Melbourne - Lifestyle & Culture
Melbourne has the best collection of museums and galleries in Australia. Every art form is covered here, in a series of well-run and inventively programmed exhibitions.
The Ian Potter Centre, on Federation Square, is dedicated to Australian Aboriginal Art, containing over 20,000 works, from textiles to painting, sculpture to photography.
The Immigration Museum, at the Old Customs House, tells the tale of the early settlers - through sometimes harrowing images, personal stories and historic artifacts. The museum has a strong programme of cultural events throughout the year.
The Melbourne Museum is dedicated to the history, and culture, of the state of Victoria. Situated in Carlton Gardens, the museum is home to an IMAX Theatre, a living rain forest and lots of colourful Aboriginal art and artifacts.
Cook’s Cottage - the oldest building in Australia - is a 250 year old stone-built cottage which was built in North Yorkshire and transported to Australia in the 1930s. The cottage was home to Captain Cook’s parents and offers a rare insight into Australia’s first days as a British colony. It’s located in the handsome Fitzroy Gardens.
Melbourne likes to party. Its spirited nightlife stays pumping all weekend long, with super-clubs playing a mix of trance and house tunes to an up-for-it young crowd. But don’t expect things to get going until around midnight, and pace yourself!
The CBD district is home to scores of cool cocktail bars, half hidden down the city’s narrow laneways and streets - or old warehouses in the cool suburbs of Collingwood, Fitzroy and Brunswick, where DJ’s, local musicians and a mixed crowd make for a sociable, fun time for all.
South Yarra is the place to head for club life. The clubs along Chapel Street and Toorak Road currently cram revellers in until the small hours, along with their accompanying satellites of pre-club bars (dress smart, as door staff can be quite picky).
St Kilda’s laid-back beach bars are a breath of fresh air after the cramped clubs of the city and attract backpackers and locals alike.
The bars around docklands offer stylish environments for over 25s and as a rule are less boisterous than their city centre alternatives - great for a peaceful drink and a meal.
The excellent Crown Entertainment Complex is a multi-million dollar, lavish complex - complete with a stunning five storey Atrium, impressive light and special effects show and all manner of restaurants, bars, indoor sports facilities, a multiplex cinema and summer street performers at night.
The Arts Centre, Malthouse and the city’s clutch of theatres in Melbourne’s bustling Theatre District are home to big budget musicals, touring productions and national and international celebrities and pop groups.