Four cool ideas for Melbourne adventures with the kids

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

Sea creatures, a giant eye in the sky, African wildlife and a mighty festival in the CBD make up four great suggestions for family adventure in Melbourne. Grab a Melbourne car rental and strap yourself in for these must-do activities.

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

See Melbourne from up high with a birds-eye view on the three-year-old Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, which celebrated its birthday in style on Sunday. Catriona Rowntree hosted the “sparkle party” which included the one millionth guest and all sorts of carnival activities in the Melbourne Star’s Piazza followed by 30-minute flights in panoramic cabins for guests that serve up 360-degree views of Melbourne, the city, Port Phillip Bay and beyond. The Star offers up two very different experience either during the daytime or at night when the city (and the wheel) lights up.

Moomba is back!

Moomba Festival is Australia’s largest community festival which attracts crowds of all ages to Birrarung Marr and Alexandra Gardens on the banks of the Yarra River for a family-friendly program of free entertainment, events and activities at the five festival precincts – Main Arena, Kids Zone, Skate Park, River and The Green. Check out local performers, the Moomba Masters’ world-class water sports, skate and BMX comps, flamboyant floats for the Moomba Parade, as well as the wild and wacky Birdman Rally.

Wild slumber party

Go wild with an overnight experience with a Slumber Safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo, the perfect getaway for the whole family in an Out of Africa escape, just 30 minutes from the heart of Melbourne. Slumber Safari dishes up a very special kind of accommodation with a fully hosted experience including  close-up animal encounters, drinks and dips at sunset, a scrummy dinner, as well as night-time activities including a night walk and toasting marshmallows around the evening campfire then a delicious supper of scones, jam and cream. In the morning watch the animals on the African savannah awaken and enjoy a buffet breakfast served in the Safari Dining Hut.

kid at aquarium

Photo by Jeswin Thomas from Pexels

Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, located on the Yarra waterfront opposite the Crown Casino gives visiting families interactive animal encounters, iconic state-of-the-art displays and animal feeds. SEA LIFE Melbourne is renowned for being educational and completely entertaining. Check out the new Ice Age 4D cinema, Conservation Cove and Bay of Rays, or dive into the Glass Bottom Boat Tour, Penguin Passport or Shark Dive Xtreme.



5 step guide to a Melbourne city escape between Christmas and New Year

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

It’s a long way off but there’s a certain time of year the rest of the human race are either snoozing or have escaped to somewhere else when it comes to Melbourne city and inner city ‘burbs. With Christmas and Boxing Day out of the way and many catching their breath before New Year’s suddenly arrives, Melbourne’s a little sleepy and there are some great hotel deals on offer if you’re looking for a quick getaway.

For a two night, three day stay and play in the big smoke, here are five suggestions for a great Melbourne short stay in 12 months time. The biggest tip of all is you have to be organised so get that calendar ready with reminders.

Flights … the gang at skyscanner recently revealed some observations about the best time to buy flights for Christmas/New Year’s. According to Skyscanner’s research, the best time to buy a Christmas flight is during the week of November 21 for an average savings of more than 6%. Get on the newsletter mailouts, too, for the sales.

Wheels …  Goes without saying you need to click through to the DriveNow Melbourne airport car rental deals at any time of the year. For a three day rental you could be looking at anywhere from $150-$200+ all up depending on your choice of car and size. Will you need a car for the quick-fire getaway? Yes, though you won’t need to be in it often, but it will definitely come in handy for those little trips a few kilometres away during the day – if you choose to venture that far.

IMG_3384Bed … Come December the deals start hatching as distressed inventory (aka rooms that need to be booked) are on offer. We chose the delightful Melbourne Parkview Hotel in Albert Park, on St Kilda Rd. Sniff out deals closer to the date, but some rippers come with breakfast for two and free parking. Better still, everything’s within walking distance, including Albert Park Lake for a morning stroll (about 5km), Commercial Road and Chapel Street buzz, restaurants along St Kilda Road and more.

