If there’s one thing to know about Dame Nellie Melba – arguably Australia’s most famous opera singer – it’s that the lady had style. Rising to prominence in the late 19th century, Melba became known for her refined taste in art, fashion and décor, and for her lush, seven-acre gardens surrounding her home in Coldstream, just adjacent to the Yarra Valley.
Coombe: the Melba Estate is now open to the public as a gallery, providore and suitably high-class restaurant. For $25, you can take a guided historical tour of the gardens (Mon-Sat, 10am & 2pm), which includes a morning or afternoon tea of scones with jam and cream and tea or coffee.
Our tip? Put on your best party hat, grab some buddies and make a fancy day out of it. After you’re finished roaming the grounds, stroll into the home and admire the gallery. The collection includes Melba’s 14-piece Louis Vuitton luggage set, Hermes riding boots and Cartier handbags from Paris (we told you she had style). Inside the providore, you can pick up exclusive Melba memorabilia and jams, and in the adjacent restaurant, you better believe Peach Melba will make an appearance on the menu.
|Venue name:||Coombe: the Melba Estate|
673-675 Maroondah Hwy
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 10am-5pm; Fri-Sun 9am-5pm|
|Price:||Up to $25|