Your ultimate getaway guide to Melbourne and beyond

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Where to eat, drink, stay and play in Melbourne.

Known for its thriving cultural and art scene and bustling streets and laneways filled with restaurants, cafes, bars and boutiques, there is so much to see and do in Melbourne. Spend some time getting lost in the magic of the city, exploring the nooks and crannies, and experiencing the local flavours. Be sure to carve out some extra time to escape to the regions, such as the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula – both a short 90-minute drive away. To inspire your next #HolidayHereThisYear, we’ve rounded up our top pick of local experiences, in partnership with Visit Victoria.

Melbourne CBD:

Notel airstream stay Melbourne CBD
Midweek urban airstream stay 

Amp up your Insta game and get set to be the envy of your friends with this unique Airstream stay conveniently perched on a rooftop in Flinders Street. Kitted out with all of the mod cons including air conditioning, an ensuite bathroom, Netflix and a complimentary minibar, it acts as the perfect base to explore Melbourne and beyond.

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Hot air balloons over Melbourne
Hot air balloon ride over Melbourne with breakfast

See the city sights and attractions from a whole new perspective with a hot air balloon ride at dawn. Watch the sky dance with changing colours as you soak in panoramic views of the CBD out to Port Phillip Bay. A celebratory champagne breakfast post-flight will top your already incredible morning.

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Rice paper scissors Melbourne CBD laneway restauarant
5 course South East Asian lunch with cocktail

Experience Melbourne’s trendy dining scene with a visit to Rice Paper Scissors in Fitzroy. The South East Asian-inspired restaurant embraces the traditional share-style culture and gives diners the chance to choose 5 delectable dishes from their banquet menu. Round off your meal with a cocktail each, adding an Asian twist to some of your favourite classics.

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Brew your own beer at Melbourne microbrewery
Brew your own beer workshop

Calling all beer lovers! This experience gives you the chance to create your very own bespoke brew. Collect your ingredients, add your hops and yeast, and master your desired flavours. Boasting an electric atmosphere, great music and even better beer, this is the perfect daytime activity if you aren’t into the typical tourist stuff.

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Yarra Valley

Overnight Stay in the Yarra Valley
Overnight Yarra Valley getaway with breakfast

Head to Victoria’s oldest wine region, stretching back 170 years, and immerse yourself in the rich history, superb food and wine, and stunning bucolic landscapes. This overnight package at Balgownie Estae includes luxe suite accommodation, breakfast and a wine tasting at the onsite cellar door.

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Yarra Valley horse trail ride with wine tasting
Yarra Valley state forest horse trail ride

One to tick off the bucket list; this 2.5-hour horse ride is a great way to get back to nature and explore the beauty of the region. After being matched up with a friendly horse, you will follow a beautiful bush trail up to a quaint mountain hut for a local wine tasting. Keep your eyes peeled for wombats, kangaroos, wallabies and lyrebirds that call this area home.

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Rochford wines
Rochford Wines wine tasting and 2 course lunch

Nestled in the rolling hills of Yarra Valley, Rochford Wines has become a showpiece for the region, producing highly respected and exquisite wines, as well as superb food. Here you’ll enjoy a wine tasting on arrival before be seated in the restaurant for a sumptuous 2 course meal paired with your choice of estate-made wine.

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Mornington Peninsula

Flinders Hotel Mornington Peninsula
2 night coastal getaway with breakfast

After exploring the city and countryside, a visit to the gorgeous seaside town is Flinders is a must. Located on the famous Mornington Peninsula, check-in for a 2 night stay inclusive of daily breakfast. Explore the nearby restaurants, cafes and boutiques, head to the beach for a refreshing dip or curl up on your plush king bed with a good book.

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Peninsula Hot Springs
Hot springs bathe and private bath

If relaxation and pampering is high on your agenda, then a trip to the award-winning Peninsula Hot Springs is a non-negotiable. A favourite of locals and tourists alike, enjoy all-day access to the Spa Dreaming Centre, as well as a 45-minute private bathing experience for 2 that includes your choice of lavender milk, Tulsi tea, or essential oils to enhance the benefits.

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Paddock-to-plate cooking class and wine tasting at Green Olive at Red Hill
Delicious farm produce lunch and wine

Treat your taste buds to a delicious shared tapas lunch at a local sustainable farm. Your meal is accompanied with a glass of Kelpie Bridge wine and is followed by dessert and a farm-roasted coffee each. Need we say more?

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