R&R … Literally 15 minutes by foot along St Kilda Rd from your hotel you will discover a treat for the senses at Leelawadee Thai Massage & Skin Care. We booked a double one-hour Thai massage in the same room mid-afternoon, allowed little feet trodding along the body for a few minutes before sinking into a luxurious and relaxing massage for $130 all up! Awesome value. While a little jelly like we skipped across the road to stylish cocktail bar The Amberoom for a jug of water and a cocktail.

Feast … Say hello to Roxborough Bar and Kitchen in Acland Street, St Kilda, as recommended by good friend and Chin Chin executive chef extraordinaire Benjamin Cooper. It’s a decent 15 minute walk from the hotel or a 5 minute $10-15 taxi. This little gem is making waves on the Melbourne food scene with its spacious open vibe, cleanliness and immaculate service in such an intimate setting (yep, it’s cosy, but it works). The food is scrumptious: snacks like Bruny Island oysters, Jamon and manchego croquetas, lime cured watermelon with goats curd and basil. Entrees to share that jump off the menu include Pippies and clams with smoked pork hock, broad beans and parsely, or how about Chargrilled Queensland king prawns, with garlic and smoked paprika butter. Sumptuous mains that hit the spot are Chargrilled 400g pasture fed Gippsland Entrecote on the bone with bone marrow butter, roasted spring garlic, silver beet puree, or Twice cooked Milawa half free range chicken diavolo with a spring pea and tarragon chicken jus. This place rocks.






This summer’s hottest beach destinations near Melbourne

By Australia / Victoria /

Summer is the best time to explore the great beach destinations that are only a short drive away. Whether you like to surf, fish, play around in the sand or lounge around by the sea, Victoria’s coastline has a beautiful slice of paradise for everyone.

Grab a cheap hire car deal from Melbourne Airport and check out these fantastic summer destinations, which are less than two hours from the CBD.

Phillip Island

It’s the place where Victoria’s thrill-seekers flock all year round. Phillip Island offers great waves for surfing, body-surfing and body-boarding. Parents with small children can also enjoy family-friendly spots such as Smiths Beach on the southern part of the island. Vast sandy areas and shallow water make for a wonderful playground for toddlers. When the tide is out you can also explore rock pools at both ends of the beach. Larger pools are also an exciting snorkelling spot.

Sorrento Beach

Drive 90 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD and you’ll stumble across one of Mornington Peninsula’s most beautiful coastlines. Sorrento Beach has several clear rock pools waiting to be explored. There are also many popular jetties and other exciting walking routes. One of the best tracks to walk is Millionaires Walk. The 1.6km long walk takes you past some of the most exquisite mansions overlooking the coast.

Apollo Bay

The southernmost town along the Great Ocean Road also happens to be one of the most popular beach destinations in Victoria! Apollo Bay is a great place to take the family. The bay is lined with cafes and other trendy shops, while a group of surf life savers watch over the beach. It’s a beautiful spot to go if you want a great view of sunrise or sunset. Pack a picnic if you’re heading there for the day and relax before the rolling waves.

St Kilda Beach

No this one you don’t have to travel far at all! Journey just outside the heart of the Melbourne CBD and you’ll encounter the fascinating St Kilda. Recent years have seen the suburb go from a bad reputation as a centre for crime and drugs to a trendy area with booming nightclub. Many people make the trip to St Kilda for a relaxing day by the beach. Be warned, thousands of others are likely to have the exact same idea on a hot summer’s day.


4 great day trips close to Melbourne

By Australia / Melbourne /

Melbourne’s many exciting attractions and experiences draw in 2 million international tourists every year. However, too many people tend to confine themselves to the CBD. It’s worth taking a day trip from Melbourne. Why not add on a couple of days to explore some of the treasures of country Victoria with a day trip from Melbourne? Snap up a cheap hire car deal at Melbourne Airport and give one of these day trips below a go.

