Adena Maier is the lifestyle editor for Time Out Melbourne. She writes content across all sections including Food & Drink, Things to Do, Shopping, City Life, Culture and News and updates the lists of things to do this weekendthis week, and this month in Melbourne. 

Adena grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Washington, D.C. where she studied and worked in politics. However, her primary passion has always been writing so she moved to Melbourne to pursue a Master of Journalism at the University of Melbourne and has been working in media ever since.

Reach her at adena.maier@timeout.com or connect with her on social. 

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What to eat in Melbourne: must-try dishes

What to eat in Melbourne: must-try dishes

It doesn’t matter if you’re a local or a visitor: Melbourne is at its absolute best when you go in face first and let your tastebuds lead the way. But what are some of the dishes that set our city apart? We've put together a bucket list of 26 must-try Melbourne dishes, including award-winning soup dumplings, a degustation highlighting native bush ingredients and a fior di latte soft serve.  While you're in town you should check out these 101 things to do in Melbourne in your lifetime. In between, grab a drink at Melbourne's best bars and best restaurants.

Where to celebrate Christmas in July in Melbourne

Where to celebrate Christmas in July in Melbourne

While we're used to celebrating Christmas over barbecues and beers while donning Hawaiian shirts and summer dresses, it's tough not to feel FOMO from the wintery festivities of our mates in the Northern Hemisphere. And while Melbourne rarely gets snow — if light dustings even count — we'll be damned if that stops us from trying to recreate our very own white Christmas in July.  Round up your mates (minus the Scrooges) and hit up these snow-covered markets, historic towns and decadent Christmas feasts. If the sky starts bucketing down, we've got you covered with ample rainy day activities. Keen for a break? These are the best winter getaways from Melbourne.

Light shows and festivals in Melbourne, including Lightscape

Light shows and festivals in Melbourne, including Lightscape

Do you love anything sparkling, glowing or illuminated? You've come to the right place – there are plenty of gorgeous light-up events to discover in Melbourne. From digital exhibitions and sparkling light shows to a Harry Potter-themed immersive experience (complete with a life-size hippogriff), it's time to get your glow on. Want to explore regional Victoria? Here's our list of winter light festivals outside of Melbourne.

Things to do in Melbourne in June

Things to do in Melbourne in June

Wondering what to do in Melbourne this June? We've got you sorted with this list of free things, art exhibitions, theatre shows, festivals and more.  Miserable weather? Here's what to do in Melbourne when it rains. Keen to embrace the cold? Check out our comprehensive guide to Victoria's snow season.

8 cheap Aussie holiday destinations that actually don't suck

8 cheap Aussie holiday destinations that actually don't suck

Australia, cossie livs' got you bad? We feel you.  Getting to bust out of town is a dream for all of us, but sadly these days, money can really get in between us and a good holiday time. Fortunately for all of us who are feeling the pinch, Australia is home to a juicy number of low-cost, budget-friendly holidays that still know exactly how to pack a punch. We've rounded up the best cheap places to go on holiday in Australia, that actually don't suck.  Every item on this list is easily (and cheaply) accessible from a major city, features something genuinely beautiful, and has accommodation and travel costs that are generally in (or under) $100 a night. You can rest assured that with any of these trips, you're going to get the halcyon holiday memories that sustain us all for a lifetime – and none of the budget burn marks to prove it. Want more? Explore the 15 dreamiest natural hot springs in Australia.

100 things to do in Melbourne at least once in your life

100 things to do in Melbourne at least once in your life

Whether you're a first-time visitor to Melbourne or have lived here all your life, there are some absolute must-do Melbourne bucket list items that just can't be missed. And yes, we may be slightly biased in saying that Melbourne might be the greatest city on Earth – but we have the stats to back us up, with Melbourne consistently ranked among the world's most livable cities.  Melbourne's food, drink, coffee, art, theatre and sport culture are among the best in the world, and we reckon you should try to experience every single one of them at least once before you die. So here is our ultimate bucket list: 100 amazing things to do in Melbourne right now, plus attractions, great restaurants, bars, fun festivals and everything in between. Enjoy, and thank us later. For a deeper look into two of our greatest pastimes – eating and drinking – browse our guides to Melbourne's best restaurants and best bars. Need somewhere to stay? Check out Melbourne's best Airbnbs, or Melbourne's best hotels.

14 unusual things you can only do in Melbourne

14 unusual things you can only do in Melbourne

They don't call us "marvellous Melbourne" for nothing, you know. Our city has more than a dozen attractions and experiences you can't find anywhere else, not to mention our one-of-a-kind residents (we have Carrot Man, need we say more?).  Many know Melbourne for the laneways and art galleries. Our affinity for coffee and incredible food also knows no bounds. But to really experience the best of Melbourne, we’d suggest hitting up some of the more unusual sites on this list. RECOMMENDED: 101 things everyone in Melbourne needs to do at least once.

