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Melbourne for Winners

Destination(s): Melbourne

A trip designed for people who aren't losers

Rialto Towers & Observation Deck

Rialto Towers & Observation Deck

  • 525 Collins Street
  • tel:+61 3 9614 5888
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000

Standing 823 feet tall, the Rialto Tower Observation Deck is the fastest (the lightning elevators take 40 seconds to reach the top floor) way to get your bearings in Melbourne. With 360-degree view, the Observation Deck offers a breathtaking experience both day and night.

Towering over Melbourne's CBD, it's a great place to take a break from sight-seeing (at ground level at least) and rest your tired feet. Enjoy lunch or dinner at the fully licensed Café 360, but sunset is the ideal time to indulge in a nice wine as you watch the day slip away over the city. read more about Rialto Towers & Observation Deck

Chinatown

Chinatown

  • Little Bourke Street
  • (Between Swanston and Russell streets)
  • tel:+61 (0)39 658 9658 (Visitor Information Centre)
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000

For something that's Chinese, there's nothing foreign about Melbourne's Chinatown.

Carving the centre of Melbourne's Central Business District (CBD) in the top end of Little Bourke Street, Chinatown is a bustle with restaurants, shops and a mixture of delicious aromas with at times, rather unsavoury wafts from back alleys. But we're talking Melbourne where smelly alleyways boast some of the coolest hole-in-the-wall bars, so best look for the giant dragon gates and jump on board the orient express.

Whether its Yum-Cha at the Shark Fin Inn or some Placenta face-cream from one of the many beauty shops, Chinatown is mostly hit up by Melbourne's hipsters for cheap and fast dumplings. David and Camy is an institution on Thursday nights for bright young things in tight denim, flannel and neon lipstick, fresh from the latest exhibition opening and hungry for some pork dumplings at below reasonable prices.

A maze of shops of things you didn't know you needed awaits and you'll feel strange air of shopper's delight and remorse when you leave with a giant cat shaped lamp under your arm.

Look up from street level windows of slightly depressed crayfish to reveal a plethora of karaoke joints ready to take advantage of one too many Tsingtao.

Visit on Thursday nights to see Melbourne's Movers & Shakers play, or any night on the weekend when the pretty waitresses attempt to lure you in by screaming the menu as you pass by, but always with a smile. read more about Chinatown

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

  • 111 Sturt Street Southbank
  • Southbank
  • tel:+61 3 9697 9999
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3006

With a focus on exhibiting rather than collecting, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) is dedicated to the promotion of innovative, evocative, creative and challenging art.

Designed by Melbourne based architects, Wood Marsh, the building itself is an iconic masterpiece, the rustic steel mass a landmark in Melbourne's inner city art precinct.

ACCA hosts five exhibition seasons each year by both local and international artists. Their exhibitions remain innovative through commission; artists are allowed encouraged to produce new work specifically for ACCA, a process that fosters creativity and experimentation.

Be sure to visit the ACCA shop to peruse current art journals and publications and even take a little piece of art home with you. read more about Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Forum Theater

Forum Theater

  • 154 Flinders Street
  • tel:61 3 9299 9700
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000
Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market

  • 513 Elizabeth Street
  • Btw. Peel, Victoria, Elizabeth, and Therry sts. on the northern edge of the city center
  • tel:+61 3 9320 5822
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000

With no harbour to swoon over, Melbournians pride themselves on cultural pursuits; particularly the kind you can eat. Food is serious business in Melbourne, and the biggest place to shop all things delicious is the Queen Victoria Market. We're talking the usual market chop; hustling hawkers screaming gibberish about a kilo of cherries and fish mongers casting out their catch of the day, but in a city that takes its cuisine with a side of snobbery, it's refreshing (not to mention fun) to see where all the grass roots action takes place.

With endless rows of stalls pushing everything from organic fennel to trashy clip-on koala toys, the vibe is both local and touristy. Young socialites select the perfect harvati for that night's dinner party whilst backpackers flock for a cheap feed from the Bratwurst shop in the Deli Hall.

If you've bought more food than you can carry, skip a couple of aisles over to the Retail Stalls section where clothing and accessories run the show. Tourists delight in Australiana paraphernalia such as sheep skins, moccasins and 'I HEART Melbourne' t-shirts (note: under no circumstances are these to be worn in Melbourne).

