The gold rush may be over but today it’s the cultural treasures that are the real draw to Australia’s hippest city. Melbourne doesn’t follow trends, it sets them. Fashion, food, music, sport, it leaves many other cities in the dust and plays host to some of the country’s finest exhibitions, concerts and sporting events. Come and take a ride on the hottest cultural circuit down under.
AT A GLANCE
All the charm of a small town but with the hedonistic vibe of a big city, Melbourne has boho luxury down to a tee with secret bars, ultra-chic cafes and edgy boutiques. Behind ever corner is something new to see or do and with a globally renowned restaurant and music scene, you’ll see there’s never a dull moment for the discerning traveller.
WHAT TO SEE
In this cultural wonderland, it’s all about discovering those hidden gems and insider haunts, but there are some of Melbourne’s best bits that you simply can’t miss.
Melbourne’s cafe culture is second to none so make sure to start your day with your expertly prepared flat white, pour-over or cold-brew, at one of the many laneway cafes. Caffeine fix sorted, it’s time to start your culture crawl. The Central Business District (CBD for short) is home to the major museums and galleries. Head to Federation Square for the National Gallery of Victoria which boasts the biggest collection of art in the Southern Hemisphere, or the Ian Potter Centre to gaze at fascinating Aboriginal paintings.
Melbournians are fashion devotees, so make sure you pick up some designer gear on Chapel Street or tour some of the boutiques in Fitzroy or Collingwood. Foodies will also want to re-fuel with some fresh fruits and other local delights at the gastro haven of Prahran Market, while those looking for a little peace and quiet can enjoy some time out at the Royal Botanical Gardens wandering the sweeping lakes and lawns rich in colourful flora.
In the afternoon, hit the beach at St Kilda and soak up some rays or if you fancy going father afield then try the Peninsula Hot Springs on the Mornington Peninsula for some serious R & R alongside the Melbs elite. By night, it’s time to take advantage of Melbourne’s cutting-edge restaurants where you’ll find everything from Szechwan to sushi to try before sampling some of the city’s renowned nightlife. With plenty of cool bars, clubs and a celebrated live music scene, it would be rude not too.
WHAT WE TRAVEL WITH
Size matters when you’re going long haul and Tumi’s Tegra-Lite Large Trip Packing Case has more than ample room for your travel must-haves. It’s kitted out in Tegris (the same stuff they use for lifesaving armour in NASCAR cars) so apt for this grand prix city and you know that all those new holiday purchases will be kept safe and sound on their journey home. It’s hot where you’re going, so high factor sun cream is a given, as are a pair of flip flops so that you blend in with those chilled out Melbournians. Oh, and don’t forget your sunnies.