New wining and dining hotspots
24 Moons, ACDC Lane (off Flinders Lane), Melbourne, Ph: (03) 9650 0035 www.24moons.com.au
In the past year the Melbourne CBD has faced some serious competition to its status as the ‘must-visit’ destination for the sophisticated bar lover with a preponderance of stylish venues opening in the inner northern suburbs of Fitzroy, Brunswick and Northcote. However with the opening of new city bar 24 Moons, there’s good reason to revisit the laneways.
24 Moons is a quintessential Melbourne laneway bar in every way – from its striking design and elegant drinks list to its off-the-beaten track location at the end of ACDC Lane (near Cherry bar).
The bar’s stunning interior, created by Boris von Rechenberg, uses modernistic design and clever lighting to dazzling effect with backlit silhouetted panels along the wall and bar, lightbox-converted windows and moving image projections.
The cocktails are the main feature of the drinks list, presented as a ‘moon menu’ with each concoction varying in strength according to the cycle of the moon. Starting with the full moon, cocktails at the front are light and fruity, then as moon gets more obscured, the intensity of the drink increases. Boutique beers, wine and champagne are also available. The food menu is simple but exotic: white anchovies served with house made sangria, house spiced nuts, a cured meat plate and a beautiful selection of European cheeses. Look out for daily ‘Once in a Blue Moon’ drinks and food specials.
Similar to fellow city bars Loop and Horse Bazaar, 24 Moons is also becoming a hub for artistic and musical creativity; check out its regular program of events on the 24 Moons website.
Grigons and Orr,
445 Queensberry St,
Tucked away in an unassuming part of North Melbourne, Grigons and Orr is a superb new café that is modelled on an old-school corner store.
With a lot of love and an amazing attention to detail, owners Kelly Grigons and Margo Orr (who previously opened and ran city bar Order of Melbourne for five years) have turned their establishment into a charming retro paradise. Drawing inspiration from a mish-mash of decades and styles, the interior fit-out includes old fashioned wooden shelves cleverly made from shipping pallets, antiquated women’s magazines (such as Calling All Housewives, circa 1972) and coffee comes served in nanna’s china with old souvenir teaspoons. The menu and groceries will also evoke waves of nostalgia – from the tower of scones on the front counter and jars of lollies lining the glass display case to the milk sold in bottles (sourced from a farm in Tasmania) and free range eggs with accompanying ‘happy snaps’ of the chickens that laid them. There’s an ingeniously-described ‘low tech heating system’ of crocheted blankets for patrons to wrap themselves in on winter days.
A poster of a smiling Granny Davis, an old advertising icon and the store’s official figurehead, watches from the wall as diners sip spiders, floats and espressos and tuck into breakfasts such as the wedge of door-stop thick French Toast with lashings of berries, honey and fluffy yoghurt, and the delectable looking Breakfast Crumble. Breakfasts are available all day – a modern day notion to be sure, but with food this good you will be glad for this one concession to the present.
St Ali opens for dinner
Iconic coffee house St Ali is now open for dinner from Wednesday through to Saturday serving up a menu of South East Asian cuisine courtesy of Executive Chef Ben Cooper. Dishes on the dinner menu are both mouth-watering (such as the ‘fiery green curry of apple, eggplant, corncakes, sweet green bell pepper and Thai basil’ or the ‘free range Gippsland Angus Scotch fillet with Asian mushrooms, garlic chive and black bean chilli’) and intriguing (apple wontons with goats cheese ice cream).
St Ali will continue its popular ‘Country of Origin’ degustation dinners that match food with specialty coffee (with wine thrown in). The next origin dinner will be ‘Porkestra’, a celebration of pork with a degustation menu, on June 22.
Windsor Spotlight: Pandora’s Box and Tyranny of Distance Café and Lubitorium
Sandwiched between touristy St Kilda and ever-fashionable hotspot Prahran, the tiny suburb of Windsor is an emerging destination precinct in the making. Centred around the ‘grungy’ end of Chapel Street, it’s rapidly becoming a favourite among creative types seeking an alternative to South Yarra glitz due to recent explosion of quirky shops as well as some seriously cool bars and eating houses.
