Place and Time

Place and Time. The place is Melbourne; the time is now!

Time is ticking on daylight savings and autumn weather. Make March your time to see Melbourne from a different view. Take the stairs to leave ordinary behind and visit some of Melbourne’s fabulous rooftop bars. Impress on a special occasion or first date at the sophisticated Siglo, on classy Collins Street. Make a statement with aperitifs atop the Melbourne Supper Club. Book your next birthday celebration at Melina on the Rooftop, prided for its sparkling city views, excellent service and authentic Greek cuisine. For lovers of quirky and fun, climb to Madame Brussels. Roger Federer would have a tough time matching the service of these tennis-attired staff. Tick Tock’s latest discovery is the floating Arbory Afloat, anchored at the back of Flinders Street Station. Perfectly located for meeting friends and viewing iconic Melbourne, it is fast becoming a place to beFor a Friday night escape, try Gin Fridays at the Adelphi Hotel’s Rooftop Pool and Deck, 187 Flinders Lane. The perfect meeting of Adelphi style and Four Pillars Gin from the Healesville Distillery. Compliment your Gin Friday, or any occasion, with fresh Mexican street-food at Fonda, 31 Flinders Lane. If the night is young and the evening is warm, make time for the frozen fraperol margarita. You will not be disappointed.

Tick Tock knows that there’s more to Melbourne than standing on rooftops. The laneways and parks at street level offer plenty of fun, which is often free and family friendly.

Don’t miss the excitement of Moomba, from the 9th until the 12th March, with its nightly fireworks and famous Monday parade. The British royals won’t be seen, but visitors can enjoy the crowning of Moomba’s own King Jimmy Giggle and Queen Chrissie Swan.

Indulge, as Tick Tock will, in a love affair with food at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, 16th– 25th March. A 10-day event, including a free River Graze on the opening weekend, will have you dreaming deliciousness. Check out the festival at www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au.

The low-cost, Moonlight Cinema, at the Royal Botanical Gardens, is a March must-do. Make time at sunset to escape to another place and time. Take your bestie, your kids, your sweetheart or your new friend, and your picnic rug. Visit www.moonlight.com.au for screening details.

Melbourne has something for everyone in March. She remembers to tickle the senses of art-lovers and green thumbs by hosting the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, 21-25th March. Put down the rake, check out http://melbflowershow.com.au/, and add this event to your to-do list. Fashionistas will find fashion heaven at the Melbourne Fashion Festival, held at the Royal Exhibition Building from now until the 18th March. Full program details are available at https://vamff.com.au/events/?cat=fashion. Book your tickets to these fabulous events now.

Tick Tock hates to waste time looking for a carpark. Book online with Secure Parking before you leave home and rates will be cheaper, which means less looking and more icecream. Try Secure Parking at 300 Flinders Street with its online weekend rate from $10; drive in at Federation Square with a weekend flat of $16; or try the Arts Centre for $21. Save time, park easy.

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