtaburger.com.au w poboyquarter.com.au w jimmygrants.com.au

I love the nightlife

If you want to make a night of it, get guidance from Localing Tours, the locals in the know, who will deliver you to the coolest bars and nightspots in the city. w localing.com.au Jimmy Grants

Eat & drink

If you’re a fromage fan, you can get your fill of fine cheeses and wine. For superb hard, creamy and stinky (in a good way) artisan varieties, try Milk the Cow, Shifty Chevre and La Fromaggeria.

Marion

01 Marion Wine Bar

Work your way through the impressive wine list at Andrew McConnell’s latest bar beside his Gertrude Street eatery Cutler & Co. w marionwine.com.au

02 Lûmé

Expect the unexpected at this South Melbourne hot spot. The inventive cuisine and cocktails feature out-ofthe-ordinary ingredients and theatrical presentation. w restaurantlume.com

03 Rice Queen

Feeling thirsty? Slip into Rice Queen in Brunswick Street for a South-East Side cocktail or Asian beer surrounded by fun and colourful kitsch décor. w ricequeen.com.au

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Our

summer picks

Supernormal

Seriously good coffee Dukes Coffee Roasters

If you’re serious about your beans, you’ll be seriously happy at Dukes Coffee Roasters in Flinders Lane. w dukescoffee.com.au

Red Star Espresso Bar and Urban Garden

Get a hit of top-notch coffee and good karma at this Port Melbourne cafe–housed in a 20-foot shipping container and surrounded by sustainable food walls. Here, your favourite brew will be made from ethically and sustainably sourced beans. w redstarcoffee.com.au

Hot restaurants

Cool bars & bites

The Barre

Hot Sauce

Drop into the Arts Centre Melbourne’s newest venue for a pre-show sparkling and share plate of fresh seasonal ingredients. After the final curtain call come back for dessert and discussion of what you just saw. w artscentremelbourne.com.au

Supernormal

Try Melbourne mega chefrestaurateur Andrew McConnell’s awesome Asian-inspired menu at his slick, understated Flinders Lane eatery where dishes are designed to be shared. w supernormal.net.au

Hutong Dumpling Bar

For the best dumplings, dim sum, wontons and san choi bao at a bargain price, grab a table Hutong in Market Lane or the Cullen Hotel, Prahran. w hutong.com.au

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Part of the new QT Melbourne is this Korean-Japanese laneway bar serving street food and cocktails to match until late. w qthotelsandresorts.com/ melbourne

Arbory Bar & Eatery

Enjoy burgers and larger bites alongside wines, beers and cocktails at Arbory Bar & Eatery that extends the length of Flinders Street Station and has uninterrupted views of the Yarra. w arbory.com.au

Naked in the Sky

Venture to Brunswick Street for a rooftop bar with breathtaking views, buzzing atmosphere and Spanish share plates. w nakedforsatan.com.au


Hutong Dumpling Bar

Did you know?

Melbourne has more restaurants and cafes per capita than any other city in the world.

Best burgers

Far-out pho

Andrew's Burgers

Pho Nom

If you love an old school patty, Andrew’s Hamburgers – our oldest and most famous burger joint – now has two stores: the original shop in Albert Park and the new Franklin Street venue in the city. w andrewshamburgers.com.au

Burger Project

Try Neil Perry’s fancy, healthconscious burgers at his new digs in St Collins Lane. Supernormal

Eat & drink

Hutong Dumpling Bar

Duke's Coffee Roasters

w burgerproject.com.au

Melbourne is having a pho (Vietnamese soup) moment. At Pho Nom located in Emporium Melbourne, Jerry Mai's broth, made to her mother’s recipe, is richly flavoured and uses only quality, ethically sourced ingredients. w phonom.com.au

I love Pho

Celebrity chef and TV presenter Shane Delia is a big rap for the clean, fresh pho at this cafe in Victoria Street, Richmond – in fact, he likes to have a bowl here three times a week. w lovepho.com.au

Naked in the Sky

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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

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EAT & DRINK LIKE AN ITALIAN

7 Alfred Place

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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


Taxi Kitchen

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 hours: 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:

Cromwell STREAT

Melbourne's secret destination for delicious food, connoisseur coffee and wonderful service is Cromwell STREAT. This 1860s manor turned high-end cafe borders a beautiful, sunny garden leading to an artisan bakery, coffee roastery, bustling kitchens and function rooms. STREAT’s an amazing social enterprise designed purely to stop youth homelessness. One by one, the two million delicious meals and coffees consumed by its customers are doing just that – by funding vital life-skills support and hospitality training for 520 young people since 2010. Our dream is to reach 1520 youth by 2020 through Cromwell STREAT. We'd love you to drop in. Tram: Number 109 or 112 to stop 18, then walk along Cromwell Street Open daily: 8am to 4pm 66 Cromwell Street, Collingwood t 9629 4222 w streat.com.au Find us on:

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Eat & drink

Yarra River

Southgate Melbourne Southgate is a vibrant restaurant, shopping and entertainment destination located along 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 is the place to be in Melbourne this summer, as the restaurant precinct becomes a key event destination for those attending New Year’s Eve to see the rooftop fireworks, taking a water taxi to and from the Australian Open tennis, or joining the festivities of Chinese New Year and White Night Melbourne.

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 Street Station and take underpass to walk over Southbank Pedestrian footbridge to Southgate Open: 9am until late, seven days a week 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank t 9686 1000 w southgatemelbourne.com.au Find us on: This summer, head to the newly re-imagined Pure South Dining. The contemporary river level venue has recently re-opened its doors over two levels and now offers breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Inspired by the tones of a Tasmanian rural landscape, it has a range of spaces for both special occasions and casual dining, including a cocktail bar and a huge terrace with spectacular city views.

Pure South Dining

Southgate offers a diverse mix of riverside restaurants, cafes and bars, a casual dining licensed food court, range of boutique retailers as well as everyday needs.

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We’re proud to be home to some of Melbourne’s most iconic food stories


He came to Australia rich in pastry and café expertise.

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 to Australia permanently and has been involved in the industr y ever since. He later acquired Brunetti where you can still find him in the 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.

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. His Vue de monde restaurant quickly became a Melbourne icon and in 2010 he opened Café Vue at Melbourne International Airport as an option for international travellers. In 2011 he followed this up with Café Vue Express, extending the experience to all travellers. T2, Level 1 Departures.


Lindt Chocolate Café

Indulge in an exquisite chocolate experience at the 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 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

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 includes delicious crispy bacon, free-range eggs, house-made hash browns and freshly squeezed orange juice and 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:

Bridge Road Richmond

A visit to Melbourne isn’t complete without experiencing the huge array of cuisine from around the globe available in the Bridge Road Precinct. With over 145 restaurants and cafes you will find the area bustling day and night. Make sure you also have enough time to explore the shops offering fashion and homewares. Bridge Road, Richmond Train: Richmond or West Richmond Station Tram: 48 or 75 (from the city), 78 (from the south) w bridgerd.com.au Find us on:

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 Australian wines or something from the selection of beverages 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

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RAINBOW KARAOKE

Monday-Friday 5:00pm-3:00am Saturday & Sunday 12pm-3:00am

Rainbow Karaoke, as the largest KTV Bar in Melbourne, is also the 1st one possessing characterized rooms with different personalized themes. From small room (up to 7 people) to party room (25-30 people), Rainbow owns 44 authentic private rooms with various themes, to entertain you with good wine, delicious food and beautiful songs. Happy Hour price from $30/h; Minimum Spent price from $168/room Rainbow_karaoke RainbowKTVAUS Rainbow World Address: Level 2, 206 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000 Contact : (03) 9650 8988 www.axfentertainment.com.au/rainbow/

LOST HEAVEN RESTAURANT

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 Chinese dishes. With a speciality in innovative Chinese cuisines, multi award-winning Master Chef Meisheng Yu puts his creative mind and cooking ideas together to deliver an impeccable Chinese dining experience. Lostheaven_melb LostheavenAUS Lost Heaven Restaurant Address: Level 2, 206 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000 Contact : (03) 9650 2188 www.axfentertainment.com.au/lostheaven/

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See & do There is so much to see, do and experience in Melbourne. Here are some of our most popular attractions for visitors of all ages and interests.

Shrine of Remembrance

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Melbourne Zoo

Talk to the animals

Melbourne has animal attractions galore, allowing visitors to get up close to all creatures great and small, from native species to exotic marine life. Experience life in the country at the Collingwood Children’s Farm, where you can feed and pat the animals as well as see cows being milked or take tractor rides. Find Nemo, Dory and more than 10,000 of their colourful aquatic friends – and foes – at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. The magical underwater worlds include Croc’s Lair, Bay of Rays and Mermaid Garden. w farm.org.au w melbourneaquarium.com.au

Pound the footpath

No matter what you’re into – food, architecture, art, fashion or history – you’ll find a walking tour to match your passion in Melbourne. Explore the city’s beautiful laneways and arcades with Hidden Secrets Tours, whose guides will steer you to the city’s undercover gems and provide historic commentary and local trivia.

Melbourne Zoo

For sweet-tooth tourists, book a Chocolate Wonderland Tour with Chocaholic Tours to spend two-and-a-half sugarcoated hours culminating in a decadent afternoon tea. For those seeking a more bespoke offering, the guides from Localing Tours will spend some time with you learning about what you want to see, then tailor a private itinerary to suit. w hiddensecretstours.com.au w chocaholictours.com.au w localing.com.au

So cool

When the temperature rises, it’s time to find a place to retreat from the heat. One of the coolest places in town – literally – is IceBar Melbourne in Fitzroy. It’s an arctic minus-10°C at this one-of-a-kind venue where the walls, tables, chairs and even the bar are made from 30 tonnes of sculpted ice. Another ice-cold fun palace is the O’Brien Group Arena. Strap on your skates and try to stay upright as you glide around the rink. Special school holiday activities are happening over summer, too.

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See & do

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium


Punting on the Lake

Some great places for a casual dip at a reasonable price are: Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC); historic Melbourne City Baths; and local favourite, Fitzroy Swimming Pool. w icebarmelbourne.com w obriengrouparena.com.au w melbournesportshub.com.au w melbourne.vic.gov.au w yarracity.vic.gov.au

Twilight zone

Spend a glorious summer evening listening to local and international musicians among the wildlife at Melbourne Zoo’s Twilight Series (27 January–11 March) or a classical aria at Mazda Opera in the Bowl, a free event on Saturday 3 December. For delicious food, top-notch local wines, live entertainment and a festive atmosphere, head to South Melbourne Night Market (Thursday evenings, 5 January–23 February, 5.30pm–9.30pm). w zoo.org.au w opera.org.au w southmelbournenightmarket.com.au

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Ramp up the romance

Find your way to someone’s heart with a picnic under the lush green foliage of the Royal Botanic Gardens, followed by a half-hour guided punt tour around the picturesque islands and bays of the Ornamental Lake. Choose your favourite ice-cream flavour at the Terrace Tearooms and wander around the expansive gardens and specialty floral displays. w rbg.vic.gov.au w punttours.com.au South Melbourne Night Market


Access all areas We want everyone to be able to enjoy our city, so here are our tips for Melbourne’s best accessible attractions.

