MELBOURNE CITY GUIDE

WRITTEN & PHOTOGRAPHED BY CHRISTINE KING

COPYRIGHT 2014-2016

MELBOURNE

Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and the second most populous city in Australia. It’s a wonderful city full of immigrants whose background usually spans multiple ethnicities, who are passionate about life, food, fashion, art and sport.  Explore the inner city hidden laneways buzzing with great food, boutique shopping and great arts.

From its city centre to its bustling neighbourhood hubs, the city has everything imaginable to one’s liking. From world class wineries, to relaxing natural springs, to amazing coastlines and peninsulas, Melbourne really is the gateway to all things wonderful.  Attached in this city guide are a few of my favourite places in order; however there are so many more places to see and do in this beautiful city.

Accommodation:

Crown Promenade

Crown Promenade is described as one of the premier luxury hotels in Melbourne and as it’s conveniently located in the Southbank precinct, who could argue this.  The luxurious fitted bedrooms are just perfect for ending your evening in the city.  The large indoor infinity pool and spa is a must see and has fabulous views of the Crown Complex.

Head down for breakfast at Mesh Restaurant to indulge in their extensive buffet breakfast. With a chef on standby making freshly cooked eggs to your liking, why would you want to eat anywhere else?

Crown Promenade

8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, VIC, 3006

Phone: 03 9292 6688

Website: www.crownhotels.com.au/crown-promenade-melbourne/default-en.html

 

The Lyall Hotel

Looking for a luxurious well-appointed boutique hotel which is privately owned and located in the prestigious South Yarra district? Then look no further than the Lyall Hotel.

The Lyall Hotel offers all the trimmings that a 5 Star Hotel would but on a more personal level.  With only 40 contemporary well-appointed suites available, the staffs number one priority is, you.  Whatever you need, whether it’s big or small, the Lyall staff is there to help ensure that your stay is one to remember.

Lyall Hotel and Spa

16 Murphy Street, South Yarra, VIC, 3141

Phone: 03 9868 8222

Website: www.thelyall.com

Chateau Yering

The Chateau Yering historic homestead was reborn in 1997 as a wonderful 5 star property.  It’s located about 90km east of Melbourne City and is in the heart of the Yarra Valley.  The property contains 32 luxury suites with marble bathrooms.  You definitely feel like you have stepped back in time in these luxurious styled bedrooms.

Eleonore’s Restaurant is a beautiful fine dining restaurant located on the property featuring Yarra Valley’s freshest produce.  The restaurant menu is designed by Executive Chef Mathew Macartney.  Set on a property with gorgeous surrounds, you will not be disappointed at Chateau Yering.

Chateau Yering

42 Melba Highway, Yering, VIC, 3770

Phone:  03 9237 3333

Website: www.chateauyering.com.au

The Langham Melbourne

As you drive into the valet parking at The Langham Melbourne and are greeted by the parking attendant who is immaculately dressed in his top hat and suit, you know you are in for a fantastic stay.  The beautiful aroma of Ginger Flower when you arrive in reception is a welcoming scent and is common to the Langham Hotels worldwide.

With well-appointed modern bedrooms, luxurious bathroom products from Chaun Spa and breathtaking views of the Melbourne City Skyline, The Langham Melbourne is guaranteed to give you that 5 star experience.  Make sure your visit Melba Restaurant, their signature restaurant, for a culinary experience or sit back in Aria Bar & Lounge with a well-deserved cocktail of your choice.  With impeccable service this hotel overflows luxury and quality in every detail.

The Langham Melbourne

1Southgate Avenue, Southbank, VIC, 3006

Phone: 03 8696 8888

Website: www.melbourne.langhamhotels.com.au/melbourne/

Comfort Inn, Sovereign Hill

Looking for somewhere to rest your weary body after a long day panning for gold trying to find the huge gold nugget at Sovereign Hill?  Well look no further than the 4-star (self-rated) Comfort Inn Sovereign Hill, located minutes from all the Gold Rush action.

The Sovereign Room includes a Queen Size bed plus a sofa bed, FREE WI-FI, flat screen TV and an en-suite bathroom.  These rooms have recently been refurbished and are wonderful to stay in.   These rooms a great for families as they have a little bit of extra room, so if you have kids, this is great.  Also included in your accommodation is a FREE Continental Breakfast and unlimited free parking on site.  The Comfort Inn is only minutes from Sovereign Hill.

Comfort Inn Sovereign Hill

Magpie Street, Ballarat, VIC, 3350

Phone: 03 5337 1159

Website: http://www.sovereignhill.com.au/comfort-inn-sovereign-hill/

Kryal Castle Suites

Looking for a unique overnight stay?  Well look no further than the Kryal Castle Suites.  There are 17 suites, (King Rooms, Queens Rooms and Twin Rooms) which are located right on site.