Tyranny of Distance Café and Lubitorium,
147 Union St,
Ph: (03) 9525 1005
Housed in an old service station 30 metres walk off Chapel Street, Tyranny of Distance Café and Lubitorium is a shining example of Melbourne’s creative reinvention of derelict spaces. Tyranny owner Carlo Colosimo – also the force behind long-running city nightclub The Lounge and St Kilda’s iconic restaurant Big Mouth - has joined forces with two of Melbourne’s better known artists, Nicholas Jones and Marcus Davidson, to create an edgy interior that retains the industrial flavour of the garage it once was.
Original and noteworthy features include: lamps made from old gas cylinders; table tops made from recycled vulcanised paper, set upon old water tank frames; lounges created from old car seats and a feature wall of new and pre-existing graffiti art. Even the cutlery has its own character, having been artfully battered and stamped with the striking Tyranny of Distance logo.
The menu has been designed using fresh, locally sourced produce with a focus on whole foods nd with most meals coming in at under $20, it’s definitely a bargain. Everything that comes out the kitchen (formerly the lubitorium) is lovingly made, including their signature flatbreads which come with a variety of tempting fillers or the great dinner menu featuring such options as spanish paella with slow cooked saffron rice or the red wine duck ragu served with wide ribbon pasta and gremolata.
The drinks list features quirky original cocktails and quality spirits, complemented by a compact selection of wine and beer.
2 Duke Street,
Ph (03) 9529 4590
Also located in side street leading off Chapel Street is Pandora’s Box, the brand new venue from the owners of Orange.
The first of the new breed of restaurants to spring up along Chapel Street’s Windsor strip just a few years ago, Orange quickly became a go-to place for the creative and cool to congregate, drawn to its funky interior design and sophisticated menu. It’s not surprising therefore, that news of another venue from the same owners has caused reverberations of excitement among locals.
Pandora’s Box is the embodiment of Melbourne’s stylish European-style drinking and dining experience.
A large square bar resplendent in beautiful decorative tiles dominates the room with a few intimate tables casually scattered around it all set beneath artfully designed mood lighting.
With its superior and extensive list of Australian and European wine (devised by Lok Thornton, former sommelier at The Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld) and hefty spirits menu, the drinks list vastly outrank the food in terms of significance: it’s clear this is a bar for serious drinkers, with the food menu - predominantly antipasto and small tapas-style share plates - the perfect complement to the drinking experience..
Tempting morsels include a selection of plates with an Italian edge including carpuccio and charcuterie meats, imported and artisan cheeses and a tempting selection of oysters from across Australia.
Thread Den stitches up a new sister in Fitzroy
Melbourne's hip do-it-yourself sewing lounge Thread Den has opened a new shop and sewing lounge in the inner city suburb of Fitzroy.
Described as a sanctuary for sewers, fashion followers and lovers of vintage, Thread Den offers sewing classes, vintage fabrics and patterns, sewing machines for hire and a range of fashions from local labels.
The first Thread Den (in North Melbourne) was established by four Melbourne women in 2007. The new sister outlet, in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, includes a large street-level retail space for emerging designers and vintage clothing as well as an upstairs sewing lounge for classes and social sewing nights.
For more information: www.threadden.com
Meet a rhino - then help save the species - at Werribee Open Range Zoo
The Werribee Open Range Zoo has just launched Rhinos Revealed, a new opportunity for visitors to get close to magnificent rhinoceroses while inspiring them to help save the species.
A behind-the-scenes adventure designed to thrill even the most intrepid animal adventurers, Rhinos Revealed offers guests the chance to see several rhinos in the picturesque wide open plains of the ‘Lower Savannah’ before venturing off-limits to get up close and personal in a new purpose-built close encounter area.
The intimate experience allows visitors to stand on the ground beside the incredible creatures, thanks to a specially-designed barrier to ensure safe, unobstructed viewing.
In other zoo news, visitors to Melbourne Zoo’s Tiger Exhibit will now be able to meet four super-cute three-month-old Sumatran tiger cubs. The litter – which comprises of two females (Rani, Indrah) and two males (Hutan and Aceh) – made its first public appearance last month following the cubs vaccinations against cat flu and feline enteritis.
Sumatran tigers are the most endangered of the surviving tiger sub-species. Only an estimated 300 survive in their native rainforest habitat which is rapidly disappearing due to expansion of palm oil plantations.
Melbourne Zoo is calling for community support to reduce the use of unsustainably-produced palm oil in Australian consumer goods. The online petition advocating change in food labelling legislation to help consumers identify products using palm oil can be found at: www.zoo.org.au/palmoil
For more information visit Zoos Victoria website: www.zoo.org.au
Under the Radar
Our new monthly round up of 'hidden gems' - quirky and interesting new discoveries as well as creative people, products and events that might have escaped your notice.