Word on the street Helen (65), John (62) and Fraser (7) from Bendigo

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Global Ballooning

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.

See & do

We took our grandson Fraser to Melbourne by train, then caught a tram to St Kilda’s Luna Park to show him a traditional theme park – one with what we consider real rides and sideshow games. Fraser was surprised that his nan had been to the same park when she was about his age. The 100-year-old carousel is still in pristine condition and the Great Scenic Railway makes a lovely clickety-clack sound as it goes around the track overlooking the bay.

w globalballooning.com.au

02 Arts Centre Melbourne

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 For more information about accessibility in Melbourne, please refer to page 145.

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Advertorial

Direct from

China

China-based airline Xiamen Air is one of the latest airlines to start servicing Melbourne from mainland China.

Tips from the crew

Royal Botanic Gardens

Renowned for impeccable service and punctuality, Xiamen Air offer two direct flights between Melbourne and the southern Chinese city of Xiamen each week on its Boeing 787 Dreamliners, with an additional third flight due to commence weekly from 6 December. With Chinese travellers, drawn to Melbourne by its sights, shopping and proximity to natural attractions and wildlife experiences, converging on the city in record numbers, Xiamen Air’s arrival as an air carrier is timely.

Xiamen Air veteran pilot Li Peng has already fallen in love with Melbourne during his monthly stopovers.

01 The food and energy of

Chinatown is fabulous, but I also love Port Melbourne for its beach and cafes.

Emporium Melbourne

From 6 December, Xiamen Air flies direct between Xiamen, China, and Melbourne three times per week utilising a fleet of new Boeing 787s, offering a high level of service across first, business and economy classes. w xiamenair.com/en-au

Xiamen Dreamliner Luna Park, St Kilda

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02 Emporium Melbourne is great for shopping and the dumplings at Din Tai Fung are delicious.

03 When people ask me where they can pick up a bargain, I point them in the direction of DFO South Wharf.

04 The Royal Botanic

Gardens are close to the city and a lovely place to get some fresh air or have a jog around the Tan track.


See & do

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Come fly with me

Located in the city’s waterfront precinct of Docklands, it’s the perfect way to start your Melbourne visit.

Sept 16, 2016 – Apr 30, 2017. 11am to 10pm daily.

Hear stories of Melbourne’s origins and its place in the world while taking in views stretching up to 40 kilometres.

Catch tram 70, 86 or the free City Circle Tram to stop D11.

Hours:

Last flight departs 30mins prior to closing time. Last ticket sales 45mins prior to closing time.

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Global Ballooning Australia

Global Ballooning Australia has been operating for 24 years and is an award-winning company offering sunrise hot air balloon flights over Melbourne and Yarra Valley. Melbourne is one of very few cities around the world where you can traverse over and is Australia's second largest city! Receive 15% off a hot air balloon flight, including breakfast. Call and mention OVG to receive the discount. T&C’s apply. Open hours: Mon-Fri, 8.30am to 5pm 1st Floor, 173-175 Swan Street, Richmond t 1800 627 661 w globalballooning.com.au Find us on:

Bunyip Tours

Come and experience some of the most amazing landscapes Victoria has to offer with Bunyip Tours. Our small group sizes ensure personalised and interactive experiences. Day and Extended Tours: + Great Ocean Road / 12 Apostles + Phillip Island Penguin Parade + Mornington Peninsula + Wilsons Promontory + Puffing Billy / Healesville Sanctuary + Sovereign Hill / Daylesford + Farmstay High Country Tour + Official Neighbours Tour Discount Offer – Mention this ad when booking to receive 10% discount (valid for direct bookings only) Open daily: 7am to 7pm 570 Flinders Street, Melbourne t 9650 9680 e info@bunyiptours.com w bunyiptours.com

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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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Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market


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, cricketers’ 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 Australia’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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3 COURSE DINNER & SHOW B O O K N O W AT D R A C U L A S . C O M . A U O R 1 8 0 0 D R A C U L A S Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant is Australia's longest-running and most successful theatre restaurant, having entertained over three and a half million guests over the past 35 years.

Dracula’s serves up a quality three-course dinner of modern Australian cuisine using quality locally-sourced ingredients, and finished off with our signature chocolate coffin dessert.

While perfecting the art of Thrillertainment, Dracula’s has evolved into a venue that uses the most company, advanced special FX of any small theatre compan combined with unique razor-edge humour, and a variety of impressive acts featuring puppetry, burlesque, aerial circus, illusion, and incredible live music.

With a huge variety of classic and unique drinks available (including Dracula’s own ‘O-Negative’ beer), and a Ghost Train ride that delivers you to your seat, Dracula’s Cabaret is sure to be a unique experience that will leave you gasping for more!

It is a completely themed experience from the moment you step inside, with Draculettes entertaining and waiting on you, and the undead vampire cast making you giggle, gasp and groan.

“An absolute must see. Great show. Great cast. Great food. Awesome venue.” - Tammy S, Tripadvisor.


Punting on the Lake

Take a private, guided boat tour in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. Settle back in a traditional wooden punt boat to enjoy unique views of one of the world’s finest gardens as our professional punter tells you about its history, environment, wildlife and plants. Your punter will propel you around the islands and bays of the Ornamental Lake, taking you up close to the floating islands and showing you these beautiful gardens from a surprisingly different perspective. Punting is a serene and relaxing activity suitable for all ages. Each punt seats up to eight people. Visit our website for tour information, departure times and bookings.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Visit one of the world’s finest botanic gardens, offering visitors a calm oasis of beautiful plants and landscapes. This summer, 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 cafés, Jardin Tan or The Terrace. Visit the gift shop for a unique range of botanicalinspired gifts and gardening accessories. Tram: Number 3, 5, 8, 16 or 64 to stop 20 Bus: Melbourne Visitor Shuttle to stop 13 Open daily: 7.30am until sunset Melbourne Gardens, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne t 9252 2300 w rbg.vic.gov.au Find us on:

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Tram: Number 8 to stop 24, walk down Anderson Street to Gate A of the Botanic Gardens Open daily: 10am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day). Evening tours available Fri, Sat and Sun Gate A, Royal Botanic Gardens, Corner Alexandra Avenue & Anderson Street, South Yarra t 0481 455 410 w puntingonthelake.com.au Find us on:


Carlton Brewhouse

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 hours: Mon–Fri, 9am to 4pm; Sat & Sun, 11am to 4pm & selected evenings 24 Thompson Street, Abbotsford t 9420 6800 w carltonbrewhouse.com.au

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 e info@moonlit-sanctuary.com w moonlitsanctuary.com.au

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 hours: 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 e raaf.museuminfo@defence.gov.au w airforce.gov.au/raafmuseum

Melbourne Seaplanes

Melbourne Seaplanes shows you the best of Melbourne and Victoria. Operating from historic Williamstown we offer flights to suit your interest and budget. City skyline, Port Phillip Bay, Lunch at Sorrento, The Twelve Apostles, weddings and special occasions. For bookings call Barb on 0414 260 603. Mention OVG for 10% disc. T&C’s apply. Open daily: 8am to 7pm 126 Syme Street, Williamstown t 0414 260 603 | 9397 5388 w seaplane.com.au Find us on:

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Puffing Billy Railway

Puffing Billy is Australia’s premier preserved steam railway and has been loved by generations for more than 100 years! Journey through the magnificent forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges from Belgrave, only one hour east of Melbourne, every day except Christmas Day. Enjoy an authentic Excursion Train journey to Emerald Lake Park and Gembrook. Alternatively you can travel first class in our luxury, fully enclosed dining carriages on the daily Steam & Cuisine Luncheon, or on one of the many evening dining experiences, which depart on selected Fridays and Saturdays. Tours are offered by all major day-tour operators. Train: Belgrave Line to Belgrave Station Open: Operates daily except Christmas Day 1 Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave t 9757 0700 w puffingbilly.com.au Find us on:

Melbourne River Cruises 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 and Williamstown Ferry Special Offer: 2 for 1 offer on all Sightseeing Cruises and Williamstown Ferry Tours. Ticket kiosk: Southgate Arts & Leisure Precinct – Berth 5 Open daily: 10am to 3.30pm t 8610 2600 w melbcruises.com.au

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Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm

Pick your own famous Sunny Ridge strawberries at our beautiful third-generation owned Hinterland property. Treat yourself to heavenly desserts and delectable chocolate fondue in our strawberry cafe. Purchase seasonal fresh produce or peruse our retail shop for local gourmet products and gifts. Sample Rebello’s award-winning boutique strawberry wines, liquors and ciders produced from 100% Sunny Ridge strawberries. Open hours: Nov–Apr, daily, 9am to 5pm. May–Oct, Fri–Sun & school holidays, 11am to 4pm. Closed Christmas Day, New Years Day & Good Friday 244 Shands Road, Main Ridge t 5989 4500 w sunnyridge.com.au Find us on:

William Ricketts Sanctuary

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 w parks.vic.gov.au t 13 1963

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Wander along the lush, fern-lined paths and discover over 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, the forest gallery is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the Dandenong Ranges. Entry is free.


Melbourne’s Luna Park

Step through the mouth of Mr Moon and soak up the carnival atmosphere, rides and attractions that have entertained visitors for more than 100 years. Brave the heights of the Great Scenic Railway for spectacular views of the city and Port Phillip Bay or experience the 6000 bright lights of the magical Carousel. Try out your dodgem skills, enter the Circus of Screams if you dare, plus enjoy all the spinning, zooming, twirling and shrieking you could possibly want – all summer long! Open: School holidays, weekends and public holidays from 11am – see website for more details 18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda w lunapark.com.au e justforfun@lunapark.com.au Find us on:

IceBar Melbourne

The ultimate arctic experience and, at minus 10°C, this is definitely the coolest place in town and the only IceBar in Australia. The walls, tables, chairs and even the bar is made of ice! During your stay at the IceBar we provide you with a snow cape and gloves to keep you as snug as a bug in a rug. Tram: Number 11 to stop 16 Bus: Number 200 to Brunswick Street Open hours: Thu to Mon, 11am to late; children welcome to 7pm 319 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy t 9077 9716 or 1300 ICEBAR w icebarmelbourne.com e info@icebarmelbourne.com

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This summer Bendigo’s beautiful parks will come alive with a range of fantastic music, movies and other great free or low cost events. Summer in the Parks is the perfect excuse to pack up your family or get a group of friends together and visit Bendigo to have some fun in our great outdoors. To check out the full list of events and activities on offer visit our website. / DEC / JAN / FEB

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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.


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Arts& culture Historic buildings, modern art, blockbuster musicals and world-class museum exhibits – Melbourne has them all (and more).

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Indigenous Melbourne Experience Melbourne’s rich Indigenous history, culture and art at one of many locations across the city.

