Crown Riverwalk, Yarra Promenade, Southbank. Open daily. Open-air skating rink with a great line-up of food, drinks and family-friendly entertainment. Enjoy skating under fairy lights to cill music. Equipment for hire, including “kanga” skate aids and knee and elbow pads for kids. Check out the special events, such as the 90s disco session. Warm up with drinks at the Alpine Bar, or enjoy dinner and dessert from the Winter Night Market stalls. Session cost $28 adults, $20 children, family tickets also available. Visit melbourne.skatingat.com.au or email email@example.com.
Queen Victoria Winter Market
Queen Victoria Market, cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Street. Every Wednesday evening from 5pm. Great food and beverages, quirky entertainment, live music, 50 specialty and design stalls and 30 global food traders. For more information please visit www.thenightmarket.com.au.
Disney On Ice
Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Thursday 5 July to Tuesday 10 July. Celebrate 100 years of Disney magic in this ice skating spectacular, as Mickey Mouse leads a parade of everyone's favourite characters. Don't miss out on this very short season. Tickets from $32, the perfect school holiday outing. For details and booking pleae visit www.disneyonice.com.au.
City Eat & Drinks
Street Wrap - Co Thu Quan
536 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Vietnamese eatery with both fusion and authentic flavours. Rolls and wraps, many different fillings to choose from, all spiced up for a modern twist but true to the flavours of Vietnam. Phone 9670 3108 for bookings or email from Streetwrap536@gmail.com for all catering needs, from office lunches to parties.
Holey Moley Mini-Golf Bar
590 Little Bourke Street. Open Mon-Fri from noon and Sat-Sun from 10am. Nine new holes, a new Bar area downstairs, and an expanded food and snack menu. Putt while you party over 2 levels and 27 crazy pop-culture holes. Phone 1300 727 833.
The Atrium & Deakin Edge, Fed Square, Sunday 8 July 10am-5pm. Free Admission. Winter Wanderlust is a huge one-day shopping extravaganza, even bigger this year. See the work of some of Melbourne's most talented jewellers, fashion designers, illustrators, and artists. Music, great food, and the most beautiful market stalls in Melbourne. Be one of the first 100 visitors to score a FREE Boho Luxe Market Tote Bag. Visit our Facebook page and click the “Going” button for your chance to win a two night glamping getaway from the crew at Happy Glamper! For details visit www.boholuxemarket.com.
Touch of Japan
Shop 13, Port Phillip Arcade (between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane). Small ornaments, cards (including 3D), tiny people and animals for your windowsill, jewellery, phone danglers, bags and shoes, much more. Phone 9662 4485.
Melbourne Magic Festival
Many venues around Melbourne, 2-14 July. This festival will be one-of-a-kind in Australia, featuring magicians and magic fans on one platform for the experience of a lifetime. More than 170 performances, magic tricks, illusions, workshops, classes, competitions, entertainment, shows, and activities. For full program, venues, and booking details, please visit melbournemagicfestival.com.
Circus Oz - Precarious
Under the Big Top, Southern Cross Lawn, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne. From 29 June to 15 July. Now in their 40th year, Circus Oz presents a 70-minute non-stop spectacle of acrobatic mayhem for audiences of all ages. The unique skills and talents of the ensemble include extraordinary foot juggling, jaw-dropping aerial rope and tippy ring, mesmerising roué cyr, Chinese pole, and hula hoop, all hilariously woven with original music from the Circus Oz live band. Tickets from $35. Details at www.circusoz.com and bookings at Ticketek.
Lion Hotel, Level 3, Melbourne Central, Melbourne City. Saturday 7 July, 11am-1.30pm. Urban Quest is an Amazing Race style experience, held in the heart of Melbourne City. Competing teams of 4-6 engage in an exciting race full of brain-teasing puzzles, exhilarating logical challenges and amazing surprises in and around the CBD. Run entirely on smartphones. Under 18s can participate upon providing signed parents consent form only. Cost $40 per person. For details and booking please visit urbanquest.com.au/urban-quest.
Han Dynasty: Life Everlasting Exhibition
Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Place, Melbourne, 1-28 July 10am-4pm. China's longest dynasty, the Han, ran from 206 BCE to 220 CE. Step into this fascinating and significant period with this brand new exhibition, showcasing the Han Dynasty’s remarkable people, progressive ideas, and great innovations. Adults $11, Concession & Children $9, Family tickets (2 adults & 3 kids) $26.
Shibori Japanese Textile Exhibition
Kimono House, 37 Swanston Street, Level 2 Nicholas Building, Melbourne. Tuesday 3 July to Friday 20 July. Open 10am-5pm from Tuesday to Saturday. Free exhibition of the Shibori textile dyeing technique, dating back to the 8th Century. Discover this beautiful art and how it is produced. Includes Shibori cloth from the centuries-old cotton dyeing houses of Arimatsu and the exotic silks from the artisans of Kyoto.
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton, 6-14 July, 7pm-10pm. The freshest and most innovative documentaries from Australia and around the world. Subjects cover pop culture, video games, animals, sport, true crime, art and more, truly something for everyone. For full details and bookings please visit www.mdff.org.au.
Take A Walk Through Melbourne History
Melbourne was founded in 1835, so there can be no doubt it has a great deal of history. Every time you shop or do business in the CBD, you are walking in the footsteps of two centuries of people.
What many people don't realise is that this history is very easy to find. There are two ways to go about it. You can choose your own route through the city, paying attention to old buildings such as the Town Hall, Parliament, and even the State Library (open since 1856), and read the bronze plaques or stone memorials.
To make this easier, get a Walking Map, such as the Carlton walking map, available at walkingmaps.com.au/walk/180. This an excellent guide to your exploration, and the site also provides similar maps for places all over Victoria.
Such a walk with purpose can suit either the solitary wanderer, or could be a fun way to spend a few hours with friends. Melbourne is certainly not short of bars, coffee lounges or cafes to break your journey.
The second method is not so well known, but deserves to be. If you are part of a group of two or more people, you can hire a guide for $49 per person and take the Golden Mile Heritage Trail tour. This runs from 10am to 12.30pm, seven days a week, though the weekend and weekday routes can be different.
A typical Heritage Trail walk begins at Federation Square, and goes for about 4 kilometres. Many of Melbourne's historic buildings were built during the gold rush in the middle of the 19th Century, when Melbourne was the richest city in the world for a while. You can expect to hear quite a few tales from that time.
For instance, the Immigration Museum, formerly Customs House, was built by an immigrant during the 1870s. At the time, Aborigines crossed the Yarra at this point. West, along Flinders Lane, are warehouses and factories from that same era.
The eastward walk, along Collins Street, takes you through the finance sector, featuring the ANZ Bank Museum, and the vaulted entrance to the domed former Commercial Bank of Australia. The arches, brickwork and towers of the Rialto Hotel copy the masterpieces of the medieval age in Venice, Italy.
For more information on the Golden Mile tour, phone 9633 3358, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or book online at hiddensecretstours.com/tour/golden-mile.
Another guided tour, held less often, takes you around the South Melbourne Market, introducing you to its 150-year-old history. Book at southmelbournemarket.com.au/event/guided-historical-tours-3, or phone 9209 6295.