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Rebecca Russo

Rebecca Russo

Editor of Time Out Melbourne

Rebecca Russo is Time Out's former Editor of Time Out Melbourne.

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The best soups in Melbourne

The best soups in Melbourne

From comforting classics to sinus-clearing spicy broth, we burned our tongues on a tonne of the city's soups to bring you the very best. Refer to this list when you need some salty, creamy, warming deliciousness – and mum’s not around to dish out the homemade stuff. Feel like some more comforting food? Try the city's best noodle soups or Melbourne's best dumplings.

The best Airbnbs in Melbourne

The best Airbnbs in Melbourne

Forget what Sydneysiders tell you: Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia. Visitors flock here for the endless supply of cutting-edge galleries, restaurants and events. And when you’re in a city this cool, it seems like a mighty shame to be staying in a cookie-cutter hotel.  There are heaps of amazing Airbnbs in our city that are often more affordable than a hotel and provide a more homely and unique stay. Whether you're a local keen on a staycation or a visitor who wants to feel like a genuine Melburnian, these are the best Airbnbs you'll find in Melbourne. RECOMMENDED: The best day hikes from Melbourne This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The best gift hampers to send in Melbourne

The best gift hampers to send in Melbourne

Is there anything better than getting a little surprise in the mail? Surprise presents are the best presents, and if they come by post, so much the better.  Whether there’s a birthday on the horizon or maybe you’ve noticed a friend has been feeling a little down, one of the below gift packages might be just the pick-me-up they need. Plus, anyone stuck in iso would surely appreciate a box of goodies to make the seven days pass more quickly. And hey, there’s no one saying you can’t send one to yourself, too!  Need something exclusively with cheese? Here are the best cheese deliveries in Melbourne. And we’ve also got you for coffee deliveries, flower deliveries and booze deliveries.

Hot springs you can soak in near Melbourne

Hot springs you can soak in near Melbourne

What could be more luxe and relaxing than soaking in blissful hot water? Whether you’re looking for a chilled-out day trip or a weekend away with friends, these hot and mineral spring havens are easily accessible from Melbourne. As well as the mineral spring resorts in Daylesford and the ultra-popular hot springs on the Mornington Peninsula, there are a smattering of hidden oases waiting to be explored across Victoria. Take a look at these great escapes and plan your next soak. Can't make it to the Mornington Peninsula? Here are some of the best spas and bath houses in and around Melbourne.

15 Melbourne hacks to make your life easier

15 Melbourne hacks to make your life easier

From scoring cheap theatre tickets to knowing the best way to travel around this city, these Melbourne hacks will have you kicking goals all over this fabulous city. 1. Set up auto top-up on your Myki. Imagine never having to line up at a Myki machine ever again. This is the reality when you’ve got auto top-up installed on your Myki. No more cursing the slow person in front of you (who, without fail, can’t make up their mind about how much money to put on their card and always, always, insists on getting a receipt) or jumping on a tram and hearing the dreaded “negative balance” tone. All you need to do is register your Myki online, pick a card you’d like to debit from and the value you’d like to be topped up and voilà. Now, when your Myki money drops below your minimum balance, it will automatically top itself up. Read more of our public transport tips. Even better: If you have an Android phone, you can put your Myki on the Google Pay app and never carry around plastic cards again. You can set it to auto top-up, too – then just tap your phone and go. 2. Shop at Queen Vic Market at 3.40pm on a Saturday. Rock up 20 minutes before closing at the Queen Vic Market and you could score yourself a sweet deal, whether it’s fruits, veggies, freshly baked bread or even cheese, if you’re lucky. Closing times on market days vary, so keep these open times handy: Tue, Thu 6am-3pm; Fri 6am-3pm; Sat 6am-4pm and Sun 9am-4pm.   3. Dine at Melbourne’s fanciest restaurants on the cheap. Melbou

