Looking for day-out ideas in Melbourne? Got a day to spare and fancy exploring Abbotsford and the Yarra River area? I found a few little more unusual gems in my last weeks of living in Melbourne that I wanted to share. It felt rude to cram Abbotsford in to my post on Fitzroy and Collingwood, when each suburb has its own distinct personality and plenty going on.
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3 THINGS YOU REALLY CANNOT MISS:
KITTY BURNS | start the day exploring Abbotsford with breakfast Aussie style at the newish slick establishment that is Kitty Burns. For me the décor is slightly too stylised. So many places now adopt this same formula of modern Aussie/Skandi clean lines, brass finishings and pastel palette. It’s an Instagrammers heaven though and the brunch menu is creative. Better still they stock doughnuts by the 14 year old (!) of Bistro Morgan.
STUDLEY PARK BOATHOUSE | a gorgeously quaint spot right on the Yarra River, located just behind the park at Collingwood Children’s Farm. We went with the intention to row up the river to see the fruit bats that sleep in the trees during the day. Apparently that’s quite a trek though!
ABBOTSFORD CONVENT | during the summer months this beautiful old Convent is home to the famous Shadow Electric. We came along to watch The Revenant and managed to snag some hay bales to lean on. Most people are on seats in the courtyard. Don’t miss the hundreds of fruit bats that fly overhead at dusk.
1 THING WORTH A SNOOP:
HEIDE | if you have a car, definitely try and factor a trip to magnificent Heide Museum of Modern Art in to your day out of exploring Abbotsford and beyond. The former dairy farm has a fascinating history. Art benefactors John and Sunday Reed supported many of Australia’s best known painters, including Sidney Nolan. Their own residence at the time – Heide II – is incredible. Enjoy the large sculpture gardens for free and grab lunch at the Heide Café.
1 THING TO STEER CLEAR:
CARLTON BREWHOUSE | one of Australia’s most well known beers is brewed in Abbotsford. After loving the Mountain Goat brewery in neighbouring Richmond, we thought we’d pop along to see this offering. Wow, what a contrast when exploring Abbotsford. From homely and lively converted barn-style pub to Carlton’s corporate and soulless premises.
AND KNOW THIS: The Skipping Girl Vinegar Sign, colloquially known as Little Audrey is located in Abbotsford and was the first animated sequence neon sign in Australia.