The hidden shopping lanes of Melbourne

January 19, 2010 12:36:38 PM PST
A one week walkabout down under: Hot air ballooning over Melbourne, Australia.


Hidden Secrets
PO Box 12830
Melbourne VIC 8006
Phone: (03) 9663 3358
Fax: (03) 9329 9664

Melbourne has plenty to offer the culture vulture of all ages, just by walking the streets. Galleries and spaces vary every year, as does the public art. Learn the stories behind art works, styles and decisions that have become an important part of Melbourne's streetscape. Be inspired by works that are often right under, or above, your noses and the gallery doors you thought led nowhere.


Australia By Design

Miss Lau

Lady Petrova


Time starved and looking for an escape from the daily grind? Going walkabout in Australia is a time to refresh and rebalance. All you need is one week in Australia.

Australia's cities -- Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are bite-sized tastes of the whole country, where the people make it easy to enjoy the limitless adventure found in this naturally beautiful land.

Even better, Australia is now an affordable getaway, with record low fares from Qantas

Get ready to switch on, not off. Come walkabout in Australia for a week with Goway travel deals starting from $1,299. It's closer than you think -- a meal, a couple of movies and a sleep. With direct flights on Qantas from LAX into Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, flying to Australia from the west coast of America is only 14 hours, largely the same as flying to Europe.

The people of Australia make it easy to enjoy adventures you may not have considered. Australia is their playground. Their generosity, freedom and inventiveness will have you exploring in no time.

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Australia's second-largest city, Melbourne is a vibrant centre with a bucketful of style. The city is noted for its labyrinth of laneways boasting hidden bars, eateries and designer shops, world-heritage gardens, performing arts, museums and galleries.

It's also sports-mad, being home to world-famous sporting events such as the Melbourne Cup, Australian Open Tennis and the 2011 Presidents Cup golf tournament.

Things to do:

  • Hot air balloon flight over the city.
  • Laneways tour (sommelier, shopping, or bar tour).
  • Animal spotting day trip. See koalas and kangaroos in the nearby bush.
  • Take a tram ride tour through the city.
  • Wander Federation Square... a modern marvel of architecture, museums and restaurants all in one central city centre meeting spot.
  • Watch a sporting match... AFL, tennis, Rugby League, Melbourne Cup... like a local.
The following are good day trip or city add-on options:
  • Yarra Valley
  • Wine tasting, and learn about the workings of a winery at a cellar door
  • Walk amongst Australian wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary
    Philip Island/Mornington Peninsula
  • Penguin Parade at Philip Island
  • Visit a working Australian farm
  • Wine taste in boutique wineries or ride through the vines
  • Great Ocean Road Drive
  • Surf lesson at Bells Beach
  • Helicopter tour of the 12 Apostles ocean rock formations
  • Great Ocean Walk
Accomodations Provided by:

123 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 9657 1234
Fax: (03) 9650 3491
Contact: Sonia Lefevre

The Grand Hyatt Melbourne Hotel is located at the top end of prestigious Collins Street in the heart of Melbourne's central business, shopping, theatre and restaurant district and is within walking distance of many of Melbourne's tourist attractions. The hotel has an extensive range of facilities to capture the imagination and requirements of all guests.