For tennis enthusiasts, January means one thing only: The Australian Open. And with this year’s tournament just around the corner it’s time to start making plans. So from Melbourne accommodation to who is playing and when, here’s everything you need to know to make the most out of your 2019 Australian Open.

 

The Australian Open: A Brief History

The first Australian Open tournament was held at the Warehouseman’s Cricket Ground in Melbourne in November 1905. It was first known as the Australasian Championships, then in 1927 it became the Australian Championships and finally in 1969 it came to be the Australian Open.

Over the years, the tournament has been staged in five Australian and two New Zealand cities: Melbourne (55 times), Sydney (17 times), Adelaide (14 times), Brisbane (7 times), Perth (3 times), Christchurch (1906) and Hastings (1912). In 1972, it was decided that the tournament would henceforth be held at Melbourne every year.

Since then it has grown into the biggest annual sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere. Last year it broke the record for the highest attendance at a Grand Slam event with 743,667 people attending the 2018 tournament.

 

Who, what, when?

The 2019 Australian Open tournament will commence on January 14 and close on January 27. All finals will take place between Friday, January 25 and Sunday, January 27.

The top four seeds in the men’s singles are Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev. The number one seed for the women’s singles is Simona Halep followed by Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki and Elina Svitolina.

Matches will be played across the Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne Arena and Outside Courts.

 

Where to watch

Any self-respecting tennis enthusiast will have already thought about purchasing tickets to many of the matches but for those of us who weren’t quite lucky enough to get tickets, you can still soak up the atmosphere in bars and events across the country.

 

The Racquet Club

This free annual event takes place at Birrarung Marr on Melbourne’s Yarra River. With a massive screen in the middle of the park, you can soak up the exciting atmosphere, cool down with some refreshing drinks, listen to some DJs and watch some grade-A tennis.

 

The Common Man @ South Wharf

This popular bar with a fantastic rooftop cinema is one of the best places to be during the Australian Open. Entry is free, the atmosphere is great and there are always deals on their great food and drinks.

 

The Pineapple Hotel, Brisbane

Just because you can’t be in Melbourne for the tournament, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the atmosphere. If you happen to be on holiday in Brisbane during this year’s Australian Open, head over to the Pineapple Hotel to catch all the live action on their big screens. And if you need somewhere to stay, our Brisbane apartments are just a seven minute cab ride away!

 

Make a holiday out of it

Whether you’ve got tickets or just want to soak up the atmosphere, why not make a holiday out of this year’s Australian Open by staying in serviced apartments in Melbourne?

Of course, as with any major event, getting your accommodation early is key. At Punthill, we have a range of apartment hotels in Melbourne that cater to all kinds of needs. For those who want to be right in the heart of the action we have apartments in Melbourne CBD which are all less than 30 minutes walk from the Rod Laver Arena and Birrarung Marr.

Our Melbourne accommodation apartments in the inner suburbs are also close by, or for families who want to be a little further afield and away from the crowds, we have Melbourne Hotels across various other suburbs too.

So what are you waiting for? Get booking and enjoy the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest sporting event in style!

Australia in December is all kinds of awesome. Not only is it Christmas but it’s also summer. And of course that means BBQs, NYE events and festivals to name but a few. But with so much going on, it’s hard to choose what to do! So from finding a long stay hotel in Melbourne to choosing which Brisbane festival to attend, here’s your complete guide to this year’s festive season.

 

Festive events in Brisbane

 

Woodford Folk Festival

27 December – 1 January

This annual festival runs for six days and nights from December 27 until January 1. With over 450 acts, the festival includes concerts, theatre, comedy, film dance, indigenous performances, street performances, visual arts, New Year’s Eve celebrations and so much more.

 

Christmas Cinema

14 – 23 December

These free nightly outdoor screenings will show some of your favourite Christmas movies of all time including Elf, Home Alone and Polar Express. Taking place on River Quay’s inviting lawn, you are welcome to bring your favourite festive snacks and soak up the festive atmosphere. The event is also licensed so if you’re over 18 and fancy your favourite tipple, you can bring that along too.

