A short distance from Melbourne you’ll find the rolling hills, orchards, olive groves, historic mansions, and more than 200 vineyards of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. In this food lover’s region, you can buy organic vegetables from roadside stalls or pick your own strawberries, berries and cherries from orchards.
Federation Square is Melbourne’s meeting place. It is a unique cultural precinct which brings together a creative mix of attractions, museums and galleries, along with many restaurants, cafes and bars. Federation Square is also Melbourne’s events centre, with more than 2000 events held annually. It can hold up to 10,000 people at a time.
St Kilda Esplanade
Enjoy the tram ride to bohemian St Kilda and check out live pub music at the Espy. Go for great burgers at Barney Allen’s or the best pizza at Mr Wolf. Eat fish’n’chips on the beach, taste sublime coffee and cake on Acland Street and ride the rollercoaster at historic Luna Park.
The gold might have gone but the good times are still rolling in the elegant, historic regional centre of Bendigo. Its grand, opulent buildings, Chinese heritage and living museums are a visible legacy of the 1850s and 60s gold rush that transformed the region. Learn about the tens of thousands of Chinese miners who flocked here during the gold rush in the Golden Dragon Museum.
Phillip Island, Victoria
Phillip Island boasts breathtaking natural beauty and plenty of attractions for nature-lovers and adventurers, including the famous Penguin Parade. It is a comfortable day trip to enjoy iconic Australian wildlife amongst spectacular landscapes. The Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island Heritage Farm and Nobbies Centre are just a few of the islands unique attractions.
Gippsland in Victoria’s eastern corner, is a diverse region of beautiful natural landscapes. Relax or get active on unspoilt beaches, vast lakes and rivers. Visit unique picturesque villages offering boutique hospitality and gentle walks in nature or explore alpine wilderness by foot, canoe or bike. Fall in love with the mountain gold mining town of Walhalla as you do the captivating heritage walk.
Great Ocean Road
Drive Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, home to the world class surf at Bells Beach and the craggy limestone spires of the Twelve Apostles. This dramatic region also offers fishing villages, migrating whales, shipwrecks, golden beaches, rainforests and national parks.
Victoria’s Mt Buller, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek
Ski or snowboard Victoria’s Mt Buller, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek. In summer go hiking, cycling, horse-riding or 4WD touring or canoeing the Snowy River. Downhill ski at Mt Buller or cross-country ski the powdered trails at Falls Creek. Snowboard Mt Hotham’s half pipes and terrain parks or hurtle down the boutique slopes of Mt Buffalo. There’s a wild variety of winter activities at Mt Buller, an easy three hour drive from Melbourne.
The Yarra Valley produces some of Australia’s finest pinot noir, sparkling wine and other cool-climate wines. The region is known for its fresh produce including freshwater salmon, trout and caviar, organically grown fruit and vegetables and handmade cheeses and preserves.
You can’t miss the Grampians, a majestic island of mountain and forest rising out of flat farmland in Victoria’s west. Its national parks are home to a huge array of native plants and animals and a rich and continuing Aboriginal history. Most of Victoria’s Aboriginal sites are here in the Grampians, known as Gariwerd to the Aboriginal clans who have been connected to the place for over 22,000 years.
There’s no better place to lose life’s daily trivia than the dramatic, rugged and windswept coastline where the world-famous Twelve Apostles sit. These limestone pillars rise out of the Southern Ocean in Port Campbell National Park like the noble, craggy sentinels of an ancient world. The waves and wind carved them into caves, then arches, and eventually battered them down into columns that rise up to 45 metres high.
Ninety Mile Beach
Located in the Gippsland region on Victoria’s south-eastern coastline, this is one of the longest uninterrupted beaches in the world. Stand on the beach and watch the beach disappear into the salty sea spray in the distance. Victoria’s Ninety Mile Beach is a 90-mile long stretch of pristine golden sand that separates the Gippsland Lakes from Bass Strait.
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
This is located a short distance from Melbourne’s city centre in the Melbourne Sports Precinct at Yarra Park, which also includes the Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and AAMI Park. With a total capacity of 100,000 people, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is the largest stadium in Australia, the tenth-largest stadium in the world, and the world’s largest stadium for playing cricket.
At Brighton’s Dendy Street Beach, photograph the 90 brightly painted historic bathing boxes that sit on the sand. Hampton lies a five minute drive to the south. Hire a bike to check them out and take the dedicated path starting in Port Melbourne. Keep heading south to find Mentone, Black Rock and Mordialloc beaches, all family favourites for their safety and scenic settings.
Scopri, which means to discover, or to find out, in Italian, comes directly from the experience gained in Italy by owners. At Scopri the menu is a reflection of the seasons. We bring only the freshest local produce to your table. Winter is here at the moment, and we have made the most of the abundance of new season’s produce, and of course our popular kid goat. We enjoy producing Italian regional dishes, as well as surprising you with our interpretation of classic Italian food.
Rice Paper Scissors
Way back in 2013, we had the crazy idea of opening a restaurant where you only used your hands to eat. Yeah, the food was great, the cocktails even greater but best of all, was all of the amazing people we met and support we received in only our first year. Rice Paper Scissors is modelled on the hawker dining bars of South East Asia with a shared-eating concept being the focus of our offering.
