The Road Ahead Sampler : April May 2016
QUEENSLAND’S LARGEST CLUB 41 APR/MAY 2016 THE ROAD AHEAD your thing, there’s always World Cup cricket or the traditional Boxing Day test match. The MCG offers a guided tour and behind-the-scenes peek at one of the world’s iconic sports stadiums, and the chance to visit the National Sports Museum. Just a short walk towards the Yarra River is Melbourne Park, where the Australian Tennis Open is played every January, and of course, November is the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse. LS PIECE OF CAKE For a cake aficionado, Acland Street, in Melbourne’s bayside suburb of St Kilda, is like an uncovered light to a moth on a hot summer’s night. The cake shops lining the strip date from the mid- 1930s, when European migrants started selling their delectable wares. They’ve inspired blogs dedicated to which makes the best vanilla custard, flaky pastry, baked cheesecake and Kugelhoupf. Don’t miss the Monarch or the Europa. LS JUST FOR THE DAY DRAG YOURSELF AWAY from the city scene for a day. Have a decadent lunch at a Yarra Valley winery such as De Bortoli’s restaurant Locale for upmarket Italian, or Oakridge for modern Australian cuisine and matching architecture. Discover historic buildings, quaint shops and relax in a spa at Daylesford or TRAVEL NATIONAL Call RACQ’s Travel Team on 1300 888 449 to help you plan and book your Melbourne experience. OFFERRACQTRAVEL Hepburn Springs. Head to Phillip Island to watch thousands of endearing little fairy penguins on their nightly parade from the sea to their shoreline burrows. KH THINK BIG SEE 360-DEGREES of Melbourne from the Star Observation Wheel or the glass cube of the Eureka Skydeck. Visit the Melbourne Zoo’s eight resident Asian elephants in an award-winning village garden setting and learn about efforts to save the endangered species. Or take in one of the blockbuster shows at the Melbourne Museum, where they showcase everything from Tutankhamun’s treasures to the current Jurassic World, where you can get closer to dinosaurs than ever. LS HISTORIC MELBOURNE START AT FLINDERS Street Railway Station where generations of locals have chosen to meet under the station clock, then take a guided tour through the wood-panelled chambers of Town Hall. Built in 1755 and brought here brick by brick in 1934, Cook’s Cottage in Fitzroy Gardens is the oldest building in Australia. Visit Old Melbourne Gaol, which housed bushranger Ned Kelly, gangster Squizzy Taylor, and many other notorious Australian criminals. Stroll through the execution area (133 people were hanged here between 1842 and 1929), take part in a trial recreation, or join a ghost tour. KH SECRET GARDENS PUT YOUR WALKING shoes on for a six kilometre stroll around the city’s lush gardens. You’ll meet Queen Victoria, World War II hero and surgeon Sir Edward (Weary) Dunlop, and King George V (in statue), check the time at the floral clock, and relax in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Download a map at thatsmelbourne. com.au. KH 6 10 7 8 9 VISIT OLD MELBOURNE GAOL, WHICH HOUSED BUSHRANGER NED KELLY Gog and Magog strike the hour. Captain Cook’s cottage dates from 1755. SouthgatefootbridgeframesMelbourne’sskyline.Seethebe s t vi ew s f r omtheEu r ekaTowe r ob s e rv at i ondeck . Busy Centre Place, famed for its cafes.
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