Things to do in melbourne Soak up the atmosphere:
Visit art galleries and museums.Melburnians are blessed with access to world class art galleries like the National Gallery of Victoria. NGV International has focused on international artists and designers like Monet, Degas, Salvador Dali, Gustav Klimt, Andy Warhol and John Paul Gaultier. Just across the road from NGV International is its local counterpart, the Ian Potter Centre. Ian Potter Centre has stellar displays of Australian and indigenous art. It has held exhibitions like 200 Years of Australian Fashion, Melbourne Now and the recently concluded Who’s Afraid of Colour. These exhibitions focussed on the colour, craft, depth and cultural diversity of Australian design. Deidaa’s designers contribute to Australian design by being inspired by colour, craft and cultural diverstiy. Deidaa’s digital printed kaftans, designer silk scarves, beach bags, floral maxi dresses and beaded clutch bags combine colour, craft and diverse cultural influences. If you have missed these exhibitons, there is still plenty to see at the Australian Art Collection and Joseph Brown Collection. Do not miss John Brack’s iconic painting, Collins Street, 5 pm.
Attend musicals, theatres, ballets, operas and allied events:
Melbourne has always had a rich repertoire of musicals, ballets, operas and other events.Cirque de Soleil’s Kooza or Totem, ballets like The Nutcracker and musicals like Aladdin provide an insight into the wonderful world of costuming with intricate handbeading and rich textiles like silk, organza and brocade.
Australian history is unique and fascinating. In 1877, Thomas and andrew Chirnside, leaders of the Victorian squattocracy built a 60 room Italiante mansion in Werribee. It is Victoria’s largest and most elaborate private residence. Visit the Werribee mansion and be transported to an era of corsets, bonnets and bustles, lace bedspreads, chintz curtains and furniture covered in damask. Borderie anglaise, beads and embroidery are everywhere.
Connect with nature:
Are you ready to venture out to the fringes of Melbourne? Mornington peninsula is a treasure trove of beaches, wineries, spas, olive groves and farmers’ markets. If you drive to Portsea at the far end of the peninsula, visit Fort Nepean. The Fort Nepean precincts offer a rare glimpse into how life was, for those who arrived in Australia on ships. Many lost their battles with typhus, dysentery and measles en route. Those who made it to the shores were subjected to a disinfecting process at the quarantine centre. Take a look at the military uniforms and coarse cotton straightjackets meant to prevent measles patients from doing self harm! Here, you will encounter some of Australia’s unique flora and fauna. As keepsakes, take some good photographs or jump online and get some Australia scarves featuring Australian flora from Deidaashop. If you are the adventurous type, go surfing or scuba diving at Portsea beach. Carry all your beach essentials in colourful beach bags. Remember to throw in some sparkly kaftans as cover ups for bathers. Finish off with fish and chips at the iconic Portsea hotel and ice cream scoops from the famous gelato shop in Dromana.
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