Animators converge at ACMI (Melbourne) - Melbourne is not only a major creative hub for animators, it’s also the home of the biggest animation festival in Australia: the Melbourne International Animation Festival will be screening animation from Australia and around the world June 19 – 27.
New mobile exhibition space opens in a bus (Melbourne)
Artist-run exhibition space Bus Projects, previously located at Little Lonsdale Street premises in the CBD, will be re-launching the gallery in a 1981 MAN SL200 town bus bought second hand from National Buses. Currently being fitted out with gallery walls, a projection screen and track lighting, the bus will become a mobile gallery popping up at various locations within Melbourne’s CBD. The bus will be making its first stop sometime in June 2010. Subscribe to the Bus Projects newsletter (www.busprojects.com.au) for more information.
Innocent Bystander becomes cellar door for White Rabbit Brewery (Healesville)
Customers who visit Innocent Bystander/Giant Steps in Healesville can now try locally brewed beer at the cellar door as well as wine. Originally located inside the brewery - which opened next door to Innocent Bystander in 2009 – the White Rabbit Brewery cellar door has closed to accommodate increased production demands.
Sustainable agri-tourism in West Gippsland
Eight hectares of land that has been transformed into a ‘living classroom’, Peppermint Farm in Tynong offers regular Sunday workshops such as how to grow organic vegetables, find and prepare bush food and how to create sustainable living practices at home. Don’t miss a stroll through their extensive indigenous gardens too.
Kids’ circus workshops at Federation Square - Take your child to ArtPlay at Federation Square in June and July to learn circus skills from Australia’s leading circus company, Circus Oz. Among the workshops to choose from: acrobatics, clowning, juggling and diablo. There’s also ‘little and big circus’ workshops where adults and kids can learn together and a special class for pre-schoolers.
Old Post Office Gallery (Seymour) - Built in 1872 to be a post office with postmasters residence, the Old Post Office is now a renowned a multi-roomed fine art gallery and a fully licensed restaurant. Don’t miss its current exhibition, Hans Van Vlodrop - Places and Faces, on until June 14.
Castlemaine: an emerging food destination
The former gold mining village of Castlemaine has long been known for its historic charm and, more recently, as a creative and artistic hub. Adding to its appeal, Castlemaine is rapidly developing a reputation as an emerging foodie hotspot thanks to a top notch farmers market, acclaimed wineries and a growing selection of restaurants, cafes and provedores showcasing seasonal and locally produced fare. Here are some of the most recent developments:
Opening earlier this year, The Good Table is a classy addition to the local dining scene in Castlemaine. It specialises in sophisticated but unpretentious European shared food (categorised into small and large bites) inspired by chef Alexander Perry, a born-and-bred Castlemaine local who has returned to his hometown with a Movida pedigree. One appetising example, and a signature dish, is Perry's handmade ravioli filled with gorgonzola, confit pear and burnt sage butter, which illustrates his culinary commitment to regional fare with a European flair. The Good Table's beautifully restrained but comely interior is in keeping with the unpretentious and understated food offering. There is immaculate but not over-fussy attention to detail throughout with polished floorboards, simple timber table settings, arcaded windows and a well executed mix of clean contemporary lines with old-world references such as the Bakerlite phone and pewter water jugs.
Castlemaine-based seafood retailer, She Sells Seafood was named Australian Seafood Business of the Year at the 5th Australian Seafood Industry Awards dinner last month. This innovative business has also made forays into publishing, producing a well received fish cookbook Hook Line and Dinner (rated "Find of the Week" in Weekend Australian’s Food Detective column) and its own seafood calendar as well as Seasonal Sushi, a visual arts display in the 2009 Castlemaine State Festival.
New licensed bakery café Apple Annie's has opened on Templeton Street offering in-house and locally produced fare as well as onsite accommodation. Nearby, chef Michael Nelson, formerly of The Lakehouse (Daylesford), continues to put his mark on the seasonal menus at the boutique Empyre Hotel.
In other food news, it was recently announced that the Criterion Hotel is set to become the next foodie hotspot in town with not one but two venues to open there in the near future. Behind the development are Hayden Winch, former owner of The Dispensary (Bendigo) and Peter McMahon (former Manager of Prince of Wales in St Kilda) who will be taking over the lease to open a provincial bistro and fine-dining restaurant.