Werribee Open Range Zoo (pictured)
If you’re going to visit only one zoo during your stay in Melbourne, then this is it! Werribee Open Range Zoo is just 40 minutes west of the CBD. Step inside the zoo and you’ll feel as if you’re on another continent. Zebras, Rhinos and Giraffes roam the fields. You’ll also get to hand feed kangaroos and get close to many other Australian animals. Also make sure you take up a safari tour while you’re here. You won’t be sorry you decided to visit Werribee Open Range Zoo with the family.

Yarra Valley Wineries
A trip to the stunning Yarra Valley makes for the perfect day trip with your partner or friends. The region, which is only about half an hour north east of the CBD, is most famous for its wineries. There are tours that take you to wineries of your choice. Or you can self-drive to a few wineries and take everything at your own pace. It’s a scenic area, which deserves some stopping along the way to admire the rolling green hills. Driving the area yourself also means way you can enjoy wine tastings, lunch and more for as long as you like.

Puffing Billy
The Dandenong Ranges is home to the most famous open air steam train in Victoria. Puffing Billy ventures through lush forest from Belgrave to Emerald. Many visitors choose to dine on board Puffing Billy for lunch or dinner. But if you’re looking for a different kind of experience with the family then you can simply pack your own lunch and have a picnic when you get off at Emerald Lake Park.

Phillip Island
Drive two hours east of Melbourne and you’ll find yourself at the lovely Phillip Island. It’s one of the best day trips from the city and many Melburnians make this trip every year. The surf beaches are among the best in Victoria and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a meal by the beach. The penguin parade is always a favourite with tourists. Watch fairy penguins catch the waves into shore and waddle up the beach to their nests. It’s also worth spending a few hours admiring the views at The Nobbies.



Family activities in Ballarat and surrounds

By Australia / Victoria /

Ballarat is a great place to visit with the family during the summer holidays. There are so many activities from panning for gold to roaming one of regional Victoria’s best art galleries.

All you need to do is grab a cheap hire car from Melbourne. Drive just over an hour north west of the city and you’ll find yourself in the beautiful city of Ballarat. When you arrive take up one of these family activities.

Sovereign Hill (pictured)

Ballarat is most famous for Sovereign Hill. Step back in time to the 1850s when the Gold Rush swept the world, luring travellers in search of fortune. Today Sovereign Hill teaches visitors stories about the past and the fascinating people who risked everything for gold. Go panning for gold and witness the multi-million dollar ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ show about the 1854 Eureka Uprising.

Kryal Castle (below)

Just outside Ballarat is a land of medieval adventure waiting to be explored. Kryal Castle is Australia’s only medieval theme park. It brings kings, queens, knights and magical creatures such as fairies and dragons to life. Watch knights battle it out in the arena and explore the torture techniques once used on criminals. You can also immerse yourself in the history by staying the night. Kryal Castle is full of interesting activities that’ll entertain the family.

Ballarat Art Gallery

The city boasts a rich arts and culture scene. It’s home to Australia’s oldest regional art gallery. Within these walls you can explore an incredible permanent collection of Australian art. You’ll come across paintings and other creations from the colonial period through to today. There’s always something new to see, with temporary exhibitions constantly coming and going. If you’re feeling creative then feel free to sign up to one of the gallery’s workshops.

Ballarat Botanical Gardens

Pack a picnic and take the family on an outing to the botanical gardens. They cover 40 hectares which are divided into garden areas and open parkland. You’ll encounter remarkable marble statues surrounded by colourful garden beds. The Botanical Gardens is only a 4km walk from the CBD and set next to Lake Wendouree. It’s a picturesque sitting that you won’t forget. A beautiful site for a family get-together.

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Seven new attractions in Melbourne in 2017

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

THERE’S a big problem when comes to visitors wanting to explore Melbourne, the world’s most liveable city. With so many diverse and big drawcard attractions, where the hell do you start and what do you see and do? For someone arriving in our state via the air, jumping in a Melbourne airport car rental, and setting forth for adventure and discovery, the good news is while there’s a plethora of old favourites to choose from perhaps a good idea is to look forward to what’s going to be new in 2017.

