The return of an outdoor fave Pétanque Social, the chic outdoor dining destination on Crown’s Riverwalk, has returned for a second year – and it looks gorgeous. Red cushioned day beds, communal lounges, stunning city views and a veritable smorgasbord of culinary delights greet those seeking a place to chill, while relishing Melbourne’s new freedoms. Highlights Marky Rochford, Director of sustainable event agency Frank Wild, has brought an eco-focus to the re-imagined venue. There’s solar power chilling the beers, energy bikes to charge mobile phones, rainwater collection, reclaimed materials and eco-friendly paints. The aim is to transport locals from the Yarra to the Tuscan countryside. There are terracotta tones and an earthy mural by Melbourne artist Melina McGough. “Melbournians are craving an atmospheric destination. And this is undeniably the go-to place that allows Melbournians to relax, unwind and celebrate the warmer months,” says Crown Melbourne’s Executive General Manager of Food and Beverage, Enda Cunningham. Other bits A worm farm for composting. A garnish garden to provide the chefs with extra fresh ingredients. Nobu’s wagyu beef …
An unparalleled immersive art experience. After seven years in development, The Lume Melbourne has opened – a 3,000 square metre, 11 metre high digital art gallery, celebrating the creative genius of Vincent Van Gogh. It’s technically stunning, creatively impressive and visually delightful. After Covid-19 curve-balls and lockdown dramas, founder of Melbourne-based creators Grande Experiences, Bruce Peterson is thrilled to have finally established this mesmerising attraction. “This is the new world we live in. This is the perfect way to celebrate togetherness with Van Gogh,” he says. Highlights Art lovers devise their own route through the exhibition, meandering at their own pace. The art room overflows with visitors standing at miniature easels, sketching with pencil and eraser in hand, guided by a video tutorial. The soundtrack is stirring, from Erik Satie to Vivaldi. Overall, a calming, visually spectacular and stimulating experience. Other bits The merchandise store has wonderfully comfortable and stylish masks, so I stocked up. I did a double take when passing adorable Van Gogh Pop Vinyls, all lined up. And there’s a cafe/bar, so …
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“People are already scratching their heads about how we got this in here”
“All the girls have challenging personalities”
We haven’t seen the script yet. We have broad strokes of what we’ll be doing down there but it’s sort of gossip.