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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.

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