WICKED:The Musical

EricaL

The Regent Theatre rolled out the emerald carpet as WICKED: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz dusted off its Australian broomstick and returned to Melbourne last night in a star studded opening night.  The original award winning green-tinged Broadway production has flown the globe, spellbinding audiences from North America to London, Germany, Japan, The Philippines, Mexico, Holland, Singapor ...

Women's Pre-Loved Fashion Market - the Melbourne Frock Swap

Rachael @ Melb Frock Swap

The Melbourne Frock Swap isn't a swap at all! It's a market jam packed full of women's pre-loved fashion and accessories, in all sizes - and it's totally indoors.One of the biggest markets in Australia for secondhand clothing, the market is held at the historic Seaworks building at 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown VIC; and boasts over 80 stalls of current, retro and vintage fashionIt's a big event, s ...

ACMI Family Day: Vikings and Dragons

EricaL

Entertainment hubs in Victoria's capital city provide a wealth of activities to keep children busy over each school holiday period, and the forthcoming winter break holds no exception.  Youngsters prepare to re-embrace the enchanting mythical world of Berk, the Viking township seen in widely acclaimed fantasy film blockbuster How to Train Your Dragon produced by DreamWorks Animation, as the much ...

QV Tropical Retreat

EricaL

As temperatures drop in Victoria's capital city and winter brings forth cool grey skies with dreary weather, don't book your flight to the tropics just yet as QV Melbourne introduces QV Tropical Retreat to the heart of the city.   QV Tropicial Retreat  Running throughout the month of June, QV Tropical Retreat warms chilly Melburnians with its beach-themed resort sanctuary located within QV's sh ...

A jazz affair with Stacey Kent

A-manda mingy

  “So nice, life would be so nice. If one day I'd find someone who would take my hand and samba through life with me”   These words were taken from an infamous song by American soul jazz singer – Stacey Kent. On Monday 28th of April I was lucky enough to watch Stacey Kent perform live at The Melbourne Recital Centre.  A brief background on who this amazing talent I am referring to.  Stac ...

Apple Espresso Cafe

EricaL

Located near Mt Eliza and Mornington, on the corner of Moorooduc Highway and Wooralla Drive, nestled in between Tully's Produce Store and Diacos Nursery, you will find a family friendly cafe that all the locals rave about. The Apple Espresso, owned and managed by a warm and friendly Italian family, is filled with character and charm.  Inside the cafe, you will find large timber tables, decorate ...

Sushi Trains in Melbourne

monsadventure

No matter where you are in Melbourne, you are bound to find sushi. Sushi stores have so much competition, it's really hard to differentiate from others, except for your location. If you are near a corporate section, you are bound to attract customers - and that's almost everywhere in the CBD.Sushi trains are a hit overseas, but they are slowly infiltrating the lives of Melburnians too. Here's some ...

Haunted Bookshop Tour

monsadventure

Lately I've been surprised to find out about the many walking tours that Melbourne offers. Even more interesting was the idea of a ghost walking tour.I've experienced other ghost tours but they are usually based in one spot, thus I was interested to experience the Melbourne CBD with a different view and background.As we entered the laneway of our meeting spot at the Haunted Bookshop, we saw quite ...

Super Zu Playcentre and Cafe

EricaL

The newest and one of the largest indoor playgrounds opened its doors to excited children and families on Saturday 23 May, 2015, and it is epic.Super Zu Playcentre and Cafe positioned on Boundary Road, Dingley, presents 2270m2 of mega fun with zoo themed play equipment to jump on, climb up, slide down, explore, crawl through, build and drive.SuperZu Playcentre and CafeCentered around a very large ...

The Royal Arcade, Melbourne's Living HIstory

Jo Ferguson

Since 1869 The Royal Arcade has been close to the hearts of all Melbournians as one of our most unique hidden treasures. Joining Elizabeth, Little Collins and the Bourke Street Mall, The old world charm of this little piece of Melbourne’s history is always a delight for visitors of all ages, whether they are tourists or seasoned locals. It feels like stepping back in time and walking the pages o ...

