If you need reasons to go to Melbourne, we’ve got thousands, but in the interest of time we’ve narrowed them down for you in the form of must-do experiences curated by our editors. We’re talking about fashion, fast cars, Harry Potter and a music and comedy festival. In addition to epic hotel deals (and cool deals, we might add), for every mood type, exclusively from our friends at Qantas Hotels.
So if you’re up for a staycation, this is your sign to succumb to that urge for new experiences and fall in love with Melbourne all over again. Rediscover galleries and restaurants, neighborhoods, tight nooks and cocktail-filled nooks, while soaking up its cultural offerings and waking up in some of the city’s finest hotels.
Events worth visiting in Melbourne
Gabrielle Chanel. fashion manifesto at CNG
Calling all fashion lovers and aesthetes: this is Melbourne culture at its best. After settling into your room at Hilton Little Queen Street (hot hotel deal below), staggering towards NGV International. In partnership with the Palais Galliera, this limited-time exhibition exposure celebrates the evolving legacy of fashion pioneer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel and its impact on fashion as we know it. Lose yourself among 100 outfits while admiring collections of Chanel jewelry, accessories, cosmetics and fragrances in a sprawling display of fashion history.
Gabrielle Chanel. fashion manifesto until April 25, 2022. Buy your tickets here.
Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix
After a two-year hiatus, the Melbourne Grand Prix is back and better than ever. This exhilarating sight is the thing for anyone who appreciates a good zooming moment at 300 km/h. Meaning all of us. Expect heart-pounding speeds and a hoarse voice during all four days of track action. We can confirm that Daniel Riccicardo will be behind the wheel, so we see absolutely no reason not to buy your tickets now.
Formula 1® Heineken® Australian Grand Prix 2022
After a two-year hiatus, the Formula 1® Heineken® Australian Grand Prix 2022 is back and better than ever. This exhilarating spectacle is just the thing for anyone enjoying a good 300km/h zooming moment – that’s all of us. Expect delicious food and drink at 140 premium outlets, exciting activities for the whole family and hard-hitting tunes from some of your favorite artists at the AusGP Sessions music festival throughout the four days. Oh, and we can confirm that Daniel Riccicardo will be behind the wheel, so we see absolutely no reason not to buy your tickets now.
The 2022 Formula 1® Heineken® Australian Grand Prix runs from April 7-10, get your tickets here.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Princess Theater
Dust off your party dresses and practice pronouncing “levi-OH-sa” because time to see the eighth episode *checks notes* of the masterpiece that is Harry Potter finally came. the fun cauldron is brimming with technical magic that you simply can’t miss, and you’ll only find it in Melbourne. Savor the show in its two original parts before March 27, or swallow the all-new production at an afternoon or event spectacular starting May 4 if you catch the revamped production, your call. Go for it.
Buy your tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child here.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
We could all have a good laugh after the last two years, couldn’t we? Law? Yes. And we all know that Melbourne hosts a veritable feast of sorted laughs in the form of its comedy party. Get stuck into the silliness and have fun alongside international talent like Sofie Hagen and Arj Barker, or show your support for local legends like Becky Lucas or the GOAT himself, Carl Barron. You are guaranteed to have a great time and potentially pee your pants. Pack spare parts.
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival runs from March 30 to April 24, 2022. Buy your tickets here.
Where to stay while you’re there (and more hotel deals)
Whatever your style or getaway plans, here are six exclusives Offers for Qantas Hotels, to rest while soaking up the coveted culture of the city. You’ll even earn 6 Qantas Points per dollar spent to use on your next getaway and if you’re a Qantas Frequent Flyer member, use 30% fewer points on your next stay when you use Points plus Pay. There are some fine print. Sure. This is a limited time offer, so you must book within the mentioned sale period. It’s the rules. But then you have a whole year to go. May the odds (admittedly very good because they are real) always be in your favour. See here for thinner characters.
Ovolo South Yarra
It’s high disco energy and luxury hotel glamor Ovolo South Yarra for us. If the funky hotel lobby doesn’t make your eyes pop and your feet start tapping, then the retro-chic rooms complete with welcome loot bags, daily breakfast (which must be eaten in a plush robe) and a free daily mini-bar will surely do. Located on the corner of Toorak Road and Chapel Street, this pop art haven is the perfect base to reconnect with Prahran’s pulsating restaurant scene, with chef Scott Pickett’s Matilda restaurant and constantly evolving Atlas dining room close. Be sure to get stuck into Ovolo’s late-night Mad Men-style drink socials before heading to town. And feel free to let loose, as you are guaranteed a late checkout on the last day.
Book here at Qantas hotels. Prices start at $429 for 2 nights for 2 adults. That’s a 42% savings, which basically means your event tickets are covered. #mathematics.
Dates of sale: 01/02/2022 – 28/02/2022
Pullman Melbourne on the park
In East Melbourne, at the intersection of culture and sport, you’ll find five-star luxury at Pullman Melbourne on the park. Recently refurbished with stunning rooms, stunning views and modern amenities, it is the talk of the town. The stars of Melbourne’s culinary scene won’t be far either. Wander the back streets to find the CBD outlet of Lune Croissanterie for a buttery, flaky testament to true beauty before immersing yourself under Lucy Liu’s signature neon lights. For an unforgettable dining experience, it has to be Khanh Nguyen’s Aru. As for the deal, you get a room upgrade, daily breakfast in the hotel’s chic restaurant, two gin cocktails on arrival, and parking if You need it.
Book here at Qantas hotels. Prices start from $549 for 2 nights for 2 adults. That’s a savings of 38% to spend on whatever pleases you, that’s your life.
Dates of sale: 01/02/2022 – 31/03/2022
Hilton Little Queen Street
Sitting in the heritage-listed and recently restored Equity Chambers building, Hilton Little Queen Street brought us all a ray of hope when it opened in 2021. Brimming with luxury and old school glamour, it’s impossible not to be swept away by its Melbourne charm. And the deal is delicious: we’re talking about the daily breakfast at Luci, the hotel’s elegant restaurant, two tickets to the sublime Gabrielle Chanel exhibition, Fashion Manifesto at the NGV, a welcome cocktail at the The Douglas Club, the hotel’s ultra-chic Art Deco cocktail bar, and a 12 p.m. departure for maximum time relaxing in your fluffy bathrobe and ordering brown butter pancakes at Luci’s. Treat yourself.
Book here at Qantas hotels. Prices start from $335 for 1 night for 2 adults, saving you 38% and many hours of Google research.
Dates of sale: 01/02/2022 – 31/03/2022
InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
Nestled between the skyscrapers of Collins Street is InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, a haven of old-world glamor and unparalleled luxury in 29 suites, a luxury spa and three restaurants, suitable for those of us who enjoy a relaxed experience in the epicenter of Melbourne. Then, throw caution to the wind. Lose yourself in the local alleyways and let fate decide your dinner and drink plans, join the queue at Tipo 00 for their famous fare, or take a seat at Cumulus Inc.’s bar for a snack at the end evening. Saving the best for last, this hotel deal includes daily breakfast, a free room upgrade, a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and a delicious 2pm check-out to savor every moment in Melbourne.
Book here at Qantas hotels. Prices start from $599 for 2 nights for 2 adults, saving you 45% on dinner and drinks.
Dates of sale: 01/02/2022 – 28/02/2022
Whether you’re looking for the perfect excuse to stay in Melbourne, these events and hot hotel deals certainly are. Contact your travel companion and get a reservation, stat.
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