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VICTORIA

WELCOME TO VICTORIA

016 Message from the Premier 018 Messages from the Minister for Tourism and Lord Mayor

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026 Welcome to Victoria 036 Map of Victoria 038 Fast Facts 044 Events 046 Must Do’s ESSENCE OF VICTORIA

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MELBOURNE AND BEYOND MELBOURNE

098 Welcome to Melbourne 102 Map of Melbourne 106 A Perfect Day in the CBD

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WELCOME TO VICTORIA 2009/2010 PUBLISHER Rosanna Anderson ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Tina Cooper MANAGING EDITOR Nicole Haddow SUB-EDITOR Madeleine Swain ART DIRECTOR Louise Ayres SALES AND ADVERTISING Elaine Sharman PRODUCTION MANAGER Alison Copley PRE-PRESS Emma Meagher CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Gemma King, Nyssa Veruphunt, Varia Karipoff, Gillian Tozer, Rosalie Delaney, Eli Glasman, Rose Hartley, Jason Donovan, Joel Michaels, Matty Soccio, Penny Mc Queen, Bonnie Ho, Sam Gopal, Rebecca Feller

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MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER FOR TOURISM AND MAJOR EVENTS TIM HOLDING MP

MESSAGE FROM LORD MAYOR OF MELBOURNE ROBERT DOYLE

I have great pleasure in welcoming you to Victoria. Whether you’re here for a short business trip or an extended holiday, I invite you to discover the lively culture and ambience of our great state. With sweeping coastlines and pristine beaches, national parks and forests, wineries and restaurants and a fantastic array of accommodation options, our state has it all. It’s easy to experience Victoria’s unique and varied regions, many of which are pleasant day trips from the capital, Melbourne. Melbourne itself is renowned for its sense of style and elegance, along with outstanding restaurants and bars and a flourishing arts scene. Melbourne also offers an exciting calendar of festivals and events including The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the Australian Open Tennis, the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces and the Spring Racing Carnival. I hope you enjoy discovering every piece of Victoria.

On behalf of the City of Melbourne, I offer you a warm welcome to our city. Discovering Melbourne is an exciting experience, as our city is a diverse and surprising place, full of hidden treasures. Melbourne’s diversity of experiences has placed it among the world’s top cultural tourism destinations. We have everything to inspire the perfect holiday: major art, sporting and cultural events; sophisticated dining and entertainment establishments; and a distinctive river and harbour. Melbourne is also one of the world’s great cosmopolitan capitals. Its laneways hold many delights, including unique retail and dining spots. The award-winning Federation Square hosts an array of public activities and events. By the water at Southbank and Docklands you’ll find more dining and opportunities for exploration of art, architecture and waterfront views. Home to people of more than 150 different nationalities speaking more than 200 languages, Melbourne is recognised as one of the world’s great multicultural capitals. You can see our rich cultural heritage in the architecture, café scene and cultural celebrations of our city. No matter where you come from, you will be warmly welcomed by relaxed and friendly people in Melbourne – and throughout Victoria. I hope you enjoy your stay with us and experience the full spectrum of life, colour and excitement that make Melbourne so unique. Please come again!

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MESSAGE FROM THE MANAGING EDITOR NICOLE HADDOW I’m waiting for a tram. The sky is grey, dubious clouds settle in behind the elegant Melbourne skyline. A woman stands on the corner of Collins and Swanston Streets outside the Town Hall, trying to flick her buckled umbrella into action. She wears a tailored black suit jacket and heavy embroidered pencil skirt. The urgency to raise her umbrella increases as droplets of rain darken the cement around her leather boots. From out of a heritage building shadow, her male counterpart appears, in a charcoal suit, on top of that, he is draped in a classic trench coat. He steadily raises his umbrella above her head and they disappear up Collins Street together. I wondered where they were going, perhaps for a coffee in a secluded laneway, or for a glass of Yarra Valley pinot noir before catching a show at the Regent Theatre. Wherever they we’re going, they were inevitably immersing themselves in Melbourne’s culture. It’s impossible not to. Likewise, the culture of greater Victoria is as diverse as Melbourne’s. From Bendigo to Portsea the food, wine and art are inextricably intertwined with the state of Victoria and its people. Every Victorian has a passion for something – from footy to fashion – you’ll be hard pressed to escape without some of that passion rubbing off on you. This is my home; it’s a constant source of inspiration. I can only hope that you’re staying long enough to soak up the many facets of Victoria – and if not, you’ll just have to return again and again.

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ity slickers will want action, diversity, bright lights and cosy cafés, plus an excellent transport system and easy navigation. Check. Country bumpkins will be after succulent vineyards, picturesque coastlines, abundant wildlife, long open roads and a sublime local experience. Check. You can tick off all boxes when you visit Victoria. Let’s start with the capital city, Melbourne. With a population just shy of four million, Melbourne is Australia’s second most populous city (after Sydney). It’s easy to see why Melbourne has been a three-time winner of The Economist’s prestigious title ‘World’s Most Liveable City’, when you consider everything that Melbourne has to offer: culture, sport, affordable cost of living, excellent healthcare, classic Victorian architecture… the list goes on. It’s no wonder that the population density is increasing – who wouldn’t want a slice of this pie? At the heart of Melbourne’s throbbing cultural precinct is the Arts Centre, home of performing arts and exhibitions both local and international. And one of the brains behind this institution is communications manager and local resident, Jeremy Vincent. If Vincent had to concoct an emblem that encapsulates Victoria, he’d mash together “an AFL footballer leaping for the ball, the Arts Centre spire and a glass of wine”. And there you have it, folks – quintessential Melbourne. Sport, culture and lifestyle, all bustling for attention in one of the greatest and most visitor-friendly cultural precincts in the world. No wonder Vincent moved here from New Zealand almost 30 years ago and has never looked back. “Victorians know about style and what’s good in food, drink, performance and other [elements of] lifestyle,” Vincent says. The city is widely regarded as Australia’s artistic and sporting capital, and what would this title mean without the fine dining, wining and reclining to complement? The “style and sophistication” that Jeremy adores in his home city manifests itself sublimely in the myriad eating and drinking establishments that spoil Melburnians for choice. Each establishment draws on the city’s restless creative energy in its setting, furnishings, ambience and originality. In the CBD you will find a bar with an indoor fantasy garden complete with vines, faux grass and reclining wicker furniture, where you are permitted to bring your dog (Madame Brussels) and – by contrast – a bar converted from a shipping container and situated in a car park in a tiny laneway, with packing-crate furniture and Chinese lantern decorations (Section 8), all within walking distance from one another. Where else could one evening hold so much promise?

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ONE HALF OF ROVING COMEDY DUO HAMISH AND ANDY, HAMISH BLAKE HIGHLIGHTS HIS FAVOURITE QUINTESSENTIAL VICTORIAN EXPERIENCES. What’s the best way to spend a day in Melbourne? By finding a genie and getting three wishes. That is, however, unlikely in any city, so my other answer would be finding somewhere on the coast for lunch, having a lazy arvo on the foreshore, then heading into the city at night to find a small bar and an adventure (and hopefully that genie). What’s the best way to spend a day in Victoria? Head out to Daylesford and grab a bite to eat, then drive to the Yarra Valley for an afternoon wine, then head down to Lorne for some fish and chips on the beach, be warned though, that’s a fair bit of driving in one day! Favourite place to grab a quick meal? I Carusi pizza in Barkly Street, St Kilda. Best venue for a beer? Anywhere with friends – Holliava near Richmond Station is great. Favourite piece of architecture and why? I actually really like the Eureka Tower at sunset when it glows gold. Not sure if that was a deliberate design, but it looks great. What’s the best event to take place in Melbourne each year and why? Spring Racing is a lot of fun and a Melbourne institution. Apart from camel racing in the outback, it’s the best racing carnival in Australia. Favourite beach in Victoria? Fairhaven – that’s mine. Brighton is great fun in the inner city. What’s Melbourne’s best ‘hidden gem’? Well, my mum has $1000 ‘emergency money’ hidden in her laundry, but in terms of places, I’d say Las Chicas in Carlisle Street in St Kilda has a brilliant brekkie burrito.

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But nightlife isn’t everyone’s cup of Long Island Iced Tea, and quiet types find bliss in Melbourne’s famous cafés and galleries. There is a proud nostalgia in Melbourne’s laneway culture, still cobbled underfoot and arranged in a style reminiscent of European side-ofthe-road coffee houses, bursting out onto the footpaths and nestled in unexpected nooks. In other cities, laneways are merely alleys for rubbish bins and unseemly late-night encounters, but in a way that is utterly unique to this city, Melbourne has embraced these spaces and turned them into a charming urban feature. And the coffee, as every Melburnian knows, is sublime. As you venture further out of Melbourne, richness and cultural diversity prevail in the form of vineyards, gorgeous ocean, rural festivals and celebrations of the state’s unique history. Leanne De Bortoli, third generation of the family’s multi award-winning De Bortoli winery, fell in love with Victoria’s beautiful Yarra Valley more than 20 years ago, and no wonder – her passion for wine is superbly gratified by the complex, delicious grapes that blossom in the region. “I could not and would not live anywhere else!” she says, and her dedication is typical of residents in greater and rural Victoria. But it’s not just the Yarra Valley and the pinot noir that drive De Bortoli’s fondness. “[The whole state is] vibrant, diverse and exciting, and packs a whole lot into a neat little bundle,” she says. “You want surf, you’ve got it. You want snow, it’s there. You want a glorious food and wine culture, it is in every restaurant and [Melbourne] laneway. You want a gorgeous cosmopolitan city or rugged forest ranges, it’s all there in spades.” There are ample wine and cheese-tasting tours available at Victoria’s multitude of vineyards, not just in the Yarra Valley, but in a total of 21 distinct wine regions, each with a signature flavour resulting from individual microclimates. Victoria’s weather is notoriously unpredictable, but certainly a little cooler than other mainland states, and it is this crisp quality that makes Victorian wine something special.

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Let’s go from coaster to coastline – from a fine drop, to a sheer cliff drop – off the Great Ocean Road! This coastal drive is one of Victoria’s most famous natural areas, renowned for breathtaking scenery, old volcanoes, huge sand dunes and the Twelve Apostles: rock stacks that are more than 20 million years old. Lovers of wildlife and the natural world will find the Great Ocean Road experience unforgettable. Along the journey are several national and state parks, garden reserves, wildlife viewing opportunities, and an abundance of gorgeous accommodation. The area is replete with rainforests and waterfalls, caves and islands. Hire a car and take part in one of the most wondrous spectacles in the country. Perhaps you also want to know a little of Victoria’s history, in which case you should head inland to the Goldfields where ‘gold fever’ drew fortune-seekers from far and wide during the Gold Rush of the 1850s and 60s. The Ballarat and Bendigo areas still feature

the period’s majestic architecture, and various museums preserve the stories of an era that shaped Victoria, including the famous battle at Eureka Stockade where gold diggers united to challenge an unjust government in a bloody confrontation credited with the beginning of Australian democracy. The profusion of must-dos in this state is testimony to its diversity and appeal. But as with any destination, it’s the people who ultimately give the land its energy, its special thrum. So what are Victorians like? Jeremy Vincent calls Victorians “easygoing people who love the outdoors”. Leanne De Bortoli says they are “very passionate about sport”. You can ask the same question of each and every Victorian and receive a different reply every time, because Victorians are as creative and varied as their home state. Come for the attractions, stay for the people: they are the point where the guide book ends and your heart takes over. Pinot, anyone? Tick! w

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Welcome to Stonnington – the city of style Stonnington offers the style aficionado the best of the best in the world – all presented with a uniquely Melbourne flavour. From forward fashion to quirky design and fabulous food, be inspired, be pampered and be captivated in Stonnington – just a short cab ride from your hotel. If you are a “foodie” you’ll love the hustle and bustle and the farmer’s market feel of Stonnington’s largest (and oldest) produce market. Our much-loved Prahran Market will serve as an appetiser for the many memorable meals you’ll experience as you trawl the fine dining restaurants, entertainment venues and funky cafes in this area. And when your appetite is sated and it’s time to shop, you will be right at the apex of Stonnington style… From Prahran Market, stroll along fashionable Chapel Street, from hip South Yarra to up-and-coming Windsor (where there’s a sense that anything can happen), a long promenade where Melburnians like to see and be seen hunting and gathering the hottest in emerging designer fashion. Head towards prestigious Toorak Road for tiny boutiques, mini department stores crammed with wardrobe must-haves and the ubercool showrooms of established Australian designers. Take time to absorb the subversive glamour of edgy Greville Street and the sleek design emphasis that has hatched along Commercial Road

– everything desirable, from rare Japanese art to classic Twentieth Century furniture. Glenferrie Road, Malvern is where the world meets – so wherever you’re from, you’ll feel right at home. And if you’re in pursuit of undiscovered treasures, you’re bound to enjoy the antique stores and art galleries along High Street, Armadale. Although Melbourne is a fast-moving international city, Stonnington also embraces the village, where, no matter how fashionable or luxe, the atmosphere remains warm and friendly as locals join urban travellers flitting from boutique to boutique, outdoor café to outdoor café. Each of Stonnington’s villages has its own personality: Toorak Village is all high-end sophisticated and urbane; Hawkesburn Village is chic and design savvy; sunny South Yarra is a worldly cosmopolitan mix… And the mega-multi-store Chadstone Shopping Centre is a village unto itself, a giant under-cover centre where you can happily lose yourself for weeks on end. Yes, it’s all here for you in Stonnington – the style capital of Australia. Call 13 16 38 for train, bus or tram details. Or leap on a unique Melbourne tram from Swanston Street – the 3, 5, 6, 8, 16 or 72 trams. Or catch a train to Prahran, Windsor, South Yarra, Hawksburn, Armadale or Malvern stations.

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IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS 24-hour emergency numbers Fire, Police and Ambulance: 000 Lifeline counselling service: 131 114 Dental Emergency Service: +61 3 9341 1040 Poisons Information Service: 131 126 Nurse on Call: 1300 60 60 24 Other useful numbers Directory assistance national: 12455 Directory assistance international: 1225 Operator assisted calls: 1234 Reverse charges calls local or international: 12550 Time: 1194 Travellers’ Aid: +61 3 9654 2600 Weather: 1196

COMMUNICATIONS Telephone Calls from public telephones in Victoria cost 50¢. Most public telephones in Victoria now also use pre-paid phone cards. These can be purchased in post offices, newsagents, gift shops and many other outlets, in denominations from $2 to $50. They can be used for local, interstate and overseas calls. International Direct Dial (IDD) telephone calls can be made from most public telephones. To make an international call, dial the international access code (0011), then the country code, the area code and the telephone number. If the area code you are dialling begins with a ‘0’, for example London (020), you should drop the ‘0’ from the dialling sequence, eg: 0011 + 44 + 20 + telephone number. Telephone interpreting service This is a free service, operating 24 hours a day, offering assistance in communications in more than 100 languages. Tel: 131 450.

AIRLINES Domestic Jetstar: 131 583 Qantas: 131 313 Virgin Blue: 13 67 89 International Air New Zealand: 132 476 Alitalia: +61 3 9920 3799 British Airways: 1300 767 177 Cathay Pacific: 131 747 Etihad: 1800 998 995

CONSULATES British: +61 3 9652 1600 Canadian: +61 3 9653 9674 Chinese: +61 3 9822 0604 French: +61 3 9602 5024 German: +61 3 9864 6888 Greek: +61 3 9866 4524 Italian: +61 3 9867 5744 Japanese: +61 3 9639 3244 New Zealand: +61 3 9642 1279 US: +61 3 9526 5900

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DRIVING Driving in Australia is on the left hand side of the road. Seatbelt and child restraints must be worn by all vehicle occupants. The highest blood alcohol level permitted by a fully licensed driver is 0.05. Provisional licence holders must have a 0 blood alcohol level. There are two features that distinguish Melbourne’s roads from those of other major cities. Firstly, Melbourne’s trams share many roads with normal vehicles, necessitating special driving rules. Vehicles must always give way to trams. If a tram is stopped, no overtaking is permitted, as pedestrians may step out. Never pass a tram from the right. In central Melbourne, many intersections require ‘hook turns’ for vehicles turning right, which are marked by signs overhead. To make a right turn, you must pull over to the left of the intersection, wait for the light to turn red, and then complete your turn. Secondly, Melbourne has a fully electronic tollway called CityLink and Eastlink, which do not have any cash booths. To travel on these roads, customers need to have either a pass or an account. For more information, or to purchase a pass or to arrange an account (e-TAG), visit: www.citylink.com.au, www.eastlink. com.au or contact CityLink on 132 629. CityLink passes are available in most post offices in Victoria, participating newsagents, or from Touch machines at major Shell outlets and Melbourne Airport. You could also visit the CityLink Customer Centre at 67 Lorimer Street, Southbank. ENTERTAINMENT BOOKINGS Ticketek: 132 849 Ticketmaster: 136 100 Half Tix: +61 3 9650 9420 (Booth is located in the Melbourne Town Hall on Swanston Street and sells discount theatre tickets on the day of performance only.)

HOSPITALS (CITY) The Alfred: +61 3 9276 3405 Royal Children’s: +61 3 9345 5522 Royal Dental: +61 3 9341 1000 Royal Melbourne: +61 3 9342 7000 Royal Eye & Ear: +61 3 9929 8666 Royal Women’s: +61 3 9344 2000 St Vincent’s: +61 3 9288 2211 LOST PROPERTY In Melbourne, contact Victoria Police on +61 3 9247 5747 or +61 3 9650 7077. PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 2008/2009 Melbourne Cup Day: 3 November 2009 (Metropolitan Melbourne only) Christmas Day: 25 December 2009 Boxing Day: 26 December 2009 New Year’s Day: 1 January 2010 Australia Day: 26 January 2010 Labour Day: 8 March 2010 Easter: 2 to 5 April 2010 ANZAC Day: 25 April 2010 Queen’s Birthday: 14 June 2010 SHOPPING HOURS Many convenience stores, supermarkets and fast food outlets are open 24 hours a day. Most city and suburban stores are open until

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problems with your card, here are some important global emergency contact numbers: Amex: +61 2 9273 2730 Diner’s Club: + 61 702 797 5532 (reverse charge to the US) MasterCard Global Service: + 61 636 722 7111 (reverse charge to the US) Visa Global Customer Assistance: 1 800 450 346 (toll-free) Currency exchange All banks will exchange money during banking hours, as will American Express and Thomas Cook offices and exchange desks at the airport.

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with extended hours to around 1am on Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday, trains and trams operate between 7am and 11pm. Many of Melbourne’s bus routes run 6am-9pm Monday to Friday, 8am-9pm Saturday and 9am-9pm on Sunday. For train, tram or bus information call Metlink on 131 638 or visit metlinkmelbourne.com.au CITY CIRCLE Free City Circle trams travel the perimeter of Melbourne’s central business district, taking in many of Melbourne’s landmarks. Catch the tram at any of the specifically marked stops on Flinders Street, Harbour Esplanade, La Trobe Street or Spring Street. These trams feature commentary about major tourist attractions. The City Circle runs 10am-6pm Sunday to Wednesday and 10am-9pm Thursday to Saturday. City Circle trams run every day of the year except Christmas Day and Good Friday.