 

The St David’s Anglican Church Christmas Festival

16 November at 5pm

If you’re looking for a family friendly Christmas themed festival, the St David’s Anglican Church are hosting a free event complete with a jumping castle, animal nursery and sausage sizzle! There will also be plenty of stalls where you can buy some Christmas gifts and treats and you can even partake in a bit of carol singing from 6.30pm.

 

Festive events in Melbourne

 

Day Doof

23 December

If you’re in the mood for letting loose in the heat with some awesome music and exquisite food then this is a pre Christmas shindig not to be missed. Sebastien Leger will be headlining along with Khen and LA based DJ, Davi. Tickets are reasonably priced between $37.37 and $52.70.

 

Santa’s Christmas Spectacular

23 November – 23 December

Get into the festive spirit and keep the kids entertained with a fun-filled circus adventure! Full of dancing, singing and world-class acrobatics, this is a spectacular one-hour Christmas event for the whole family to enjoy. Tickets are priced between $25.00-$39.50 and the event runs through most of December.

 

Top tips

 

Book in advance

Whatever you decide to do this festive season, make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment. That of course includes accommodation. At Punthill, we have plenty of options for long term accommodation in Brisbane and serviced apartments in Melbourne for long stay too.

 

So whether you’re a family looking for long term accommodation in Melbourne’s inner suburbs or a small group looking for a long stay hotel in Melbourne CBD or something a little outside of the city, we have something for you!

For those looking for long stay accommodation in Brisbane, we also have options conveniently located just a few minutes walk from the Brisbane CBD.

 

Stay safe

Summertime in Australia can be awesome but it can also be dangerous if you don’t take care of yourself in the heat! Remember to “slip slop slap” if you’re out in the sun: slip on a shirt, slop on the 50+ sunscreen and slap on a hat. Also make sure that you drink responsibly and stay hydrated with plenty of water.

So you’ve got time off work and you’ve booked your flights. Now all that’s left is finding the right accommodation. But don’t just book any accommodation. Finding a fantastic place for you and your group is key to having a great time on your trip. So here’s a check-list of things you should find out before booking a hotel!

 

Location

Don’t waste precious time commuting to and from where you want to be. When you’re on a city break, find accommodation that will keep you close to the action so you can spend less time in transit and more time relaxing and having a good time.

For example, if you’re looking for Melbourne accommodation, look for something in the Melbourne CBD. Or if you don’t fancy being right in the middle of the city but still want to be close enough to the fun stuff, try the inner suburbs.

Alternatively, if you’re a family looking for accommodation close to relatives or a relaxing time a little outside of the hustle and bustle of the city, look at various other Melbourne suburbs.

The point is, don’t compromise on location when it comes to accommodation. Whether it’s being near the stadium for a footy game or close to the hospital in the burbs so you can visit your Aunt Sue, book accommodation that’s close to where you’ll be spending most of your time.

 

Public Transport

Parking in most cities can be expensive, difficult and pretty much impossible. Save yourself the hassle by making sure your accommodation is close to public transport. This will also make getting to and from the airport a great deal easier (and cheaper).

 

Amenities

One thing that separates your home from your holiday accommodation is those extra little luxuries. When looking at accommodation options, make sure you check out what amenities they have on offer.

And remember, it isn’t just hotels that offer these kinds of things, many of our apartments come with BBQ facilities, on-site restaurants and bars, room service, WiFi, laundry services and gyms.

 

Check-in and Check-Out Times

There’s nothing worse than arriving off a late-night flight and not being able to access your accommodation. Find out what the check-in times are before booking your accommodation and make sure that you are able to access the apartment or room after hours if necessary.

The same goes for check-out times. If you have a late afternoon flight, you shouldn’t have to drag your suitcase around all day because of the early check-out time. Find out if the check-out times are flexible before you book, or alternatively ask for a safe place to leave your luggage until it’s time to depart for the airport.

