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Mini-breaks in Melbourne

Mini-breaks in Melbourne

By LIV president Belinda Wilson


With winter well and truly here, and having survived the end of financial year, it seems as though a lot of people have headed away. For those of us left behind, here are some of my tips to experiencing a mini break without having to dip into the annual leave.

Treat yourself to a day spa

We are spoilt for choice in Melbourne or within a stone’s throw of Melbourne. It is something that I don’t do often enough, despite its immediate health and wellbeing effects. Here are three worth trying:

  • The Wellness Manor: Situated in Mornington less than an hour’s drive from Melbourne is a day spa that certainly encourages relaxation. On arrival, and pre-treatment, you are treated to an hour of soaking in hot spas which helps to accelerate the feeling of bliss.
  • Japanese Bath House: Located in Collingwood, this is the true Japanese experience. It is not for the faint hearted as bathers are to be left at the door.
  • The Mineral Spa Hepburn Springs: I don’t think that I could write a day spa blog without mentioning Hepburn Springs and the Daylesford region. It is peaceful gazing across a beautiful manicured garden while immersed in hot water, but an added feature is the twilight bathing.

Gorge on a new food experience

Winter is a time to turn to the latest seasonal food in a cosy environment. Here are some of my winter favourites:

  • Bluebonnet BBQ: Located in Fitzroy North this is like taking a trip to America’s deep south and is strictly for hard core carnivores.
  • Terminus Hotel: Situated in Abbotsford, just down from the Skipping Girl, it offers an incredible pot and parma experience. With Carlton United Brewery in its backyard, the beer is fresh and can be delivered unpasteurised, something that can only be done for local establishments.
  • ekkazan: Tucked away in Postal Lane in the city (between H&M and Myer) is one of my favourite lunch spots. It offers warm laneway dining with authentic Japanese cuisine. In the winter months the ramen is a great lunch time treat.

Discover a new culture with a festival

Melbourne is known for celebrating its multiculturalism, uniqueness and artistic talent. There is always a festival close to hand to learn more about a new culture, often involving incredible food experiences and music. Here are a few that are coming up:

If you have any winter favourite spots, please share them!


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