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Here Is Why Your Next Vacation Should Be In Melbourne

 

The‌ ‌city‌ ‌is‌ ‌known‌ ‌for‌ ‌its‌ ‌many‌ ‌laneways,‌ ‌its‌ ‌cultural‌ ‌diversity,‌ ‌excellent‌ ‌dining‌ ‌options‌ ‌for‌ ‌all‌ ‌budgets,‌ ‌and‌ ‌amazing‌ ‌street‌ ‌art.‌ ‌It’s‌ ‌also‌ ‌known‌ ‌for‌ ‌being‌ ‌the‌ ‌coffee ‌capital‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌world,‌ ‌and‌ ‌for‌ ‌being‌ ‌regularly‌ ‌voted‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌world’s‌ ‌most‌ ‌livable‌ ‌city!‌ ‌
Let’s‌ ‌explore‌ ‌the‌ ‌best‌ ‌things‌ ‌to‌ ‌do‌ ‌in‌ ‌Melbourne

What is it?
A gorgeous walking and bike trail that runs alongside the Merri Creek in Melbourne’s north.

Why go?
It offers some quiet reprieve from the city, and you can easily walk, run or cycle along the trail. From the serene Abbotsford Convent, the flat 7.5-kilometer trail to CERES Community Environment Park takes 30 minutes on a bike.

Don’t miss:
Stopping by the Merri Creek Labyrinth – the mini-Stonehenge installation was created by the community and features a Wishing Tree, on which visitors are invited to tie a secret wish.

With a few exceptions, Melbourne is a largely flat city, making it perfect for cycling. You don’t have to be a Lycra-wearing, Tour de France die-hard to enjoy a bike ride around Melbourne either, with the city boasting lots of trails frequented by both serious and recreational bike riders. Better still, these cycling trails cover everything from beachfront boardwalks to twisting river paths, all but ensuring you have a great day out. Saddle up and clip in!

Rather hoof it? Here is a stack of great Melbourne walks or let the kids blow off some steam at one of our favorite Melbourne playgrounds.

lilydale to warburton rail trail bridge between seville and woori yallock

Lilydale to Warburton rail trail

  • Total distance: 40km one way
    Level of difficulty: Medium

The Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail is an iconic 40 km recreation trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The trail follows the path of the historical railway line through the stunning Yarra Valley starting behind Lilydale Railway Station and finishing in the Warburton township.

This historic trail is great for city slickers who wanna go bush. Following the path of the old railway line through the Yarra Valley, the trail kicks off behind Lilydale Railway Station, meandering beside scenic bushland, wineries and farmland. It’s well looked after too – just be wary of the hoards of walkers and horse riders that flock here when the weather’s good. If the distance scares you, make a weekend of it and stay overnight in Warburton before riding back the next day (note that overnight stays are currently not permitted in Victoria due to government restrictions).

The Victorian Railways connected Warburton and Healesville with Lilydale on separate branch lines. The Lilydale to Warburton rail trail has been operational for many years. The Yarra Valley Trail, connecting Lilydale, Yarra Glen and Healesville is developing, with Stage 1A to Yering now complete.

The Lilydale to Warburton rail trail is one of Australia’s most popular, starting from the end of the metropolitan rail network at Lilydale then heading through increasingly rural landscape to the resort town of Warburton nestled in the mountains.

Other significant infrastructure on the Rail Trail is the Red Bridge over the 6 lane Maroondah Highway at Lilydale which links the Warburton leg back to Lilydale railway station. Traffic lights are operational at York Rd, Monbulk Rd. and Birmingham Rd, Mt Evelyn. Trail head hubs have been constructed at Lilydale and Warburton with seating, bike racks, information boards and water refill stations.

Most of the original station platforms are still present with replica station signage, however many station buildings have been lost through time. The Station building at Yarra Junction is the original building from Lilydale Station and is now a museum.

