Land, Sea and Sky: The Best of Melbourne According to an Expert

Pan Pacific Melbourne chief concierge Toby Lier shares his favourite things to do in Melbourne in January.

What is your favourite place for a glass of wine by the water?
Definitely Arbory Afloat along the Yarra River. It has great views of the city and a relaxed vibe to it. Watch the city go by while you sip on a gin and tonic.

Where would you go for an al fresco dinner?
There is a Melbourne institution aptly named The Deck Restaurant, which resides within the Southgate complex. The venue serves outstanding food and even better service from the famed Robert Burgio.

If you had a weekend to take a trip out of the city, where would you go?
Without a shadow of doubt Daylesford. Such a great place to relax and unwind. Take a walk around the lake, have a coffee at Wombat Hill House, explore Convent Gallery Daylesford, walk down the main street and purchase some goods from all the different specialty shops. Lastly, take in Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve.

What is your favourite beach near the city?
Close to the city I would say Brighton Beach, where you can take in the famous beach houses. Further out of the city I would head to Wilsons Promontory for some pristine coastlines.

What is a good activity for adrenalin-seekers?
Sky dive over St Kilda Beach for sure. Melbourne is home to one of only two sky dive centres in the world that have a city-based drop. Why not enjoy the view of one of the most liveable cities in the world as you plummet towards the ground? As you enjoy the views make sure your tandem instructor pulls the cord.