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METCARD Melbourne’s automated ticketing system operates on all train, tram and bus services in the metropolitan area, with electronically encoded tickets called Metcards. You can pre-purchase Metcards online at metlinkmelbourne.com.au, from customer service centres at Premium Stations, retail outlets displaying the blue Metcard sign, the MetShop at the Melbourne Town Hall (corner Swanston and Little Collins streets), Melbourne Visitors Centre at Federation Square and Metcard ticket machines at train stations. A limited selection of Metcards is also available on most buses and coin only ticket machines on trams. Please note: travelling without a valid ticket could lead to a fine. Most fares for travelling on Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses are separated into two zones: Zone 1 for city and inner suburbs and Zone 2 for the middle and outer suburbs. Check what zones you are

planning to visit and make sure you have a ticket that covers your entire journey. The 10 x 2 hour Metcard is an ideal ticket for your stay. It includes ten individual 2-hour trips on one ticket. It doesn’t matter how many times you travel on public transport during one day, you will only ever have a maximum of two 2-hour trips deducted. The 10 x 2 hour Metcard is the most cost effective and convenient way to travel. For more information visit metlinkmelbourne.com.au V/LINE For travelling to Victoria’s regional cities and attractions, V/Line provides convenient, comfortable and reliable services to a wide range of destinations across the state. For bookings and further information, visit vline.com.au or call 136 196. w

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EVENT CALENDAR MELBOURNE WINTER MASTERPIECES – NATIONAL GALLERY VICTORIA 13 June to 4 October 2009

Salvador Dali: Liquid Desire is a full retrospective of the work of the Spanish surrealist. It will be the biggest retrospective of Dali’s work ever to be exhibited in Australia. A great way to spend a winter afternoon in Melbourne Location: National Gallery of Victoria http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/dali/ Salvador DALÍ Spanish 1904–89, worked in United States 1940–48 The disintegration of The persistence of memory 1952–54 oil on canvas, 25.4 x 33.0 cm The Salvador Dalí Museum, St Petersburg, Florida Worldwide Rights: © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, VISCOPY, 2009. In the USA: © Salvador Dalí Museum Inc., St. Petersburg, FL, 2009

MELBOURNE CUP CARNIVAL 31 October to 7 November 2009

AUSTRALIAN OPEN January 2010

Little men on big horses, glamour, glitz and gambling: it’s all here at the Melbourne Cup Carnival. The truly passionate will be seen at Derby Day, Oaks Day and Stakes Day, but the ‘race that stops the nation’ – the Melbourne Cup – is everybody’s favourite. Location: Flemington Racecourse Tel: +61 3 9258 4258 www.racingvictoria.net.au

It’s Grand Slam, thank you Ma’am in the biggest and hottest tennis tournament of the year. Take your pick of night, twilight or day sessions which attract the world’s top players, and in between a lively racket of entertainment will serve to make your game. Location: Melbourne Park, Batman Avenue, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9914 4400 www.australianopen.com

MELBOURNE FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL March 2010

L’ORÉAL MELBOURNE FASHION FESTIVAL March 2010

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Around the world in eighty plates! You’d be hard-pressed to find a cuisine that’s not covered in this gastronomic gala. No, those people in flowing white gowns aren’t angels, they’re chefs – but we forgive you for thinking you’d died and gone to heaven. Don’t miss the divine cocktail degustation or the wine masterclass. Location: Various venues throughout Victoria Tel: +61 3 9823 6100 www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au

Champagne in one hand and canapé in the other… is there a better way to shop? This is THE event that launches Australian designers’ Autumn and Winter collections, with all the glitz and theatre you’d expect from a major fashion show. Location: Central Pier, Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9654 5599 www.lmff.com.au

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2009/2010 MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 24 July to 9 August 2009

AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE GRAND FINAL 26 September 2009

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL October 2009

The International Film Festival is the most significant film event in Australia, with speakers, interviews, guests, discussions, music events, competitions and of course a plethora of films, set over 19 glorious indoor-weather days. Location: Cinemas throughout Melbourne Tel: +61 3 8660 4888 www.melbournefilmfestival.com.au

It’s contagious, and there’s just no antidote for footy fever. Victorians go mental for ‘aerial ping-pong’, the world’s most unique interpretation of football. Pick a team and be prepared to defend it with your life. Location: Melbourne Cricket Ground Tel: +61 3 9643 1999 www.afl.com.au

Music, opera, theatre, dance, new media, visual arts, outdoor entertainment and things that don’t even have names yet are celebrated in this diverse, high-quality event. The worldfamous travelling Spiegeltent houses its usual eclectic array of entertainment. Location: Various venues throughout Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9662 4242 www.melbournefestival.com.au www.spiegeltent.net

ST KILDA FESTIVAL January/February 2010

Are you a grown-up or a child? Do you prefer kebabs or caviar? Dancing or dining? Beer or Bollinger? You could be an empty tin can and there would still be something in this Bayside celebration for you. On the final day get set for Melbourne’s biggest street fair. Location: Fitzroy and Acland Streets, and St Kilda Beach, St Kilda Tel: +61 3 9209 6490 www.stkildafestival.com.au

2010 FORMULA 1™ AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX March 2010

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL April 2010

Tear up your crossword, let your Earl Grey go cold and feed your cucumber sandwiches to the birds – this is no time to be demure. The four-day Grand Prix carnival will bring out the grunt in you as big machines burn rubber around Albert Park Lake. Location: Albert Park street circuit Tel: 131 931 – Ticketek, or +61 3 9258 7100 www.grandprix.com.au

This comedy festival is world-famous, attracting extraordinary talent and crowds of more than 400,000. It’s part of a trio of the biggest comedy festivals in the world, alongside Montreal and Edinburgh. Pack your laughing gear plus a needle and thread for the stitches when you split your sides laughing. Location: Town Hall and various other venues in Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9245 3700 www.comedyfestival.com.au

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Must do’s EUREKA SKYDECK

MELBOURNE AQUARIUM

As the Southern Hemisphere’s highest platform the Eureka Tower’s Skydeck is sure to thrill. A main feature is the Edge – a glass cube projecting three metres out from the side, which creates the sensation of being suspended 300 metres off the ground. Location: 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank Tel: +61 3 9693 8888 www.skydeck.com.au

Discover amazing habitats such as billabongs, rock pools, mangroves and even coral atolls and experience life underwater in Australia’s Biggest Fish Bowl. Location: Corner Flinders Street and King Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9620 0999 www.melbourneaquarium.com.au MELBOURNE MUSEUM

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS

Eureka Towers Skydeck. © Mark Chew

Trek through a towering indoor forest. Immerse yourself in a culture 60,000 years old, in Bunjilaka Aboriginal Centre. Meet legendary racehorse Phar Lap and get a real buzz from live bugs – it’s all part of your memorable Melbourne Museum experience. Location: 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton Gardens Tel: 13 11 02 www.museum.vic.gov.au

Experience stunning views of the city and beyond at the 253-metre Rialto Tower, one of Melbourne’s iconic buildings. Location: 525 Collins Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9629 8222 www.melbourne360rialto.com.au MELBOURNE ZOO

Close to the city centre, the internationally acclaimed Melbourne Zoo is a window to the wild world displaying more than 300 species from Australia and around the globe. Location: Elliott Avenue, Parkville Tel: +61 3 9285 9300 www.zoo.org.au/melbourne NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA (NGV)

This gallery has two maginficent galleries, both with free entry to the permanent collection. Locations: 180 St Kilda Road and Federation Square Tel: +61 3 8620 2222 www.ngv.vic.gov.au

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It won’t cost you a cent to stroll through this magnificently manicured 38 hectare garden just on the edge of Melbourne’s city. It’s considered to be one of the world’s finest botanic gardens with more 50,000 individual plants. Take a picnic and find a shady spot, or take in the balmy summer evening while watching moonlight cinema. The Australian Garden in Cranbourne is a unique landscape full of Australian native plants, it’s well worth a visit too. Location: Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra Tel: +61 3 9252 2300 http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/

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Must do’s OLD MELBOURNE GAOL

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The Old Melbourne Gaol is Victoria’s oldest surviving penal establishment. Before its closure in 1929, it was the site of 135 hangings and held some of Victoria’s most notorious criminals, including the infamous Ned Kelly. Location: Russell Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9663 7228 www.oldmelbournegaol.com.au

One of Melbourne’s best-known landmarks; its steps, elegant lamps and grand colonnade are visual reminders of the building’s fascinating history. Public tours are conducted on days when Parliament is not sitting. Location: Spring Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9651 8568 www.parliament.vic.gov.au

Victoria’s Sovereign Hill is a working township set on a former gold mining site. Pan for real gold and step back in time to the gold rush era in this vibrant living museum. Open daily from 10am to 5pm. Location: Bradshaw Street, Ballarat Tel: +61 3 5337 1100 www.sovereignhill.com.au

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The City Museum allows visitors to absorb the full spirit of Melbourne under one roof. Be captivated by the events that have shaped Melbourne and discover fascinating insights into the city’s development in one of Australia’s finest 19th century buildings. Location: 20 Spring Street, East Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9651 2233 www.citymuseummelbourne.org

This world-famous steam railway ambles its way through the magnificent Dandenong Ranges. Take a traditional rail journey or indulge yourself in one of the first class options available. Location: Belgrave Puffing Billy Station, Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave Tel: +61 3 9754 6800 www.puffingbilly.com.au

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Discover the beauty of the Yarra Valley, only one hour from Melbourne on a guided winery tour. Visit some of the best wineries and enjoy great food, great wine and a great day out… Tel: +61 3 9537 3301 www.chillouttravel.com

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Marked by the majestic spire of the Arts Centre, Southbank is easy to access by foot. Catching the tram down Swanston Street you can get off at the Arts Centre or, if arriving by rail, it is a short stroll via the Princes Bridge. Tel: +61 3 9699 4311 www.southgate-melbourne.com.au

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A complete guided African safari adventure is offered just 30 minutes from Melbourne. Werribee Park shuttle runs daily from the city (bookings essential, Tel: + 613 9748 5094) Location: K Road, Werribee Tel: +61 3 9731 9600 www.zoo.org.au

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Australia On Collins, Level 5 260 Collins Street, Melbourne Flagstaff Gardens, 23 Walsh Street, West Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9654 2455 Tel: +61 3 9326 3166 Email: info@selfcentred.com.au Web: www.selfcentred.com.au Self Centred Day Spa is your inner city escape, just steps away from your hotel. Relax and revitalize with a treatment to ease your aching neck, shoulders, back and feet. Our treatments will leave you looking and feeling your absolute best. Special offer: Free Essential Mani or Pedi with the purchase of a luxurious 75 minute Organic 29894_2

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Russell Street (between Victoria and LaTrobe Streets) Melbourne Tel: +61 3 8663 7228 Web: www.oldmelbournegaol.com.au

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Did you know? • Testament to Melbourne’s migrant history, it has the largest Greek population outside of Greece and the third largest Greek population behind Greek cities Athens and Thessaloniki. • Melbourne has the largest tram and light rail network in the world.

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protruding glass box on the 88th floor, which puts a new spin on the term ‘360 degree views’, as the only thing between you and the ground in this box is transparent glass. Melbourne, with its myriad attractions is best explored on the ground, however. The city is fairly easy to navigate through, as it was designed in a grid formation which runs parallel to the Yarra River. One part of Melbourne that can only be accessed on foot are the city’s laneways, which “once had a practical use such as access for delivery carts and trucks, but now have been repurposed brilliantly into mini-economic hubs,” says Tout-Smith. There are more than 180 such alleys in Melbourne, hiding some of the city’s best bars, cafés, restaurants, galleries and quirky boutiques – highlights include those down Degraves Street, Hardware Lane and Centre Place. Federation Square or ‘Fed Square’ as it is affectionately known is another place that must be experienced while in Melbourne. This paved open space in the CBD opposite Flinders Street Station acts as the perfect casual meeting place, and is always alive thanks to buskers, movies or events playing on the big screen, live bands or expos. And if this isn’t enough, there are always restaurants, cafés and bars, as well as ACMI – the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, which showcases films, TV clips, games, new media and screen-based art. There is always something going on in Melbourne, whether it be a theatrical show, sporting event or musical concert. Or maybe you’ve hit town right in time for a festival or two – L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Week, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Moomba cultural festival,

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the International Comedy Festival and the Melbourne Cup Racing Carnival are just some of the bigger annual events. Melbourne has many cultural attractions including the Melbourne Aquarium, Royal Melbourne Zoo, National Gallery, State Library, Arts Centre and Old Melbourne Gaol. Melbourne is also the perfect place from which to take day trips. While you are here, you should make a trip to a small country town.

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CENTRE MANAGER OF THE BLOCK ARCADE, TALKS ABOUT MELBOURNE’S HERITAGE BUILDINGS In the block between Swanston and Russell Streets on the northern side, the skyline of those buildings is exactly as it was in the 1890s. That’s the only whole block in the CBD that is still as it was originally. That includes: The Town Hall, Athenaeum theatre, a small building with Rutherford Fine Jewellery and Pearls, the Baptist Church, the Georges’ department store building, the Assembly Hall and Scots Church.

Ballarat and Bendigo to the north of Melbourne are two of the more vibrant. Both were mining towns during the Gold Rush and today have tourist attractions based on revisiting this past. Sovereign Hill in Ballarat is a living museum of life during the 1850s, while Bendigo has mine experience tours. About 50 minutes east of Melbourne by car are the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, which have quaint art and craft shops and tea houses nestled in lush forest. Further north of here, play sommelier for the day at one of the Yarra Valley’s many wineries. On the western side of the city there is the Werribee Open Range Zoo and if you keep driving southwest make a day of it along the Great Ocean Road. When it comes to natural beauty Melbourne holds its own with the rest of the state. The city is known for its parks and gardens, the biggest of which (Fitzroy, Carlton and Royal Botanic Gardens) have a distinct 19th century flavour with their design and ornamentation. They are always abuzz with joggers, couples, picnicking families and, particularly through the warmer months, live entertainment such as open-air cinemas, live jazz or cultural festivals. Then there’s the Australian Garden in Cranbourne, southeast of the city, which is a unique Indigenous garden and a must-see if you are travelling out to Phillip Island or the Mornington Peninsula. Melbourne’s bevy of sights and attractions excite all the senses, and once experienced first-hand and will not disappoint. w

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DRINK Located in genteel Collins Street is Melbourne’s oldest and most prestigious gentlemen’s club. Members of the Melbourne Club have had an unprecedented influence on our nation’s history – naturally, this club is impenetrable for mortal men. Founded by well-to-do squatters in 1839, the neoRenaissance building has been a flagship for old money, tradition and sophistication since its inception. Boasting a walled garden where Moreton Bay figs and grand oaks peer into side streets, it is an Eden in a big city. MELBOURNE CLUB 36-50 COLLINS STREET, MELBOURNE

EAT An obscure location gives this eatery a label of ‘exclusive Melbourne’ even as the city’s secrets are sold on tourist maps; the Waiters Restaurant has been a prized venue since the 1960s. Tucked away behind bustling Bourke Street, down an alleyway and up a dubious staircase, it rewards patrons for their effort with surprisingly fine fare. Serving Italian cuisine to well-heeled theatregoers along with the initiated, the restaurant winks knowingly over its façade of rundown simplicity and veneer tables. THE WAITERS RESTAURANT 1ST FLOOR, 20 MEYERS PLACE, MELBOURNE

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Birdcages, secret gardens and some of the most exclusive and obscure locations – Varia Karipoff embarks on an invitation only tour of Melbourne.

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TOUR White Hat goes beyond the tourist traps into private residences, major mansions and off-limits areas of public buildings with its Private Hidden Gems Tour. To take part, written references, police checks and natty outfits are called for – as is your best behaviour. Those lucky enough to be invited are rewarded with a silver service dinner and a rare glimpse into the heart of the city’s elite and hidden world. In the interest of cultural sustainability and security, tour locations are not released to the public. w WWW.WHITEHAT.COM.AU

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GARDEN STATE Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s property, Cruden Farm, began life in the 1920s as a cottage garden in the outer suburb of Langwarrin. It would go on to become one of the most photographed and quintessentially Australian gardens. The garden features the famed avenue of lemon scented gums and a highly regarded collection of sculptures. The influential matriarch and mother of media baron, Rupert Murdoch, is said to have lovingly planted all of the trees herself – with majestic results. Cruden is occasionally opened as part of Australia’s Open Garden Scheme and for exclusive fundraising events. CRUDEN FARM, CORNER CRANBOURNEFRANKSTON AND CRANHAVEN ROADS, LANGWARRIN

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ART GALLERIES Words: Gillian Tozer Ask any Melburnian what it is that truly defines their city and they’ll unwaveringly respond, “Its culture.” Like many other places characterised by bright lights and endless lists of things to see and do, Melbourne and Victoria’s outer regions are filled with an array of superior art galleries and museums. Yet, unlike the others, Melbourne’s art and gallery tradition is intrinsic to its culture, bestowing Victoria with the mantle of Australia’s art epicentre. A short and thoroughly scenic trip to Melbourne’s outer regions reveals some of the state’s most influential and historic art galleries and museums. The Heide Museum of Modern Art is a Melbourne favourite. Located in Bulleen, approximately 20 minutes from the city centre, the museum was established in 1981 by famed art collectors and supporters John and Sunday Reed. ‘Heide’, as the gallery is affectionately referred to, provides an excellent array of modern and contemporary art. Take the whole afternoon to explore the 16 acres of land, synthesising both building and park – pushing the boundaries of the stereotypical ‘white cube’ art space. Further out from the city is the Bendigo Art Gallery, housing permanent collections, exploring 19th century international and Australian art, modern and contemporary works. Further afield, the Art Gallery of Ballarat is crucial to the Australian historic art perspective; its permanent collection documents Australian art from the early colonial period to the present day. Back in town there are, of course, a plethora of gallery spaces awaiting your discovery. Ranging from the largest, the pre-eminent National Gallery of Victoria, to the smallest and often obscure galleries, quintessentially found down Melbourne’s cobbled laneways. The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia’s oldest gallery and spans both sides of the Yarra River banks. The international collection, located on St Kilda Road, permanently houses pieces by Man Ray, Pablo Picasso, Édouard Manet, Andy Warhol and Bill

Henson. While the Ian Potter Gallery, in Federation Square, houses fascinating Australian and Indigenous collections, featuring work by the Boyds, William Barak, Emily Kngwarray and Uta Uta Tjangala. Around the corner from the NGV is the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. It is a Kunsthalle, a temporary exhibition space where the artwork is exclusively commissioned. This ensures that the space is always displaying the latest and most significant artwork from around the world. On a much more intimate scale, the Anna Schwartz Gallery is found among the vibrancy that is Flinders Lane. A privately run gallery, it represents some of Australia’s most exciting established and emerging artists. Jarrod Rawlins from Uplands Gallery believes that it is Melbourne’s art spaces, such as his own, that “have allowed a generation of interesting and smart artists to exhibit on a regular basis [and have ultimately] allowed a group of adventurous and intelligent collectors access to real contemporary art”. Although small in size, these galleries have a great impact on the city’s overall art scene and undoubtedly play a major part in defining Melbourne’s culture. Amy Brand from Craft Victoria affirms this when speaking of the small Flinders Lane space. “Craft Victoria adds to the vibrancy and diversity of Melbourne’s international craft/ design precinct,” she says. “[The space] provides a critical forum to showcase the work of established and emerging craft and designer practitioners.” But for a true Melbourne gallery experience, it is advised that one visits the many artist-run initiatives generously sprinkled around the city. These non-commercial spaces primarily house the work, and sometimes even the artist, in the early stages of their career. Important galleries in this scene include the Gertrude Contemporary Art Space in Fitzroy, Utopian Slums in Collingwood and Fortyfive Downstairs or TCB inc around the CBD. As a visitor to a city, it is always important to immerse oneself in the culture of the town. Melbourne’s art galleries and museums are truly like no other, no matter what art takes your fancy.

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ABORIGINAL CULTURE Words: Rosalie Delaney Indigenous Australia is one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world. There are a large number of tribal communities with beautiful and unique customs and languages. Visitors to Australia can gain insight into this enigmatic and complex culture, whether it be through admiring the intricacy of indigenous art and craft, marvelling at the sheer beauty of sacred indigenous landmarks or being lucky enough to see traditional and contemporary indigenous performance. Indigenous art practices are diverse, but perhaps the best-known traditional forms are bark painting and rock art. These paintings, often created on rock faces or in caves, consist of earthy pigments made from ochre and other organic materials. These amazing pieces of art are unlike any other in the world: their expressive figures and striking depictions against the organic rock faces are a humbling reminder of the dependence on the land that all humans share. Contemporary artists continue this tradition of storytelling using modern materials in their artwork. The usage of Western art materials to express traditional Aboriginal motifs was first pioneered in a desert community, when a collective of artists formed Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd in 1972. Papunya Tula brought Aboriginal art to the world’s attention and heightened the profile of Australian art in general. One woman to take centre stage for her art was Emily Kngwarreye, whose 1995 painting Earth’s Creation set a record sale price for Aboriginal artwork, fetching more than AUD$1,056,000 at auction. Artwork sales are now the most significant source of earnings in Central Australian communities and any visitor to Central Australia should be sure to pop their head into one of the many galleries that showcase this exquisite and uniquely Australian artwork. Though beliefs and practices are varied, all Aboriginal communities share a spiritual connection to the land that is governed by the ancient mythology of the Dreamtime. According to Dreamtime mythology, creation spirits formed the land and its creatures, with the first paintings indicating the beginning of humankind. Listening to Aboriginal elders talk of the Dreamtime, or viewing artwork and performance depicting the Dreamtime is an awe-inspiring experience and a great way to get a glimpse into this intriguing culture. There are also many popular stories about ancestral spirits such as the Rainbow Serpent and the Bunyip, which are commonly referenced in books and performances. One place which has been stringently preserved to protect the traditional indigenous way of life is the sacred Aboriginal reserve, Arnhem Land, on the north coast of the Northern Territory. Home to influential indigenous rock band Yothu Yindi, Arnhem Land is famous throughout the world for its bark paintings and as the birth place of the iconic Aboriginal instrument, the didgeridoo. Because many indigenous peoples’ spiritual values have a unique oral and visual tradition, they are passed down by storytelling and vibrant ceremonial dance performances. Many of these ancient practices are still performed across Australia today, since care has been taken to foster and preserve these amazing cultural riches through modern techniques. An example of this synthesis of generations is the highly acclaimed Bangarra Dance Company, which is devoted to the indigenous performing arts. An enduring and invaluable presence in Australia’s national identity, indigenous culture has overcome so much and continues to offer one of the most intriguing, beautiful and profound philosophies to the Australian community and its visitors.

