Culture, arts, sports, fine dining, groovy bars and cafes, stylish boutiques and some wonderful hotels– is there anything that Melbourne doesn’t have?! Whether you’re heading to the Victorian capital for a girl’s weekend of shopping and cocktails or a Buck’s party based around a sporting event, Melbourne has loads to keep you busy, both day and night.
With its prime location directly opposite Flinders’ Street Station ‘Melbourne’s meeting place’, Federation Square, has become a central hub in downtown Melbourne where there is always something going on.
Home to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the NGV (National Gallery Victoria) Australia’s Ian Potter Centre and Kids Corner, Fed Square is rich in both touring and permanent art and exhibitions and it is worth checking up on what they are showing when you plan your getaway.
Aside from art, Federation Square also has performance spaces where you might find anything from a rock band or string quartet to a juggler. It is a popular place for an event launch and many companies use it as a venue to promote new product. As you would expect, it also has some excellent cafes, restaurants and bars and interesting shops as well as a great Tourist Information Centre offering advice on everything from Federation Square itself to city tours, things to do and where to stay.
Queen Victoria Market
If you like food, you simply have to go to the Queen Victoria Market. First opened in 1878, the Vic Market has a mind boggling array of fresh and prepared foods as well as heaps of handicrafts, gifts, clothing and just about everything else that you can imagine stalls!
The Foodies Dream Tour – takes visitors on a gourmet trail through the different produce sections of the food market and includes lots of fascinating information about both the Queen Victoria Market and food in general with plenty of delicious samples to nibble as you go.
Suzuki Night Market – runs every Wednesday evening during the summer months and is a showcase for food from all over the world. This is a great place to just turn up and eat whatever takes your fancy from the dozens of stalls selling prepared food from every corner of the globe. There’s also a constantly changing line up of bands playing to keep your feet tapping with live music.
The laneways are the little side streets off of the main thoroughfares and in Melbourne, they are often far more interesting than the busy main streets. The lanes are where you find funky bars and cafes, unique designer boutiques, cutting edge art galleries and all kinds of fascinating street life. Some of our favourites include Hardware Lane, Flinders Lane, Niagra Lane and colourful Hosier Lane.
More of an entertainment wonderland than a simple casino, book into one of the Crown Casino hotels and you may find that you have no reason to leave the complex for the duration of your Melbourne break! Apart from gaming fun, like Baccarat, Blackjack, Poker and Roulette and the wide range of accommodation, there are also some fabulous restaurants – both fine dining and more casual – terrific bars, live entertainment – including concerts and shows -and enticing shopping. In fact, the Crown Casino is the perfect destination for a romantic escape as you have luxurious hotel rooms, a superb choice of quality restaurants for a candlelit dinner and even the sumptuous Isika Day Spa for some serious pampering. Bliss!
Famous for the grinning face of Luna Park, the brilliantly grungy Esplanade Hotel, the cool bars and eateries of Acland Street and Fitzroy Street and the inner city sanctuary of St Kilda Beach, St Kilda is a great destination for a day out at the seaside.