The Visit Victoria gang say food and wine will at the fore when the city plays host to the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards; visitors will be taken to new heights with the launch of The Eagle at Arthurs Seat and the MCG’s new zipline and roof walk; existing events will be injected with new life; and there will be more ways to experience wildlife, and more reasons to hit the water than ever before – not to mention new places to eat, drink, sleep and be merry.

Here are seven beauties to pop on your to-do list next time you’re cruising around Melbourne and surrounds.

One … Arthurs Seat Eagle
Launching just now (December 2016) just in time for the busy summer season, the much-anticipated gondola ride will allow visitors to get a bird’s eye view of the Mornington Peninsula. The Arthurs Seat Eagle will have 24 gondolas and the ride will take 15 minutes each way, reaching a summit of 314 metres.

Two … Asia Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts

For the first time ever Melbourne will host the Asia Triennial of Performing Arts (TOPA) from 13 February to 6 March. The festival of Asian-focused performance and culture will present performing, visual, screen and literary arts programs, commissioned works and collaborations between Australian artists, and artists from the region. It will be hosted at and with Melbourne arts venues and companies including Arts Centre Melbourne, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Federation Square, and Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

Three … White Night Ballarat

For the first time ever, White Night Melbourne will be joined by a regional counterpart, with the inaugural White Night Ballarat set to take place on 4 March – two weeks after the Melbourne event. White Night Ballarat will showcase the city’s heritage streetscape in a whole new light with projections on some of the city’s most historic buildings. In another first, both events will be under the artistic direction of David Atkins OAM.

Four … Food Truck Heaven

The City of Melbourne will establish five permanent food-truck precincts in March, which will house a mix of 17 permanent and rotating trucks. The sites will be on St Kilda Road (outside the NGV and Arts Centre); Peel Street (next to the Queen Victoria Market); Les Erdi Plaza on the Yarra River (near Arbory Bar & Eatery); Batman Park (opposite Crown); and the underpass on the corner of Spencer and Flinders Streets.

Five … World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards

One of the world’s most prestigious food award ceremonies will take place at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building on 5 April. Melbourne. The annual World’s 50 Best Restaurant ranking has become the most coveted lists for the world’s best chefs. As the official host city of the 2017 event, and only the third host city in the world (after London and New York), more than 800 of the world’s culinary elite will descend on Melbourne – cementing the city’s reputation as a global food destination and trend-setter. The annual Melbourne Food & Wine Festival will coincide with this major international awards program, positioning Victoria at the centre of a celebration of food and drink culture on a scale never before seen in Australia.

Six … Legoland

Australia’s first Legoland discovery centre will open at Chadstone Shopping Centre in autumn. Specifically designed for families with children aged three to 10 years old, it will include two Lego rides, five themed ‘build and play’ zones, build classes from the Legoland master model builder, special party rooms for birthdays and other celebrations, a 4D cinema, and an exhibit designed to reflect Melbourne’s buildings, skyline, and landmarks.

Seven … MCG Zipline & Roof Walk (pictured)

Plans are currently underway to develop a new Roof Walk at the MCG. The new attraction will allow visitors to walk on the roof of the iconic MCG, taking in spectacular views of the ground itself, as well as Melbourne’s sporting precinct more broadly and the city skyline. A zipline will also be added to transport thrill-seekers from the city-end scoreboard to a landing on the opposite side of the stadium. It is anticipated the attraction will launch in 2017.

SCOTT PODMORE (with VisitVictoria)


Four museums in Melbourne you must visit

By Australia / Melbourne /

Melbourne is home to world class museums. They all offer an exciting educational experience. Instead of just reading about history and humanity’s greatest accomplishments in print, you can actually see them for yourself in person at one of these unique museums.

New exhibitions are always coming and going, which means it’s always a good time to visit. Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and pencil in a date to explore one of these venues.