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URBAN AND PUBLIC ART Words: Bonnie Ho Think of public art as art that’s not afraid to get in among the people and mingle. Far removed from the occasionally stuffy stereotype of a dusty painting sitting in a society ma’am’s backroom, public art is art that meets the pedestrian on the street... often literally, in the form of dramatic graffiti or surreal sculpture. So if you really want to get to know Victoria, maybe start at street level as we take you on a tour of some of our much-loved public artworks. Starting in the Melbourne CBD, on the corner of Elizabeth and Bourke Streets is The Public Purse. Whimsical, oversized and maybe just a little bit puzzling – you can’t deny that the public artwork has now endeared itself as a part of the urban topography. It captures the connection between art and everyday life; serving as a meeting point for friends and a seat for the weary shopper – as well as a sometimes conundrum to the casual observer who thinks it’s actually a clam… For the record, the work is said to be a reflection of its retail precinct surroundings, as well as an establishment of the city centre as a place of commerce. Just a short block away, down the bustling Bourke Street Mall to its meeting point with Swanston Street you will find The Three Businessmen Who Forgot Their Lunch: a set of caricature-like statues that appeal to the viewer with their simultaneous quirk and everyday familiarity. The Three Businessmen pay tribute to Victoria’s past by representing our three pioneering fathers: Batman, Swanston and Hoddle. By placing the men shoulder to shoulder with pedestrians waiting at the traffic lights, they are returned to us to become a part of our present and future.

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As public art exists in civic space, its presence often draws fierce debate and critique – an example being The Yellow Peril which is a bold piece of sculpture. Perhaps a little confronting with its large angular yellow presence it has run the gamut of being abhorred, adored, criticised and commemorated since it was originally placed in the Melbourne CBD. It is uncertain whether it simply grew on the public, or whether the Victorian palate for the avant-garde has caught up with the work, but after a brief move to Batman Park it has now found iconic status and a spiritual home outside the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in South Melbourne. Victoria’s unofficial crowning as the cultural capital of Australia cannot be put down to happenstance. Instead it is due to initiatives, such as the 1990s Dockland precinct development, which have nurtured and cultivated our thriving art and culture scenes. A short fiveor 10-minute tram ride away from the heart of the city, the Docklands is a must-see for any urban art lover, with the highest concentration of public artworks in the state, a stand-out being the aesthetically and thematically poignant Shoal Fly By on Harbour Esplanade. Directly referencing its surroundings, the mixed media sculpture depicts fishnets and rippling water, and re-examines our relationship with the Docklands from its shipping dock past to its rebirth as a residential and leisure precinct. Continuing the water theme, take a trip down the Yarra River to Sandridge Bridge to view the large-scaled mixed media installation The Travellers. The work celebrates how the infrastructure and cultural fabric of contemporary Victoria has much to do with its multicultural history, whether it be the people from more than 140 nations who now call Victoria home or the original Indigenous inhabitants of the land.

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The Forum Theatre is divided into two different sections, creatively called ‘Forum 1’ and ‘Forum 2’. Although mostly a music venue the Forum still presents unique theatre, stand-up comedy and similar live acts. With its beautiful Florentine exterior, the Comedy Theatre is nothing to be laughed at, rather, laugh with it – particularly during the comedy festival where headline acts cause riotous laughter. With a constant display of quality shows that are guaranteed to entertain, the Comedy Theatre should be high on your ‘to visit’ list. Another theatre worth visiting is the Malthouse, just south of the city in the Southbank precinct. While modest in size, its passion and expertise in contemporary theatre is obvious and has earned it much praise. And while you are seeing theatre in Melbourne don’t miss the Melbourne International Arts Festival, which last year featured such shows as: Sizwe Banzi is Dead and the phenomenal Hunger. The shows are performed in several theatre venues around Melbourne, many of which have been listed above, and this year the festival runs from 9 to 25 October. Melbourne’s theatre scene is dramatic and thrilling. There’s a number of wonderful regional theatre’s too. There’s always something to see so book your tickets today!

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THEATRE IN VICTORIA Words: Eli Glasman When theatre first came to Victoria it was in the form of Melbourne’s Pavilion in 1841. Although it closed down soon after, in 1843 Councillor JT Smith opened the Queen’s Theatre, making this the first Victorian city to truly adopt theatre. The Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) is the final word in professional theatre in Melbourne. The MTC recently completed construction of its very own 500-seat theatre on Southbank Boulevard. Putting on such shows as Poor Boy, Ninety and The Hypocrite, the MTC brings not only professionalism to the world of Melbourne theatre, but also quality. Still in Melbourne, The Princess Theatre has been as vibrant and enigmatic since its opening in 1886 as it is today. Its elegance in design is matched well by the performances it has seen, including Billy Elliot, Cats, Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera. It rates highly not just by Victorian or Australian standards, but is one of the most gorgeous and awe-inspiring venues in the world. Reopened in 1996 after a three-year restoration project, the Regent Theatre has lost none of the beauty for which it has long been renowned. Positioned centrally in Melbourne, the Regent sits as a testament to the class and elegance that makes Melbourne such a unique place. Recently showcasing Guys and Dolls, this fantastic theatre has hosted Wicked – The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz.

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Classical and opera If the silver sounds of violins and cellos are the only real music to your ears, then Melbourne is a good place to have landed yourself. The city is home to many internationally renowned classical music acts. A good set to begin with is the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, both of which are widely respected and perform regularly at the Arts Centre. Southbank Arts Centre is a notable cultural landmark and the prime venue for performances by the Australian Ballet, the Australian Opera and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. A great favourite is Handel’s Messiah, performed annually in the Arts Centre by the MSO. In the warmer months the Myer Music Bowl hosts a series of free classical concerts, and if you’re here in spring the picturesque Port Fairy Spring Music Festival is offered annually in October for lovers of classical music. Look out for a mix of classical and jazz in September, as world-renowned trumpeter James Morrison joins with the MSO for Swing Swing Swing. The Arts Centre also presents many world-class opera acts throughout the year. Look out for Cosi Fan Tutte and A Streetcar Named Desire at the State Theatre, opening 19 November and 2 December respectively in 2009. Be sure to visit the new Melbourne Recital Centre too. Its artistic program is as enticing as the unique design of the modern venue. The design, although controversial, will ensure the hall is ranked among the world’s best thanks to the unrivaled acoustics.

Jazz Jazz aficionados rejoice! Melbourne is brimming with places for you to see world-class jazz acts, as well as little known bands improvising their way around the laneways of the city. To see the famous jazz folk, head over to Federation Square during the Melbourne International Jazz Festival through April and May for free concerts every day, and at night make your way to Bennetts Lane, the most famous jazz club in Australia, hidden in one of the city’s narrow laneways. Top local and international acts play live here every night of the week. If you happen to be in the city during summer and want to hear some jazz in a picturesque setting, head to the zoo. Twilight Sessions through January, February and March bring live music to visitors against a backdrop of flamingos and lion roars. But if summer’s over and you’ve missed the jazz festival, just head into the city on any night of the week to get your jazz fix. Try out: Manchester Lane Jazz Club, Purple Emerald, The Night Cat (Johnston Street, Fitzroy), Tony Starr’s Kitten Club or the Deco Bar. Rock, folk, electro, indie pop Every Melburnian is an unofficial rock music critic. Melbourne is where new rock sounds are born in Australia... or if they aren’t born here, then here is where they get noticed. Walk down almost any alleyway in the city and you’re bound to come across a tiny bar where underground rock, folk and electro sounds are thrilling small but loyal crowds. Try out these sounds at Pony, Cherry Bar, Yah Yah’s, Miss Libertine’s, Roxanne, Ding Dong Lounge, the Gem, the Tote or the Forum. Or take an insider’s advice. Tonino Cordisco of the Gem in Collingwood recommends “in no particular order: the Forum, Toff in Town and, for a bit of rock and roll, the Espy!” (The Esplanade Hotel, St Kilda). If music festivals are your cup of tea, Victoria plays host to more than any other state in Australia. Cult favourites are Meredith and

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Golden Plains, held in December and March/April respectively. A sell-out every year is the Falls Festival, a three day rock and indie pop extravaganza that occurs every New Year’s Eve. All of these events, which are held in Victoria each summer are a feast for indie pop and electro lovers. w PRINCIPAL PARTNER

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beats coming home to Melbourne.” Masic’s Croatian upbringing is reflected in her garments. “The Croatian sentiment is always with me when I’m designing. I feel you can see both my European heritage and my Melbourne essence in my work,” Masic says. Nevenka garments are highly representative of creative Melbourne, after her showing at L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival, where bold colours were thrown together with tribal touches, Masic explained, “I love clashing prints and mixing textures. Embroideries from family heirlooms are used as inspiration and replicated for each collection.” For many Melburnians, the thrill of fashion is not found in the desire to see the garment vainly reflected back, drowning silhouettes and drinking in flaws. Rather, the connection with the garment occurs long before entering a change room – in running a finger along an embossed sleeve or wrapping a bold winter coat around one’s spirit. The Melbourne aesthetic requires consumers to sponge up the colour and know that every time that coat is worn – the lavish colour will paint grey winters into surreal brilliance.

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MELBOURNE’S DESIGNERS TALK ABOUT THE CITY, THE COUNTRY, TRAVEL AND DESIGN Jacqui Demkiw, designer, White Suede I feel Melbourne lifestyle is very cultural and revolves around the arts, entertainment and food. There is so much diversity here, which allows my design aesthetic to grow and change. I never feel static or that my designs are the same each season. Rosemary Masic, creative director, Nevenka I am completely influenced by my upbringing, from my life in Croatia with family and childhood friends to my life here in Melbourne. Lisa Gorman, designer, Gorman I love the beach at Venus Bay with friends during summer holidays, under the umbrella with no wind or flies. It does happen! Boyd Parry, designer, Leopold Inspiration can come from anywhere; travel pushes us in a direction for a season, but Melbourne is our home. David Medwin, designer and importer, Zapa Paris Now, the manufacturing of garments here in Victoria is not really as much of a viable thing; things can be made in Asia for so much less. Despite this, there is always a demand for made-to-order and imported garments too.

Perhaps it truly is the city itself that inspires such strong design. Jacqui Demkiw, designer of White Suede says, “My signature style is always evolving – soft silhouettes contrasted with structure. In a lot of ways it is similar to Melbourne, a city full of contrasts, colour and diversity.” Speaking of contrasts – from wet winters to suffocating summers – the weather ensures our clothing choices are made with maximum comfort in mind. Lisa Gorman is keeping us cool while also managing to keep our consciences cool too. She designs an organic collection of sustainable fashion. Gorman also looks after local industry, by using Australian organic wool and working in conjunction with The Merino Company. Gorman says her designs are “unique to our climate and our way of life”. Boyd Parry, one half of menswear design duo Leopold, agrees that Melbourne’s climate plays a part in the design process. He says, “The weather has something to do with our look. It’s all about layers. Take something off, or put something on – it all looks great.” Menswear trends are generally subtle compared to womenswear, although Parry points out some consistent features of men’s lines for 2009/10. “Tailoring – with an 80s vibe,” he says. “Double-breasted

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blazers are very now. Layering with a sports edge seems to be filtering through and the colour palette will become sober in order to reflect value for money.” Indeed, fashion in Melbourne is not just about local product; you only have to stroll down Collins Street to see that from Armani to Zegna, Melbourne applauds the A to Z of international design too. David Medwin is a veteran of the Melbourne fashion industry. He owns a boutique in Toorak Road and has seen trends come and go for decades. His unique range of skills includes design and import of international brand Zapa from Paris. Medwin agrees, “Melburnians are really looking for something different for their money. They’re willing to pay a little bit more for imported things that have a point of difference because variety is shrinking.” You may use clothing as a cocoon or as an excuse to flap your dramatic, fluorescent wings. Either way, Melbourne designs are always being read and interpreted. They are airy poems, political newspaper columns, historical biographies and cheeky statements in trash mags. They are, most importantly, character-rich novels, all literary classics in their own right and Victoria is a vast library of wardrobe options ready for your eager consumption. w

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HOW DO MELBOURNE AND VICTORIA INSPIRE JEWELLERY DESIGN? Camilla Gough I think your place has to influence your design. Melbourne is a design conscious city; it only takes a small amount of travel to recognise this. It results in customers who have confidence to wear something unique, which has allowed me the opportunity to achieve a highly creative practice. Emma Goodsir My life in the country has a very different pace to the city. I love being surrounded by trees and having the time and space to grow vegies and pick flowers. I can only truly appreciate that by coming into the heart of the city once or twice each week and immersing myself in the intensity. When you are stepping into the city from another place you really notice the buzz and energy that exists.

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hubs – city buildings with lots of young designers in their own studios inspiring each other.” With more jewellers in Melbourne than hidden laneways to hold them in, how do we as consumers confidently select a new piece of jewellery? Goodsir explains that there are some essential factors including, “Individuality, integrity of materials, quality of craftsmanship and it’s important to have a lovely balance between practicality and romance.” Modern design certainly has it’s place in Melbourne but restored antique jewellery also sets hearts aflutter. Ronnie Bauer of Klepner’s Fine Antique Jewellers, which is one of Melbourne’s leading antique jewellers, highlights the Art Deco period as a wonderful movement for jewellery design. Bauer is an adviser to galleries and museums and is therefore more than qualified to advise you if jewellery with history speaks to you. “Antique engagement rings from [the Art Deco] period are highly sought after today,” he says. Australia is a treasure trove of earthly delights (or seaside delights as the case may be) with South Sea pearls being another magnificent offering available for jewellers to work with. Nina Oikawa works with a number of mediums and enjoys the creative opportunities that pearls afford. “I came to work with pearls from experimenting with many different materials, by seeking what works and what doesn’t, I found that the silky smooth colour and lustre of pearls works very well with my colourful designs,” she says. Oikawa highlights the challenge of working with pearls as opposed to other mediums, saying, “[The pearl] is so strongly characteristic, the design tends to be quite limited. Also I cannot apply heat, so I have to figure out the steps of procedure in the process of designing. It is challenging and exciting at the same time to seek possibilities of design within these limits.” When choosing pearls, lustre, which is the glow of the pearl, holds the greatest importance. Surface perfection is another consideration; however, it is advisable to select a pearl with high lustre and blemishes, as opposed to one with dull lustre, but without flaws. The rarest, most valuable pearls are larger and rounder; colour is a subjective choice. Australian pearls are white, pink-white and silver-white, with a small percentage of yellow and cream, and an even smaller percentage that have a vibrant golden tone. Oikawa confirms, “When purchasing something very expensive it’s good to look at types of pearls – saltwater or freshwater, isometric form, natural even colour, good lustre, smooth texture and size. The quality and price of pearls are drivers and usually price follows quality.” Yet she insists, “The most important thing is to find the design that you like, as it won’t be any fun having expensive pearls with a design that’s not your style.” Australia’s other recognised gemstone is the opal. In the Dreamtime, Indigenous Australians believed that when the Creator came down from the sky, he travelled to the land on a rainbow and that when his feet touched the ground, the stones turned to opal. Coloured opals have long been recognised as an Australian souvenir, rather than being associated with a certain jewellery style; however, many jewellery designers are now giving them a contemporary edge – and a new lease on life. If you’re looking to invest in an opal you’ll have to close your mind to the traditional rainbow coloured opal and search for precious black opals, which have been mined at Lightning Ridge in New South Wales. Just as Oikawa notes with regard to pearls, the same applies for opals: buy what you love and wear it, it’s just that simple. w

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A public holiday declared for a three-minute horse race? Hundreds of thousands of people watching men kick a ball around an oval? Even in the summer heat the tennis courts are scorching and ready for action...

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MCG: Train to Richmond or Jolimont Station, or follow the footbridge along the Yarra River. ETIHAD STADIUM: Train to Southern Cross station, or take one of the many trams down Collins or Bourke Streets to Docklands.

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AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALL Words: Jason Donovan Footy – it takes supporters to religious heights. The sport is played from March each year until its culmination on the last Saturday in September when the year’s two best teams compete in the Grand Final. In central Melbourne this game is staged at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Etihad Stadium (formerly Telstra Dome). Every Saturday morning throughout winter, mums and dads all over Victoria are driving their children, (boys and girls) as young as five years of age, to local Aussie Rules football games. At this young age, children choose teams to follow for the rest of their lives. From this beginning, their passion and desire for their team to play at the MCG on that last Saturday in September never waivers. Records of the game go back to 1858, when a game stretching three days was played between schools, Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College. Luckily, the rules have changed over the last 151 years with players enduring a civilised 120 minutes of playing time from the first bounce to the final siren. The official formation of the league was completed with the first season in 1897, since then the competition has increased to 16 teams, 10 of which are based in Victoria. It also changed its name from the Victorian Football League (VFL) to the Australian Football League (AFL) in 1990. Suburban grounds have been replaced to cater for larger crowds and the new era of professional football. Etihad Stadium is situated at the Docklands. This 55,000-seat indoor multi-purpose stadium hosts approximately 40 games of AFL each year. On the opposite side of town is the MCG; the home of football has the capacity to host 100,000 fans. The majority of Victorian finals, including the Grand Final, are played at the MCG. The truest sign of the fans’ passion for the game is often shown on a cold, wet and windy Melbourne winter’s day. Fans rug up in jackets, scarves and beanies. There is only one prerequisite: all items of clothing should be in the team colours. To see 100,000 people draped in their team colours is a spectacular sight. September in Melbourne is about one thing: AFL finals. The city comes alive with team colours proudly displayed in office buildings and shopfronts; there can be no confusion that football fever has hit Melbourne. A parade through city streets the day before the Grand Final and interactive activities based in the heart of the CBD, at Federation Square, attract thousands of supporters. Life doesn’t come with many guarantees, but as sure as anything can be, I, along with millions of others, will be keeping a very close eye on the MCG on that last Saturday in September, as a guaranteed blockbuster causes an echoing roar.

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GOLF Words: Jason Donovan Victorians love spending time outdoors, and many choose to spend that time walking the fairways of the state’s golf courses. Along with a number of private courses, highlighted by Royal Melbourne (ranked sixth best in the world), there are a number of worldclass public courses available to test your driving, pitching and putting skills. Each course presents its own personalised make-up: narrow fairways, rolling greens and deep bunkers – where a bucket and spade would be more appropriate equipment. Due to the variety of each course, you can be assured that there will always be a challenge for everyone who laces up their golf spikes, from beginner to advanced. DUNES (THE) GOLF LINKS Rated the number two public golf course in the state (third nationally) and located on the Mornington Peninsula (just a 90-minute drive from the CBD), this course has been designed to highlight the beauty of the local terrain and surroundings. Golfers also encounter all of

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the weather conditions that are associated with its close proximity to the Bass Strait. The Dunes offers everything that is true about links-style golf. Tel: +61 3 5985 1334 www.thedunes.com.au MOONAH LINKS Rated the number one public golf course in the state and it’s easy to see why. It actually contains two courses, the Open Course (second nationally) and the Legends Course (seventh nationally). The Open Course is one of the longest courses in the country, if not the world. Tough and uncompromising, it is an incredible test of golfers’ abilities. It was also home to the prestigious Australian Open Golf Championship in both 2003 and 2005. The Legends Course is more suitable for the leisure golfer. Much shorter, but far from a walk in the park. Tel: +61 3 5988 2000 www.moonahlinks.com.au THIRTEENTH BEACH GOLF LINKS Rated the fifth best course in the state, this also contains two separate courses. The Beach Course, opened in 2001, is rated 10th in the country. The Creek Course, opened three years later, is rated 33rd. Situated on the Bellarine Peninsula, just past Geelong, its definitive feature is the fact that the two courses are so different, offering varying challenges to all golfers. The toughest decision that faces players that arrive in the clubhouse is which course to play. The links style of the Beach Course or the sand belt of the Creek. Why not play both? Tel: +61 3 5254 2922 www.13thbeach.net BARWON HEADS GOLF CLUB Rated fourth best course in the state (eighth nationally) and also situated on the Bellarine Peninsula, this course offers a challenging style of play that ensures smart golfers prosper. Not overly long, but with cleverly positioned hazards, it’s more about position than power. It also offers ocean views as you work your way through the 18 holes. Tel: +61 3 5255 6255 www.bhgc.com.au

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CRICKET Words: Jason Donovan Boxing Day. A day when most retail outlets open their doors for the post Christmas sales, sending many Victorians into a shopping frenzy. Meanwhile, another tradition is about to begin at the most famous sporting arena in the country, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Each year on Boxing Day, the visiting international cricket team heads to the MCG to take on the Australian team in the largest cricketing fixture of the year. The ground is also host to a number of One-Day Internationals (ODIs), mostly played as Day/Night matches. These begin in the early afternoon, and finish under the brightness of the six light towers that stand tall around the ground. The atmosphere during these matches, as the sun sets behind the city buildings of Melbourne and the lights start to take effect, is an experience well worth the admission cost of the game. Cricket has been played at the MCG since 1856 when Victoria took on New South Wales. Since that time, there have been many test matches played at the ground as well as ODIs. The MCG also hosted the 1977 Centenary Test marking 100 years of test cricket since the first test between Australia and England. The Victorian Bushrangers are the state team. They won the 2009 Sheffield Shield as the best domestic state side against the Queensland Bulls. Other competitions include District (Premier) cricket, sub-district and many more separate associations that ensure the majority of local community ovals are filled each Saturday, as well as some Friday nights and Sundays. The exciting introduction to cricket around the world is the new format – Twenty20. International and state Twenty20 matches are staged at the MCG. The local state team won the first three Twenty20 domestic titles, before going down to New South Wales in this year’s final. This format is sure to continue its meteoric rise in popularity and excitement as the years go on. Cricket is an Australian pastime, and Victorians take great pride in ensuring that this pastime continues, strongly, into the future. For young children to men and women of all ages, cricket is a sport that is high on the agenda of all Victorians.