18 things every Melburnian has Googled at least once

18 things every Melburnian has Googled at least once

As much as we pride ourselves on knowing every single hidden bar, coffee shop or swimming spot in town, there are still some things about Melbourne that baffle us to this day. Here are some things we’ve all Googled at least once in Melbourne. 1. "Rain radar Melbourne" These have to be the three most Googled words in Melbourne ever. But it pays to be prepared, guys. Who knows when you might be hailed on during an outdoor concert, get caught in a thunderstorm in the middle of summer or get stuck in a coffee shop during a flash flood? It’s all possible. 2. "How long does it take to walk down Swanston Street?" Longer than you think, kid. With a mixture of slow walkers, tourists with fold-out maps obscuring their view and people with far too many shopping bags, it’s the ultimate game of dodgeball. Except the balls are chuggers, people lining up for bubble tea and an inexplicable number of prams. Oof. 3. "Queen Vic Market open hours" We’ve all rocked up to the corner of Victoria Street and Elizabeth Street, under that great big colourful mural of cows, sheep and ram heads (???) only to realise the market is, in fact, shut. Remember this: Queen Vic Market is closed on Mondays and Wednesdays. 4. "Why do trams have sand in their walls?" Those newer low-floor trams have something pretty peculiar hanging out in their walls and under your feet. It’s sand. Why, you might be asking, would a huge mechanical machine need a sandbox to function? Well, the sand is dropped on the tram tracks

The best free things to do in Melbourne

The best free things to do in Melbourne

They say the best things in life are free. We're not 100 per cent on board with that sentiment (have you had a perfectly prepared cocktail? That ain't cheap), but not everything in Melbourne has to cost a bunch of money. From art shows to wine tastings, there are a bunch of things to do in this fine city that you can do for free. Yep, free. Zilch. Nada. Zero dollars.  Happy to spend a couple of bucks? Here are our favourite cheap eats for under $20, and here are our top picks for things to do in the city for $25 or less.

The best day hikes from Melbourne

The best day hikes from Melbourne

We love this beautiful city of ours, but sometimes it's nice to get out into nature for a stroll – or something more intense. Dust off those hiking boots, pack that scroggin, fill your Camelbak and get ready to explore some of the most gorgeous hikes within an easy drive of Melbourne. Regional Victoria is brimming with picturesque walks great for getting your heart pumping, including temperate rainforest wonders and seaside spectacles.  If you'd rather stay closer to come, here are some great Melbourne walks, a stone's throw from the city. RECOMMENDED: Go for a drive to the best waterfalls around Victoria. 

The best walks in Melbourne

The best walks in Melbourne

Who says you need to leave the city to get into nature? There are plenty of gorgeous places to stretch your legs in Melbourne itself, no car trip needed.   You can get to many of these walks on the tram, bus or train. There are plenty of beautiful walking trails dotted in and around Melbourne, running right through the CBD and stretching out to the suburbs. Lace up your sneakers and try out one of Melbourne's top walks. Looking for more things to discover around Melbourne? Here are some day hikes to try, or secret gardens to explore. 

The best school holidays activities in Melbourne

The best school holidays activities in Melbourne

School's out for autumn! Looking for some fun and entertaining ways to keep the kids busy over the break? We've put together a list of the best family-friendly things to do right now, catering to a range of price points and ages. There are a few that you can do from the living room, too.  Need more things to do? Here’s what’s happening across Melbourne this week.   

18 sounds that all Melburnians will recognise

18 sounds that all Melburnians will recognise

No other city sounds like Melbourne. From the familiar sound of a tram ding to a jovial Big Issue seller wishing you a good morning, visitors and locals will all recognise a few of these classic Melbourne sounds. 1. The ding... ding DING of an angry tram.2. The clock at Melbourne Central that sings 'Waltzing Matilda'.3. Suitcases being wheeled across various pebbled laneways.4. The whoosh of cyclists as they speed down Swanston Street.5. Construction. So. Much. Construction. 6. The sound of your Myki failing when you've forgotten to top up.7. Train drivers casually explaining via the intercom why the train is late... again.8. The subsequent groans from train passengers.9. Italian restaurateurs on Lygon Street and Hardware Lane asking for "a table for two?"10. Car horns blaring when someone doesn't do a hook turn correctly.11. The sound of baristas bashing used coffee out of the portafilter.12. “Biiiiig issue… gityerbigissuehere!”13. The clippity-clop of the horse-drawn carriages.14. People talking about plants in cafés.15. The voice of that friendly, bow-tie wearing tram driver on the 109/48 tram.16. Vendors yelling out “Onedollaronedollardonedollardonedollaronedollar” at Queen Vic Market.17. The sound of silence that sweeps over an entire tram when people spot a transport officer.18. The squawk of seagulls battling over remnants of food along Flinders Lane.  Here are 19 things every Melburnian has Googled at least once. The 21 things you only learn in Melbourne the hard way.