 

And Finally… The Price

Whether you’re looking for Brisbane accommodation or a place to stay in Melbourne, high quality, convenient and safe accommodation shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg. Do your research and take advantage of any discounts or rewards programs to make sure you get the best possible price.

Without a proper plan, New Year’s Eve can be the ultimate let-down. So if you’re planning a trip to Brisbane or Melbourne for this year’s festivities, you better start planning now! And if you’re stuck for ideas, here’s some inspiration…

 

Brisbane

 Dance out 2018 at the Treasury Casino

Put your glad-rags on and dance, jig and jive in the new year to the music of a six-piece swing band at the Treasury Casino. Enjoy a five course dinner and a premium beverage package for 3.5 hours for just $165.

 

Stay Classy with a Brisbane River Cruise

Get the best view of the spectacular fireworks without fighting through crowds of people. Bring in the New Year by cruising down the river with your nearest and dearest. Many companies provide a New Year’s eve events package, including Brisbane Cruises.

 

Brisbane Hotels & Accommodation

Put yourself right in the middle of the action at our Brisbane accommodation apartments. Situated in the heart of the Brisbane CBD they are less than a ten minute drive from the Newstead Park Jetty where the cruise begins and a five minute drive or fifteen minute walk from the Casino.

 

Melbourne

 New Years Eve Masquerade Party at Campari House

Get a 360 degree view of the New Year’s Eve fireworks from this decadent rooftop party. Enjoy a premium food and drinks package from one of the city’s most exclusive parties in one of its most desirable locations.

 

Night Garden Festival at Hopscotch Urban Beer Bar

Enjoy a 4 hour drink & food package, from 8pm. Party on the riverside, watch the fireworks and rock in the new year to awesome DJ beats all night.

 

St Kilda NYE Jungle Party

Starting from 8pm and going right through to 8am, this Robarta jungle themed party is not for the faint hearted!

 

Melbourne Accommodation

There are definitely plenty of New Year’s Eve events happening in Melbourne. Of course, travelling around a big city on New Year’s Eve can get complicated, so once you’ve decided on where you’ll be partying, try and book accommodation nearby.

We have several apartments in Melbourne that will keep you close to the action. Our CBD apartments are all centrally located and many are within a ten minute walk of Campari House and several other rooftop parties. Our South Yarra apartments are also only a ten minute drive from the Hopscotch Night Garden

Or, if you fancy staying a little further from the city centre, we have apartments available in several Melbourne Suburbs including Oakleigh which is just a twenty minute car journey from St Kilda.

 

Don’t forget to book!

The key to smashing your New Year’s Eve celebrations is preparation. Whether you’re looking at Melbourne hotels or for group accommodation in Brisbane CBD, remember to book in advance as places tend to get filled up.

Melbourne Cup is one of Australia’s most anticipated events in the sporting and social calendar. Dating back to 1861, it is the most prestigious annual thoroughbred horse race in Australia. Hosted at Flemington Racecourse as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival every year, the 3,200 metre race features 24 nominated horses from all around the world.

There are nine other races taking place throughout the day on November 6 but, known locally as ‘the race that stops the nation,’ the Melbourne Cup will take centre stage at 3pm and is a major event not to be missed!

 

Betting on the 2018 Melbourne Cup

This year’s prize money will offer a combined $7,300,000 for the top 10 horses with the winning horse winning a whopping $6.2million.

Around 300 horses are nominated for The Melbourne Cup every year but the final field of 24 will be officially announced on November 3. Most bets are therefore placed in the final three days leading up to the race rather than too far in advance.

If you’re planning on betting on the race, make sure you compare information from various bookkeepers. Each bookie will offer different odds based on market trends, their own analysis and bets they’ve already taken. So do your research! Or just pick the horse with the funniest name, sometimes that works too…

 

Where to watch the 2018 Melbourne Cup

If you’ve got yourself a spot at Flemington Racecourse for Melbourne Cup, congratulations – you’re clearly winning at life. If however you’re not one of the fortunate ones with access to the actual racecourse, there are plenty of other places around Melbourne where you can watch the race, enjoy the atmosphere and celebrate in style.