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MORNINGTON PENINSULA Eagle Ridge – Tel: +61 3 5988 6341 – www.eagleridge.com.au Portsea – Tel: +61 3 5984 3521 – www.portseagolf.com.au RACV Cape Schanck Resort – Tel: +61 3 5950 8100 – www.racv.com.au MELBOURNE Albert Park – Tel: +61 3 9510 5588 – www.golfvictoria.com.au Kingston Links – Tel: +61 3 9764 4520 – www.kingstonlinks.com.au Victoria Golf Club – Tel: +61 3 9584 1733 – www.victoriagolf.com.au

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JOCKEY CRAIG WILLIAMS When was your most memorable ride and why? I’ve had a few. In Melbourne, winning the Cox Plate on Fields of Omagh the day he was supposed to retire. Why did you become a jockey? I didn’t have a choice – my father was a jockey. Instead of cats and dogs we had horses. I was bred into racing. What makes a great racehorse? One common attribute is a great attitude. Good racehorses have a sense that they are good. When they get on the track they are professional. They know how to save all of their energy for a race.

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Can you describe the feeling of anticipation before a race day? I run the race in my mind in bed the night before. During morning track work you can smell it. You step faster; your feet are lighter. The crowds flock around you during the Spring Racing Carnival. We jockeys are small, but we grow about four feet when we have a victory in Spring.

HORSE RACING Words: Nicole Haddow “They’re off and racing.” Blurred hooves mash the freshly mown grounds of Flemington Racecourse. Champagne-filled punters jump and scream. Any sense of decorum has evaporated. This is the Melbourne Cup – the race that stops a nation. On the first Tuesday in November, it’s a pleasure to be a Melburnian. A public holiday marks this prestigious event, which has occurred since 1861. Approximately 100,000 people pack the track and barbecues are held nationally to celebrate this internationally recognised event. Many of us with a head for millinery are forgiven for thinking that the only ponies on display during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival are the show ponies on the ‘Fashions on the Field’ catwalk. This is where thousands of well-heeled, well-bonneted ladies and gents compete to be awarded the coveted traditional racewear title. In recent years the ‘traditional’ category boundaries have broadened. Where once attending without gloves and stockings would have been simply unacceptable, wild creations are now endorsed and praised. The Spring Racing Carnival commences in September with notable race days including: the Caulfield Cup at Caulfield Racecourse, the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley Racecourse, while Derby Day, Oaks Day, Stakes Day and the Melbourne Cup are all held at Flemington Racecourse.

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MARION BARTOLI, WHOSE HIGHEST RANKING WAS NINE ON THE SONY ERICSSON WTA TOUR, TALKS ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN. Can you describe the atmosphere of playing in the quarterfinals at Rod Laver Arena during the Australian Open? The stadium is quite intimate, like Wimbledon in a way. It was really amazing to beat the world number one on this court and was very special for me to play my best tennis first time on there. I was happy to finally play well in Australia after so many years of losing in the first round. What do you enjoy doing in your leisure time while in Melbourne? I went to the movies there and walked along by the river, it was so hot! How does playing in Australia compare with playing in destinations such as Wimbledon, London? They are completely different because of the weather. Also, the fans [in Australia] really get involved in the matches. It contributes to a really terrific and unique atmosphere to that Grand Slam.

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TENNIS Words: Nicole Haddow Thwack… thwack… thwack – the soundtrack to Melbourne in January, punctuated only by the roar of the crowd, or a moment of debate from a player towards the linesman. The Australian Open is usually remembered for one thing: oppressive heat. When the temperature hits 46 degrees Celsius, the ability of the world’s best tennis players is truly tested. While spectators swelter, players are pushed to the limit. Australians fans get behind local talent such as Jelena Dokic. While the epic five-set marathons in the Men’s Tournament leave viewers bleary-eyed but thankful for a great way to spend a balmy, sleepless Melbourne evening. Nearly 200 of the world’s most talented male and female tennis stars journey to Melbourne to try and take home the silverware in this prestigious Grand Slam event, and the action could not be more hotly contested on the sun-drenched courts at Melbourne Park. A ground pass is a great way to take in the atmosphere of the Open. With a number of courts hosting matches, roving between them and perusing the assorted talent is a delightful way to spend a sunny Melbourne afternoon. And, of course, scoring some tickets to the main event inside Rod Laver Arena never leaves spectators disappointed. There are also musical performances and other entertainment suitable for the whole family. Perhaps lying on the lawn and taking it all in on the big screen is the way you prefer to experience the event. Although the Australian Open is these days synonymous with the fabulous facilities at Melbourne Park, the tournament has not always been held there. The first tournament, then called the Australasian Championships, took place in 1905 at the Warehouseman’s Cricket

Ground in St Kilda, but in 1927 it was renamed the Australian Championships. It wasn’t until 1969, however, with the beginning of the Open era of professionalism in tennis, that the tournament became known as the Australian Open. Be warned, though, Australian crowds aren’t so much into civilised strawberries and cream, Wimbledon-style setting. They’ll rev up the visitors with passion and volume, settling only when the inevitable ‘quiet please’ request is made. Tennis anyone? For more information on tennis in Australia and the Australian Open visit: www.tennisaustralia.com.au or www.australianopen.com. w

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Yarra Valley winemakers talk about matching wine varieties with gourmet tastes for optimum flavour LEANNE DE BORTOLI, MANAGER, DE BORTOLI De Bortoli Melba Lucia (a blend of Cabernet, Sangiovese and Merlot) Serve with spaghetti puttanesca – a delicious rustic red to go with an equally delicious rustic pasta of anchovies, olives, hint of chilli, garlic, fresh tomatoes and lots of parsley. De Bortoli Gulf Station Chardonnay A complex, lightly-oaked Yarra Valley white which is set to renew faith in Australian chardonnay again. Great with a wholesome leek soup served with crusty bread. De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate Grown Shiraz Viognier A generous wine to serve with osso bucco very hearty Italian-style stew with veal shanks served with lashings of mashed potato or soft polenta. De Bortoli Estate Grown Yarra Valley Sauvignon Blanc Just beautiful with marinated Meredith Goats Cheese (in a jar) served with crostini as an easy but tasty pre-lunch snack.

MAT STEEL, WINEMAKER, DOMAINE CHANDON Chandon Vintage Brut Rose 2005 Sparkling rose is the perfect sparkling wine style to match with food, this vintage wine displays fresh berry notes combined with delicious spice and savoury mushroom characters. The palate is long and generous, finishing crisp and dry. This wine is the ideal accompaniment to a dish of rainbow trout (from Buxton Trout Farm) with a salad of fresh leaves and wild berries. Vintage brut rose can also work with a confit of duck and fresh green beans.

Domaine Chandon Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2008 A classic and aromatic pinot noir with notes of cherry and violets complemented by earthy, spicy hints. The palate opens softly before exuding black cherry and cinnamon notes and a silky mouth feel. Pair this with a roasted ballontine of Lilydale chicken breast, truffle and fresh herbs on a bed of lentils, lardons and jus or boned and roasted Yarra Valley quail, foie gras farce, truffle linguini, sauce perigord.

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Domaine Chandon Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2007 A fresh, zesty chardonnay that exudes aromas of white peach and citrus. It’s a beautifully balanced wine with a layered, textural feel in the mouth and a long, fine finish. Perfectly matched to a yabby souffle or, if you can’t get local yabbies try tempura zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta (from the Yarra Valley Dairy) or Yarra Valley goat’s cheese with a basil pesto and pine nuts.

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WINE Macedon Ranges and Goldfields These regions will provide a great variety of fruity and full-bodied wines, from a meaty cabernet shiraz in Maldon to an excellent chardonnay in Daylesford. If you find yourself up around the Bendigo wine and food trail, drop into Chapple’s Cairn Curran Estate, a boutique winery run by Arthur Chapple and his wife Lynette, and boy do they love their wine! Arthur is savvy to the whole history of the area’s wine-making secrets, and has passed his knowledge down to his son and grandson, who are also now in the winemaking business. He’s a remarkable character who makes a lovely drop if you’re a fan of a fruity shiraz or a tingly rosé. Just down the road is Welshman’s Reef Vineyard, an impressive spot surrounded by prime bushland and a well-presented cellar door. A highlight wine from this little gem is its velvety semillon. Further down the road is the Yandoit Hill Vineyard, situated 20 kilometres north-west of Daylesford. Established in 1988, Yandoit Hill has had its reputation built from the vineyard’s Italian heritage that stretches back to the 1860s – there are some sublime European varietals here. All Saints Estate in Rutherglen is another wonderful winery to visit, featuring a delicious 2007 shiraz that rolls over the tongue beautifully.

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Mornington Peninsula Pinot is the grape that gets this region its globally recognised reputation. A great spot to explore south-east of the city is Red Hill. Here you’ll find a number of cellar doors offering a plethora of cool climate wines. Red Hill Estate is a legendary vineyard in the region, with a swag of awards for top quality pinot noirs and a fabulous 2005 Briars Cabernet. Overlooking the water, Red Hill Estate will satisfy the expectations of any wine lover. Another legend of the area (and well-regarded throughout Australia) is the T’Gallant Winery, a label revered for its Juliet range of wines. For a refreshing change, have a taste of the 2008 Juliet pinot grigio, a local favourite. Foxeys Hangout cellar door and kitchen is run by Tony Lee and Cathy Gowdie; it’s an intimate affair that has a wonderful range of wines and some great stories to tell. Not far away near Merricks is Baillieu Vineyard, a superb spot essential to any winery tour of the Mornington Peninsula, featuring a wonderful pinot gris.

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Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges Coldstream Hills, De Bortoli and Domaine Chandon are the wellknown players in this area, but the certain crowd pleaser is Yering Station. The Rathbone family has been prolific in the area for a long time, with Darren Rathbone being a professor in viticulture. From the deck of its visitors’ centre/function room, people are treated to quintessential views of the Yarra Valley region. You can while away many hours tasting a wonderful cab sauvignon or riesling or even eating at the exquisite restaurant. The cellar door is also attached to a gift shop where you can get yourself a few treats from local savoury producers and chocolatiers. Evelyn County Estate in Kangaroo Ground grows a variety of award-winning cool climate wines, and at the nearby Tokar Estate in Coldstream you can find a ‘Mediterranean’ Yarra Valley experience that includes superb wines and views over the winery and its restaurant. Also check out Ainsworth Estate in Seville – it has a well-stocked cellar door and café.

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Further east is the Nazaaray Estate Winery in the town of Flinders. In a lovely part of the world, this vineyard has produced a fantastic stable of vintages, including a very special 2006 Pinot Noir Reserve – definitely worth a taste. For another memorable wine adventure, drop by the Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove and have a stroll around the beautifully manicured gardens, orchards and, of course, taste a drop of the local plonk. A place to eat, drink and explore. FOOD Macedon Ranges For a terrific dining experience when visiting the Macedon area, it’s hard to go past the Two Fat Men Café and Restaurant in Maldon

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Scion Vineyard & Winery Durif 2006 A rich but elegant dry red, brilliant colour, intense berry flavours and smooth tannins. Match with North East Venison which has a full flavour but earthy with lean texture. Field mushrooms add another layer of earthiness. Scion Vineyard & Winery Single Vintage Muscat 2008 A fortified dessert wine with rich raisin bouquet, deep golden colour and intense sweet fruit. Goes well with Milawa Cheese Factory Blue, accompanied by fresh figs and Brimin Lodge walnuts. Scion Vineyard & Winery Sweet Durif 2008 A unique semi-sweet fortified red dessert wine with raspberry bouquet, bright ruby colour and cherry flavours. Perfect at the end of a meal, with Renaissance Farm dark chocolate truffles.

Mornington Peninsula This area has a knack for attracting great gastronomic talent, which can be seen in the many eateries that dot this luscious location. Salix Restaurant in Merricks North features a gourmet menu that will get the tastebuds sizzling, all to the view of vine-covered hills. Smiling waiters and plenty of local wines makes this one a winner. For something simple yet satisfying, head to the Flinders Hotel in Flinders. There’s a generous family menu and playground for the kids, some fine Victorian pub food and a lively atmosphere. La Baracca Trattoria has a ‘modern rustic’ appearance, coupled with some spectacular gardens that are the basis for a lot of what appears on the restaurant’s menu. Whether it is artichokes or tomatoes, this eatery produces wonderfully easy cuisine – and being attached to the T’Gallant Estate, it has access to a superb wine list. w

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Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges The Cuckoo Restaurant is a piece of Switzerland in Olinda, a small village in the Dandenong Ranges, featuring slap dancing yodelling and wonderful, mouth watering foods inspired by the mid-European regions. With fabulous service and quality a visit to the Cuckoo is a must. For something a little more luxurious, Bella Restaurant Sebel Heritage is worth every moment. Offering a fine dining experience, its menu combines the great produce from the area with the talents of its first class kitchen staff. Stones of the Yarra Valley is a converted heritage barn and stable that has been transformed into a divine space that includes floor-toceiling views of the Great Dividing Ranges. With a succulent menu and top of the line wine list, Stones is worth the trip. But if something more relaxed is your cup of tea, Healesville Hotel is a place with food of robust flavour and character. With everything to suit families to couples, this marvellous venue can provide honest meals, excellent wines and a cold beer, if that’s your fancy.

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Cosmopolitan and chilled-out, sporty and sophisticated, hidden hubs and atmospheric architecture… Melbourne doesn’t try to be all things to everyone – but it is. Whether you’re into books, bars or both, you’re sure to find your perfect pocket in the city. Welcome to Melbourne… Melbourne…

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Millions of cups of coffee are made in this city on a weekly basis. Millions of fans pack the MCG each football season. And millions of memories have been created for Penny McQueen, who shares her passion for the city of Melbourne with you.

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t is difficult to capture the vibrancy of Melbourne in words. It is a city of beauty; the golden autumn leaves drifting from tree-lined streets into the winding Yarra River. It is a city of character: the sandstone spires of a Victorian cathedral peek out over drooping eucalyptus leaves. It is a city of art: a cow in a tree, skinny corporate copper men waiting at a pedestrian crossing, and a variety of street artists colouring malls and sidewalks. So as you walk or tram to world-class tourist attractions, take the time to experience the little pleasures that make Melbourne so marvellous. Melbourne’s menu of tourist attractions rivals even the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. Parks, sports, dining, performance art, shopping, galleries, history, vibrant cultures, street festivals, museums, Crown Casino, even Melbourne’s dark laneways are attractions not to be missed. To get the best overview of what’s available to see and do, almost every tram or train heading to the city will take you precisely where you need to go. Federation

Square – architectural masterpiece, information central, home to the National Gallery of Victoria’s Ian Potter Gallery and activity centre of the city – is the perfect place to begin the Melbourne experience. Season by season, ‘Fed Square’ sets the tone of the city, making it a favourite meeting place for locals and tourists alike. From here you can head straight for the buzz of the city, or wander across the river into the peaceful beauty of some of Melbourne’s famous parklands. Or you could rent a bicycle from the riverside stand in Alexandra Gardens, a popular way to see the city by the river. The sparkling green paradise of Melbourne’s gardens also comes alive as the colours of the day dim with the sinking sun. The Royal Botanic Gardens plays host to the Moonlight Cinema season or live Shakespeare in the Park productions on a summer’s eve. Just outside the Botanic Gardens, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl of the Domain Gardens provides a popular venue to visit for live music and opera events. The lesser known Australian Garden on Melbourne’s outskirts

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is a wonderful indigenous garden, and well worth the visit, perhaps on your way to Phillip Island or the Mornington Peninsula. While parks provide a great way to savour the sunshine, there are plenty of alternative outdoor options. One of Melbourne’s more sacred outdoor locations is the Melbourne Cricket Ground, or ‘The G’ in local lingo. Cricket and Australian Rules Football (AFL) are the two big sports of summer and winter respectively. Although it is easy to pick up the basics of AFL, apart from the ball and the use of feet, it has little in common with other versions of football. Few experiences can be more characteristic of local life than watching the ‘footy’ at ‘The G’ with a beer in one hand and a meat pie in the other... When the sunshine goes from superb to sweltering, St Kilda beach is the place to be. Not only does this suburb have the attraction of the beach, but the boutique shopping, cafés and Sea Baths make it a trendy spot, despite the large, kitsch Luna Park – a place which owes its popularity more to its quirks and history than highspeed roller coasters like other theme parks. If the thunderclouds make a cameo appearance – as they often do – never fear! Melbourne provides plenty of rainy day options. For art lovers, the National Gallery of Victoria should be stop number one. The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is a great place to feel like a kid again, playing with interactive

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exhibits. The Arts Centre, CUB Malthouse and tiny La Mama are perfect venues for lovers of theatre and dance. The architecture of the Melbourne Museum is only the first astounding aspect of the museum and its comprehensive collections. And for those who prefer to be creative in a more retail oriented fashion, the QV, GPO (old General Post Office), Southgate and Melbourne Central shopping centres provide the perfect places to pick up some gifts... and maybe a locally designed frock or two. As night falls, there is one last experience you should not miss. Horror movies have taught us not to trust laneways, but to follow this instinct would be a mistake in Melbourne. The laneways of the Victorian capital city have been reclaimed from their days of collecting trash and miscreants. The narrow cobble stone paths lead to art installations, themed bars, coffee havens and sophisticated wine bars, both day and night. They are so treasured by locals that an annual festival has been dedicated to showcasing Melbourne’s local laneway scene. To find a hidden nook that will suit your taste – from sophisticated decadence, to the oriental or scientific curiosities – pick up a pack of bar secrets from a local bookshop or newsagent. A book would not be enough to cover Melbourne’s many attractions, but if only one more aspect can be mentioned, it is this – one visit to this dynamic city is simply not enough. w

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Discover Melbourne’s precincts Melbourne is a city of precincts – each with its own special flavour. From retail havens to cool bars and cafes and from multicultural fare to an eclectic architectural mix – whatever your tastes, Melbourne can provide. Get to know Melbourne’s precincts and make the most of your time in our city.

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Collins Street is the city’s grand boulevard of style offering prestigious fashion, jewellery and historic churches. Urban types adore Little Collins Street’s sophistication, cool retail scene and delectable mix of hideaway bars. While you’re there, visit the heritagelisted Block and Royal arcades, as well as Howey Place, home to some of Melbourne’s most famous designers.

Make like a local and visit Melbourne’s urban villages. Wander Errol and Victoria streets in North Melbourne, the bustling Queen Victoria Market or enjoy the leafy appeal of Kensington’s village-style shopping. Browse the food stores and boutiques selling everything from freshly ground coffee to locally designed and manufactured clothing.

Take a world trip without getting on a plane. Melbourne’s cultural precincts offer a slice of international life.

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Athens might be a world away from Melbourne, but on Lonsdale Street you’ll find a great range of Greek restaurants, cafes and shops. Melbourne is home to the largest Greek population outside Europe – and this city strip celebrates the best of Greek culture.

Some of Melbourne’s most interesting places are tucked down laneways, including Flinders Lane, Degraves St and Centre Place. Here you’ll find a hip strip offering clothes, furniture, craft, organic food, bookshops and laneway art. Bourke Street Mall is regarded as Melbourne’s shopping heart. Visit the neo Renaissance style of Melbourne’s GPO (designer fashion), the Myer and David Jones department stores and many retail chain stores. From busy Swanston Street, head to the fabulous QV and Melbourne Central shopping centres. Comfortable shoes recommended!

Docklands waterfront The waterfront at Melbourne Docklands boasts superb harbour side dining, unique urban art, breathtaking views and an exciting annual events calendar. Docklands is an emerging retail destination – the newly opened Harbour Town offers a mix of brand direct outlets and high fashion labels.

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On Little Bourke Street, Chinatown is the place for authentic Asian cuisine. Try a cheap (but very cheerful) meal in a laneway eatery or savour the experience of an award-winning silver service restaurant.

Lygon Street, Carlton is the historic heartland of Melbourne’s Italian community. Italian restaurants spill on to the footpaths amid a vast array of retail offerings and a striking Piazza Italia.

Yarra River, Southbank and St Kilda Road Enjoy Southbank’s dining promenade or explore Federation Square’s stylish restaurants, cool bars and world-class arts venues. Unique retailers on the promenade include Australian art galleries and high end fashion. The Sunday Market at the Arts Centre sells fine arts and crafts from around Victoria.

