Day one: Fly into Melbourne and check into The Cullen hotel, which pays tribute to the late Australian artist, Adam Cullen
Day two–three: Continue the art theme by admiring the city’s thriving graffiti scene: wander around Fitzroy and Brunswick, admiring the local graffiti, or sign up for a graffiti laneway tour in the city centre. Melbourne Street Art Tours are run and conducted by street artists, so you’ll get the insider scoop.
Day four: The Rose Street Artists’ Market on Saturdays and Sundays showcases the work of local artisans: lures include vintage threads, records, bikes and bike paraphernalia, posters, collectibles and more. If the market’s not on, browse Fitzroy’s shops, pause for a coffee break and walk to Gertrude Street for fashion finds in the little boutiques.
Day five: Take a trip to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), which hosts cutting-edge exhibitions and events.
Day six–seven: Hop on a flight to Hobart (flight time: one hour, 15 minutes) for some wild adventures: hire a car and explore Tasmania’s rugged beauty, then catch a 20-minute ferry to Bruny Island, where you can embark on a coast walk or join an eco-cruise, keeping your eyes peeled for fur seals, fairy penguins, white wallabies and coastal birds. Stay both nights at The Islington, an elegant Regency building that surveys Hobart’s Mount Wellington.
Day eight: Spend a day or two at MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), navigating this arty estate’s dazzling array of artistic, cultural and culinary experiences (have lunch at the gallery’s acclaimed Source Restaurant). Don’t go anywhere when it comes to bedtime: instead, stay over at MONA Pavilions, whose swish suites come with river views and covetable works of art.
Day nine: When you’ve conquered Hobart, fly back to Melbourne. Sleep at Coppersmith, a poised pub with serene boutique bedrooms in South Melbourne.
Day ten: Take a trip to Phillip Island (an hour-and-forty-five minutes from Melbourne by car) and wave hello at the resident penguins. Phillip Island is rich in indigenous history and home to dazzling wildlife and beaches.
Day 11-12: Back in Melbourne’s city centre, see an exhibition at the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) and have a picnic in peaceful Fitzroy Gardens (you might even glimpse an al fresco wedding).
Day 13: Catch your flight back to London from Melbourne.