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Top Spots in Metro Melbourne for a Post-lockdown Break

Last month we shared some of our family’s favourite holiday and daytrip spots across Regional Victoria, places we’ve been eyeing ourselves for a long-awaited break to recharge our batteries post-lockdown! Now, with the tumultuous, unexpected and testing year of 2020 finally coming to an end, we’re looking closer to home… Melbourne, our elegant, artsy and “four seasons in one day” city on the bay has been slowly returning to its usual vibrant self over the past few weeks. So, what better way to support local businesses and celebrate a relatively normal Christmas than by checking out these well-known spots. Whether you’re seeking a night away or you’d just like a fun daytrip into the centre of town, here’s five places across Metropolitan Melbourne we both love and highly recommend : )


Melbourne From Eureka Tower


Eureka Skydeck
Soaring 91 floors above the bustling streets of Metropolitan Melbourne, the Eureka Tower opened in 2006 is one of this city’s landmark buildings and arguably the best vantage point in town. Nestled on the 88th and 89th floors, Eureka Skydeck is both a traditional observation deck (and a great one at that!) and a sky high restaurant serving gourmet cuisine with stunning sunsets as a side. We particularly love going there at dusk and patiently watching the bright city lights come to life below.

  • Info: www.eurekaskydeck.com.au
  • Distance from Flinders Street Station: 0.5 KM (6 minute walk)
  • Opening Hours: 10 AM – 10 PM Daily
  • Price: $25 (Adults) | $16.50 (Children 4-16)


MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground)
As anyone who knows a thing or two about Melbourne and Australian culture in general, AFL (‘Aussie Rules’) football is a religion down here and the MCG (or “the G” for short) is its spiritual home. In more normal times, the G will be buzzing all year round from the roar of fans who pack its stands for the AFL season, Cricket matches and even musical concerts. Guided tours of its hallowed turf and stands are also held, however for the time being going for a leisurely walk around its perimeter is a great way to soak up its scale and sense of importance to this city!

  • Info: www.mcg.org.au
  • Distance from Flinders Street Station: 1.3 KM (16 minute walk)
  • Opening Hours: Tours temporarily closed
  • Price: $30 (Adults) | $15 (Children 5-15) | FREE! (Children Under 5)


Melbourne’s Laneways
Unlike many cities, Melbourne has over recent decades turned its once dirty, shady laneways into exciting places packed full of cosy little bars and cafes, not to mention some seriously impressive street art (hello Hosier Lane). From the European inspired Degraves Street and Centre Place, bustling Hardware Lane to the more grungy AC/DC Lane and Tattersalls Lane, one of our favourite activities when in town is to simply roam through the city’s wonderful web of laneways, keeping an eye out for cool new venues that have opened and new street art pieces. It’s also a free activity open to the public 24/7!


Queen VIC Market
Melbourne is well known worldwide as a premier foodie destination, and Queen Victoria Market (‘Queen VIC’ for short) is where many of the city’s finest chefs and restaurateurs source their fresh produce. Open all year round 7 days/week, Queen VIC Market is also a great place to visit for various bric-a-brac, books, clothes (including a great selection of local designers and secondhand wares), arts & crafts and local souvenirs. We also love the cosy atmosphere of the Winter Night Markets (held every Wednesday June to August) and balmy vibes of their Summer Night Market – set to return in 2021 : )

  • Info: qvm.com.au
  • Distance from Flinders Street Station: 1.7 KM (23 minute walk)
  • Opening Hours: 6 AM – 3 PM (Tues-Fri) | 6 AM – 4 PM (Sat) | 9 AM – 4 PM (Sun)
  • Price: FREE!


Werribee Open Range Zoo
A bit further out of town compared to our other favourite spots, Werribee Open Range Zoo sits on the edge of Metro Melbourne and offers a family-oriented, African inspired safari experience! Featuring a wide range of exotic, wild animals including lions, tigers, to hippos, elephants and beyond – this zoo is one of our family’s favourite spots for a fun day admiring the other great creatures of the animal kingdom. It’s also right next door to the delightful Werribee Park and Mansion, which feels like it’s in the middle of rural England!

  • Info: www.zoo.org.au/werribee
  • Distance from Flinders Street Station: 34.3 KM (32 minutes by car)
  • Opening Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM (Mon-Fri) | 9 AM – 8 PM (Sat-Sun)
  • Price: $38 (Adults) | $19 (Children 4-15) | FREE! (Children Under 4)

 

Keen on visiting one of these classic Melbourne attractions? We’re keen on taking care of your pets! Whether it’s just for a few hours in which case our Doggy Daycare will come in handy, or you’ll need a night or two away – in which case our premium Cat and Dog Suites would be a great option; the Pets team will treat your furry friend like they’re our very own VIP (very important pet). Not only will we watch over them in our comfortable surrounds for a few hours or nights, we’ll also keep them happy and healthy with some fun activities they’ll just love!

Contact our friendly team at The Pets Hotel (Port Melbourne) on (03) 9646 3696 or The Pets Hotel Country Club (Lara) on (03) 5282 1286. But don’t delay, spots are filling up very fast for the summer holidays!!