For more information on things to see and do in the city visit the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square or thatsmelbourne.com.au

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in Melbourne’s CBD How would you spend a perfect day in Melbourne? Here we make our recommendations for your ideal itinerary. You may wish to follow it exactly or make up some of the rules as you go along. Either way, it’s easy to have the perfect day over and over again in this fabulous city…

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Laneways 9am Coffee. Melbourne knows how to do a fabulous caffeine hit. Grab a latte and a fresh muffin and watch the city wake around you while you sit in a cosy café in Degraves Street. 11am Hot boutiques in shady laneways are hidden around every corner. In Flinders Lane try Zomp for shoes, Green with Envy for local brands and Zambesi and Christine for designer essentials. Also try Centre Place for independent, quirky design. 1.30pm Still in Flinders Lane, you’ll naturally stumble across boutique art galleries such as Anna Schwartz and Block Project – get a great modern art fix. If graffiti art is more your style, you’re in the right place. Many graffiti artists have been especially commissioned to bring art to public laneways.

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6pm Wander down to Little Bourke Street and take in the sights and sounds of Chinatown. From here, hit Tattersalls Lane (just off Little Bourke) for a few après-laneway drinks at Section 8 – one of Melbourne’s most unique bars. 9pm If you have a taste for more drinks there’s an abundance of hidden bars in Melbourne’s laneway. We could tell you where they are, but that would spoil the fun of the search! If you’d rather plan your evening, flick to page 178 and see our Melbourne bar recommendations. Centre Place. © Jeff Busby

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3.30pm Have a late afternoon graze at Movida Next Door. No bookings, just saunter up to the bar and taste tapas and Spanish wine until you’re ready for a siesta.

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Docklands 8.30am Take an early morning ferry ride from New Quay through Victoria Harbour and along the Yarra. The Docklands are constantly changing and there’s no better way to see the changing skyline than from a boat.

11am Enjoy a stroll through the parklands and then along the Marina’s edge and marvel at some of the contemporary architecture and urban artwork. Yes, that is a cow upside down in a tree… Why? It’s art – interpret it as you wish… 1pm Settle in at one of the many fabulous cafés or restaurants along Waterfront City. There is something for every taste. Al fresco dining is an essential experience in the Docklands on a sunny day. 3.30pm Time for some retail therapy in Harbour Town. Here you’ll find everything from retail outlets to the fabulous Designers’ House, which stocks international fashion brands including: Little Joe, Kenzo and M Missoni. Plus some great local Australian designer brands too There’s something for every budget.

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6pm Finish your day in the Docklands with a walk down central pier, ogle the magnificent water vessels, have an ice cream and watch the sun set behind the Bolte Bridge. Not ready to leave? There are some great bars to get your night started!

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Federation Square 8am Zen in the city – it is possible with Fed Square’s free Tai Chi lessons each Tuesday morning.

10am Addicted to the internet? Want to update your Facebook status, check your email, or read the latest world news online? You can do it here in Fed Square on their free wireless internet. 11am Culture spills over Fed Square’s jaggered edges and into your hands. The Ian Potter Centre offers great temporary exhibitions and permanent exhibitions including the Australian and Indigenous collections. 1pm If you’ve had your fill of photography and paintings then head to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) which celebrates all things in film, television art and new media. 3.30pm Stroll down to Federation Wharf and watch a perfect Melbourne afternoon go by at Riverland bar and café. Try one of Riverland’s smoked duck sausages served smokin’ straight from the BBQ.

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8.30pm Then head to one of the many restaurants and soak up the great city view and a tasty meal. Try Bokchoy Tang or Taxi’s extravagant degustation menu.

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9.30am Meander to a breakfast table when you’re ready. You have plenty of time to relax and take in this gorgeous suburb. Have a hearty breakfast at Harveys, which is just off Toorak Road in what could be mistaken for a private home – grab the newspaper and get comfortable by all means – but perhaps leave your slippers in your hotel… 11am Stroll along Toorak Road and into Chapel Street. It is impossible to walk up this street without making purchases – you’ll see everything from streetwear to homewares to high-fashion. We suggest you pop into boutiques such as Collette Dinnigan, Alannah Hill, Dinosaur Designs, Saba and Oroton.

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Prahran and Windsor 9am Stock up on fresh produce at the buzzing Prahran Market. Perhaps you could prepare a picnic and sit in some of the great parks and gardens in the area. Alternatively, just sit back, have a coffee and watch the animated market life ensue.

11am Shopping in Windsor is a unique experience. You’ll find lots of up-and-coming designers and funky vintage boutiques. Check out Shag, where you’ll find one-off vintage. The Fat boutique stocks Australian designers as does Design A Space. 1.30pm Have a scrumptious lunch at Orange. Be sure to grab a table on the street so you can watch seriously stylish people stroll by – it’s like reading a virtual fashion magazine. 3.30pm More shopping – yes, there’s more… and more… and more…! You might like to visit T.L Wood or Jenny Bannister, they’re Australian design icons. 6pm Head to the Railway Hotel a great pub and bar, the perfect place to end a fabulous day. You’ll get a great view from the deck. There’s some great live music too.

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8.30pm In the mood to kick on? Try Mothersmilk, Hoo Haa or Borsch Vodka and Tears. You won’t be crying at the end of this night though!

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shopping for a real taste of melbourne?

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...the good things in life - fashion, food, entertainment and style.

While the rest of the city goes about its business, the

Chapel Street Precinct award winning restaurants,

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fashion. Just try resisting the seductive window displays with their offer of cutting edge styles from designers

Whether you are looking for a romantic intimate

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the side streets of Commercial Road, Greville Street in Prahran and the Windsor Quarter to see the funkiest designers while perusing the eclectic mix of retailers and minimalist boutiques.

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High Street Armadale 10am Have a big breakfast at one of the many great cafés. Try Phillipa’s or Tartine for something seriously yummy.

11.30am Antiques, furniture, fashion and homewares are king in this shopping strip. You’ll spend hours searching for treasure, and likely come out with more than you can carry. Try George Gross and Harry Who or Eco D for fashion, while Grace Antique Galleries, Page Antiques and Vintage Posters are great if you’re looking for collectables. 2pm So many art galleries in such a petite area. Be sure to peruse High on Art, Expressions Gallery and Axia Modern Art. 3.30pm By now you’ve definitely earned some rest and relaxation. There are many beauty spas in High Street too. How about a massage at Bare Beauty? Yes please! 5pm Time for a glass of wine. Enjoy the al fresco environment at Giorgios. It’s a great spot to take in the elegant architecture of the Malvern Town Hall.

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7pm There is a cuisine style to appease every desire in this boutique strip. From pizza to French or Chinese at Silky Apple, you won’t go home hungry after a big day in Armadale.

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The best of everything.

A stroll along High Street Armadale reveals that this historic strip is now a shopping mecca. Discover the best Australian and international fashion labels alongside new and innovative designers unavailable elsewhere. Browsing the exclusive Art & Antique Galleries, quality Jewellers, Furnishings, Homewares and Specialty stores makes for a perfect day out.

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After a spot of shopping, relax in one of the many Health & Beauty Salons, or indulge your other senses with the best of Armadale’s cafes, restaurants and fine food stores. 220+ stores High Street Armadale, the best of everything. www.highstreetarmadale.com.au

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Fitzroy and Carlton 9am Brunswick Street Fitzroy is an eclectic mix of fashion, food and entertainment. Grab a coffee at one of the many great cafés in this buzzing street and then do a bit of window shopping. 11am Gertrude Street is a fabulous spot offering everything from millinery to pizza – there’s literally something to appease every desire. 1.30pm There’s a pub, restaurant or café to suit everyone’s tastes in Brunswick. Try Vegie Bar, Joe’s Garage, The Fitz or the Royal Derby. 3pm Make you way to Carlton and peruse the bookstores, boutiques and eateries in eclectic Lygon Street. The distinctly European feel is warm and inviting – like a big bowl of pasta. 5pm Have a pre-dinner drink at Jimmy Watson’s wine bar. The courtyard is a charming place for a sip of vino.

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11.30am Hopefully you didn’t gorge too much on cheese because there is serious shopping to be done in Bridge Road. Known for bargains, this precinct is essential for updating your wardrobe while simultaneously saving the hip pocket. 1pm Take a tour of the MCG – arguably Australia’s most iconic sporting stadium. Many magic moments have occurred here. Tours depart regularly from gate 3.

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6pm You’ll be starving after your ride so try Victoria Street for some authentic Asian cuisine. After dinner, kick back at The Aviary, one of Victoria Street’s best bars. It’s a chirpy place to soak up a cocktail or two.

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South Melbourne and Port Melbourne 9.30am Grab a coveted seat at St. Ali which is arguably South Melbourne’s best coffee venue. It’s also one of South Melbourne’s best kept secrets – hidden in a laneway off Coventry Street. We also recommend GAS in Coventry Street for a tasty brunch.

11am Meander up Coventry Street to the South Melbourne Market. You’ll find more fresh produce than you ever imagined possible. Plus some great gifts, homewares and clothes too. Don’t forget to try the famous South Mebourne Dim Sim! 2pm Wander along Clarendon Street, there’s a wonderful mix of boutiques, restaurants, pubs and bars to loose yourself in. Park Street is an elegant strip too. Have a late lunch at Isthmus of Kra. 4.30pm Make your way to Port Melbourne and explore the villagelike Bay Street. You’ll find some fabulous shopping – try Cactus Jam for great Australian designer fashion.

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6pm Enjoy a pre-dinner drink at one of the bars on Beach Road overlooking the bay and then take a walk along the Station Pier.

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The menu features a stunning array of Michel’s classical French dishes, which are lovingly executed by talented young French chef, Thomas Quoirez. It accommodates today’s dining expectations while remaining true to classic French food. Opening hours: Lunch Thursday and Friday and dinner from Monday to Saturday.

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396 Bay Street, Port Melbourne ‘Paris End’ of Bay Street Tel: +61 3 9646 2296 Web: www.cestbon.com.au

The French speak the language of love like no other. Luckily for you, you can experience a sublime slice of Paris right here in Port Melbourne at ‘the Paris end’ of Bay Street. The term C’est Bon literally translates as ‘It’s Good’, and indeed this quaint, casual French restaurant with a fine reputation certainly is. Ces’t Bon is owned and operated by Amélie Bonnet, daughter of renowned French chef and restaurateur, Michel Bonnet. It’s an inviting, classically styled restaurant with timber floorboards, Bentwood chairs and white linen; perhaps reminiscent of the French bistro interiors of New York and Paris. While some French restaurants have an uncomfortable stiffness about them, this one exudes comfort, warmth and welcome.

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Email: info@southmelbourne.com Web: www.southmelbourne.com

The South Melbourne of today is a far cry from the area’s origins as an industrial epicenter. Founded in 1851, the old warehouses and factories that came with the first rise of the area have been vacated and are now occupied by an increasing number of creative businesses, drawing on a new breed of professional that has now added a further depth to South Melbourne’s rich tapestry. The side streets and laneways that surround Clarendon Street have blossomed, teeming with cafes and eateries, frequented by pilgrims paying homage to lattes and so the increasing fame of the precincts’ al fresco dining draws visitors from near and far. Set on the doorstep of the CBD, visitors are quick to discover the allure of historic South Melbourne and all of its hidden secrets

in its streets and laneways. When you visit this area, formally known as Emerald Hill, you will uncover a treasure-trove of fashion boutiques, art and design galleries and homeware stores. As you wander through this iconic area, you’ll quickly discover that beneath its quaint and distinct charm lays a magnetic personality that is equally as rich as it is enchanting. WHERE TO SHOP? Clarendon Street The inescapable charm of the retail strip is the offer of a number of hotels, fashion boutiques, beauty salons, cafes and restaurants. Its historic cast iron verandas are lined with many specialist retail outlets, many of which are independently owned and operated.

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Coventry Street The corner of Cecil and Coventry Streets is where you will find the South Melbourne Market. Fresh food, nuts and delicatessens are always crowded and popular, as are home wares stalls. Visitors must also be prepared to sample the famous South Melbourne dim sim in the Cecil Street food precinct. Opposite the market on Coventry, shoppers can search for a touch of original shabby-chic, or if something more contemporary suits, there are many stores selling designer linen, beauty products and items for the home or office.

Around in Union Street, gift lovers and foodies alike will not be disappointed. Park Street Regarded as South Melbourne’s French Quarter, the wide streets are home to contemporary art galleries and photography studios, jewelers and fashion design stores as well as the Victorian Tapestry Workshops. There is a wide selection of restaurants catering for Asian and European tastes. HOW TO GET THERE Conveniently located just minutes from the city, South Melbourne is easily accessible by foot or tram. Serviced by one of the city’s major tram arterials, simply climb aboard either the number 1 or 112 trams.

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While Clarendon Street is the major artery of Emerald Hill precinct, why not try stepping into one of the cobbled side streets and laneways to discover some of the area’s best kept secrets.

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Busy spots for retail are between Dorcas and Park Streets with modern ladies and menswear boutiques. Homebodies will find contemporary design stores juxtaposed with retro collectables and antiques. After hours, a visit to the wine and cocktail bars in Bank Street – particularly around the iconic South Melbourne Town Hall – is a must. In these hideaways, idle gossip is exchanged and cocktails served with gusto. Have a bite to eat along Clarendon Street is never a problem, with dining facilities to suit the urban crowds, working professionals as well as families. If you are a disciple of the coffee bean, you will believe you have arrived in Mecca, with award winning cafes lining the streets as well as hidden in the side lanes.

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Bonnie Ho is determined to help you fill those shopping bags with fabulous purchases. You may leave feeling like you’ve barely scratched the surface of all Melbourne has to offer – but then again, you can always make that second date…

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Visit the iconic Bourke Street Mall strip with its bustling trams, buskers and, of course, shoppers. Old Melbourne stalwart department stores Myer and David Jones play out decades-long rivalries with new fitouts, chain store regulars Sportsgirl and General Pants boast innovative flagship stores, while down The Walk Arcade at Myl Designer Clearance you could score yourself a boutique bargain.

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f Sydney shopping is the popular girl in school, all shiny blonde hair and sparkling smile, then perhaps Melbourne shopping is the shy bookish wallflower who blossomed into an ingénue. Never ostentatious, Melbourne shopping now cultivates an aura of mystery and intrigue – leading shoppers up winding staircases, and down cobblestone laneways. A chameleon, she is an urban sophisticate down the Parisian-end of Collins Street, fiercely intellectual at cultural hub Curtin House, knows everyone who’s anyone down glamorous Chapel Street, and finally finds the muse within herself on arty Brunswick Street.

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On the corner of Bourke and Elizabeth Streets, explore the Galleria – a boutique shopping centre with a selection of premium offerings such as Ken Barrell menswear.

Take a breather from the sometimes frenetic pace of the Melbourne metropolis and walk into the heritage listed General Post Office, now housing some of our proudest antipodean exports including Lisa Ho, Akira, Fat and Belinda. Also worth a browse are labels Gorman, David Lawrence, Camper Shoes, Mimco and Pandora Jewellery. Keeping with the urban theme, try QV where specially fashioned intimate laneways stay in character. Red Cape Lane is for the young at heart with streetwear labels Mooks, Stussy and MNG,

SHOPPING BAG THREE: Melbourne Central

Sitting atop one of Melbourne city’s busiest train stations, Melbourne Central Shopping Centre lives up to its name and is intermittently flooded with crowds of office workers, students, shoppers and day-trippers. Fashion stores include local preferences Cue, Saba and Review, as well as international offerings such as Calvin Klein and Armani Exchange. Also on offer are various home

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while more sophisticated tastes will appreciate Albert Coates Lane – the place for local and international designers such as BOSS Orange, Zimmermann, TL Wood, Christensen Copenhagen, Cactus Jam and Wayne Cooper. If you’re looking to keep the family entertained you could stir up a bit of friendly competition at Strike Bowling, or just enjoy a hot chocolate at Max Brenner.

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décor, sporting and specialty stores, such as All Things Australian - the official stockist of UGG Australia. There’s also hairdressing and beauty salons, countless dining options and a Hoyts cinema.

It’s flooded with the ‘nine to five’ smart suit set during the week, but on the weekend there is a slightly more relaxed pace set by shoppers with a keen eye for style. Start at the ‘Paris End’ with a beautifully curated designer selection at the exclusive Le Louvre, before moving onto more high flying fashion, jewellery and luxury goods at Collins Place, Giorgio Armani. Further along, visit Luisa, Max Mara, Chanel, Tiffany & Co. Australia on Collins, is situated between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets and is a fantastic destination for more contemporary shopping. The centre can be entered from both Collins Street and Little Collins Street. Off Collins Street, The Block Arcade is a magnificent example of an original 19th Century shopping arcade. It’s home to a boutique selection of designer goods and specialty stores.

Melbourne is known for its independent and creative streak, and Curtin House is where influences of visual art, literature, fashion and music collide to become the beating heart of Melbourne ingenuity. Sandwiched among bars, restaurants and creatives such as independent publishers and web developers, you will find one of a kind retail spaces such as Order and Progress, and Someday Gallery and Store. SHOPPING BAG SIX: Chapel Street precinct

Fast, fun and fabulous: if you have some spare time for a latte and a little bit of leisure, then the Chapel Street precinct is for you. Nestled among diversions such as the Jam Factory Cinema, Borders Bookstore, and countless chic cafés, bars and restaurants, in between the neck-swivelling people watching Chapel Street can sometimes involve, why not indulge in some of your favourite brands? Try Alannah Hill, Arthur Galan and J’Aton for fashion favourites, Zomp Shoez for well-shod feet, and Chapel Street Bazaar for a vintage one-off. If

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SHOPPING BAG FIVE: Curtin House

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your feet and credit card can take it, also worth a visit is the nearby Toorak Road precinct with iconic Mecca Cosmetica to stock that beauty drawer, as well as more designer and boutique shopping at the Como Centre. SHOPPING BAG SEVEN: Chadstone

Known as ‘The Fashion Capital’ and boasting more than 400 stores under the one roof, whether they be fashion, electrical, homewares, sporting or gift stores, whatever your heart desires, you’ll be able to find it at Chadstone. If this is not enough of an incentive how about the free ‘Citizens’ Shuttle Bus’ departing the Melbourne CBD 10am Wednesday to Sunday, and 11am Thursday to Saturday, as well as Melbourne visitors qualifying for up to 30 percent off the most fashionable stores on arrival?

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NORTH MELBOURNE The dark horse of shopping precincts; eclectic North Melbourne will impress. If you’re in the area, check out the Australian independent design at Thread Den. Our pick is the cute and quirky jewellery range Curious Llama. If you have a penchant for vintage kimono fabric and hand stitching then button up and pop in or visit Curious Llama online: www.madeit.com.au/curiousllama 04.

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SHOPPING BAG EIGHT: Fitzroy

Whether you’re up for a serious credit card workout, or just a window shop to soak up the vibrant atmosphere of Fitzroy, you’re in for a treat. The inner city suburb’s reputation as a melting pot of different cultures, demographics and urban tribes serves it well for offering up unique and charming shopping experiences. Start with Brunswick Street at ‘made it myself’ crafty boutique Meet Me At Mike’s, find another man’s trash to be your treasure at the Hunter Gatherer recycled clothing store, stop and smell the roses at Klein’s Perfumery and have a browse at Brunswick Bookstore. Also worth a detour, or maybe an entire other shopping trip is Gertrude Street, which runs off Brunswick, with unique printed home wares and textile store Spacecraft, and intelligent fashion boutiques Left and Obus.

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Just a stone’s throw from the city centre, Bridge Road sets its own genial and relaxed pace with its heritage buildings and mix of shopping and leisure. You can find everything from its legacy factory outlets (try Country Road, The Body Shop, and Gorman Surprise) to popular chain stores David Lawrence, Ojay and Witchery, as well as boutiques Green With Envy and Anthea Gold. Appease your shopping guilt with an organic lunch at Macro Wholefood, or head down early on a Saturday to the famous Gleadell Street Farmers’ Market overflowing with seasonal fruits, vegetable, flowers and gourmet delights. If you’d rather someone else do it all for you, there is also the renowned Stephanie Alexander Richmond Hill Café and Larder. w

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Ken Barrell Is Melbourne’s Newest Fashion Destination

A new exciting clothing store has opened its doors right in the heart of the City, just a few minutes walking from Flinders Street Train Station, on Elizabeth Street. Colourful, smart and innovative, the Ken Barrell Store is an intriguing blend of Italian fashion with its own unique style. An extensive range of men’s and women’s merchandise from jumpers, informal trousers, business shirts in pure cotton and Italian Made suits of the finest quality. The Ken Barrell Store surprises for its originality, versatility and affordability. Informal Luxury at its very best, with an intense Italian touch, Ken Barrell is a brilliant and fresh concept that is certainly worth a visit. Visitors are introduced to a world where bikes, wood tables, black and white pictures and round lamps create a truly unique shopping experience. Located inside the exclusive Galleria Shopping Centre, it is the ideal choice for all the Melbournians and tourists who aspire to quality shopping.

