Winter mini breaks in Melbourne

Melbourne is firing up for winter, offering so many reasons for a mini break at City Club.

Far from going into hibernation, Melbourne is coming to life this winter with shows, exhibitions, and family friendly activities, making it a perfect time for a mini break.

All you need to do is book your accommodation, along with your One Spa and dining experiences, pack your scarf, coat and hat, and come to City Club for a winter full of warm memories. 

Two glasses of red wine in front of an open fire
Man and woman drinking wine at Sojourn
Luxury suite at City Club


Fun with friends

Book a City Club accommodation package or share a twin room with your best friend (you both get queen-size beds) and have a fabulous weekend of food, fashion and French Impressionism. 

After a buffet breakfast at Bistro, head to Design a Space in Manchester Lane to admire the eclectic mix of women’s and men’s wear, jewellery and artwork. From there, it’s an easy stroll to the NGV’s Winter Masterpieces exhibition featuring French Impressionism paintings from The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 

Come back to City Club for a One Spa treatment before a glass of Champagne with share plates in the refurbished Wine Bar. Or, if you have energy to burn, play a game of squash on the Mezzanine Level or billiards on Lower Ground Level, followed by a quenching local ale at Bourke Street Green

What are friends for but sharing good times and a few laughs? Tickets are selling fast for the New York hit, Friends! The Musical Parody, which is showing at the Comedy Theatre until 4 July. 

Wrap up a stellar day with a peachy “Here Boy” cocktail and Wagyu burger with Yarra Valley cheese and caramelised onion at Sojourn, the new outdoor/indoor dining venue in New Chancery Lane.

Family affair

There’s no need to travel all the way to Victoria’s alpine areas for a family adventure, there’s ice skating and igloos in the heart of the city. 

The family rooms at City Club accommodate up to six people and children will love the adventure of staying in a hotel, whether it’s ordering room service or snuggling up in bed and watching a favourite film on Foxtel.

The Winter Village atop Skyline Terrace at Fed Square has a small ice-skating rink and private igloos, which are decked out with armchairs and fairy lights for a unique dining experience. 

Alternatively, head to Docklands for the larger ice-skating rink at O’Brien Icehouse. Don’t forget your jackets, gloves, and beanies; the temperature is kept at a frosty 16°C. Docklands is also home to the family friendly ArtVo gallery, a place of illusions where you can photograph yourself scaling rocky crevasses, surfing the ultimate pipeline and having wildlife encounters. 

If you stay at City Club during the week, pop into Le Petit Gâteau in Little Collins St to warm up with a gourmet hot chocolate or try a Mango Lime Cheesecake, which itself looks like a shiny snow sculpture.

Time your staycation for 8 July and join other Club Members and their families for a performance of Frozen the Musical at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Tickets are available through Club Events on (03) 9944 8888 or email clubevents@racv.com.au. There is also information on our What’s On page

Art of love

For an intimate mini break, book a Club Retreat package and enjoy a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival. Admire artworks from the RACV Art Collection as you stroll through the Club, then discover the many sculptures in the CBD, such as the Children’s Tree at 101 Elizabeth St, as you make your way to NGV Australia at Fed Square. 

The She-Oak and Sunlight exhibition at The Ian Potter Centre features 250 artworks celebrating Australian Impressionism, including works by Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin and Jane Sutherland. Look out for the most romantic painting in the exhibition, The Lover’s Walk, painted in 1889 by Arthur Streeton.

Time your stay to coincide with Kenneth Park’s Walking Tour through East Melbourne on 14 July, and transport yourselves back to the time of the Australian impressionists, taking in the fine streetscapes and 19th century architecture.

Come back for lunch at Sojourn in New Chancery Lane and snuggle into a booth to share a bottle of 2018 Heart Wine ‘Danger’ Shiraz and a plate of twice-roasted Flinders Island Saltgrass lamb shoulder. Sojourn’s bold, blue structure is a creative marvel and an artistic eye will appreciate the way the food is carefully plated.

Warm up with a One Spa treatment, such as a hot stone massage, or have a warm bath or hot shower in your room before dressing up for a pre-dinner drink in the Wine Bar. Share appellation oysters with a watermelon and gin dressing or surprise your loved one with a Mystery Box.

For an extra special dinner, go to the Members’ Dining Room, or retreat to your room for in-house service and a romantic or arthouse movie.

For more information about Member events, activities and offers, visit our What’s On page.

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