Named after Chef / owner Scott Pickett’s daughter, Matilda, this exciting South Yarra bistro is perfectly positioned to cater for locals and visitors alike. Across the road from the Royal Botanical Gardens, the design reflects the natural assets of the gardens bringing in earthy textures and tones. A long bar with stools is perfect for solo diners – many of whom will no doubt be staying at the newly opened United Places accommodation above. The menu is a destination showcase, its provenance proudly Australian with items such as Kangaroo Tartare and Lakes Entrance Octopus, Macedon Ranges Duck, Blackmore Bavette with wattleseed - sure to be a crowd-pleaser for both locals and international visitors. 159 Domain Road, South Yarra, VIC, 3141
The Visitor – food tours in Melbourne
Melbourne’s eclectic food experiences are just as interesting outside the city centre, as The Visitors new markets and suburb food tours set out to prove. The tours offer an immersive discovery of food and culture from a local foodie. Tours include the colourful South Melbourne Market, the prized Queens Victoria Market, as well as the inner north precinct of Carlton known as little Italy. On the half-day walking tours guests will learn the history and culture of the markets and local areas, meet the vendors, taste the produce and enjoy high quality local flavours for lunch, coffee, and glass of Victorian wine. Guest will get a real sense of living like a Melbourne local. Tours priced at $150, from 9:30am to 2pm.
Great Ocean Road Private Luxury Tours
Consisting of one-day or multi-day deluxe tours along the spectacular coastline of South-Eastern Australia and beauty of inland Otway’s rainforest, visitors will be in experienced hands with the newly formed Great Ocean Road Private Luxury Tours, founded by two of the region’s most accomplished luxury travel experts. The tours can take in scenery from the 12 Apostles to the Penguin Parade in Phillip Island including Melbourne, The Grampians, Mornington Peninsula, Bellarine Peninsula, Daylesford and Macedon Ranges and Gippsland. Level 2, 696 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, ph Matt: +61 (0) 428 370 063, Damien: +61 (0) 436 334 669
Windsor’s transformation continues
Windsor, the previously grittier end of Chapel Street, south of the city, continues to offer new openings driving more visitors to check out this transforming neighbourhood. Glamourous new wine bar Ines, takes the sophistication up to eleven with the lux vibe and a menu to match its impressive list of wines. Alter, adds a touch of style and a modern Australian option to a the grown-up hood, and Tipico offers an edgy new Italian restaurant to an edgy and diverse precinct from experienced restaurateurs Andrea Da Como and Marco Scalisi. And who doesn’t need a duck liver parfait in the early hours of the morning? At late night diner Lover, patrons can request this and more quality food and booze from around the globe.
Campbell Point House
Located on 10,000 acres in one of the most stunning coastal areas in Australia, Campbell Point House was originally built as a private mansion home in the style of a French Chateaux. The property has recently undergone conversion into a private boutique hotel with 8 luxury suites offering a level of elegance, comfort and privacy that positions this property among an elite few in Australia. An infinity pool, tennis court, day spa and private jetty and private chef are some of the inclusions. Access is a 60 minute drive from Melbourne or via the onsite helipad. The accommodation is surrounded by wineries, stunning beaches and close to the scenic look outs and stops along the Great Ocean Road. Rates start from $900 per suite per night, Campbell Point House will welcome hotel guests from 1 September 2018. Matthews Rd, Leopold, VIC, 3224
The Mitchelton Gallery of Aboriginal Art
The new jewel of the Nagambie region, Mitchelton Hotel, has added another reason to its already impressive list for visitors to check in. The new Mitchelton Gallery of Aboriginal Artta features more than 30 works with significant pieces from some of Australia’s most revered Indigenous Artists. The Gallery pays homage to the Taungurung people, the tradional custodians of the land that Mitchelton occupies. Artworks include the largest piece ever created by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi, Michelle Possum Nungurrayi, George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi and Linda Syddick Napaltjarri. Taungurung artist Mick Harding was engaged to design carvings into local red-gum seats that are located throughout the new gallery. Harding also has works on display and for sale. 470 Mitchellstown Rd, Nagambie VIC 3608
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