Named after John Pascoe Fawkner, one of the founders of Melbourne back in 1835, the extensive 101 acres of Fawkner Park includes 2 art deco pavilions, tennis courts, childrens playgrounds and beautiful expanses of lawns and meandering pathways. Come down for an afternoon of sports, or just spectating with a picnic and barbecue amongst the elms, poplars and oaks.
Como House was built in 1847 by Edward Eyre Williams and his wife Jessie Gibbon, both part of the elite of the colony at the time. They named the house after Lake Como in Italy, where he proposed to her, and the romance is reflected in the beautiful ‘mix of Australian Regency and the classic Italianate architecture.’ Since the Williams family lived here it has been sold on many times, before being bought by the Armytage family, where it stayed for over 95 years until it was handed over to the National Trust in 1959, who have endeavoured to restore both the house and the gardens to their original glory, making this an exciting and informative glimpse into Melbourne’s past.
Housing some of Australia’s finest art work, the Gould Galleries aim is to promote, display and ultimately sell the work of contemporary Aussie artists. They also own and exhibit fantastic pieces by prominent 19th and 20th century artists like Arthur Boyd, Jeffrey Smart and the renowned Sir Arthur Streeton. This is the perfect place to visit and immerse yourself in the works of this vibrant and dynamic nation.
An pocket of calm in the middle of the Yarra River, the Herring Island Sculpture Park is a must-visit for both art and nature lovers. Explore the island and discover beautiful sculptures, all in keeping with the natural setting and traditional Aboriginal culture. You can only access the island by boat from the Como Landing in South Yarra, and you can board the punt for only $2 per person.
The Capital City Trail is perfect if you’re in the mood for a walk, run or even a cycle around Melbourne. Made up of small trails, it joins the smaller suburbs together to create the 29km loop around the city and offers fantastic views. Whether you join for the whole loop, or just a section, the Capital City Trail always makes for a great outing.
For all those foodies out there, this popular indoor market, dating back to 1864, is not just for the weekly shop: it is the ultimate destination. Delectable fruit and vegetables piled high, mountains of delicious cheeses and breads, all sorts of deli products, and the freshest meat, fish and seafood you can find. The traders are proud of their products and are keen to give advice as you browse. You will very likely find more unusual items here, heritage produce and the like. Why not join the market’s first Saturday of the month Hidden Gems Tour to really get the best out of your time here. There are hot food stalls aplenty and an open café area where you can chill out at the weekend listening to live jazz.
In the heart of Prahran are the beautiful European-styled Queen Victoria Gardens, the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Designed and created in memorial to England’s Queen Victoria, there is a statue of the long-reigning monarch at the highest point of the gardens so she can survey her gifted land. With it’s big open spaces, beautifully manicured lawns and gardens and stunning water features, Queen Victoria Gardens is a fantastic spot to walk the dog or spend a lazy Sunday afternoon over a barbecue.
Address: Prahran VIC 3181, Australia
Set around large tranquil lawns, yet very close to Chapel St, this extremely clean and well run leisure centre consists of an Olympic sized 50m heated outdoor pool with sun deck; an outdoor toddlers pool, and a smaller 25m indoor pool. With changing rooms inside and out, Prahran Aquatic Centre is a great place to keep up your fitness and take in some sun without breaking the bank. There is even a spa, sauna and steam room for a bit of pampering. Finish your morning off with a bite to eat at the Centre’s Bean Swimming Café. A superb facility for locals and tourists alike.
A church in a previous life, in 1995 it was converted into a renowned entertainment and cultural arts venue playing host to hundreds of events every year. It features cabaret, comedy, theatre and dance, and has also hosted live performances from famous bands such as Coldplay. There are two theatres, Chapel and the smaller Loft, as well as two exhibition spaces, the Mezzanine and the Foyer, which can be hired out complete with licensed bar. A friendly intimate venue supported by the local community, Chapel Off Chapel is a great place to come for some live evening entertainment. And you can even come here for tennis lessons during the day!
Every self-respecting Melbourne clubber will have heard of Revolver in Chapel Street. Renowned for its live music, DJs in the front bar and 24 hour licence, it is also open at the back throughout the day where you can hangout, lounging on battered leather couches, listen to music, play pool or pinball, and eat at the popular Thai Restaurant Colonel Tans. Check out the art work on the walls which even includes a couple of Banksy’s!