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What's new November 2018

/ 31 Oct 2018
New accommodation, eateries, exhibitions and tours open in time for summer

New Accommodation

Wentworth House
New self-contained accommodation, Wentworth House, offers a luxurious self-contained accommodation for 1-6 people located in the heart of Spa Country overlooking the lake in Daylesford, Victoria. Created by owners David Gill of the Daylesford Brewing Company and designer Jessica Holmes of Dunbarlo, (ex swimwear designer turned interiors), the couple have spent the last two years transforming a quaint 1850’s miners cottage into a premium accommodation experience. Wentworth House offers three bedrooms, three marble bathrooms, a multitude of living spaces and modern amenities including an open fire and extra deep spa baths, perfect for two. The home’s interiors have been created to offer a unique sense of colour, texture and layered detail that is evident in Jessica’s design style. Each suite offers a thematic sense of style with visual backdrops ideal for special occasions such as wedding preparations, honeymoons and anniversaries. Lake Daylesford, Daylesford, VIC, Contact: Jessica Holmes: 0438 332 655 or David Gill: 0431 748 927

Two new Accor properties in Melbourne
The new-build Novotel and ibis Melbourne Central, is offering travellers more choice by putting the two hotel brands together in the one property overlooking Little Lonsdale Street. Taking bookings for stays from 1 December and from $160 per night, the property features 483 guestrooms. The 35-floor tower is AccorHotels Australia’s first vertical new-build multi hotel development where two brands will share guest facilities. Food and beverage is inspired by the city’s rich ethnic history, with Pretty Boy Italian Steak House giving a tongue and cheek flair to home cooked Victorian produce, along with Floyd’s Italian inspired spritz and salumi bar. For dumpling lovers, Goldie Asian Canteen + Brews will steam the stomachs of guests and locals alike and will be open from dawn to dark.

Also announced by AccorHotels, The Sebel Melbourne Malvern will add 98 serviced apartment-style rooms to the well-heeled Malvern neighbourhood in Melbourne’s south-east. Scheduled to open in late November, spanning 17 floors, the property boasts 46 one-bedroom suites, 36 two-bedroom suites and 4 three-bedroom suites, all complete with full kitchen and laundry facilities. Featuring an executive lounge, fitness centre, jacuzzi, and an expansive sun-drenched outdoor recreation terrace complete with BBQ facilities. Leafy Malvern offers a relaxing alternative to an inner-city stay, offering quaint cafes, deli’s and boutiques as well as larger shopping precincts and great access to the rest of the city via trams and trains. The Sebel Melbourne Malvern is located at 803 Dandenong Road Malvern, Victoria. 


Zoos Victoria

New in attractions

Australian Wildlife Tour
A new exclusive experience from Melbourne Zoo allows visitors to have morning access to the zoo 45 minutes before it opens to the public, with the opportunity to learn about Australian wildlife during an intimate tour with the passionate and knowledgeable staff. The tours include a koala presentation then a walk among the emus and kangaroos, where guests can feed the kangaroos some breakfast. At the wombat’s burrow visitors will learn all about this incredible creature which can weigh over 30kgs. The tour finishes at the captivating Great Flight Aviary home to native birdlife including red-tailed black cockatoos, wonga pigeons, apostle birds and jabiru just to name a few. Operating days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, bookings essential and subject to availability. Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Ave, Parkville VIC 3052

Science on the move in Phillip Island
Opening on Thursday 1 November and running until Monday 28 January, The Science on the Move exhibition is set to move into The Nobbies at Phillip Island. Created by Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre in Canberra - the exhibition challenges visitors to discover principles of light; music and sound; human biology; ecology and the environment; and so much more. The exhibition is located in the aptly named Lab alongside the permanent Antarctic Journey exhibition at the Nobbies. Science on the Move is an intriguing collection of 35 hands-on experiences across 23 separate exhibits that will engage the mind and body. The travelling exhibition provides interactive puzzles, experiments and problem-solving exercises to engage all ages about the wonders of science. FREE with a 4 Parks Pass or Antarctic Journey entry ticket. The Nobbies, Summerlands, 3922, +61 3 5951 2800