Opinion: Hot cross buns should be microwaved, not toasted

Opinion: Hot cross buns should be microwaved, not toasted

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Time Out Melbourne, Time Out Australia, Time Out Group or any of its affiliated entities. I don’t need to tell you that Easter is fast approaching. It’s the time of year to stuff your face with chocolate eggs and hot cross buns because we’re told those things don’t exist outside of this ordained period of time (it’s all lies, you know. Woolies sells hot cross buns as “spicy fruit buns” throughout the year, and Easter eggs are just regular chocolate in the shape of eggs). But here is the thing about Easter that really gets my goat. You, like the majority of people, are almost certainly eating hot cross buns wrong. Don’t toast the crossies; microwave them. Yes, microwave. And no, I don’t just mean defrost the bun. I mean blast those suckers on high for at least a minute to really get those fruity buns going. They’re better than anything that comes out of a crummy toaster. You know why? It’s because a microwaved hot cross bun is how a hot cross bun is truly meant to be enjoyed. You’re bringing the bun back to how the bakers originally intended it to be eaten – straight from the oven, warm and gooey on the inside. It’s like a brownie. Would you like your brownie burned, crisp and hard to chew? No, you like it gooey so that the chocolate melts in your mouth. By microwaving a hot cross bun, you get softer fruits, a tangier (but not harsh) hint o

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The Music Gym

The Music Gym

Learning a new instrument as an adult is a hard task. For one, instruments are hella expensive, meaning you often have to shell out a small fortune for something you’re not even sure you’ll be that good at. Enter: the Music Gym. The Music Gym is an initiative created by music teacher Catherine Prifti, with the idea of letting adults learn new skills in a convenient location where you can squeeze in a class during your lunch break, before or after work. Keen participants can sign up for voice, piano and guitar lessons at the Music Gym. Here you'll be able to learn basic skills (or brush up on old skills) with state-of-the-art instruments and expert teachers at your side. Group classes can be purchased at a casual one-off rate, or choose a 10-pack, 20-pack, or even a private lesson. You’ll find the Music Gym at Melbourne’s Galleria, at the intersection of Bourke, Elizabeth and Little Collins streets.

Adelphi Hotel

Adelphi Hotel

Located within a hulking 1938 building on the busy CBD hotspot that is Flinders Lane, the Adelphi Hotel is a nice landing spot for those who value edgy design, location and first-rate service. The Adelphi is a gorgeously styled boutique hotel, from its signature zig-zagged floor right down to the ubiquitous lolly jars in every room. Redesigned in 2013 by Hachem, the hotel might not be as sophisticated as its neighbouring Westin Hotel, but that lack of stuffiness works to Adelphi’s advantage, especially considering you’re sharing walls with some of the city’s hottest restaurants. With only 34 rooms, the Adelphi can afford to be a little playful in design. Kitschy lamps, furry rugs and not-very-functional-but-still-cute couches line the corners of rooms, with the centrepiece king-sized bed a comfy standout. The brightly hued rooms also come with 40-inch flat screens (with unlimited movies), spacious bathrooms with rainfall showerheads and minibars full of free snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.  Peckish? You're in luck. Staying at the Adelphi means you're seconds from Japanese diner Supernormal, the French-Vietnamese Coda and arguably the city's busiest restaurant, Chin Chin (if you don't mind the queues!). Downstairs at the Adelphi is also a sweet tooth's paradise thanks to Om Nom Dessert Restaurant. We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about the rooftop. The Adelphi’s rooftop pool is probably one of the most photographed pools in Melbourne, thanks to its cantilevering glass bott

Zagame’s House

Zagame’s House

It’s fair to say Zagame’s Downtowner, a plain, somewhat daggy city-fringe hotel that has been hanging around the corner of Lygon and Queensberry streets since 2003, has had quite the glow up. Opened in May 2019 after an $18 million renovation, Zagame’s House is a chic addition to Melbourne’s boutique hotel scene and features all the plusses that make a staycation worth it: plush king-sized beds, velour armchairs, a rainfall shower, a decked-out minibar and minimalist Scandi furnishings that seem straight out of a Pinterest collection. If you dig a little deeper, you’ll realise it’s the small touches that make this place A grade. Rooms feature organic bath products from UK brand Cowshed, Marshall speakers you can connect to via Bluetooth and custom-lit bathroom mirrors that have different illumination settings for the perfect selfie. The hotel is wheelchair-accessible, and the late-night room service menu is all fancy toasties (think truffle cheese, meatballs or harissa chicken).  Zagame’s has probably one of the best-stocked minibars in town, by the way. There’s Espresso Martini in a can, beers from locals like Moon Dog Brewery, sodas from Bickford and Sons and hand-selected Everleigh Bottling Co, cocktails. If you're hungry, you can buy a selection of house-made sweet and savoury treats like gummy bears, raspberry twists and chocolate pretzels. Bored? There’s a pack of Uno cards on the menu, too, as well as a “lover’s kit”, which has condoms, lube and even a battery-operated