The 20 best luxury hotels in Australia right now

The 20 best luxury hotels in Australia right now

Looking to live it up on your next Aussie getaway? We’ve got you covered. Our country is practically swimming in great hotels, from new boutique stays with heated infinity pools to revamped classics boasting five-star rooftop bars. Whether you’re a local looking for a gram-worthy staycation or a tourist eager to be in the heart of the action, here are our picks of Australia’s top hotels. RECOMMENDED: Australia’s most incredible resorts and lodges for your next getaway.

The 15 best hotels in Melbourne from pocket saving gems to luxury stays

The 15 best hotels in Melbourne from pocket saving gems to luxury stays

If you've ever Googled 'the best hotels in Melbourne', you've probably been overwhelmed by the sheer volume of suggestions; doesn't everyone consider themselves to be the best? As a popular tourist destination with plenty of things to do, it only makes sense that our city is home to hundreds of hotels encompassing heaps of different styles, costs, and amenities.  After a luxury hotel bursting with five-star amenities, a stylish budget hotel or a quirky boutique hotel? We've done all the hard work for you, so sit back, relax, and pick one of these best hotels in Melbourne to visit. It'll be a hard choice.  Updated for February 2024: We always like to bring our A-game when it comes to finding the perfect place to suit your travel needs, so we added some new faces – or should we say hotels – to this list, both of which are in Melbourne's centre and have stunning pools, heaps of modern flair and a decent bar. Tick, tick, tick.  RECOMMENDED:The best spa hotels in Melbourne Our favourite glamping sites in Victoria Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every hotel featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, hotel amenities and in-depth research to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

Melbourne's best cheap hotels for those on a budget

Melbourne's best cheap hotels for those on a budget

You don't have to spend a ton of money to enjoy a good night's sleep. Melbourne has plenty of gorgeous, luxury hotels, but there are also hidden gems in every corner of the city where you can rest your head for less than $150 a night. From under-the-radar heritage hotels in the centre of the city and effortlessly hip pads on the fringes of town, Melbourne's budget hotels prove that you don't have to drop 500 bucks a night to enjoy a night to remember.  For an even more affordable night in the city, share a room with friends and try to book at least a few weeks in advance. And don't be afraid to trade space for location – you're only sleeping, after all. RECOMMENDED: Book a stay at one of Melbourne's best luxury hotelsPlan a dinner at one of our city's finest restaurants Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every hotel featured below, we've based our list on top reviews and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The best pre theatre dinners in Melbourne to eat before a show

The best pre theatre dinners in Melbourne to eat before a show

It can be tempting to skip eating before a show, but that's a rookie error. There’s nothing quite as embarrassing as your stomach growling during a particularly silent scene, or being too hungry to appreciate your favourite band. And there’s nothing unusual about wanting to take the edge off your day before the show goes on. Save yourself the pain of having to buy plastic cups of beer or survive on box office peanuts: hit up one of these restaurants or bars before your next show. Spent all your money on the show? Here are some of Melbourne's best cheap eats. 

The 8 most delightful short weekend getaways across Australia

The 8 most delightful short weekend getaways across Australia

Nothing hits quite so right as a mini holiday mid-week. Waking up somewhere new on Saturday morning is like hacking the corporate system, getting extra time off AND being able to say something smug on Monday morning about your very eventful weekend. Wins only. Down Under, there's a dizzying array of options for short weekend getaways that are super close to all our major cities. To help you out with your whole 'enriching my life' plan, we've pulled together eight weekend getaways from every state and territory in Australia that each offer up something different.  RECOMMENDED: The most epic Aussie roadtrips you should drive away on before you die. From wineries to cute country towns to World Heritage wilderness, there's something epic on this list for everyone. Plus – every inclusion on this list is driveable or quickly accessible from a major city, meaning you don't need to drive for half your weekend to get there and/or fork out major dollars for airfares. Begone, boring couch-ridden Saturdays, and fighting off the scaries while washing towels on Sundays. This is your life folks. Go on a bloody mini break.  Want more Aussie travel inspo? Hit up one of these 25 incredible places you can only find Down Under.

