Rod Laver Arena is the place to be in Melbourne right now, but after you’ve seen Roger Federer and Serena Williams do their thing on court thanks to Championship Tennis Tours (tennistours.com), head out into Melbourne for some great ways to fill in the time between serves.
Dancin’ in the dark
180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
The trucks stop here
A movable feast, literally. A rotating line-up of Melbourne’s tastiest food trucks have hit the brakes to offer the good citizens of Burnley all kinds of dishes, cocktails and local beers.
Burnley Circus Site, Burnley
Ace it in the fashion stakes
The tennis is a place to see and be seen. What if the camera pans around the audience and you’re not in your Australian Open best? Swan over to the newly renovated Harrolds department store on Collins Street to ensure courtside chic – for the first time ever, the Melbourne store is stocking womenswear. The family-owned store is the exclusive home of luxury brands such as Tom Ford and Victoria Beckham – just the thing for serving up glamour.
101 Collins Street, Melbourne
BYO picnic blanket
After a hard Sunday’s tennis watching, head to Sidney Myer Music Bowl for DJs, food trucks, market stalls, drinks and dancing at Picnik Électronik, now in its third year. Every Sunday until March 19 there will be different DJs at the decks, including Tornado Wallace and Deetron. The vibe is kid-friendly – in the Petit Piknic area, little ones can participate in fun activities.
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Kings Domain Gardens, 21 Linlithgow Avenue, Melbourne
Go back to university
The University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus becomes a veritable summer camp for adults for two months over summer thanks to Shimmerlands. An outdoor cinema, music amphitheatre, bars and dining area are keeping visitors entertained day and night. At the cinema there are new films like La La Land and classics such as The Big Lebowski and performers run the gamut from Pikelet to Dirty Three’s Mick Turner.