Entry to the Castle Suites is through a big gate at the back of the park.  Once you arrive at the gate, you need to phone the office to let you in.  The staff are very quick to arrive and didn’t keep us waiting.  Our King Room contained a luxurious King Size Bed, small folding bed, FREE WI-FI, split system air-conditioning, bar fridge, kettle and toaster.  The room was exceptionally clean, modern and very spacious.

Kryal Castle

121 Forbes Rd, Leigh Creek, VIC, 3352

Phone: 03 5344 8500

Website: www.kryalcastle.com.au/accommodationpackages

Adara Richmond Hotel Apartments

The Adara Richmond Hotel Apartments are a short drive from Melbourne City and is conveniently located just off Bridge Road.  The serviced apartments are a “home away from home” and are fitted with a fully equipped kitchen, dining and living areas, bedrooms (depending on what apartment size you’re in) and laundry facilities.

The Adara has a brand new gymnasium.  We didn’t get to test it out but we did have a look around and it looked fantastic.  Undercover secure parking is also available on request for $30 per day, so make sure you request it on booking so you don’t miss out.  The Adara Richmond does NOT have a swimming pool though if you are in need of one.

Adara Richmond Melbourne

185 Lennox Street, Richmond VIC 3121

Phone: 03 9267 1000

Website: www.adarahotelsapartments.com.au/adara-richmond

Restaurants:

Easey’s Burger Restaurant

“Easey’s Burgers was birthed from one man’s mission to consume every burger he possibly can. The man known as Jimmy Burgers has spent the past three years eating burgers every day. During this time his eaten over 3,000 burgers, released a book ‘The Burger Book – Victoria’ which has sold nearly 10,000 copies; taken social media by storm with a combined network of close to 35,000 and most recently is working on a short film series based on his burger adventures”.

What else can I say about Easey’s?  It’s cool, very retro, has a great burger menu and has that unique experience.  It’s a great venue to take some arty photos and I’m pretty sure the kids will love it playing in the carriage.

Easey’s Burger Restaurant

 48 Easey Street, Collingwood, VIC, 3066
Phone:  (03) 9079 5942
Website: www.easeys.com.au

Windows on the Bay

Allow the team at Windows on the Bay to satisfy any craving with a wonderful variety of meals on offer.  With beautiful views out to the Port Phillip Foreshore, this restaurant is the perfect setting for watching the sunset.  With high quality produce and dishes bursting with flavour, what more could you ask for at this fantastic venue.

Windows on the Bay

Peter Scullin Reserve

333 Beach Road, Mordialloc, VIC, 3195

Phone: 03 9580 2899

Website: www.windowsonthebay.com.au

Om Nom Kitchen Dessert Bar

Located at the stylish Adelphi Hotel in Melbourne, Om Nom Kitchen Dessert Bar is here to tantalise your tastebuds.  The signature desserts by Head Chef Christy Tania are truly spectacular and leaves you wondering what else is on the menu.  Head in for a truly wonderful culinary experience.

Om Nom Kitchen Dessert Bar

Adelphi Hotel Melbourne

187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Phone: 03 8080 8888

Website: www.adelphi.com.au

High Teas:

Park Hyatt Melbourne

The location was the lounge of the gorgeous Park Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne, which overlooks the courtyard and fountain and with its understated elegance and warm ambience, you feel nothing short of special at this gorgeous Hotel.

It includes assorted gourmet delicate finger sandwiches, savory sausage rolls, house-baked scones with homemade jams and cream and divine handmade petit desserts. Freshly brewed speciality teas and coffees are brought to your table throughout the afternoon.

The Park Hyatt Melbourne

1 Parliament Square

Melbourne, VIC, 3002

Phone: 03 9224 1234

Website: www.melbourne.park.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

Sofitel Melbourne On Collins

Looking to indulge in a fabulous High Tea?  Well look no further than the High Tea at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins.  This High Tea is set up buffet style which has a selection of finger sandwiches, hot and cold savouries, freshly cooked crepes and pikelets, freshly cooked scones with jam and cream and a variety of cakes and desserts.   The High Tea is also accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine and tea or coffee.

The service was impeccable.  The waiters and waitresses are always on hand to top up your champagne glasses and anything else that you should need.  The food was absolutely delicious and visually appealing.

Sofitel Melbourne On Collins

25 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Phone: 03 9653 0000

Website: www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-1902-sofitel-melbourne-on-collins/index.shtml

Cristina Re

The Cristina Re High Tea takes place at their concept store in Collingwood.  The High Tea is very pretty and is beautifully set up in Cristina Re branded tableware. The High Tea consists of Cupcakes, Macarons, Scones, Gourmet Finger Sandwiches and a variety of signature Tea Blends, Hot Chocolate or Juices.  You also get to take a home a 24 carat gold tea spoon as a special souvenir.  Very fancy.