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Disney on Ice

Disney on Ice

If you've been needing a bit of magic in your life, then we've got good news for you: Disney on Ice is returning with a new show, Road Trip Adventures. See your favourite characters from films like Moana, Lion King, Aladdin, Toy Story and more come to life and skillfully navigate the rink with a flurry of special effects like fake snow and pyrotechnics.  Embark on a quest with Mickey and Minnie Mouse as your guides, as you embark on a wild ride to famous Disney destinations. It's an action-packed expedition that traverses to the sun-soaked Motunui to help Moana restore the heart of Te Fiti, before setting of a safari through the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa, and lots more.  As you watch characters navigate challenges, there will be many teachable moments that are perfect for inspiring children around the world to discover their inner heroes. Learn about strength and determination from Moana, and teamwork from the Toy Story gang. The six-city tour will take the troupe through Perth, Adelaide, Wollongong, Brisbane, Newcastle and Sydney, as well as Melbourne where they'll perform at Rod Laver Arena from July 4 to July 8. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketek.  Looking for more things to do? Check out our round-up of the best things happening in Melbourne this week.

Melbourne Magic Festival

Melbourne Magic Festival

Ever wondered what it's like to be hypnotised, or if it's possible for someone to read your mind? Or maybe you're fascinated by sleights of hand and trying to figure out how they were accomplished. Whatever form of magic you're interested in, the Melbourne Magic Festival is sure to cast its spell on you when it arrives in Melbourne on July 1.  Since its launch in 2008, the festival has grown to become the largest festival of its kind, attracting more than 8,000 magic fans from all over the country last year. This year, enjoy two weeks packed full of more than 250 performances of more than 40 different shows by local magicians and international stars.  This year, the headline international act is Hector Macha – a Spaniard who has previously been crowned with the dazzling title of magic world champion. Other highlights include the Quizzical Mr Jeff (a fun family show that blends circus with magic), Cotidiano (contemporary illusionist who uses everyday objects) and Josh Staley (one of card magic's top practitioners). The list of performers and shows is about as long as one of those colourful scarves magicians pull out of people's ears, so check the website and prepare to be amazed.  Keen for more wintery fun? Check out our guide to the best winter festivals and events. Love to get lit? Here's everything illuminated in Melbourne this month.

Eynesbury Winter Festival

Eynesbury Winter Festival

Looking for a nearby winter getaway? Or need plans to keep your kids occupied over the school holidays? Eynesbury Homestead has got you covered with a two-week winter festival that's guaranteed to be snow much fun (see what we did there?!).  Entry to the festival won't cost you an icicle (aka it's free), and once you're there, you'll have an abundance of activities to choose from. Hit the ice-skating rink while listening to pumping tunes by a local DJ, go for a spin on carnival rides, shop up a storm at the market stalls and enjoy a mean feed from a variety of food trucks and stalls.  And you won't want to miss the Winter Solstice on Saturday, June 29, which will feature a bonfire, fire performers, music and fireworks. Other program highlights include the Winter Night Market on July 13 and the Kids Fun Day on July 6 – so there's plenty of events to fill your winter with.  The festival will run until July 14, so check the website for more information and start planning your trip out west.  After more cold-weather activities? Check out our guide on Melbourne's best winter festivals and events. 

Mornington Peninsula's Winter Wine Weekend

Mornington Peninsula's Winter Wine Weekend

What better way to warm yourself up during winter than with a belly full of wine and good food? This coming Queen's Birthday long weekend, head to the Mornington Peninsula for its annual four-day Winter Wine Fest, a variety of cellar door experiences, dazzling dining events and wine tastings. The festivities will kick off on Friday, June 7 with 'The Winemaker's Truffle Dinner' – the unmissable opening night in the festival's program, which brings 13 top wineries together in 'The Village Hall' at the Red Hill Showgrounds. Each winery will host a table with wines specially curated to match starting canapes and a delightful three-course menu showcasing the finest of the new season's truffles.  You can expect the winemakers' rarest and finest, back vintage and cellar selection drops, with bottles likely to be passed around from table to table as the libations start a'flowing! Jazz ensemble, the Georga Byrne Trio, will treat your ears to their dulcet tones while your taste buds are treated to the likes of Paringa Estate, Montalto, Crittenden Wines, Handpicked Wines and many more. And that's just the first day! Saturday, June 8, is when the festival's famous weekend showcase will take place. The long-standing event allows you to taste more than 150 premium wines by 40 wineries from the region. Tickets are $80 per person and include a complimentary Riedel tasting glass and access to all wine tastings. On Sunday, June 9, head to the 'Village Green' to explore plenty of bougie food po

Miss Fox

Miss Fox

Awarded the world’s Best Beauty Salon at the World Spa Awards in 2019, Miss Fox was designed with glamourous intentions in mind. This Hollywood-esque day spa and beauty salon is located in the hustle and bustle of Melbourne’s CBD on Little Collins Street. It's a fair bit more expensive than the other salons on this list, with manicures starting at the $85 mark and increasing in price depending on the polish you choose. But if you're feeling luxe and want to treat yourself, this salon will guarantee you walk out feeling like a movie star.

