Australia’s gourmet Mecca, Melbourne’s location means that is just a stone’s throw away from some of the most exciting food and wine producers in the world. If cheese is your thing, don’t miss some of Victoria’s finest dairy exponents Meredith Dairy, Piano Hill Cheeses and Tarago River Cheese Company.
And what’s cheese without a good wine, I hear you cry? Get amongst it with these stunning local producers and you’ll be in good company – Coldstream Hills, Domaine Chandon, Dalwhinnie, to name a few. Grab a bottle and a chunk of cheese and head towards the Botanical Gardens or The Tan for an impromptu picnic, what al lush way to spend a weekend afternoon.
For those with a sweet tooth head to Suga, in the Royal Arcade (Shop 20, 335 Bourke Street, City) a glossy Willy Wonka world of handmade candy dreams. And while in Melbourne don’t miss the opportunity to stock up on Haigh’s chocolates – these to-die-for, melt in the mouth luxuries are Australia’s answer to Swiss mega-choc Lindt.
To see and do
Melbourne has a non-stop calendar of arts, entertainment and sporting events to keep you occupied all year round. Here are some not-to-be missed dates for your diary…
Australian Open Tennis Championships
13 – 26 January 2003
Foster’s Australian Grand Prix
6 – 9 March 2003
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
28 March – 13 April 2003
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
27 March – 20 April 2003
Rip Curl Pro and SunSmart Classic
14 – 27 April 2003
To shop and be pampered
The Paris-end of Collins Street offers all there is in upmarket shopping, darling. If shoes are your thing you’ll find fancy footwear from Ferragamo, Jimmy Choo, Fendi, Dolce and Gabbana, Rudolphe Menudier and Versace.
Flinders Lane in the City has revealed hidden gems in recent times, most noteworthy are Alice Euphemia and the uber funky Genki for a range of imported and new-kids-on-the-block designs.
Douglas & Hope for funky fashion designed to fit real women labels include Immune and Gorman, plus luxury hand-made quilts and cushions using stunning patches of antique kimonos for the ultimate in shabby chic. Phone (03) 9417 0662 for store locations.
Oversea Designer Warehouse for heavily discounted international brands. Gucci, D&G, Armani at up to 60% off! But only until 5 January 2003. Phone (03) 9654 0158 for more information.
For more information about making Melbourne the destination for your next short break, check out www.visitmelbourne.com