Stage 1 of the Yarra Valley Trail follows the alignment of the railway line between Lilydale and Yarra Glen that operated for almost one hundred years until it closed in 1980. The trail commences, just like the original railway, at Beresford Rd Lilydale, heading north toward Yarra Glen.

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Main Yarra Trail

  • Total distance: 22km one way
  • Level of difficulty: Easy-Medium

Starting in Eltham, this trail is a pretty satisfying ride towards Fairfield that follows the flow of the Yarra. It’s flat most of the way with loads of leafy corridors to pass through. Closer to the city the trail is sealed and your necessary pit stops include the Heide Museum of Modern Art and the colonial-era Fairfield Boathouse for some scones.

The ride from Eltham to Fairfield is 22km, slightly easier downhill, but generally flat, following the gentle flow of the Yarra. You can do an easy one-way trip from (or to) Eltham railway station, connect to the Capital City Trail, or follow the remaining 18km of the Main Yarra Trail to the Melbourne CBD. Or you can ride it both ways.

Closer to the city the bike trail is sealed and takes you along sports grounds, golf courses and the suburbs on the edge of the parklands. Further upstream, it is compacted dirt through typical Australian bush, Wattles and Eucalypts. The bike path hasn’t even got a coffee shop! Ideal for a picnic lunch!

Mostly, it is the beauty of the bush and the Yarra that makes this bike trail so attractive. A favourite spot is the Yarra suspension bridge near Templestowe. From this we were able to spot a couple of platypus frolicking in the stream below. And that is quite a treat!

Just south of Eltham is the Diamond Valley Railway, a quirky delight for the young at heart. It is a fantastically laid out miniature railway with around 2km of winding tracks, tunnels, bush and a myriad puffing trains, including authentic drivers, whistles and railway crossings. Lot of love has gone into this and it’s well worth a ride – not just for kids. It is cheap and operates on Sundays and holidays.

st kilda beach to half moon bay

St Kilda Beach to Half Moon Bay

  • Total distance: 13km one way
  • Level of difficulty: Easy

It’s easy to forget how close we are to the Bass Strait when we’re holed up in the CBD. Get some ocean breeze up in ya with this scenic tour that starts at St Kilda Beach and hugs the coastline as it travels south-east around the bay. Bonuses include no bigs hills and Insta-worthy views while you pedal.
Bay Trail: Brighton to Half Moon Bay is a 14.6 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Melbourne, Victoria, Australia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, bird watching, and road biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Merri Creek Trail

  • Total distance: 21km one way
  • Level of difficulty: Medium

Starting at Dights Falls and winding its way across the city to the Western Ring Road, this trail is easy to miss, but easy to ride. Running along Merri Creek (who’d have thought?) the path goes through Brunswick and past CERES environmental park with only a couple of steep stretches that both Lycra-clad and skinny jean weekend riders can handle.

A wonderful walk along the Merri Crk Trail that starts and ends at tram stops. The walk includes some hidden gems as well as a good away of birdlife, the result of many years of replanting indigenous vegetation.

The walk covers about a third of the Merri Creek Trail (the total trail is about 21km from Dights Falls to the Western Ring Road). It has ben mapped so you can get to the walk by tram and finish at a tram stop so you only need to walk in one direction.

The tail follows the creek quite closely most of the time. There is lots of green space at points along the path and in Spring and Summer you could see a snake. There are tortoises in the water and an abundance of birdlife.

If you start in North Fitzroy, one a warm Summer’s day you can stop off for a swim at the Coburg Swimming Pool at the end of the walk! All the photos on the walk have been taken looking backwards towards the start (it was a sunny day so photos where best taken with the sun behind me), if you want you can start at the finish and walk back too.

Some people think the trail is a ‘bike path’, it is not, it is a ‘shared path’ which mean that bike riders must keep to the left and give way to walkers. If cyclists ring their bell to let you know they are coming, you do not need to get off the path, but it is polite to acknowledge them with a wave of the hand and not take up too much of the path.

