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Melbourne, Truly A Wonderland

by Natasha Christopher

Perhaps the most exciting and popular season globally is winter, and Melbourne is one place that offers a plethora of activities and events that promises a great time spent – and especially for visitors looking for somewhere to escape the heat during mid-year.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie Feb 2014.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie Feb 2014.

Melbourne’s rich cultural art and heritage has made it a destination choice for many and contrary to belief, winter does not only have to be about snow or skiing. There are more things to do than you can imagine! Starting off the list, here are a couple of things in store:
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Returning to warm up Wednesday nights in Melbourne, the Winter Night Market at the iconic Queen Victoria Market will take place every Wednesday from 6 June to 29 August. Gathering more than 30 global street food and drink stalls, 50 speciality and artisan stores, liven up the mid-week further with a weekly programme by quirky entertainers and some of Melbourne’s best live music performers. http://thenightmarket.com.au/.

What draws people to Melbourne is probably its stand as an art capital that brings mesmerising international art shows and exhibition. From 9 June through 7 October, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) will be the sole international venue for the Masterworks from The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) New York exhibition, with works by powerhouse names, Paul Cézanne, Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Lyubov Popova and Vincent van Gogh showcased. http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/.
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Be adventurous and ski in the Australian alps for a different experience. Just a few hours’ drive from Melbourne are Mt Buller, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek. Offering slopes for all skill levels and even classes for beginners, you may even catch a glimpse of Australia’s native animals such as wombats, possums, kangaroos and even wild horses in the snow!
To top things off a little sweeter in August, the Great Ocean Road & Yarra Valley Chocolateries will return with its annual Hot Chocolate Festival with over 31 different flavours over 31 days! There will be junior chocolatier classes for kids aged 6 to 12, including a delightful high tea event at the chocolaterie, and get your hands on what it takes to make chocolate! https://www.gorci.com.au/.

As you know Melbourne is also a place of just more than just art, coffee, and fashion.

This charming city is a paradise for foodies and also fast becoming an international halal food hub. With a fifth of Australia’s Muslim population in Melbourne hailing from more than 60 countries, it has brought about some of the finest halal offerings. Just to name a few:

From delicious mac and cheese croquettes, to 100% Australian pasture fed beef and GMO-free burger patties creatively named as Prince Harry, The King, Miss Elizabeth and Queen Bee, Royal Stacks is the epitome of binging out to good food. http://royalstacks.com.au/

Leyalina Halal Restaurant

Leyalina Halal Restaurant

Taste dishes prepared using century-old cooking techniques at Leyalina serving the
perfect chargrills and succulent seafood. Offering a plethora of vegetarian and vegan
options, this establishment delivers a dining experience to delight the most
discerning palate. http://leyalina.com.au/.

See incredible views from up high, get close with nature and wildlife, learn about Melbourne’s history and how it came to be or opt for extended coach touring to explore Melbourne and its amazing regional attractions at your pace. http://www.bunyiptours.com/.

Diversity is the one thing that Melbourne offers, for anyone and everyone at any season at all like no other. Plan the next vacation to Melbourne to see this gem of a city for yourself!
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