Your guide to the perfect girls’ getaway in Melbourne

A weekend of girlie fun. No boys allowed. From dawn till dusk and beyond, here is a curated list of Melbourne’s best spots for a getaway with the girls.

Melbourne is the perfect destination for a girls' weekend away
  • Jetstar
  • August 2019
Brought to you by Grace Loves Lace

Whether it’s a hen’s weekend, a birthday celebration, or just a soul-warming catch up with the BFFs, few things beat an indulgent escape with your closest girlfriends. And with its beguiling mix of pamper spots, cutting-edge shopping and late-night bopping, Melbourne is the perfect location to gather the girl gang and set the dial to fun.

Shop till you drop

You’ll quickly realise Melbourne is called Australia’s fashion capital for a reason. Armadale’s High Street is a favourite shopping strip for its mix of Australian designers such as Dion Lee and Megan Park with the cool kids from abroad such as Acne, while Gertrude Street in Fitzroy is a bowerbirds’ delight of high-end vintage and independent local labels. And if this trip is in anticipation of a certain big day, make sure you book in a visit to the South Melbourne boutique of Grace Loves Lace, where a personal stylist will show you through their exquisite handmade wedding gowns, bridesmaids’ dresses and accessories (for those interstate, GLL also has showrooms in Perth and the Gold Coast).

Pamper body and soul

Relax into the weekend with the help of Miss Fox, a haven of wellness, beauty and bubbles tucked inside one of the CBD’s famous arcades. This is where you can soak away your stresses in a handmade copper and nickel bath fit for a queen (filled with coconut milk and rose, it will leave your skin silky smooth and your serenity guaranteed). Or indulge in the luxe “different daydream” spa ritual embracing exfoliation, massage and an aromatherapy facial – along with that all-important glass of Champagne.

A pamper sesh at a day spa is de rigeur when it comes to girlie getaways.
A pamper sesh at a day spa is de rigeur when it comes to girlie getaways.

After dark

Start the evening at Eau De Vie opens in new window, the hard-to-find CBD laneway bolthole where the lighting is set to flatter and the drinks from Melbourne’s mix-master royalty are sure to please. Then, when it’s time to get down and boogie, head to Section 8 opens in new window. Tucked away in a Chinatown carpark, this shipping container bar features DJs every night of the week, spinning tunes ranging from funk and soul to the unabashed retro joys of disco. What’s more, entry is free.

Section 8 is the coolest party spot you never knew about!
Section 8 is the coolest party spot you never knew about!

Get your brunch on

Widely considered the most important meal of the day in this café-saturated city, brunch stands out from the bunch at South Melbourne’s swank Half Acre. This former industrial mill converted into an Instagram-ready, boho-chic idyll embraces the bottomless weekend brunch with a menu running a broad gamut from classic Melbourne smashed avocado to cured salmon with lemon tahini yoghurt and even a pavlova station, but the bit that really ought to float your boat is the unlimited citrus and spritz bar.

Hit the sweet spot

Crook your pinkie finger at Om Nom, the experimental dessert bar at the Adelphi Hotel known for its outrageously beautiful sweet creations. Multi-tiered trays of bijou macarons, truffles, jellies and tarts await your closest attention in the intimate, quirky and impossibly chic CBD venue, together with equally inventive cocktails such as a hubba bubba martini.

Om Nom Kitchen specialises in creative desserts and cocktails.
Om Nom Kitchen specialises in creative desserts and cocktails.

Embrace the great outdoors

Combine exercise with pleasure with a run (or walk) around the picturesque Tan track. Melbourne’s answer to Sydney’s Bondi to Bronte walk, its 3.827 kilometres girdling South Yara’s Royal Botanic Gardens will get your heart pumping. Lucky, then, it also offers the perfect coffee pit-stop at Jardin Tan.