ANZAC Day Dawn Service

ANZAC Day Dawn Service

Join thousands of veterans, their descendants, and current serving personnel to pay respect to the ANZACs at the Shrine of Remembrance on ANZAC Day. The Dawn Service is a tradition that came out of the military practice of 'standing to' at dawn, a time when troops are vulnerable to attacks. Each year, the event draws thousands to the Shrine of Remembrance while millions more around the world follow the ceremony on television and radio.  This year, the Dawn Service will commence at 5.30am, followed by the ANZAC Day March at 9am. After the march concludes, a commemorative service will be held. All are welcome to attend, and no tickets or bookings are required. If you're unable to make it in person, the service and march will also be streamed live here. You can also commemorate from home by donating to the ANZAC Appeal to support the veteran community.  Looking to take part in more traditions? Here's where you can play two-up, a gambling game that is only legal on ANZAC Day.

Harvest Market

Harvest Market

What is it? Feast your eyes on up to 80 stalls brimming with Tasmania’s freshest seasonal produce at this wholesome community farmers’ market, held every Saturday morning from 8.30am.  Why go? Here, you'll be able to savour locally roasted coffees, along with ciders, craft beers, meads and drops from local distilleries. Sample your way through award-winning dairy products from the likes of Elgaar Farm and Red Cow Organics, and take home some homemade preserves, premium produce, artisan bread and pastries. Don’t be shy about tasting.

Dog Lovers Festival

Dog Lovers Festival

On October 26 and 27 at the Melbourne Showgrounds, you can celebrate your beloved four-legged friend at the Dog Lovers Festival (which also happens to be the event's tenth birthday). As one of the world's largest dog-dedicated festivals, you can look forward to seeing pups of all shapes, sizes and breeds. There will be live performances from talented canines, engaging talks by dog experts, dedicated petting zones, carnival rides, pool diving pups, stalls spruiking the latest products and services, and so much more. There will also be exciting new adoption initiatives to help more dogs in need. Essentially, it's heaven for pooch lovers.  Whether you own a pup of your own or you're simply a lover of dogs, this event will be filled to the brim with fun dog-related activities. The event will run from 9.30am until 5pm daily, and tickets are on sale now through the Dog Lovers Festival website. More of a cat person? The Cat Lovers Show is also happening at the Melbourne Showgrounds on the same weekend. Find out more info here. Looking for more fun? Here's our guide to what's on in Melbourne this weekend.

Cat Lovers Show

Cat Lovers Show

The most paw-sitively meow-nificent news has dropped: after a hiatus, the animal aficionados from the Dog Lovers Show are bringing back the Cat Lovers Show, set to hit the Melbourne Showgrounds on October 26 and 27.  For cat owners, the event will be the purr-fect opportunity to meet fellow crazy cat people, and for aspiring cat owners, it will be a great chance to live vicariously through those lucky enough to have a furry pal in their lives (or even inspire you to finally adopt one for yourself).  The two-day expo will feature more than 200 beautiful kitties in the Pat-A-Cat and Breed Showcase zones, and you can meet and greet all of them and learn more about the lifestyle requirements, temperament and characteristics of each cat. There will also be opportunities to chat with renowned animal experts to get essential tips on feline behaviour, nutrition, enrichment and breed selection.  One of the main objectives of the show will be to raise awareness for cat rescue and to work closely with shelters across the country to drive adoption and increase education about responsible cat ownership. The Whiskas adoption zone will provide all the information you need on providing a loving home to a cat in need, and you can even meet cats ready for adoption (hint, hint). Plus, there will also be a Championship Cat Show, free feline face painting, expert discussions, stalls loaded with the latest cat products and guest speakers. Plus, if you take part in the kitty cosplay fancy dress, yo

Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival

Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival

It doesn’t matter whether you’re inked head to toe or a cleanskin who’s contemplating their very first tattoo, the Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival welcomes all. This three-day bonanza of body art kicks off on April 26 at the Royal Exhibition Building and will feature more than 400 of the world’s best tattoo artists. When you’re not getting inked there will be a huge line-up of events to check out, including artists tattooing live, seminars and tattoo competitions. It’s a wonderful opportunity to discover new trends, meet your favourite artists and plan your future tatts. There will also be a bunch of giveaways and prizes to be won across the weekend, plus plenty of retail vendors selling tattoo-related gear. And that’s not all – you can enjoy live music acts and feast on tasty treats from a wide variety of food trucks. So come and experience the unity of the tattoo industry, and celebrate diversity and culture through body art. To purchase your ticket, head here. Looking for more ink slingers? Here's our guide to Melbourne's best tattoo shops.

