Friday, July 22, 2011

    What's on in Docklands: Urban Realities, James Squire Trivia Night, Fox Classic Car Collection & Fireworks Display

    Urban Realities 3 Day Design Challenge
    Docklands will be receiving a makeover when the much anticipated Urban Realities; Landscape Urbanism 3 Day Design Challenge begins next week!

    In and around the Docklands, teams are given the challenge to design and construct a site in just 72 hours.

    Docklands will become the workshop, the camp, the dining room and the party venue for the 10 chosen teams for three entire days with winning teams being awarded with prize money and the pleasure of having a realised project in Melbourne’s public realm.

    More than 100 architecture and design practitioners, craftspeople and artists will race the clock in the reality architecture and design competition. The challenge brings together creative minds from all over the world to compete in the action packed, hands on, game plan competition that responds to this year’s state of design festival theme 'design that moves.'

    When: Wednesday 27th-Saturday 30th July
    Where: In and around Docklands. The actual locations of the each site will be revealed on commencement of the event.

    For more information and live updates on the design sites visit their website here.

    James Squire Trivia Night
    Put those thinking caps on and get ready for some fun at James Squire Hotel!

    Alan from Melbourne Trivia Company has put together a collection of creative and fun mind boggling questions to keep you on your toes every Wednesday night!

    Grab your mates, grab a table and get ready to win the great prizes up for grabs! Why not head in early for a bite to eat. Have a browse of the menu here.

    Book your table by calling 9606 0644

    When: Wednesday nights, 7:30pm
    Where: James Squire Hotel, 16-17, 439 Docklands Drive
    Click here for more information or to see other James Squire specials & events.

    Fox Classic Car Collection
    View the Fox Classic Car Collection of prestige cars, collected over a 20 year period by trucking businessman Lindsay Fox.

    The remarkable Australian $15million collection has up to 50 vehicles exhibited at any one time. It features the largest collection of Mercedes Benz in the southern hemisphere, the Sir Henry Royce Foundation Gallery (one of three in the world) and classic vehicles the like of which were owned by Elvis Presley, Pablo Picasso and James Dean.

    After browsing the classy cars, treat yourself to a gourmet delight at Livebait. On Gourmet Tuesdays, you can enjoy a huge 50% discount on a 4 or 6 course menu with matching wines. The 4 course option, regularly $129, is just $64.50. For 6 courses, regularly $149, will only cost you $74.50. The special is valid all day Tuesdays.
    Click here for more details and to view a sample menu.

    When: Every Tuesday, 10am – 2pm
    Where: The Fox Classic Car Collection is housed in the historic Queen’s Warehouse building, built in 1890 on the corner of Collins Street and Batman’s Hill Drive.
    Click here for more information.

    Fireworks at Docklands
    Each Friday in July, the sky over the water at Docklands has been exploding with colour, light and sound to delight people of all ages.

    With 3 weeks already passed, you have just two more opportunities to see the fireworks spectacular! The fabulous fireworks and sound spectacular is free to attend and is sure to warm your winter night.

    Why not make a night of it and enjoy a meal before or after the show? Or perhaps choose a cosy waterfront restaurant such as Mecca Bah and enjoy the show while you dine from the comfort of your own table!

    Pre-event fireworks entertainment include fire performers from 6.30pm. The fireworks display begins at 7pm.

    When: Friday 22 July: Jazzing up the sky, Friday 29 July: Final countdown
    Where: Docklands Waterfront City

    Monday, July 18, 2011

    Super Tuesday Returns to Livebait

    Livebait dining at it's best... Super Tuesday has returned with a gourmet twist!
    Simply select the Gourmet option you would prefer and order from the Super Tuesday menu to save 50%.

    Located right on the water at Docklands, Livebait’s Gourmet Menu is designed weekly to ensure each Tuesday is a new and exciting dining experience for you. Matching wines are hand selected from our extensive wine list to compliment each dish.

    Gourmet Option 1:
    4 Courses with Matching wines
    Valued at $129. Super Tuesday price $64.50!

    Gourmet Option 2:
    6 Courses with Matching wines
    Valued at $149. Super Tuesday price $74.50!

    Tomorrow's menu to start things off is nothing short of amazing, full of fresh seafood cooked to perfection. This is one deal sure to impress!

