The names Foster’s, Victoria Bitter and Carlton Draught all have one thing in common—besides being big Australian beer labels. They were all born in Melbourne, which has been the country’s beer capital since the late 1800s. By 1870, Melbourne was home to more than 20 breweries as well as 1,000 hotels (pubs), amounting to one […]
The city of Melbourne recognizes the power of street art. It has a program to work with building owners to permit stencil art, wheat pasting and intricate murals on public streets and lanes as long as it’s not graffiti. Street art helps reveal the conscience of a city, changing on a daily basis with the […]
These days, one of Melbourne’s oldest neighborhoods is the newsiest when it comes to food. Collingwood was once a forgotten strip of Vietnamese joints, grand 19th-century buildings and empty department stores. Now, well-dressed locals squeeze into brick-walled, marble-bared caverns to get their fill of whatever Japanese tapas, elevated vegetarian and Southern barbecue is on the […]
Melbourne has long been known as a creative city. Here, art is not just found in museums; it’s splashed on city walls, hung in cafes, and is the impetus for festivals as well as an expanding batch of Melbourne art hotels. The Art Series Hotel Group debuted its flagship property, the Cullen, in the eclectic […]
Often compared to sections of California’s Pacific Coast Highway, the Great Ocean Road is Australia’s most scenic ramble. It stretches from Torquay in the east to Port Campbell in the west and passes iconic sea stacks, koala-laden forests, hidden waterfalls, infamous shipwreck sites, slow-paced beach towns and some of the country’s best surf spots […]
Melbourne is a smart city, and it’s proud. It even has an event to prove it. The fifth annual Melbourne Knowledge Week (MKW) takes place Oct. 27 through Nov. 2. The event transforms the city into a massive classroom where locals and visitors learn about innovative projects and thinkers and participate in public conversations about what it […]
The Melbourne Spring Carnival rivals the Super Bowl in popularity. The culmination of Australia’s spring horse racing calendar, the Melbourne Cup is a public holiday in Victoria during which Australians and visitors dress in vintage formal wear and hit the tracks, or the nearest pub, to cheer on their favorite steed. Betting games and fashion […]
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If you’re looking for a great wildlife experience in Melbourne, there’s a spectacular (and adorable) one unique to the area — and it’s just a bus ride away. Travel by coach from Melbourne to Phillip Island, home of the largest little penguin colony in the world, on this Phillip Island Little Penguins Parade Evening Tour.