Itin­er­ar­ies

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Let your in­ter­ests and pre­oc­cu­pa­tions lead your day (or night) in the city,

with these easy itin­er­ar­ies.

With Teenagers

Let them scream their lungs out all morn­ing at Luna Park, where there are scary rides a-plenty. When the thrill is over, take a seat on the sunny deck at Repub­lica for piz­zas, then walk it off with a stroll along St Kilda Beach. lu­na­park.com.au repub­lica.net.au

Girls’ Week­end

If you don’t get many evenings out with your girl­friends, make this spe­cial. Enjoy cock­tails on the deck at Siglo, over­look­ing Par­lia­ment House, as the sun goes down. There’s a buzzing at­mos­phere and mod­ern Asian cui­sine at Su­per­nor­mal, then dance the night away at Spice Mar­ket, an up­mar­ket bar and night­club. siglo­bar.com.au su­per­nor­mal.net.au spice­mar­ket.net.au

Ac­ces­si­ble Mel­bourne

For a bird’s-eye view of the city as the sun rises, book a ride with Global Bal­loon­ing. The com­pany has easy ac­cess bas­kets, so pas­sen­gers with im­paired mo­bil­ity can enjoy the best views in town. Back on solid ground, head to spa­cious South of John­ston, with its eas­ily ac­cessed out­door area at the front, for a hearty break­fast of pan­cakes, south­ern-style baked beans and more. glob­al­bal­loon­ing.com.au southofjohn­ston.com.au

Artis­tic In­spi­ra­tion

South Mel­bourne is a cre­ative hub any­one can enjoy. At South Mel­bourne Mar­ket, grab lunch be­fore check­ing out SO:ME Space, fea­tur­ing a selec­tion of Mel­bourne’s most in­no­va­tive de­sign­ers. Stroll to Aus­tralian Tapestry Work­shop, where you can see ar­ti­sans work­ing on huge looms and view works in the gallery. As the sun goes down, head to Cork & Can­vas armed with a bot­tle of wine. For the next cou­ple of hours, guided by a tal­ented artist, you’ll cre­ate your own mas­ter­piece. south­mel­bourne­mar­ket.com.au austapestry.com.au corkand­can­vas.com.au

Bargain Hunter nter

If you’re keen to find de­signer la­bels but at re­duced prices, catch ei­ther the num­ber 48 or 75 tram to Rich­mond’s Bridge Road. Here, you’ll dis­cover la­bels like Gor­man, Witch­ery and Coun­try Road, all in one strip of shops. At lunch, try Touch­wood, a cool cafe with all­day break­fast, sal­ads and burgers. bridgerd.com.au touch­wood­cafe.com

Treat Your­self

Take some time out to in­dulge. Book a mid-morn­ing ap­point­ment at Miss Fox to have a re­lax­ing mas­sage, up­date your hair­cut or get a man­i­cure — you’ll feel on top of the world af­ter­wards. Then head off on a 2pm ex­pe­di­tion with Choco­holic Tours. You’ll stroll through Mel­bourne’s streets and ar­cades, stop­ping along the way for sweet treats. miss­fox.com.au choco­holic­tours.com.au

Cul­ture Vul­ture

Spend an hour or two ex­plor­ing the gal­leries at the NGV In­ter­na­tional, Aus­tralia’s mostvis­ited art mu­seum. Have an early Ja­panese sup­per at Saké Restau­rant, then re­turn to

Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne.

Its the­atres host a va­ri­ety of world-class per­for­mances, from dance to theatre. ngv.vic.gov.au sak­er­estau­rant.com.au arts­cen­tremel­bourne.com.au

Sports Lover

When it’s not host­ing a cricket team or foot­ball match, the MCG wel­comes vis­i­tors for its MCG Tour. You’ll get be­hind the scenes at this grand sta­dium, tak­ing in the dress­ing rooms, me­dia boxes and more. Com­bine it with a visit to the Na­tional Sports Mu­seum, where you can see some amaz­ing mem­o­ra­bilia, as well as have fun in the in­ter­ac­tive Game On! gallery. mcg.org.au nsm.org.au

Shopa­holic Un­leashed

Duck into Royal Arcade and

The Block Arcade, both of which still boast 19th-cen­tury ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures, as well as in­de­pen­dent stores. Nearby Em­po­rium Mel­bourne is an up­mar­ket mall, with in­ter­na­tional de­sign­ers and lo­cal la­bels, as well as great din­ing op­tions. Try Un­abara Lob­ster & Oys­ter Bar for Ja­panese cui­sine with a twist. roy­alar­cade.com.au the­block.com.au em­po­ri­um­m­mel­bourne.com.au un­abara.com.au

His­tory Buff

At the Old Trea­sury Build­ing, you’ll dis­cover how a vil­lage by the sea grew to a thriv­ing me­trop­o­lis. At the Im­mi­gra­tion Mu­seum, find out how peo­ple of all na­tion­al­i­ties came to call Aus­tralia home. Bri­tish Mi­grants: In­stant Aus­tralians? (un­til 15 April) ex­am­ines how 11.5 mil­lion Brits ar­rived here be­tween 1947 and 1981 and how they set­tled in. At the end of the day, check out Seam­stress, a cool Asian-fu­sion restau­rant and bar set within a 120-year-old for­mer tex­tile fac­tory. oldtrea­sury­build­ing.org.au mu­se­umsvic­to­ria.com.au/ im­mi­gra­tion­mu­seum seam­stress.com.au

Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne Robert Black­burn

Repub­lica, St Kilda

Luna Park, St.Kilda

Word on the Street Jake (29) from Carl­ton “A friend told me about the city’s quirki­est gallery, Mailbox Art Space. It’s a se­ries of tiny win­dows in old mail­boxes in the foyer of a build­ing at 141–143 Flin­ders Lane. If I’m wan­der­ing past, I al­ways...

Matcha Mylk­bar, St Kilda

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