We aim to serve only the freshest ingredients, sourced organically and ethically where possible – and all our sauces, patés and relishes are made in-house.
Opening in late November, 2013 by the crew behind The Black Toro in Glen Waverley, SEZAR is a contemporary Armenian restaurant, bringing a fresh approach on traditional flavours to Melbourne. Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff are there to ensure you have an amazing experience guiding you through a new style of food, inventive cocktails and a well thought out wine list.
ezard restaurant has been serving Teage Ezard’s acclaimed ‘Australian freestyle’ cuisine for sixteen years in a sleek subterranean dining room in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. Guests are invited to indulge in a variety of ways: from a weekday express lunch or pre-theatre dinner, to an eight course tasting menu replete with fastidiously sourced wines to match.
The Grain Store
Welcome. Come inside. For within these walls, good food is more than something we serve up on a plate. It’s a way of life. Nestled amidst the hustle and bustle of the Melbourne CBD, The Grain Store is a throwback to the days when many buildings in the area were used as holding stores for shipments – oftentimes, grain – coming off the Yarra River.
Rice Paper Scissors
The Hardware Societe
The Grain Store
Eau De Vie
Blue Fox Cafe
John’s Place Restaurant
Red Fish Blue Fish
Boilermaker House is a fun yet sophisticated, blues filled bar devoted to whisky, craft beer, meat and cheese. It is the perfect spot to plonk and perve on our 700 malt whiskies that you find majestically towering over the venue. Grab one of our signature Boilermakers, and some cured meat and cheese from our dedicated cured meats and cheese bar and settle in.
Bad Frankie showcases the range of boutique Australian spirits from across the country and complements these spirits with the iconic Jaffle. We have created a bar that we imagine would have existed during the early 20th century, showcasing the range of excellent produce from across the country, and we can’t help think, what a Bad Frankie.
The term “gin palace” was used, pejoratively, during the 19th Century to describe disreputable and socially undesirable drinking houses. 12 years on, Gin Palace is still making and is most highly renowned for outstanding martinis. And let’s not forget that although Gin Palace is about gin, gin and more gin parleeeease… the martini menu is hard to beat; the cocktail list is created by bartenders who are oh so hot right now; and the back bar is stocked to the brim with liquor old and new.
The Kilburn is a unique venue which plays host to all who want to relax with a few after work beverages, party on a weekend or celebrate a special occasion. We offer a premium selection of beers, wines, cocktails and over 600 whiskeys to be enjoyed with a specially curated menu of snacks.
Whisky & Alement
Big Bad John’s
The Duke Saloon
Ferris’ Grill & Garden Patio
Irish Times Pub
Hecklers Bar & Grill
Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market is the heart and soul of Melbourne. Eat, shop, explore and discover your way through our iconic food halls and heritage Sheds where the banter is as fresh as the produce. Or simply soak up the atmosphere of the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. There’s no place like our Market. It’s an experience that engages all the senses.
Melbourne Central is a style-laden inner-city destination for shopping, eating and entertainment. There are more than 300 stores to explore in a unique and modern architectural space, reflecting the diversity of Melbourne’s CBD. If something is happening in or around the city it can’t help but be happening in or around Melbourne Central. We want to share all the best bits about Living Melbourne with you.
Emporium Melbourne hosts Australia’s first Uniqlo, the largest Australian designer precinct in the country and 30 unique food icons, all in the heart of the CBD. The precinct features a mix of local and international designers, innovative concept and flagship stores and world class architecture. The precinct connects to Melbourne Central, Myer Melbourne and to David Jones via pedestrian bridges and tunnels. It also indelibly connects with Melbourne’s history and its heart.
The Royal Arcade was proudly the first arcade in Melbourne and is the longest-standing arcade in Australia. Its historical significance is profound and underpinned by the fact that, as a significant Victorian era building, it is part of the Victorian Heritage Register. Constructed in 1869, the arcade connects Little Collins St to the Bourke St Mall. The most striking feature of the arcade is the magnificent Gaunt’s Clock which is flanked either side by two giant statues of the mythical figures of Gog and Magog.
Queen Victoria Market
DFO South Wharf
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
The Bay Centre
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Mayfair Shopping Centre
Hillside Shopping Centre
25 – 27 Jan 2020 : Festival of Sails
20 Jan – 2 Feb 2020 : Australian Open
1 – 2 Feb 2020 : Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
2 Feb – 8 Mar 2020 : ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020
4 – 14 Mar 2020 : Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival
12 – 15 Mar 2020 : Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 2020
25 Mar – 19 Apr 2020 : Melbourne International Comedy Festival
25 – 29 Mar 2020 : Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
Australia National Public Holidays
|1st January||New Year’s Day|
|26th January||Australia Day|
|2nd Monday in March||Labour Day (VIC, TAS)|
|March/April||Good Friday/Easter Monday|
|25th April||Anzac Day|
|2nd Monday in June||Queen’s birthday|
|25th December||Christmas Day|
|26th December||Boxing Day|
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