GET­TING THERE

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for din­ner, and is al­most al­ways full, so un­less you’re lucky enough to grab one of the ta­bles at the front, you’ll prob­a­bly have to squeeze into a row of ban­quette seat­ing at the back. Most plates are de­signed for shar­ing. Main dishes: Aus$17-37 (be­tween £10 and £25).

Where to drink

The Gar­den State Ho­tel (gar­den­state­ho­tel.com.au): This sprawl­ing, four-level wa­ter­ing hole in Flin­ders Lane (one of the main foodie streets of Melbourne’s CBD) of­fers a wide range of beers, plus wine, cham­pagne and cock­tails. Its multi-level Beer Gar­den has wooden ta­bles set among fig trees, while the sub­ter­ranean Rose Gar­den serves cock­tails. There’s also a tra­di­tional pub­lic bar with booths and fire­places.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the des­ti­na­tion, visit vis­it­mel­bourne. com, vis­itvic­to­ria.com and aus­tralia. com

For in­for­ma­tion on the re­lease of tick­ets for the 2017 Ashes series, log on to cricket.com.au/ashes

Eti­had Air­ways (www.eti­had.com) op­er­ates daily flights from Lon­don

Koko Black Cafe (kokoblack.com): Melbourne is known as the cof­fee cap­i­tal of Aus­tralia and there are in­de­pen­dent cof­fee shops ev­ery­where. Try the fam­i­lyrun Koko Black in Collins Street.A wind­ing, wooden stair­case leads to an up­stairs cafe. Re­lax in leather so­fas with a cof­fee or a cup of rich hot choco­late.

Try chilli hot choco­late or a tra­di­tional va­ri­ety, flavoured with hazel­nut or cin­na­mon.

What to do

Go surf­ing: The Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula, 70km south­east of the city, of­fers good surf­ing. Begin­ners should try the gen­tler waves off Sor­rento beach or join classes at Point Leo and Shoreham. Gun­na­matta of­fers some of the best waves for ex­pe­ri­enced surfers, while the famed breaks of Bells Beach are where the Rip Curl Pro is held ev­ery Easter. Try Salty Surf School (salty­surf­school.com). Twohour group classes cost Aus$60 per per­son (about £35).

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