Absolutely Melbourne | Winter in the City

A guide to whats on in Melbourne, this winter... Absolutely Melbourne | Winter in the City screened on Channel 7 in June 2009.

The city of Melbourne is made for winter. It gets dark early this time of year, but when the sun goes down, the city lights up.

Lets get ready for another winter in Melbourne and let your imagination guide you. Grab your scarf and a cosy coat and head to marvellous Melbourne.

2009 Melbourne Open House

Open Day last year saw 30,000 people visit the city for the chance to stroll through some of Melbourne's most famous buildings. Once again this year, Melbourne will unlock its doors for one day in some of the oldest and most renowned buildings of our city.

Free public access Sunday 19 July 2009 from 10am - 5pm

-:- State Library of Victoria
-:- Treasury Reserve Walking Tour
-:- Arts Centre
-:- 271 Collins Street
-:- Storey Hall
-:- Radiation Therapy Bunkers - Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
-:- Federation Square - back of house tour
-:- Fifteen Restaurant Kitchen Tour
-:- Melbourne City Baths
-:- Research Labs - Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
-:- The Ian Potter Centre NGV Australia
-:- KPMG House
-:- Fire Services Museum of Victoria
-:- Central Pier Docklands
-:- The Melbourne Athenaeum
-:- Orica House (formerly ICI House)
-:- Collins Street Baptist Church
-:- St Paul's Cathedral
-:- Denmark House
-:- Manchester Unity Building
-:- Donkey Wheel House
-:- Melbourne Town Hall
-:- Council House 2
-:- Capitol Theatre
-:- Russell Place Sub-Station
-:- Intercontinental Melbourne The Rialto
-:- Kangan Institute
-:- Missions to Seafarers
-:- Shrine of Rememberance
-:- The Gauge
-:- The Harbour Family & Childrens Centre
-:- 101 Collins Street

Melbourne Winter Masterpieces

A Day in Pompeii
Melbourne Museum
26 June to 25 October 2009

Salvador Dal-: Liquid Desire
NGV International
13 June - 4 October 2009

Melbourne, Australia's Broadway

Melbourne's line up of the season's blockbusters includes the first anniversary of Wicked, the return of Chicago, the Broadway hit Avenue Q and the premiere of Jersey Boys.

Her Majesty's Theatre
From 15 August 2009

Avenue Q
Comedy Theatre

Jersey Boys
Princess Theatre
Premieres Saturday 4 July 2009

Regent Theatre
Until August 9 (transfers to Sydney)

After show locations

Hairy Canary
For years Hairy Canary has offered excellent mediterranean style food drawing influence from it's namesake the Canary Islands. The prime city location offers a great place to sip coffee, wine or cocktails and watch the day or evening go by. A truly Melbourne hidden treasure of a restaurant that's cool, fresh and a little bit funky.
212 Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel.:9654 2471

The Long Room
The Long Room is one of Melbourne's premium venues. Predominately a lounge bar, Long Room is in a class of its own, offering a sophisticated menu of Japanese sushi and Spanish tapas.

Long Room boasts an extensive range of premium wines, cognac and fine liqueurs, alongside a fantastic selection of classic and signature cocktails. Long Room has paved a new concept of industry venue design, from the antlers on the walls, to the chandeliers and ornate furniture, the eclectic decor must be seen to be believed.
Georges On Collins
162 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel.:9663 7226

Lily Blacks
Come in, relax and allow Lily Blacks to serve Melbourne's most delicious beverages.

The chaps and gals at Lily Blacks offer an exhaustive array of spirits and liqueurs. We blend, mix and create cocktail creations for your enjoyment. We also offer a small selection of snacks to keep you well nourished into the night.

The crew at Lily Blacks has created a brand new winter menu, offering plenty of delicious meal options to warm you up. Plus, look out for the $15 winter cocktail special.
Shop 3 , 12-18 Meyers Place, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel.:9654 6499

The Melbourne Supper Club
For the suave and the sophisticated the Melbourne Supper Club has long been a bastion of quality inebriation, softer-than-soft leather Chesterfields and a guaranteed credit-card maxing experience.
161 Spring Street, Melbourne
Tel: 9654 6300

The Supper Inn Chinese Retaurant
It's late, very late, yet you are peckish - join the happy throng at Supper Inn. Open until 2.30am they serve mainly Cantonese fare. Booking during peak dinner time is recommended as the Inn is very popular.
15 Celestial Avenue, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel.:9663 4759

Illuminate Melbourne and Slow Sundays

Once again, an array of light designs will encompass the city, from Federation Square to the walls of The Royal Mail Office and maxims of behaviour - another reason to see Melbourne by night and Slow Sundays at Docklands.

maxims of behaviour
Until 31st August 2009, 5.30pm - midnight

Slow Sundays at Docklands
Every Sunday in July and August from 2pm to 6pm

Melbourne's Newest Precinct

The Convention Centre opens Monday 22 June as Australia's premier business and event centre.

Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre
Opens 22 June 2009
03 9235 8000

Barbie's 50th Birthday

In celebrating Barbie's 50th Birthday, Melbourne will host an international tribute exhibition to the world's most recognised doll.
Forever Barbie - A Pop Culture Icon Exhibition
Federation Square
26 June - 12 July 2009, 10am - 6pm daily

Dining Down Under

Melbourne's renowned for hidden gems, a testament as to why.

Cecconi's Cantina offers a fine dining experience perfectly complimented by an impressive, globetrotting wine list, the perfect venue for any occasion, private dining, lunch or dinner.
61 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000
Tel.: 9663 0222

Multi award winning MoMo Restaurant has reopened at the newly redeveloped Grand Hyatt Melbourne on the Lower Plaza Level, 123 Collins Street.

'God Father of Mediterranean Cuisine' Greg Malouf is once again Executive Chef, beautifully crafting flavours of the Middle East and the Mediterranean.

Owned and operated by innovative restaurateurs Dean and Geremy Lucas, in partnership with Robert and Victor Zagame, the entire concept, design and layout of the is the result of their inspired collaboration. All the fixtures and furnishings within MoMo they have personally designed and custom made. The spectacular chandelier features over 25,000 Swarovski crystals and makes a dramatic statement upon entry.
Lwrground 121-131 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel.:9650 0660

Money Order Office
With fine food, an amazing choice of affordable wines and beer on tap, MOO guarantees to provide a memorable experience. If you visit one laneway venue in Melbourne, it has to be MOO!

Often offering lunch time specials - $25 for a two course meal and a glass of Victorian wine.

Basement 318 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel.:9639 3020

Ezard serves great Modern Australian cuisine in a prime CBD location with sleek and elegant decor.

Awarded two hat status by The Age Good Food Guide the past three years running. Can cater to special functions for 80 guests. Private dining room seating up to 16 guests also available.

Unit 1, Lwrground, 187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel.:9639 6811

maxims of behaviour

a kinetic light work by Alexander Knox
From dusk until late, Bourke Street's Royal Mail House will be re-animated by the dazzling, kinetic light installation - maxims of behaviour - by artist, Alexander Knox.

The luminescent play of sumptuous colour and shifting shadows uses reconfigured digital video footage of city lights, traffic and pedestrian movements to engage passing commuters as well as highlight urban themes of intensity and the rhythms of life.

The light installation becomes an integral part of the night scape, complementing its floodlit surroundings and creates an organic synthesis of movement and light.

The title of the work was inspired by Lewis Carroll's satirical poem Phantasmagoria (1869) in which the author draws an insightful parallel between the behaviour of ghosts and our own rules of etiquette.

Viewing times: from dusk till late 1 June until 31 August 2009-2012.
On the fa-ade of Royal Mail House
253-267 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000

The Light in Winter
In 2009 Fed Square gives us another bright reason to rug and up and head for the city. Directed by Robyn Archer, The Light in Winter is a light-based festival that brings together artists, designers and communities to explore their ideas of light, enlightenment and hope. The festival will include thirteen light installations created by Melbourne's multicultural communities as part of the 'Gift of Light' along with a major international commission, 'Volume'. Known for their work with U2, Massive Attack, The Arctic Monkeys and Kylie Minogue, UK-based United Visual Artists will launch their latest installation, 'Volume' on 4 June. With a soundtrack arranged by Neil Davidge and Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack, this incredible fusion of light and sound will see a forest of luminous LED columns light up Fed Square during the winter months.

Federation Square
Cnr Swanston & Flinders Street, Melbourne 3000

The Giant Sky Wheel

The Giant Sky Wheel is the largest travelling ferris wheel in the Southern Hemisphere. It is in operation at Birrarung Marr on the Lower Terrace, located adjacent to Federation Square, along the edge of the Yarra River. Come along and check out the fantastic views of Melbourne skyline or stroll down during the evening to see the spectacular light show. The Panoramic views of the city are breathtaking and with the lights illuminating the night sky, there is no better way to view Melbourne.

Next To William Barak Bridge
Batman Avenue, Melbourne VIC 3000

Broadcast Saturday 20 June 6.30pm on Channel 7 in Melbourne

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