01 Bunjilaka Polly Woodside

Historic haunts

Take a tour of the spooky prison cells and listen to tales about Melbourne’s notorious gangsters and bushrangers, including Squizzy Taylor and Ned Kelly, at the Old Melbourne Gaol. This is where the state’s worst crooks were locked up between 1842 and 1929. At the City Watch House visitors can play the felon in an interactive role-play performance where they’re ‘arrested’ before facing a mock trial at the Old Magistrate’s Court. Night tours are also available for brave souls who enjoy ghost stories. For more stories of infamous and lesser known bushrangers, visit the free Wild Colonial Boys: Bushrangers in Victoria exhibition (until August 2017) at the beautiful Old Treasury Building. See Mad Dan Morgan’s death mask, Dan Kelly’s armour and historic records about the state’s youngest bushranger Jack Doolan, who inspired the song ‘The Wild Colonial Boy’. w pollywoodside.com.au w oldmelbournegaol.com.au w oldtreasurybuilding.org.au

w museumvictoria.com.au/first-peoples

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

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Whether your kids are going through a pirate phase or you’re interested in Melbourne’s maritime history, the Polly Woodside museum tall ship, moored at South Wharf, provides a fascinating insight into life on the high seas.

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.


Hidden Secrets Tours

Follow your art

Architecture addicts

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.

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The National Gallery 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.

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w ngv.vic.gov.au w heide.com.au

Melbourne’s architecture is a mix of old and new, from grand heritage buildings and art deco facades to the modern design of Federation Square, sports ground AAMI Park and innovative, energy-efficient high-rise offices. Take a self-guided tour at your own pace or book a tour with a local company specialising in city history, architecture and design, such as Melbourne Architours, Hidden Secrets Tours or Walking Tours of Melbourne.


In the know

Mark Winmill (aka Captain Kidd)

‘Boylesque’ star, aerialist and circus performer After sell-out shows in Berlin, London and Paris, Mark Winmill is preparing to glitter bomb Melbourne with his gender-bending boylesque troupe in Briefs (13–18 December) at Arts Centre Melbourne. The dazzling show is a mix of burlesque, circus, drag, acrobatics and comedy. Sydney-born Mark tells us what he loves to see and do Melbourne.

Arts and culture

I love Blue Circus Studio in Fitzroy. It’s an independently run circus space that has been a flourishing habitat for creativity and a training ground for many Australian circus and physical theatre artists.

Eat and drink Royal Botanic Gardens

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Bistro d’Orsay’s dirty martinis are superb. Another favourite is Madame Brussels, a gorgeous rooftop with killer cocktails and delicious small plates.

Post-show wind-down

You can often find a gaggle of Briefs boys at Belleville.

Relaxation

Madame Brussels

Performing in Briefs is physically demanding, so to re-energise I will head to a nearby park or garden, such as the Royal Botanic Gardens, to have a sunshine-filled stretch and a nap. I’m a nature boy at heart, so anywhere that has more nature than humans, like the beach, is a magnet for me.

Must-see show

As well as booking tickets to Briefs, I’d also recommend people see Hot Brown Honey at Arts Centre Melbourne in the week before our show begins. Hot Brown Honey was created by the Briefs Factory collective too. It is fierce, unexpected and smart. For show details and bookings: w artscentremelbourne.com.au Belleville

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Shrine of Remembrance

A building with a soul The Shrine of Remembrance is truly striking – in physical magnitude and architectural brilliance, as well as the awe and emotion it evokes. Rich in meaning

The Shrine of Remembrance is one of Melbourne’s most important and meaningful landmarks, honouring the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women who have served in defence of Australia and in peacekeeping operations. It’s a place for sharing and preserving important stories about war, peace, service and national identity. Visit for a few hours or a whole day to explore, learn, reflect and pay respect. You can take a self-guided tour (use the free app) or join a guided group at 11am or 2pm.

Delve deeper

Be absorbed by the exhibits in the Galleries of Remembrance. You’ll find more than 800 objects, photographs and artworks illustrating the experiences of Australians at war and in peacekeeping,

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including the SS Devanha lifeboat that ferried ANZAC troops to the beaches at Gallipoli. Place a digital poppy on the Rolls of Honour as a mark of respect, before perusing the hundreds of service medals in the Gallery of Medals. Other famous features of the Shrine include the Eternal Flame on the Second World War Forecourt, and the Man with the Donkey and Cobbers bronze sculptures.

Summer sanctuary

Surrounded by 13 hectares of landscaped parkland, the Shrine provides magnificent, panoramic views of the city. During summer, the garden courtyards provide respite from the heat and are a peaceful place to relax. w shrine.org.au


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Sitting beneath one of the city’s most recognisable icons – the magnificent spire – Arts Centre Melbourne sits at the heart of Australia’s largest performing arts precinct.

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The cultural hub

More than meets the eye

Arts Centre Melbourne is much bigger than even most Victorians realise, comprising three venues on both sides of St Kilda Road: The Theatres Building encompasses the impressive State Theatre, Playhouse and intimate Fairfax Studio; Hamer Hall is a premier concert venue for musical performances, including Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; and Sidney Myer Music Bowl 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.

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 Arts 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 quick coffee and cake break are Cento and Café Vic, while Italian restaurant Fatto Bar & Cantina, Teatro (pizzera and tapas) and Sake Restaurant & Bar (Japanese) alongside Hamer Hall overlook the Yarra River.

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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.

Asia TOPA

From January to April 2017, experience this new arts festival celebrating Australia's relationship with contemporary Asia with an unprecedented program. w asiatopa.com.au

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2017 Sidney Myer

Free Concerts The Sidney Myer Free Concerts are the perfect soundtrack to summer in the city at one of Melbourne’s most iconic outdoor venues. Enjoy a picnic whilst watching the sun dip behind the city’s skyline and listen to the magical sounds of the orchestra.

MSO Plays e Russians 8 February at 7.30pm

MSO Plays Romeo & Juliet 11 February at 7.30pm

MSO Plays La Valse

15 February at 7.30pm

Admission is free and gates open at 4.30pm, entry is on a first in basis.


Parliament House

Visit Victoria’s Parliament House, one of Australia’s oldest and most architecturally distinguished public buildings. Construction began on the building in 1856, and it was home to the Federal Parliament from 1901 to 1927. Free guided tours are provided on non-sitting days, Monday to Friday (groups of six or more must book). Architecture tours are available on selected dates, and bookings are essential for this very popular tour. On sitting days, come and see the Victorian State Parliament in action. Check website for details. 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 Find us on:

The iconic Melbourne Theatre Company is your ticket to the city's best entertainment, all year round. From new Australian writing to renowned classics and the very best international works, there is something for everyone at Melbourne's home of theatre. Over summer, MTC presents comedy classic The Odd Couple, starring Shaun Micallef and Francis Greenslade until 17 December. From 14 January, the 1940s Broadway hit Born Yesterday (pictured) comes to town, and don't miss the hauntingly beautiful play John from 10 February. Discover what's on during your visit and book now. Train: Flinders Street Station Tram: Number 1 to stop 17 (Sturt St & Southbank Blvd) Southbank Theatre Box Office open: Mon–Sat, 9am to 5pm 140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank t 8688 0800 w mtc.com.au Find us on:

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3D

Join David Attenborough in a tale of discovery, adventure and magic on a journey through the world-famous Natural History Museum in London, on the world’s largest screen. As the doors are locked and night falls, Attenborough meets the extinct creatures that fascinate him the most, as they magically come alive in front of his eyes.

WHEN DARKNESS FALLS EXTINCT CREATURES COME TO LIFE

SERENGETI ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS A COLOSSUS PRODUCTIONS FILM IN ASSOCIATION WITH SKY 3D “MUSEUM ALIVE” Rathdowne St, Carlton WRITTEN AND PRESENTED BY DAVID ATTENBOROUGH VFX SUPERVISOR JAMES PROSSER 3D STEREOGRAPHER CHRIS PARKS DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY TIM CRAGG MUSIC BY ILAN ESHKERI DIRECTOR DANIEL M. SMITH SUPERVISING PRODUCER MIKE DAVIS PRODUCER ANTHONY GEFFEN


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Meet Melbourne’s First Peoples at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Celebrate the people and stories of multicultural Melbourne

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– ASIA-PACIFIC TRIENNIAL OF PERFORMING ARTS – JANUARY to APRIL 2017 –

Asia TOPA is a festival celebrating our relationship with contemporary Asia. Vital, fresh and always unpredictable, Asia TOPA offers a city-wide window onto the creative imaginations fuelling the many cultures of our region. – ASIATOPA.COM.AU – Asia TOPA is a join initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Victorian and Federal Governments


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Heather Marks by David LaChapelle. The House at the End of the World, 2005. Chromatic print Viktor&Rolf, Bedtime Story ready-to-wear collection, autumn–winter 2005 published in Vogue Italia, October 2005 © David LaChapelle


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Old Treasury Building

Discover Melbourne’s history, heritage and people.

Built at the height of the gold rush, the magnificent Old Treasury Building is widely regarded as one of the finest nineteenth-century buildings in Melbourne. The equally grand interior now hosts a variety of displays centred on the history of Melbourne, featuring rare original documents from the Public Record Office Victoria. Be sure to visit the historic gold vaults, used during the 1860s to store the precious metal coming from the goldfields in central Victoria. Wild Colonial Boys, the current temporary exhibition explores Victoria’s bushranger days. Early Victoria was a frontier society in every sense. From the 1840s gangs of bushrangers roamed in Museum entry is free. Tram: Number 11, 12, 48 or 109 to stop 8 & number 35 (free City Circle) to stop 8 or 0 Train: Parliament Station Open: Sun-Friday (Closed Sat) 10am to 4pm 20 Spring Street, Melbourne w otb.org.au t 9651 2233 Find us on:

search of vulnerable travellers and stock, terrorising remote settlements and creating public panic. The advent of gold drew more such men to the colony. Explore the stories of the Plenty Gang, the St Kilda Road Gang, and Victoria’s most famous bushranger, Ned Kelly, who operated within a stone’s throw of settled towns, and the other wild colonial boys who infested Victoria’s bushlands. Wild Colonial Boys is presented by Old Treasury Building in partnership with Public Record Office Victoria.

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“[Parreno’s work is] mesmerising and unmissable” ★★★★★ The Guardian

Free Exhibition 6 Dec 2016 – 13 Mar 2017 An Australian premiere by one of the most important artists working today. Conceived alongside his triumphant Tate Modern commission Anywhen.

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Malls with it all

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Some of Melbourne’s retail gems are found outside the CBD grid and just a short tram ride away in South Yarra, Prahran, Windsor and Fitzroy. Walk the length of Chapel Street to find well-known chain stores, chic boutiques, including local designers Gorman and LIFEwithBIRD, cafes, restaurants and bars aplenty. If edgy, vintage or retro clothes are your style, try Gertrude Street in Fitzroy. Make sure you stop by Cottage Industry, Leonard St, Pickings and Parry and Megan Park’s flagship store.

Gerturde Street, Fitzroy

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Streets of style

If you like your shopping all under the one roof, make Melbourne’s mega malls your first port of call. Melbourne Central is your one-stop shopping, dining and entertainment complex, with retailers including Scanlan Theodore, Sass & Bide and Sephora. Emporium Melbourne is home to Australian and international designers, innovative concept stores and an upscale food court. A few blocks away is the city’s newest shopping and dining precinct, St Collins Lane, an elegant three-storey centre housing 60 retailers, including contemporary local and international fashion and luxury brands such as Maje and Reiss. Chapel Street

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Markets Melbourne’s markets offer much more than just fresh fruit and veg.