Lit at Wyndham Park

Lit at Wyndham Park

Wyndham Park is getting a literal glow-up this March with a dazzling after dark experience returning to the Werribee recreation area. Lit at Wyndham Park is a free, after-hours art experience that turns the space into a glowing wonderland through a number of immersive attractions.  This year, highlights include several large-scale installations, including a colourful, interactive ChronoHarp instrument, giant glowing trumpet flowers that perform musical melodies, a glowing moon, giant night parrots, a glowing light walk and much more. To make a night of it, there's plenty of restaurants, bars, pubs and more within the city centre of Werribee.  Lit at Wyndham Park is free to enjoy and will run nightly Wednesday to Sunday from March 8 to 24, open between 8pm and 11pm. There will also be a sensory friendly night on March 12. Enter via Werribee's Wedge Street Piazza and head to the website for more information. Looking for more fun? Here's our guide to what's on in Melbourne this weekend.

Ballarat Begonia Festival

Ballarat Begonia Festival

Did you know that Ballarat is home to a collection of thousands of begonias in more than 500 varieties? They're housed in the city's historic botanical gardens, and to celebrate this floral feat, the city has hosted the Ballarat Begonia Festival annually since 1953. Excitingly, this year the festival will debut a never-before-seen begonia flower cultivated just for the festival, to be revealed in a special event.   When is the Begonia Festival in Ballarat?  If you're keen to see the colourful and highly Instagrammable blooms, make your way to Ballarat for the Labour Day long weekend from Saturday to Monday, March 9-11. How long is the Begonia Festival on for?  The floral festivities run across three jam-packed days, so you'll have ample opportunity to explore vibrant floral displays that fill the space's gardens, main stage and heritage floral clock throughout the historic botanic gardens.  What's on at the Ballarat Begonia Festival?  Alongside the colourful blooms, there will be a line-up of line-up of demonstrations and talks led by a roster of celebrity presenters and industry experts. Plus, there's plenty of family-friendly entertainment, most excitingly circus act Sway wil delight attendees with a fantastical musical performance. Plus, there's fine food purveyors, markets, live music, kids' activities, a parade and more roving entertainment. It all makes for a super fun-filled weekend.  Keen to make it a weekend getaway? Check out our guide to visiting Ballarat.

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Get your hands on this new peachy gin by Four Pillars Gin

Get your hands on this new peachy gin by Four Pillars Gin

For the past few years, Zoë Foster Blake's cult skincare brand Go-To has collaborated with Four Pillars to create a limited-edition peachy gin. And in a surprise to absolutely no one, getting your hands on a bottle has been pretty damn hard. Well, if you've missed out in the past, we've got good news: it's back just in time for G&T season.  The 2023 version of 'My New Go-To Gin' is peachier and fancier than ever, and features flavours of yuzu, lime, coriander seeds and lemon myrtle. And to add that extra zing, it has been infused with quandong, a native peach from Western Australia. Yum! It's the perfect base for everything from a classic G&T to a bubbly Bellini or a tart Peach Bramble.  Keen to sip on peachy beverages all summer long? The gin will be available from the Four Pillars website from November 22 – but hurry, we have a feeling it's not going to stick around for long. It will retail at $85 for a 700mL bottle and there is a limit of three per purchase.  RECOMMENDED: The world's best cities have been revealed and we think Melbourne should have been higher This is the annual income you need to be happy in Australia, a new study claims Melbourne has been declared the third most mispronounced place in Australia  

LOOK UP: Here's how to see the super bright Lyrid meteor shower in Sydney

LOOK UP: Here's how to see the super bright Lyrid meteor shower in Sydney

If you’re a stargazing fan and find the majesty of shooting stars amazing, prepare to have your mind blown by the annual Lyrid meteor shower – which should be visible above Sydney next month. Every April, a torrent of meteors whizz through the sky and burn up in the atmosphere to create beautiful, sparkling flashes of light. The celestial event, which is visible across skies worldwide, is expected to take place this year from April 14 to 30, and will reach its peak on April 22 and 23.  The fireballs are created by debris from the comet Thatcher. The Lyrids are actually one of the oldest recorded meteor showers, with some historical Chinese texts mentioning the shower more than 2,500 years ago. At their most active, you can expect to see around 20 shooting stars per hour. But even outside those key hours, you're likely to see the occasional flash of light or cluster of shooting stars. This year, the meteors are expected to be peak around 1am AEST on April 23, so bundle up for a late night of stargazing. This interactive map can tell you exactly where to look. The best part? You don’t need any special equipment or astronomical skills to view this meteor shower – just make sure to give your eyes enough time to adjust to the darkness. Keep in mind that Lyrid meteors are relatively fast, but on the plus side they are surprisingly bright. If you need to scope out a good viewing point, head to one of these stargazing spots across Sydney.   Happy star spotting! Stay in the loop: sig

