Melbourne Like a Local
Melbourne, capital of Victoria, is perhaps best known for its fine parks and gardens; gracious tree-lined streets; international restaurants; fashion and famous sporting events such as the Melbourne Cup, Formula 1 Grand Prix and the Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam.
Arrive Melbourne and transfer to your hotel.
Take a stroll through Melbourne’s streets and laneways. Discover local designer boutiques, sitting alongside international labels, and enjoy dinner at one of the city’s much-loved restaurants. Some our favourites include Tipo00 (Italian), Kappo (upmarket Japanese) and Tonka (modern Indian).
Play a round of golf at Kingston Heath Golf Club
Kingston Heath Golf Club is one of Australia’s best golf courses. Ranked #19 in the world by US Golf Digest, Kingston Heath enjoys an enviable reputation for its superb conditioning all year round. Kingston Heath has hosted many major national and international tournaments including the 2009 and 2012 Australian Masters and the 2016 World Cup of Golf.
Designers: Dan Soutar (1925), Dr Alister MacKenzie (1926)
Length: 6436m/Par 72
Return to your hotel and freshen up.
Enjoy an evening on the town. Laugh out loud at the Melbourne Comedy Club, soak in smooth tunes at Bird’s Basement Jazz Club, indulge with wine and cheese at The Melbourne Supper Club or take in the view from a rooftop bar such as Goldilocks or Rooftop.
Start the day with golf at Huntingdale Golf Club
Rising to fame in 1979 with the inaugural hosting of the Australian Masters, Huntingdale has emerged as one of the most recognisable golf courses in Australia. Since 1979, Huntingdale has played host to some of the most famous names in golf, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods.
Designers: C.H. Alison
Length: 6363m/Par 72
Wander through the Queen Victoria Night Markets sampling produce and culinary creations from some of Melbourne’s most acclaimed food artisans.
Take a break from golf and instead, drive 45 minutes out of town to Sherbrooke Forest in the Dandenong Ranges. There are several walks to choose from here, including an easy, flat 1.2-kilometre walk to Sherbrooke Falls. The 30-minute (return) journey takes you through fresh ferns and towering mountain ash to the closest waterfall to Melbourne.
Explore the nearby towns of Olinda and Sassafras, enjoy a cream tea at Miss Marple’s or dine alfresco at acclaimed chef Shannon Bennet’s The Piggery at Burnham Beeches.
Alternatively, continue to the Yarra Valley’s Oakridge Wines for a late lunch and wine tasting, then get up close and personal with 200 species of native Australian animals and birdlife at Healesville Sanctuary.
Return to your hotel to relax and refresh.
Head out to explore Melbourne’s theatre district, and perhaps take in a show. Head to China Town on Little Bourke Street to sample some of the world’s best Chinese cuisine. Our favourites include: China Red, Shark Fin House and Shanghai Dumpling. Round off the evening with a nightcap at laneway bar Union Electric.
Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Royal Melbourne’s two courses, the East Course and the West Course, are each ranked amongst the best in the world. Royal Melbourne has hosted numerous national and international events, most famously the 1959 Canada Cup, and the 1970 World Cup of Golf. It was selected by the PGA Tour to hold the Presidents Cup for the first time outside the United States in December 1998 and again in 2011.
A combination of holes (12 from the West Course and six from the East Course) comprise the Composite Course and in 2007 Golf Digest Magazine ranked the Composite Course as the sixth best course in the world outside the United States.
Designers: Dr Alister MacKenzie
Length: 6061m/Par 72
Enjoy lunch at the clubhouse.
This afternoon, head to Melbourne’s much-loved beachfront metropolis, St Kilda. Walk the Solar System Trail along the foreshore, take a dip at the St Kilda Sea Baths then enjoy a beverage with a view at Captain Baxter’s. Ride the Scenic Railway, the world’s oldest continually operating roller coaster, at Luna Park then take your pick of mouth-watering treats on Acland Street, famous for its cake shops. Melbourne institution, Stokehouse has recently reopened right next to the beach – the perfect place for dinner. Then dance the night away at The Prince Bandroom, famous for free live music downstairs and big names upstairs.
Golf at Victoria Golf Club
Victoria Golf Club is situated in the heart of Melbourne’s rolling Sandbelt country, close to Metropolitan and Kingston Heath, in the beachside suburb of Cheltenham. It offers a sporting experience on par with the world’s best. Victoria was the host Club for the 2002 Australian Open Championship and the 2010, 2011 Australian Masters.
Designer: Oscar Damman, William Meader & Dr Alister MacKenzie (1927)
Length: 6278m/Par 72
(Option for overnight accommodation at Victoria Golf Club inclusive of unlimited golf, lunch, dinner and breakfast onsite.)
Post golf head to Crown Entertainment Complex for a night of extravagance and debauchery. Start with dinner at The Atlantic (seafood) or Rockpool Bar & Grill (steak) then do drinks at sportsbar, Lagerfield.
Sleep in, and request a late checkout.
Head to the Royal Botanic Gardens in the affluent suburb of South Yarra to walk Melbourne’s iconic “The Tan Track”.
After cutting a lap with the locals head across Domain Road for brunch at Gilson.
Head back to your hotel to collect your baggage. Shower in Hotel Spa.
Leave for the airport.