Cristina Re

Corner Langridge & Oxford Streets, Collingwood, VIC, 3066

Phone: 03 9495 6222

Website: www.cristinare.com

Attractions:

Melbourne Aquarium

The Melbourne Aquarium is located on the Yarra River, opposite Crown Entertainment Complex and is home to over 10,000 animals.  The aquarium hosts one of the world’s largest Saltwater Crocodiles in the Croc Lair exhibit.

Melbourne Aquarium

Corner King & Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Phone: 03 9923 5999

Website: www.melbourneaquarium.com.au

Open daily from 9.30am to 6.00pm every day of the year.

General Entry: Adult $38.00, Children 4-15 $22.00, Concession $30.00, Family of 4 (2A, 2C) $96.00

 

Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo has over 300 species from around the world.  Some of the amazing animals to see are Emus, Zebras, Tigers, Gorillas, Baboons, Lions, Bears, Penguins, Reptiles and Giraffes to name a few.

The Butterfly House is heated to 28 degrees all year round and is home to hundreds of coloured native butterflies.  The Butterfly House has just recently gone under restoration that will help reduce environmental impact.

Melbourne Zoo

Elliott Avenue, Parkville, VIC, 3052

Phone: 1300 966 784

Website: http://www.zoo.org.au/melbourne

Open daily from 9am to 5pm every day of the year

General Entry: Adult $30.90, Children 4-15 $13.60, Concession $23.60

 

Luna Park

Luna Park is located on the foreshore of St. Kilda Beach and is most famous for its Scenic Railway Roller Coaster.  It’s the oldest operating wooden roller coaster in the world and offers stunning views of Port Phillip Bay.  Other rides include the Freakout, Spider, Ghost Train, Coney Island Top Drop and the Carousel.  Luna Park has something to offer for all ages.

Luna Park

18 Lower Esplanade, St. Kilda, VIC, 3182

Phone: 03 9525 5033

Website: www.lunapark.com.au

Open daily but please check website for details as times constantly change.

General Entry: Free to enter.  See website for pricing for rides.

Eureka Skydeck

The Eureka Skydeck is said to be one of Melbourne’s most spectacular tourist destinations and was originally opened in 2007.  It has the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere and has hosted millions of visitors from around the world.  It’s definitely worth a visit to see what all the hype is about.

Eureka Skydeck

7 Riverside Quay, Southbank, VIC, 3006

Phone: 03 9693 888

Website: www.eurekaskydeck.com.au/index.asp

Open daily from 10am to 10pm

General Entry: Adults from $19.50, Children from $11.00, Concession from $15.00

The Puffing Billy

The Puffing Billy Railway is said to be Australia’s favourite steam train and one the finest preserved steam railways in the world.  The railway commenced operation on December 18, 1900 and was used to transport goods and passengers throughout the area.

Puffing Billy Railway is now a major tourist attraction and operates every day except Christmas Day.  This century-old steam train continues to run on its original mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook in the magnificent Dandenong Ranges 40kms east of Melbourne.

The Puffing Billy

1 Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave, VIC, 3160

Phone: 03 9757 0700

Please check website for timetables and prices.

Website: www.puffingbilly.com.au

PUFFING BILLY

Kryal Castle

Kryal Castle is located about 10 minutes from Ballarat and tucked into the side of the hill and is definitely the place to be if you’re looking for Kings, Queens, Knights, Wizards and Dragons.  Kryal Castle is “Australia’s only medieval adventure park and recreates a legendary land of myths and medieval adventure”.

Kryal Castle was named Gold Winner – Tourist Attractions at the 2015 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards and I can see why as it provides a fun filled day for the entire family.

 Kryal Castle

121 Forbes Road, Leigh Creek, Ballarat, VIC, 3352

Phone: 03 5334 7388

Website: www.kryalcastle.com.au

Open Weekends from 10am to 4pm.

General Entry: Adults from $31.00, Children from $19.00, Concession from $25.00

Sovereign Hill

For those who don’t know, “Sovereign Hill re-creates Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851 when thousands of international adventurers rushed to the Australian goldfields in search of fortune.”

Sovereign Hill is set on 25 acres of an original mining site and is a town with shops, schools, factories, hotels, gold diggings and an underground mine to explore and see what it was like back in the day.  There are working exhibits and lots of costumed characters that add to the experience.

Sovereign Hill

Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, VIC, 3352

Website: http://sovereignhill.com.au/

Wineries:

Domaine Chandon Winery

Domaine Chandon Winery is located in the Yarra Valley and is said to be one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious wine regions.

