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North, south, east and west…

Head out of the CBD to dis­cover the di­ver­sity of ex­pe­ri­ences this won­der­ful city has to of­fer.


Jump on the train to find your way to this bay­side sub­urb, pop­u­lar for its gor­geous beach. Get up early and fuel up for the day at Gen­eral Food Co. This con­tem­po­rary cafe has an all-day break­fast menu that in­cludes favourites like sweet­corn, hal­loumi and mint frit­ters. Ex­plore a piece of mar­itime his­tory when you visit the HMAS Castle­maine, a Bathurst-class corvette that served dur­ing World War II. Once you’ve had a walk along Gem Pier and maybe a splash at the beach, go for lunch at Ge­orge Calom­baris’ Hel­lenic Ho­tel, where tasty, home-style Greek food is on the menu. /gen­er­al­foodco hmas­castle­ hel­leni­cre­pub­


Hire a car from Redspot En­ter­prise and plot a course for The South Cor­ner, a cool ur­ban brunch spot that’s opened in a con­verted milk bar. The pan­cakes are a great choice. When you’ve eaten your fill, the next stop is Wer­ribee Open Range Zoo. Here, you’ll take a sa­fari on an open-sided bus past gi­raffes, rhi­nos, ze­bras and other en­dan­gered species who roam free in the park. There’s plenty more to ex­plore — the zoo even has three sil­ver­back go­ril­las who live as a bach­e­lor group in their huge en­clo­sure. For some great views of the You Yangs and the Wer­ribee River, take a break at the K Road Cliffs. It’s a great spot for a pic­nic if you’ve brought one along.


South Yarra

Head to the cor­ner of Toorak Road and Chapel Street on the num­ber 58 tram. When you ar­rive, walk along Chapel Street to ex­plore a huge range of lo­cal fash­ion stores in­clud­ing Scan­lan Theodore and Gor­man. If you need a re­tail break, head to the glam­orous Palace Cinema Como to see the lat­est re­leases. As the day ends, grab a ta­ble at Boso­zoku, a bar in­spired by Ja­panese biker gangs. It’s a kooky spot, with ar­cade games, al­co­holic bub­ble teas and Ja­panese burg­ers. chapel­ palacecin­e­ boso­


Hire a car from Redspot En­ter­prise be­fore head­ing to­ward Ab­bots­ford Con­vent. This cul­tural com­plex has art gal­leries and beau­ti­ful gar­dens that run down to the Yarra River. Stop at the Con­vent Bak­ery for cof­fee and freshly pre­pared pas­tries. For some­thing dif­fer­ent, head to the Carl­ton Brew­house for a tour. Fol­low the River of Beer, find out about the his­tory of brew­ing on the site and take part in a tast­ing. ab­bots­ford­con­ carl­ton­brew­


In the af­ter­noon, take the num­ber 48 or 75 tram to the Bridge Road shop­ping precinct and browse the many stores look­ing for a bar­gain. When you’ve worked up an ap­petite, have din­ner at An­chovy, with its con­tem­po­rary Asian flavours. After­wards, con­sider a night­cap at Bower­bird, where the beers and wines are all sourced from Vic­to­ria. an­ bower­bird­

As­cot Vale

You’ll want to linger over break­fast at No 19 (not far from As­cot

Vale Sta­tion), one of the pret­ti­est cafes in all of Mel­bourne, with its pol­ished con­crete floors, brass ac­cents and el­e­gant fur­nish­ings. When you’re done, stroll down Union Road. It’s dot­ted with unique stores, in­clud­ing Freak­show Al­ter­na­tive Em­po­rium, with a bur­lesque stu­dio, tat­too par­lour and record­ing stu­dio.

Stop at Grandpa Joe if you need an ex­cel­lent cof­fee to keep you go­ing. union­ /grand­pa­joe­cafe


This is one of the hottest din­ing des­ti­na­tions in Mel­bourne. Find a date, catch the train to Wind­sor Sta­tion and wan­der along Chapel Street seek­ing out the best share plates and cock­tails. Saint Lu­cia takes its menu cues from the Caribbean, Cuba and South Amer­ica. If you’re af­ter a side of fun with con­tem­po­rary Asian dishes and cold beers, head to Hawker Hall, an ex­pan­sive venue set in a for­mer horse sta­ble.

Set your sights on Im­pala, a bar fea­tur­ing disco tunes, clas­sic drinks and top-shelf whisky. saintlu­ci­awind­ hawk­er­ im­pala. mel­bourne


Catch the train to Brighton

Beach Sta­tion early and hit Dendy Street Beach to check out the his­toric Brighton Bathing Boxes. You might even want to have a dip. When you’re hun­gry head for break­fast at Brighton School­house. There’s plenty of space for kids to run around, while you choose spicy scram­bled eggs or house-made gra­nola. After­wards, take a stroll along Church Street, the main shop­ping precinct. church­street­


It’s a quick train ride from the

CBD to Footscray Sta­tion, where you’ll find a fast-chang­ing neigh­bour­hood. Head to Hop Na­tion, a craft brew­ery run by for­mer wine­mak­ers, and sam­ple the wares in the tap room. In a multi-storey con­verted ware­house called Back Al­ley Sally’s, re­lax with mates, choose pizza from Slice Girls and drink from the se­lec­tion of beers, wines and cock­tails. Later on, the Rev­er­ence Ho­tel is the place to be for live rock and roll. hop­na­ back­ rev­er­ence­ho­

St Kilda Beach

K Road Cliffs, Wer­ribee

HMAS Castle­maine, Wil­liamstown

Chapel Street, South Yarra

Word on theStreetVicki (33) from EssendonMy boys, who are eight and ten, love Science­works. There’s al­ways some­thing new and this time it was the LightTime ex­hi­bi­tion, where Mel­bourne artists had cre­ated amaz­ing pieces us­ing light and sound. After­wards we met up with their dad at Two Birds Brew­ing for Philly cheese steaks and hot dogs. It’s a craft brew­ery so the beers are great, too. mu­se­umsvic­to­­workstwobirds­brew­

An­chovy, Rich­mond

Two Birds Brew­ing, Spotswood

Saint Lu­cia, Wind­sor

Word on the StreetBrid­get (47) from PrahranWhen I went to Ja­pan I be­came ob­sessed with the bath­houses. Luck­ily, Colling­wood has its own Ja­panese Bath House and it’s re­ally tra­di­tional. Just like in Ja­pan, the pub­lic baths are sep­a­rated by gen­der and guests are al­ways nude. It sounds con­fronting, but it re­ally is a won­der­ful way to re­lax.japane­se­bath­ Bathing Boxes

Rev­er­ence Ho­tel, Footscray

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