For further information: www.maldoncastlemaine.com
Media contact: Lisa Hunt, Tourism Victoria Ph: (03) 9653 9745
High Country food and wine update: winter cooking classes at Rinaldo’s; new wine bar in Beechworth
Rinaldo's Casa Cucina in Wangaratta is launching a program of Saturday afternoon winter cooking classes that offer visitors a chance to learn first hand from chef Adam Pizzini how to prepare classic Italian cuisine with a modern edge.
Participants will learn to create, prepare and cook dishes in a relaxed and informal setting using the best fresh seasonal produce.
Classes include: how to make and roll gnocchi and the correct technique for cooking it; the art of creating a rich meat ragu and how to make several different variations of a semi-freddo (Italian semi-frozen ice cream dessert).
The classes are designed for all ages and no previous cooking experience is required. The lessons will run fortnightly from 5 June until 28 August and will be limited to a maximum of 12 people. Cost is $75 per person, which includes afternoon team, an apron and handouts.
Elsewhere, acclaimed restaurant Wardens in Beechworth is expanding its food and wine offer, with a new wine bar due to open mid June. The bar will offer vast range of both national and international wines with a particular focus on the local wineries of North East Victoria.
Founded in 2004, Wardens has won numerous awards for its food and wine including a Chef’s Hat in The Age Good Food Guide for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Melbourne accommodation update
Crown Metropol opens
Crown Metropol, the third hotel in the Crown Entertainment complex, was officially opened by Crown Limited’s Executive Chairman, James Packer, and the Premier of Victoria, the Honourable John Brumby on April 21.
The wave-shaped 658 room hotel is the result of three years of detailed planning and development in collaboration with Crown's appointed design firm, Bates Smart, and boasts a stunning design, thoughtful details, dramatic ambience and sweeping views.
Guests can choose from a range of accommodation choices, from spacious and modern luxe rooms, to corner studios and lofts that feature additional living and dining areas. Twelve spa rooms including two studios provide an additional option for guests looking for complete in-room pampering.
Other features include a lavish day spa, ISIKA; a skybar and terrace on level 28 offering panoramic views of Melbourne; and Gordon Ramsay’s new restaurants maze and maze Grill.
It is estimated that Crown Metropol will provide accommodation for approximately 225,000 interstate and overseas guests in its first year of operation.
Final phase of Grand Hyatt transformation underway
Following the spectacular redevelopment of its public spaces and ground floor, Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt hotel is transforming its 547 guest rooms, with the hotel's new premium suites, Grand Club lounge and Club floors now complete and available for guests to experience.
The complete interior redesign of the guest rooms includes an update of the carpets, drapery and furniture with the project isolated floor by floor, ensuring that there is minimal disruption to guests. New custom-made beds face the floor-to-ceiling windows and the work area comprises an L-shaped sofa, round table and leather upholstered armchair in a departure from the conventional work desk and chair.
As part of the redesign, all rooms will be fitted with PIR sensors to determine when guests have vacated the room and the room control system will then shut off all lighting and air-conditioning until they return. Energy-efficient lighting will be used in all rooms, and water-saving devices will be fitted to the basin and shower.
Westin gives guests a ‘Green Choice’
The Westin Melbourne is giving guests the chance to offset their carbon emissions as part of its new Make a Green Choice initiative.
Developed in association with the hotel’s green partner, Climate Friendly, the program gives guests the option of paying a tailored offset fee that is then invested in projects to reduce greenhouse gases.
Hotel guests can consult a custom-designed Offset Calculator via the hotel’s website to identify how their choice of accommodation, room type and length of stay impacts on the environment. They may then choose to offset their stay when they book.
The Westin Melbourne also offers a ‘Make a Green Choice’ accommodation package, which incorporates the carbon-offset charge with luxurious overnight accommodation and gourmet buffet breakfast for two. This offer is valid until 23 September 2010.
As part of the Green Choice program, the hotel has taken significant steps to reduce its carbon footprint, cutting its water and electricity consumption, increasing recycling and the use of locally sourced product to reduce its carbon footprint by 285 tonnes in the past three years.
For more information:
New tree top adventure experience in Dandenong Ranges
Trees Adventure, a new treetop obstacle course, has opened in the heart of Victoria's much-loved Dandenong Ranges.
Located in the picturesque Glen Harrow Gardens in Belgrave (home of the famous Puffing Billy), the Trees Adventure course offers visitors the chance to sail through the forest on flying foxes and take on a series of thrilling and somewhat lofty challenges between the trees, up to 15 metres high!
