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Toni Maticevski Doona Dresses - Dark Wonderland

Toni Maticevski Doona Dresses – Dark Wonderland


There’s no excuse to hide indoors as nightfall approaches in Melbourne this winter, with the city welcoming back two must visit events.

On until the end of August, the Queen Victoria Winter Night Markets are the perfect place to enjoy great food and mulled wine. Entertainment is aplenty, with the free Market Cinema set to return in July and screen local short films.

Just a few minutes down the road, the Gertrude Street Projection Festival will light up over 10 evenings in July, with a group of talented projections artists set to use light in new and creative ways to recreate familiar spaces and buildings.

Queen Victoria Winter Night Markets
Where: Corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne CBD
When: Wednesdays, 5pm – 10pm, 1 June – 31 August 2016

Gertrude Street Projection Festival
Where: Gertrude Street, Melbourne CBD
When: 25 – 31 July 2016

Gertrude Street Projection Festival

Gertrude Street Projection Festival


A trio of noteworthy new bar openings in the city add to Melbourne’s impressive nightlife offering, while regional Victorian restaurants continue to focus on locally foraged produce.

An ode to the late Sir Winston Churchill, the grand and intimate bar Rufus is named after the former British prime minister’s beloved poodle, while the menu is inspired by Churchill’s appreciation of fine wine and good food. In stark contrast, simplicity is at the heart of the recently opened Monty’s, which offers two beers on tap and is best known for its generous backyard. Operating out of what was once a bank, Misery Guts is a quirky bar decked out with mismatched furniture and ornaments. It doesn’t have a kitchen, opting to offer simple tasting boards and bar snacks.

For those after an escape from the city, regional Victoria is packed with eateries dedicated to using regionally sourced goods. Situated among acres of vines, Oakridge Restaurant’s menu is adapted seasonally to reflect the availability and quality of local produce. In Geelong, Little Green Corner’s sustainable, seasonal menu uses local produce within the region and offers coffee in exchange for spray-free goods from local backyards, farmers and growers. The menu of the Royal Mail Hotel’s Dining Room is crafted out of high quality, locally sourced produce, with the chefs harvesting produce from the organic garden daily, inspiring that day’s menu.

Misery GutsRoyal Mail Hotel - Credit Roberto Seba
Where: 19 Grey Street, St Kilda

Where: First Floor, 143 Greville Street, Prahan

Where: 209 St Georges Road, North Fitzroy

Oakridge Restaurant
Where: 864 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream, Victoria

Little Green Corner
Where: 42 Little Ryrie Street, Geelong, Victoria

Dining Room
Where: The Royal Mail Hotel, 98 Parker Street, Dunkeld, Victoria


Arts and culture continue to take centre stage in Victoria, with the region hosting three large scale exhibitions.

In a world first, Bendigo Art Gallery’s Dark Wonderland will exhibit works from renowned Australian fashion designer Toni Maticevski and feature objects he created throughout his 20-year career. Currently on display at the NGV, Greg Semu: The Raft of the Tagata Pasifika showcases photographic works which draw attention to the devastating impact of the colonisation and Christianisation of the Pacific.

In addition, close to 150 modern and contemporary masterpieces will be displayed in Melbourne in 2018, with the NGV announcing a collaboration with New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to bring Masterworks from MoMA to the city. Works from the likes of Paul Cezanne, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh are planned to take over the entire ground floor of the St Kilda Road gallery.

Dark Wonderland
Where: Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo
When: 13 August – 20 November 2016

Greg Semu: The Raft of the Tagata Pasifika
Where: NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
When: 10 June – 11 September 2016

Masterworks from MoMA
Where: NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
When: 8 June – 7 October 2018


Source = Tourism Victoria
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