Prahran Market

01 St Kilda Esplanade Market

This vibrant makers’ market held on Sundays (10am–5pm) throughout summer features more than 130 stalls of handcrafted artwork, wood products, jewellery, photography and homewares. w stkildaesplanademarket.com.au

02 Arts Centre Sunday Market

From 10am to 4pm on Sundays, local artisans fill Arts Centre Melbourne’s lawn to showcase locally produced goods ranging from arts and crafts to freshly made delicacies. w artscentremelbourne.com.au

03 Prahran Market

For the freshest produce, seafood and coffee, as well as cooking classes and live entertainment, pop along to Australia’s longest running market. You might even see MasterChef George Calombaris buying his fruit and veg at his favourite stalls. w prahranmarket.com.au

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St Kilda Esplanade Market


Good vintage Here are some of the best places to fossick for retro fare around Melbourne.

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Chadstone

Gifts with a Melbourne flavour

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Just when you thought Chadstone – The Fashion Capital couldn’t get any bigger, a new development has been announced – Australia’s largest shopping centre will have a Legoland amusement centre by mid-2017 and a hotel in 2020. Make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes because the expanded complex will be roughly the same size as 10 MCGs! A free shuttle bus is available from the CBD and takes approximately 25 minutes to reach the ever-growing mall of 600-plus stores. 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.

01 Vintage Garage

Find frocks, accessories and memorabilia from the 1950s and 1960s at this huge store in Smith Street, Collingwood.

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Whether you’re looking for a memento of your trip to Melbourne or a locally made gift that's a bit different for a friend living overseas, check out the wide range of arty designs and homewares at The Melbourne Shop by Lumbi. For quality children’s toys, games and dolls, visit Jasper Junior that has stores in Royal Arcade, Fitzroy and Chadstone.

Chadstone gets even bigger

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02 Retrostar Vintage Clothing

Browse the expansive racks at one of Australia’s biggest vintage fashion stores in the historic Nicholas Building. w retrostar.com.au

03 Smart Alec

Head to Fitzroy for this funky boutique specialising in imported vintage hats and elegant accessories for stylish gents. w smartalechatters.com.au

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Johnston Jewellers

Johnston Jewellers, a family business dating back to 1901, is proud to be one of Melbourne’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. Johnston Jewellers also has a magnificent range of South Sea black, white and gold pearls, and jewellery, to choose from. 124 Exhibition Street, Melbourne t 9650 7434 e info@johnstonjewellers.com w johnstonjewellers.com Find us on:

Sydney Road Brunswick Sydney Road Brunswick is an exciting shopping strip, open for all to enjoy.

Come for the day and experience the diversity of shops, the atmosphere, flavours from around the world and meet the local characters. Indulge yourself in an exciting journey at the heart of multicultural Melbourne and discover the extensive array of boutiques, alternative cafes and delightful restaurants. Stay for the night, chill in some of the best beer gardens, experience live local music and tuck into some wholesome pub grub. It’s real and definitely not to be missed. w sydneyroad.com.au Find us on:

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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 Tue & Thu – bookings by phone or email are essential 282 Collins Street, Melbourne t 9654 5244 e tours@theblock.com.au w theblock.com.au

Central Equity Apartments Superb City and Southbank locations.

Walk to Bourke Street Mall shopping, Queen Victoria Market, Crown, MCG, restaurants and cafes plus RMIT, Melbourne University and more. Choose off the plan and save thousands on stamp duty or buy a recently completed apartment that’s ready to move in. Inspect: Mon–Sat, 10am to 5pm & Sun,12pm to 5pm Melbourne Property Buyers Centre 151 City Road, Southbank t 9278 8888 (seven days) w centralequity.com.au Left: Artist impression

Rutherford Pearls

Rutherford is a second and third generation family business with a reputation for quality. Mr Bruce Rutherford opened his first store in 1952 and the company now has four stores to its name. As the first pearl specialist in Melbourne it has the most extensive collection of quality pearl jewellery from the most sought-after white Australian South Sea through to Tahitian and gold pearls from the Philippines. Rutherford also stocks the stunning Kailis collection, featured here. Open hours: Mon–Fri, 10am to 5.30pm & Sat, 10am to 5pm 182 & 174 Collins Street, Melbourne Shop 17, The Block Arcade, Melbourne t 9650 7878 | 9650 6277 einfo@rutherford.com.au w rutherford.com.au

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AUSTRALIA’S PREMIER SHOPPING DESTINATION A TRULY TAILOR MADE EXPERIENCE Discover more than 500 stores, including Australian and International designer boutiques plus world-class luxury brands. Enjoy four dining precincts including the new dining terrace and be entertained at the state-of-the-art Hoyts cinema. All under one spectacular roof and just 25 minutes from the city.

TOURISM SHOPPING PASSPORT Enjoy over 150 offers exclusive to tourists visiting Chadstone – The Fashion Capital.

DISCOVER NEW STORES • • •

Double-story flagship stores H&M, Uniqlo and Zara Contemporary International brands Maje, Sandro and The Kooples Luxury brands arriving December 2016: Céline, Fendi, Givenchy, Dior Homme, Valentino and Loewe

TRAVEL IN STYLE FREE FASHION SHUTTLE

Travel to Chadstone - The Fashion Capital on our complimentary Fashion Shuttle which runs hourly, 7 days a week departing from Federation Square. For enquiries, timetable and booking information, visit chadstone.com.au


Lightning Ridge Opal Mines

Join the Le Souëf family to learn about the most beautiful gemstone in the world. With more than 40 years experience mining, cutting and exporting opals, we can teach you about all eight varieties available in Australia and how they are cut, polished and valued. Visit our showroom for a unique, interactive, obligation-free lesson, then browse our huge range of internationally guaranteed opals. Tram: Number 19, 57 or 59 to stop 2 Open: Mon–Fri, 9.30am to 5.30pm & Sat–Sun, 10am to 5pm 63 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne t 9654 4444 w opals.net.au Find us on:

Tivoli Jewellers

Tivoli Jewellers is located in the heart of Melbourne's CBD, in the iconic Royal Arcade Building. Our staff has more than 100 years of combined expertise in jewellery and is committed to giving customers the best shopping experience. Tivoli specialises in Australian opals, Australian South Sea pearls and Australia pink diamonds from the Kimberley mine. We also have an exclusive range of Japanese Akoya pearls, freshwater pearls, gemstones, diamonds and Ellani silver collection. Our website has a wide range available for online purchase with free shipping. Come and visit us at The Royal Arcade. Open: Mon–Thu 10.30am to 5pm; Fri, 10.30am to 6pm; Sat, 10.30am to 4.30pm & Sun, 10.30am to 4pm Royal Arcade, Shop 27, 335 Bourke St, Melbourne t 9663 0996 w tivolijewellers.com.au e sales@tivolijewellers.com.au Find us on:

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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.

Introducing

The Block Arcade, Shop 20, 282 Collins Street , Melbourne, Victoria 3000 T: 03 9663 9883 Open 7 Days www.australianbydesign.com.au


Local & international fashion, exquisite giftware, quality entertainment & mouth watering cuisine.

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Something Aussie 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 says. 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 abroad. 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

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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.

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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Speciality shops, hand made products, great food and authentic atmosphere. With so much on offer you’ll take home more than just memories.

Melbourne´s Marketplace Corner of elizabeth & ViCtoria Street, Melbourne

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EAT SHOP PLAY.

With up to 100 specialty retail stores, great cafes, Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, O’Brien Group Area and ArtVo Immersive Gallery, Harbour Town Melbourne has everything you need for a full day of food, fashion and fun.

www.harbourtownmelbourne.com.au


Neighbourhoods

Explore the urban villages on the city’s doorstep and dive into the local culture and flavours.

Estelle, Northcote

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South Melbourne Market

Fancy Nance

Toorak

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Richmond

Jump aboard a number 109 tram to Victoria Street for a tasty authentic Thai meal at Thaiger Rabbit or delicious dim sum at Happy Lucky Chinese Dumplings. Venture further along the busy strip to the reinvigorated Terminus Hotel, with its five brightly tiled bars. Try to score a seat in the urban jungle beer garden and settle in for a few beverages or watch the sport telecast on the big screens. PTV’s Night Network will get you home whenever you’re ready to call it a night. w yingthai.com.au a Happy Lucky Chinese Dumplings, 130 Victoria Street w theterminushotel.com.au w ptv.vic.gov.au

Camberwell

Catch a Metro train to Camberwell Station to visit the weekly Sunday Market that’s packed with art, craft, pre-loved fashion, books and collectibles. Next stop is Antique Toy World and its fascinating array of vintage books, models, miniature cars, trains and figurines. Hop back on the train to Hartwell Station and discover Melbourne’s oldest standing milk bar, Fordham’s Milk Bar, for a coffee or burger. w camberwellsundaymarket.org w antiquetoyworld.com.au a Fordham’s Milk Bar, 116 Fordham Avenue

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Neighbourhoods

Catch a Metro train to Toorak Station and head to The Beatt, a local favourite, for a delicious wholesome breakfast before continuing along Beatty Avenue to browse the interesting specialty shops, including Rose St Trading Co and Toorak Wine Cellars. On the trip back make a short but oh-so-sweet pitstop in South Yarra Station to check out macaron master Adriano Zumbo’s Zumbo Café comprising a contemporary bakery cafe (Little Frankies), high tea salon (Fancy Nance) and dessert/cocktail/ discotheque bar.

Zumbo Cafe


Victoria State Rose Garden

Werribee Mansion

Scienceworks

Moonee Ponds

Werribee

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Hire bikes for the day and catch a Metro train to Moonee Ponds. Cycle west to Aberfeldie and cruise up and down the Maribyrnong River cycle paths. Don’t forget to explore the Pirate Ship Playground at Riverside Park. The life-size Black Sapphire ship is so well built it looks like it could float away! Stop off for a coffee at The Boathouse, co-owned by MasterChef judge Gary Mehigan, before heading home.

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Hire a car through Redspot Enterprise, pack a picnic basket and head to Werribee, 32km from the CBD. Enjoy lunch on the lawns of Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park, then join a tour of the historic mansion and admire the Victoria State Rose Garden. Wander over to Shadowfax Wines for a tasting or chill out with a massage and dip in the pool at the Mansion Spa.

