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Australian Open

One of the events that defines Melbourne as the most livable city in the world and the #bestcityintheworld (bias noted) is The Australian Open the Grand Slam tennis tournament of Asia Pacific.  One of only four grand slam tournaments in the world (Wimbledon, the US Open and the French Open are the other three) this […]

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MONDOPIERO

One of the best things about living in the world’s most livable city and being a Concierge Clefs d’Or is discovering amazing new things that I can share with my guests and readers.  I am a passionate supporter of our how amazing and beautiful our city is.  I love occasions when I meet a kindred […]

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Meletos

The Yarra Valley’s newest hot spot is Meletos which is guest accommodation, function space, restaurant, bar and brew house all rolled into one.  Open seven days a week this little gem will not be a secret for very long. The property grows its own grapes and apples and the wonderfully appointed accommodation looks out over […]

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Discover High Street Northcote & Thornbury

As a concierge I spend a lot of time recommending places that are easily accessible to my guests.  Most prefer to enjoy locations that are within a few kilometres of the city centre and the hotel.  There is a huge variety of great things to see and do within these parameters, but there is more […]

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You’re Melbourne – Bespoke Photographic Experience

Meet You’re Melbourne.  Penny and Sandy pictured below have come up with an ingenious idea to marry their love of Melbourne with their love of photography and people.  You’re Melbourne provide a stunningly unique excursion into Melbourne with a couple of easy going, fun and knowledgable Melburnians.   The idea is to enjoy Melbourne with […]

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Discover Lt Collins Street

  Little Collins Street is one of Melbourne’s best lane-ways.  The ‘Little Streets’ were originally built as service access for the grand avenue style city streets (like Collins Street) and these impressive lane-ways have become the much loved icons of our grand city. I often remark that one of the best ways to see Melbourne […]

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Discover Flinders Lane

  One of the greatest things about Melbourne is discovering the many lane-ways in the city. Melbourne’s laneways are famous as the best places for a truly Melbourne experience. Flinders Lane is one of my favourites with numerous shops, cafes, restaurants and art galleries. The InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto backs onto Flinders Lane so it’s an easy […]

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The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

  Melbourne’s newest attraction is the Melbourne Star observation wheel in Docklands. The Melbourne Star is one of only four giant observation wheels in the world and the only one in the southern hemisphere (the others being the London Eye, the Singapore Flyer and the Las Vegas High Roller).  Melbourne’s observation wheel is 120 metres […]

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The List (My Melbourne Favourites)

My Melbourne Favourites in Alphabetical Order 3 Ravens Beer found in your Northern Suburb local.  55 American Pale Ale is my favourite but the entire range of craft beers are amazing.  Available at the best local pubs and bottle shops in the Brunswick, Fitzroy, Northcote and Thornbury areas.  Worth the trek north if you are not […]

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Hidden Secrets Progressive Degustation Walking Tour

Visiting Melbourne and want to try something a little different?  Fiona from Hidden Secrets has created a wonderful alternative to the usual Melbourne tour that combines her love of food, wine and all things Melbourne in a fun and easy going walking, wine and food tour.   The tour runs with two to eight guests […]

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