    Super Tuesday Menu for 19th July:
    Pan fried scallops, Jerusalem artichoke puree, jus gras
    Crittenden Estate, Pinocchio, Arneis 2009

    Please select:
    Freshly shucked oysters with truffle scrambled eggs
    Grant Burge, Benchmark, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2009
    Olive bread bruschetta, smoked ocean trout, capers and red onion
    Swings & Roundabouts, Margaret River, Chenin Blanc 2009
    Fried baby calamari and whitebait, smoked chipotle peppers mayonnaise
    Leeuwin Estate Art Series, Riesling 2009

    Please select:
    Barbecued swordfish steak, niçoise salad, olive tapenade dressing
    Corte Giara, Pinot Grigio 2009
    Hand made ricotta gnocchi, fricassee of Moreton Bay bugs, preserved lemon
    Ninth Island, Tasmania, Pinot Noir 2010
    Clare Valley scotch fillet, slow cooked parsnips, pepper sauce
    Stella Bella, Margaret River Shiraz 2007

    Pre dessert
    Piña colada sorbet, coconut jelly

    Please select:
    Vanilla bean crème brulée, cinnamon “churros”
    Stella Bella Pink Muscat 2010
    Passionfruit baked meringue, mango ice cream, vanilla sauce
    Stella Bella Pink Muscat 2010

    Heidi Gruyere, lavosh and fig chutney
    Little Fish, Botrytis Semillon 2004

    The offer is available both lunch and dinner on Tuesdays.
    For more information, please visit

    Terms & Conditions apply.

    Friday, July 15, 2011

    This Weekend at Docklands: Winter Skate Festival, Postcards, AFL Pre-Match Entertainment & Wonderland Fun Park

    Winter Skate Festival
    Medibank Icehouse has been transformed into a glittering winter dreamscape, and this is your last weekend to get in quick and enjoy loads of fun festival activities for the whole family!

    The Festival includes free beginners skate lessons, snow play, giant snowballs on the ice, demonstrations by world class skaters, on ice dancing, games and lots of giveaways.
    Kids can skate alongside Skater Dude, Fairy Penguin, figure skaters and other helpful ice ambassadors. A dedicated snow play area for children is also set up from 10am-5pm until Sunday to play games and build snowmen. Giant inflatable snow balls in the skating rink also add to the fun!

    After all that skating, rebuild some energy with a meal from nearby waterfront restaurant Grill 66. They feature premium steaks cooked to perfection, and scrumptious desserts for all those sweet tooth's, such as the lemon meringue pie with raspberry sauce. Click here to view their menu.

    The Winter Skate Festival runs until Sunday 17th.
    Medibank Icehouse is open 7 days a week at 105 Pearl River Rd, Docklands.

    For more information, please visit Medibank Icehouse

    A special Docklands episode of Postcards will be airing this Sunday evening!

    A number of hidden gems will be explored, showing things to do, places to go and great sights to see!
    Amazing prizes will be up for grabs, including a nights accommodation at the Grand Mercure and $200 Harbour Town shopping gift card! Be sure to watch to find some great new ways to discover Docklands and for your chance to win.

    Postcards airs on this Sunday 17 July at 5:30pm on Channel 9.

    AFL Pre-Match Entertainment
    Head to James Squire for a bit of live music before the catching North Melbourne take on the Western Bulldogs!

    Solo act Gavin Liddell will be playing all your favourite pub classics from 1-4pm. Have a bite to eat and a few handcrafted James Squire pots to get you ready for all the game play action just a short stroll away at Etihad Stadium!
    After last week’s disastrous 117 point loss to Collingwood, North Melbourne will be fighting hard against the Bulldogs to gain some sort of reputation back.
    The twilight match will be beginning at 4.40pm. Gates will open two hours prior to the match start time.

    Click here for more information about James Squires weekly events.
    Click here for AFL tickets or for more information about this weekends match.

    Wonderland Fun Park
    With the holidays coming to an end, so is the Circus Spectacular Bubble Storm show at Wonderland Fun Park.

    Finish off the kids last days before school goes back with a show full of circus stunts from Australia's top circus performer’s hula hooping, acrobatics, juggling and daring aerial delights.
    Watch the show then ride the wacky worm roller coaster, the dragon flyer, bungee jump trampoline, tea cups, bee ride, the grand carousel, dodgem cars and their brand new ride, the Crazy Wave for those thrill riders!

    The Circus Spectacular show is on 3 times a day until Sunday 17th at Wonderland Fun Park Harbour Town.

    Click here for more information or to book.

    Friday, July 8, 2011

    Whats on in Docklands: Snow Works, Winter Warming Lunch Specials, Shocklands Skate Comp & Win a Home Cinema Package

    Snow Works at Harbour Town
    Rug up in your winter woollies and get ready for some fun! It’s snowing at Harbour Town Shopping Centre these school holidays!

    Bring the family down and get the kids to experience all the fun of the snow. Why not build a snow man or make a snow angel. Fresh snow is made every day for the two week event. Entry is free with a valid receipt after spending $15 at any Harbour Town store on the day of entry.

    Why not make the most the most of the day and grab a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant?
    All new Grill 66 is offering a Kids Eat Free deal, where kids under 12 will receive a free kids meal with each paying adult. See terms & conditions here.

    When: Snow Works is open from 11am daily until 17th July
    Where: Harbour Town Shopping Centre
    Find out more here.

    Winter Warming Lunch Specials
    Heading out for lunch? This winter the Docklands is offering warming lunch specials that won't break the bank.

