From racing to wine trails to historic homesteads - it's all just up the road.
Because Mantra Tullamarine is conveniently situated northwest of Melbourne, it is surrounded by so many exciting things to do.
You're practically at the biggest race-day of the year - Flemington and Moonee Valley race courses are both 15km from Tullamarine with Flemington being home of the Melbourne Cup and the Spring Racing Carnival while Moonee Valley Race Course holds the Cox Plate. It's the first Tuesday in November when they run the Melbourne Cup! But no matter what time of year you choose to visit Melbourne chances are you'll find the nation's racing capital has a great race-day agenda nearby at either Flemington or Moonee Valley.
There are historic homesteads to explore and magnificent gardens where kangaroos can be seen grazing. A scenic drive takes you off on wine routes where you can sample some of the best wines and local produce within many family owned vineyards. The famous Malmsbury Bakery is well worth the stopover and the Glenlyon Nutty Fruit Farm is the perfect place to pick berries.
At the end of a long winding drive, nestled amongst mature trees, stands "Rupertswood", the birthplace of “The Ashes”. This remarkable Victorian mansion echoes balls, hunt meets and weekend house parties and its unique gardens are an endless exploration. 3 Macedon St, Sunbury.
Famous for its invigorating natural mineral spas, no trip to Melbourne is complete without a visit to the wonderful region of Daylesford. Be pampered with a variety of massages and spa treatments, discover fresh produce at local farms along the way and dine or simply stop for coffee in one of the charming village restaurants and cafes.
Things to do in Melbourne
- Bourke Street Mall shopping
- Melbourne Aquarium
- Melbourne Cricket Ground Tour
- Her Majesty's Theatre
- China Town
- Crown Casino
- Melbourne Museum
- Royal Melbourne Zoo
- Melbourne Grand Prix
- Spring Racing Carnival
Melbourne events not to miss
- Grand Prix - March
- AFL Finals - September
- Melbourne Cup - November
- Australian Open Tennis - January
- Chinese New Year - January
- Melbourne International Comedy Festival - March-April
- Melbourne Food and Wine Festival - February-March
- Melbourne Fashion Festival - March
- ICC Cricket World Cup - February