With course levels ranging from beginner to expert, there’s something for everyone.
For children aged 5 – 10 years, there’s the easier ‘Butterfly Attack’ and ‘Eat your Weeties’ courses which feature the flying fox and swinging barrels while adults and bigger kids can try their hand at the intermediate course ‘Double Dare’, which includes a massive two-stage flying fox and swing bridge with lots of missing planks. For the die-hard thrillseekers, there’s the advanced ‘Suck it Up’ course that starts with a huge overhead net traverse and includes a 100 metre flying fox called ‘The Kingmaker’.
The course itself is based around some of the oldest and rarest trees in Australia, some of which reach up to 60 metres in height and range in origin from California and Japan to the foothills of the Himalayas.
For further information: www.treesadventure.com.au
Diggin’ Melbourne: a tour guide for vinyl record lovers
Melbourne has one of the largest number of vinyl record stores per head in the world – and now there’s a map to prove it.
Diggin' Melbourne: a Tour Guide for Vinyl Record Lovers, a free map released on Australian Record Store Day (April 17), is a handy guide for LP lovers, pinpointing the location of 31 music retailers that still stock vinyl records.
Although considered by the mainstream industry to be an obsolete format, vinyl records continue to attract a strong cult following in Melbourne both among DJs and the music-buying public. In the inner city, a pair of vinyl turntables behind the bar is a ubiquitous fixture, while the sales of both new and second hand vinyl continue to flourish in a variety of specialist retail outlets, second hand markets and specialist record fairs.
As well as a map, Diggin' Melbourne includes a run-down of each shop including genres and other formats stocked, contact details and opening hours.
The project was conceived and pulled together by Chris Gill, owner of Northside Records in Fitzroy, with all stores contributing to costs of producing the map in the interests of promoting the Melbourne music scene.
The map is available from all participating record stores and is also available to download online at digginmelbourne.wordpress.com
For further information: digginmelbourne.wordpress.com
Media contact: Chris Gill, Northside Records Ph: (03) 9417 7557
Tonia Todman opens B & B and cooking school in Daylesford
After moving to the Macedon Ranges three years ago, TV personality, interior designer and author Tonia Todman has opened a new luxury B & B, Highbank, in Kyneton – with every booking receiving a freshly baked cake as part of the package!
The accommodation is in a 160-year-old bluestone property which formerly comprised stables for Clydesdale horses, the blacksmith workshop and groom’s bedroom. Before opening the B & B in December 2009, Todman and her husband Michael, an expert builder and restorer, spent 10 months renovating the property which had not changed ‘since the time when the last Clydesdale walked out of it’.
The elegant and luxuriously furnished house has two queen sized bedrooms, a wood fire, a fully equipped kitchen, a deep bath and a private driveway and walled garden, all with expansive views
In addition to operating the B & B, Todman also runs a program of cooking classes. The Saturday cooking classes offer a ‘hands-on’ experience for small groups. A proactive member of Daylesford Macedon Ranges producers group, Todman always uses local and seasonal produce wherever possible. Full program is available on www.toniatodman.com
Todman also offers one-on-one interior design classes by request which can be tailored to personal requirements.
For more information: www.toniatodman.com
New Mildura product: Endota Spa Mildura opens on ‘Feast Street’; Quest Mildura opens
Mildura's Langtree Avenue, known as 'Feast Street' by locals, has a reputation for sophisticated dining but its newest resident; Endota Spa Mildura, has just added a spot of indulgence to the menu.
The new spa is fantastically appointed with five warm treatment rooms plus relaxation and pedicure rooms. Soak up certified organic skincare, facials and body treatments or experience a muscle-melting massage just moments away from the Murray River.
While Mildura is well serviced by comfortable and modern hotels, high quality apartment-style accommodation has been lacking in this riverside oasis; this is about to change with the opening of Quest Mildura Serviced Apartments at the end of May. Featuring a combination of 66 studio, one, two and three bedroom serviced apartments with complimentary onsite secure car parking, outdoor heated swimming pool, conference facilities and guest laundry, Quest Mildura is well equipped to cater for business and leisure travellers. The property, which is anticipated to get a AAA 4.5 star rating, is offering a Grand Opening Special of one night in a spacious studio one bedroom apartment with balcony from $129.