Eyes to the sky: Here's how to see the Geminids meteor shower from Sydney

Eyes to the sky: Here's how to see the Geminids meteor shower from Sydney

Calling all avid stargazers: the biggest meteor shower of the year will be lighting up the sky on the night of Thursday, December 14 and the morning of Friday, December 15, with 150 meteors shooting above us when the meteor shower is at its peak. The Geminids meteor shower is one of the final celestial spectacles for the year and it's one worth seeing – if you can't get out to the Blue Mountains to watch it with an astronomer by your side, you're still likely to catch a pretty impressive spectacle. While most meteor showers are the result of a comet, the Geminids come from debris shed by 3,200 Phaethon, a five-kilometre-wide asteroid that discards matter as it moves past Earth in space. It first appeared in the mid-1800s, but it wasn't considered particularly notable at the time, offering just ten to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. The Geminids have grown considerably in scale across the centuries, today offering upwards of 120 meteors per hour in perfect conditions. This particular starry display is considered one of the best and most reliable annual meteor showers, according to NASA.  This year, the Geminids will be visible in Sydney from December 7 to 17, with a peak set to occur on the night of December 14 to the morning of December 15. The visibility of the meteors can vary based on moonlight and weather, but (pending cloud cover) we should be in luck this time around; the new moon this month means that the skies will be darker, making for what should be an excellent s

Eyes to the sky: Here's how to see the Geminids meteor shower

Eyes to the sky: Here's how to see the Geminids meteor shower

If you're an avid stargazer, we've got some exciting news for you. One of the best annual meteor showers will light up our skies very soon and it's looking like it'll be quite a magical display. The Geminids meteor shower is one of the final celestial spectacles for the year and it's one worth seeing.  While most meteor showers are the result of a comet, the Geminids come from debris shed by 3200 Phaethon, a five-kilometre-wide asteroid that discards matter as it moves past Earth in space. It first appeared in the mid-1800s, but it wasn't considered particularly notable at the time, offering just ten to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. The Geminids have grown considerably in scale over the centuries, today offering upwards of 120 meteors per hour in perfect conditions and often considered one of the best and most reliable annual meteor showers, according to NASA.  This year, they'll be visible in Melbourne from December 7 to 17, with a peak occurring on the night of December 13 to the morning of December 14. The visibility of the meteors can vary, but we're in luck this time around. The new moon this month means that the skies will be darker, making for an excellent show.  For more advice on how to see the Geminids, head here. After the best stargazing spots? Reconnect with the night sky at these stellar locations across Melbourne.  

A $20 million Monopoly theme park is now open in Australia

A $20 million Monopoly theme park is now open in Australia

With the current state of Sydney's real estate market, playing a round of Monopoly is probably also the only chance most of us have at owning any property. But instead of dwelling on that, pack your bags and book your trip to Melbourne because a $20 million, 1650-square-metre Monopoly-themed indoor park has just opened in the southern state. After much anticipation, the $20-million dollar, 1650-square-metre indoor park is officially open at Melbourne Central, with tickets on sale now.  It's only the second of its kind in the world, and it's twice the size of the original location that landed in Hong Kong back in 2019. After passing go at the entrance, visitors will get to explore two distinct areas: Monopoly City and Monopoly Mansion.  Across the two zones, which are inspired by Melbourne and feature trams and street art, there will be a total of 15 attractions including a 4D theatre and a chance wheel. Punters can win Monopoly money that can then be spent at the park's café or retail store.  General admission tickets start at $38.50.  RECOMMENDED: While you're travelling, head to the NT for this amazing Red Centre Light Trail

Melbourne is getting a $20 million Monopoly theme park

Melbourne is getting a $20 million Monopoly theme park

Does talking about Monopoly simultaneously elicit feelings of rage while also bringing back fond childhood memories? If so, you're not alone. The bestselling board game critiquing the follies of capitalism has been the main character at countless family game nights over the years – and we'd wager at least half of those sessions have ended with a table being flipped over in a fit of rage.  With the current state of the real estate market, playing a round of Monopoly is probably also the only chance most of us have at owning any property. But instead of dwelling on that, focus on the good news: a $20-million dollar, 1650-square-metre Monopoly-themed indoor park is opening in Melbourne Central on November 15, 2023.  Photograph: Supplied It's only the second of its kind in the world, and it'll be twice the size of the original location that landed in Hong Kong back in 2019. After passing go at the entrance, visitors will get to explore two distinct areas: Monopoly City and Monopoly Mansion.  “The keys to Monopoly City and Mr. Monopoly’s Mansion are due for handover in September 2023," said Mark Connolly, general manager of Monopoly Dreams Melbourne. "We are excited to be able to officially give Aussies an opening day for the most anticipated attraction of 2023." Across the two zones, which are inspired by Melbourne and feature trams and street art, there will be a total of 15 attractions including a 4D theatre and a chance wheel. Punters can win Monopoly money that can then be

