Melbourne Museum’s Vikings: Beyond the
– the largest exhibition of Viking artefacts to visit Australia – is from March 23 to August 26. More than 500 pieces, from swords and ships, will be on loan from the Swedish History Museum.
Nagambie’s Mitchelton Wines is the place to find Victoria’s newest boutique hotel. The designer Goulburn Valley digs, which opened in December, a 90-minute drive from Melbourne, has 58 rooms enjoying tranquil vineyard or river views and the new Muse Restaurant.
Ballarat’s historic Peter Lalor Hotel has been transformed into a creative hub called The Pub With Two Names by husband-and-wife team Yuge and David Bromley from Bromley & Co with the address now a bar, restaurant and gallery space.
Glamping has come to Victoria’s Goldfields with Balgownie Estate Bendigo placing 15 luxury safari-style tents around the winery’s picturesque grounds. Each canvas structure features modern conveniences, including an ensuite and private deck.
Point Leo Estate welcomed its first guests in October with the land, on the Mornington Peninsula’s southern coast affording views across Western Port Bay to Phillip Island, home to a cellar door and informal eatery. Seasonal fare is on offer and there’s a sculpture park filled with Australian and international pieces.
Localing – a tour company that offers unscripted day trips “for people who don’t like tours” – has a new two-day itinerary from Melbourne to Wilsons Promontory and Phillip Island that’s perfect for travellers set on seeing the state’s wild coastline.
MoVida’s Hosier Lane kingdom grew with the opening of Bar Tini in a funky bluestone laneway in December and the venue, named after Spain’s version of the martini, is modelled after the Spanish neighbourhood bodegas that supply informal food and wine to locals.
Novotel Melbourne South Wharf will open in March beside the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre while Novotel and ibis Little Lonsdale Street will see the two brands occupying one building in the CBD from late 2018.
Melbourne’s dining scene became even more dynamic in February when HWKR opened on the ground floor in A’Beckett Street’s EQ Tower. The slick food market, described as a modern take on traditional Asian eating, guarantees a rotating roster of tenants every three months.
Ocean Grove Chalet is pencilled in for a spring 2018 unveiling with those in the know claiming the 15-room hotel in strolling distance of shops and cafes will be one of the most luxurious places to stay on the state’s coast.
Peninsula Hot Springs will reveal seven new pools in 2018, an amphitheatre designed to host concerts and wellness activities, and a fire-and-ice experience that lets guests benefit from hot and cold therapies in two large saunas and an ice cave.
The National Gallery of Victoria’s Winter Masterpieces is a Melbourne institution. This year, MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art is bringing about 200 key works by Paul Cezanne, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Vincent van Gogh and others to the St Kilda Road gallery from June 9 to October 7.
Marnong Estate is a working cattle farm, 35 minutes’ drive from Melbourne’s CBD, that dates back to the 1840s. When renovations wrap in April, guests will stay in elegant suites inside the historic homestead and dine at the restaurant which is open seven days for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Lorne will be home to Live Wire Park with this powered-up, elevated adventure compound 800m from the Great Ocean Road boasting ropes courses for adults and kids, a treetop walkway suspended in the canopy, and 500m “zip-line rollercoaster”.
Explore Victoria’s crown jewels including the wonderful, windswept Wilsons Promontory with dramatic sea views, forests and wildlife.