 

St Kilda

Combine the Melbourne Cup excitement with a relaxed beachy atmosphere by heading to the fun and vibrant St Kilda area. Republica is offering big screens, 3 course meals and a glass of bubbles $67pp .

 

Yarra River

Enjoy the action across 8 big screens at the Wharf Hotel on the banks of the Yarra River. Their full a la carte menu will be available on the day along with sweepstakes and live music after the races. You can also enjoy $5 schooners, wines and spirits during happy hour between 4-7pm.

 

Accommodation for Melbourne Cup 2018

Melbourne hotels, or really any Melbourne accommodation during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival (which runs from 3 – 10 November) will be in high demand and should therefore be booked in advance.

A Punthill, we have plenty of serviced apartments in Melbourne across various suburbs. Our apartments in Melbourne CBD are all a 15 minute drive from Flemington Racecourse whilst our South Yarra apartments are less than 10 minutes by taxi from St Kilda or 12 minutes to the Wharf Hotel. We also have spacious three bedroom apartments available at our Manhattan hotels which are perfect for large groups or families.

Or if you’re a family looking for Melbourne accommodation apartments away from the the city’s major party hubs, we have plenty of options to choose from across various other Melbourne suburbs as well as Brisbane CBD if you fancy enjoying the action all the way from the Sunshine State!

Regarded by many as the culture capital of Australia, Melbourne always has plenty of things going on. Whether you love sports, music, film or educating yourself at museum exhibitions, there are many exciting and fascinating things happening in Melbourne over the next few weeks.

So what’s happening in Melbourne in August and September 2018?

 

New York’s Museum of Modern Art comes to Melbourne
(9 June—7 October 2018)

This international exclusive celebrates 130 years of modern and contemporary art. For a limited time only, the National Gallery of Victoria will present a world premiere exhibition of works from New York’s iconic Museum of Modern Art. Featuring works by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and many other world greats, this exhibition is not to be missed!

 

Melbourne International Film Festival
(2
19 August)

One of the world’s oldest film festivals is back for its 67th year. Featuring films old and new from Australia and beyond, this is a must-see for all film buffs!

 

Melbourne Day
(30 August)

Whether you’re a tourist or a Melbournian living elsewhere, join in the celebrations as the city marks the 183rd anniversary of the city’s founding.

 

P!nk in Concert
(28—20 August)

With her reputation for acrobatics and superb vocal talents, P!nk is guaranteed to wow audiences at the Rod Laver Arena during her 2018 world tour.

 

Melbourne E-sports Open
(1—2 September)

Be part of the first ever Australian E-sports festival. From the League of Legends Oceanic Pro League finals to the Overwatch Contenders Australia finals, this two-day festival will host some of the biggest names in E-sports!

 

Vance Joy in Concert
(8—15 September)

Dreamy Aussie singer and winner of Best Male Artist at the 2015 ARIA Music Award, Vance Joy will be performing for a whole week at the Rod Laver Arena.

 

AFL Grand Final
(29 September)

Probably the most important final in the Aussie sports calendar will kick off at 2.30pm at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

 

Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition
(Opens 22 September)

Produced in collaboration with The Nelson Mandela Foundation of South Africa, this exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of Mandela’s birth and features extensive works from his physical and digital archives, many of which are leaving South Africa for the first time. This brand new exhibit makes its world premier in Australia at the Melbourne Museum before touring around the world in 2019.

 

Looking for serviced accommodation in Melbourne?

We have several conveniently located serviced apartments in Melbourne’s CBD and surrounding suburbs. To book or find out more about any of our Melbourne apartments, head to our website.

Great news for anybody looking for accommodation options in the Greater Melbourne area: Punthill have now officially added several Ivanhoe apartments to our already expansive list of serviced accommodation in Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs.

Whether you’re visiting on business or looking for somewhere to stay just outside of the city’s hustle and bustle, here’s everything you need to know about our Ivanhoe apartments.

 

Where is Ivanhoe?

Ivanhoe is one of Melbourne’s oldest and most exclusive suburbs. Located 10km east of the city’s Central Business District, it is known for its leafy and green characteristics.

