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Melbourne staycation

Thursday, April 1, 2010
Staycation is a new travel buzzword. It's all about holidaying in your own city and the trend is spreading across Australia.

Jules Lund opted to check out his home city to show other Melburnians that a Melbourne staycation will save money and take them to some places they may never have been.

Eureka Skydeck

The perfect place to start is the Eureka Skydeck. Adjacent to the Yarra River in Southbank, this is where you will get the best overall view of Melbourne.

Skydeck 88 is the only observation deck in the world with "The Edge", a glass cube projecting 3m from the building. It's suspended almost 300m above ground. There are two lifts propelling visitors to level 88 in less than 40 seconds.

Scenic flight

For an even higher look at Melbourne, Jules went on the City Orbit tour with the Helicopter Group. Flying at around 300m in the air, the tour takes in the Australian Grand Prix track, city skyline, Yarra River, Federation Square, Docklands, Melbourne Cricket Ground and Botanical Gardens. It returns along the stretch of beaches making up the coastline.

A recently opened helipad in Docklands means their flights are able to operate from the centre of town. They also operate from Moorabbin Airport.

Vintage bike hire

Back on the ground, cycling is also a wonderful way to take in a city's sights. Melbourne is flat, so it's a lot easier on the cyclist. The Humble Vintage has a fantastic selection of classic and vintage racers, city bikes and ladies' bikes for short-term rental.

They are now renting Amsterdam's Vanmoof "Dutch-style bike". They are creating such a stir in the Netherlands and are as striking as any of the vintage gems on offer at The Humble Vintage.

The sleek, simple and practical bicycles have a brushed alloy frame complete with Brooks leather saddle, three-speed internal gear system and integrated solar powered front and back lights.

Captains of Industry

Just for the blokes, this is all about shopping: the Captains of Industry custom clothing store-cum-cafe. The owners are a tailor and bespoke shoemaker. The best Italian and English fabrics are used and fine leather is turned into blissfully comfortable shoes. It's quite the place to go for a complete makeover, new hairstyle and a meal at their long communal table. They're soon going to add a whisky bar.

Sommeliers Walk

With the money you've saved on airfares, you can splurge on dining out! With so many wonderful eating places in Melbourne, a Sommeliers Walk with Hidden Secrets, you don't need to limit yourself to just one restaurant. You can dine at three of the city's top restaurants, enjoying a degustation menu with changing venues.

You meet the sommeliers at each venue and they talk to you about the food and matching wines. Coda, one of the restaurants on the agenda, offers a fusion of modern European and Asian tapas-style dishes. There are loads of others in easy reach so check out their website and see what's in store.

Location

Places to visit across Melbourne.

Cost

Skydeck entry is $16.50 for adults and $9 for children. Two adults and two children entry is $39. Sun & Stars entry (two visits — one day, one night) is $20 for adults, $12.50 for children and $49 for two adults and two children. The Edge entry is $12 for adults, $8 for children and $29 for a family of four.

The Humble Vintage bicycle rental is $30 a day. Helmet, lock, lights, map and guide are included. They have pick-up points in the CBD, Fitzroy and St Kilda. Vanmoofs are $40 for one day and $60 for two.

The Helicopter Group has a trial introductory flight for Getaway viewers. It costs $290 per person for 30 minutes, plus briefing. Flights depart from Moorabbin Airport every day and bookings are essential.

Air Melbourne has Scenic Saturday flights on the first Saturday of each month. They cost $89 per person and depart from the city helipad. Bookings are essential.

Captains of Industry is open from Monday to Saturday between 8am and 5pm.

Coda Restaurant & Bar is open every day for lunch and dinner.

Sommelier's Walk costs $145 per person with a minimum of two people and a maximum of four. They run from Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 7.30pm.

Prices correct at April 1, 2010.

For further information

Eureka Skydeck 88
Riverside Quay
Southbank
Melbourne 3006
Ph: (03) 9693 8888
www.eurekaskydeck.com.au

The Humble Vintage
www.thehumblevintage.com

The Helicopter Group
42 Bundora Parade
Moorabbin Airport 3194
Ph: (03) 9580 7177
www.helicoptergroup.com
info@helicoptergroup.com

Air Melbourne
Ph: (03) 9580 7177

Captains of Industry
Level 1, 2 Somerset Place
Melbourne 3000
Ph: 0432 166 824

Sommeliers Walk
Hidden Secrets Tours
www.hiddensecretstours.com

Coda Bar & Restaurant
141 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3003
Ph: (03) 9650 3155
Fax: (03) 9650 5127
www.codarestaurant.com.au

To find out more about the hot deals mentioned on the show, check out Holidays for Sale.

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