AT’s speed guide to Melbourne.
48 hours in…Melbourne
Hit the ground running with AT’s speed guide to our grooviest, sportiest, back alley-est, sometimes-too-cold-est city. By Erez Gordon
Urban Central // is the new breed of cut-price accommodation. Bright and brash and filled with a young travelling crowd, it makes no excuses for its desire to provide a good time. They also organise day trips at very attractive prices. As the sign says: Sleep Optional. www.urbancentral.com.au
The Adelphi // was created over a decade ago but continues to impress with its sharp design and cool urban style. The rooftop glass bottom pool still draws a rubber-necking crowd down on Flinders Lane. Room prices start at $550. www.adelphi.com.au
The Hatton // is understated elegance in the heart of South Yarra. Only a stroll from Fawkner Park and the Botanic Gardens it also counts celebrated eateries France-Soir and The Botanical among its closest neighbours. A standard room with breakfast starts at $195 per night. www.hatton.com.au
Degraves Lane // is essential Melbourne; a narrow lane flanked by groovy cafes, specialty stores operating out of holes in the wall and possessed of a rich endless bustle. Degraves Espresso Bar, with its reclaimed decor and tattooed staff, plays host to the uber-cool. Some would call it European in style. Melburnians just call it home.
City bars // are the way locals shuck the stress of a tough day at the office and the choices are funky and varied. Madame Brussels with its “outside-in” feel, astro turf and wrought iron garden furniture has waiters clad in tennis whites serving jugs of Pimms while the retro stuffed couches of the Melbourne Supper Club provide you with a clubby atmosphere designed to keep you cocooned until way past daybreak. www.madamebrussels.com
Abbotsford Convent // is a historic site now turned over to cultural pursuits. Instead of nuns, the red brick buildings are now inhabited by artists, bakers, restaurateurs, glass blowers and DJs. The adjacent Collingwood Children’s Farm is beaut for kids. www.abbotsfordconvent.com.au
acmi // is the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, home of Australian cinema and television history, and can be found among the architecturally imposing buildings of Federation Square. Come here to see a retrospective by an arthouse Spanish director or immerse yourself in an animation festival. For a post-flick nibble, duck into Transport Hotel, a pub that impresses with its beer offer and world class view. www.acmi.net.au
Herring Island // is a sculpture park on the only isle in the Yarra River. Accessed by boat from Como Landing, the works exhibited here draw on their environment and are designed specifically for their location. On the same river bend is Kanteen, a refurbished ex-toilet block now operating as a popular cafe. http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/herring-island
The Eureka Tower // is one of the world’s tallest residential buildings at almost 300m and may well be the city’s most recognisable landmark. View miles of Melbourne landscape from the Skydeck or opt for The Edge experience and hang 88 floors above the street to watch the daily goings-on through the glass floor between your feet. www.skydeck.com.au