Melbourne Museum (pictured)
This venue is perhaps the city’s most famous museum. Almost every Victorian child has visited the Melbourne Museum at some point. It has won many awards and is home to an extensive collection of natural and cultural artefacts. Some of the most enjoyable memories include getting close to Australia’s most famous racehorse Phar Lap or walking through an indoor rainforest. You can also watch a 3D documentary on the IMAX Theatre’s eight storey high screen.

National Gallery of Victoria
You’ll discover more than 68,000 works of art spread between NGV International’s site in Southbank and Federation Square. The artistic marvels include Australian, Indigenous, Asian and European paintings and sculptures. The art museum was founded in 1861, making it Australia’s oldest and most visited art museum.

Old Melbourne Gaol
Back in the mid-1800s when the gaol was first built, it dominated the Melbourne skyline. It stood as a symbol of authority, where the most dangerous criminals where housed alongside the homeless and mentally ill. Today, skyscrapers surround the gaol. However, it’s fascinating stories of what occurred behind these walls remain. Take a tour of the gaol to find out which infamous prisoners were held here. You can even take a night tour and see the gaol by candlelight if you’re brave enough!

National Sports Museum
Celebrate Australia’s rich sporting history at the iconic MCG. It’s home to the country’s largest collection of sporting memorabilia from some of our greatest heros. There’s something for everybody inside. There are also school holiday activities for the children and an interactive gallery. There’s also the chance to test your footy skills against some of the best AFL players and compare your strengths against elite athletes.

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Sink your teeth into these Melbourne food adventures

By Australia / Melbourne /

Melbourne is a food-lover’s paradise. There are plenty of food adventures for you to experience around the city.

Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and sink your teeth into one of Melbourne’s best food adventures.

Go Italian at Degraves Street (pictured)
Degraves Street is one of the most charming places in Melbourne. Bluestone cobbles cover and gorgeous cafes line the street. It’s home to some of the best desert dishes in town. You’ll find an endless array of homemade Italian dishes, such as fresh pizza and pasta. Café Andiamo or Il Tempo are some of the venues that are regularly packed with happy customers. Waffle On is always a food choice for a delicious treat afterwards.

Queenie’s Food Tours
This tour takes you to some of the best food experiences around Melbourne. Make sure you begin the day on an empty stomach. The organisers have carefully researched several locations only to pick the finest restaurants, cafes, dessert shops, chocolatiers and gourmet stores. That means you’ll be wanting to sample several different foods at every stop! If you’re a sweet tooth then you’ll love the Sweet Dreams Walking Tour. Enjoy scrumptious chocolates, cakes, macaroons, tarts… you name it!

Yarra Valley Winery Tour
The Yarra Valley Winery Tour takes you to four wineries in the beautiful Yarra Valley wine region. Not only do you get to enjoy gorgeous scenery one hour east of Melbourne but the boutique wineries and lunches are unforgettable. The tour is flexible and the local driver lets you choose which wineries you visit. The beauty of this is if you’re on a private group tour you can even choose to stay longer at the one location if you’re enjoying it that much.

Dine on cheese and wine
Cheese and wine is perhaps the best combination in the world. Melbourne has many hidden fromageries that are fit for a king. They’re spread across the city but there’s one little place in St Kilda that will win you over. Il Fornaio’s farmaggerio artiginale for some of the best Italian cheeses you’ll ever find. They’re homemade by two sisters whose family consists of a long history of cheese makers.

Hopetoun Tea Rooms
Established in 1892, the Hopetoun Tea Rooms have been won over millions of dessert lovers over that time. It’s located inside the Block Arcade, which offers a glimpse into the CBD’s charming history. The tea rooms continues to offer quality, old world charm and fine food in this beautiful location. It also has a fantastic menu. The organic teas are a menu favourite and are bound to catch your attention.