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Capital City Trail

  • Total distance: 29km loop
  • Level of difficulty: Easy-Medium

Riding this central loop has long been a popular option for Melbourne cyclists. Consisting mostly of sections of other trails, including the Merri Creek, Yarra Trail, Moonee Ponds Creek Trail and Inner Circle Rail Trail, the loop passes landmarks like Southbank, Melbourne Zoo and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Jump off wherever you please.

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Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail

  • Total distance: 23km one way
  • Level of difficulty: Easy

It’s not just Melbourne’s south that can boast beachside bike rides. The Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail is 23km of seaside cycling bliss that shows off some of the beauty of Melbourne’s western suburbs. Start near Scienceworks beneath the Westgate Bridge and work your way towards Williamstown, through Altona and on to Skeleton Creek. There are a few interesting stops along the way, too – a loop around Cherry Lake is well worth the detour and Williamstown Botanic Gardens is great for a pitstop.

Find out more at https://www.timeout.com/

State Library of Victoria Melbourne

State Library of Victoria

A Melbourne landmark and cultural icon, the State Library is a magnificent 19th-century building with some of the city’s most beautiful heritage interiors. With its majestic domed ceiling, the La Trobe Reading Room is a library highlight. Don’t miss the two free, permanent exhibitions: Ned Kelly’s armor in the changing face of Victoria, and trace the history of books in Mirror of the World. Free guided tours are also available. 

The State Library’s collections include over two million books, hundreds of thousands of pictures, newspapers, maps and manuscripts, and masses of audio, video, and digital material – all reflecting the culture of Victoria over the past 150 years. You can also enjoy fabulous artworks and exhibitions by visiting one of the free galleries: the Keith Murdoch Gallery, Cowen Gallery, and Dome Galleries. You can also see what’s showing on the media wall in Experimedia.

As the name suggests, Mothers Beach is a favorite amongst locals because of its family-friendly nature and safe shallow waters. An hour’s drive from Melbourne’s CBD, Mothers Beach is sheltered by towering cypress trees and has a number of BBQ and picnic facilities that make for a great day out with the family. 

On the Mornington Peninsula, one is lucky enough to have some of Victoria’s best bay and back beaches that are separated by a small stretch of land in between. Some of the beaches are only accessible via coastal walking tracks within National Parks whilst others are located near the main shopping strip along Point Nepean Road. Mothers Beach is below the Mornington Park and playground so it can be easier to get parking and it overlooks the Mornington pier. There are also toilets and BBQ’s. One of Mornington’s three beaches north of the jetty, this is a stand-out for its family-friendly safe swimming and shallow waters. It has a lovely stretch of clean sand and there are picnic tables and barbecues under shady trees.

Find out more at https://www.thrillophilia.com/

Mothers Beach Melbourne Victoria

Mothers Beach

As the name suggests, Mothers Beach is a favorite amongst locals because of its family-friendly nature and safe shallow waters. An hour’s drive from Melbourne’s CBD, Mothers Beach is sheltered by towering cypress trees and has a number of BBQ and picnic facilities that make for a great day out with the family. 

On the Mornington Peninsula, one is lucky enough to have some of Victoria’s best bay and back beaches that are separated by a small stretch of land in between. Some of the beaches are only accessible via coastal walking tracks within National Parks whilst others are located near the main shopping strip along Point Nepean Road. Mothers Beach is below the Mornington Park and playground so it can be easier to get parking and it overlooks the Mornington pier. There are also toilets and BBQ’s. One of Mornington’s three beaches north of the jetty, this is a stand-out for its family-friendly safe swimming and shallow waters. It has a lovely stretch of clean sand and there are picnic tables and barbecues under shady trees.

Find out more at https://www.thrillophilia.com/

Private Golf Lesson with a PGA Pro

Private Golf Lesson with a PGA Pro

Highlights

  • Private golf lesson with a PGA professional
  • Held at the amazing Albert Park Driving Range

Personalized plan designed to boost confidence and reduce frustration

Brush up on your golfing skills during this one on one golf lesson with PGA pro, Jamie McCallum. With a fiery passion for improving your game, Jamie will tailor your class to your specific skill set which is designed to boost confidence and reduce frustration. It will be a swing and not a miss!