Accessible by the any tram heading north from Elizabeth or William Street, and only a short stroll from Melbourne's CBD, the Queen Victoria Market is the perfect place to see real Melbournians savour their favourite past time. Go early to avoid the crowds and take a basket to fill with cheeses, sausage and pastries and savour your spoils in a picnic in the nearby Carlton Gardens. read more about Queen Victoria Market

The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road

  • 1 Elizabeth Street
  • tel:+61 3 5263 2212
  • Visit website
  • Anglesea, 3230
TarraWarra Estate (Yarra Valley)

TarraWarra Estate (Yarra Valley)

  • 311 Healsesville-Yarra Glen Road
  • Lilydale
  • tel:+61 3 5962 2600
  • Visit website
  • Yarra Glen, 3775

TarraWarra Estate is the simplest way to enjoy Victoria's Yarra Valley. Complete with a fine dining restaurant, museum of art and of course, an open cellar door, it's the perfect country escape.

Sit hillside in the WineBar café and let the Allen Powell's carefully crafted architecture carve the landcape views for you. Powell won the inaugural Premier's Design Award for his work on the Museum, the architecture growing seamlessly from the landscape. With a menu built to compliment the current vintage, this is no snack bar. Be prepared for a serious culinary experience and remember to book in advance.

The popular Tin Cows wine focus on vibrant fruit and pure varietal character, and are named after the permanent metal cow sculptures in the gardens. An easy hour-long drive from Melbourne, pity the designated driver who can't get stuck into the plonk. But there's plenty of non-alcoholic entertainment next door at the TarraWarra Museum of Art. read more about TarraWarra Estate (Yarra Valley)

Old Melbourne Gaol

Old Melbourne Gaol

  • Russell Street
  • Between Victoria & Latrobe Streets
  • tel:+61 3 9663 7228
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000
Supper Inn

Supper Inn

  • 15 Celestial Ave
  • Melbourne
  • tel:61 03 9663 4753
  • Melbourne, 3000
National Gallery of Victoria

National Gallery of Victoria

  • 180 St Kilda Rd
  • tel:+61 3 9208 0203
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000

Located on the tree-lined St Kilda Road, The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is home to a world-class international art collection. The permanent display offers visitors some of the biggest names in international art, but be sure to check the temporary exhibition program in advance to make the most out of your visit. The worldwide collaboration between leading curators provides for an exciting catalogue of work.

Don't miss The Great Hall with its rainbow prism stained-glass ceiling or the Water Trail permanent display out front. The easiest way to get round is to take a free tour-guide so you don't miss any of the displays. read more about National Gallery of Victoria

Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)

Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)

  • Birdwood Avenue
  • South Yarra
  • tel:+61 3 9252 2300
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3141
St. Kilda (Luna Park)

St. Kilda (Luna Park)

  • Lower Esplanade, P. O. Box 1083
  • St. Kilda South
  • tel:+61 3 9525 5033
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3182

The seaside suburb of St Kilda sparkles with pretty young things that make like its summer, despite the cruelties of a Melbourne winter. The current popularity of St Kilda's main drag owes its infamy to the 1950s when St Kilda was known for its illicit drug deals and prostitution. The smut allowed for the creatives to move in, an artistic history that still resonates with the creative, laid back vibe of St Kilda today.

A café strip, the street is turned inside out with outdoor dining and drinking favoured. The seaside rests quietly behind the hustle of Acland Street and the giant mouth of the Luna Park fun park, and is best enjoyed with an ice-cream and stroll along the boardwalk at dusk.

Start with brunch at Il Fornaio at No. 1 Acland Street before heading up to Linden Centre for Contemporary Art at No. 26. Take your time meandering Acland and Gray Streets for fashion and fine coffee before enjoying an afternoon beverage in the sun at the iconic Vineyard. For unbeatable sea views, dinner at The Stokehouse on the water's edge is the easiest way to ensure your fish is fresh.

St Kilda is best accessed by tram. Take the number 96 or the 112. read more about St. Kilda (Luna Park)

Cookie

Cookie

  • 252 Swanston St
  • CBD
  • tel:03 9663 7660
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000
Melbourne Museum

Melbourne Museum

  • 11 Nicholson St
  • Carlton
  • tel:+61 3 8341 7777 / +61 3 9651 6136
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3053
Australian Centre For The Moving Image (ACMI)

Australian Centre For The Moving Image (ACMI)

  • Flinders Street
  • Federation Square
  • tel:+61 3 8663 2200
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000

More than a just a refuge for film buffs and gaming geeks, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) provides an interactive multimedia experience for all ages. The world's largest screen gallery, ACMI is devoted to the promotion of innovative cinema, television, new media and games, inviting punters to experience multimedia art with the same consideration often restricted to more traditional art forms.

