Fowles Wine’s new cellar door sits amidst acres of sprawling lawns and gardens, just 90 minutes from Melbourne. Recently, Fowles has opened new hay bale dining rooms to complement Fowles’ existing outdoor spaces and are situated beside a 50-metre-long timber Feasting Arbour with blossoming wisteria climbing all over the structure. Each bay of the arbour has a picnic table with white sun umbrellas and a soft green lawn for a post-brochettes lunch laydown. Corner of Hume Freeway and Lambing Gully Road, Avenel, 3664.
Collingwood’s brand new ’tiny pub’ located on the main drag on Johnston Street is the perfect cross between a bar and a pub and somewhere to party into the night. This is the first hospitality venture for owners and best mates Chris Wright and Jonathan Reisacher, both of whom are in the music industry owning a recording studio & label as well as playing in local bands. Keep an eye out for the fun filled calendar of events planned for the summer ahead and enjoy the local DJs playing from Thursday-Saturday each week. 173 Johnston Street, Collingwood, 3066
Guests can now stay overnight at the popular Peninsula Hot Springs with the launch of a new premium glamping experience on site. Designed for pure relaxation, especially for two, the glamping accommodation is nestled in the natural surrounds of the hot springs with private decks, ensuite bathrooms, thermally heated concrete floors and air conditioning, complimentary continental breakfast, king beds, exclusive daily wellness experiences, and bespoke elements inspired by the environment. 140 Springs Ln, Fingal, 3939.
From the team behind Noir (Richmond) comes Pier St., a Portarlington seaside dining destination for locals and day-trippers alike. Classic in concept, Pier St. brings a contemporary edge to nostalgic Australiana. Situated on the Bellarine Peninsula – surrounded by an abundance of outstanding fresh seafood, wine and produce – Pier St. proudly sources locally wherever possible. 3 Pier Street, Portarlington, 3223.
Anyone in search of a holistic beauty destination, head to the recently opened Grown Alchemist Retail-Lab and treatment rooms, nestled within the newly completed King & Godfree precinct in Carlton. On arrival, visitors are welcomed into the ‘Cleanroom’ featuring an innovative air-purifying filtration system that removes skin-aging toxins; ensuring skin health is improved from first arrival. Offering the latest in-clinic technology and advanced therapy, treatments offer a moment of respite, inviting a sense of calm and relaxation on the journey to achieving optimal skin health. 226 Faraday St, Carlton, 3053.
Raccolto Pizzeria is made using Italian principles with incredible ingredients and cooked to perfection in a wood-fired brick oven. Located in the heart of Halls Gap, it’s an ideal choice for casual dining or a take a pizza away to enjoy by a campfire or watching sunset over the mountains. Stay at Raccolto accommodation units are also bookable located on the same property as the pizzeria and a mere one-minute stroll to the Visitor Information Centre, eateries and shops. 2 Heath Street, Halls Gap, 3381.
Shaking up Saturday night just got a whole lot easier with Bendigo’s first and only rooftop bar, Nimbus Rooftop. Premium positioned, atop Bendigo’s historic skyline, it makes a rare treat in the goldfields region where urban-style meets regional hospitality. Energetic and atmospheric. Impeccable cocktails. Plates designed to share, made from local produce with a spacious, airy outdoor space adaptable to the seasons, it’s the perfect place to catch up with friends. Level 3/103 Mitchell St, Bendigo, 3550.
Alongside the picturesque mighty Murray River and the shores of stunning Lake Mulwala, The Sebel Yarrawonga is a recently opened $48 million luxury international 4.5-star boutique hotel and serviced apartments. Part of the Silverwoods the No.1 Golf & Lifestyle Resort on the Murray River, the waterfront precinct features Black Bull 18-hole Championship Golf Course, a health spa, gymnasium, and waterfront pool, as well as multiple dining options. Visitors can enjoy an abundance of water sports, including swimming, boating, water-skiing, fishing or hit of golf. 40 Silverwoods Boulevard, Yarrawonga, 3730.
Pt Leo Estate, has unveiled the latest addition to its sculpture park: a 5.5 metre KAWS statue that takes pride of place, welcoming all into the sculpture park. The creature, clutching a small blue friend (it’s BFF), is easily seen upon approach of the iconic Queensland bottle tree at the main entrance of the sculpture park. KAWS, AKA Brian Donnelly, was commissioned by Mrs Pauline Gandel prior to the COVID-19 pandemic with the project having been in the making for some 14 months. 3649 Frankston – Flinders Road, Merricks, 3916.
