Melbourne has a long and illustrious reputation for being a cultural hub – a melting pot of the world’s best art, music and food.
While you don’t have to look too hard to find something interesting, distinctly Melbourne experiences are best served up by locals in the know – and that’s just what the team behind Play Melbourne Live did with Periscope.
Live-streaming a series of ‘games’ via Periscope, Play Melbourne Live focussed on different people, places, events and stories, inviting participants to interact, ask questions and truly explore Melbourne up close and unfiltered.
Play Melbourne Live invited participants to interact, ask questions and truly explore Melbourne up close and unfiltered.
Each game featured locally and internationally acclaimed guests sharing their favourite parts of the city.
The Periscope-enabled phone was housed within a cork ‘ball’ – an environmentally friendly design created by a local industrial design outfit, aptly named Studio Periscope.
The ball encouraged interaction, with the possibility of being replicated by others to share their own city’s stories. You can grab the CAD files for the ball over at the Play Melbourne site.
If you missed the livestream, you can re-live the experience right here as we round up the best bits. Be careful though, you might just find yourself booking flights to Melbourne.
Melbourne’s Most Iconic Laneways
While such spaces are often the seedy and avoided parts of a major city, Melbourne’s laneways are where the city’s creatives come to play.
From Hosier Lane, to Centre Place and Croft Alley, the lanes house world-class eateries, hidden bars, and some of the best street art in the world; not to mention being the birthplace of the internationally renowned St Jerome’s Laneway Festival.
Sandwiched between Collins Street and Flinders Lane, Centre Place would have to be the city’s most iconic laneway. The hidden treasure just has so much to offer.
Melbourne’s laneways are where the city’s creatives come to play.
Following the impressive artwork down the lane, one can find coffee, wine, numerous cuisines and charming buskers – all in close proximity to top-notch shopping (think Incu, Aesop and Crumpler).
Hell’s Kitchen is a grungy bar, perched high above the bustling thoroughfare. This Melbourne institution is a safe bet for delicious food and great service – delivered in a cosy atmosphere, with a view like no other.
Burgers in Rooftop Train Carriages
Located in the suburb of Collingwood, Easey’s is a burger joint that could only be found in Melbourne: the restaurant and bar sits in roof-mounted train carriages!
Easey’s is a burger joint that could only be found in Melbourne: the restaurant and bar sits in roof-mounted train carriages!
When 1970s Melbourne had to say goodbye to their ‘blue trains’ (their interiors were made of asbestos) the Hitachi carriages took their place. These slick, steel trains were favoured by Melbourne’s graffiti artists, and proudly chugged along until April 2014, when air-conditioned upgrades took over.
Now, the brightly coloured people movers are a place for diners to enjoy an Easey Cheesy (a heavenly marriage of beef, American cheddar, tomato, lettuce, onions, pickles, ketchup, mustard and mayo) and a pint (or two) of local craft beer. You can even head up for breakfast (did someone say Frostie crumbed fried chicken?)!
We haven’t even mentioned the spectacular view of the inner-north yet; it truly is a sight to behold.
Don’t spend too long standing on the platform, this service is headed directly for Food Heaven and bookings are highly recommended.
Stunning Victorian Architecture in the George Ballroom
Once home to punk-rock shows featuring the likes of Nick Cave and The Cure, the George Ballroom is a historic space that has truly come full circle.
Situated on the first floor of St Kilda’s The George Hotel, the breathtaking ballroom quickly became a popular wedding venue after first opening in 1886.
Its rich and varied life left the George a little worse for wear though; ceiling crumbling, paint peeling and the joyous celebrations it once hosted a distant memory by the early 2000s.
After lying dormant for nine years, the room reopened in 2015, revealing a dazzling restoration of the hand-painted walls and ceiling, along with brass chandeliers, stain-glass windows and Corinthian pilasters.
If you’re dying to get inside the Bayside venue, you might just have to get hitched… or play cupid – it’s up to you!
The George Ballroom is a historic space that has truly come full circle.
The World’s Longest Lunch on the Formula One Grand Prix home straight
While Albert Park is usually home to speeding F1 cars for the Grand Prix, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival transformed the home straight into the World’s Longest Lunch.
1600 of Melbourne’s most enthusiastic foodies (and a few special guests) made their way to the track to wine and dine on the finest local produce.
1600 of Melbourne’s most enthusiastic foodies made their way to the track to wine and dine on the finest local produce.
Celebrity chef Guy Grossi was behind the three-course meal of pumpkin tortellini, roast spatchcock stuffed with rice, and Latte (one of Grossi’s signature desserts).
However, the World’s Longest Lunch is only one event in the ten-day festival’s bursting calendar, which runs every March and truly takes over the city – and State – with surprising events around every corner.
If food is your thing, this premiere food festival is a must see.
Behind the scenes at Melbourne Fashion Festival
Whether you’re at Emporium, Chadstone or a small boutique, there is always something new to wear. But, if you really want to experience Melbourne’s fashion scene coming to life, you can’t go past the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (affectionately known as VAMFF).
Every March VAMFF takes the city by storm – the spectacular fashion on the runways matched by the clothing choices of the attendees.
The 2016 event was housed within the heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building, which stands within the picturesque Carlton Gardens. If you’re as into architecture as much as you are fashion, you would have found your eyes darting all about the room during a runway show.
Melbourne has always been renowned for having the best shopping in Australia – which isn’t surprising for a city that prides itself on fashion.
Remember though, it isn’t just Melbourne’s favourite designers wandering about; VAMFF is a place to rub shoulders with Australian identities, including the nation’s best fashion bloggers.
Prehistoric fun at Jurassic World: The Exhibition
Unleashed upon the world for the first time ever at Melbourne Museum, Jurassic World: The Exhibition is the best way to get up close and personal with dinosaurs.
Based on the film, the exhibition brings together models of dinosaurs that lived between 250 million and 66 million years ago.
Jurassic World is as interactive as it is educational.
Jurassic World is as interactive as it is educational – drawing upon real DNA science to make you feel like you are within the Hammond Creation Lab, or coming face-to-face with a savage tyrannosaurus rex.
While the kids will love it, visitors of all ages can expect to be wowed… and maybe even a little bit scared. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!