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If all that shopping has made you
peckish, we know a great little spot
Located in yet another groovy little
Melbourne laneway, MoVida Bar de
Tapas (www.movida.com.au) is tapas
with a difference: try the roasted lamb
cutlet encased in Catalan pork and
paprika pate, and the half shell scallop
oven baked with jamon and potato
foam. And you’ve got to finish up with
Churros – Spanish donuts dunked in
rich liquid chocolate.
For the swish new place to dine, head
to Federation Square for some Modern
French-Australian cuisine at Upper
House. Warm, local timber is the theme
throughout with quirky French bistro
touches. Mains, such as the roasted
duck breast with confit leg, brandied
cherries and celeriac puree, and the
attentive but unobtrusive service make
this the venue for a romantic dinner
or a special evening with friends. To
start, why not have a glass of excellent
local wine in Lower House wine bar
downstairs. Bookings (03) 9663 3134.
Gay-friendly spa country is an easy
and pleasant drive from the city centre
and The Convent Gallery, Daylesford,
is well worth a lazy visit. Housed in an
historic 19thC landmark that was once
an operating convent high on a hill
overlooking beautiful Daylesford, The
Convent has been lovingly restored and
extended by its female proprietor Tina
Banitska. It features seven galleries
over three levels, retail areas, cafe,
bar, function rooms, chapel, gardens,
and penthouse apartment (but book
in advance, this lush self-contained
pad with private elevator is frequently
booked out year-round). Filled with
work by over 100 local, national and
international artists, The Convent is
perfect for functions and weddings.
Open daily from 10am to 6pm.
(03) 5348 3211.
Also in picturesque, gay-friendly
Daylesford is the Lake House (www.
lakehouse.com.au), a small luxury
hotel on the shores of Lake Daylesford.
Staying in one of the Waterfront Rooms
is a luxurious experience in itself, with
views from the private balcony over
the tranquil and pretty foreshore. The
surroundings are certainly soothing,
but to really pamper yourself, indulge
at Salus Spa with an Exotic Coconut
Rub and Milk Ritual (60 Minutes
$130). The traditional Balinese rub
recipe polishes the skin and stimulates
the senses, while the warmed skin
nourishing milk bath, facial massage
and scalp treatment is an otherworldly
way to de-stress.
Also set in the heart of Victoria’s spa
country, Peppers Springs Retreat (www.
peppers.com.au) at Hepburn Springs is
a historic Art Deco hotel built in 1935.
The main building has been beautifully
restored, combining period character
with warm contemporary décor
– there are 25 stylish rooms, a refined
dining space and true deco lobby and
lounge. For the ultimate in calm and
relaxation check out the new onsite
Springs Retreat Mineral Spa. This is a
true sanctuary housing three open-air
mineral pools, a sauna, steam room and
eight treatment rooms offering a range
of rejuvenating therapies.
MELBOURNE IN MARCH 2006
In March 2006 Melbourne welcomes 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories of
the Commonwealth to the biggest Commonwealth Games ever. The city will become
transformed into a sporting and entertainment precinct – from The MCC to Federation
Square – as locals and visitors enjoy 12 days of competition in 16 sports and 24
disciplines with 246 gold medals to be won. Around 90,000 international and interstate
visitors are expected to descend on the city with events drawing up to 1.2 million
spectators. The televised Games will attract approximately 1.5 billion viewers.
Did you know?
• 2006 will be the fourth time Australia has hosted the Commonwealth Games.
• For the first time ever basketball will be introduced into the Games program.
• The Melbourne 1956 Olympics had 3184 athletes competing in 15 sports.
• The Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games will be the largest sporting event ever
staged in Victoria, featuring 4500 elite athletes competing in 16 sports.
Melbourne 2006 XIII Commonwealth Games, March 15-26 2006.
LOTL visited Victoria courtesy of Tourism Victoria.
187 Flinders Lane
Tel : (03) 9650 7555
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