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Melbourne’s a winter masterpiece

Melbourne is a labyrinth of laneways that contain hidden bars, live music venues, acclaimed restaurants and designer boutiques. It's also a city with a passionate love of sports and boasts an action-packed calendar of blockbuster events, all year around.

Visit Melbourne at any time of the year and be greeted with a jam-packed program of exciting and unmissable events. Major events such as The Australian Open, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne Cup Carnival and the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces are the highlights between non-stop live gigs, exclusive art exhibitions, football fever and musical and theatre stage shows.

 Upcoming major events include:

  • The Book of Mormon – Princess Theatre (now showing)
  • Wallace & Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman - ACMI (ends 29 October)
  • Melbourne International Film Festival (3 – 20 August)
  • The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture - NGV International (27 August–7 November)
  • Rugby League World Cup 2017 Opening Match Australia v England – Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (27 October)
  • Rugby League World Cup 2017 Quarter Final – Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (19 November)

Dining destination

Melbourne is a city serious about its food. Restaurants, cafes and bars can be found lining main thoroughfares, hidden down laneways, perched high on rooftops, tucked down in basements and everywhere in-between. Many of the country’s most passionate and innovative chefs call Melbourne home. Ben Shrewry’s Attica was recently crowned Australia’s top restaurant in the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants list (number 32) and Dan Hunter’s Brae in Regional Victoria was awarded number 44. Dining destination precincts such as Flinders Lane in the CBD, Smith Street in Collingwood and Gertrude Street in Fitzroy, are home to the most awarded culinary and bar hotspots in Melbourne.

Retail therapy

There are more than 1000 fashion retailers within the city centre alone. The city's myriad of laneways and arcades uncover charming boutiques, while department stores and shopping centres continue to raise the bar. Explore the inner-city shopping centres such as Emporium Melbourne and Melbourne Central and find the best international brands in Bourke Street Mall with Zara and H&M’s Australian flagship store, as well as Australian department stores Myer and David Jones.

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