Urbnsurf

Urbnsurf

If you've bemoaned the fact that inner-city Melbourne doesn't have proper surfing beaches, this is for you. Head along to Australia's first inland surf park, Urbnsurf, located within spitting distance of Melbourne Airport in Tullamarine.  This inland wave pool is the first full-sized surfing lagoon to use Wavegarden technology. If that all sounds like gibberish, let us explain: the pool uses technology to create long, man-made waves in a closed environment. According to Urbnsurf, it's able to pump out up to 1,000 perfect, two-metre-high ocean-like surfing waves every hour.   The two-hectare surfing lagoon has areas customisable for all ages and abilities – so if you're not Layne Beachley just yet, you'll do just fine. The modular wave generator means that there can be different kinds of waves in different sections of the pool. Beginners can attend surfing lessons in the whitewash with friendly and talented surfing coaches while the pros can stick to the back with consistent waves above two metres tall.  Pro surfers will be pretty content with the quality of wave barrels at Urbnsurf. And while the backdrop of an airport isn't as atmospheric as the shores of Byron Bay, the most jarring difference here is the lack of sand. The pool isn't that deep (especially in the whitewash) so falling off or tumbling means you might scratch yourself on the concrete floor. But being able to play God like this with the frequency of waves means Urbnsurf has the capability to stop the waves comp

Jurassic World by Brickman

Jurassic World by Brickman

Maybe you’re a lifelong fan of Lego. Maybe you got hooked on Lego Masters. Maybe you’re a huge dinosaur fan and have a shrine to Jeff Goldblum and the original Jurassic Park movies. Whatever your fascination, this exhibition might be for you. Ryan ‘the Brickman’ McNaught, the only Australian Lego certified “professional”, has opened his next big Lego exhibition set to hit Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.  From now until January 30, you’ll be able to enter an immersive Lego experience set to be the largest Lego experience in Aussie history. Made in partnership with the Jurassic World franchise, this new event will have over 50 large-scale dinosaurs, props, scenes and activities made using over six million Lego bricks.  If you’re familiar with the franchise, you’ll be able to recognise Isla Nublar, the science labs of Jurassic Park, a petting zoo and maybe even pose with life-size Lego dinosaurs. Keep an eye out of the Brachiosaurus, which weighs over two tonnes.  Tickets are on sale now via this link. Prices start at $25, and there are discounts for concessions and family groups). 

Fortress

Fortress

Are you ready to play? Fortress Melbourne is the southern hemisphere's largest video gaming and esports entertainment venue. It's located on the lower ground floor of Emporium Melbourne, and it's massive. No, really. The venue encompasses 2,700 square metres of space over two levels.  Inside you'll be able to experience some of the coolest games and newest technology from around the world. There's a 200-seat esports arena, plus 160 Alienware PCs, VIP game booths, streamer pods and tabletop and board game areas. There are also function spaces, a restaurant and two bars so you won't go hungry or thirsty.  The space is designed for gamers of all ages – and it's not just for the Fortnite fans. There's a range of games on offer including Mario Kart, Dota 2, Rainbow 6 and heaps more. The venue runs special board game nights on Wednesdays (including food and drink specials and free play) and always-popular beginner-friendly Dungeons and Dragons games on Sundays.  Fortress Melbourne is open daily. Walk-ins are welcome, but it's recommended to book.

Australian Open

Australian Open

Every year, thousands head to Melbourne Park to watch the superstars of tennis battle it out in the fierce summer heat. Despite the heatwaves that occur regularly during the event (temperatures of 35 degrees or higher are common) the Australian Open continues to attract the world's best tennis players and their fans to the southern hemisphere's only Grand Slam tournament. The 2022 tournament begins on Monday, Monday 17.  Day and night sessions are available, and adult tickets start at $49. Keep an eye out for fan pods when booking – these are physically distanced groupings of one to six seats that you can book via the interactive seating chart. There are strict daily crowd capacities, so best to book your tickets sooner rather than later. You can click the 'buy ticket' button above to get yours. 

iFly

iFly

Want to enjoy all the thrills of skydiving without actually leaping out of a plane? An indoor skydiving experience called iFly might be for you. Imagine a specially designed wind tunnel that’s been turned upright so that the air travels upwards. Now picture yourself caught in that powerful updraft. This is indoor skydiving. It’s a concept used by the skydiving community to practice their free-fall technique. It really does feel like you’re suspended in mid-air, thanks to this giant propeller blasting air. It’s loud, as you can imagine, but also extremely safe, because you’re never more than a few metres from the ground. IFly has been around the world (including the US, UK, France, Dubai, Brazil, Canada, New Zealand and Singapore) for over 20 years now, and this is the brand’s second Australian outpost. Anyone aged three and up can try it and prices start at $79.95 per person. 