Spotswood

See why the west is best with a Metro train ride to Spotswood Station with the family. Grab morning tea at Candied Bakery before heading to Scienceworks to learn about science and technology in a fun and interactive adventure. In the Sportsworks exhibit space, test for ability as a soccer goalie in the virtual reality simulator or take on Cathy Freeman in a sprint race, then check out the Planetarium and Lightning Room. Devour an early dinner at nearby gastro pub, Spottiswoode Hotel. w candiedbakery.com.au w museumvictoria.com.au/ scienceworks w spottiswoode.com.au


Albert Park Lake 8bit

Word on the street

Martin (30) from South Melbourne Albert Park is sometimes overlooked by tourists, but it’s one of my favourite places to spend a Saturday or Sunday in summer. Nshry is a great spot for breakfast – I love the delicious Superbowl – and it is right on the beach, so the views are beautiful. If you’re feeling fit, take a jog or ride around Albert Park Lake or have a swing at the Albert Park Driving Range. There’s also always something happening at the Gasworks Arts Park. w nshry.com.au w albertparkdrivingrange.com.au w gasworks.org.au

Footscray

Neighbourhoods

Catch the Metro train to multicultural Footscray, wander through Little Saigon Market where you’ll find the freshest produce, seafood and Vietnamese street food. Check out the works of emerging local artists at Footscray Community Arts Centre before downing a burger and milkshake at video game-inspired diner 8bit. Complete your visit with a sweet treat from T Cavallaro & Sons Pasticceria that has been in the same shopfront since 1956. a Little Saigon Market, 63 Nicholson Street w footscrayarts.com.au w 8bit.com.au w tcavallaroandsons.com.au

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Melbourne on tap Say cheers to Melbourne’s boutique breweries and cider houses.

01 Mountain Goat, Richmond

Try a brew from one of Melbourne’s original crew in the craft beer scene at the Goat Bar on Wednesdays and Fridays from 5pm. Free brewery tours are available on Wednesdays at 6.30pm. Bicycles welcome.

Welcome to Thornbury

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02 Two Birds Brewing, Spotswood Visit Australia’s first femaleowned brewery to sample a dozen different beer styles at the Tasting Room. A popular choice is the Taco Beer, made with flaked corn, coriander leaf and fresh lime peel. Check the website for opening hours (from Thursday to Sunday) as well as tour details. w twobirdsbrewing.com.au

03 Moon Dog Brewery, Abbotsford

Grab some friends and head to Moon Dog Brewery where there’s a huge list of (strong) ales and a food van stationed out the front. When big sporting events are happening, there’s a giant projector and free popcorn. w moondogbrewing.com.au

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Northcote Social Club

Northcote

Take a number 86 tram to the inner north. Enjoy a delicious dinner at Melbourne’s first permanent bar and food truck stop, Welcome to Thornbury, where the six on-site food trucks rotate daily and the huge beer garden accommodates up to 700 people. Move on to Northcote Social Club for live music or catch a movie at Palace Westgarth. w welcometothornbury.com w northcotesocialclub.com w palacecinemas.com.au

Hampton

Hire a car from Redspot Enterprise and head to Hampton Street, Hampton. Grab a coffee at Larsen & Co and immerse yourself in the suburban strip. Jump back in the car and drive to The Baths Middle Brighton for lunch overlooking the water. Take a stroll along the water or walking tracks. Explore a stretch of the Bayside Coastal Arts Trail dotted with visitor information signs explaining the area’s cultural heritage, including notable artists whose works were inspired by the bayside coast. w larsenandco.com.au w middlebrightonbaths.com.au w bayside.vic.gov.au


St Kilda

Catch a number 96 tram with the kids to explore the St Kilda foreshore and St Kilda Esplanade Market (on Sundays) before a late lunch at Republica. Walk to the end of St Kilda Pier and see if you can find the penguins. Check in at Abode by Easystay before dinner at St Hotel (formerly known as The Saint) or Trippy Taco. Next morning, wander Acland Street and enjoy continental cakes. Cool down in the afternoon with a swim at St Kilda Beach. w stkildaesplanademarket.com.au w republica.net.au w parkweb.vic.gov.au w easystaystudioapartments.com.au w sthotel.com.au w trippytaco.com.au Republica

Word on the street

David (42) and Emma (35) from Coburg

Batman Night Market

Neighbourhoods

When friends from Sydney visited recently, we took them to the Batman Night Market on Saturday. We’re lucky to live in the same suburb (Coburg). They absolutely loved it. It’s very multicultural and not your typical market – there’s great shopping, food trucks selling everything from Taiwanese to gourmet popcorn, as well as live music and a bar. w batmanmarket.com.au

Batman Night Market

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Sunbury

Melbourne Airport Broadmeadows

Melton

Keilor

Airport West

St Albans Caroline Springs

Essendon Moonee Ponds Flemington

Sunshine

Footscray Seddon

Melbourne

neighbourhoods Hoppers Crossing

Werribee Point Cook

Wyndham Harbour

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Yarraville Spotswood

Newport

Altona

Williamstown

Port Phillip Bay


Epping

Hurstbridge

Diamond Creek

Thomastown

Kangaroo Ground

Bundoora Greensborough Eltham Pascoe Vale Preston

Coburg

Brunswick

Northcote

Parkville

Melbourne

Docklands

South Melbourne

Doncaster Kew

Richmond

Port Melbourne

Bulleen

Ivanhoe

Carlton Collingwood North Melbourne Fitzroy

Hawthorn

South Yarra Toorak

Camberwell

Burwood

Armadale

St Kilda

Box Hill

Canterbury

Mitcham

Ringwood

Wantirna

Glen Waverley

Caulfield

Brighton

Oakleigh

Wheelers Hill

Bentleigh Mulgrave Clayton South

Hampton

Springvale

Noble Park

Sandringham Beaumaris

Rowville

Mentone Mordialloc

Dandenong

Doveton

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Neighbourhoods

Prahran Windsor

Elsternwick

Warrandyte

Templestowe

Heidelberg


Summer Festival Fun in

Maribyrnong

Melbourne’s inner west comes alive in summer, with a fabulous array of events, including community celebrations and cultural and cutting-edge arts festivals, all just five kilometres from the CBD. NYE Fireworks in Footscray Park

Dec 2016–Jan 2017 Festive Season Various locations Celebrate the festive season with a jam-packed program of special family-friendly events, including outdoor twilight movies under the stars, festive season projections and Carols in Yarraville Gardens. 31 Dec 2016 NYE Fireworks in Footscray Park Ring in the New Year with a night full of free entertainment, including live stage performances, carnival rides for the kids, food trucks and an exhilarating early fireworks display.

Getting there Footscray Train: Sydenham or Werribee line to Footscray Station Yarraville and Seddon Train: Williamstown or Werribee line to Seddon and Yarraville Stations

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14–22 Jan 2017 Wominjeka Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) Celebrate Indigenous arts and culture with iconic performances, music, theatre, visual arts and workshops. 26 Jan 2017 Stony Creek Music Festival on Australia Day McNish Reserve, Yarraville Celebrate Australia Day with this free community festival for the whole family, featuring talented local acts, children’s entertainment, a Welcome to Country and Indigenous performances.

28 Jan 2017 Quang Minh Tet Festival Qunag Minh Temple, Braybrook Celebrate the Lunar New Year at one of the largest Buddhist temples in the southern hemisphere, with performances, chants and delicious vegetarian food. 28 Jan 2017 St Jerome’s Laneway Festival FCAC Head to the banks of the Maribyrnong to enjoy one of Australia’s premier music festivals, featuring international artists and bands. w festivalcity.com.au # MyFestivalCity

15 Jan 2017 East meets West Lunar Festival Hopkins St, Footscray Welcome the Lunar New Year with a bustling street celebration featuring cultural performances and demonstrations, traditional lion dances, delicious food stalls, markets and carnival rides.

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival


Abbotsford Convent

Yarra’s retail precincts

Richmond Bridge Road, Church Street, Swan Street and Victoria Street

Uniquely Yarra

Rathdowne Street, Carlton North

From bustling high streets to small picturesque villages, Yarra’s retail precincts are full of cafes, restaurants, bars, live music venues, unique 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 and the new Brunswick St Market offer an extensive range of creative, handmade items from talented makers.

Carlton North Rathdowne Village

Yarra’s markets

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 Farmers' 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 Brunswick St Market Corner Brunswick Street and Victoria Parade, Fitzroy Second Saturday of each month, 11am to 3pm

@yarracitycouncil @yarracouncil @cityofyarra

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Neighbourhoods

Experience Yarra’s famous retail, dining and entertainment precincts set in a vibrant, multicultural and bohemian atmosphere.

Collingwood, Fitzroy and Fitzroy North Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North Village, Gertrude Street, Johnston Street, Nicholson Village, Queens Parade and Smith Street


St Kilda Sea Baths

St Kilda,

Port Melbourne

& South Melbourne Soak up summer in St Kilda

Get into the summer groove and escape to Melbourne’s beachside playground! Round up friends to either bask on the beach, picnic in the parks, browse the eclectic shopping mix or breakfast, brunch or lunch in one of Fitzroy or Acland Streets' trendy and award-winning eateries. At sunset, walk out along St Kilda Pier for stunning city, marina and beach views before heading out into the vibrant, bustling nightlife of St Kilda. With a variety of world cuisines to choose from, dozens of venues offering live music, theatre and entertainment and a packed events calendar, including St Kilda Festival on Sunday 12 February, St Kilda is set to entertain all summer long! w stkildamelbourne.com.au

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Call into Port

Bay Street brims with speciality retail stores and dozens of health and wellbeing providers, to treat oneself at. At the city’s closest beach you can relax and swim as the ships sail by. Cosy cafés, stylish bars and upmarket restaurants abound in Beach Street, Bay Street and Station Pier, offering choice, a multitude of cuisines and city or sea views. w 3207portmelbourne.com.au

Gems of the South

Wander laneways filled with galleries and vibrant street art. Discover trendy cafés and highend providores. Pick up unique wares in Coventry and Clarendon Streets' boutique stores. At the bustling South Melbourne Market sample gourmet delights, discover the So:Me designer space or trawl the eclectic night market (from 5.30pm Thursdays, 5 January–23 February).

St Kilda Festival

What’s on 27 November–21 December

Ben & Jerry's OpenAir Cinema w openaircinemas.com.au/ melbourne 4–11 December

ISAF Sailing World Cup Final w sailingworldcupmelbourne.com 12 February 2017

St Kilda Festival w stkildafestival.com.au

Markets w stkildaesplanademarket.com.au w stkildatwilightmarket.com w southmelbournemarket.com.au w southmelbournenightmarket. com.au Getting there by tram St Kilda: 96; 3a; 16 or 12 Port Melbourne: 109 South Melbourne: 12 or 1


Chapel Street, High Street & Toorak Road Spring is the perfect time to explore the stylish streets of Melbourne’s unique shopping strips. South Yarra

Windsor and Prahran Chapel Street changes shape as you enter Windsor and Prahran, with hidden bars and boutiques nestled in between graffitied laneways. Tokyo Tina combines the best eats, beats and vibes from the vibrant cities of Japan. For an after-dinner treat, head to Gelato Messina, whose cult status produces longer lines than the club down the street, but is well worth the wait.

Toorak Road

Stretching between Toorak and South Yarra, Toorak Road is a must for all your hair care needs. If you’re looking for the specialist treatment, Rokk Ebony and Joey Scandizzo offer award-winning services, and are favourites of celebs and fashionistas. Go all out at the Blow Out Bar in Toorak Village or Neon & Co in South Yarra.

High Street

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 and skincare brands, while Missy Lui nail salon pampers you with organic treatments in a modern sanctuary.