Australian Adventure Festival heads to East Gippsland

By Australia / Victoria /

The second annual Australian Adventure Festival heads to East Gippsland over three days from Friday October 21 to Sunday October 23.
The family-friendly event, which brings together a range of adventure sports into a single, ultimate outdoor festival provides athletes with events across several disciplines in some of the most beautiful wilderness in Australia.
Nestled in Victoria’s eastern corner, East Gippsland has a mild climate and stunning natural environment with high-country grandeur, isolated beaches, rugged coastal outcrops and Australia’s largest inland water system, the Gippsland Lakes.
It is rich in natural attractions, ranging from the remote wilderness of the UNESCO-recognised Croajingolong National Park, to the rugged beauty of the Snowy River and Alpine national parks, the Lakes National Park, fringed by lakes and dunes.
Race director Steve Peterson said the festival includes 10 events; an adventure race, ultra and half marathon, trail running, mountain bike events of varying lengths, plus an adventure fun run and activities for children.
Professional race directors run the events with a team of 150 volunteers and staff.
Those not wishing to compete can enjoy the region’s other natural attractions; boating or fishing on the Gippsland Lakes, bird watching in the hides of Macleod Morass boardwalk, explore the Mitchell River silt jetties, or spot koalas on Raymond Island.
The food bowl of Victoria, East Gippsland also is renowned for its high quality local produce, including wild-caught seafood, Gippsland beef, fresh fruit and vegetables, artisanal cheeses and wine.
And with some of the best trails in the state, organisers believe they are well placed to grow the festival into a major event for Victoria.
To register log onto www.adventurefestival.com or see  www.facebook.com/australianadventurefestival



Don’t miss these Melbourne Cup Carnival events

By Australia / Melbourne /

Springtime in Melbourne is one of the most exciting times of the year. Fashion, fine dining and racing all combine for an exciting season, which finishes with the Melbourne Cup.

Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and make sure you don’t miss these events this racing season.

Cox Plate
October 21 at Moonee Valley Racecourse
There’s a reason the Cox Plate is known for being ‘the race where legends are made’. The Cox Plate was first run in 1922. Since then, there have only been three horses who won the Melbourne Cup and went on to win the Cox Plate – Phar Lap, Might and Power and Makybe Diva. There’s something for every racegoer, whether you want a day of fine fining or a family picnic on the lawn and you watch hours of excitement on the track unfold.

Caulfield Cup
October 15 at Caulfield Racecourse
The Caulfield Cup has become one of the country’s richest Thoroughbred horse races. The 2400m race is considered one of the great horse races on the Australian calendar. It’s also the richest turf race for that distance in the world, with prize money worth $3m.

Oaks Day
November 3 at Flemington Racecourse
Crown Oaks Day has long been known as ‘ladies’ day’. Women flock to Flemington in their most expensive and majestic pieces to indulge in glamorous fashion, fine food and racing. It’s one of the biggest days in fashion, with the highlight of the day being the Myer Fashions on the Field. Apart from the social occasion, the racing highlight is the Group 1 Crown Oaks with $1m in prize money.

Emirates Stakes Day
November 5 at Flemington Racecourse
This is known as the ‘family day’ of the Spring Racing Carnival. There’s the Emirates Stakes Day Fashions on the Field for younger racegoers along with live entertainment. There are also free activities for children of all ages. While on the track it’s a packed day of exciting action, including the $2m Group 1 Emirates Stakes.

Melbourne Cup Day
November 1 at Flemington Racecourse
The Melbourne Cup is ‘the race that stops the nation’ well and truly. People from all over the country have their eyes glued on the screen at 3pm as up to 24 horses gallop more than 3,200m to take out the prestigious title. The race has been running since 1861 and even earned the title of a public holiday in 1877, truly making it a part of Australian culture.



AFL grand final fever – five places to stay in Melbourne

By Australia / Melbourne /

STAR footballers retiring, others being given the flick, a coach sacked and season over for 8 Australian Football League teams. Yep, it’s the end of the home and away season in the AFL and it all turns a little stir crazy as the other 8 teams are a chance in this year’s finals – it’s time to find some accommodation and snap up a bargain rental car at Melbourne Airport for that big day on October 1 when the MCG comes alive for a full day of entertainment and footy action.


