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Where to hike this Summer

With the weather warming up and the holidays approaching, we are planning bushwalking and hiking in Victoria’s best hotspots. If you wish to escape the city hustle and bustle below is a list of the best hiking places right on our doorstep, just waiting to be explored. EASY The Domino Trail – Trentham to Lyonville – Return (Near Trentham, Victoria) Length: 12km Duration: 4hours Location: Western Victoria Distance from Melbourne CBD: 85km (85km north west of Melbourne) Trentham to Lyonville hike is an easy and enjoyable walk running along the old railway line with the exception of a short detour around the bridge over Coliban River (about 600 metres from Lyonville). The walk is approximately 6km long and will take about 2 hours to complete one way. After a few minutes walking, you will discover the first old wooden bridge built in the late 1870’s which crosses Stoney Creek. A few metres after the bridge, on your left, you will see the old Sunnyside foundry built in 1893 to produce the famous Trehella car jack. This is …

Last minute Christmas Shopping

If you haven’t read our Christmas Shopping post, and you think you might be running out of time to buy THE gift this year… Don’t worry, we’ve gathered our favourie Christmas Markets to save you time searching around for a unique gift for the special one. A Night at the Nicholas – The Summer Edition| The Nicholas Building| 7 December Have a drink while you enjoy the views at The Nicholas Building Association. Here you’ll find urban creatives, renowned jewllers are artists and vintage labels, all under a beautifully preserved art deco arcade. Boho Luxe Market – The Christmas Edition| Federation Square| 10 December The name says it all. Find bohemian style clothing, jewllery, candles, artwork, children’s wear and more here! It is a lifestyle event with a festival vibe. There’ll be more than just shopping at Boho Lux Market. Expect Vietnamese food, cupcakes, donuts, fresh juices and… VEGAN BAKERY and CHOCOLATE! Collins Place Design Market| Collins Place| 15 December A boutique Christmas Market present by Creators Assembly and Collins Place. Shop at the Pars End of Collins Street with the Christmas …

Best Outdoor Cinemas this Summer

Make the most of the warmer weather this season without missing out the latest movies and popcorn!  With outdoor cinemas popping up all over town, we have picked our favourites so you can sit back and enjoy a film under the beautiful Melbourne sky. Moonlight Cinema | 1 Dec’ 17 ~ 1 Apr’ 18 | Central Lawn, Royal Botanic Gardens – South Yarra Enjoy a movie with friends and family with a BYO picnic or treat yourself at the onsite food trucks. Watch a classic film or bring the kids to their favourite Disney animation. Hire a beanbag or purchase “Gold Grass” tickets where staff cater to your needs. Either way remember to bring a blanket, Melbourne can cool right down in the evening! Lido on the Roof | 6 Dec’ 17 ~ late Apr’ 18 | 675 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn Catch the latest releases under the stars with a 100 seat rooftop cinema, arrive early and enjoy jazz music before the film starts at their small jazz bar. No need to bring blankets for …

The BIG design market

Christmas is around the corner and soon we will be jumping around, queuing, trying to find creative ideas to please our friends and family. Want to avoid the hustle and bustle of malls and shopping centres during the festive season? The Big design market is your go-to market. Held in the iconic Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, this three-day shopping event features independent designers, creative workshops and local food and drink and is the perfect opportunity to find gifts. You will also be able to attend various workshops and customise a pair of Japanese slippers with textile artist Cat Rabbit, learn how to care for indoor plants from The Plant Society and get tips on printing and portrait drawing from Melbourne artists. Workshops cost between $25 and $40. No idea what to get, you can purchase a Designer showbags, valued $175, for a bargain price of $30. Be fast! As only a limited number are available. The wares inside will be from a range of designers including Georgia Perry, Kleins Perfumery and Little Veggie Patch Co. When: Friday 1st December: …

Time to do your Christmas shopping

You either love it or hate it, Christmas is a fantastic time of year for focusing on the people you care about, reflecting on the year that’s been and relaxing before the new one begins. We’ve made the task a little easier by recommending some of our favourites for getting your joyful, joyful on in preparation for the happiest season. Festive Decorations If you’re inclined to skip the queues on Bourke Street Mall and look locally for unique decorations, Christmas Kingdom is the place to be. With 3 locations in Mentone, Flemington and Ringwood, you’ll find an enormous selection of ornaments, lights and collectables. Christmas Feasts Whilst you can’t go past the iconic Queen Victoria Market for unreal Christmas table produce, wander around the corner to the DOC Delicatessen (Lygon Street, Carlton) for an impressive cheese and wine selection, and the Spring Street Grocer for specialty sauces, spreads and condiments. The Perfect Gift Whether you’ve got tricky or simple recipients, a select few to shop for or a horde or thousands, keep your mind open …

East Malvern​ Food and Wine Festival

Mark your diaries because the 2nd annual East Malvern Food & Wine Festival will be held again on this Sunday 19 November 2017 from 10:30am to 5:30pm. Last year more than 3000+ Melbourne foodies and wine lovers flocked to picturesque Central Park, East Malvern for an amazing day, sipping and savouring over 100 wines and an extensive array of invited local and regional culinary exhibitors and artisan producers of international cuisines. This year a vast range of exquisite wineries from more than 15 Bendigo and Heathcote regions including Balgownie Estate, Red Edge, Silver Spoon, Lome Vineyard, Burnt Acre, Noble Red, Coliban Valley, Mount Burrumboot Estate, Glenwillow Estate, Mount Camel Winery, Tellurian Wines and Farmer and the Scientist will be showcased. There will also be a new local craft beer and cider producer alley featuring Two Birds Brewing, Barrow Boys Brewing, Bad Shepherd Brewing Co and Captain Vanzibar. So come and enjoy a unique and intimate experience, meet the passionate winemakers and brewers and learn about, taste and purchase their premium award-winning wines and ales. Feast from local Melbourne favourite food trucks and pop-up restaurant stalls including Richmond Oysters & Seafood Tapas, That’s …

Summer with Chandon and Seafolly

Get ready to pop a bottle and slip into your favourite Seafolly, because this summer two of Australia’s most loved brands – Chandon, Australia’s number one premium sparkling wine and Seafolly, Australia’s most recognised fashion swimwear brand – are coming together to create the ultimate limited edition Chandon x Seafolly Summer Bottles, Spring/Summer Swimwear Collection and must-have summer accessories. Chandon has a proud history of developing innovative partnerships born from bringing together Moët & Chandon’s French winemaking know-how with the pioneering winemaking techniques of Australia to create the number one sparkling wine in the country. Inspired by a sense of fun and vibrancy synonymous with both Chandon & Seafolly, the dynamic duo will bring the spirit of summer to life by introducing two limited edition designs. Palm Beach, this season’s Chandon Brut NV design, is inspired by a stroll along a palm-lined beach and Modern Love, a playful pink floral print featuring the vibrant botanical blooms of a coastal garden wraps the Chandon Rosé NV. The bottles will go on sale in selected bars and bottle shops across …