What’s on December: Christmas 10 December Christmas at Central Park (Malvern East) 18 December Carols at Como Park (South Yarra) January: Sunset Sounds 8 January Victoria Gardens (Prahran) 15 January Central Park (Malvern East) 22 January Malvern Gardens (Malvern) February: The Classics 4 February Victoria Gardens (Prahran) 11 February Ardrie Park (Malvern East) 25 February Malvern Gardens, (Malvern) w stonnington.vic.gov.au/events

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Neighbourhoods

Chapel Street, South Yarra, is the perfect destination to get your wardrobe summer ready! Head to Scanlan Theodore, Zimmermann and Manning Cartell for all your summer essentials, or cross the road to stock up on staples from local labels Alice McCall, LIFEwithBIRD and Kookai

SOS Café, South Yarra


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.

Altona Beach

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.

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Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic

Beach town Altona

Stroll the beach, spot the birds, walk the pier and then watch the sun set over the bay as you dine alfresco 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.

Historic Spotswood

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. Take the train to Spotswood station.

Con Chronis

Waterfront Williamstown


Cultural Newport

The Substation is one of Melbourne’s newest and most exciting arts destinations. Check out the schedule of performances and exhibitions. Take the train to Newport station.

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.

What’s on December–January

Melbourne Aces – Victoria’s only professional baseball team Melbourne Ballpark, Laverton Watch Victoria’s top baseballers in action against Australia’s best. w web.theabl.com.au Saturday 17 December

Tuesday 3 January

Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic Williamstown The event attracts a star-studded international field for the elite men’s and women’s categories whilst providing a great platform for domestic riders to compete across multiple age groups. 6, 13 & 20 January

Movies by the Bay Waterfront locations Altona 6, 20 January, Williamstown 13 January.

Scienceworks

Wednesday 25 January

Australia Day Eve Be at Seaworks, enjoy Nelson Place, Tenacious Tallship and more. Thursday 26 January

Australia Day in Altona Enjoy family time at Altona Beach with free activities, food, markets, entertainment and more on Australia’s national day. 11 & 25 February

Summer Sounds Outdoor free music events in waterfront locations, Altona Saturday 11 February and Williamstown Saturday 25 February. December 2016–March 2017

Accessible Beaches Accessible beach matting (7 days a week) and beach wheelchairs (free to hire during patrol hours) available at Williamstown Beach and Altona Beach throughout summer. w hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au

Markets Regional Farmers Market, Williamstown Second and fourth Sunday of the month, 9am to 2pm w rfm.net.au Williamstown Craft Market Third Sunday of the month, 10am to 4pm w williamstowncraftmarket.com.au Altona Beach Market Every Tuesday, 9am to 3pm

Visitor information

For more information on attractions and events, please contact: Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown Open daily: 9am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day) t 9932 4310 w visithobsonsbay.com.au w dyob.com.au/ hobsonsbay

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Neighbourhoods

2016 Victorian Open Water Championships Williamstown Beach Swimming Victoria hosts the 5km and 10km Championship events.

HMAS Castlemaine


Victoria State Rose Garden

Werribee

& Surrounds 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 has so much to offer visitors this summer. 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

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Werribee Open Range Zoo

Werribee Park Precinct is your go-to place – a cluster of world class attractions. Where else can you experience a morning wander through a grand mansion, an afternoon safari across the savannah and a night in a luxury hotel? And that's in just one day. Come see it all. Big cats, towering giraffes and quirky meerkats are just a few of the creatures great and small you will find at Werribee Open Range Zoo….it’s wild! Step into history at the Werribee Park Mansion where stories brim of scullery maids and wealthy pastoralists. Just beyond the mansion you will discover the bluestone homestead, sculpture walk, heritage orchid and the five thousand roses at Victoria State Rose Garden. While you’re with us, don’t forget to taste awardwinning food and wine at the famous Shadowfax Winery or stay in style at the gorgeous Mansion Hotel and Spa at Werribee Park. Feed your soul in the fullfeatured day spa or sit down to a grand high tea.


Kew Traffic School

Follow the insider and explore

Melbourne east of the river Auburn Village

The Auburn Village shopping precinct is home to a wonderful array of boutique-style shops and eateries. Whether you are looking for something stunning to wear to your next event, are catching up with friends over fabulous food, or simply want to enjoy the architectural style of one of Boroondara’s most historically significant commercial precincts, Auburn Village, on the corner of Auburn and Burwood Roads, is one of Melbourne’s hidden gems and has something for everyone.

Kew Traffic School

Kew Traffic School is one of the most popular recreation facilities in our city. Children aged 3 to 10 years gain confidence and develop road safety skills away from the dangers of our roads through a range of active opportunities. w boroondara.vic.gov.au/ residents/kew-traffic-school/ private-bookings

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Summertime cinema

Markets

Saturday 3 December

Camberwell Sunday Market More than a local institution, this Melbourne icon attracts collectors from all over Melbourne. You’ll find furniture, bric a brac, secondhand clothes and antiques. Located on Station Street in Camberwell, 7.30am to 12.30pm every Sunday.

After emptying the basket to stock the larder, wrap a gift or display a treasure, you’ll be filling it again with a tasty picnic for family and friends, all set for an evening of free movies under the stars. This is a one-of-akind summertime series of events. Arrive at 8pm for a sunset start. Home Alone (PG) Greythorn Park, North Balwyn Saturday 10 December

Holiday Inn (PG) Riversdale Park, Camberwell Saturday 17 December

A Christmas Story (PG) Central Gardens, Hawthorn w boroondara.vic.gov.au/our-city/ arts-culture/summertime-cinema

w camberwellsundaymarket.org Boroondara Farmers Market Bringing the best produce from regional Victoria to you from 8am to 1pm on the 3rd and 5th Saturday of the month. w boroondara.vic.gov.au/ our-city/markets-restaurants/ farmers-market

Getting there Train: Belgrave or Lilydale line to Auburn, Hawthorn, Camberwell and Glenferrie Stations Tram: Number 16, 48 70, 72, 75 or 109


Regional Victoria Head out of the city to discover the diversity and beauty of Victoria’s regions

Bendigo

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Point Lodsdale

Baywalk Bollard Trail

Phillip Island

Geelong and the Bellarine

Hire a car from Redspot Enterprise and hit the road to Victoria’s second largest city, Geelong. Stop off 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. After lunch at The Hot Chicken Project, head to Adventure Park for an afternoon of thrilling rides and fun activities. Spend the night at family-friendly BIG4 Bellarine Holiday Park. In the morning, head to the seaside village of Queenscliff and learn about the region’s maritime history and shipwrecks at Queenscliffe Maritime Museum or Forte Museum. Grab a pipinghot pie at award-winning Rolling Pin Pies and Cakes before heading back to Melbourne. w visitgeelongbellarine.com.au

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Phillip Island

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 little penguins waddle their way from the water to their burrows at night. w wildlifetours.com.au w visitphillipisland.com


Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa

Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges

Lake House Daylesford

Hire a car from Redspot Enterprise and set off for the township of Daylesford, which has become synonymous with mineral waters, 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 therapy baths and day spa at Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa. Hold onto that peaceful vibe with an overnight stay at Lake House Daylesford, enjoying a delicious meal made with local seasonal produce at the two chef-hatted restaurant.

Regional Victoria

w dmrexplore.com.au

Ballarat

Take the 110km journey along the Western Freeway to Ballarat to discover the region’s gold rush history and beautiful buildings on a Ballarat Heritage Tour. Continue on to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) – on the site of the 1854 Eureka Stockade – for a look around the innovative displays dedicated to the importance of democracy. Enjoy a lunch of Australian bush flavours at the museum’s cafe Saltbush Kitchen. Before heading home, admire the tree-lined Arch of Victory and Avenue of Honour just out of town. w visitballarat.com.au Arch of Victory

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Bendigo Pottery

Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley

Hire a car from Redspot Enterprise and take the enjoyable drive to the newly opened garden, restaurant and gallery at The Melba Estate, once the home of famous Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, for morning tea and a guided tour. Jump back in the car and head further into the valley of vineyards to Rochford Wines, joining a winery tour with a difference on a Segway, one of those two-wheeled motorised vehicles you ride on while standing upright. They’re easier to negotiate than you might think. After gliding around the lush property for an hour, the tour concludes with lunch and a glass of wine in Rochford’s restaurant. Drop into the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery before turning back towards Melbourne. w visityarravalley.com.au

Bendigo Art Gallery

Bendigo

Bendigo is an easy day trip by hire car, coach or train from Melbourne, but why not stay overnight? Start your visit at the Golden Dragon Museum, immersing yourself in the region’s rich Chinese history. Next stop is Bendigo Art Gallery, checking out the Gimme Freedom (or gimme death): Jud Wimhurst sculptural installation (5 November–12 February), as well as the gallery’s permanent collection of early and modern Australian artworks. Wander the sweeping streets and admire the grand heritage buildings. After a late lunch, board the Talking Tram to take in the sights while listening to entertaining stories about Bendigo’s history as a gold discovery hotspot during the 1850s. Descend 60 metres underground for a tour of the Central Deborah Mine. Check into your hotel and freshen up before dinner and drinks at Masons of Bendigo or The Dispensary Bar and Diner. Next morning, check out the country’s oldest working pottery, Bendigo Pottery, then make your way back to Melbourne stopping in at some of the cellar doors along the route. w bendigotourism.com

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Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road continues to rank among Australia’s and the world’s 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 before venturing a little further to the new Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery for a sweet treat and a wander around the lavender maze. Follow the coast through the resort towns of Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Lorne and Apollo Bay, stopping for photo opportunities at the various look-outs, beaches and lighthouses along the route. For keen walkers and outdoor adventurers, there’s Otway Fly Tree Top Walk, near Beech Forest. 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.

Lorne Pier, Great Ocean Road

w visitgreatoceanroad.org.au

Mornington Peninsula

Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens

Regional Victoria

Take the scenic drive to the Mornington Peninsula, making Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens in Shoreham your first stop. Once you’ve found your way through the huge labyrinths, have lunch at the cafe. Explore the local beaches and Cape Shanck Lighthouse. An all-terrain wheelchair known as a Hippocampe chair is available for loan (free of charge) to visitors with mobility limitations to explore the many beautiful trails and beaches in the region. After a barbecue dinner at Moonlit Sanctuary, take a lantern-lit tour of the Wildlife Conservation Park to see the nocturnal creatures come out to play. If you have a little more time to explore, catch the ferry to Queenscliff and visit some of the attractions suggested in the itinerary for the Bellarine. w visitmorningtonpeninsula.org

Wilsons Promontory

Never heard of Wilsons Promontory? That’s because it’s one of Victoria’s hidden secrets. Join a one-day Bunyip Tours expedition departing from Melbourne to explore the pristine beaches, walking tracks and abundant wildlife at the Prom on the southernmost tip of mainland Australia.

Roberto Seba

w visitpromcountry.com.au w bunyiptours.com Wilsons Promontory

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Woodman Estate

See the sights

Word on the street Kristy (35) and Mel (36) from Ballarat Healesville Sanctuary

01 Enchanted Adventure Garden Be enchanted at this beautiful Mornington Peninsula adventure park, with three hedge mazes, four giant tube rides, 20 themed gardens, outdoor sculpture park, indoor 3D maze and tree surfing on high ropes and zip lines.