Many residents find Ivanhoe to be the best of both worlds. The plethora of European trees give it a country feel but it’s only a 15 minute drive from the heart of the city. The area is renowned for expensive houses and is a sought after neighbourhood for raising children. It’s very safe and very family friendly.

 

What’s there?

Our Ivanhoe apartments are located opposite the Austin Health Precinct and Olivia Newtown-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre. They are the perfect accommodation for anybody visiting a sick relative or friend. They allow quick and convenient access to the hospital so you can focus on providing your loved one with as much support as possible.

Our apartments are also within easy commute to the corporate catchment area in the North Eastern suburbs of Melbourne making them the perfect option for business travellers too.

There are also plenty of dining options nearby as well as plenty of family friendly venues and activities. All our Ivanhoe apartments are just a short walk from Burgundy Street Heidelberg, a thriving retail, cafe and restaurant precinct.

 

Punthill Ivanhoe Accommodation Options

If you’re looking for Ivanhoe accommodation options, look no further than Punthill. We have one bedroom apartments, one bedroom executive apartments or two bedroom apartments available. All of which offer fantastic sweeping views of the city’s skyline.

All our apartments come equipped with air-conditioning & climate control, complimentary internet access, sitting areas, televisions, in-house washers & dryers and state of the art kitchens.

Our apartments are serviced daily. The building also offers secure parking, a cafe and a gym.

Whether you’re in town on business, fancy a city-adjacent break with the kids or are visiting a sick loved one at hospital, our Ivanhoe apartments can offer you comfort and convenience in one of Melbourne’s most desirable suburbs.

AFL Grand Final day is almost upon us. This year, the most anticipated final of the Aussie sports calendar will kick off at 2.30pm on September 29. So if you haven’t already, now’s the time to book your apartment hotels in Melbourne for the big day!

Any respectable sports fan would love to be at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to spur their team on to win the AFL Grand Final. So if your team has made it, you better move quickly and book an apartment now.

 

Grand Final Weekend Events

Of course, the biggest part of the weekend is the all-important final. But why not make a long weekend of it and soak up all of the AFL Grand Final fever?

 

Grand Final Parade

Head down a day early and see the Toyota AFL Grand Final Parade. Supported by City of Melbourne, the parade gives supporters the chance to see all of the players taking part in the grand final.

Soak up the atmosphere with marching bands and roving entertainers as the Toyota HiLuxes parade the Grand Final teams from the Old Treasury Building to the Live Site at Yarra Park at the MCG on Friday, September 28.

 

MCG Open Day

On September 30, the MCG will open its doors for the 6th annual MCG Open Day. It’s a free one-day-only event where supporters can access areas of the stadium which are usually off-limits to the public, including the famous hallowed turf!

 

Punthill Apartment Hotels Melbourne

We have several serviced apartments across the Melbourne area. So whether you’d like to be in the heart of the action near the CBD or out in the leafy suburbs, we have an apartment to suit you.

Our Manhattan Hotel Melbourne is within walking distance from the Melbourne Cricket Ground and offers modern warehouse style 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments. You can get there on foot within twenty minutes or if you’re in a rush, it’s only a three minute drive.

Our South Yarra hotels are also within easy reach at a 6 minute drive or 35 minute walk from the MCG.

We also have plenty of other options across Melbourne’s CBD or the surrounding suburbs. If you fancy bringing the kids and don’t want to stay in the heart of the city, try our new Ivanhoe apartments. Situated just 10km away, they are in close proximity to the action but in a peaceful, family friendly suburb.

 

Book Now!

To book any of our Melbourne apartments or for information on any of our other apartments including accommodation in Brisbane CBD, head to our website.

On Thursday 30th of August 2018, Melbourne will celebrate 183 since the city’s founding on a day aptly named Melbourne Day. Melbourne residents old and new will come together to remember the day the first European settlers docked the Enterprize on the North Bank of the Yarra River in 1835.

So how will you be celebrating this year? Here are some ideas on how to make Melbourne Day 2018 your best one yet.

