The oldest of its kind in Victoria, Studley Park’s historic boathouse is one of Melbourne’s most impressive examples of Edwardian architecture. Housing a collection of old-fashioned rowboats along with canoes and kayaks, start your day swishing a paddle around the Yarra. Afterwards, rest and refuel at either the cafe or kiosk – both offer nourishing dishes and a decadent Devonshire tea. For resident golf lovers, the prestigious Studley Park Golf Course is also found within the park, offering a pristine undulating course and well-equipped club house.
A sublime oasis nestled within the greater Yarra Bend precinct, Studley Park makes it easy to forget you’re in inner city Melbourne. Just 1km from your doorstep, the area is a recreational paradise equipped with everything you could ever need for a healthy outdoor lifestyle. A walking trail hugs the periphery the Yarra, with various picnic spots and leisurely amenities dotted throughout. On your walk, keep your eyes peeled for the native fauna that call the oasis home including diverse birdlife and the elusive platypus. Even closer to home, Alexandra Gardens is a pristine sanctuary shrouded by mature trees and speckled with ornate flowerbeds.
Serving up Coffee Bird espresso and a harmonious mix of traditional and revolutionary brunch dishes, there’s something for everyone at Hiatus. The cafe’s breathable fit out boasts artfully-placed greenery, paintings from Melbourne artisans and stylish leather seating. Head to the sunny courtyard out back (dog friendly) for a lively morning soiree. Now & Then is also at your beck and call – a bright, airy eatery with a health-focused menu perfect for nourishing breakfasts.
Sourcing from the most coveted Australian and international labels, Oscar & Wild's shelves exhibit pieces from Ivy Lee, Status Anxiety, M. Missoni, Penny Black and more. While clothing is the focus, you’ll also find beautiful fragrances, sophisticated shoes and chic accessories. For interior style, The Woodsfolk is a trove of beautiful objects. More than just your average homewares store, you’ll find pieces here for the whole family, each one designed to elicit a smile.
Located within walking distance of numerous grocery stores, procuring the perfect ingredient is always an easy feat at No.1 Studley Park. In the afternoon, stroll over to the Kew Junction to explore some of the finest quality Melbourne has to offer. Leo’s is Melbourne’s quintessential grocery destination, stocking fresh produce, deli items, pantry essentials and more. For all things baked, head to Woodfrog Bakery where artisanal bread and sweet treats abound. Toscano’s can also found here – Melbourne’s leading purveyor to fresh fruit and veg.
Following a 20 minute tram ride, spend your afternoon exploring the city’s plethora of world-famous cultural destinations. Meander your way through the National Gallery of Victoria, which plays host to the largest art collection in Australia and a roster of exclusive exhibitions. Within the AAMI Park precinct, catch a game of football at the MCG, or a tennis match at the Australian Open in summer. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at the award-winning Chin Chin, Melbourne’s premier Asian restaurant. Whatever you decide, rest assured it can be done with ease.
In a suburb abounding with Italian restaurants, Mister Bianco is the most beloved. The charming Sicilian eatery is both homely and sophisticated, boasting intimate interiors and a menu of authentic, flavourful share plates. For something a little more upbeat, Dawson is a bar and restaurant with an edgy, industrial-style fit out. Peruse a menu of mouth-watering pizzas and tacos along with tasty share plates and an exciting range of seasonal cocktails.
When it comes to imbibing, Kew and its surrounding suburbs play host to some of Melbourne’s most sophisticated wine bars. Boasting a 120 bottle wine list, Luton Lane in Hawthorn is home to some of the finest wine in Australia. Choose from a menu of Mediterranean dishes and wine-friendly nibbles, and soak up the lively atmosphere. Lulo on Glenferrie Road is a vibrant tapas bar and the ultimate destination for a pre-movie bite to eat. A stone’s throw away from No.1 Studley Park, CRU is another local gem, a cosy space doing tasty European food with the fine wine to match.