Victorian events for July 2010
Shanghai Expo Yum Cha, Federation Square, 8 June
On Tuesday 8 June, Federation Square will beat with the sights, sounds and smells of Shanghai to celebrate ‘Australia National Day’ at the Shanghai World Expo 2010.
A free event, the ‘Shanghai Expo Yum Cha’ will offer passers-by and dumpling devotees alike a chance to sit and enjoy an authentic Shanghai experience complete with complimentary Shanghai dumplings! Don’t miss the Dumpling Masterclass by celebrity Chef Guy Grossi on the main stage at midday.
For further information: www.fedsquare.com
Media contact: Belinda Phillips, Haystac on (03) 8689 2274
European Masters: Städel Museum 19th – 20th Centuries, NGV International,
19 June – 10 October
In a Melbourne exclusive, European Masters: Städel Museum, 19th-20th Century brings to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV International) more than 100 works from 70 of the world’s most influential artistic luminaries, including Monet, Cézanne, Renoir, Degas and Picasso, as well as some – such as Munch, Beckmann and Klinger – whose work is rarely seen in Australia. This is the first time the extraordinary collection from Frankfurt’s Städel Museum is to be displayed outside Europe giving Australian audiences a rare opportunity to engage with truly revolutionary examples of modern art from seven of Europe’s major art movements.
For more information: visit www.ngv.vic.gov.au
or call 03 8620 2222
Tim Burton: The Exhibition, ACMI, 24 June – 10 October
Direct from The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, step into Burton’s magical worlds and experience an unprecedented glimpse into the fanciful mind of the auteur, whose vision has been admired in movies including Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Sweeny Todd and more recently Alice in Wonderland. The retrospective showcases 700 examples of rare and many never-before-seen photographs, paintings, drawings, puppets, storyboards and costumes as well as short films and animations.
For more information: visit www.acmi.net.au
or call 03 8663 2200
Peggy! The Australian Ballet, the Arts Centre, 25 June – 5 July
Peggy! is a showcase the Australian Ballet’s most captivating repertoire, celebrating the company’s founding artistic director, Peggy van Praagh. This gala-style programme offers a fascinating sample of key moments from white ballet classics including Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty and Giselle.
For more information: please visit www.australianballet.com.au
Melbourne Boat Show, Melbourne Exhibition Centre 1 – 5 July
Get on board for the 50th annual Melbourne Boat Show, Australia’s biggest and best exhibition of boats and marine equipment including shows, information, interactive displays and kid’s activities. You can even get your Recreational Boat Operator License!
For more information: please visit www.melbourneboatshow.com.au
or call 03 8696 5600
Guy Grossi & Luke Mangan ‘In The Raw’ Dinner and Live show, Regent Theatre, 9 and 10 July
Guy Grossi and Luke Mangan are taking their long friendship, their cheeky humour and their love of fresh food to the people when they headline their live show “In the Raw” at Melbourne’s Plaza Ballroom at the Regent Theatre in July. With a pinch of the Blues Brothers, a shake of cabaret (and maybe cabernet), a dash of rat pack and a whole lot of fresh, beautifully cooked (and sometimes raw) food, guests will enjoy a four-course degustation menu created by Luke and Guy with matched wines, whilst being entertained in a live show by the boys and their special celebrity guests.
For more information: www.ticketek.com.au
Media contact: Samantha Warren-White, Ph: (03) 9836 2167 ext.2
Circus Oz, the Big Top, 16 June – 11 July
Exploding onto the Big Top stage in 2010 are new acts of non-stop energy, performed by a fresh Circus Oz crew of highly skilled performers. Prepare to be amazed by absurd acrobatics, graceful aerial performances and fast-paced knockabout. Circus Oz will have you gasping and then laughing yourself silly.
For more information: please visit www.circusoz.com or call 03 9646 8899
State of Design, Melbourne and regional Victoria, 14 – 25 July
Discover how the innovative Victorian and Australian design profession can improve living conditions, create sustainable development opportunities, and generate new and innovative products and services. The annual State of Design Festival provides both local and international conversations on design through a comprehensive program of over 75 public and leading industry events throughout Melbourne and Victoria, including the renowned Premier’s Design Awards.
