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Lifestyle : Highlights of Victoria 2011
1HERSA1 U002 Andre’s Mews Five Star Luxury Serviced Apartment Hotel is a relatively new and absolutely unique addition to the Melbourne Accommodation Scene. Situated in Richmond – the heart of Melbourne’s restaurant, shopping and sporting precincts – only 2 km from the Melbourne CBD, The Theatre District, Arts Centre, Southbank, Crown Casino and The Tennis Centre, Andre’s Mews offers a choice of one and two bedroom luxury apartments for the discerning traveller or corporate executive who requires not only the luxury of a five-star hotel, but also the spaciousness to entertain, do business and to generally make themselves ‘at home’. Each beautifully decorated apartment features its own living, dining, kitchen, laundry facilities, bathrooms and private courtyard or balcony. Andre’s Mews is within minutes of Richmond Recreational Centre with a 50m pool, river side cycling, riding and running tracks. Melbourne’s famous trams are at the doorstep. Andre’s Mews apartments are serviced daily and include hot and cold breakfast provisions daily. Andre’s Mews has a Reception and 24-hours on-site management. On-site parking. 89 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121 RESERVATIONS: +613 9428 8859 FAX: +613 9428 8854 Info@andresmews.com.au | www.andresmews.com.au Star rating: Cost per apartment: From $360-$590 per night Andre’s Mews Luxury Serviced Apartments 2 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2011 THE SUN-HERALD victoria special report French to funky, it’s all here There is a treasure trove of great reasons to head south as the sun comes out to play, writes Belinda Jackson. Spoilt for choice ... from left, Edna Walling Cottage; Fiona Sweetman of Hidden Secrets Tours; Melbourne’s Hosier Lane; cycling SUMMER’S almost here and it’s time for prancing in the streets of shopping mecca Melbourne to discover your inner frog and to get funky and fair. It’s also the time to head south of the border to visit our country cousins for the best new rustic adventures, talking to the animals and feeding your face and soul. Bonjour Melbourne Reckon you’re a Francophile? Walk the walk and talk the talk while touring Melbourne’s French heart. Discover Parisienne architecture, the city’s French history and, of course, you can eat French – crepes, macarons and let’s not forget wine. The latest tour from those canny lassies of Hidden Secrets lets you polish your French language skills, or, crazily, perhaps you’re actually French and want to discover Australia’s most European city. Check out macaron utopia La Belle Miette, French street artists’ work in Hosier Lane and the old Le Louvre in Collins Street, at the Paris end, of course. And no French tour would be complete without some nudity, provided by the celebrated nymphette, Chloe, upstairs in the Young and Jackson pub, by 19th- century master Jules Joseph Lefebvre. Tours on demand, from $50, (03) 9663 3358, hiddensecretstours.com. Fair-trade and ethical festival Can the words ‘‘inspiration’’ and ‘‘sustainable future’’ coexist funkily? The organisers of Fair@Square demonstrate that you can eat well, dress fabulously and live comfortably, in an ethical, sustainable way. In just its third year, the festival turns Federation Square into a moral fairground. There’s an ethical fashion show by local designers, cooking demos using fair trade and local produce, an ethical home and more than 80 stalls including fair trade and ethically produced gifts, food and beauty products. Live entertainment includes choirs, Aussie rock, Japanese drumming, Afro-Latin, gypsy and Bollywood dance. There’s also puppet making, storytelling and printing for kids. Most activities are free. Federation Square, 11am-6pm, December 2-4, moralfairground.com.au. Ballarat Beer Festival Beer lovers unite. At the inaugural Ballarat Beer Festival, you can glean home-brewing secrets, taste-test new beers and learn about beer-food matching. Hosted by home-brewing comedians Charlie Pickering and Danny McGinlay along with Australia’s first lady of beer, Kirrily Waldhorn – who promises to ‘‘knock your hops off’’ with her knowledge of beer gastronomy. Taste-test new beers and local wines – some favour grapes over grain. Kids are catered for with a magic show, jumping castle and stilt walking: adults are discouraged from trying these activities after tasting. Ballarat City Oval, January 21, tickets from $30 (adults)/$47.50 with tasting, kids $15 (no tastings), ballaratbeerfestival.com.au. Bookbinding workshop If you spend too much time in stationery shops sniffing staplers and playing with pencils, take the obsession one step further and learn the ancient craft of bookbinding in a one-day, hands-on workshop. Under the guidance of an experienced binder, you’ll learn the skills required to create a traditional hand-sewn, hardcover binding. You’ll make a basic writing or sketch journal, learning to fold, collate and stitch the pages together, brand the book using a hammer and experiment with book cloths and decorative papers such as English marble paper, Japanese yuzen washi and Italian Tassoti paper. There’s also a kit with templates to continue making your own books at home. The monthly workshops are capped at six