W Melbourne

W Melbourne

For a taste of inner-city luxury, you can’t go past W Melbourne. The hotel, which opened in February of 2021, packs 294 guest rooms, 29 suites, a secret bar, a premium restaurant and a sexy top-floor pool into its Flinders Lane digs – and still manages to feel boutique rather than behemoth.  Every detail at the W Melbourne has been carefully considered, meticulously placed and kept affectionately local. Its design takes inspiration from Melbourne’s laneway culture, with little nods to our city throughout the venue. From the wardrobes that look remarkably like Melbourne’s streetside kiosks to the street art-style artworks of a female affectionately called “Mel” that adorn many of the hotel’s walls, you can tell this is a hotel that likes to have a bit of fun.  And with the kind of rooms the W is offering, you'll probably have a bit of fun as well. Floor-to-ceiling windows feature in every room, as do colourful fixtures, Foxtel channels and king beds that lure you into a content slumber. But it’s the bathrooms that really impress: each room is fixed with a Japanese Toto toilet (yes, the ones with a bidet and heated seats!). The remainder of the bathroom is equally as fabulous, with luxe Davines bath amenities on hand to keep you smelling delightful.  There’s a fitness centre on level 14 alongside what might be the cherry on top of this entire hotel: a gorgeous, gold-roofed indoor pool with a poolside bar and a DJ booth. The pool is pleasantly warm and accessible 24/7 (just be w

Pinot Pilates

Pinot Pilates

If you’d have told us we’d be mixing our alcohol consumption with our exercise routines over the last 18 months, I would have thrown my yoga mat in your face. But here we are, in lockdown 6.0, and ready to mix some pinot and Pilates.  Pinot Pilates is hosted by Pilates instructor Laura Roodhouse and will be getting Melburnians stretching and winding down on Friday, August 27 at 6pm. The one-hour class is capped at 100 attendees so it's recommended you secure your spot ASAP. Tickets for Pinot Pilates are $10 and you can book in here. Note that only the Pilates session is included in the ticket price, so you'll have to BYO wine (or check out this list to get your booze delivered).

Corked Wine Bar

Corked Wine Bar

After years of climbing through closets and wandering down dark corridors to find new and exciting hidden bars, you’d think Melburnians would have seen it all. But rest assured, there are still secrets out in the suburbs.  In Melbourne’s west, Corked Wine Bar opened its secret sliding door in 2021, offering a casual atmosphere for the folks of Werribee to drink wine and chill out on Watton Street.  Finding the venue is half the fun. Enter the seemingly innocuous apartment building corridor near pizza joint Teddy Picker and turn right to find the wooden wine bottle wall. There’s a hidden button on the wall you’ll need to find – press it and slide the door open.  The low ceilings and dimmed lights make this spot ultra cosy, with the main bar located at the centre of the room. Settle in one of the many side tables, or on the red velvet couch near the fire. If the weather’s warm enough, head outside towards the backyard courtyard that overlooks the leafy Werribee River. The wine list is what you’ll be seeking out first – in it, you’ll find a robust collection of international fine wines, many from Italy and Germany, and drops from local vineyards in the King and Yarra Valleys. To complement the wine, there are share plates like smoked barramundi arancini, duck fat potatoes and fried calamari, as well as charcuterie and cheese boards. Two desserts, a dark chocolate mousse and a limoncello panna cotta, will tide over the dessert hounds.  Corked Wine Bar is open from 5pm on Wednesda

The Refectory Parlour

The Refectory Parlour

On one side of the grand Werribee Mansion, you’ll find the Refectory Parlour. This venue is managed by award-winning caterers Bursaria Fine Foods, who are known for putting on stunning weddings across the Werribee Park precinct since 2015.  The Refectory currently offers more intimate dining experiences, including catered picnics in the delightful Rose Garden. The Refectory also offers an all-day outdoor dining menu served on the Werribee Mansion Terrace. If you’re just passing through and in need of a bite, settle down for a coffee and a slice of cake, or order one of the Refectory’s packed hampers. There’s a high tea hamper that comes with chicken ribbon sandwiches, Cornish pasties, scones and more high tea hits, or the Ploughman’s hamper with a wider selection of charcuterie items. We suggest enjoying your hamper out on the gorgeous grass area that surrounds Werribee Park.  For wedding and special occasion bookings, head to the Refectory’s website for more information.