What’s Included?

  • One hour private golf lesson
  • Instruction by a PGA professional

Test your game and tweak your skills during this one on one golf lesson with PGA professional, Jamie McCallum. Jamie has been involved with the golfing industry for over 20 years and has a wealth of knowledge to pass on. He has had a very successful amateur golfing career, having represented Victoria as a state captain and was an Australian team member. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned golfer keen to pursue a professional golfing career, Jamie enjoys the challenge to improve your game. He will develop a custom plan specifically suited to your skillset which is designed to boost confidence and reduce frustration. You’ll work through one or two simple mechanical or mental processes delivered through easy-to-understand instructions. Take your newfound skills and dominate at the next golf rounds with your mates!

Find out more at https://www.redballoon.com.au/

drive melbourne

Rally Drive 2 Cars with Hot Lap

Highlights

  • Choose on the day which car to drive
  • Drive two cars, each for 8 laps
  • 1 hot lap with a professional rally driver

Get behind the wheel of a Championship Spec Turbo Subaru STIs and a Mitsubishi Lancer Evos, or even drive both. You will drive a total of 16 laps and then get strapped in for 1 hot lap with a professional race driver. This is your chance to experience what its like to drive real rally cars.

What’s Included?

  • Drivers briefing and basic instruction before you drive
  • Drive the first car at least 8 laps, after your familiarization lap
  • Drive the second car for at least 8 laps and feel the difference
  • Swap seats, and hold on – it’s hot lap time!
  • Helmets, vehicles and professional tuition

Not everyone has a Turbo Subaru STI or Mitsubishi Lancer Evo in the garage. Many championship rally drivers have never even driven cars like this, but here is your chance. During this rally blast experience you will drive 2 different cars during the session, at least 8 laps each, testing and comparing the grip, the power, and discovering a few special tricks the pros use to get through the corners and down the next straight as fast as possible. Your experience begins with an introduction to your professional rally drivers/instructors, then a briefing on how to get the most out of your rally experience. You can then choose which rally car you want to drive first. We give you a helmet than its over to the cars, and time to get dirty. A familiarisation lap is always a good idea, and your instructor is with you pointing out the braking and gear change points, coaching you in the best way to drive these cars fast and in control. Hit the circuit with 8 laps in one rally car, before swapping to a different rally car, to experience a different drive. After your laps are done, get you into the co-drivers seat for your high-speed hot lap with one of the pros. Hang on tight!

Higher Ground Melbourne restaurant

Grab brunch at Higher Ground

What is it?
The hottest brunch seat in town, Higher Ground is a gorgeous café-restaurant located in a heritage-listed former powerhouse.

Why go?
Brunch rules in Melbourne. There’s no denying it. And one of the best places to go is Higher Ground. If you go on the weekend, there will be lines – there’s no way around it. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a book and order coffee and a croissant from the outside food cart while you wait.

Don’t miss:
The 15-meter ceiling is impressive but not as impressive as the signature dish: a huge ricotta hotcake drizzled with maple syrup, seeds, grains, cream, seasonal fruit and some ‘grammable flowers.

 

This new café-restaurant, from the team behind Top Paddock and Kettle Black, is incredibly ambitious. With 130 seats across three levels, 16 chefs who can put Pope Joan, Supernormal and Jacques Reymond on their CVs, and a squad of the smart, unflappable wait staff, Higher Ground is taking breakfast, lunch and dinner to vertiginous new heights.

The first thing you notice is the beauty of the interior. Housed in a heritage-listed former powerhouse and inspired by glam hotel lobbies, the café has a 15-meter-high ceiling creating a sense of spaciousness and drama. There’s a mezzanine level with dangling greenery and glorious arched windows. Even if you don’t need to go to the loo, go to the loo. They’re positively gorgeous.