Pullman on the Park

Upscale hotel right opposite the “G” and Fitzroy Gardens. If you want to be right on top of all the action for both the pre GF parade and the big game the next day then you probably need to get in quick for Pullman on the Park. Only 24km from the airport, the hotel is also smack bang in the middle of Melbourne’s sports precinct.

10 words or less: Swish hotel and everything is within walking distance.


Airport Tourist Village Melbourne

Let’s face it, if you’re flying into Melbourne from interstate, sometimes it’s easy to park your wheels somewhere close for when you arrive and when you depart. While ATVM is a budget option for a stay in Melbourne, it’s convenience with a capital C and “just plane handy”, as the ATVM say. It’s a mixed bag of studio units, executive apartments, deluxe or standard cabins. Simplicity, clean and tidy, and undercover BBQ facilities. modern park, centrally located just minutes from Melbourne’s domestic and international airports, and an easy trip by car or public transport from Melbourne’s CBD.

10 words or less: Super close to the airport, simple, tidy, close to CBD.


Grand Hyatt Melbourne

Another one right near the footy action. It’s also a five minute walk to Federation Square, 15 minute walk to the National Gallery of Victoria and all the other attractions Melbourne’s CBD has to offer. Throw in the fact the facilities are five star magic, stunning floor to ceiling windows, service of the highest standard and you’ll be sleeping like a king or queen when you’re not screaming support for your favourite footy club.

10 words or less: sheer luxury in the heart of the city.


The Olsen Hotel

Adorned with beautiful artworks from artist John Olsen, close proximity to trendy Chapel Street and less than 3km from the MCG – the Olsen is a special kind of place to experience unique accommodation in the heart of Melbourne.

10 words or less: Quirky, quality, trendy and THE best bed and pillow combo around.


Crown Towers

Lavishly appointed guest rooms, suites and villas in beautiful Crown Towers in Southbank. Just a kilometre from historic Flinders Street Station, it’s a hive of activity right near the Yarra River, which snakes its way with accompanying walking tracks up to the mighty MCG where the two best teams in the AFL will battle it out for the big one. An ideal hotel for those looking for all the magic of Crown casino.

10 words or less: glitz and glam by the riverside in beautiful Southbank.

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Spring sensations in Melbourne

By Australia / Melbourne /

Spring is one of the most sensational times to visit Melbourne. Not only are the flowers across the city’s gardens in full bloom, but the sun starts to come out after a long, cold winter. Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and explore one of these events.

AFL Grand Final (pictured)
After a season of suspense, every footy fan in Australia has their sights set on the AFL Grand Final. The big game is full of excitement and drama, with the two top teams battling it out in front of a packed area. Be one of the 100,000 screaming fans watching the game unfold inside the MGG.

Royal Melbourne Show
The show is perhaps Victoria’s most iconic event. There are colourful lights, exhibits, rides and 450,000 people who pack the Melbourne Showgrounds for eleven days in September. There are exiting activities, plenty of competition and pop up restaurants of some of the city’s finest eateries. Of course, no visit to the show is complete without walking away with a show bag.

Melbourne Cup Carnival
The Melbourne Cup is one of Australia’s (and the world’s) most prestigious horse races. The first Tuesday of November sees people from all over flock to Flemington Racecourse for not only one of the world’s best horse races, but also the fashion. Colourful designer frocks light up the field. This event is also steeped in history, with the first race dating back to 1861.

Melbourne Festival
The Melbourne Festival is one of the country’s leading international arts festivals. Every year in Spring it lives up to its reputation as showcasing the latest and most creative in the arts. From theatre, music and dance to visual arts and multimedia, the festival showcases innovation and vision. The event runs for 17 days every October.

Melbourne Marathon Festival
The Melbourne Marathon kicks off at the perfect time of year. It has a full marathon, half marathon, and also a few smaller races. The Melbourne Marathon has been going every year since 1978. These days, thousands of people participate in the marathon.