For more information: www.stateofdesign.com.au
Mary Poppins, Her Majesty’s Theatre, 16 July onwards
Brilliantly adapted from the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins has dazzled millions of people around the globe and now it is your chance to experience the magic! This spectacular musical production includes all of the best loved songs from the film including Chim Chim Cher-ee, A Spoonful of Sugar, Jolly Holiday, Step in Time and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
For more information: please visit www.marypoppinsthemusical.com.au
Reader’s Feast – Crime and Justice, the Abbotsford Covent, 17 – 19 July
This will be the largest gathering of crime writers in the history of Australia. Teaming up with social commentators, judicial luminaries and legal professionals, all will come together to celebrate and promote contemporary writings in the fields of crime and justice through lively debate and discussion.
For more information: please visit www.crimeandjusticefestival.com
or call 03 9662 4699
Melbourne International Film Festival, 23 July – 8 August
Cinema buffs will revel in a feast of cinematic delicacies this winter with screenings from over 50 countries as well as new Australian films by established and emerging film-makers. The annual Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has a rich history of world-class programming and is regarded as one of the largest and longest running film festivals, just one year younger than Cannes!
For more information: please visit www.melbournefilmfestival.com.au or call 03 8660 4888
03 8660 4816
2010 Bledisloe Cup, Etihad Stadium, 31 July
Australia’s own Qantas Wallabies will kick-start their 2010 Bledisloe Cup campaign with a big bang in Melbourne, taking on the New Zealand All Blacks. After seven straight years of defeat our Wallabies are hungrier and more determined than ever. This promises to be a sensational match!
For more information: please visit www.rugby.com.au
Heathcote on Show, Heathcote, 12 – 14 June, 2010
Meet winemakers, growers, chefs, producers, brewers and artists in over 50 locations when the Heathcote Region opens its doors for Heathcote on Show. Taking place on the Queen’s Birthday Weekend, Heathcote on show features a myriad of special events including special cellar door tastings, winery tours, ‘meet the winemaker’ and meet the brewer’ events, beer-making seminars, lunch /dinner events and cooking demonstrations. Taste local produce, enjoy live music and local artists work.
For more information: Heathcote Visitor Information Centre Ph: (03) 5433 3121
Fun4Kids Festival, Warrnambool, 27 June – 4 July
The Fun4Kids Festival is truly an extraordinary experience for kids aged up to 12 years, offering a 2.5 acre indoor space of children's performances, hands-on fun, creativity and high energy activities. Inducted into the prestigious QANTAS Australian Tourism Award Hall of Fame after being voted Australia's best festival 2006, 2007 & 2008, this multi award winning festival is a not-for-profit event.
For more information: please visit www.fun4kids.com.auor call 03 5526 4044
The Daylesford Craft Experience, Peppers Springs Retreat and Spa, 3 - 4 July
Indulge your creative self with this fabulous two-day craft retreat, including demonstrations from guest designers Melanie Hurlston of Melly & me, Jodie Carleton of Ric Rac and Hitomi Fujita of Studio Mio. Take pleasure in the many craft stalls, activities, and a delicious lunch and afternoon tea at the picturesque Peppers Springs Retreat and Spa.
For more information: please visit www.threadneedle.com.au or call 03 5348 4277
03 5321 6294
Winter Weekends in Port Fairy, 3 – 4 July
Port Fairy plays host to a series of themed winter weekends, one a month from June to August. July’s weekend, Port Fairy in Sepia, is a wonderful celebration of all that is old made new again, with live music and comedy performances throughout the town.
For more information: please visit www.port-fairy.com/winterweekends
or call 03 5568 2682
Louis Buvelot: Selected paintings and drawings of the Mornington Peninsula, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, 7 July – 29 August
Swiss-born artist Louis Buvelot (1814–88), considered the father of Australian landscape painting, travelled to and explored the Mornington Peninsula on at least three separate occasions with most of his resulting works relating to the Kangerong Valley area at Dromana and Mt Martha. The exhibition showcases one of the artist’s most accomplished and celebrated paintings, Bush Track, Dromana 1875, along with key supporting drawings and studies. Early images of Dromana will compliment the works on display, along with newly commissioned photographs whic reveal the radical changes in the landscape and the extent of human settlement since the time of Buvelot. Presented concurrently alongside two other exhibitions: Stephen Eastaugh: An unstill life and Imagining the Orient.
For more information: mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au
Media contact: Stine Haug Ph: (03) 5977 2286
Jazz on Puffing Billy Railway, Dandenong Ranges, 9 July
Climb aboard for a night of fine wine, food and live jazz, including a three course buffet meal at the historic Nobelius Packing Shed. Back by popular demand, the Jazz on Puffing Billy Railway train will depart regularly from Puffing Billy’s Belgrave Station throughout 2010, with the next departure scheduled for 9 July.