After a stressful couple of months, I wanted to surprise my friend Mel with a little getaway for some relaxation and pampering. I booked the Ultimate Renewal Package at Woodman Estate on the Mornington Peninsula, about an hour from Melbourne, so an easy drive. It was head-to-toe bliss. We had the works: facial, massage, pedicure, manicure, lunch and wine. We came away feeling totally recharged and gorgeous. w woodmanestate.com.au

w enchantedmaze.com.au

02 Healesville Sanctuary

Take the enjoyable drive to Healesville Sanctuary. It’s home to more than 200 species of Australian native animals, including the cute inhabitants of the new Kangaroo Country zone and Koala Forest exhibit. w zoo.org.au/healesville

03 Sovereign Hill

Relive Australia’s 1850s gold rush at Ballarat’s awardwinning outdoor museum. w sovereignhill.com.au

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Did you know?

The Puffing Billy steam train is 116 years young and still runs its original 25km track, through the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges, from Belgrave to Gembrook. w puffingbilly.com.au

Puffing Billy


Sit back, relax and enjoy the

journey

Easy ticketing

On regional V/Line trains between Melbourne and Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Traralgon and Seymour, you can travel with myki, the same smart card ticket used on Melbourne's trains, trams and buses. You will need a V/Line paper ticket for long-distance services to and from Bairnsdale, Albury, Shepparton, Echuca, Swan Hill, Ararat, Maryborough and Warrnambool along with V/Line coach services. There is also a Family Traveller ticket providing free travel for up to two children, aged four to 16, with each adult travelling at off-peak times.

Regional Victoria

Did you know you can take public transport right across regional Victoria? So why not leave the stress of driving and finding your way around to someone else. Great service

Staff also have the tools and training to communicate with customers from non-English speaking backgrounds. Enjoy your journey as much as your destination, with Australia’s largest regional public transport service. t 1800 800 007 w ptv.vic.gov.au

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Self-drive

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 1160km 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 in the Grampians and the 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.

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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 308km touring route got its name for being the mountain equivalent of Victoria’s famous Great Ocean Road.

Get touring

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. t 1300 668 810 w redspot.com.au


It’s not just a must see. It’s a must drive.

Watch the tiny fairy penguins’ nightly parade, cuddle a koala and visit one of the largest fur seal colonies. Phillip Island is home to incredible wild life and stunning scenery. And the best way to take in the beauty is with a hire car from Redspot Enterprise. Call 1300 668 810 or go to redspot.com.au * Quote the code DESTMELB for a 10% discount on time and kilometres. GPS based on availability.

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Daylesford

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Dunkeld

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Ocean Grove Torquay

Warrnambool

Great Ocean Road

Apollo Bay

Mornington Peninsula

12 Apostles

Distance from Melbourne Geelong & The Bellarine Bendigo Ballarat

The Murray

Mornington Peninsula

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75km / 47mi 147km / 91mi 115km / 71mi 214km / 133mi 55km / 34mi 60km / 37mi

Gippsland

Great Ocean Road

188km / 117mi 207km / 128mi

Phillip Island

142km / 88mi

High Country

308km / 191mi

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Geelong & The Bellarine 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.

The Bellarine

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,

Visitor information centres

Ocean Grove

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.

Wine

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. w winegeelong.com.au

What’s on

Geelong Visitor Information Centre 26 Moorabool Street, Geelong Open daily: 9am to 5pm t 5222 2900 | 1800 755 611 (toll free)

2 January

9-12 February

Bellarine Visitor Information Centre 1251–1269 Bellarine Hwy, Wallington Open daily: 9am to 5pm t 5250 6861 | 1800 755 611 (toll free)

14 January

Great Australian Beer Festival

 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

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A-League Melbourne Victory Vs Newcastle Jets Portarlington Mussel Festival 21-26 January

Festival of Sails 27-29 January

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

Oates Vic Open Golf Championships 18 February

25 February

Pako Festa 3-5 March

Australian International Airshow


Lake Wendouree

A musical

summer in Ballarat Prepare to be immersed in a season of music and culture this summer in Ballarat.

What’s on

Ballarat Beer Festival

15 January 2017

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds w nickcave.com 21 January 2017

Ballarat Beer Festival w ballaratbeerfestival.com.au The city will come to life with a series of concerts, music festivals and events, with quality set to rival a capital city. Watch the garden and lake precinct come to life with the phenomenal musical talents of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, John Farnham, Xavier Rudd, The Cat Empire and many more.

Don’t miss out on one of Australia’s best beer experiences at the Ballarat Beer Festival and have your Brylcreem at the ready for the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. If you love world-class music, craft brews and amazing food and culture, head to Ballarat this summer for an unforgettable experience. t 1800 44 66 33 w visitballarat.com.au

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28 January 2017

Red Hot Summer Tour – Ballarat w redhotsummertour.com.au 29 January 2017

Xavier Rudd and The Cat Empire Live Concert w thecatempire.com 9-12 February 2017

Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival w ballaratbeat.com.au


Creswick Woollen Mills

Creswick Woollen Mills is the last coloured woollen spinning mill of its kind in Australia and has been designing and manufacturing since 1947. Creswick offers luxurious, high quality natural fibre products designed with Australian conditions in mind. Unique products created at the mill include alpaca blankets, throws, scarves and much more. Your visit to the mill may include: ++ Meet and feed the alpacas ++ Alpaca Farm café now open ++ Explore our historic woollen mill ++ Shop open seven days ++ Visit the interactive exhibit ‘A Very Fine Yarn’ Train: From Southern Cross Station take the Ararat train to Ballarat Station. Then take the number 3 Creswick bus to Williams Street. Walk approximately four minutes to Creswick Woollen Mills. Open: Mon–Sun, 9am to 5pm Railway Parade, Creswick t 5345 2202 w creswickwool.com.au

Craig’s Royal Hotel

Located on historic Lydiard Street in the heart of Ballarat, Craig’s Royal Hotel is a legendary Australian gold-rush era hotel. Experience the ultimate in heritage charm with the best in modern comfort.

Experience the Extraordinary. 10 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat t 5331 1377 e info@craigsroyal.com.au w craigsroyal.com.au

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Regional Victoria

Unparalleled luxury awaits you in the uniquely restored rooms and suites. Sample the best in local produce for breakfast, lunch or dinner at The Gallery and indulge in a traditional high tea in the stunning ballroom.


Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill brings to life the colour and excitement of Australia’s 1850s gold rush. Named Australia’s best Major Tourist Attraction three times, most recently in 2015, this acclaimed experience provides a full day of entertainment and unique offerings. Pan for real gold (it’s finders keepers) and journey underground on a gold mine tour. See a spectacular $150,000 gold pour and watch blacksmiths, coachbuilders, wheelwrights, confectioners and candlemakers in action. Meet costumed ladies, gents and miners, and tour the township in a horsedrawn carriage. Train: V/Line service from Southern Cross Station to Ballarat Station Bus: Number 9 from Ballarat Station Bradshaw Street, Ballarat Open daily: 10am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day) t 5337 1199 w sovereignhill.com.au Find us on:

Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre

Mercure Ballarat is set among three hectares of beautiful gardens, complete with its own ornamental lake. Located just 75 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD and situated opposite Sovereign Hill, with close proximity to the historic centre of Ballarat. All day dining is available in Billy’s Bistro & Bar.

613 Main Road, Ballarat t 5327 1200 w mercureballarat.com.au Find us on:

Art Gallery of Ballarat

Discover great Australian stories at Australia’s premier regional gallery. Experience the amazing collection, with works by leading artists, or catch an exciting temporary exhibition. Join a free tour, and enjoy a coffee or lunch in Kittelty’s Café. Open daily: 10am to 5pm, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day 40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat t 5320 5858 w artgalleryofballarat.com.au Find us on:

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Chancery Lane

Beautiful

Bendigo

What’s on 13 August–15 January

Maticevski: Dark Wonderland Bendigo Art Gallery December–February

Make the most of sunny days, balmy nights and free entertainment by immersing yourself in beautiful outdoor settings across the Bendigo region. 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 December, 14 January & 11 February

Bendigo Community Farmers Market Sidney Myer Place

17 December, 21 January & 11 February

Regional Victoria

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.

Summer in the Parks Bendigo

Moonlight Market Hargreaves Mall 3–4 February

Sanguine Estate Music Festival – Bendigo The Capital Theatre 10–12 February

Sanguine Estate Music Festival – Heathcote Sanguine Estate, Heathcote 11 February

Scots Day Out Rosalind Park

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Useful information

Flinders Street Station

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Getting into

Melbourne

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 $19 per adult, $9 per child and $19 to $38 for families. w skybus.com.au

StarBus

w starbusshuttle.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, and also offers hire of GPS devices and booster seats for young travellers. w redspot.com.a

Avalon arrivals

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 $22 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 murrell.com.au

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Useful information

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.

Taxi


Melbourne Airport

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.

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Terminal 2

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 favourite 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.

Terminal 4

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 Country Road and Witchery, and exclusive brands, such as international fashion label Desigual. One of Melbourne’s favourite eateries, 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

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Useful information

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.

Terminal 3


Avalon Airport

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 it’s only 40 minutes from Melbourne’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 1300 SKYBUS w skybus.com.au Find us on:

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Driving

around town

Road rules

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. ++ Drivers and passengers are required to wear seatbelts. Infants must be restrained in baby capsules and small children in an appropriate booster seat.

++ 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

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.

Hook turns

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 it's entering turn green, then carefully executes its turn. See onlymelbourne.com.au for a short video demonstration of how to perform a hook turn.

U-turns

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

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++ 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 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.


Getting around

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 Explorer

International and interstate visitors coming to Victoria can buy a myki Explorer pack to travel around Melbourne and regional Victoria by public transport. The myki Explorer pack includes: ++ A full fare, concession or child myki card, pre-loaded with enough value (myki money) for one day’s travel in Zones 1+2. ++ Discount offers at Melbourne and regional attractions, including SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, the National Sports Museum, Eureka Skydeck and Puffing Billy Railway. ++ A protective souvenir myki wallet.

t 1800 800 007 (6am to midnight, all night Fri & Sat) w ptv.vic.gov.au

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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

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

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

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

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 cricket matches and concerts. Water taxis operate on the Yarra and Maribrynong Rivers seven days a week, day and night. w melbournewatertaxis.com.au

Car hire

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

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Useful information

w taxi.vic.gov.au w 13cabs.com.au w silvertop.com.au w cabit.com.au

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Let a local

Melbourne Visitor Shuttle

show you the way Melbourne Visitor Shuttle

Explore the city at your own pace on board the Melbourne Visitor Shuttle. For just $10 you can hop on and off at 13 stops over two days. With buses departing every 30 minutes, ride in airconditioned comfort and make use of the free Wi-Fi while you listen to commentary about our city’s past and present. Children nine years and under travel free. Purchase tickets online, at the Melbourne Visitor Centre, Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre or at ticket machines at each stop. Operates daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm (excluding shuttle closure days) For tickets and more information visit: w melbourne.vic.gov.au/shuttle

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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

City Ambassadors

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 1pm to 4pm (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day).

Melbourne Greeter Service

Friendly volunteers at the Melbourne Visitor Booth provide free maps and information on shopping, attractions and events in Melbourne.