Chandon Winery

727 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream, VIC, 3770

Phone: 03 9738 9200

Website: http://www.chandon.com.au/

Open daily from 12pm to 4pm every day except Christmas Day & Boxing Day.

General Entry: Free to enter.  See website for pricing for meals and tours

Arts & Culture:

Melbourne Museum

Melbourne Museum is located opposite the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens.  The museum hosts 8 different galleries which explores our culture, history and natural environment.

Melbourne Museum

11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, VIC, 3053

Open daily 10.00am to 5.00pm except Good Friday and Christmas Day

General Entry: Adult $12.00, Children to 16 years FREE, Concession FREE

Website: www.museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/

Scienceworks

Scienceworks is located about 5km from Melbourne City and is a great way to interact with science and technology.  The museum has live demonstrations, guided tours, activities and shows.

Scienceworks

2 Booker Street, Spotswood, VIC, 3015

Open daily 10.00am to 4.30pm except Good Friday and Christmas Day

General Entry: Adult $12.00, Children to 16 years FREE, Concession FREE

Website: www.museumvictoria.com.au/scienceworks/

 

Events:

January:

Australia Day

Melbourne Australian Open

Big Day Out

February:

White Night Melbourne

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival:

St. Kilda Festival

March:

Melbourne Grand Prix

Melbourne Food & Wine

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Moomba Festival

April:

International Comedy Festival

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

Anzac Day Parade

May:

Dog Lovers Show

Good Beer Week

St. Kilda Film Festival

June:

Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Good Food and Wine Show

Mind Body Spirit

August:

Melbourne Art Fair

Melbourne International Film Festival

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week

September:

AFL Grand Final

Royal Melbourne Show

Melbourne Fringe Festival

October:

Melbourne Marathon

November:

Remembrance Day

Melbourne Music Week

Spring Racing Carnival

December:

Boxing Day Test

Vision Australia’s Carrol’s by Candelit

New Years Eve

 

Beaches

St. Kilda Beach

One of the most popular beaches in Melbourne, St. Kilda Beach is not only great for swimming but people watching as well. Be sure to head down to St. Kilda Pier for some breathtaking views and gorgeous sunsets.

Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach is famous for its colourful bathing boxes.  Make sure your bring camera down to take some amazing photos of theses iconic boxes.  The foreshore reserves have fantastic barbecue and playground facilities.

Sandringham and Black Rock
These long, safe sandy bay beaches have excellent boating and marina facilities. The extensive foreshore reserve area is perfect for picnics, and there is also a walking and cycling path.

 Carrum Beach

Carrum Beach has a great swimming beach near the Patterson River.  The foreshore reserves have fantastic barbecue, playground and picnic facilities.

  

Local Transport:

Melbourne’s public transport is the easiest and best way to get around the city.  Make sure you get yourself a Myki smartcard for flexible travel between trains, trams and buses. You’ll be able to use public transport in and around the city for just a few hours or all day.

Melbourne also has The NightRider, which is a late night bus service that operates on Friday’s and Saturday’s.  The NightRider buses leave from safe locations in the central city and make over 300 stops along ten NightRider routes.

Also be sure to check out The City Circle Tram which is a free service around central Melbourne which stops at some of Melbourne’s major attractions.

Weather:

Melbourne is said to have 4 seasons in one day, meaning that the weather can change in a drop of a hat.  Melbourne enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers, mild balmy springs and autumns and cool winters.

Summer: December to February

Average Maximum 25.c (77.F)

Average Minimum 14.c (57.F)

Autumn: March to May

Average Maximum 20.c (68.F)

Average Minimum 11.c (52.F)

Winter: June to August

Average Maximum 14.c (57.F)

Average Minimum 7.c (45.F)

Spring: September to November

Average Maximum 20.c (68.F)

Average Minimum 10.c (50.F)

I also have discount vouchers for the following attractions located in Melbourne.

Melbourne Aquarium

10% Discount

Cooks Cottage

20% Discount

Polly Woodside

2 for 1 Kids Admission

Melbourne Star

10% Discount

Chill On Ice Lounge

10% off Admission, Food & Beverages

Eureka Skydeck 88

10% Discount

Old Melbourne Goal

10% Discount

Chocolate Tours

10% Discount

Luna Park

20% Discount on Unlimited Ride Pass

Puffy Billy Railway

10% Discount

Sovereign Hill

10% Discount

** Prices are correct at time of Post **

If you would like a few or one of all of them, please email me at christineking@hotmail.com.au with your name and mailing address and which ones you would like and they will be sent out to you in the mail.  While stocks last.

If you would like to have your business featured on this guide, please email me at christineking@hotmail.com.au or mail@christinekings.com.au.