Discover Melbourne’s South Wharf
South Wharf remains a mystery to many Melburnians. Tucked on the banks of the Yarra River just up from the sprawling Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Wharf is a little suburb in itself, with some of Melbourne’s best accommodation, dining and shopping.
Five of the Best was invited to spend a weekend discovering this pocket of the city as a guest of Hilton South Wharf. These are my top five reasons to explore the precinct.
Hilton, 2 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, 03 9027 2000
If you’re looking for a staycatcion, the Hilton’s city view rooms are the perfect place to cosy up and watch the world go by, with one of Melbourne’s best views east up the Yarra River towards Crown and the CBD. And from July 4 to August 31, you can snuggle up with your nearest and dearest in Australia’s cuddliest hotel room – a collaboration with Ugg Australia, draped in luxe fur rugs, twinkly lights and an obligatory Christmas tree. There’s even fake snow (and apologies to the Hilton cleaners… a snow fight was inevitable) and a tray of sweet treats delivered to the room. It’s all included in the Winter Wonderland deal ($298/night for a double), along with a sprawling buffet breakfast for two in the Hilton’s Dock 37 Bar and Kitchen (where the made-to-order omelettes are the perfect start to the day). It’s a perfect staycation for a small family, with the option of an adjoining room for the kids.
Akachochin, 33 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf, 03 9245 9900
Tucked in South Wharf’s historic cargo sheds, Akachochin offers some of Melbourne’s best Japanese food. Grab a seat at the bar and watch the Japanese chefs at work – their speed and precision is entertainment in its own right. Sushi and sashimi dishes are always spot on.
Big, loud and unashamedly brash, Bangpop serves Thai street food with punch and cheeky drinks to match. On a sunny day, soak up rays on the north-facing tables beside the river. It’s easy to spend an afternoon grazing here.
If you’re new to South Wharf, a progressive dinner is a great way to get to know the precinct. Experience five courses at five different eateries, with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival and wine/sake matched to each meal. Expect Japanese, Thai, Spanish and Australian flavours. Book below or contact Michael on 0438 623 799 to enquire.
Most Melburnians only catch a glimpse of the DFO sign while stuck in traffic the West Gate Freeway. This was my first visit to the factory outlet centre, and I was pleasantly surprised. No crowds and loads of bargains from big brands in sports gear and home wears.