Enjoy a free, two- to four-hour walking orientation of the city, conducted by a trained volunteer. Orientations in English depart the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square daily. Orientations in other languages are available on select days.

Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre

Departing daily at 9.30am (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day). Bookings are essential, phone 9658 9658 on weekdays and 9658 9942 on weekends or visit the website.

Open daily from 9am to 5pm (closed Good Friday and Christmas Day). 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.

Useful information

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 visitor@melbourne.vic.gov.au w melbourne.vic.gov.au/visitor /WhatsOnMelb @WhatsOnMelb @WhatsOnMelb

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Traveller

tips Flinders Street Station

Wondering where to get your hands on visitor information, buy 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.

Weather

During summer (December to February), Melbourne’s average maximum temperatures during the day are 24 to 26°C (or 75 to 79°F). For daily weather forecasts check the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website. w bom.gov.au

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Luggage lockers

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. Self-service lockers are also available at the State Library in the Information Centre on level two (ground floor). 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


Smoking laws

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 (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

Accessible Melbourne

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

Travellers Aid

The below support numbers can be of service during an emergency. Emergency Services (Police, Fire, Ambulance) 000 Lifeline (Counselling/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

Major hospitals

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 The Alfred Hospital 55 Commercial Road, St Kilda 9076 2000

Useful information

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 Royal Children’s Hospital 50 Flemington Road, Parkville 9345 5522

w travellersaid.org.au

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Shopping/bank hours

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.

Currency exchange

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

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Tipping

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

Laundry services

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 phones

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

Visa information

Ticket booking services

w border.gov.au

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.

For comprehensive information about visitor visas, bridging visas and transit visas, visit the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Consulates

All of the following countries have consulates in Melbourne: America

9526 5900

China

9822 0604

France

9690 6075

Germany

9642 8088

Greece

9866 4524

India 93840141 Indonesia

9525 2755

Italy

9867 5744

Japan

9679 4510

United Kingdom

9652 1600

China 86 Germany 49 Greece 30 Hong Kong 852 Indonesia 62 Ireland 353 Italy 39 Japan 81 New Zealand 64 Taiwan 886 UK 44 USA 1

Free Wi-Fi access is available at the following key locations throughout the CBD. You can also see these locations plotted on the map in the inside back cover. Melbourne CITY MAP

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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 ticketek.com.au w ticketmaster.com.au w halftix.com w artscentremelbourne.com.au

Hub@Docklands B2 IMAX Theatre

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Library at The Dock

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Melbourne Central

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Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

B3

Melbourne Cricket Ground G4

Arts Centre Melbourne

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Melbourne Museum

F1

Campari House

D2

Mr Mason

C2

City Library

E3

NGV International

E4

DFO South Wharf

B3

Queen Victoria Market

D1

Eureka Skydeck

D3

Southgate Melbourne

D3

Federation Square

E3

State Library of Victoria

E1

Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Information Centre

G3

Flinders Street Station

E3

Galactic Circus

C3

Terra Rossa Restaurant & Bar F3 The Wharf Hotel

C3

World Restaurant & Bar

D3

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Spain 34

Free Wi-Fi locations

Tickets for major events, theatre productions, exhibitions and attractions can be booked and bought through a number of vendors, including Ticketek and Ticketmaster.


Frequently asked

questions

Acland Street, St Kilda

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 costeffective) 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

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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; senior, child and concession packs are $7. 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.


Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Are there any free ways to travel around the city?

Melbourne has a Free Tram Zone in the CBD and Docklands. You don’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 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.

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-toface 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: Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square; Melbourne Visitor Booth in Bourke Street Mall; and Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre. For more information, refer to page 142.

Where can I rent a car in Melbourne?

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 sight-seeing. Vehicle pick-up and drop-off is available at Melbourne Airport and in the city (Little Collins Street). t 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

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Useful information

Where can I find public bathrooms or accessible public bathrooms around Melbourne?

Where can I find travel-related assistance and help?


Advertiser index Arts & culture

ACMI – Philippe Parreno Thenabouts

p.78

MCG Tours

p.50

Arts Centre Melbourne

p.69

Melbourne River Cruises

p.56

Asia TOPA

p.74

Melbourne Seaplanes

p.54

IMAX – Museum Alive

p.72

Melbourne Star

p.46

Immigration Museum

p.73

Melbourne Zoo

p.62

Melbourne Museum

p.73

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

p.54

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – 2017 Sidney Myer Free Concerts

p.70

MTB Adventures

p.63

Melbourne Theatre Company

p.71

National Sports Museum

p.50

NGV – Viktor&Rolf Fashion Artists

p.75

Puffing Billy Railway

p.56

Old Melbourne Gaol

p.76

Punting on the Lake

p.53

Old Treasury Building

p.77

RAAF Museum Point Cook

p.54

Parliament House

p.71

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

p.53

Polly Woodside

p.76

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

p.52

Shrine of Remembrance

p.68

Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm

p.59

State Library of Victoria – On Air: 40 Years of RRR

p.79

Werribee Open Range Zoo

p.62

Wildlife Tours Australia

p.63

William Ricketts Sanctuary

p.59

Xiang Club

p.55

Eat & drink

Bridge Road Richmond

p.38

Brunetti, Melbourne Airport

p.37

Café Vue Express

p.37

Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

p.38

Cromwell STREAT

p.34

Fratelli Fresh

p.32

Lindt Chocolate Café

p.38

Lost Heaven

p.39

Munich Brauhaus

p.33

Rainbow Karaoke

p.39

Saké

p.32

Southgate Melbourne

p.35

Taxi Kitchen

p.34

The Cut Melbourne

p.33

The Pancake Parlour

p.38

See & do

Adventure Park

p.57

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

p.49

Australian Open

p.2

Autopia Tours

p.63

Bendigo Summer in the Parks

p.61

Bunyip Tours

p.48

Cafébus Winery Tours

p.63

Carlton Brewhouse

p.54

Crown Entertainment Complex

p.47

Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant

p.51

Eureka Skydeck

p.58

Global Ballooning Australia

p.48

Healesville Sanctuary

p.62

IceBar Melbourne

p.60

Kinky Boots

p.45

Last Minute Day Tours

p.59

Luna Park

p.60

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Shop

Ashley Opals Jewellers

p.91

Australian By Design

p.89

Central Equity Apartments

p.86

Chadstone – The Fashion Capital

p.87

Collins Place

p.90

Collins234 p.92 Emporium Melbourne

p.85

Harbour Town Melbourne

p.95

Johnston Jewellers

p.84

Lightning Ridge Opal Mines

p.88

Queen Victoria Market

p.94

Rutherford Pearls

p.86

Something Aussie

p.93

Sydney Road Brunswick

p.84

The Block Arcade

p.86

Tivoli Jewellers

p.88

Neighbourhoods

Werribee & Surrounds

p.111

Regional Victoria 360Q Restaurant

p.127

Art Gallery of Ballarat

p.130

Craig's Royal Hotel

p.129

Creswick Woollen Mills

p.129

Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre

p.130

Sovereign Hill

p.130

Useful information Avalon Airport

Redspot Enterprise

p.136 p. 121 & 156

Skybus p.136


Accommodation index refer to maps on pages 152-155 Melbourne CITY MAP

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Melbourne CITY MAP

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1

Adelphi Hotel | 8080 8888

F3

38

Pullman Melbourne on the Park | 1800 331 529

G3

2

Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne | 9934 0000

D2

39

Punthill Flinders Lane | 1800 331 529

E3

3

Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne, Flinders Street 8663 0000

40

Punthill Little Bourke | 1800 331 529

F2

4

Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne, Northbank 9246 0000

41

Punthill Manhattan | 1800 331 529

F3

C3

42

Quay West Suites Melbourne | 9693 6000

E3

5

Alto Hotel on Bourke Eco Friendly | 1800 135 123

C2

43

Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne | 9322 8000

D1

6

Atlantis Hotel | 9600 2900

C1

44

Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne | 9250 1888

D3

7

Brady Hotels Central Melbourne | 9650 9888

E1

45

Rydges Melbourne | 9662 0511

F2

8

Causeway 353 Hotel | 1800 650 688

D2

46

Sofitel Melbourne on Collins | 9653 0000

F2

9

Causeway Inn on The Mall | 1800 650 688

E2

47

Somerset on Elizabeth Melbourne | 1800 766 377

E2

10

Citadines on Bourke Melbourne | 1800 766 377

E2

48

The Hotel Windsor | 9633 6002

F2

11

City Limits Hotel Apartments | 1800 808 651

F2

49

The Langham, Melbourne | 1800 858 662

D3

12

Crossley Hotel | 9639 1639

F2

50

The Paramount Serviced Apartments | 9251 5555

F2

13

Crown Metropol Melbourne | 9292 6211

C4

51

Treasury on Collins Apartment Hotel | 8535 8535

D2

14

Crown Promenade Melbourne | 9292 6688

C3

52

Wrap on Southbank |  9249 6300

D3

15

Crown Towers | 9292 6868

D3

16

Crowne Plaza Melbourne | 9648 2777

C3

17

DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne – Flinders Street 9654 6888

E3

18

Fraser Place Melbourne | 9669 6888

F1

19

Grand Hyatt Melbourne | 9657 1234

E3

20

Hilton Melbourne South Wharf | 9027 2000

B3

21

Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders | 9629 4111

C3

22

Hotel Causeway | 1800 650 688

E2

23

ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel | 1800 331 147 E2

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InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto | 8627 1400

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Jasper Hotel | 8327 2777

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Melbourne Marriott Hotel | 9662 3900

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Melbourne Short Stay Apartments | 1800 008 910

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Melbourne Short Stay Apartments at SouthbankONE 1800 008 910

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Melbourne Short Stay Apartments MP Deluxe 1800 008 910

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Melbourne Short Stay Apartments on Whiteman 1800 008 910

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Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens | 9205 9999

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Oaks on Collins | 1300 786 603

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Oaks on Lonsdale | 1300 880 229

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Oaks on Market | 1300 790 687

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Oaks on William | 1300 554 275

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Park Hyatt Melbourne | 9224 1234

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381 Cremorne | 1800 381 381

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Abode by Easystay | 8598 0255

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Adina Apartment Hotel South Yarra | 9926 0000

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Adina Apartment Hotel St Kilda | 9536 0000

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Amora Hotel Riverwalk | 9246 1200

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Apartments @ IKON Glen Waverley | 9590 6170

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Best Western Plus Travel Inn | 9347 7922

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Crest on Barkly | 9537 1788

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Easystay Studio Apartments | 8598 0255

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Lyall Hotel and Spa | 9868 8222

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Melbourne Parkview Hotel | 9529 8888

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Miami Hotel Melbourne | 1800 132 333

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Oaks South Yarra | 1300 660 223

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PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport | 8347 2000

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Punthill Essendon | 1800 331 529

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Punthill South Yarra Grand | 1800 331 529

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Punthill Williamstown | 1800 331 529

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Quest Hawthorn | 8803 7700

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Royce Hotel | 9677 9900

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The Blackman | 9039 1444

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The Cullen | 9098 1555

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The Larwill Studio | 9032 9111

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The Olsen | 9040 1222

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