Top Spots in Regional VIC for a Post-lockdown Break

Well done Victoria (and especially Melbourne)! We’ve made it through the long and tough winter months of lockdown and at the time of writing, life is rapidly returning to normal across our fair state! Just as well, the weather is warming up and no doubt your local parks and recreational venues are full of smiling faces and furry creatures re-embracing our old freedoms : ) So this month, in the spirit of supporting local business and our state’s recovery from the many setbacks of the COVID-19 crisis, we thought we’d share with you a few of our family’s favourite spots across Regional Victoria. Whether you and your loved ones are seeking a night or two away to recharge or you’d just like a short daytrip out of Melbourne, here’s some places we highly recommend. It’s also worth noting the state government is offering $200 vouchers for each household that spends more than $400 on accommodation, attractions or tours – all the more reason to hit the road!


12 Apostles


Bellarine Peninsula
You could still describe the Bellarine Peninsula as a bit of a “hidden secret”. Sitting directly across Port Phillip Bay from its much busier and better-known cousin the Mornington Peninsula, ‘the Bellarine’ as locals call it is a compact part of Victoria nestled east of the state’s second biggest city Geelong and defined by Port Phillip Bay on one side, and the ocean on the other. It’s also reasonably close to the Pets Hotel Country Club in Lara. From relaxed coastal towns like Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove, to rolling green hills inland and the picturesque historic town of Queenscliff, the Bellarine offers an easy break from big city Melbourne!

  • Info: www.visitgeelongbellarine.com.au
  • Distance from Melbourne CBD: 90 KM (1 hour, 20 mins by car)
  • Key Towns/Landmarks:
    • Barwon Heads
    • Ocean Grove
    • Point Lonsdale
    • Portarlington
    • Queenscliff

 

Daylesford
One of Regional Victoria’s most beloved towns, Daylesford which sits 113 KM west of Melbourne CBD is in the heart of Hepburn Shire – the state’s popular spa country. Whilst known for its extra cool, atmospheric winters, Daylesford, which sits around a pleasant tree-lined lake is also a popular spot in the warmer months. In fact, anytime of year is a good time to visit – with its main street offering all the cultural comforts of the big city (cafes, restaurants and bookshops), just on a much smaller imminently walkable scale!

  • Info: visithepburnshire.com.au/daylesford/
  • Distance from Melbourne CBD: 113 KM (1 hour, 25 mins by car)
  • Key Towns/Landmarks:
    • Hepburn Springs Spa Country
    • Lake Daylesford
    • Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens

 

Great Ocean Road
Not only a highlight of Regional Victoria, The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most famous destinations and arguably one of the world’s most scenic drives. Stretching 243 KM from Torquay near Geelong to Allansford in the state’s southwest, The Great Ocean Road (or ‘GOR’ for short) takes in dramatic cliffs, cute little towns nestled in narrow valleys and the breathtaking 12 Apostles which stand tall at the edge of the roaring Southern Ocean.

  • Info: www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au
  • Distance from Melbourne CBD: 124 KM (1 hour, 36 mins by car - Aireys Inlet)
  • Key Towns/Landmarks:
    • 12 Apostles
    • Aireys Inlet
    • Apollo Bay
    • Cape Otway
    • Lorne

Mornington Peninsula
A long-time summer holiday destination for generations of Melburnians and a playground for the rich and famous at its pointy end, the Mornington Peninsula is known for its calm, picturesque beaches on its bay side and dramatic, clifftop scenery on the ocean side. In between are rolling green hills, farmland and some of the state’s best wineries. We also recommend a trip to the standout Cape Schanck lighthouse for some super impressive sunset snaps!

  • Info: www.visitmorningtonpeninsula.org
  • Distance from Melbourne CBD: 107 KM (1 hour, 25 mins by car – Sorrento)
  • Key Towns/Landmarks:
    • Cape Schanck
    • Mornington
    • Portsea
    • Red Hill
    • Sorrento

Yarra Valley
Located just an hour’s drive from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne CBD (and the Pets Hotel in Port Melbourne), the Yarra Valley is one of Regional VIC’s most pleasant, picturesque and accessible regions. Well known for its top-class wineries, wedding venues, hot air ballooning and relaxed country towns, the Yarra Valley is ideal for a short daytrip with family and friends and also a place to escape the scorching heat of summer, given its slight elevation.

  • Info: visityarravalley.com.au/
  • Distance from Melbourne CBD: 63 KM (1 hour by car – Healesville)
  • Key Towns/Landmarks:
    • Coldstream
    • Healesville
    • Lilydale
    • Marysville
    • Yarra Glen

 

Keen on visiting one of these fun-filled destinations? We’re keen on taking care of your pets! Whether it’s just for a few hours in which case our Doggy Daycare will come in handy, or you’ll need a night or two away – in which case our premium Cat and Dog Suites would be a great option; the Pets team treat every furry creature who walks through our doors as a VIP (very important pet). Not only will we watch over them in our comfortable digs for a few hours or a few nights, we’ll also keep them happy and healthy with a range of fun activities they’ll just love!

Contact our friendly team at The Pets Hotel (Port Melbourne) on (03) 9646 3696 or The Pets Hotel Country Club (Lara) on (03) 5282 1286. But, don’t delay, spots are filling up very fast for Christmas and the summer holidays!!

About Us

After years of research in Australia and the USA, The Pets Hotel is custom designed for your pet’s health, safety and comfort, all in a fun-filled environment - which exceeds the industry Code of Practice.
The owners of The Pets Hotel have 35 years experience in the Pet industry.

The Pets Hotel is the culmination of this experience.

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Phone: (03) 9646 3696
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Address: 7 Phillip Court
Port Melbourne. Vic 3207