 

Host A Barbie

What better way to celebrate an Australian city than to do what Aussies do best? Get your nearest and dearest round to your garden and enjoy some sausage sizzle! Celebrate all things Aussie buy stuffing yourself with Anzac Biscuits, TimTams, Pavlova and some VB if you’re old enough!

Got lots of relatives living out of town? No problem! Check out our various Melbourne accommodation apartments and put them up in style.

 

Head To The Festival

Although the official events haven’t been announced by the Melbourne Day Committee yet, you can bet that the city will put on a fantastic free concert just like last year’s ‘Rocking Melbourne 182’. Take in the atmosphere and enjoy a fun day of music and celebrations in the heart of the city.

 

Catch Up On History

Educate yourself and your kids on the history of this great city with a trip to a museum. Many will offer free exhibitions in honour of Melbourne Day. Remind yourself about the historical European settlers as well as honour the Aboriginal history of our wonderful home.

 

Watch The Flag Raising Ceremony

Who doesn’t love a bit of pomp and ceremony every now and again? Join your neighbours and Lord Mayor to see the raising of the Melbourne flag and commemorate this historical day in style.

 

Give Back To The Community

Give back this Melbourne Day by volunteering at your local homeless shelter. Celebrate everything that makes our city great by helping those in need.

 

Celebrate With Friends & Family

Whether you live in Melbourne or have moved away, celebrate Melbourne Day by coming together with your friends and family.

If you’ve moved away, book one of our many Melbourne accommodation apartments and come home for Melbourne Day. Place yourself in the heart of the celebrations in the CBD or in our many locations across several suburbs to be closer to friends and family.

For information on any of our Melbourne accommodation options or to find the right hotel for you, click here.

Exciting news for film buffs across Australia – the full line-up for this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival has now been announced. Hurry up and book your serviced apartments in Melbourne now to enjoy over two weeks of documentaries, shorts and feature films from all over the globe.

 

So What Should I Watch?

The good news is there’s plenty of different options in all sorts of genres across various Melbourne venues. For a look at the full program or to buy a mini pass or passport for the festival, head to MIFF website. But for now, here are some ideas to get you started!

 

Comedy

Watch Aussie star Rose Byrne take to the screen with Chris O’Dowd and Ethan Hawke in the cooky rom-com Juliet, Naked. An adaptation of Nick Hornby’s bestselling novel, this movie explores the unlikely relationship between a musician, his biggest fan and his girlfriend.

 

Documentaries

Our New President is a bizarre telling of how Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States through the lens of Russian propaganda. Scarily hilarious, this documentary won the Sundance Special Jury Prize and is described by its director as a documentary “without a single true statement in it”.

Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle tells the tale of Julieta Salmerón who wished for lots of kids, a monkey and a castle when she was a child and ended up, aged 80, with exactly that. This heartwarming Spanish documentary was made by Julieta’s son with over 14 years and 400 hours of footage from her life.

 

Inspirational Stories

The iconic 1980 Australian documentary, Witches and Faggots, Dykes and Poofters is restored and screened at this year’s festival to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Exploring the violence of the Mardi Gras’ first night in Sydney and the discrimination that followed, this documentary serves as a reminder of how far the LGBTQIA+ community has come, and how far we still have to go.

 

Book Your Accommodation Now!

Place yourself in the centre of the action at one of our serviced apartments in Melbourne. Choose from a range of sizes and locations in the Melbourne CBD and Inner Suburbs to suit your needs.

Or if you love film but not enough to brave the Melbourne weather, check out our Brisbane apartments for a warmer winter getaway.

 

Melbourne is the home of great live music. On any given night, you can head out to one of the many diverse venues throughout the city and experience amazing local and international acts. Here are our picks for great shows in Melbourne this May.

The Killers

May 4, 5 and 6 2018, Hisense Arena, Melbourne (All Ages)

The unmistakable voice of Brandon Flowers will fill Hisense Arena at the beginning of May for The Killers’ huge Australian and New Zealand tour. The Killers are notoriously good at playing live, so you won’t want to miss out on these three nights in Melbourne. It’s sure to be an epic alternative rock experience, including all of your favourites from Mr. Brightside to The Man.