Opening 2002, ACMI is nestled in Melbourne's iconic Federation Square. Conveniently located opposite Flinders Street Station, it's easy to pop in for a film, talk, creative workshop or exhibition. Get lost in the maze of interactive screen galleries and make your own moving image story. read more about Australian Centre For The Moving Image (ACMI)

Moonlight Cinema Melbourne

Moonlight Cinema Melbourne

  • South Yarra and St Kilda
  • tel:(03) 9869 8222
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3141

Snuggle up to your sweetheart, or possibly a possum, for some outdoor cinema at Melbourne's Moonlight Cinemas. If the on-screen action isn't enough to capture your attention, enjoy the skyline views and the lush surrounds of Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens.

An eclectic film program showcasing cult classics as well as new releases, the Moonlight Cinema is the perfect place to welcome summer with a picnic spread, some champagne, and a rented beanbag if you're ill prepared for the garden floor seating arrangement.

The sweet rose breeze definitely pushes a romantic element, but the Moonlight Cinema is also frequented by larger groups of friends, enjoying a sunset six-pack and the permission to eat noisily and whisper during films without the glare of someone in a black beret in the next row down.

Only a hop, skip and a jump from Melbourne's CBD, take the No. 8 tram from Flinders Street Station and remember your mosquito repellent. Tickets can be booked in advance or purchase at the gate. read more about Moonlight Cinema Melbourne

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

  • Brunton Avenue
  • Richmond
  • tel:+61 3 9657 8667
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3002

Home to Melbourne's sporting obsession, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) has seen heartache, triumph and grown men cry. A world class sporting facility, the MCG has hosted endless cricket matches, including the first ever Test match, and provides a base for the apple in Melbourne's eye; Australian Football League (AFL).

To understand the Melbourne psyche, attendance at an AFL match during from late autumn to early spring is mandatory. Buff men run around in very tight shorts as 100,000 drunk men in the stands scream profanities at the umpire – this is the real Melbourne, and as some Melbournians would see it, the real Australia.

Sports fan or not, the grounds are impeccably kept and the air of sporting history has bled into every seat. If you'd prefer to avoid the fanatic sports fans, best opt for a tour of 'The G', departing from Gate 3 on all non-event days. The tour includes the National Sports Museum, the Olympic Museum, Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Australian Cricket Hall of Fame and the Melbourne Cricket Club Museum. read more about Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Fitzroy

Fitzroy

  • Fitzroy
  • tel:+61 3 9658 9658(Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3065

Melbourne's inner-city suburb Fitzroy is where the cool kids come to sip their lattés and pick up the latest threads. Local fashion designers rub noses with retro apparel in this youthful hood, where a caffeine hit is never far away.

Melbourne's first suburb, Fitzroy's history was working class roots which combined with today's gentrification of the area provides for a textured contradiction that add to Fitzroy's charm. Designer luxuries are dripping into Fitzroy's bohemian air, and Brunswick Street is the best place to see it all.

Terrace houses host shop fronts of all descriptions, and bars, cafes and fashion shops reign supreme. A strip for all times of day, the brunch set spill on to a sunny day till dusk when the coffee turns to beer.

Make like Fitzroyalty and start with breakfast at Birdman Eating on the leafy Gertrude Street at no. 251. Be sure to check out the local fashion talent at Obus and Alice Euphemia before turning corner to Brunswick Street where you'll find Douglas & Hope, Alpha 60 and Fat52.

Lunch at Alimentari (251 Brunswick St) is best for those that like their food mouth watering. The Lebanese meatball wrap is a favourite with locals. An afternoon of galleries, bookstores, designer home wares and numerous cups of coffee awaits. Be sure to venture into the tree-lined side streets between Brunswick and Smith Streets where there's a pub with decently priced counter meals on almost every corner. read more about Fitzroy

Botanical (The)

Botanical (The)

  • 169 Domain Rd
  • South Yarra
  • tel:61 03 9820 7888
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3141
Chocolate Buddha

Chocolate Buddha

  • Federation Square
  • Corner Flinders and Swanston Streets
  • tel:61 0 3 9654 5688
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000
Thy Thy 1

Thy Thy 1

  • Level 1, 142 Victoria Street
  • tel:61 3 9429 1104
  • Melbourne, 3121
Vue de Monde

Vue de Monde

  • 430 Little Collins St
  • Melbourne CBD
  • tel:61 03 9691 3888
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000