people and include all materials to create a hand-bound journal. $250 a person, includes materials, morning tea and lunch, (03) 5444 5933, sblibris.com.au. Night wildlife walk Do you dare shut your eyes and walk with wildlife? The Tower Hill Game Reserve, 14 kilometres west of Warrnambool, is the site of a new guided tour exploring Australia’s nocturnal native creatures. Starting at sunset with a local guide, the 90-minute walk is about 1.5 kilometres and encourages you to open your ears and eyes to the frog chorus, nine species of bats, Barn and Southern Boobook owls, emus, koalas and eastern grey kangaroos all living around this extinct volcanic crater. Get out early so you can check out the visitor centre, Worn Gundidj, which sells locally produced Aboriginal-designed bags, table runners, cushions and napkins. Tours on demand, $25 adults, $10 children, $60 families, worngundidj.org.au. Farm-gate cycling The famed King Valley winemakers, Brown Brothers, want to show off their home town of Milawa and now have free bikes for you to cycle between local farm-gates, producers, cafes and wineries. Of course, there are baskets on the front to stash your finds along Must do’s Sport Australian Open. The beautiful world of tennis is on display as the big guns battle it out with newbies for a crack at a deliciously rich pot: the top singles players will pocket a cool $2.2 million each. January 16-29, 2012, australianopen.com. Tours Great Ocean Walk. Why rough it? Luxury house Moonlight Escape and eco-certified Australian Walking Tours have teamed up to create the Comfort in Nature package. Includes regional and organic meals and hampers by a private chef and private guided walks in sections of the 104-kilometre walk from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles. From $795 a person, luxurywalking.com.au. Food African food trail. Explore Africa through food cooked and served in Melbourne’s restaurants, shops and markets. Tours include a cooking demo, shopping and lunch. Run once a month, $75 a person, foodietrails.com.au. Events The RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride. Get on your bike for a week-long MELBOURNE MARRIOTT HOTEL Cnr. Exhibition and Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne, Vic 3000 Ph: 03 9662 3900 Fax: 03 9663 4297 melbournemarriott.com THE LONGER YOU STAY, THE LESS YOU PAY! More time to shop. From 15 November to 15 January, the longer you stay the less you pay. Value packages include accommodation, buffet breakfast for two and valet car parking. *Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. Not valid on special event dates. Rate is for per Premier room. Upgrades to Executive Level and suites are available. ONE NIGHT $299* TWO NIGHTS $499* THREE NIGHTS $699* THE SUN-HERALD SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2011 3 victoria special report in the country. Photo, above centre: Marina Olpihant that wind-in-your-hair experience. The Pedal to Produce experience starts at Brown Brothers and moves to the Milawa cheese factory with its artisan breads, including French and Italian sourdoughs. Naturally, wine and cheese matching is on the menu. Also hot on your list should be Milawa Mustards, Blue Ox Blueberries and Walkabout Apiaries. Local wineries include Sam Miranda, Chrismont and Ciccone Estate. (03) 5720 5500, milawagourmet.com. Garden slumber Stay in the cottage of Edna Walling, regarded as one of Australia’s leading landscape designers, in the midst of her finest creation, Mawarra. The Tudor-style cottage is set on 1.2 hectares of gloriously landscaped gardens and rare plantings in the Dandenong Ranges, which Walling described as ‘‘a symphony of steps and beautiful trees’’. The self-contained B&B was built in 1936, modelled on the princesses Elizabeth and Margaret’s life-size dolls’ house in Scotland. About 40 kilometres from Melbourne, it’s a great base for walks in the nearby Sherbrooke Forest or to explore the Yarra Ranges. From $200 a night, (03) 9755 1273, ednawalling.net.au . Fitzroy shopping Uncover the riches of Fitzroy’s shopping scene with a three-hour walk between the tiny shopfronts of happening Brunswick, Smith and Gertrude streets. Starting at the silk manufacturer and retailer, Beautiful Silks, you can watch the dyeing process and steer the tour in whatever direction you want: from rockabilly chic to harajuku girl fashion and whooping it up in The Legendary Rose Chong Costume Shop. Or perhaps you fancy vintage homewares, getting up to your armpits in haberdashery, or holing up in Vixen for heavenly homewares? The refuelling stop is high tea and chocolates at stationery fabulouso Cristina Re. Forget it if you’re after cheap knickers at factory outlets. From 2pm, $99 includes afternoon tea, meltours.com.au . ride along the Murray River and through Victoria’s goldfields. Covering 590 kilometres over nine days, there are also three- and one-day events. November 26-December 4, greatvic.com.au. Art Bohemian Brunswick. Art Aficionado’s new two-hour walking tour visits artist-run-spaces, studios and street art in Brunswick. Curator Jane O’Neill and her guides cruise the inner-north’s hottest art spaces every Friday and Saturday, 11am, $25 a person, artaficionadotours.com.
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