17 NEW reasons to visit Victoria in 2017 »
Winery accommodation, food truck precincts, World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards and more
Contributed articles and stories
Melbourne, 'the world’s most liveable city' and Victoria's regions will welcome a host of new attractions, events and experiences in 2017 and food and wine will be at the fore.
Melbourne will play host to the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards; visitors to the Mornington Peninsula will be taken to new heights with the launch of the Arthurs Seat Eagle and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)’s new zipline and roof walk.
Existing events will also be injected with new life; there will be more ways to experience wildlife – and more reasons to hit the water – than ever before, not to mention new places to eat, drink, sleep and be merry.
Take your pick from these new activities and attractions:
Arthurs Seat Eagle, Mornington Peninsula
Launching December 2016, just in time for the busy summer season, the much-anticipated gondola ride will allow visitors to get a bird’s eye view of the Mornington Peninsula. The Arthurs Seat Eagle will have 24 gondolas and take 15 minutes each way, reaching a summit of 314 metres.
FOOD & WINE
Food truck precincts
The City of Melbourne will establish five permanent food-truck precincts in March, which will house a mix of 17 permanent and rotating trucks. The sites will be on St Kilda Road (outside the NGV and Arts Centre); Peel Street (next to the Queen Victoria Market); Les Erdi Plaza on the Yarra River (near Arbory Bar & Eatery); Batman Park (opposite Crown); and the underpass on the corner of Spencer and Flinders Streets.
World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards
In 2017, Melbourne will become only the third city in the world (after London and New York) to host the annual World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards – the global ranking which has become the most coveted for the world’s best chefs.
On 5 April, Victoria will welcome more than 800 of the world’s culinary elite for the program of events – cementing the city’s reputation as a global food destination and trend-setter. The annual Melbourne Food and Wine Festival will coincide with this major international awards program, positioning Victoria at the centre of a celebration of food and drink culture on a scale never before seen in Australia.
Phillip Island and South Gippsland Food and Wine Festival
This new festival will be held 28 – 30 April at venues across San Remo and Phillip Island with mini events spread throughout the weekend. The festival will showcase the best of the region’s land and sea-based produce.
Mornington Peninsula winery Polperro will add a stylish picnic experience to its repertoire in the summer months of 2016/17. Head chef Daniel Kerekes has crafted an elegant, rustic menu that blends European and Asian flavours, and utilises produce from the Polperro kitchen garden and nearby local suppliers.
Picnic hampers are prepared fresh daily and can be picked up from the Bistro before guests wander off to explore the nine-acre vineyard.
This family owned business, founded in 1999 is set to launch a new showroom and visitor experience by mid-2017. The independent craft-beer creator already welcomes visitors to view the beer making process and taste the results at its brewery in Woodend.
Thai chef extraordinaire David Thompson will open a casual Thai restaurant and bar along the Crown Riverwalk in early 2017. Taking inspiration from the street food and local markets of Bangkok, it will be Thompson’s first Melbourne restaurant.
Nagambie Café and Brewhouse
There will be a new reason to visit the regional haven of Nagambie, when Nagambie Café and Brewhouse opens in December 2017. It will feature a 120-seat restaurant, a microbrewery and distillery, an indoor and outdoor café, complete with a deck overlooking Lake Nagambie – not to mention a lakeside walkway and public boat jetty, so nautical types can sail right on in.
Boutique accommodation at Willow Creek Vineyard
Early in 2017 Willow Creek Vineyard will open a new boutique hotel called Jackalope. The Flinders property will consist of a 46-room luxury hotel, 30-metre infinity pool overlooking the vines and an 80-seat fine dining restaurant. At the same time, Willow Creek will reopen its eponymous cellar door and restaurant, which is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment.
The Goulburn River Valley’s newest accommodation offering is due for completion in mid year. Mitchelton Hotel will sit alongside Mitchelton’s restaurant, its Ministry of Chocolate café, and cellar door. The 4.5 star hotel will feature 58 rooms, a day spa and swimming pool, and easy access to nearby bush walking and cycling tracks, Goulburn River cruises and wineries.
ART & CULTURE
Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts
For the first time ever, Melbourne will host the Asia Triennial of Performing Arts (TOPA) from 13 February – 6 March. The festival of Asian-focused performance and culture will present performing, visual, screen and literary arts programs, commissioned works and collaborations between Australian artists, and artists from the region.
It will be hosted at and with Melbourne arts venues and companies including Arts Centre Melbourne, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Federation Square, and Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
White Night Ballarat
For the first time ever, White Night Melbourne will be joined by a regional counterpart, with the inaugural White Night Ballarat set to take place on 4 March – two weeks after the Melbourne event. White Night Ballarat will showcase the city’s heritage streetscape in a whole new light with projections to feature on some of the city’s most historic buildings.
In another first, both events will be under the artistic direction of David Atkins OAM.
SPORT, OUTDOORS & FAMILY FUN
The Australian Open will move one step closer to the city in 2017, with the newly opened Tanderrum Bridge. Not only will the new bridge act as the new entry point to Rod Laver, it will directly link the city and Birrarung Marr with all the action at Melbourne Park. Other new initiatives include $5 tickets for kids, a free opening weekend concert series at Birrarung Marr, and a new-look Grand Slam Oval themed to reflect Paris, London, New York and Melbourne. From 16 – 29 January.
AFL Women’s League
Australia’s first national women’s Australian Football League (AFL) will kick off in 2017. The inaugural season is scheduled to begin in February with eight teams competing. Three of the eight teams will hail from Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, placing the city at the centre of the competition in keeping with AFL tradition. The line-up includes: Melbourne, Carlton, Collingwood, Western Bulldogs, Adelaide, Brisbane, Greater Western Sydney and Fremantle.
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
Tasmanian ecotourism operator Robert Pennicott will launch Wilsons Promontory Cruises from Tidal River, South Gippsland, mid 2017. The wilderness cruises will allow visitors to explore the spectacular waterways of the area and learn about the history, culture, flora and fauna of Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park.
Located at Melbourne Airport, Urbnsurf Melbourne will be the first man-made surf park facility in Australia when it opens late in the year. Thanks to clever, wave-generating technology, visitors of all abilities will be able to have an authentic surfing experience whatever the weather – without a beach in sight. And LED lighting means keen surfers can ride the waves night and day.
Towards the end of 2017, Scienceworks will launch a new exhibition space for zero to five-year-olds, with the aim of igniting a lifelong interest in science, technology, engineering and maths.
Australia’s first Legoland discovery centre will open at Chadstone the Fashion Capital in autumn. Specifically designed for families with children aged three to 10 years old, it will include two Lego rides, five themed ‘build and play’ zones, build classes from the Legoland master model builder, special party rooms for birthdays and other celebrations, a 4D cinema, and an exhibit designed to reflect Melbourne’s buildings, skyline, and landmarks.
This information was provded by Pieces of Victoria. Further 2017 updates can be viewed here »
To see our recommendations, ratings and reviews you must be a logged-in subscriber.
To subscribe please enter your email address in the "Subscribe Now - it's Free" box on the right and click the "Join" button, or fill in this form >