164 Commercial Road Prahran 3181 VIC
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The Cullen Hotel offers guests a blend of exclusive five-star hospitality and first class facilities that ensure your stay is a truly unique and memorable experience. Enjoy Melbourne's cultural icons, all of which are just a few moments from your doorstep including:
Prahran Fresh Market
163 Commercial Road, South Yarra
There’s no two ways about it: Prahran Fresh Market is foodie heaven. It has occupied its place on Commercial Rd for 125 years, and in that time it’s cemented its reputation as ‘the food lovers’ market. It is also the place to source rare and unusual ingredients, including heritage varieties of fruit and vegetables, unusual seafood and poultry, game and exotic cheeses. Where else can you find fresh wasabi leaves or wild mushroom specialists? Closed Mondays and Wednesdays, Saturday morning is considered the peak time to visit to experience the freshest produce and bustling ambiance. A lot of stalls also hand out free nibbles on Saturdays, so you can enjoy the delicious offerings while you explore.
An offshoot of Chapel Street, Greville Street in Prahran is a haven of trendiness, featuring independent and unusual fashion boutiques, quirky cafes, and luxe restaurants and bars. While the elite have flocked to Greville Street in recent years, it still maintains its bohemian origins with offerings of vintage clothing and independent books and record stores. Fans of something a little bit different will be delighted at ‘A Shop Called Milton’, which stocks home-made Australian art and design alongside a cosy off-beat cafe. By night, the Greville Street elite can be found savouring the culinary delights in FOG restaurant and bar’s elegant heated courtyard, or pushing through the perfectly-groomed masses at Boutique nightclub.
Chapel Street is one of Melbourne’s premier destinations for shopping, leisure and entertainment. Known as ‘Melbourne’s shopping mecca’, Chapel Street is home to Australian designers including Zimmerman, Sass and Bide, Ksubi, Arthur Gallan AG and Scanlan and Theodore, to name just a few. Galleries and home wares stores showcase interior style as fashionable as the latest runway looks.
Restaurants also line the street, offering every conceivable type of cuisine. Chapel Street becomes even busier as the sun goes down, with bars and clubs attracting the well-heeled from all over the city. “While the rest of the city goes about its business, here is a place known for the good things in life- fashion, food, entertainment and style.”
St Kilda Beach
A trip to Melbourne would not be complete without a visit to St Kilda beach and a glimpse of the iconic face whose gaping mouth is the entrance to Luna Park. St Kilda beach is one of Melbourne’s more cosmopolitan beaches, and a prime venue to indulge in some people-watching. Wander along the historic pier, cycle along the foreshore, soak it up in the St Kilda sea-baths, or savour some beachfront dining at one of St Kilda’s many restaurants- the Stokehouse and Republica are both Melbourne favourites.
Next to the beach, the Esplanade market has run every Sunday for more than 30 years. It specialises in contemporary arts and crafts created by local artisans. You’re guaranteed to find something completely original. On any other day, you’re still likely to find quirky shops, live music venues and the cafe culture for which Melbourne is so well known. There is even a St Kilda festival in February dedicated to celebrating this fashionable suburb.
Old Melbourne Gaol
377 Russell Street, Melbourne, 3000
The Old Melbourne Gaol, which once housed infamous Australian icon Ned Kelly, is now an award-winning tourist attraction, a fascinating place to learn about Australia’s more controversial heritage.
Melbourne’s oldest prison, Magistrate’s court and police watch house, the Old Melbourne Gaol has been around since the 1840s. It is here that Ned Kelly uttered his famous last words, “such is life”, before he was hanged in 1880. The eerie old gallows still stand today, telling visitors of Kelly’s story. Ned Kelly memorabilia is also on display, including his revolver and death mask, and a free live performance is staged every Saturday, examining Ned Kelly’s life and legend. You can also participate in interactive experiences, including being ‘locked up’ at the City Watch House or attending a trial at the Magistrate’s court.
Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne
Located in Fed Square, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image celebrates the cultural and creative richness of film. Far more than a museum, ACMI stages curated screenings, premieres, workshops, talks and live events, festivals and Australian and International exhibitions.
ACMI’s centrepiece is the permanent interactive and immersive exhibition ‘Screen Worlds’, which traces the history of the moving image and the way Australia has contributed to the history of film as both creators and audiences.
Elliott Avenue, Parkville
Located in Parkville, the Melbourne Zoo allows you to get closer to nature without ever leaving the city. Highlights include the award-winning, Thailand village-themed ‘Trail of the Elephants’. Children and adults alike will melt at the sight of Mali and Ongard, Melbourne’s own baby elephants. Bask in the tropical gardens of the Zoo’s butterfly house, or wander the elevated boardwalk of the orangutan sanctuary.
Melbourne Zoo has recently introduced a ‘Wild Encounters’ program, allowing you to get even closer to the animals. See what goes on behind the scenes or get your photo taken hugging a giraffe. A wide range of other special events also run throughout the year, including twilight concerts in warmer months.
11 Nicholson St, Carlton
The Melbourne Museum is the place to learn about Australia’s unique history. The museum contains eight galleries, including one especially for kids, all with a distinct Australian focus. From Pharlap, to the ‘600 million years: Victoria evolves’ exhibition, to the living rainforest, to discovering Indigenous history at the Bunjilaka cultural centre – which features artworks, performances, artefacts and stories about the Koori people,- if it has shaped Australian culture, you’ll find it at the Melbourne Museum.
The museum is not purely limited to Australian culture- the top level is reserved for hosting a range of temporary international exhibits, including Tutankhamen’s gold, artefacts from Pompeii, and terracotta warriors from China.