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These are the oldest recorded photos of Melbourne

These are the oldest recorded photos of Melbourne

Melbourne sure has come a long way. Back before settlers arrived in the 19th century, Indigenous Australians had already lived on Naarm for around 31,000 to 40,000 years. Where our city centre now lies was an important meeting place for the five groups of the Kulin nation, including the Woiwurrung, Boonwurrung and Wathaurong people. Thanks to the central Yarra River, or Birrarung, it was an important place for groups to meet and source food and water. These days, Melbourne is still a hub for food, drink and entertainment – albeit a little more built up. With the help of the team at the State Library of Victoria, we managed to track down some of the earliest recorded photographs of Melbourne. Photograph: State Library of VictoriaView of Swanston Street looking north from Collins Street. This first one shows Swanston Street looking north from Collins Street. It was taken in 1858, but not much else is known about the photograph or who took it. Photograph: State Library of VictoriaBourke Street looking west from Spring Street. This one shows a much less crowded Bourke Street with a view west from Spring Street. It was also taken in 1858. Photograph: State Library of VictoriaThe Yarra River below the Falls. The last one is of the Yarra River in 1858. Its title is “The Yarra below the Falls”, which refers to an area near where the Old Customs House was beside the Yarra. It once had a set of cascades where saltwater from the ocean met the freshwater of the river. It had rock

Fireball is now selling a 3.5-litre “firebox” goon bag of whisky

Fireball is now selling a 3.5-litre “firebox” goon bag of whisky

We’re all familiar with Fireball Whisky, the cinnamon-flavoured party starter. Well, you’re about to become even more intimately familiar with the classic whisky brand. This festive season Fireball has released a 3.5-litre firebox cask, which is essentially two 1.75-litre Fireball goon bags. If we break the numbers down, that’s over 100 30-millilitre shots (with two taps to dispense). Good lord.  These limited-edition boxes are available online through Booze Bud and in select alcohol retailers. It’ll set you back $224.99.  Looking for more booze? Here are the best boozy advent calendars to try.

You can now play Cluedo at the Old Melbourne Gaol

You can now play Cluedo at the Old Melbourne Gaol

If being in lockdown for months has taught us anything, it’s that people love a conspiracy. Now, Melburnians can put their sleuthing skills to the test. For a limited time, the Old Melbourne Gaol is hosting a real-life game of Cluedo which gets visitors to explore the venue and investigate a story using QR codes and physical evidence. You’ll study the alibis of criminals, scan weapons for DNA and hopefully catch the culprit. Photograph: James Thomas/Supplied Ready to immerse yourself in a good old-fashioned game of whodunnit? The Cluedo booklet is $5, in addition to the general admission cost $30 per adult or $17 per child. The game runs from 10am to 5m Wednesday to Sundays. Learn more at Old Melbourne Gaol's website. Galleries are reopening in Melbourne and here’s what they’re showing.

So what is considered metropolitan Melbourne?

So what is considered metropolitan Melbourne?

As of right now, only metropolitan Melbourne and Mildura are in lockdown, with the rest of regional Victoria under much less strict restrictions. Those in the regions can leave home for any reason and visit hospitality venues, while metropolitan Melbourne and Mildura remain locked down. Those in metro Melbourne will be permitted to travel to the regions once we hit 80 per cent vaccination, expected to be around November 1. But the term “metropolitan Melbourne” is a pretty broad term, what exactly does it cover?According to the government, metropolitan Melbourne “is the geographical area that defines Melbourne as a city and the capital of the state of Victoria”. There are 4.9 million people who live in the 9,990 square kilometres that metro Melbourne covers.  Metropolitan Melbourne is divided into 31 local government areas (LGAs). Those LGAs are: Banyule, Hume, Moreland, Bayside, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Boroondara, Knox, Nillumbik, Brimbank, Manningham, Port Phillip, Cardinia, Maribyrnong, Stonnington, Casey, Maroondah, Whitehorse, Darebin, Melbourne, Whittlesea, Frankston, Melton, Wyndham, Glen Eira, Monash, Yarra, Greater Dandenong, Moonee Valley, Yarra Ranges and Hobsons Bay.  All other LGAs in Victoria are classified as regional and are not under lockdown orders. The exception is the LGA of Mildura Shire, which continues under the same lockdown rules as Melbourne due to the outbreak there. If you’re confused as to what LGA you fall under, head to this website where

Use this handy map to see Melbourne exposure sites near you

Use this handy map to see Melbourne exposure sites near you

If you're looking for a location-based breakdown of coronavirus cases in Melbourne and Victoria, this handy app should help you. Covid19nearme is an unofficial website based on data available on the Victorian government website. While your first look should be at the government's website, which is updated according to health department information and contact tracers, covid19nearme does give users a visual aid for current exposure sites. Using the map's functions, you can search for suburbs, postcodes or alert locations near you. The results will indicate whether an exposure site is tier 1, 2 or 3 and let you know what government advice is if you've been to a site during the exposure period.  Click through here for access to the Victorian map, and read up about the latest information from the Victorian government here. Confused? Have a read of Melbourne's current rules and restrictions.

