There are currently lots of new things to do in Australia this year. The city of Melbourne and state of Victoria are gearing up for the summer season with exciting news and openings. Visitors can jump on Melbourne’s latest art trams, enjoy hot springs and visit a very interesting new restaurant.
New pools to award-winning Peninsula Hot Springs
Award-winning hot springs and spa centre Peninsula Hot Springs will unveil seven new pools and an amphitheatre – designed to host concerts, talks, demonstrations and wellness activities – in early 2018. Located 90 minutes from Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula, Peninsula Hot Springs is Victoria’s first geothermal thermal mineral springs and day spa and offers more than 20 globally-inspired bathing experiences. Further to the redevelopment, a new ‘Fire and Ice’ experience will enable guests to try hot/cold therapy via two large saunas, an ice cave and plunge pool. Peninsula Hot Springs have won the World’s Best Mineral Spa Award in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Overlook, Melbourne’s new Kubrick-inspired eatery
Melbourne’s iconic and much-loved Astor Theatre has recently welcomed Overlook, a brand-new Kubrick-inspired café and bar whose name is taken from the famous hotel of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film, The Shining. Overlook offers a selection of curated food and drinks which celebrates some of Melbourne’s most coveted producers and suppliers, including pastries by Ned’s Bake in nearby South Yarra, Doughboy donuts and vegan cupcakes by Baking Bad and pies by Harrow and Eaton. Located just south of the hustle and bustle of the Windsor end of Chapel Street, Outlook features an art deco style in line with the existing look and feel of The Astor, a heritage-listed cinema which opened in 1936 and is part of Melbourne history.
Mornington Peninsula’s anticipated art, food and sculpture park Pt. Leo Estate now open
Set over 134 hectares on the southern-most tip of the Mornington Peninsula, Pt. Leo Estate is a captivating celebration of art, nature, design, food and wine which opened its doors in October. A cultural and culinary haven of many spectacular parts, Pt. Leo Estate features a monumental cellar door, 110-seat restaurant and what many consider Australia’s foremost sculpture park – all with stunning views over Western Port Bay to Phillip Island.
Designed by prominent Melbourne architectural and interior design firm Jolson, the semi-circular cellar door and restaurant is set on the highest point of the property. Offering a wine list with a focus on Victorian producers, Pt. Leo Estate Restaurant is an informal, a la carte venue with a central wood-fired oven that lends itself to a seasonal menu designed for friends and family to share. It is surrounded by a sculpture park featuring a private collection of over 50 large-scale contemporary local and international works, which will continue to grow and evolve over coming years.
Melbourne’s art trams roll out!
Visitors to Melbourne can now jump aboard one of the eight art trams that are currently going through the city’s streets. The first colourful tram that was put into service in October was “Tramjatra”, designed by Lucknow-born artist Bushra Hasan (image) and inspired by Indian street and tribal art. The other seven art trams that can be spotted in the city have been designed by artists Matthew Clarke, Oliver Hutchison, Justine McAllister, Josh Muir, Robert Owen and St Albans Heights Primary School’s Community Hub. They will stay on the tracks until April 2018. Visitors can track the trams by downloading the tramTRACKER app and entering the tram ID.
Victorian venues and professionals shine in national Good Food Guide Awards
The recent Good Food Guide 2018 has featured a number of Victorian venues and professionals who are adding to the dynamic culinary scene, including Coffee Restaurant of the Year, Bar of the Year and Young Chef of the Year, proving the region to be the ultimate foodie hotspot.
These awards have named Arlechin as Australia’s Bar of the Year. Located in one of Melbourne’s famous laneways, Arlechin is Guy Grossi’s latest late-night bar, offering sharp cocktails and great wine.
Attica, a Ripponlea fine-diner 20-minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD, was named Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year, having been named number 32 in the World Top 50 Restaurants earlier this year. Attica chef Kylie Millar was also named ‘Young Chef of the Year’.
Raul Moreno Yague was also awarded accolade of ‘Sommelier of the Year’, for his work in Melbourne laneway newcomer and Italian restaurant, Osteria Ilaria. Raul boasts experience cooking in Marco Pierre White’s Mirabelle kitchen, a Masters in Viticulture and a stage at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas and now lectures in wine viticulture at the University of Melbourne alongside his sommelier role.