モノポリーのテーマパークがメルボルンにオープン

モノポリーのテーマパークがメルボルンにオープン

「モノポリー」と聞くと、子どもの頃の懐かしい思い出がよみがえると同時に、怒りの感情が湧き上がってくることはないだろうか? もしそうだったとしても大丈夫、あなただけではない。 資本主義の愚行を批評するこのボードゲームのベストセラーは、何年にもわたり数え切れないほどプレーされてきた。そのうちの少なくとも半分は、きっと怒りに任せてボードがひっくり返されて終わっているに違いない。 多くの大都市の不動産市場の現状を思うと、ほとんどの人にとって不動産を「所有」できる唯一の機会は、モノポリーで遊ぶ時となっているのが悲しいところではある。しかし、それであればむしろオーストラリアのメルボルンへ行き、思いっ切りモノポリーで遊んでみるのはどうだろうか。 2023年9月、メルボルン・セントラルにモノポリーをテーマにした広大な屋内パーク「Monopoly Dreams」がオープンするのだ。 同テーマパークは2019年に香港で初めてオープン。メルボルンのパークは世界2カ所目で、香港の2倍の広さになる。エントランスを通過した後、来場者は「Monopoly City」と「Mr. Monopoly’s Mansion」という2つの異なるゾーンの探検が楽しめる。 メルボルンをイメージした路面電車やストリートアートが描かれた各ゾーンでは、4Dシアターやチャンスホイールを含む合計15のアトラクションが設置される。獲得した「モノポリーマネー」は施設内のカフェや売店で使うことができるという。 「これらの2つのゾーンへの鍵は、9月に引き渡されます。2023年に最も待ち望まれていたアトラクションのオープンを、正式にオーストラリアの皆さまへお知らせできることに興奮しています」と、Monopoly Dreams Melbourneのジェネラルマネジャー、マーク・コノリーは述べている。Monopoly Dreamsのオープンは、9月1日(金)で、チケットは30AUドル(約2,875円)からとなっている。 関連記事 『A $20 million Monopoly theme park is coming to Australia(原文)』 『メルボルン、2031年までにシドニーを抜き豪で人口が最大に』 『世界で最も過小評価されている14の旅行先』 『ファッションのテーマパーク「木更津コンセプトストア」でしかできない5のこと』 『東京、ベストテーマパーク4選』 『2023年に行くべき新施設とイベント10選』 東京の最新情報をタイムアウト東京のメールマガジンでチェックしよう。登録はこちら  

Calling all Disnerds: the Disney Cruise Line is finally landing in Australia

Calling all Disnerds: the Disney Cruise Line is finally landing in Australia

The House of Mouses's famous family-friendly cruises have been setting sail across the globe for decades now, and they're finally slated for a run in Australia.  The first season of Disney Magic at Sea (which sets sail this October) was so popular that Disney Cruise Line has now announced a new season of cruises departing Australia and New Zealand in 2024 and through to 2025. You'll be able to embark on two to seven-day cruises filled with Disney magic, and hang out with characters like Captain Mickey Mouse, Captain Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Pluto, as well as characters from the Star Wars and Marvel universes. As you'd expect with Disney, there will be plenty of entertainment, including musical performances and original theatrical shows. Of course, there will be plenty for small Disney fans, with the Disney Oceaneer Club taking small sailors on a Frozen-themed adventure. Kids can also play in a multi-level replica of Andy's room from Toy Story or learn to save the world at the Marvel Super Hero Academy. And while the kids are busy, adults can relax in the adults-only Quiet Cove pool, get pampered at the Senses Spa and Salon or enjoy fine dining (and adult conversation) at Palo restaurant.  The first of these magical cruises will set sail from Sydney Harbour on October 28, 2023. Bookings are now open for the 2024-25 season, which will visit ports in Noumea, Hobart and Eden. We recommend getting in quick, considering how far in advance the first season sold.  For more info or t