This handy website shows where you and your friend’s 15km bubbles overlap

This handy website shows where you and your friend’s 15km bubbles overlap

We have certainly become acquainted with the five-kilometre radius around our homes, as Melburnians have been stuck in their 5km bubbles since lockdown 6.0 began. But once 80 per cent of Victorians had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine on September 28, Melbourne is now restricted to 15km bubbles. Having a limited amount of space to travel within meant we were all hankering to know where our bubbles intersected with friends. And while Melbourne experiences ebbs and flows of restrictions, it's always handy to know where you can meet up with your mates. The Covid Lockdown Overlap Finder website helps you find where you can meet up with friends for exercise or outdoor recreation. It’s super easy to use – just input your suburb and the suburb of your pal and find where you can meet up within a 15km bubble. If you need a little reminder about the rules right now, read this handy explainer. Here's what you can and can't do in Melbourne right now.

Picnics are back: Melbourne will welcome new freedoms from this weekend

Picnics are back: Melbourne will welcome new freedoms from this weekend

It’s looking like Victoria will hit its 70 per cent first dose vaccine threshold within the next 24 hours. So, as promised back in early September, Victorian premier Dan Andrews has announced a few modest changes to the current restrictions to those in metropolitan Melbourne and greater Ballarat.   The five reasons to leave the home will remain. These are ​​to ​​get the food and supplies you need; to exercise; to receive care or for caregiving purposes; for authorised work or education; and to get vaccinated. However, from 11.59pm on Friday, September 17, there is now a sixth reason to leave your home: for outdoor social interaction. Here's what's changing: One person may meet another person from another household for a picnic, a walk or another outdoor activity, regardless of vaccination status; Up to five adults (plus their dependents) from two households will be able to gather outdoors if all adults present have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine; The time permitted to exercise (and for outdoor social interaction) will increase from two hours a day to four hours a day; The distance you can leave your home for shopping (for necessary good and services), exercise and outdoor social interaction will increase from five kilometres to ten kilometres; Two people can also train outdoors with a personal trainer; and Skate parks and outdoor communal exercise equipment will reopen. For the full list of rules, check with the government website.  For regional Victoria (everw

'We haven't peaked': Victoria's caseload to get worse before it gets better

'We haven't peaked': Victoria's caseload to get worse before it gets better

Victoria's daily Covid-19 caseload has been bouncing around between 400 and 500 for about a week, but chief health officer Brett Sutton has warned that those numbers are expected to increase.  "We haven't peaked, unfortunately," Sutton told a media conference today. "The Burnett modelling and everything we know in relation to our current vaccination coverage would suggest that cases will continue to increase. The fact that they're being held in the 400s again ... it's a very hard number to keep under wraps. Vaccination alone won't mean that there's a peak at the 400s." There is now evidence that our northern neighbours have flattened the curve, with daily new case numbers in NSW levelling off around the 1,200 mark. The CHO indicated Victoria could be headed for such scary numbers in the coming weeks, with our numbers increasing faster than NSW's.  "It's very hard to know," Sutton said. "We've had a higher growth trajectory in the previous week. It seems to have stabilised a little bit in the last few days, but we don't know where that true number is. The risk of it getting to 1,000 is real, so we have to press on with vaccinations at the fastest possible rate for that reason alone." Want to protect yourself and your community from Covid-19? Here's how to get a vaccination right now.

