The Best Day Trips From Melbourne, Victoria

Tempting as it may be to exclusively explore Melbourne’s tapestry of shops, restaurants, cafes, laneways and culture, there is plenty waiting outside the border of the city. A day trip is the perfect way to relax from the inner-city grind. Wineries, spas, national parks and secluded beaches – Victoria is brimming with marvel and the opportunity to enjoy it all is a mere stone’s throw from Melbourne. Driving is the best way to maximise your time as it means you can town hop on the way to your destination, take in the views from the many roadside lookouts, and make a few popular detours. We opted for a Ford Puma. Open the sunroof and pump the speakers, how you fill

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Melbourne Food & Wine Festival kicks off

The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, organised by Bank of Melbourne and Visit Victoria, recently returned with a blockbuster 2021 calendar across Melbourne and regional Victoria. The newly expanded festival year kicked off with a suite of signature and new events in March. This will be followed in winter by the festival’s core programming for the year, a two-week festival all about Melbourne, and then in the spring the food and drink of regional Victoria will for the first time have a festival all its own. March sees the return of some of the festival’s best-loved signature events, which were postponed in 2020. The Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch, one of the city’s most anticipated annual events, returns with

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W Hotels Opens the Doors to W Melbourne

It’s time to press play. W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, today opened the doors to Melbourne’s first luxury lifestyle hotel – W Melbourne – at 408 Flinders Lane. In the heart of an eclectic dining and edgy fashion district, W Melbourne brings the community’s iconic laneway culture and emerging music scene to life. Inspired by the contrasts of the city, the hotel slowly reveals itself to visitors as guests peel back layers to unearth the unique personality of each space. “Melbourne is the perfect locale for the playfully luxe spirit of the W brand and we could not be more excited to unveil this highly anticipated hotel to the world,” said Jennie Toh, Vice President of Brand Marketing

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Hotel Review: Element Melbourne Richmond

Sometimes a corporate hotel is just a corporate hotel. Other times, it’s like the Element Melbourne Richmond: a sophisticated, pet-friendly paradise packed with all the amenities. When Marriott International announced the opening of the new Element Melbourne Richmond, the brand knew it would need key points of difference to stand out from the state’s already saturated hotel market. Turns out, it delivered. Details Element Melbourne Richmond 588 Swan Street, Richmond, Melbourne First Impressions As a Melburnian, I thought I knew every nook and cranny of Richmond’s bustling Swan Street. However, nestled within the new Botanicca Corporate Park is the Element Melbourne Richmond, in all its grand and vibrant glory. The location itself was a little further away from the action

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Hotel Review: Shadow Play by Peppers, Southbank

Shadow Play by Peppers, Southbank When it comes to the age-old Sydney v Melbourne rivalry, I’ve always had my feet firmly fixed in Sydney’s camp. Being born and raised in Australia’s best city (sorry, Melburnians!) means that my loyalty has never wavered… until now. What I’ve found is that where you lay your head at night can actually deeply impact the experience you have when you travel, because let me tell you – I’ve been to Melbourne at least 10 times, and I’ve never been quite so taken with it until my stay at Shadow Play by Peppers. It probably sounds cheesy – okay, I know it does. But it’s true. Opened for the first time in April 2019, the

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Hotel Review: United Places Botanic Gardens

Stroll along South Yarra’s Domain Road and you probably wouldn’t realise one of the city’s hottest boutique hotels hides behind an unassuming doorway. This low-key entry is a fitting introduction to the hotel’s ethos. While some places win you over with razzle dazzle, United Places Botanic Gardens does it with understated elegance. Set on the fringe of Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens: it’s a peaceful, leafy oasis in the hustle and bustle of the city, just a short walk to some of South Yarra’s best restaurants and the Chapel Street shopping strip. The exclusive accommodation offering threw its doors open last year, after four years in development. It quickly generated industry buzz when it was recognised on Conde Nast Traveler’s 2019

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The Mac is Back

Fleetwood Mac in Australia Legendary, GRAMMY-award winning band Fleetwood Mac is now on an Australian tour, starting at the Qudos Bank Arena on the 15th, 17th, 27th and 29th August. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will feature the new line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie along with newcomers Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers) and Neil Finn (of Crowded House), and follows the band’s 50+ city North American tour. “Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents. We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward

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