Weekend Highlights In Melbourne

 

Melbourne is regarded as one of the world’s most liveable, and undoubtedly loveable, cities! Renowned for it’s food, art, sport, fashion and culture, the city is a buzzing hive of activity all year round. If you’re planning a short weekend trip to Melbourne, then we’ve got your two days of activities well and truly covered. We’ve compiled a list of must-visits to ensure that you experience the best of what Melbourne has to offer, whether you’re a corporate traveller or enjoying a weekend away with your family!

St Kilda

 

St Kilda is a picturesque waterfront suburb, located a mere 6 km from the CBD, with an eclectic character and abundance of attractions such as the famous Luna Park and St Kilda Beach. Enjoy a relaxed breakfast at one of the many quaint cafes where expansive views of the beach lay right before you. Many of Melbourne’s best cafes and fine dining establishments are nestled in St Kilda so you are sure to be spoilt for choice. After breakfast, wander through the lovely gardens and along the palmtree-lined Esplanade at your own pace. If you’re a more active traveller, there are also plenty of beach activities on offer. The sea air is crisp, the sun is (almost) always shining and there are plenty of things to see and do at St Kilda.

Yarra Valley

 

Further afield, located about an hours drive out of Melbourne, lies the truly unmissable Yarra Valley. Hire a car and escape the hustle and bustle of the city for an indulgent, culinary adventure. Championing the local food and wine and breathtaking scenery, the Yarra Valley is deemed one of the world’s premier wine regions, boasting over 80 cellars. The restaurants are some of our country’s finest, serving fresh local produce and there are over 35 wineries to choose from including Domaine Chandon, Innocent Bystander and Yering Station that are ripe for the picking. Explore the region’s neighbouring villages of Healesville, Warburton and Yarra Glen where you will find great coffee, boutiques and parks.

The Queen Victoria Market

 

The Queen Victoria Market is a Melbourne institution! Open 5 days a week, the market is abundant with gourmet seasonal produce, flowers, clothing, art, homewares and much, much more. Nestled in the heart of the city, the market lays claim to a historic landmark spread over two blocks. Take your time to explore the expansive inner-city market and join the local residents in vieing for the finest local and imported produce. Throughout the summer season, the market comes alive on Wednesday nights with global street food served by over 60 providers, along with vintage wares, wine bars and live entertainment.

Federation Square

 

Playing host to more than 2,000 events every year, Federation Square is Melbourne’s revered hub for many a cultural activity. It is a large, unique precinct that boasts an array of restaurants and bars hailing from local and international regions, making it the perfect place to enjoy a pleasurable dining experience at any time of the day. Within and amongst the retailers and other cultural purveyors sprinkled amongst Federation Square, is the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Championing film, television and digital media in all its forms, the centre offers hands-on workshops, forums, exhibitions and screenings, making it the first of its kind in the world. Appreciated by the young and old, ACMI has a busy calendar filled with award-winning exhibitions, festivals, films, live entertainment, workshops and school holiday programs that provide a myriad of ways to explore and engage with digital media.

Chapel Street

 

Just a short tram ride out of the city centre, Chapel Street is brimming with 3km worth of boutiques, restaurants and cafes. Labelled one of the city’s leading retail and culinary hubs, Chapel Street is a vibrant precinct with buckets of character and a plethora of designers. Chapel Street is where you will find the culturally-inclined and stylish locals enjoying a leisurely Sunday with a freshly brewed coffee in hand. Whilst trawling through the endless row of retailers and casual dining purveyors, don’t be afraid to venture off the beaten path, with neighbourhoods such as Yarra Lane, South Yarra and Prahran all injecting their own personality into the local social scene.

Melbourne Transport

Con-X-ion Top Tip; A myki card is your ticket to getting around Melbourne. Valid on trains, trams and buses, the reusable card is easy to use and affordable. Over the weekend and on public holidays, all myki card fares are capped at $6 so you won’t pay any more than $6 per day, no matter how frequently you travel!

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By Stuart Stratton at 9 Oct 2014, 13:42 PM