Once winter chills the city of Melbourne to the bone, an arts and cultural event re-energizes downtrodden residents. The Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series brings some of the world’s most acclaimed exhibitions to Australia, providing locals with many reasons to get out of their warm beds this winter.
While it may not have the alpine views or soft powder of Switzerland, Colorado or New Zealand, you’re mistaken if you thought Australia was devoid of snow. True, the center of the country is baking hot desert, but ski and snowboarding resorts abound closer to the coast, and many lie within a short drive from Melbourne. Now that winter is in full force in the Southern Hemisphere, check out these three places for skiing and snowboarding from Melbourne.
The epicenter of Australia’s fashion and maker scene, Melbourne is a great city for shopping. From the famous Melbourne Outlets to standout malls and markets, to independent neighborhood shops. Here are five of the best shopping streets in Melbourne. Chapel Street, Prahran The main shopping artery in Prahran is lined with trendy boutiques from American […]
Markets are as much a part of Australian culture as ocean swimming and rugby. As the country’s food and craft capital, Melbourne offers some of the best, from the mouthwatering to the inspiring. From the South Melbourne Market, which has been a local fixture since 1867, to a beach boardwalk experience at the St Kilda Esplanade Market, here are the five best markets in Melbourne.
I’ve never been in a helicopter, but it’s always been my dream. During a recent trip to Melbourne, I spotted a helicopter tour of the Melbourne city center and St Kilda Beach on Viator’s website…The stars aligned. Husband’s birthday. Melbourne city. Spare time. Free babysitters (in-laws). Helicopter ride. Perfect.
It may be getting too cold to kayak or cycle Melbourne’s Yarra River, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Yarra River views from the comfort of a waterfront restaurant, or from inside the cabin of a boat. Here are some of the best places for riverfront dining in Melbourne, even in winter.
Australia’s capital of coffee is also the baron of breakfast (or brunch depending on how late you sleep in.) It’s only natural for a culture- and food-crazed city like Melbourne to offer stellar spots to start a big day – or recover from a big night out. Trying them all would take a lifetime, […]
Melbourne is a city chock-full of food, social and cultural experiences, but loads more can be found outside the city limits. From islands and valleys to the world famous Great Ocean Road, here are some tips for great day trips from Melbourne. Great Ocean Road This famous stretch of coastal highway between one and three […]
The Blue Mountains outside Sydney may get all the attention from overseas visitors, but Melbourne has its share of jagged peaks and dizzying overhangs as well. From the Dandenong Ranges close to home to Grampians National Park about three hours west, here is an introduction to the majestic mountains from Melbourne. Yarra Ranges Roughly an […]
Melbourne has long been known as the foodie capital of Australia. With its mix of immigrant cultures, historic food markets and celebrity chef creations, Melbourne sets the dining trends of the Southern Hemisphere, and sometimes, even the world. In recent years, influential chefs have started to flee the city to test out creative concepts in […]