Missy Higgins

May 13 and 14 2018, Palais Theatre, Melbourne (All Ages)

Homegrown musician Missy Higgins is on a tour to share her fifth studio album, Solastalgia, and is in Melbourne for two nights at the beautiful Palais Theatre. Missy’s live performances are spine-tingling, and on this tour she’ll be joined by folktronica musician Gordi. Find a good spot in the theatre and prepare to be taken on an emotional journey with Missy’s ultra-honest lyrics.

The Man in Black – The Johnny Cash Story featuring Tex Perkins

May 12, 2018, Palais Theatre, Melbourne (All Ages)

Tex Perkins’ homage to Johnny Cash sold out last year at the Athenaeum Theatre, so he’s bringing it back to the Palais Theatre this May along with the Tennessee Four and Rachael Tidd. Tex won a Helpmann Award for his role, so expect some amazing storytelling and all of the best nostalgic Cash songs with a Tex Perkins twist.

Archie Roach

6 May 2018, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre, Melbourne

Five-time ARIA winner Archie Roach comes to the hallowed acoustic venue of Hamer Hall for just one night in May before he heads to Brisbane and to the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Find your tickets now to experience the entirety of Archie’s album Dancing With My Spirit, recorded two decades ago with vocalist trio Tiddas. This is sure to be a truly special night.

The Whitlams

9, 10, 11 and 12 May 2018, Corner Hotel, Richmond, VIC, Australia

The Whitlams celebrated their 25th anniversary last year by playing with Australia’s best orchestras around the country. This May, they’ll be bringing songs from their entire catalogue to a selection of metro and regional venues, including the Corner Hotel in Richmond for four nights. The final available night looks to be sold out soon, so snap your tickets up fast!

For central Brisbane accommodation close to all of these May music events, explore our various locations at Punthill Apartment Hotels.

Punthill Apartment Hotels’ newest location is set to open in Ivanhoe soon! Located at 443 Upper Heidelberg Road, our new Ivanhoe hotel apartments will provide high quality accommodation in Melbourne’s north eastern suburbs. This carefully planned location gives you even more choice in addition to our other great accommodation options nearby.

The new Ivanhoe location will place you within easy walking distance to Burgundy Street in Heidelberg, where you’ll find modern cafés, fine dining restaurants and every retail amenity you could possibly want: whether that’s a hairdresser, chemist or newsagent. If you have time to spare in between meetings, you might like to check out the nearby Heide Museum of Modern Art, Ivanhoe Public Golf Course or the Warringal Parklands, where you might spot a platypus in the Yarra River. Your apartment will also be right on the doorstep of the Austin Health precinct, Warringal Private Hospital and the Olivia Newton John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre.

Punthill Ivanhoe’s new tower easily provides some of the best views available to the north of Melbourne’s CBD. Depending on your particular apartment, you’ll be able to relax on your balcony and take in the view, spanning from the city skyline to the spectacular Dandenong Ranges. It’s a stunning spot to enjoy a drink in the evening as the city lights glitter below.

As with all of our locations, our Ivanhoe hotel apartments are meticulously designed and finished with the most modern of materials. These new suites are light-filled, spacious and styled with a luxe minimalist approach. They’re truly designed to impress and provide the perfect environment if you need to hold business meetings here while travelling. Of course, you might also wish to keep those views all to yourself and treat your apartment as a sanctuary at the end of a long day, and here’s why…

Each of the apartment suites offers WiFi, a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable living areas and TVs with Foxtel. You can easily work from your apartment’s work station, while daily servicing and laundry facilities will make an extended stay entirely comfortable. Parking is included for your stay, and there’s a gym in the building where you can stay in shape. We also have a café and bar onsite to start and end your day in style.

Call 1300 964 821 at any time of day to book for stays from 1 September 2018 onwards, and you’ll be one of the very first to stay at our stunning new Ivanhoe location.