Ken Barrell Store Galleria Shopping Centre, Elizabeth Street Entrance Phone: (03) 9640 0690 Email: kb1@kenbarrell.com Website: www.kenbarrell.com.au

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Level 1 QV Building, Via Constance Stone Lane Entrance, Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Tel: 1300 72 33 88 Web: www.danmurphys.com.au

QV Shopping Centre; Melbourne Central; 139 Swanston Street; 2-26 Elizabeth Street; and 15 other locations throughout Melbourne Tel: 1800 779 990 Fax: +61 3 92797911 Email: info@gnclivewell.com.au Web: www.gnclivewell.com.au

As far back as 1878, the Murphy name has been synonymous with liquor retailing. Dan Murphy’s concept is simple. Offer customers the most extensive liquor range at the lowest possible price then add a passionate enthusiasm for what you sell. Dan Murphy’s QV is centrally located and offers more than 4000 products, 29728_1

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Bespoke Tailors and Shirtmakers 1024-1026 High Street Armadale Tel: by appointment +61 3 9509 0933 Web: www.hemden.com.au

Hemden have been dressing the discerning male for more than 35 years. Renowned for personal service, classic styling and an impeccable fit; made-to-measure or ready-to-wear. Hemden use the finest European suiting fabrics and offer a superb collection of shirts from Switzerland, Germany and England.

Bespoke work is hand-tailored locally in the Hemden workroom, in one of Melbourne’s best shopping precincts – High Street Armadale. Hemden is also known for an excellent selection of silk ties, cufflinks and accessories. Opening Hours: Weekdays: 8am – 5.30pm Sat: 9am – 5pm, Sun: 12pm – 4pm

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Designers’ House Level 1, 26 Star Crescent, Harbour Town Shopping Centre, Melbourne Docklands Tel: +61 3 9670 8118 www.thedesignershouse.com.au

+ Experience a bygone era of refined elegance at Melbourne’s most

luxurious new shopping destination, Designers’ House. Located on Level 1 of Harbour Town Shopping Centre, this stunning shopping epicentre is the perfect setting for an expanding array of prestigious fashion labels. + Designers’ House offers coveted Australian and International

fashion labels including Tim O’Connor, JETS, Christensen Copenhagen, Little Joe, Marc Cain, Kenzo, Jaeger, Modern Lovers and Rosemin to name a few. ML Denim Melbourne has taken residence with their second Melbourne concept store offering both men’s and ladies denim and street wear and no-one is forgotten with two beautiful children’s labels as well as stunning jewellery and accessories. + Offering services akin to a Parisian couturier salon, customers are

invited to revel in personalised attention from experienced sales staff who are employed to solely manage their label’s exclusive area. A dedicated Concierge desk ensures seamless coordination between staff and their clientele with Cloak Room and Bag Holding services available on request as well as gift wrapping and personal shopping assistance and advice at no cost to you. + The immaculate architecturally-designed store interior includes

polished hardwood floors, sleek black mirrored surfaces and antique-style mirrors – the mood is sophisticated but comfortable and relaxed. Designers’ House also boasts what is arguably Melbourne’s most luxuriously appointed bathrooms, complete with Italian Marble bench tops, antique styling and a central powder room resplendent with soft velvet ottomans. You will never want to leave!

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Centre, Melbourne Docklands. For further information visit www.thedesignershouse.com.au email Concierge at info@thedesignershouse.com.au or call Concierge on 03 9670 8118.

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There’s always a market bustling somewhere. Sam Gopal enjoys fresh, locally made produce and spots some talented emerging artists.

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hatever your passion – food, wine, art, vintage clothes or toys – Victorian markets have something for you and the family. No corner of Melbourne and regional Victoria has been left untouched by the beauty that is the local market. It really is an experience to be relished and an opportunity to be truly absorbed by the life of the locals whose passion and vigour for what they do will never fail to captivate you.

Camberwell Market

For more than 70 years, the Camberwell Fresh Food Market has proudly provided fresh, quality produce to local residents. Every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, the carpark becomes alive with stalls of clothes, art, craft and bric-a-brac. Enjoy a stroll and then enjoy Sunday brunch at one of the many local cafés. The Sunday market is open from 6.30am to 12.30pm. Tel: 1300 367 712

CITY AND INNER CITY MARKETS The Arts Centre Sunday Market

More than 150 stalls of the finest arts and crafts from Victoria can be found at The Arts Centre Sunday Market, where stallholders are individually selected for the quality and diversity of their work. Located over two levels along St Kilda Road, you will be amazed by the eccentric essence of the gifts available from antique kaleidoscopes to gems and pearls.

Flemington Market

Ever since its establishment in 1996, Flemington Racecourse Market has seen the country come to the city and provide the best of regional Victorian produce and craftwork. Open on the third Sunday of most months there are plenty of handcrafts and tasty treats to enjoy. Tel: +61 3 5974 4710

Tel: +61 3 9281 8000 The Gardens Market at the Royal Botanic Gardens

Set among the stunning grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens, this market has a strong emphasis on products that come from or are inspired by plants, including produce, ceramics, mosaics and garden sculptures. Held on the second Saturday of every month between November and April, there are 100 stallholders passionate about their products and plenty of gourmet treats to devour. Tel: +61 3 9899 5979 Prahran Market

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Queen by name and reputation… if you are short on time during your visit to Melbourne then make sure this is the market you experience. This fantastic openair market has been bustling with life for more than 125 years. The Suzuki Night Market is a fabulous way to spend a balmy summer evening. If you want to know more about the market you can even book a tour!

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o corner of Melbourne and regional Victoria has been left untouched by the beauty that is the local market.

Fed Square book market

Dive into the pages of more than 500 new and pre-loved books. It’s Melbourne’s biggest weekly book market and also offers free storytelling and family films. You’ll find it in The Atrium at Fed Square, every Saturday from 11am until 5pm Rose Street Artists’ Market

Fitzroy’s Rose Street Artists’ Market, open every Saturday from 11am to 5pm, showcases the work of more than 70 of Melbourne’s best designers and artists. From quirky furniture design to intricate jewellery and beautiful paintings, the market gives you the opportunity to commission unique works and speak with the artists and designers themselves. Tel: +61 3 9419 5529 South Melbourne Market

South Melbourne Market has been a firm favourite among locals for nearly 140 years with the best fresh produce in the area. A welcoming atmosphere and good old-fashioned friendly service await you in this large undercover market, which has expanded to include everything from clothes to homewares and beyond! No trip is complete without a hearty dim sim available from one of the perimeter shops or a browse of the many delis. Tel: +61 3 9209 6295 St Kilda Esplanade Market

In 1970, the St Kilda Esplanade Market began to make its mark as one of the most prominent art and craft markets in Melbourne. Every Sunday 200 of Victoria’s best artists and craftspeople display and sell their work. Tel: +61 3 9534 0066 Collingwood Children’s Farm Market

Melbourne’s only city farm hosts a market on the second Saturday of every month. The emphasis is on farm fresh and organic produce, from breads and olive oils to meat and chickens. And the kids get to enjoy a day at the farm with the goats, horses, pigs and ducks amusing them for hours on end.

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REGIONAL MARKETS Yarra Valley Farmers’ Market

Talbot Farmers’ Market

The third Sunday of each month sees the Yarra Valley Regional Farmers’ Market come into force, providing locals and visitors alike with the opportunity to tantalise their tastebuds with the delights of this beautiful area. Snap up fresh seasonal fruit, vegetables and other goods and join in the fun of the traditional indoor village market!

Situated 40 minutes from Ballarat and 60 minutes from Bendigo, this market is well worth the drive. Only fabulously fresh produce direct from the farm can be found at the variety of stalls at Talbot Farmers’ Market, from fine wines and fruit liqueurs to cured meats and baked bread. Crafts and treasures can also be discovered in the Town Hall market while enjoying live music from the locals.

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Run on the fourth Saturday of every month, the lively Churchill Island Farmers’ Market has more than 40 stalls all selling locally grown goods from the Gippsland area. The beauty of this market is that it allows you to take in the nature walks around the island after you’ve done your shopping.

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in Melbourne Whatever the recipe, foodies from around the globe are continuing to come in their droves hoping to reach gastronomic enlightenment. Rebecca Feller achieves a cuisine-derived high at the following restaurants…

AÑADA 197 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy Tel: +61 3 9415 6101

I believe the term ‘tasty morsel’ was invented while dining at this little gem. Like many European restaurants, there are two sittings available – 6.30pm and 8.30pm. The menu is also divided into two main sections – tapas (single serves) and raciones (larger dishes to share). The banquet option comes highly recommended – at approximately $48 per head for a nine-course Andalusian affair, it’s great value for money and each course is selected by the chef himself, though feel free to voice any particular likes or dislikes when ordering with your friendly and knowledgeable wait staff. Bookings are essential.

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For such a small place, there’s a lot to be said about Bar Lourinhã. A lively and inviting Spanish vibe draws you inside the front door, where raised tables and bar stools are quickly filled by tapas-loving trendies. An enticing selection of European sherries and regional wines are on offer to accompany the tantalising dishes – the Yellowtail king fish ‘pancetta’ in lemon oil is a knockout. If you can’t quite decide what to order, the well-versed staff are happy to help you out. The décor is authentically Spanish and a visit to the bathroom will prove to be a religious experience…

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BAR LOURINHÃ 37 Little Collins Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9663 7890

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CIRCA 2 Acland Street, St Kilda Tel: +61 3 9536 1122

FRANCE-SOIR 11 Toorak Road, South Yarra Tel: +61 3 9866 8569

Nestled in a corner of the Prince complex, Circa is a sophisticated contender. White linen tablecloths complement the white leather seats that adorn the small but airy dining space. The seasonal menu is inspired by only the finest ingredients, while the wine list flaunts some of the rarest and most limited release wines available in Australia. A meal here would be an excellent way to cap off a royal spa treatment at the Aurora Day Spa, conveniently located a few floors above. Circa is also open for lunch on Sundays.

A favourite among international celebrities, FranceSoir is the ultimate in traditional French dining. This iconic restaurant is not dissimilar to a grand old dame: sophisticated, respected and much loved. As its name suggests, the menu is French, the waiters are French, the chefs are French and, by the end of their night, the customers wish they were French. The wine list is so extensive you may need un moment petit to come to a decision. Either way, the delightful staff will be on hand to divulge their expertise. Très bon!

CUMULUS 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9650 1445

JIM’S GREEK TAVERN 32 Johnston Street, Collingwood Tel: +61 3 9419 3827

Gargantuan marble bar? Check. Fabulous cocktails? Check. Meals available any time of day? Check. Set in a large, bright and modern space, Cumulus has it all. An open kitchen dominates the room, with a flurry of culinary activity in full view. The menu includes an impressive array of oysters and a heady selection of tempting dishes. Bookings are not accepted for groups under eight, so if you can’t manage to grab a table on arrival, take a seat at the bar and sip on a martini (shaken, not stirred) while you wait.

The boys at Jim’s are so confident you’ll enjoy their famous Greek hospitality that they don’t indulge the need for menus. Seriously. You walk in, sit down, wiggle your fingers in the air and, voilà, the food appears! And appear it does, in the form of a large, meaty feast. This is what Greek dining is all about – great food, great company and fabulous Baklava (traditional sweet Greek pastry). You’ll eat like a king and sleep like a baby after indulging your hungry sins at this Melbourne institution.

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Bokchoy Tang is a stylish, informal restaurant featuring contemporary Chinese Cuisine of the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers. Owner/executive chef George Qing takes great pride in presenting signature dishes Crispy Whole Barramundi with Lemon Honey Sauce and Babao Duck. The banquet menus are superb and provide guests with an array of delectable dishes such as: Winter Melon & Prawn Soup, Hand-made Jiao Zi (dumplings) Salad or Steamed Lobster.

The quest for quality and respect for the natural, delicate flavours of each ingredient are principles on which Chinese cuisine is based. George says, “We source only the best and freshest produce (much of which is organic) from local suppliers.” Bokchoy Tang also boasts the only ‘open’ Chinese kitchen of its calibre in Melbourne, which allows guests to enjoy the spectacle of the kitchen whilst dining. It is fully licensed and offers a good range of Australian wines by-the-glass or bottle at affordable prices. Bokchoy Tang is situated on the Top Floor, Crossbar Building @ Federation Square - Melbourne’s newest arts and cultural precinct. It can comfortably seat 150 inside and a further 36 on the Terrace, which overlooks the ‘Big Screen’, Plaza and Flinders Street Station. In addition, there are two private function rooms - ther large accommodates up to 30 guests and the smaller 10, which is ideal for smaller groups or boardroom meetings. The restaurant is open daily from 11:30am, and remains open between lunch and dinner for afternoon teas and private soirees. Group bookings and functions are welcome.

Contemporary Chinese Cuisine Federation Square Cnr Flinders and Swanston St Melbourne VIC 3000 Tel: 61 03 9650 8666 Fax: 61 03 9663 8655 Email: bokchoytang@bigpond.com Website: www.bokchoytang.com.au

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DAVID’S 4 Cecil Place, Prahran Tel: +61 3 9529 5199

MAHA 21 Bond Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9629 5900

If, like me, you love the exotic taste sensation that is Peking duck then look no further than David’s. An institution among locals, this elegant Chinese eatery is first class. David Zhou, founder and former tea entrepreneur, has successfully managed to combine traditional Shanghai cuisine with lush, contemporary surroundings. At first glance you could be forgiven for wondering whether a night of wining and dining here may potentially break the bank. So it comes as a nice surprise to find that everything is at a reasonably affordable price. A tip for seafood buffs: the salt and spicy calamari is also a speciality here.

Why go to the Kasbah, when you can go to Maha? In this Middle Eastern jewel hidden at basement level on Bond Street, Maha’s exotic flavours and textures will thrill the senses. Dine from the à la carte menu or indulge in the Soufra – a set four- or five-course menu showcasing the best the kitchen has to offer. If you’re feeling really adventurous (or really hungry) the lavish, six-course Sultan’s Feast is sure to impress. But with concoctions like Persian fairy floss on the menu, make sure you leave enough room for dessert.

The name really does say it all – this delightful little restaurant is owned and run by the Lau family (founders of Melbourne dining icon The Flower Drum), where their kitchen secrets are brought to life and thoroughly enjoyed by hospitality hobnobs and first-time visitors alike. The intimate front terrace is a great spot to sit and watch the trendy St Kilda set parade by. Standout dishes include the Western Australian scallops sautéed with spring onions, ginger and garlic and, perhaps for the more adventurous, the venison with Chinese red dates.

Ever flipped through a gourmet cookbook and drooled (literally) over the thought of devouring the edible wonders before you? Well, get excited… those picture perfect dishes are now tangible at Mr Wolf – St Kilda’s answer to chic family-friendly dining. Karen Martini, celebrity chef and tastebud masseuse, has transferred her famous recipes from the cookbook to the table, specialising in simple, hearty Italian fare. The pizzas are the biggest drawcard here, with quirky yet strangely delectable toppings. My vote: pizza number nine, laden with prosciutto, wild rocket and buffalo mozzarella.

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LAU’S FAMILY KITCHEN 4 Acland Street, St Kilda Tel: +61 3 8598 9880

MR WOLF 9-15 Inkerman Street, St Kilda Tel: +61 3 9534 0255

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OYSTER LITTLE BOURKE 35 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9650 0988 Email: luke@oysterlittlebourke.com.au Web: www.oysterlittlebourke.com.au Oyster Little Bourke is a contemporary restaurant and bar inspired by the great eateries of Europe. In its fi rst year, Oyster was awarded one chef’s hat by The Age Good Food Guide. We feature oysters from around Australia, always shucked during service, not before. However we have lots more to offer including

dry-aged prime cuts of beef, pastas and risottos. Enjoy our ‘Oyster Hour’ with half price Oysters from 5pm until 6.30pm from Monday to Saturday. Opening hours: Mon - Fri: lunch 12noon onwards Mon - Sat: dinner from 5pm

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How does Melbourne inspire your cooking? SIMON HUMBLE, HEAD CHEF, TUTTO BENE Melbourne dining is all about beautiful Victorian seasonal produce, Italian style and professional informal service. Mi piace molto. I love it! GEORGE TANG, HEAD CHEF, BOKCHOY TANG Federation Square and Melbourne’s comfortable culture inspire my menu. ANDREW MCCONNELL, HEAD CHEF, CUMULUS INC. Melbourne’s unique, small organic regional suppliers inspire my cooking constantly. To have some of the country’s best produce just an hour from Melbourne is an advantage many international chefs don’t have. MICHAEL LAMBIE, HEAD CHEF, TAXI I think the multicultural nature of the city and diversity of ingredients available is a real inspiration for my menu. KAREN MARTINI, OWNER AND EXECUTIVE CHEF, MR WOLF Melbourne inspires me to cook on so 04. Mr Wolf. many levels as it is such a cosmopolitan © Mr Wolf city. It’s also the abundance of local fresh produce which inspires me. With seven fresh food markets in Melbourne, I am spoilt for choice for beautiful fresh food to cook with.

PEARL 631-633 Church Street, Richmond Tel: +61 3 9421 4599

Legend has it that, once upon a time, just before every full moon, a crab harvest was carried out in the mangrove regions of south-east Asia and Australia. That was a good enough excuse for the expert team at Pearl to add the infamous chilli mud crab dish to their modern Australian menu once a month. Aptly named the ‘Chilli Mud Crab Night’ this is a truly unique experience for all who dare to indulge. But if you’re not so partial to crustaceans, the roast red duck curry is also an excellent choice. THE EUROPEAN 161 Spring Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9654 0811

I believe in good service. In fact, I demand good service. And here at The European, the outstandingly attentive staff obviously agree. This is a great choice for a quick meal if attending a performance at the heritage Princess Theatre next door. The food is consistently fast and fresh, the selection of wines by the glass extensive. With walls covered in dark timber panelling and a cosy yet vibrant atmosphere, it certainly lives up to its name.

MATT WILKINSON, HEAD CHEF, CIRCA I often visit Melbourne’s farmers’ markets and am always inspired by the different types and quality of produce we have in Victoria – whether this be flora or fauna, from land or sea. IAN CURLEY, EXECUTIVE CHEF, THE EUROPEAN Working in Melbourne allows me to use my whole cooking repertoire and allows me to cook classical French, modern Asian, new style Greek and all the fantastic flavours of the new world.

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GEOFF LINDSAY, EXECUTIVE CHEF AND CO-OWNER, PEARL The main inspiration for my cooking comes from Melbourne, where good food is based on love and respect for the ingredients and the shared table. My food is multicultural, layered with influences from all over the world, and spiced with a new frontier enthusiasm.

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Taxi Dining Room is located on the first level of the Transport Hotel complex and its vantage point allows panoramic views along the Yarra River and past many of Melbourne’s iconic landmarks. Winner of The Age Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year 2005, along with two Chef’s Hats, 2008 Wine List and Sommelier of the Year, Taxi Dining Room is a first class dining experience complete with exceptional service from highly knowledgeable staff and a Japanese-inspired, modern Australian cuisine by Chef Michael Lambie. With the main dining room overlooking the hustle and bustle of the CBD, Taxi also offers two event spaces, ideal for corporate cocktail parties, birthdays or even an intimate wedding. Taxi is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and during the week you can sample the

offerings with the mini degustation known as the Express Lunch.

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Level 1, Transport Hotel Federation Square, Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets Melbourne Tel: Dining Room +61 3 9654 8808 ext 1 Events +61 3 9660 9911 Fax: +61 3 9654 2202 Email: contact_taxidiningroom@transporthotel.com.au events@transporthotel.com.au Web: www.transporthotel.com.au

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COOKIE 1st Floor, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9663 7660

A great venue to start an evening of venue-hoping in creative Curtin House. This relaxed yet modern eatery offers some eclectic ingredient combinations such as the smoked eggplant and banana chili salad. It’s attached to a bar so you can continue your night out without leaving the room.

Expect only the best when dining at Tutto Bene. Tourists and locals alike flock to this well-established eatery sitting prettily above the banks of the Yarra. If the spectacular, uninterrupted views of Melbourne’s skyline aren’t enough, one of the many delicious risottos on offer will be sure to earn your approval. And so they should: head chef, Simon Humble, was once labelled the best risotto chef outside Italy. Need I say more?

