Show Me Melbourne: Top 5 Weekend Things
Show Me Melbourne’s Jess Lothian who’s based in the frequent contender for the title of “World’s Most Liveable City” feels that Melbourne is an ‘urban metropolis that still retains some of that small-town feel’ and that is why there is such a prevalent emphasis on the artistic, quality dining, outdoor excursions and historic adventure to explore.’
It is also the place she calls home and her collection of top five experiences while visiting Victoria’s capital is aimed to create a memorable weekend in this diverse and lively city. Show Me Melbourne’s itineraries, on the other hand, are designed to cover a wide variety and sights across a broad range of taste and preferences.
Let’s dive into what Jess considers to be the best ways to experience Melbourne for the weekend.
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The Yarra Valley
Located only an hour from the city, the Yarra Valley is known for its stunning views, exceptional produce and cool-climate wines. This is the best place to sip on some of the finest wines in Australia surrounded by rolling green hills covered in Grapevines.
“Our Private Yarra Valley Wine Tour with lunch is the best way to escape the crowds during these unprecedented times, but it’s also a fantastic option for groups. We take our guests to three award-winning wineries such as Domaine Chandon, Yering Station, Yarrawood Estate, Rochford Wines, Punt Road Winery, Zonzo Estate or Oakridge Wines and we stop for a generous lunch. Time permitting we’ll drop in at the Yarra Valley Choclaterie and Ice-Creamery for some chocolate samples and shopping,” Says Jess.
Melbourne Royal Botanical Gardens
Situated in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, this beautifully maintained landmark opens its doors as a picturesque and expansive 36-hectare garden overflowing with more than 50,000 plant species.
“There really is no better time to visit other than all year-round,” says Jess. Think diverse ranges of plant collections and uniquely immersive mini-tours that allows visitors to take in the peaceful atmosphere. “They also happen to offer outdoor movie screenings under the starry, balmy skies which is a great way to spend the evening,” she adds.
The Dandenong Ranges
According to Jess, this is one of the region’s best-kept secrets. The underappreciated Dandenong Ranges is a spectacular mix of lush rainforests, walking tracks, quaint shops in charming little towns just 45 minutes outside of the city. Jess also recommends the Puffing Billy steam train ride that winds down the scenic mountainside as it glides past the pristine wilderness and native wildlife of this region.
Beneath Driver Lane
“This is another experience to add to that weekend bucket list. After dinner, head out to Shop 3 on Driver Lane for a cocktail in a hidden bar, which is aptly named Beneath Driver Lane. If you like cocktails, whisky, blues, good service and eating Reuben sandwiches at 2 am, this is the spot to be,” shares Jess.
The folks behind the bar are all practised professionals; personable, knowledgeable and looking sharp in black chef coats. What they’re mixing up is pretty sharp, too. For a bit of wow factor, get a custom-build Martini in a delicate wine glass chilled with swirling liquid nitrogen.
Peninsula Hot Springs
The Peninsula Hot Springs had a makeover in 2018 that cost nearly $13 million and re-opened its doors with nine new pools, a food garden and best of all, an ice cave and deep freeze chamber.
It is said that hot/cold therapy is a well-regarded method to reduce inflammation, stress and soreness. This may just be the best way to wrap up a weekend of sightseeing and perhaps, indulgence. Try it out.
Show Me Melbourne offers Wine Tours, History and Culture Tours, Sports Tours and Shopping Tours of Melbourne. Read more in detail about what Show Me Melbourne does to deliver exceptional experiences in the capital of Victoria, or to book a place on one of their many bus and walking tours, visit the Show Me Melbourne website or call their team of experts on +61 3 8822 4568.
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