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Your Key To Melbourne, The Place To Be – 2020 Les Clefs d’Or Award Nominee – Australia

Melbourne, the place to be...

Rated amongst the most liveable cities in the world, it is not hard to see why once you experience Melbourne for yourself.

Whether you’re here to experience the excitement of the Australian Open, the roar of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, or to immerse yourself in high fashion at the race that stops the nation, the Melbourne Cup, there is something for everyone all year round.

Known as the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne’s diverse culture is found all throughout the city. Start off in Hosier Lane, one of Melbourne’s most iconic laneways for street art. This constantly evolving laneway often reflects current world events and can differ week by week. At the end of the laneway you’ll find Federation Square, rated one of the best public spaces in the world, where large sporting events are celebrated, multicultural festivals are held throughout the year and the ACMI (Australian Centre of Moving Image), a museum dedicated to digital arts is based. Take a quick photo of another Melbourne icon, Flinders Street Station, and cross the Princes Bridge down to the Arts Precinct. Be amazed at the National Gallery of Victoria, with past exhibitions including M.C Esher and Van Gogh, or venture to the Art Centre for some opera or ballet. Make your way back over the bridge and continue straight until Flinders Lane, heading left until you spot a small coffee shop with green window frames. Duke’s Coffee Roasters offers one of the best coffees you’ll find in Melbourne, guaranteed. Continue your adventure for another 20 metres and you’ll find Degraves Street and Centre Place, two laneways that quintessentially represent Melbourne’s café and laneway culture. Make your way through Centre Place until reaching Collins Street. Spot Block Arcade, a stone’s throw away to your left, home to some of Melbourne’s best boutique shopping. Follow the mesmerising mosaic tiled floor and admire the old Victorian architecture and glass canopy. Venture to level 3 to find Australian by Design, the perfect location to purchase genuine hand-crafted souvenirs to show off to your friends back home.

Escape the city and drive down to the pristine Mornington Peninsula. Taste some of the freshest produce of the region, while mingling with wine enthusiasts. Dine at one of the most awarded restaurants in the region, Pt. Leo Estate, home to the largest outdoor sculpture garden in the Southern Hemisphere with a breathtaking backdrop of the peninsula. Get off the beaten track at one of Victoria’s best kept secrets, Bushrangers Bay, where you’ll find endless tracks, serene beaches and countless rockpools to explore. Visit Moonlit Sanctuary and experience close encounters with Australian native animals and hand feed kangaroos. Finish the day with a visit to Phillip Island, home to the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and world famous Penguin Parade, where you can observe thousands of little penguins returning home to their burrows every night.

Wherever your Australian journey takes you, allow us, members of Les Clefs d’Or Australia to be your guide and show you our city.

Meet the Author
Matthew Du

From a family of migrants, my exposure to hospitality started at a young age at my family’s restaurant, where my passion for the industry saw me complete a Bachelor of Hotel Management from Le Cordon Bleu in Adelaide, South Australia.

After my studies, I began my hotel career moving to Melbourne at The Westin Melbourne. 3 years and 4 roles later, my love for this industry continued to grow as I built upon my knowledge in different departments. I finally found my calling as a Concierge through the guidance of my mentor, Steve Ciric. My passion for providing personalised service and a fine-tuned knowledge of Melbourne grew under Steve’s tutelage, and eventually lead me to become a member of the Australian chapter of Les Clefs d’Or.

My ambition to grow recently brought me to Crown Towers Melbourne, where I currently work as a Concierge with one of the brightest and youngest Australian member, Liam Harris. Together we are currently the two youngest members in Australia.

Crown Towers Melbourne

Since 1997, Crown Towers Melbourne has pioneered the way for luxury hotels in Australia, soaring 39 floors above and overlooking Melbourne’s iconic Yarra River. The hotel houses 481 hotel rooms, a private crystal lounge, lavish spa facilities and highly regarded restaurants from internationally renowned Chefs such as Nobuyuki Matsuhisa and Neil Perry.

Perfectly situated along the Yarra River in Southbank, Crown Towers is a short walk from some of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks including Federation Square, the National Gallery of Victoria, Arts Centre and Flinders Street Station.

Crown Towers Melbourne is only one of two hotels in Australia to be rated as a Forbes five star hotel and has been recognised as the ‘Best Hotel’ in Australia in numerous national and international awards. Our attentive staff, along with comprehensive in-house facilities, means every moment of your stay can be fulfilled without leaving the Crown Complex.


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