Meat is king here. Premium steaks will be cooked to your heart’s desire. Try the banquet if you’re ravenous – it won’t disappoint! Non-meat items are also available. There is also an extensive wine list. SHAKAHARI 201-203 Faraday Street Carlton Tel: +61 3 9347 3848

Shakahari is the Hindi word for vegetarian. Shakahari’s cuisine is an East-West fusion of explosive flavours. Enjoy a flavoursome meal in one of Melbourne’s best dining precincts. SIRENS RESTAURANT AND BISTRO Beach Dressing Pavilion, Esplanade, Williamstown Tel: +61 3 9397 7811

If you’re in Williamstown, this is one of the best places for a meal after a day on the beach. It’s just metres from the sand and the Mediterranean meals are served up in a light, modern environment. Enjoy wonderful views, tasty meals and excellent service at this fabulous venue. w

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TUTTO BENE Mid Level Southgate, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9696 3334

BUTCHER’S GRILL Pav 1, 439 Docklands Drive, Waterfront City, Docklands Tel: +61 3 9640 0696

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42 NewQuay Promenade Docklands Tel: +61 3 9642 1997

Man Mo’s candle-lit temple style restaurant is located at NewQuay, Docklands and offers exquisite waterfront dining with uncompromising harbour views. Man Mo’s menu features an extensive selection of dishes inspired by the ingredients and cooking styles of the Chinese and Malaysian cultures. The resulting Chinese/ Malaysian fusion food is served with a European flourish and includes signature dishes such as peking duck, stuffed crab shell and the renowned Man Mo parcel - a mixture of prawn, chicken and vegetables wrapped in pastry, steamed and served with a clear, reduced broth. A more relaxed Chinese Tapas menu is also available, which can be enjoyed with a glass or two from an impressive wine list - over 20 wines are also available by the glass. The interior restaurant design was created by renowned Australian restaurant designer

Wayne Finschi. The space is white, light and airy and features a casual dining area alongside a well-stocked bar where visitors are encouraged to sit back and relax. Glass walls slide back when the weather’s fine, allowing diners to eat al fresco. In addition to the main restaurant, an area situated on the promenade seats a further 40 people with fine waterfront and city views. Australian artist Les Boonekamp was commissioned to adorn the rafters with gold leaf detail and create the two pure gold figures of Chinese gods set behind glass at the restaurant’s back walls. Man Cheung is the god of literature and Kwan Yu the god of war. The Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong pays homage to these two gods. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 12 noon - 3pm and 6pm - 11pm Open Sunday: 12 noon - 11pm

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Shop 14 (hidden at level 2), 114 James Street, Templestowe Tel: +61 3 9846 7799 Email: info@bhoj.com.au Web: www.bhoj.com.au

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Bhoj Docklands is the younger, more glamorous little sister of the popular Templestowe location of the same name. With its chic, sleek good looks, waterside location and thoroughly modern attitude, the Docklands Bhoj wins the award for Melbourne’s grooviest Indian Restaurant. The dining room at Bhoj is airy and spacious with walls of glass making the most of the water views. White clothed tables, wooden and tiled floors and a concrete ceiling are paired with several dramatic splashes of colour, hot pink walls and light shades, orange and pink striped pillars- and Indian antiques. There is a banquette seating at wooden tables and an expansive outdoor area. Chef and owner Rajesh Mehta has for about fifteen years now been opening the eyes – and

tastebuds of Melbournians to untempered regional Indian cuisine. Bhoj has maintained a strict reputation of being recognised as Best Indian by The Age Good Food Guide, ten years in the running, and been a recipient of the prestigious Chef’s Hat award for years. “Awarded Best Indian Restaurant 2007 and 2008”. The Age Good Food Guide. “Awarded a three star rating for ten years”. The Age Cheap Eats Guide. Opening hours: Docklands: Open 7 days lunch and dinner. Templestowe: Dinner only Docklands tram route: Tram No. 86 & 48 Melways Reference Docklands: 2E E3 Templestowe: 33 E4

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54 New Quay Promenade, Docklands Tel: +61 3 9600 0884

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Shou Sumiyaki 160 Little Bourke Street Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9654 3933 Fax: +61 3 9654 3933 Web: www.shousumiyaki.com.au

160 Little Bourke Street Melbourne 3000 Tel: 03 96543933 www.shousumiyaki.com.au

Sumiyaki is traditional Japanese style cooking in which fresh meat, seafood and vegetables are grilled over a charcoal flame. At Shou Sumiyaki we offer the same concept as Sumiyaki dining using Japan’s latest technology – a ‘smoke-less charcoal griller’ where customers can enjoy a Japanese style charcoal barbeque in a smokefree environment. We select the finest ingredients for sumiyakithe beef is Premium Grade 6 marble Wagyu Beef ranging from short ribs, tenderloin to scotch fillet, all sliced and cut to perfection. The pork is a special breed of black hair pig from Japan. We only use the freshest seafood delivered from the market. With such fresh ingredients seasoning is minimal, usually just sea salt and sauces

The Shou Yakitori Sake Bar offers Izakaya style bench top dining where you can enjoy Japanese style petite dishes, charcoal barbequed skewers, the finest sake, shochu elixirs, local and imported beer and refreshing cocktails. Opening hours: Sun - Thu: Lunch: 12noon - 3pm Dinner: 5.30pm - 11pm Fri - Sat: Lunch: 12noon - 3pm Dinner: 5.30pm - midnight

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SHAKAHARI Vegetarian 201-203 Faraday Street, Carlton Tel : +61 3 9347 3848 Web: www.shakahari.com.au

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Isthmus of Kra Bridging the classic cuisine of Thailand with those of neighbouring Malaysia, both Malay and Nonya Chinese, this restaurant offers great regional favourites. It shows what excitingly new dishes an imaginative chef like Beh Kim Un can create when he finds fresh uses for brilliant Australian ingredients. Especially when paired with this restaurant’s fine wines. Opening hours: Lunch: Mon - Fri from 12 noon Dinner: Nightly from 6pm

Shakahari Be surprised by a Melbourne dining institution that is as exciting now as it was when it began 36 years ago! With organically grown produce from his own central Victorian farm, chef Beh Kim Un creates seasonal menus that are as healthy promoting as they are balanced and enjoyable. Even meat lovers crave Shakahari! Opening hours: Lunch: Mon - Sat from 12 noon Dinner: Nightly from 6pm

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Nonya Thai 50 Park Street, South Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9690 3688 Web: www.isthmusofkra.com.au

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Level 89 Eureka Tower 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank Tel: +61 3 9693 8889 Fax: +61 3 9693 8899 Email: dining@eureka89.com.au Web: www.eureka89.com.au

At a staggering 300 meters above sea level, situated at the top of the striking Eureka Tower, Eureka 89 is Melbourne’s most spectacular dining room. Combining sleek design with glorious unparalleled views spanning 360 degrees across Melbourne, guests will enjoy a six course degustation menu with the option of matched wines. Executive chef Raymond Capaldi and resident head chef Melissa Biczo have been inspired by the freshness of seasonal produce and have created a delicious menu that allows the flavours to stand on their own. The signature Capaldi twists add an element of excitement and individuality to the menu. Eureka 89 has also set a new standard in Melbourne’s competitive event industry catering

for groups as small as 20 up to a glamorous cocktail soirée for 450. Ideally located adjacent to the Yarra River, Eureka 89 is a short walk from Flinders Street Train Station, on Southbank.

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The very popular Caffé Cento Venti is situated in the leafy and beautiful Paris end of Collins Street. Its appeal with locals and tourists is attributed to excellent, reasonably priced Italian food and prompt service. Caffé Cento Venti is housed in a 1908 heritage listed building (formerly part of one of Melbourne’s largest churches) and has a fine dining room, casual bistro, bar and pavement area filled with large umbrellas. The atmosphere is very reminiscent of Italian Bistros in Italy and the food, every bit as good. On a recent visit I could not resist the risotto agli scampi as an entrée and vitello alla fiorentina for main course. I must point out that scampi are seasonal but when available they are a must to try. My entrée of risotto with scallops and baby spinach and topped with the scampi in their shell was sensational. The main course consisted of

very tender pieces of pan-fried baby veal with bocconcini, tomato, rosemary and spinach in a white wine jus and was equally as good. I chose a Coldstream Pinot Noir, which complemented the main meal beautifully. It is worth noting that Caffé Cento Venti have an excellent range of Australian wines, many of which you can order by the glass and they have also been awarded one goblet in Melbourne’s prestigious Age Good Food Guide. Cento Venti also offers a superb array of pastas, grills and salads and the service is fast efficient and courteous. This is particularly important for most business lunches, tourists that would like to get the most out of the day and pre dinner theatre meals as Melbourne’s finest theatres are only a short stroll away.

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120 Collins Street Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9650 5621 Email: centoventi@bigpond.com Web: www.caffecentoventi.com.au

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Parliament House Spring Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9651 8944 Email: catering@parliament.vic.gov.au Web: www.parliament.vic.gov.au/catering

Riverwalk Federation Square, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9654 5855 Fax: +61 3 9654 5841 Email: bookings@feddish.com.au Web: www.feddish.com.au

Parliament House Melbourne is one of Australia’s oldest and most architecturally distinguished public buildings. Centrally located, at the top of Bourke Street, its heritage and elegance makes it the perfect place for your next lunch. Come and enjoy the unique experience of dining within the walls of Parliament House, Melbourne. 29412_1

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Strangers Corridor, Restaurant Bookings: +61 3 9651 8944 Opening hours: Monday to Friday: Lunch and High Tea only (Booking Essential, Subject to Parliament Sitting weeks) Function Enquiries: +61 3 9651 8483

Feddish is located along the River Walk of the renowned Federation Square and offers both indoor and outdoor space with superb views of the Yarra River, rowing sheds and Arts Centre. And it’s just a 10 minute walk to the MCG. Feddish, with its picturesque backdrop, is the perfect location for your wedding reception and

even the ceremony. It can cater for up to 300 people. Open every day of the year for any style of event. For additional information on Feddish please call +61 3 9660 9911

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Chocolate Buddha is a Japanese inspired communal dining room located at Melbourne’s Federation Square. The menu boasts most staple foods eaten in Japan such as ramen and donburi and sushi. Our menu varies from traditional Japanese menus because we use local produce. The meat we use is organic, free range or grain fed. A great selection of wine, sake, beer and spirits will refresh and compliment your dinning experience. A unique interior design that features Buddha’s adorning the restaurant provides an inviting atmosphere.

Opening hours: 7 days: 12 noon until late

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Federation Square Cnr Flinders and Swanston St, Mebourne Tel: +61 3 9654 5688 Fax: +61 3 9654 5655 Email: contact@chocolatebuddha.com.au Web: www.chocolatebuddha.com.au

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27 McKillop Street Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9603 1601 Email: info@redspiceroad.com Web: www.redspiceroad.com

Since opening in 2007, Red Spice Road has risen through the ranks to become one of Melbourne’s best restaurants. Critics hail chef John McLeay’s modern interpretation of pan-Asian cuisine and reinforce his long held reputation as one of our city’s culinary stalwarts. Situated in the heart of the city, a stone’s throw from the Bourke Street Mall and boasting Australia’s largest red lantern above a unique circular 60-seat communal table. Red Spice Road also has three unique Asian-themed portraits specially commissioned by renowned Australian artist David Bromley. The menu and wine list are long and varied and the price won’t break your budget. The restaurant has several distinct areas including a 35-seat private dining room, a courtyard

under the stars and skyscrapers, and a buzzing bar with an Asian-themed cocktail list. There are bar specials every weeknight, as well as earlybird dinner and lunch banquets for only $20 per person. Opening hours: Lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.

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SIRENS RESTAURANT

29-31 QV Square QV Centre Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9663 3797 Fax: +61 3 8648 8692 Email: info@palette.org.au Web: www.palette.org.au

The Beach Dressing Pavilion, Esplanade, Williamstown Tel: +61 3 9397 7811 Fax: +61 3 9397 7098 Web: www.sirensrestaurant.com.au

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Breakfast to dinner, coffee to cocktails, leisurely lunch to pretheatre dining – Palette will meet your food + wine needs with flair, fun and passion. Opening hours: 7 days a week: 10am until late

Just minutes by car from Melbourne, Sirens’ original 1936 art deco building is a Williamstown landmark. Featuring a wide deck and tranquil seaside location, there is also a new feature fireplace for those winter days. Sirens has earned an outstanding reputation for its fine cuisine and extensive wine selection. 26831_1

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of a Spanish bullfight and the soft yet complex sounds of the flamenco guitar in the background; Mediterraneo releases the carefree vibes of the Mediterranean in every way. From the cosy ambience of the bar and restaurant to the Al Fresco style of dining in the courtyard and the exclusive corporate function room upstairs, Mediterraneo is a delightful place to enjoy a meal.

The Japanese Teppanyaki Inn was established in 1975 in Collins Street and was the first teppanyakistyle restaurant in Australia. It continues today under the same ownership and attracts regular customers – both local and from overseas. The restaurant concentrates on an authentic, restrained style

of teppanyaki – as practiced in Japan – accompanied by discreet, respectful service. In addition to the teppanyaki tables, there is an excellent sushi bar and comfortable lounge for drinks before or after the meal. Opening hours: Lunch: Mon - Fri Dinner: Mon - Sat

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NINA’S ROSTICCERIA & PASTICCERIA

46 NewQuay Promenade, Docklands Tel: +61 3 9640 0550 Fax: +61 3 9640 0559 Email: info@renzosbar.com Website: www.renzosbar.com

10 Star Circus, Harbour Town Docklands Tel: +61 3 9670 7172 Fax: +61 3 9670 7883 Email: info@ninas.net.au Web: www.ninas.net.au

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‘Rosticceria’ is possibly the Italian equivalent of fast food, only this does not mean hamburgers, but authentic food such as arancini, suppli’, lasagna, cannelloni, parmigiana di melanzane, pizza al taglio. Truly Italian style food. ‘Pasticceria’ or Patisserie it is where fresh cakes and pastries are made daily. This includes a large 29749_1

selection of celebration cakes, home made Italian style gelati, traditional Italian biscotti – all produced by our two experienced Italian pastry chefs. We offer a corporate function catering service. Opening hours: 7 days: 7am until late.

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Renzo’s bar Café Italiano was the first restaurant to open in Docklands. The extensive Italian menu lends to a quick pizza and beer or an indulgent three-course meal. Alternatively, enjoy a true Italian afternoon coffee at the bar or a corporate lunch for office staff. There is a wonderful waterfront view from our enclosed terrace.

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meet and enjoy a bite to eat. This stylish licensed cafĂŠ, with large alfresco area, serves an internationally inspired menu. Opening hours: 8am untill late, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Il Pomodoro @ Federation Square is the latest addition to the Fed Square family of restaurants. Specialising in authentic Italian pizza and a great selection of house made cakes, pasta and main dishes. Il Pomodoro can cater for small or larger groups and is located with a great view over the square.

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The Meat & Wine Co, located at Freshwater Place, Queensbridge Square, is setting new standards in restaurant design, food and service excellence. The cutting-edge design and decor of this stunning restaurant and the spectacular views of the Yarra River and the city skyline has made The Meat and Wine co the place to be seen on Southbank. The venue has become famous for prime cuts of superior quality beef, perfectly aged then grilled to perfection accompanied by an unwavering commitment to service excellence. A carefully selected wine list is on offer. Designed to compliment the entire menu, it features stunning local and international choices.

The private dinning room boasts one of Melbourne’s best views so it’s the perfect space to celebrate in style. After your meal, complete your experience with a stroll along the beautiful Yarra River. The Meat and Wine Co is a Southbank dining experience that is truly a cut above. Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday: Lunch: 12noon - 3pm Dinner: 6pm - 10pm Friday - Saturday: Lunch / Dinner 12noon - late Sunday: Lunch / Dinner 12noon - 10pm

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3 Freshwater Place, Queensbridge Square, Queensbridge Street, Southbank Tel: +61 3 9696 5333 Web: www.themeatandwineco.com

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MELBOURNE After Dark

Discerning night owls have a sumptuous selection of watering holes to choose from in Melbourne. Nicole Haddow flicks her torch on to guide you through Melbourne’s evening scene.

SILK ROAD 425 Collins Street, Melbourne Tel: + 61 3 9614 4888

All shiny and new in 2008, this series of bars embraces the grandeur of both Eastern and Western cultures in an almost ostentatious manner. This is one of the few bars in Melbourne that imposes a strict ‘no denim’ policy. Consequently, the crowd is as silky as the venue.

TRUNK 275 Exhibition Street, Melbourne Tel: + 61 3 9663 7994

THE RED HUMMINGBIRD 1st Floor Russell Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9654 2192

This is a New York-style warehouse with minimal adornments. The adornment is in the food and the drink, just as it should be. The courtyard is a rare luxury in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD and certainly pacifies the Melbourne business set.

THE DEANERY 13 Bligh Place, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9629 5599

A rather fancy venue for a glass of vino or three. The wine list is extensive and impressive. Curl up on a couch downstairs and have your very own global grape grazing session or head up stairs to the restaurant for a divine degustation.

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Keep an eye out for the red cage hanging above the door when you’re searching for this place. It’s a great venue all year round because the cocktail lounge is cosy in winter and the silk pagoda rooftop is the perfect place to embrace Melbourne’s urban vibe while immersing yourself in a comfy, relaxed haven. Check out their brand new sister venue in Lonsdale Street too - The Emerald Peacock.

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ROOFTOP BAR Level 7, Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9663 3596

What you will essentially get is a bar on a roof. No shocks and no complaints here. Grab a deck chair and catch some of the rays bouncing off the glistening buildings that frame your view. This bar also offers outdoor cinema when the sun collapses behind the skyline on balmy summer evenings. Bliss.

What are you in the mood for? This rickety old building caters for even the most warped of split personalities. Upstairs the swanky Seamstress is an old-world cocktail bar swathed in luxurious fabrics, while downstairs Sweatshop caters for those with a penchant for hanging out in basement bars with cool mixed drinks and party tunes. If you must attempt the ‘find a word’ mosaic puzzle that decorates the bar, do it before you guzzle drinks or you’ll fall over.

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SEAMSTRESS/SWEATSHOP 113 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9663 6363

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1806 169 Exhibition, Street Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9663 7722

Serious about cocktails? So are the team at 1806. It is said that 1806 was the year the word cocktail appeared in print for the first time. We’re not too concerned about the year that ‘cocktail’ appeared in print, we’re just happy for this menu of liquid happiness to leave an indelible mark inside us. Traditional table service is an additional luxury at this decadent venue.

BAROQ HOUSE 9-13 Drewery Lane, Melbourne Tel: + 61 3 8080 5680

In the spirit of 17th century Baroq architecture, exposed red brick paired with opulent furniture make this a unique place to have a drink. Don’t be too fashionably late if you’re not a fan of lining up against a velvet rope. Even though it is hidden down a cobbled lane, it draws significant crowds of in-theknow revellers.

ORDER OF MELBOURNE Level 2, 401 Swanston Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9663 6707

Continuing the hidden bar trend, look for the subtle signage and wander up the stairs to this popular bar. In summer, ‘BBQs on the terrace’ are a relaxing way to embrace Melbourne’s outdoor terrace bar scene.

MADAME BRUSSELS Level 3, 59-63 Bourke Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9662 2775

Madame Brussels describes her venue as ‘a rather fancy terrace and public house’. Madame Brussels will tickle your fancy with Pimms and party food on the decadent terrace or in one of the quirky indoor rooms if Melbourne weather throws a tantrum.

This is a sophisticated pub. The restrained décor, unpretentious staff and light surroundings make it the perfect place for a glass of vino and some tapas or a casual boutique beer at the bar. The outdoor courtyard quickly fills to be standing-room- only on a warm evening.

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PUBLIC HOUSE 433-435 Church Street, Richmond Tel: + 61 3 9421 0187

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MOTHERSMILK 117 Chapel Street, Windsor Tel: +61 3 9521 4119

Undoubtedly the best place in Chapel Street for a cocktail. It’s up the ‘Windsor end’, but it’s worth the hike away from the main drag. The mixologists really know their stuff and if you catch them in a quieter moment, they might even create something specifically to suit your tastebuds. It’s a great place to begin a big night out or have a quiet drink after a big day of shopping.

THE BUTTERFLY CLUB 204 Bank Street, South Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9690 2000

This intimate cocktail bar and cabaret salon, hidden in a quiet inner city street is like a dollhouse. It’s filled with trinkets and fairy lights. Upstairs, you’ll find grandma-style couches, board games and bookshelves, while downstairs the courtyard and mini-theatre guarantee a memorable night out.

PANAMA DINING ROOM 231 Smith Street, Fitzroy Tel: +61 3 9417 7663

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Don’t be fooled by the dining room tag. This is a great place to have a drink, and relax on the comfy couches after a big day of shopping in Fitzroy. The lofty ceilings and large moon-shaped windows invite the nearby city lights to add ambience. It’s a great place to start the night before exploring some of Fitzroy’s live music venues. w

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THE GIN PALACE 10 Russell Place, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9654 0533 Fax: +61 3 9654 0522 Florence Moran formally of Kew, until the age of 107 preferred to take her Martinis at the Gin Palace.

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COLLINS QUARTER 86a Collins Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9650 8500 Fax: +61 3 9650 8505 Email: bookings@collinsquarter.com Web: www.colllinsquarter.com

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Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 7am – 1am Friday: 7am – 3am Saturday: 11am – 3am Sunday: available for functions

Level 3, 59 Bourke Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9662 2775 Web: www.madamebrussels.com Who is Madame Brussels? Every day is a garden party at Madame Brussels. Why don’t you come and enjoy a jug of Pimms on our rather fancy terrace?

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spectacular centrepiece marrying the 19th century grandiosity of Colin’s Pub with the 21st century razzle-dazzle of Blind Alley Bar.

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Collins Quarter serves splendid meals in extraordinary environments. An in depth wine list is complimented by a beer menu longer than Collins Street itself. Our skilful bartenders can also provide most any cocktail one could wish for. New mixes with old as The Magnolia Courtyard creates a

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195 Little Bourke Street Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9662 2688 Fax: +61 3 9639 8855 Email: enquiries@chilounge.com.au Web: www.chilounge.com.au

Through two dramatic red doors and at the crest of two flights of stairs is Melbourne’s answer to the oriental years of the past. Once you’ve found us you’ll find yourself lost in comfort, style and the ambience of softly lit candles, incense and secluded corners. The beauty makes this venue a focal point of the Melbourne experience – its delicate nature and unrivaled elegance keeps the people of this city coming back again and again. Chi Lounge is known for its cocktails with ancient Asian mythology at the core as its theme. It carries a wide high-end range of spirits (particularly scotch). The Asian tapas/yum cha menu is supreme to any in the city in taste, value and selection… Chi simply impresses.

