2017 Australian Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools Conference

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Places of Interest

See and enjoy all that the wonderful city of Melbourne has to offer. Venture into Melbourne's hidden spaces and iconic laneways, find an electric nightlife, tantalising food and wine, a dynamic art scene and more.


Queen Victoria Markets
Cnr Elizabeth and Victoria streets

Queen Victoria Market is much more than the city’s fresh-food shopping mecca – it’s a historic landmark, a tourist attraction and a Melbourne institution.

Spanning several city blocks, Queen Vic Market is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. Shoppers can find everything from fruit and vegetables to local and imported gourmet foods, fashion and general merchandise.

Wander through the bustling Meat, Fish and Dairy Halls, where you can pick up artisan cheeses, dressed meats and takeaway food, or discover the seemingly endless array of seasonal fruit and vegetables showcasing the best of Australian produce. 

Explore the Market's historic sheds to grab a bargain or find a Melbourne-made treasure amongst clothing, jewellery, handcrafts, homewares and souvenirs.

The market is open five days a week, with Sunday taking on a carnival atmosphere as entertainers delight the crowds. Guided tours highlight the market’s food, heritage, culture, shopping and history.

Degraves Street
While away a morning over coffee and the newspapers or linger over lunch with friends amongst the beautiful cobblestones of Degraves Street.

There's a Parisian edge to Degraves, synonymous with Melbourne’s caffeine heartland and enhanced by the art deco interior. The laneway attracts an eclectic crowd who are all buzzing no wonder, when they're here for the excellent coffee.

Hosier Lane
Walk down the famous bluestone laneway and admire the street art that has made the Melbourne urban art scene known across the globe. Take in the dizzying array of colours, characters and shapes created by local and international artists alike. Pick out everything from stencils and paste-ups to murals and installations. Take a wander on your own or join one of the popular walking tours to get some background on the artists and their work. Take a detour round into Rutledge Lane and explore the work lining the walls, windows and wheelie bins of this sister 'gallery'.

Once you've had your fill of the colour and mayhem of the street art, slow things down with a refreshing cocktail at Misty – a popular pre-gig drink spot for the Forum Theatre crowd. Alternatively, sit elbow-to-elbow with other hungry punters at Movida – one of the city's best tapas restaurants.


Royal Arcade
331 - 339 Bourke Street, Melbourne

The Royal Arcade has provided an undercover shopping link between Melbourne's Bourke Street Mall, Little Collins Street and Elizabeth Street since 1869.

The two giant statues of Gog and Magog have struck the hour of Gaunt’s clock, on the hour, since 1892, and the arcade has long been known for its collection of quality boutiques and stores.

A walk through the arcade tempts with gifts and jewellery, cafes and chocolate shops, Russian dolls and magic spells.

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