Manager, Melbourne Cable Park
Now that summer has well and truly arrived, it’s full steam ahead at Melbourne Cable Park, located in the southeast suburb of Bangholme.
“It’s a really awesomely fun day out,” says Shelley, who deals with all the day-to-day running of the operation. “Whether you’re a family, group of mates or school group having a blast at the Aqua Fun Park, or a wakeboarder using our lakes for the first time, there is something for everyone to enjoy.” It’s situated in a great neighbourhood, too. “We’re in beautiful Bangholme, right next to the National Watersports Centre,” explains Shelley. “And even though we’re only 30 minutes from the CBD, coming out here feels like a real getaway.” For anyone making the trip, there are some great stretches of sand, like Chelsea Beach, which has some colourful bathing boxes, as well as walking trails that start near the mouth of the Patterson River.
Catch the number 19 tram from the city to Sydney Road. You could spend hours shopping, but be sure to step into Finki, showcasing the fashion designs of local Jaylene Falkner alongside the work of 40 independent artists and designers. At the end of the day, stop for a refreshing ale in the garden at
The Cornish Arms, then get ready for a taste sensation at Tiba’s Lebanese. Dips, shawarma, falafel and salads are all on the authentic menu. finki.com.au cornisharms.com.au
Tiba’s Lebanese, 504 Sydney Road, Brunswick
If the day is bright, catch the train to Hawthorn Station and head to the Hawthorn Aquatic and Recreation Centre, which has a beautiful outdoor pool that’s perfect for doing some laps or letting the kids cool off. When they’ve worked up an appetite, it’s time to eat some of the best pastries in Melbourne at Gontran Cherrier. It’s hard to choose from the luscious line-up, but the croissants are superb. Set within the beautifully restored Hawthorn Arts Centre, the Town Hall Gallery has three spaces showing contemporary works of art. Some are group shows and others feature the work of individual artists. hawthorn.boroondaraleisure.com.au gontrancherrier.com.au
There’s a great diversity of residents in this villagelike suburb, which is great news for visitors. Start by catching the train to Ripponlea and visiting the heritage-listed Rippon Lea House, an elegant mansion set within spectacular park-like grounds. Wander down Glen Eira Road, stopping at Le Petit Lapin, serving gorgeous French lunches. When the sun starts to set, try Antique Bar, a cosy spot for classic cocktails and craft beer. ripponleaestate.com.au lepetitlapin.com.au antiquebar.com.au
Melbourne Cable Park
Gontran Cherrier, Hawthorn Did you know? Williamstown was the stand-in for the fictitious town of Mount Thomas in the Australian television drama Blue Heelers?
Antique Bar, Elsternwick