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Neighbourhood

Located on the outskirts of the CBD, charming South Yarra is an entrée to the heart of Melbourne’s dynamic city centre where historic Gothic architecture sits alongside the vibrant arts precinct, landmark sporting venues and an eclectic array of restaurants and hidden bars.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Just across Domain Road is Melbourne’s natural treasure, the Royal Botanic Gardens. Frequented by almost 2 million visitors every year, these extensive 36-hectare gardens are filled with gentle walks and soothing discoveries. Two cafés – Shannon Bennett’s French-Vietnamese Jardin Tan at the Melbourne Observatory, and The Terrace beside the lake – provides perfect rest stop.

Address

Birdwood Ave, South Yarra VIC 3141

Getting There

200m and approximately 2 minute to walk from United Places Botanic Gardens

The Tan

Melbourne’s most popular running track, lies just across the road from United Places Botanic Gardens. Looping around the Royal Botanic Gardens, the wide 3.8km track is traditionally taken in a clockwise direction. Enjoy a gentle descent along Birdwood Avenue towards the city before circling back along the Yarra River and Alexandra Avenue.

Address

Birdwood Ave, South Yarra VIC 3141

Getting There

200m and approximately 2 minute to walk from United Places Botanic Gardens

National Gallery of Victoria

Australia’s most visited art museum sprawls over two venues. The entrance to NGV International, architect Sir Roy Grounds’ monumental St Kilda Road edifice, is marked by the famous moat and circular water wall. Whether it’s dynastic China or ancient Greece, Rembrandt or Hockney, Hogarth or Warhol, the depth of the NGV’s holdings almost guarantees a moving encounter with art.

Address

180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006

Getting There

2.1km and approximately 20 minute to walk or 5 minutes by car from United Places Botanic Gardens

Sporting Precinct and Surrounds

South Yarra and the surrounding Yarra River precinct is home to meandering river trails flanked by spectacular gardens and iconic sporting stadiums. With a backdrop to the CBD beyond and within walking distance from United Places Botanic Gardens, discover the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Across Olympic Boulevard is Rod Laver Arena, home of the Australian Open – the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the calendar year.

Address
Olympic Blvd, Melbourne VIC 3004
Getting There

1.8km and approximately 15 minute to walk or 4 minutes by car from United Places Botanic Gardens

Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Part of Kings Domain, which also includes the Shrine of Remembrance and Government House, the beloved Sidney Myer Music Bowl is the largest permanent outdoor performance venue in Australia. Its tensile canopy was an engineering feat when it opened in 1959 and its seating easily caters for 2000 people, with a casual 11,000 more spread out across the lawn.

Address

Kings Domain Gardens, Melbourne, 3000

Getting There

1.6km and approximately 18 minute from United Places Botanic Gardens

France-Soir

To many locals, France-Soir epitomises South Yarra. The French bistro has been a benchmark for culinary excellence since it opened over 30 years ago. The renowned menu changes with the seasons but stalwarts such as steak of the highest quality, perfect salty fries and escargots in garlic butter will always endure. The France-Soir carte also features a legendary wine list, mainly but not exclusively French and with something at every price point, for everyday dining or the grandest of occasions.

Address

11 Toorak Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141

Getting There

950m and approximately 12 minute to walk or 3 minutes by car from United Places Botanic Gardens

Entrecôte

Entrecôte is a social scene as much as a bistro and it begins with the garden-facing terrace, with a view to a never-ending parade of pooches and their owners. Inside, the vibe is convivial and the staff are suitably attentive. Private events for up to 14 guests can be catered for in the Cloud Room, and the Balcony Room which can hold up to 80 guests in a standing cocktail party.

Address

131-133 Domain Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141

Getting There

950m and approximately 2 minute to walk from United Places Botanic Gardens

Gilson

After conquering Melbourne’s breakfast and brunch landscape with Mammoth in Armadale and Touchwood in Richmond, couple Loren and Jamie McBride have now made their mark with Gilson, an all-day dining affair. The menu moves from popular breakfast selections through to Mediterranean-influenced lunches and dinner, including wood-fired pizzas, roast chicken and seasonal fruit desserts.

Address

171 Domain Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141

Getting There

50m and approximately 1 minute to walk from United Places Botanic Gardens