    From Monday to Friday enjoy the following specials at Waterfront locations:

    Mecca Bah:
    A piping hot Pizza or tantalizing Tagine will be sure to warm you up! Order a Pizza or Tagine for lunch during the week and receive 50% off. Download your free coupon here to take advantage of the offer.

    Treat yourself to fresh seafood cuisine with Livebait's new Weekday Lunch Deal.
    Select any Main + Dessert from our lunch menu or 3 courses for a very special price:
    Main + Dessert for 39.0 or
    3 courses for 45.0

    Saganaki Greek Cuisine & Grill:
    Warm up at lunchtime with Saganaki's Weekday Lunch Deal.
    Order 2 or 3 courses from our lunch menu for less:
    Main + Dessert for 34.0 or
    3 courses for 39.0

    Available Monday - Friday, lunch only. Terms & Conditions apply

    See more about the special lunch deals here.

    Shocklands Street Skate Contest
    Come and see Australia's best street skateboarders on Saturday 9th July, showcasing Australia’s most ‘legit’ street skaters doing what they would do on the daily.

    Located at Shed 4 at Docklands, Shocklands obstacles reflect the kinds found, and made, by skaters in our cities, industrial areas, schoolyards and abandoned warehouses.
    The competition is the second stop on the Pro/Am Invitational Tour, with a massive $10,000 up for grabs.

    Entry is free to the event

    Date: Saturday 9th July
    Time: 11am: Doors Open. Competitor Registration and Open Practice Session
    12.30pm: Qualifying Heats
    3.30pm: FINALS
    4.30pm: Presentations
    Where: Victoria Harbour Shed 4 North Wharf Road, Docklands Vic
    Find out more at their website here.

    Win a Home Cinema Package
    Dine at NewQuay this winter and you could win the ultimate stay-at-home prize, the incredible Epson HD Digital Home Cinema Projector!

    Simply spend $30 or more at participating NewQuay venues and you’re in the running to win. There’s one Epson HD Digital Home Cinema Projector to be won every month during July, August and September.

    Some participating venues include:
    Grill 66 Steakhouse & Wine Bar
    Mecca Bah
    Saganaki Greek Cuisine & Grill

    To find out more or to view all participating venues click here

    Friday, July 1, 2011

    Docklands School Holiday Fun! Fireworks Display, Animal Farm, Circus Spectacular & Kids Eat Free!

    Fireworks Display
    Watch the sky come alive every Friday night with a free fireworks display! Waterfront City will be one of the best vantage points to watch the spectacular display, so be sure to get there early to secure a front row spot! Programmed to music, the awe inspiring shows are the perfect start to a night out at Waterfront City.

    Take your pick from all the restaurants in the area- a great choice is Livebait, located right on the waters edge. Livebait prides itself on its fresh seafood cuisine, with the menu full of Mediterranean flavours with a South American influence.

    Tonight’s firework theme is ‘Docklands goes Gaga’.

    Where: Waterfront City, Docklands
    Dates: Friday July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
    Times: 7pm
    Cost: FREE
    Visit That's Melbourne for more information.

    Animal Farm

    The farmyard is coming to Harbour Town these winter school holidays, with animals of all shapes and sizes taking up residence. All your favourite furry friends will be there looking for a cuddle, from piglets and calves, to rabbits and lambs.

    Where: Harbour Town Shopping Centre
    Dates: 4-17 July 2011
    Times: 11am-4pm daily
    Cost: FREE

    For further details, please visit Harbourtown Melbourne

    Circus Spectacular
    Wonderland Fun Park presents the amazing and hilarious Circus Spectacular bubble storm show with acts of intrigue and wonder with Australia’s top circus performers!

    Shop and Ride with your Unlimited Ride Pass which includes entry to the show. Ride the Dodgem Cars, Dragon Flyer, Wacky Worm Roller Coaster, Grand Carousel, Bee Ride, The Crazy Wave and the Bungee Jumping Trampolines.

    Wonderland Fun Park is a fabulous way to spend a fun filled day with family and friends, and caters to children of all ages in a safe and enclosed area.

    Date: Saturday 2 July to Sunday 17 July 2011
    Time: Open 11am daily - weekends, school and public holidays. Show runs 1pm and 3pm daily, for 50 minutes.
    Where: Wonderland Fun Park, 120 Pearl River Road, Harbour Town Shopping Centre

    For pricing information or to book online, please visit Wonderland Fun Park

    Kids Eat Free
    With the kids tagging along, heading out for a meal can soon add up! Make the most of this Kids Eat Free offer to save yourself some much valued pennies. At participating restaurants in the Docklands, kids will get a free childrens meal with each paying adult, Monday- Friday. Terms and conditions apply.

    Participating restaurants include:
    BlueFire Churrascaria Grill
    Saganaki Greek Cuisine & Grill
    Grill 66

    Plus, as a special offer, all kids will receive a free coupon for use at Wonderland Fun Park! When presented, the coupon can be used to receive 2 unlimited ride passes for the price of one, saving $29.50.

    Visit Docklands Melbourne for more information on the kids eat free deal.



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