New eats

Broadsheet Kitchen welcomes first resident
Popular finger-on-the-pulse what's on guide, Broadsheet Melbourne, which is also now back in print as well as online, has expanded its horizons even further. Taking on the world of hospitality, the entrepreneurial publication has teamed up with Scott Pickett and taken over his Smith Street restaurant, Saint Crispin for a new dining concept. Broadsheet Kitchen will offer emerging young chefs the opportunity to take over the restaurant for stints of three months at a time introducing their own concept, menu and food philosophies to the public. Over the course of the next year, the incubator will induct four ambitious chefs into the kitchen, each will have the support of the Saint Crispin staff as well as a mentor from the likes of Scott Pickett and Andrew McConnell. The first, Queenslander Ryan Dolan, will cook for guests from November 2 to January 26 with his bistronomy concept, Cabale. 

Red Piggy Melbourne's newest rooftop
Located on the corner of Swanston and Little Bourke St, Red Piggy is Melbourne's newest rooftop. Visitor need to head up the lift to level three of the building for views of Melbourne's skyline including the hustle and bustle of shoppers from Emporium QV down to Flinders Street.  The food concept is a modern twist on classic South-East Asian flavours from experienced Head Chef, Kim-Maree Moore. Highlights include crispy rockling fillet with coconut jackfruit salad and slow-cooked lamb neck in a rich Thai red curry - all produce focusing on low food mileage farm-to-plate in Victoria. The terrace features festoon lighting and tropical Asian jungle inspired decor including an 11-metre hanging wall garden. Inside, traditional French Indochina tiles cover the floor and handmade Vietnamese and Laotian farming baskets decorate the ceiling. Level 3, Cnr Swanston and Little Bourke, VIC, 3000

Piccolina Gelateria
Another outpost of popular Piccolina Gelateria has arrived in Acland Street in St Kilda just in time for summer. The new bayside venue joins those in Hawthorn and Collingwood and already has a loyal fan base of customers for their inventive classics including flavours such as Better Than Nutella; Passionfruit; and Choc Brownie with 70.5% dark chocolate. The gelato is 100% natural with the team pureeing fresh fruit, roasting nuts and tempering quality chocolate and a daily basis to craft the gelato from secret family recipes. 137 Acland Street, St Kilda, 3182

Chacho’s Pizza + Bar
Taking inspiration from two global giants of cuisine – Italy and Mexico - Chapel Street has welcomed a new pizza and tequila bar to the heart of Windsor. ​Chacho’s Pizza + Bar provides a playful and welcoming venue with leather banquette seating and instagramable well tagging and neon statements. With a menu split into ‘Pizzas’ and ‘Not Pizzas’, the Mexican influence keeps things fun and interesting. Led by Head Chef and pizza guru, Dan Pegg (​Lazerpig​), popular toppings for the 12-inch authentic sourdough bases include the ​Del Toro featuring San Marzano, mozzarella, roasted onions, chorizo, corn, jalapenos and coriander, complete with a central ring of corn chips for guacamole and sour cream dipping. But what really sets Chacho’s apart is its extensive range of Tequila and Mezcal. Margaritas include both sweet and savoury and tequila flights are available in 20ml and 30ml servings, all delivered with house-made sangrita. A daily happy hour from 5-7pm includes $10 margaritas and $10 pizzas provide the perfect post work feed. 110 Chapel St, Windsor VIC 3181, (03) 9042 8168

ISH to bring Contemporary Indian To Gertrude Street
Eclectic Gertrude Street with its split personality of sophistication versus Fitzroy grunge, seems to be the perfect home for ISH - a contemporary Indian restaurant that is rooted in the liminal. Owner Ganeev Bains describes it as ‘unexpected India’ with inspirations both traditional and modern, its flavours both familiar and surprising, and “food representing the dynamism that so defines modern-day India.” ISH is Indian-ish, but also Australian. Menu highlights include a free-range chicken tikka, caramelised onions, roasted garlic ‘burrani’ yoghurt; tempura eggplant, capsicum chhonka, tamarind peanut salad; slow-cooked home-style Kerala beef curry; saffron sago pearl pudding. Split across two stunning levels, the interiors – designed by Ganeev’s mother Annu - are composed entirely of bespoke fittings and furnishings from India that represent both the old and the new ISH that conveys a sleek and dynamic Melbourne aesthetic with the luxuriant warmth of India. 199 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

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