An incredibly bright meteor shower is coming to Sydney

An incredibly bright meteor shower is coming to Sydney

Sydney. If getting starstruck by celestial happenings is your thing, prepare to have your mind blown by the annual Lyrid meteor shower that’s coming at us in April 2023. In April every year, a torrent of blazing meteors whiz across the sky and burn in the atmosphere, creating otherworldly flashes of light. This annual shower will be visible across the world from April 16 to 25, 2023, and will be at its peak for Australian (and Sydney-residing) stargazers from April 22 to 23.  The Lyrids are one of the oldest recorded meteor showers in human history, with some historical Chinese texts mentioning their existence more than 2,500 years ago. The fireballs you see in this shower are created by debris from the Comet Thatcher, and at their most active, you’ll see up to 20 shooting stars per hour. But, even if you’re looking up outside of peak time, it’s highly likely you’ll see the occasional flash of light illuminating the sky.  Sadly for all us Southern Hemisphere dwellers, the Lyrid shower will not be as radiant and intense as it is for our Northern Hemisphere brethren. This being said, we’ll still get a pretty good look at it all (weather conditions dependent) after midnight on April 22, or a few hours before sunrise on April 23. You’ll get the best vantage point if you turn your feet towards the northern part of our sky, and look 45 degrees above the horizon. If you’re lost, this interactive map can tell you exactly where to look.  The best part about the Lyrids? You don’t need

In news that surprises no one, Jetstar has been ranked as Australia's "Most Hated" airline

In news that surprises no one, Jetstar has been ranked as Australia's "Most Hated" airline

Last year, we reported on how Melbourne Airport was crowned Australia's worst airport for delays and cancellations. We don't want to point any fingers at which airlines may be behind that unsavoury title, but we will say this: research conducted by S Money has found that Jetstar Airways is Australia's most hated airline. Not surprised? Neither are we.  Although Jetstar does offer some ridiculously good deals, lost and damaged luggage is a common theme for Jetstar customers, which is a bummer because who doesn't want to travel with their stuff intact?  So how was the research conducted? S Money unpacked thousands of Tweets that had tagged airline handles and analysed the volume of posts with negative and positive sentiment for each airline. The airlines with the most negative Tweet scores were determined to be the ‘Most Hated’, and vice versa. Because, of course, when travel turmoil arises, people turn to social media to grumble. Tweets tagging Jetstar were 67.5 per cent negative. Qantas better hold onto their tray tables, too, because the study results will also shake them up – their detours and cancellations have left a lot of people with some serious travel headaches, and a lot of people regard Qantas as greedy. They ended up with a 60 per cent negativity rating.  Virgin Australia came out as the third most common airline to peeve Aussies off (with a 50.7 per cent negativity score). But, considering Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin are the three most commonly flown airlines Down

Jupiter and Venus will overlap above Australia this week and you'll be able to see it

Jupiter and Venus will overlap above Australia this week and you'll be able to see it

In February, a bright green, two-tailed comet blazed through our skies; if you missed it, we're sorry to say you probably won't ever see it again (unless scientists perfect cryogenics) as it only comes around every 50,000 years. But don't be too sad: we come bearing news of another fascinating astronomical occurrence. From February 20 to March 10, Jupiter and Venus will appear close together in the sky in a phenomenon known as planetary conjunction. What exactly is a planetary conjunction? Well, it's a term for when two planets appear to meet in the same part of the sky. Jupiter and Venus are known as the brightest planets in our sky, and they've been slowly inching towards each other. For Australians, they are expected to appear closest together on Thursday, March 2. Afterwards, they'll begin to go their separate ways again.  It's not the rarest conjunction to spot in our night sky; Venus and Jupiter align with each other every 13 months or so. In comparison, Jupiter and Neptune had a conjunction in 2022 for the first time since 1856. Regardless, it's still a marvellous nighttime spectacle, and it should be visible to the naked eye, so find a primo stargazing spot and look up.   

Lettuce celebrate: Melbourne is the fourth most vegan-friendly city in the world

Lettuce celebrate: Melbourne is the fourth most vegan-friendly city in the world

Plant-based eating has been on the rise, with the Food Revolution Network reporting that plant-based dairy and meat sales are projected to soar from $29 billion in 2020 to $162 billion by 2030. While that's great news for inclusivity and access in grocery stores, it's also important for vegans to have access to plant-based meals when eating out. And lucky for vegan Melburnians, gone are the days of ordering hot chips and a sad salad consisting of just greens, red onion and tomato; in 2023, vegan eateries are practically a dime a dozen, and Happy Cow has ranked Melbourne as the fourth most vegan-friendly city in the world.  The results were based on criteria including the number of fully vegan restaurants within a ten-kilometre radius of the city centre; the number of fully vegan businesses including shops and bakeries; the density of vegan businesses per capita; and qualitative factors like how active the city's vegan community is. Based on that criteria, Melbourne came in fourth just below London, Berlin and New York City, and ranked ahead of Singapore, Los Angeles, Bangkok, Amsterdam, Warsaw and Barcelona. The news should come as no surprise to vegan and non-vegan Melburnians alike; you'd have to live under a rock to not be familiar with entirely or predominantly plant-based eateries like Parcs (Time Out's Best Innovation winner in the 2022 Food and Drink Awards), Smith and Daughters, Red Sparrow Pizza and Patsy's. In fact, Happy Cow reports that based on 2022 data, Melbour