Ballarat to head back into lockdown as cases in region rise

Ballarat to head back into lockdown as cases in region rise

Premier Dan Andrews has announced that the city of greater Ballarat will be entering into lockdown from midnight tonight, September 15, as cases in the region have increased over the past few days.  The people of Ballarat will be under the same restrictions as metropolitan Melbourne, with only five reasons to leave their homes: to ​​get the food and supplies you need; to exercise for up to two hours per day; to receive care or for caregiving purposes; for authorised work or education; and to get vaccinated. The premier also noted there would be additional vaccines sent to the Ballarat region to help support the region during this outbreak.  Victoria’s chief health officer, Brett Sutton, has flagged that Ballarat’s lockdown could be lifted in a week if the community manages to contain the spread of the current outbreak.   While the area of greater Ballarat enters lockdown, it’s been confirmed that the area of greater Shepparton will exit from lockdown and live under the restrictions that the rest of regional Victoria are under.  Today, Victoria recorded 423 new locally acquired cases with only 149 of these cases are linked to current outbreaks. Yesterday there were 41,856 doses of the vaccine administered, which led to Victoria smashing its 1 million jabs in five weeks target.  If you have any symptoms, please get tested immediately. Want to get vaccinated? Here’s where to book your shot. For more details on the rules, head to the government website. Here’s how to book a Pfize

Melbourne’s food and drink scene has been voted one of the best in the world

Melbourne’s food and drink scene has been voted one of the best in the world

It’s safe to say we all know Melbourne’s food and drink scene is outstanding, so it’s always great when we get the accolades to prove it.  Each year Time Out launches the City Index, a poll of 27,000 city-dwellers from Melbourne to Madrid, Chicago to Copenhagen and Tel Aviv to Tokyo. This year, we wanted to find out which cities really stepped up and pulled together. So we asked you not just about food and culture, as we always do, but also community projects, green space and sustainability.  The results are in, and while Melbourne has slipped from its high spot in previous years down to 15th, there is still much to celebrate about our city – in lockdown or out of lockdown.   Firstly – food and drink. A whopping 94 per cent of respondents ranked Melbourne highly for its food and drink scene, helping it come in sixth on this list of the world’s best cities for eating and drinking. Everything from parmas to dim sims, banh mis to kebabs can be found on every corner of our city – and thankfully many of these things can be delivered right to our doorsteps during lockdown.  Similarly, Melbourne was voted highly for its cultural offerings. Ninety-one per cent of City Index respondents gave Melbourne four or five stars for culture, making its plethora of art exhibitions, festivals, events and gigs some of the most exciting in the world. Of course, we have to mention the elephant in the room – lockdown. Many of the other cities on the best cities list are out of lockdown while Melbour

Victoria has smashed its 40 per cent vaccination target

Victoria has smashed its 40 per cent vaccination target

Vax and the City: Every public health official in Australia agrees that mass vaccination is the only way out of this crisis. We at Time Out recommend that you get vaccinated as soon as you can if that is appropriate for your own health. Please speak to a medical professional about what is right for you.  Some good news on the vaccination front: just over 40 per cent of Victoria’s eligible population (those aged 16 or over) are now fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus. According to the Department of Health, 40.76 per cent of Victorians have received their second dose of the vaccine, and 66.22 per cent have received one dose of the vaccine.  On September 1, Victorian premier Dan Andrews indicated that there would be some easing of restrictions when Victoria hit a 70 per cent first-dose vaccine threshold. It was anticipated that this would occur on September 23, though thanks to high vaccination numbers, it’s looking like this could happen in just four days, on Friday, September 17.  As the state recorded this exciting target over the weekend, there was additional news about extra vaccines arriving in our state. Prime minister Scott Morrison announced an extra 400,000 Pfizer and Moderna vaccines would be arriving in Victoria this month, with a plan to focus those extra doses on hotspots in Victoria’s north and west.  To keep an eye on Victoria and Australia’s vaccine rollout, we recommend keeping an eye on CovidLive.com.au which has up-to-date information on case and vacc

Lockdown in regional Victoria to end on Thursday night

Lockdown in regional Victoria to end on Thursday night

Regional Victorians (except those in greater Shepparton) will be exiting from lockdown this week following a low number of cases outside of metro Melbourne. From 11.59pm on Thursday, September 9, the five reasons to leave your home will be scrapped with new freedoms allowed across the state. Those include: There will be no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home (other than restrictions on entry to metropolitan Melbourne);  Most businesses and venues can reopen with capacity and density limits; Restaurants and cafés can reopen for seated service with patron caps; Retail, hairdressing, entertainment and community facilities will also open; Regional schools can reopen for onsite learning for prep to grade 2 and year 12 students who live in regional Victoria, while remote learning will continue for all other levels;  Masks will still be necessary indoor and outdoors, apart from your private residence or an exemption applies.  Regional Victorians will still not be able to have people over to their homes, though they can gather outdoors. The premier has said that these arrangements will be in place until at least the end of September.  Those living in metropolitan Melbourne (check here if that includes you) and those in greater Shepparton are still in hard lockdown with only five reasons to leave their homes: to get the food and supplies you need; to exercise for up to two hours per day; to receive care or for caregiving purposes; for authorised work or ed