Start your day with a stroll down the Yarra River to Melbourne's iconic Royal Botanic Gardens, housing over 10,000 species of plants. Complete with a picturesque lake and gazebos, the gardens offer stunning views of Government House and the city skyline. Weave your way back to the city and wander the laneways of Melbourne, enjoy Melbourne's coffee scene and take time to stop at one of the many local cafes. Make sure to stop by The Block Arcade, considered to be one of ‘Australia’s top 10 landmarks’ and one of Melbourne’s most iconic destinations.
Spend the afternoon taking in the culture of the city. We recommend a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Australia, offering a range of creative learning opportunities for everyone, inspired by the NGV Collection and exhibitions. This public gallery houses an extensive Aboriginal and Australian fine art collection. Next, stop by one of Melbourne's iconic bars for a afternoon drink. Arbory Bar & Eatery, located between the Yarra River and Flinders Street Train Station is must do for locals and visitors alike. Catering to a wide variety of tastes, this venue offers guests a considered, craft focused and comfort driven food and beverage selection.
Next to the hotel, on Level 55 of The Rialto, Lui Bar boasts spectacular views over Melbourne and is the perfect place to unwind and watch the sun go down while enjoying a predinner drink. Melbourne has an eclectic dinner scene with authentic and fusion cuisines scattered throughout the city. The best the city has to offer is the plethora of iconic restaurants on Flinders Lane precinct including Chin Chin, Cumulus or Tonka. One of the most renowned is MoVida, originally opening in 2002 as a little bar on a graffiti-covered lane serving Spanish tapas and shared plates, and now with four venues throughout the city. Although all unique, these venues share a philosophy of celebrating Spanish culture through Australian produce; respecting both but constrained by neither. Just across the Yarra, you'll find the exciting Southbank Precinct. We recommend crossing over the historic Princes Bridge and enjoying the spectacular view of the city. Many landmarks such as Flinders Street Station, Federation Square and the Arts Centre are beautifully lit at night.
In the city of Melbourne and some other sign posted areas right hand turns must be made from the far left hand lane in order to give trams the right of way. Please see your Concierge for driving instructions.
Victoria is the Garden State of Australia and there are many lovely gardens within walking distance of the hotel. Please see your Concierge for maps and inspiration.
During the 1880's and 1890's Melbourne had reputably become the richest city in the world due to the Victorian Gold Rush. Many buildings are still standing today from this era of distinctive Gothic Revival Style. The hotel is housed in one of these landmarks. We have our full story in our history level on ground floor but our Concierge team can direct you to other historical sites and landmarks which make up Melbourne's unique journey.
Victoria has over 20 wine regions and many of them are within easy driving distance of the hotel. Please see your concierge for small group tours or driving directions, maps and advice on how to make the most of your winery experience.