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Cultural coasting in Melbourne

Melbourne is one city that welcomes you to exploration. It’s the dominant force of city culture in Australia, supplying visitors with intriguing galleries, Aboriginal art, glorious beaches and a music and bar scene which will leave the other cities shaking in their flip flops. Melbourne is the epitome of unique – it oozes an individual style, with secret laneways to wander and numerous suburbs to discover. So now’s the time to pull on your sunnies for a six day luxury vacation around Melbourne.

GARDENS TO BEACHES

After your journey unpacking in our favorite Melbourne city pad, The Cullen, will be a welcome relief. Take the rest of the evening to acclimatize to your surroundings before your first full day in Melbs (lovingly known by the locals).

Awaking after a rested sleep, you’ll be ready to embrace Melbourne and everything it has to offer. Taking you around Melbourne’s cultural circuit will be a private car; and your first stop of the day is the Royal Botanical Gardens. Amble along the indigenous paths with a personal guide while you discover the history of Aboriginal Victorians. The guide will arrange for you to partake in a traditional smoking ceremony as well as trying the Aboriginal tea ritual of lemon myrtle.

Melbourne has a wealth of things to do and observe – so after the gardens meander through the chic laneway cafes for a caffeine injection before ending up at the historic Queen Victoria Market. It’s the food market to end all food markets, with an array of fresh fruits and delectable sweets to try.

Finish the day off with a bit of beach time at St Kilda and watch the kite-surfers as they skim across the waters as you catch some rays. It’s a young affair in St Kilda, so do as the locals do and sip on some wine in one of the busiest wine bars – Dog’s Bar. Located at the leafy end of Acland Street it has a 100 strong list, and decorated in local art you’ll quite easily spend the rest of your evening people watching.

The next day you meet at Federation Square where your personal guide will take you around the art exhibitions within the city. Next to the Yarra River is the National Gallery of Victoria which is split into two buildings – the NGV and The Ian Potter Centre. The NGV showcases roughly 70,000 pieces of art making it the biggest collection in the Southern Hemisphere, highlighting art from all around the world. The second, The Ian Potter Centre, is home to Australian art with superb collections of Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous art from the Colonial period to the present day.

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SPA SOAKING

It’s the time to indulge in some much needed relaxation with a jaunt to Peninsula Hot Springs at Mornington Peninsula. Only 90 minutes by car and you’ll be surrounded by natural thermal mineral waters flowing into the pools, along with private baths that provide an idyllic setting for rejuvenating those tired feet. The Bath House has over 20 experiences including the Hill Top pool with 360 degree views, Turkish steam room, sauna, cave pool and a reflexology walk. Or you could submerge into the oils and treatments of the Spa Dreaming Centre. For the ultimate pampering session we suggest the Li’Tya. It’s a treatment based on Aboriginal techniques which fuse ancient plant wisdom along with herbalism and aromatherapy. For an extra special treat hole up at the Big Blue Backyard Hotel overnight and discover some of Melbourne’s finest wineries, farmers markets, and pristine beaches of Sorrento.

AT YOUR LEISURE

Today is completely your choice, with a private car waiting to take you anywhere you wish to discover. A few of our top tips which will ensure you’ll fall for Melbourne’s charm (just like us) is a sunrise balloon ride over the city, it’s the only way to witness the bustling city from afar. For nature lovers a visit to Phillip Island will allow you to view the little penguins in their natural surroundings, and only a short drive away, it’s a wonderful way to spend a day. And for you last night go out in style by boarding the famous colonial tramcar restaurant for a unique dining experience that takes your around the city. Then it’ll be time to wave goodbye to Melbourne, although if you’re anything like us, it won’t be the last time you bid farewell to this exciting and welcoming city.

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