Episode 06: What's new
In this episode of Postcards, the team explores 'what’s new' in Victoria. Shane helps the Adelphi Hotel on Flinders Lane celebrate their 21st birthday by personally tasting their delectable treats at the Om Nom Restaurant and Bar, as well as giving a tour of their newly renovated rooms. Just twenty minutes out of town, Glen sets off on an Africa Safari before enjoying a glamorous stay over at Werribee Open Range Zoo. Lauren takes us to some of Melbourne's most sophisticated laneways as she follows the CBD guide featured in Dale Campisi's new book, 'Melbourne Precincts' and Brodie embarks on a leisurely drive to Birregurra to enjoy a mouth-watering gastronomical lunch at Dan Hunter's restaurant 'Brae'.
The Adelphi Hotel
Located on Flinders Lane, the Adelphi Hotel has recently undergone a major renovation, and a building that one was a warehouse in the late 1930's is anything but these days. Having been redeveloped in 1993 into a boutique hotel, the latest luxury refurbishment has seen the 34 generously sized guests rooms become elegantly refined and superbly decorated, and a 90 square – meter suite become the epitome of hotel elegance. When it comes to facilities, the Adelphi is in a league of its own, and if you like quirky then this property is for you, as the rooftop pool deck with its 'suspended' swimming pool is guaranteed to take your breath away. Adding to this are exceptional dining opportunities at Ezard Restaurant, Mon Bijou cocktail bar and the new Om Nom Dessert Bar, where taste buds will be tantalize. Regardless if it's a short overnight stay or a week that you check in for, you won't be disappointed.
187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Ph 03 8080 8888
Werribee Open Range Zoo
You can get up close and personal with African animals at Werribee Open Range Zoo, just 32kms from the CBD, and the Slumber Safari is an overnight stay like no other. The camp is made up of stunning tented lodges, each one accommodating up to five people with all containing en-suites, fans and electric blankets. However, the best part is being able to hear everything that's happening on the savanna outside throughout the night, and accommodation isn't the only five star treatment at the Zoo – the dinner is an incredible feast revolving around African inspired cuisine. Personal guides and animal handlers are on hand throughout the safari to answer all questions as well as educating the group about the animals and their habitat, so your time at the Zoo will not only be enjoyable but also educational.
K Road, Werribee South
Ph 1300 966 784
'Melbourne Precincts' is a guide to the city's greatest gems, and the new book points you in the right direction for Melbourne's best shops, eateries and bars. Taking inspiration from the CBD chapters, Lauren visited some of Melbourne's iconic laneways and enjoys some light reading at The Little Bookroom – touted as the oldest children's bookshop in the world.
Craft on Flinders Lane, showcases a diverse range of arts in its retail store. You can browse the shelves for one off jewellery pieces, textiles, glass, ceramic and timber works, all made by leading Australian designers.
Bar Ampere, tucked away in Russell Place, is certainly worth stopping by for a brilliant coffee or cocktail. Sit outside under the alcoves or go inside and discover its hidden corners. The bars' speakeasy style décor is inspired by the 1930's Italian futurist movement, which was all about evoking and engaging the senses. The drinks list follows a vintage vibe too and the liqueur is expertly prepared using an antique fountain equipped with tiny taps that drip iced water through a sugar cube and into the spirit.
By Dale Campisi
Published by Explore Australia
Ninety minutes out of Melbourne is the quaint town of Birregurra, home to the sensational restaurant, Brae. The façade of the old Sunnybrae restaurant has remained intact, but inside has seen a dramatic transformation for the new Brae. The stylish and comfortable fit out is enhanced by the works of local artists, complete with a specially commissioned sculpture at the entrance. One of the feature points that has been retained is the Alan Scott wood-fire oven, which today produces exquisite sour dough bread for patrons who come along to indulge in a fixed price menu of between 8 and 10 courses. Brae is all about cooking as a craft with the highest level of attention to detail, which results in extremely labor intensive food which is also extremely delicious.
4285 Cape Otway Road, Birregurra
Ph 03 5236 2226
'The Zoo' Series
Sip a cocktail, bite into a wagyu beef burger and enjoy 'The Zoo' series at Trunk Bar next Sunday, where you'll see some of the city's best street artists painting live in the beer garden.
Where: Trunk, Exhibition Street, Melbourne
When: Sunday 23 March, 2014
'Barbie Live! The Musical'
'Barbie Live! The Musical' is coming to Melbourne these April school holidays, so secure your tickets to this family production which is sure to delight Barbie fans young and old!
Where: Palais Theatre, St Kilda
When: 5–7 April, 2014
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
This year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival is rolling into town at the end of the month, so book your tickets now to enjoy a night of laughter at one of the many events on offer.
Where: Various venues in Melbourne
When: 26 March 26 – 20 April, 2014