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition

EricaL

  In a world exclusive, Melbourne's Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) hosts DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition, a visual journey from sketch to screen. This is ACMI's largest ever exhibition and DreamWorks'  first, featuring over 400 items seen in much loved movie animations including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, The Prince of Egypt, The Croods and Mr ...

Don Don - A Cheapskate Oasis

CHUG | Melbourne

Looking for a Japanese quickie at lunchtime? Then look no further.Don Don is located on Little Lonsdale St, right next to Melbourne Central. Come during lunchtime and you’ll find lines out the door, but that’s all right because the service here is almost instant. Before we even have a chance to put our change in our pocket, we receive our meal. Not only is Don Don incredibly cheap it’s ...

Altona Dog Beach

monsadventure

Sometimes it can be difficult planning a day out to include you and your furry little (or big) friend. Fortunately there are several beaches in Melbourne that are dog friendly all year around and all day. Altona Dog Beach, also known as Burns Reserve, is a perfect place to let your dog run a little wild and to snap some beautiful memories with them. It's located between Altona Coastal Park and Al ...

Cape Otway Lightstation

EricaL

On the seacoast of Cape Otway National Park, a quick detour from Victoria's iconic Great Ocean Road, sits Australia's oldest lighthouse.  Cape Otway Lightstation sits 90 metres above the 'Shipwreck Coast', a coastline filled with historic tragedy in claiming hundred's of ships within its 130km stretch toward Port Fairy. The construction of Cape Otway Lightstation began in 1846, following the trag ...

The Grain Store

monsadventure

I don't often eat brunch - ironic for a foodie of Melbourne right? But I often plan food around my other weekend activities, thus I don't often venture to the city on weekends. The Grain Store has been on my radar for a while and I finally made it down thanks to a voucher that I won from Livlicious.Often some places treat you differently when you have a voucher, but the service here was swift and ...

The Handmaker's Factory

EricaL

The make do and mend mentality is a phrase that is no longer reserved for wartime Britain.  Old school handicrafts have made quite the comeback in recent years, as we see households take on new hobbies in sewing, knitting, weaving and crocheting to either make their own clothes and gifts, or repair what they already have. Making and mending requires a certain level of skill, which for some is pa ...

Inside The Brick: Bayside LEGO Fan Expo

EricaL

LEGO fanatics have a lot to be excited about this winter, as Australia's master builders unite to show off their amazing creations at Bayside LEGO® Fan Expo brought to you by Inside the Brick®. Lego creations at Bayside LEGO® Held on the last weekend of the July school holidays at Kingston Town Hall in Cheltenham, Bayside LEGO® Fan Expo invites families to discover the magic of LEGO building, ...

Medibank Icehouse

Vi

There are different sports for different terrains. Running, jumping and twirling on land could be a breeze for you but can you do the same on ice? Medibank Icehouse offers skaters, from first timers to seasoned professionals the benefit of two Olympic sized ice rinks to skate till their heart's content. For first time skaters, the Icehouse offers free 15-minutes lessons that teaches you the basics ...

Queen Victoria Night Market

monsadventure

Knowing Melbourne, there's still some summer weather left to come!It's a perfect opportunity to explore the continuously expanding Wednesday Night Market at Queen Victoria Market. It's on every Wednesday from 5-10pm until March 25th and it gives you the chance to sample a great deal of food from a range of cultures.I hadn't visited for a few years as the crowds really put me off las ...

Take 2 Markets

EricaL

Pre-loved women's fashion markets have become a popular way to shop for clothes in Melbourne, and one such market offering second-hand fashion to Melburnian's is Take 2 Markets. Run by business savvy fashionista Rina Chia, Take 2 Markets offer every day folk the opportunity to sell their unwanted wardrobe pieces by holding a stall at prominent Take 2 Market venues in Melbourne and beyond.  Iconi ...