Staff speed about, deftly delivering platters to punters whose delighted chatter fills the space and heightens the anticipation of the people outside. And once those outside get inside, they’re not disappointed. 

Dashes of inventiveness characterize head chef Nate Wilkins’ day menu (ranging from $8.50 for toast to $26 for a Japanese fish broth). Avocado on sourdough is dressed with citrus salt, scrambled eggs come with curry leaf and housemade flatbread and a semolina porridge features dried plum and sesame.  

The kale salad is beautiful. Frilly kale – roasted to a gorgeous nuttiness – mingles with broccoli florets, mini brussels sprouts and flawless segments of avocado, the whole green melange sitting atop a creamy almond hummus. The dish is scattered with puffed rice bubbles and crowned with a poached egg. Mild and milky cured kingfish slivers (dressed with nori and ponzu) is the optional extra; it’s welcome but not essential.

 

The Wagyu short rib beef roll is modestly magnificent. A brioche-style bun accommodates a reassuringly generous clump of tender meat and a refreshing thatch of shredded carrot, cucumber and bean shoots. Just when you’re wondering if a little kick of something may be missing, red chilies and coriander sprigs deliver it. 

The drinks list encompasses delicate, exotic teas from China and India, fresh juices (petite servings, though), and robust coffee (espresso, filter and batch brew) from their own Cremorne roaster, Square One.

Higher Ground is special: with deft service, striking surroundings and beautiful food, it’s pushing the boundaries of how we eat out in Melbourne. If you can, avoid the peak periods. If you can’t, you may just have to grin and wait. But be inspired by Stevie Wonder: I’m gonna keep on trying, till I reach my higher ground. 

Find out more at https://www.timeout.com/

Yarra River cruise

High Tea Cruise on the Yarra River

Highlights

  • High tea with a difference!
  • Cruise along the Yarra River and enjoy uninterrupted views of Melbourne
  • Munch on sweet and savory treats paired with sparkling wine, tea and coffee

High tea has always been a bit fancy but this experience takes it to another level! Indulge in high tea complete with scones, finger sandwiches, a glass of sparkling wine and more, whilst cruising on a luxury catamaran. You’ll enjoy iconic views of Melbourne paired with bottomless tea and coffee.

What’s Included?

  • Two hour Yarra River cruise
  • High tea including sweet and savory treats
  • Glass of sparkling wine
  • Continuous tea and coffee service

All aboard for high tea on the sea! Sit down at a beautifully set table and indulge in savory canapes, adorable tea sandwiches and rolls, desserts, and of course, scones served with jam and Chantilly cream! Begin this relaxing cruise with a glass of sparkling wine in hand and revel in the gorgeous views of Victoria Harbour as you travel down to Williamstown and Hobson Bay. Take advantage of unlimited tea and coffee as the boat calmly meanders along the Yarra River, finishing with roving desserts and freshly baked scones. Indulgent and a little fancy, high tea is the perfect outing for the gals, whether it’s a birthday or a hen’s day.

Session Length

  • This experience is two hours in duration
  • Available on Saturdays and Sundays with a 2 pm departure

Guidelines

Persons under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian

The experience provider reserves the right to deny access to anyone under 18 years old without an adult guardian, no refund will be given

Toddlers are free (no seat provided)

Parents must supervise their children at all times

Families that bring children on board must advise about the number of children they are bringing and what their ages are (0-12 years old)

All menus are subject to change due to the availability of ingredients

Cancellation

Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to this policy:

Rescheduling

14 days or more notice: Participants can reschedule for $30 per person

No Show or Late Arrivals: The voucher is forfeited

Numbers on the Day

There will be between 50-120 people on the cruise. Tables for two, three, four and large groups are available. The cruises are subject to availability. The experience provider reserves the right to reschedule if the minimum numbers are not reached.

Find out more at https://www.redballoon.com.au/

 

 

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