In addition, one level above you’ll find Chi Karaoke. Enjoy private cozy karaoke rooms that are Melbourne’s finest and equipped with stateof-the-art systems. Opening hours: Daily: from 5:30pm until late. Bookings and events welcome

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Level 2, Transport Hotel Federation Square, Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets, Melbourne Tel: Cocktail Lounge +61 3 9654 8808 ext 3 Events +61 3 9660 9911 Fax: +61 3 9654 2202 Email: events@transporthotel.com.au Web: www.transporthotel.com.au

Transit Cocktail Lounge is located on the top level of Transport Hotel and its expansive deck provides spectacular views over the city skyline and Yarra River – perfect for entertaining interstate or international clients. During the winter months, enjoy the leather couches inside while sipping on a heartwarming cocktail. Alternatively, enjoy the deck that can accommodate up to 100 people. Open 5pm Wednesday to Sunday it is the perfect place to relax with a delicious cocktail while being entertained by some of Melbourne’s finest musicians. Transit Cocktail Lounge is ideal for corporate events, product launches, fashion shows, engagement parties and weddings – the possibilities are endless. Transit is available for private events every day/night of the year.

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Sam Gopal goes on a road trip to show you the best of regional Victoria.

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GREAT OCEAN ROAD

From the elevated vantage point of this cliff road, you will be awed by the panoramic views of the deep waters and filled with a sense of danger as you navigate the rugged coastline accompanied by the deafening sounds of the crashing waves. Hit the road early and check out the second largest of Victoria’s cities, Geelong. With a stunning waterfront area, beautiful beaches, quality wineries and a choice of parks and gardens to relax in, the Ocean Road gets off to a good start here. Continue on to the surfing capital of Australia, Torquay. Home to the world’s famous Bells Beach, the town is an excellent spot for windsurfing, fishing and sailing. For a slower pace of life be sure to check out Anglesea, renowned for its abundant wildlife and spectacular views. With the Otway Ranges as its backdrop, you simply cannot beat the charm of Lorne. The beach is lined with a bustling strip of cafés, restaurants and bars and there are short and long waterfall walks to venture on. Lush rainforest and volcanic lakes make the Otways coastline even more picturesque as you continue to the coastal town of Apollo Bay. Much like the other towns, water sport activities are plentiful, but where this resort really excels is in its truly breathtaking bushwalks. Visit the Otway Fly Treetop Walk (otwayfly.com) which is the longest and tallest elevated walk of its kind in the world and takes visitors through the forest canopy. You can also do a self-guided walk among ancient trees at Maits Rest, view lush ferns at Melba Gully, jog along wild Johanna Beach or go canoeing on Lake Elizabeth. The main highlight of the trip awaits discovery along the Shipwreck Coast – the Twelve Apostles! These giant rock stacks are particularly spectacular at dusk and dawn and to truly appreciate their magnitude a scenic helicopter ride is a must. There are many other amazing rock formations to be seen as well.

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Let’s face it, no matter how great a city is there are times when you just need to kick back and relax. For us Melburnians, there is no better respite than that found in the stunning Mornington Peninsula. An hour’s drive from the big smoke, a world of seaside eateries, wineries, art galleries and magnificent ocean beaches awaits. Whether you’re into surfing the wild waves or cruising on a ferry, the sea breeze will be sure to blow the cobwebs away and revitalise the mind. Water sport enthusiasts can choose from sailing, scuba diving, fishing, jet skiing or sea kayaking and the area is also renowned for some of the word’s best natural golfing terrain, with 18 golf courses offering amazing views of the coast and countryside. With miles of coastal trails and national parks to explore, checking out the area on foot is easy. The abundant wetlands and woodlands are havens for

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koalas, kangaroos, wombats, wallabies and thousands of native birds. You can also hop on a ferry to visit the koalas on French Island. Alternatively take the Queenscliff-Sorrento ferry across the bay and enjoy some time in charming Queenscliff. It’s a delightful scenic journey, and you can be back in Sorrento as the sun sets on the bay. Driving through the region, the Peninsula’s love affair with wine and fresh produce is quickly revealed, with wineries offering 50 cellar doors and restaurants overlooking olive groves. The area around Red Hill and Main Ridge has a particularly strong food and wine community. Portsea and Sorrento epitomise the Peninsula’s seaside sophistication, with nearby Point Nepean home to Victoria’s earliest settlement and maritime defence fortifications. Visit the Lighthouse Museum at Cape Schanck or peruse the villages of Mount Eliza, Mornington and Mount Martha. Few regions in Australia can tempt you with as many distinctive experiences as the Mornington Peninsula. From solitary strolls on wild, windswept beaches to diving with the dolphins and swimming with the seals, there is an outdoor natural paradise waiting for you here.

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SPA COUNTRY

Once in a while you just have to do it… Pamper yourself, that is. And what better area to relax and rejuvenate than in the heart of Australia’s Spa Country? The twin spa towns of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs are just 90 minutes drive from Melbourne and boast the highest concentration of mineral springs in the country. Together with the area’s acclaimed cuisine, cellar doors, award-winning day spas and spectacular scenery, these towns attract many daily visitors. In Hepburn, the spa resort has been restored to its former Victorian grandeur and visitors can now indulge in a massage, mineral bath, body wrap or be pampered with a beauty treatment. For art lovers, the Old Macaroni Factory, erected in 1859 by Italian immigrants, the Lucinis, reflects the architectural traditions of northern Italy. Enjoy a guided tour of the unique frescoes that adorn the ceilings and walls before devouring an Italian delight in Lucini’s Pasta Café. Daylesford is overlooked by Wombat Hill, with its magnificent Botanical Gardens planted in 1861. The famous Convent Gallery at Daylesford exhibits fine art, fashion jewellery, sculpture and many other types of craftwork by locals. The Daylesford Museum on Vincent Street is open daily and contains fascinating glimpses of the town’s history and also boasts a significant display of Koori artifacts. For the serious chocoholic, head seven kilometres north of Daylesford to The Chocolate Mill. This straw bale building churns out fresh chocolate daily using natural ingredients and quality European chocolate.

Only 140 kilometres from Melbourne, Phillip Island is perhaps best known for its nightly parade of the little penguins. The area is a reserve designed to protect and promote the awareness of this large colony of Australian penguins that make a daily appearance at dusk, returning to their burrows. You can watch them comfortably from the viewing stands and observation boardwalks, but be advised – bring warm clothing! The Koala Conservation Centre is also part of the Phillip Island Nature Park and provides visitors with the opportunity to get up close to wild koalas, with walking tracks through native bush specifically put aside for the conservation of koalas. Close to the Nobbies rock formation, Seal Rocks is home to one of Australia’s largest fur seal colonies. Watch the seals sun themselves on the rocks, feed their young, wrestle or flop into the cool water. One of the main historic attractions is Churchill Island – a tiny island of 57 hectares with an historic working farm with its original homestead, dating back to 1872, where you can see ranger demonstrations of traditional farming techniques. Phillip Island picks up the pace with the motorcycle racing fraternity. The island is home to the World Superbike Championship held in April and the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix held in October.

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Every day, Queenscliff-Sorrento car/passenger ferries cross the southern end of Port Phillip Bay in all weather conditions. Self-drive visitors can take the “round� trip of the Bay in their car and experience the delights of both the Mornington and Bellarine Peninsulas. Visitors without cars can travel as foot passengers. Terminals are located at Queenscliff Harbour, Queenscliff and Sorrento Pier, Sorrento. Ferries leave every hour (on the hour) from 7am to 6pm daily.

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Four-wheel enthusiasts can get their fix when the V8 Supercar Championship roars into town during November.

The haven of the Yarra Valley is famous for its wine, fresh food and breathtaking scenery. Where Victorian winegrowing originated, this area is now home to more than 55 wineries, most of which offer cellar door tastings and sales and some amazing produce. Richly endowed with some of the most beautiful countryside in Victoria, the Yarra Valley is a great spot to take to the dawn skies in a hot-air balloon to get a bird’s-eye view of the distant blue ranges, rolling hills strung with vines, towering trees and verdant valleys with pristine rivers. Take time to visit the Healesville Sanctuary wildlife park, home to native Australian birds and animals like platypus, koalas, Tasmanian devils, lyrebirds, echidnas and more. DANDENONG RANGES

You really don’t have to venture far to feel like you’ve escaped the hectic hustle and bustle of the city. Under an hour’s drive from Melbourne, the Dandenong Ranges offers an idyllic retreat from everyday life, with fresh mountain air to revitalise the soul. The tall forests, lush gullies and flora and fauna of the Ranges will fill your senses. Wile away a relaxing afternoon in Olinda, the highest village in the Ranges,

BALLARAT AND BENDIGO (GOLDFIELDS)

Ballarat is Victoria’s 19th century gold rush town, just 110 kilometres west of Melbourne. The architecture is emblematic of the boom and bust nature of the goldfields era, epitomised with the unfinished Christ Church Cathedral. The main focal point is the Botanical Gardens. There are also many great cafés and restaurants where you can enjoy a coffee, glass of wine or an excellent meal. Nearby, the Ballarat Wildlife Park provides a close encounter with native fauna, including koalas, wombats, kangaroos and crocodiles. The park has a brand new attraction – Australia’s only set of twin baby koalas. The babies – a boy and a girl – are believed to be the first koala twins born in captivity anywhere in Australia in almost 50 years (wildlifepark.com.au). Australia’s oldest and largest regional gallery, the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, exhibits a comprehensive collection of Australian art and is a must for art enthusiasts. Learn about life as a gold miner at the Gold Museum or slip back in time at the gold mining settlement at Sovereign Hill. The living museum recreates life as it was 100 years ago, so you can pan for

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browsing through the many art, antique and handicraft galleries and sampling a famous Devonshire tea. A ride on Puffing Billy, Australia’s oldest steam railway, will take you through the gorgeous villages of Belgrave, Gembrook and Emerald.

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Ideally situated just over an hour from Melbourne, Ballarat is easily accessible by road and Train. Phone Ballarat Visitor Information Centre 1800 44 66 33 or visit www.visitballarat.com.au

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Ballarat’s elegant architecture, broad, tree-lined streets and cultivated European-style gardens are a legacy of the wealth of the era when this was the premier city of the Victorian goldfields. You’ll see evidence of Ballarat’s spectacular rise from humble mining settlement to wealthy city everywhere. The city’s three tourism precincts reflect different aspects of the city’s history and heritage. Eureka and Gold, Heritage and Arts and the Lake and Gardens precincts feature attractions such as the iconic Sovereign Hill, an open-air living museum and Her Majesty’s Theatre Australia’s oldest continuously running live theatre. Also featured are The Art gallery of Ballarat which is Australia’s oldest and largest regional gallery. For a greater insight into Ballarat’s turbulent past visit the Eureka Centre.

Ballarat Heritage Walking Trails Take a walk around Ballarat. Discover its rich culture and heritage and immerse yourself in its graceful and timeless architecture. Experience the magnificence of the statue-lined Sturt Street boulevard and discover why Ballarat is home to one of the finest collections of bluestone buildings in Victoria. Ballarat Heritage Driving Tours You’ll discover why Ballarat is renowned for quirky antique spots, amazing galleries, and graceful gardens with these self-guided tours. A passion for gardens? Try the Garden Heritage Tour. Keen to discover your own type of treasure? Try the Antiques Heritage Tour. Passionate about history? The Eureka Stockade Tour is the one for you.

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gold, ride a horse-drawn carriage or peruse the fully functioning Victorian shops, school, theatre and steam driven machinery. This is also the venue for Blood on the Southern Cross, a light and sound production that depicts the rebellion of the miners against the licensing laws back in the 1850s. This uprising is intrinsic to the history of this town and you can learn more at the Eureka Stockade Centre. Founded on the back of the gold rush, Bendigo is the seventh richest goldfield on earth and has an elegant and ornate heritage with opulent architecture that flaunts the wealth and prosperity experienced here. Take the Vintage Talking Tram Tour, which leads you through the Central Deborah Gold Mine where you can descend the length of a 30-storey building in a vertical mine shaft. Also visit the Bendigo Art Gallery, for some impressive and surprising exhibitions. In 2009 the gallery staged The Golden Age of Couture, and visiting exhibition from the renowned V&A in London. The collection featured original design from the likes of John Galliano, YSL, Chanel and Christian Dior. It certainly put this charming regional town on the map!

CASTLEMAINE AND MALDON

Castlemaine is the main town of the Shire of Mount Alexander, in central Victoria. With a population of around 8000, it boasts beautiful gardens, stately boulevards and classic buildings, remnant of the rich heritage of its gold rush history. Unlike the buildings in other gold mining towns in Victoria, its public buildings are in the Georgian style, which adds to its uniqueness. Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum displays a range of Australian art to please all art connoisseurs. The Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park (stretching from north of Chewton, south through the Fryerstown and Vaughan Springs areas) encompasses an area of approximately 7500 hectares. Wining and dining in and around the shire is a food lover’s delight with the Taste of Gold trails offering a unique experience. Meander through an eclectic range of shops, galleries and eateries to discover the local food and wine secrets. Linking the wine regions of Bendigo, Heathcote and Macedon Ranges, the Vine to Vintage Trail provides a wine to suit everyone. Retrace the steps of the diggers on their quest for gold in the best preserved of Victoria’s gold mining towns, Maldon.

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A 15-minute drive from Castlemaine, Maldon was crowned Australia’s First Notable Town for its intactness of goldfields buildings and mining relics. Today, the town has a charming mix of contemporary experiences set in an historic streetscape of miners’ cottages, stately mansions and public buildings. Maldon is favoured for its antiques with the XXXX Antique Complex tempting collectors with its seven separate showrooms. The Restorers’ Barn also has thousands of rare collectibles, displayed in an old barn covering over 900 square metres. Originally used by miners in the 1800s, the Maldon Food and Wine Trail now has gold of the gourmet variety. Finish the day at one of Maldon’s many enticing cafés, pubs or restaurants. GRAMPIANS

Discover grand and rugged mountain ranges, spectacular wildflower displays, native animals and birds, a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities and a wealth of Aboriginal rock art sites in the Grampians National Park. The Grampians, a series of five spectacular sandstone ridges, are the result of earth movements lifting and tilting the hard sandstones creating an impressive landscape of peaks and valleys. There are

lookouts with stunning panoramic views as well as a number of outstanding waterfalls. With an abundance of regional delights to unravel, you will find it hard not to stay in Victoria longer. Rugged mountains to coastal highways, Aboriginal art to native animals, if you are looking to indulge and pamper or invigorate the body and mind, this region can and will do it all. w

Further Reading www.visitvictoria.com www.greatoceanrd.org.au www.visitmorningtonpeninsula.org www.daylesfordspacountry.com.au www.phillipisland.net.au www.yarravalleytourism.asn.au www.parkweb.vic.gov.au www.visitballarat.com www.bendigotourism.com www.maldoncastlemaine.com www.visitgrampians.com.au

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Weave your way through the surrounding countryside to discover farm gates, boutique wineries and gourmet local produce – a true foodies delight!

The Arts Our region has forged a strong reputation in the arts. Today artists, instrument makers, musicians, crafts people and others have shaped the region’s creative identity.

History This historically rich region is bursting with fascinating stories, discoveries and happenings from days gone by. Fossick for hidden gems from a variety of antique or collectables stores treasures are waiting to be discovered.

Atmosphere Experience a vibrant and flavoursome food destination. Dine among the vines, along a bustling sidewalk or in a gracious historic building.

Shopping Indulge in some retail therapy in a relaxed setting. With boutique stores set within historic streetscapes and fashion created by international designers, our region is a shopper’s paradise.

VICTORIA BEYOND MELBOURNE

For enquiries or accommodation: Freecall 1800 171 888 Web: www.maldoncastlemaine.com

Just a little more than an hour from Melbourne by car or train, come and experience this charming region located in historic Central Victoria. As we say – arts, atmosphere… the rest is history!

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Day trips –

FROM MELBOURNE CBD

GREAT OCEAN ROAD Drive time (to Lorne): 2 hours

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MORNINGTON PENINSULA Drive time: 1.5 hours

This seaside playground curves around Port Phillip Bay to the Rip of Bass Strait then runs along Western Port Bay. It is a must-see destination, especially in the summer months, when you can make the most of the long days indulging in over and underwater activities and picturesque village walks. © Peter Dunphy

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With its wild, rugged coastline, hair-raising bends and magnificent ocean views, the Great Ocean Road has been compared with Big Sur on the West Coast of the US for road trip adventure. Discover world famous surf beaches, admire stunning architecture and relax at picturesque seaside villages en route.

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SPA COUNTRY Drive time: 1.5 hours

Just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne, Spa Country is synonymous with good health. Head north-west for a day tour that is good for your body, as well as your soul. Apart from being famous for its natural springs, the area is another of Victoria’s reputable wine regions. Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges © Peter Dunphy

PHILLIP ISLAND Drive time: 2 hours

A veritable nature lover’s paradise, Phillip Island is best-known as the land of the ‘Little Penguins’. Apart from its wildlife, Phillip Island is also famed for its surf beaches and Grand Prix track.

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YARRA VALLEY Drive time: 1 hour

Nestled in a tapestry of fields and rolling hills and only an hour’s drive north-east of Melbourne lies Victoria’s premier wine region, the Yarra Valley. With more than 55 wineries, an enormous selection of restaurants, lively festivals and markets, and a varied climate, the Yarra Valley is a popular place to visit all year round. © Dale Smalley

THE DANDENONG RANGES Drive time: 50 minutes

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Forest-cloaked hills rise steeply from the suburban sprawl and provide a striking point of contrast between the city and the country. Charming villages set among spectacular gardens, lush temperate rainforests, scores of wildlife and panoramic vistas are the highlights of the hills.

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Stretching west from Castlemaine to Stawell and north from Ballarat to Bendigo, the Goldfields made Victoria the richest state in Australia from the late 1850s. Stately homesteads and opulent gardens pay homage to the region’s history. At Ballarat’s Sovereign Hill, you can even step back in time to see a recreated mining town. GRAMPIANS Drive time: 3 hours

As Victoria’s third largest national park, the Grampian Ranges’ abundance and beauty will leave you breathless. Get your heart racing on the bushwalks, be awed by the striking scenery and cascading waterfalls, and absorb the native wildlife and flora of this majestic mountain range. w

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THE GOLDFIELDS: BALLARAT, BENDIGO, CASTLEMAINE AND MALDON Drive time: 1.5 hours

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Welcome to Victoria is featured in the following hotels: Adelphi Hotel Albert Park Manor Boutique Hotel Amora Hotel Apartments at Docklands Apartments Ink Bayview Eden Melbourne Bayview on the Park Best Western City Park Hotel Clarion Suites Gateway Cosmopolitan Hotel Crossley Hotel Crowne Plaza Melbourne George Powlett Apartments Grand Mercure Docklands Grand Mercure Flinders Lane Apartments Heritage Apartments Little Bourke Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport Holiday Inn on Flinders Hotel Grand Chancellor Hotel Ibis Little Bourke Street Hotel Lindrum Hotel Uni Lodge on Flinders Mantra 100 Exhibition Mantra on Jolimont Mantra on Little Bourke Mantra Southbank Medina Executive South Yarra Medina Executive St Kilda Medina Grand Melbourne Metro Apartments Melbourne Novotel Glen Waverley Novotel on Collins Novotel St Kilda Paramount Serviced Apartments Pensione Hotel Punt Hill Manhattan Apartments Quest Carlton on Finlay Quest Collinst Street Central Quest Docklands Quest Fairfax House Quest Flemington Quest on Bourke Quest on Chapel Quest on Lonsdale Quest on William Quest Prahran Quest Royal Gardens Quest Southbank Quest Williamstown Quest Williamstown North Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne Rydges on Swanston Seasons Heritage Melbourne Seasons Botanical Gardens Somerset Gordon Place St Kilda Road Parkview Hotel Swanston Grand Mercure The Jasper Hotel The Manor House Apartments The Metropole Hotel Apartments The Quality Hotel on Lygon The Sebel and Citigate Albert Park The Sebel Melbourne The Travel Inn Hotel The Yarra Glen Grand Hotel Tolarno Boutique Hotel Toorak Manor Urban St Kilda (Accor)

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We’ve saved the welcome gift until you leave. We hope you enjoy your stay in beautiful Victoria. Before you depart, remember to exchange your leftover Australian currency at ANZ’s convenient Melbourne Airport foreign exchange branch. If you mention this ad we’ll even waive our commission fee*. ANZ Foreign Exchange Melbourne Airport open 21 hours a day, 7 days a week.

*Offer limited to one per customer per day. The value of the fee saved is equivalent to 1% of AUD equivalent (min $8) per currency. Offer applies to maximum AUD1,000 per currency. Conditions apply. Foreign cash currencies are subject to stock availability, and limitations on the sale/purchase of some currencies may apply. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) ABN 11 005 357 522. ANZ’s colour blue is a trade mark of ANZ. Item No. 72497 04.2009 W156506

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