For more information: please visit www.puffingbilly.com.au or call 03 9757 0700
Mildura Writers’ Festival, 15 – 18 July
The Mildura Writers’ Festival brings together some of Australia’s best writers in an intimate, winter program of workshops, lectures and discussion forums. As one of Australia’s finest literary occasions, the Mildura Writers’ Festival attracts the nation’s best writers including Nobel Laureates such as JM Coetze, renowned authors such as David Malouf and Les Murray and international stars such as Clive James.
For more information: please visit www.artsmildura.com.au/writers
or call 03 5021 5100
Australian Sheep and Wool Show, Bendigo, 16 - 18 July
This is the largest sheep and wool show in the world, featuring over 28 breeds of sheep, goats and alpacas. Animals aside, there is much more to see with over 150 general interest exhibits such as wool craft and an international fleece competition, unique wool fashion parades and the entertaining sheep-dog trail contests.
For more information: please visit www.sheepshow.com
or call 03 5439 5094
Milawa Gourmet Region Producers’ Market, 18 July
Pack your basket full with all that the Milawa Gourmet Region has to offer at the 2010 Producers’ Market. Enjoy a great selection of locally grown or made products from fresh fruit and vegetables to jams and sauces, meats, nuts, olive oil and even jewellery. Live music and the friendly warmth of Milawa makes this market a most enjoyable gourmet experience.
For more information: please visit www.milawagourmet.com
or call 03 57270 345
whiteOUT, Mt Buller, 21 – 25 July
Join in the fun at Australia’s premier gay and lesbian snow event which celebrates its eleventh year in 2010. The whiteOUT festival offers a huge week of exhilarating skiing in addition to a jam-packed itinerary of entertainment and activities aimed at both experienced skiers and occasional snow-frolickers. Also don’t miss in July, the annual Beanie Festival (3-4 July).
For more information: please visit www.whiteout.net.au
or call 03 9018 8398
The Tour of Gippsland, Mallacoota to Paynesville, 28 July – 1 August
This challenging five-day bike tour takes competitors on a challenging course throughout stunning East Gippsland. The tour will be contested by up to 100 internationally-rated professional cyclists from Australia and overseas, with $30,000 in prize money up for grabs!
For more information: please visit www.caribou.net.au
or call 03 5224 2466
Hot Deals - June Ski Packages
Lake Mountain Two-for-One Toboggan $12*
Lake Mountain is the ideal place to visit the snow for the first time. Just two hours from Melbourne, come and experience the fun and excitement of the snow with this special offer: hire one toboggan and receive a second toboggan free if you visit midweek.
*Mention visitvictoria.com deals and packages when booking to redeem this offer. Offer valid midweek only. Does not include gate entry. Conditions apply. Valid 11–24 June 2010
Dinner Plain Ultimate Family Ski Package $577* per adult
With 320 hectares and 13 lifts, Hotham has some of the best natural snow terrain in Australia. Book early to receive this great deal staying in the delightful village of Dinner Plain. Package includes five nights in a two bedroom chalet, five day all-mountain lift pass and equipment hire, five adult group lessons and five half days at Kids Snowzone.
*Mention visitvictoria.com deals and packages and quote V5NSTD when booking to redeem this offer. Price based on six share. Price per child from $477. Valid from 12–24 June 2010
Mt Buller Lodge Escape $481* per adult
Your time on the slopes will be better than ever in 2010 with more than $1 million of upgrades to the snowmaking system and grooming fleet at Mount Buller, only three hours from Melbourne. This package includes three nights midweek lodge accommodation at Mt Buller, three day unlimited lift ticket and three day ski or board hire.
*Mention visitvictoria.com deals and packages when booking to redeem this offer. Price based on two adults sharing. Price per child from $325. Available midweek only. Subject to availability and conditions apply. Valid from 13-24 June
Falls Creek Early Bird Deal $998* per adult
Enjoy your own private hot tub in a luxury four share apartment at Falls Creek. Get in early to enjoy great savings: five nights a Quay West Resort apartment, five day lift pass, five group lessons per adult and five full days at the Snowsports School per child.
*Mention visitvictoria.com deals and packages and quote code QWTVIC when booking to redeem this offer. Price per child (3-14 years) from $933. Accommodation is a two bedroom, four share with private hot tub. Conditions apply. Valid from 12-25 June 2010