This highly anticipated brewpub is now open, and the team look forward to welcoming guests to the family. Think great craft beer, delicious food, hands-on experiences and a new venue to host a wide range of events. Aunty Jacks is the place to visit and learn about all things beer – celebrating the artisan craft of brewing, sustainable agriculture and a taste that is uniquely Ballarat. 315-317 Mair Street, Ballarat Central, 3350.
Beyond the Edge is Australia’s first and the world’s highest commercial portaledge cliff camping experience. For a thrilling overnight stay on a portaledge suspended over a sheer 300 metre cliff face in the stunning Mount Buffalo gorge. Abseil down to a portaledge perched high on the majestic cliffs of the North Wall of Mount Buffalo gorge. Absorb the breathtaking views whilst enjoying dinner and settle in for an unforgettable night of adventure sleeping on the wall before awakening to a sunrise with breathtaking views. Mount Buffalo National Park, 3740.
Mornington Peninsula’s Jetty Road Brewery is opening a tap room in the heart of Lorne, Friday, 4 December. With the support of Mighty Craft, Jetty Road Brewery has taken over the site of the well-known Cuda Bar. The temporary pop up will feature an outdoor beer garden with a fresh 1970’s beach vibe and seating for 150 people. A range of Jetty Road Brewery’s beers will be on tap at the new Lorne venue including the popular Pale Ale, XPA and Blueberry Sour. There will also be a list of cocktails featuring award-winning gins from Kangaroo Island Spirits and NoSh and a menu of dishes using local produce to accompany the drinks. 82-84 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne, 3232.
Located in the heart of Melbourne’s East End Theatre District, Melbourne’s newest laneway hotel – Lancemore Crossley St. – opened its doors on December 1. The property, which has been designed by award-winning Carr Design Group, features five room types for guests to choose from, it’s walls hung with bespoke commissions from emerging artists, and a quintessentially-Melbourne rooftop terrace boasting sparkling city skyline views. It’s the first Melbourne based hotel from the team behind highly respective boutique Victorian properties Lancemore Lindenderry Red Hill, Lancemore Milawa, Lancemore Macedon Ranges and Lancemore Mansion Hotel Werribee Park. 51 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, 3000.
Melbourne’s CBD’s newest resident, Mejico, is bringing some colour, flavour and fun back to the city with delicious market-to-table dining and Melbourne’s largest selection of tequila and mezcal. Taking over the courtyard and glasshouse bar space of the existing Collins Quarter Building, guests enter via the new laneway off Little Collins Street and step inside to discover regional flavours and techniques from Mexico City. The two-storey restaurant includes a downstairs dining space in a stunning courtyard and glasshouse. 1 Pink Alley, Melbourne, 3000.
Chancery Lane, a European bistro by celebrated chef Scott Pickett (Longrain, Matilda 159 Domain, Estelle, Lupo, Pastore), is opening in Melbourne on December 16, welcoming diners within the historic Normanby Chambers building at 430 Little Collins Street. The bistro is suited for any occasion, from a glass and a bite at the bar to a private dinner party. Delivering an inclusive experience with an all-day menu of approachable classic European dishes to be enjoyed in a selection of seating options, Chancery Lane’s fit-out reflects the history of the heritage building and a by-gone era. 430 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000.
Sunda restaurant’s home delivery service during lockdown will pivot into a pop-up over summer when it opens on December 5. Summer EXP by SUNDA _ is a semi-permanent restaurant nestled on the ground floor of The Windsor with an Italian meets Southeast Asian menu and alfresco dining on the corner of Bourke and Spring streets. Executive Chef Khanh Nguyen has pulled out all stops, drawing together the two cuisines in a spur of the moment inspiration. Unlike SUNDA _, Summer EXP’s menu is a bit more loose and a bit more casual (though no less creative) – designed for long summer evenings, and a drink and graze. 1 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000.
The popular restaurant have opened their Melbourne venue at Australia’s first surf park – URBNSURF Melbourne. Located 16 kilometers from Melbourne CBD and just minutes from Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport, Three Blue Ducks’ first Melbourne venue will perfectly complement this world-class surfing destination which is pioneering a new, safe and inclusive way to surf. Three Blue Ducks will deliver the group’s ethos of simple, real food, showcasing the best of Victoria’s farms, wineries, craft breweries and artisan producers. The 350-seat venue which overlooks a 2ha lagoon with indoor and outdoor seating, also features a kitchen growing herbs and Australian natives such as lemon myrtle and salt bush. 309 Melrose Dr, Tullamarine, 3045.