The Hotel: Oaks Southbank
Nestled just a short stroll from Eureka Tower and next to the Southbank Promenade, this Oaks hotel invites holidaymakers to enjoy modern apartment accommodation. The hotel sits within walking distance of numerous restaurants, bars and shops, and constitutes a good base for exploring the city thanks to easy access to public transportation links. Southbank is also a great choice for travellers interested in entertainment and sports.
All spacious, air-conditioned apartments feature fully equipped kitchens, and separate living and dining areas. Most of them have a private balcony offering panoramic views of the city. Guests can also unwind thanks to comfy sofas and flat-screen TVs.
- Bed size/type: One Queen bed
- Standard/maximum occupancy: Two people
- This apartment features one bedroom, separate living and dining area, fully-equipped kitchen with cooker and microwave, private balcony, and laundry facilities
- Bed size/type: Two Queen beds
- Standard/maximum occupancy: Four people
- This apartment features two bedrooms, separate living and dining area, spacious private balcony, fully equipped kitchen, and laundry facilities
The Area: Melbourne, VIC
Dubbed Australia’s fashion capital, Melbourne boasts a strong coffee and café culture and a solid array of boutique fashion stores. Spend the day wandering between the café-lined alleyways, shopping for boutique and vintage clothes, and discovering hidden galleries and rooftop bars. Pack a romantic picnic and spend another day relaxing among the flowers and leafy trees in Botanic Gardens. A stroll along the Yarra River also provides plenty of photo opportunities.
From Richmond, the CBD lies only a short drive away and tempts keen shoppers and foodies alike. Shopping fanatics can keep themselves entertained with a trip to Collins Street, a luxurious strand housing local markets, galleries, boutiques and cafes. Often regarded as Australia’s premier street, Collins Street is the domain of historical Victorian-era architecture, luxury boutiques including Prada, Dior and Cartier and the financial district of Melbourne. Head to the ‘Paris end’ of the street for a look at ancient buildings, all holding onto memories of former days while still staying poised for daily tourists’ photo snaps.