and had brunch next to Joel (Daniel MacPherson) from Neighbours. Shopping BE WARNED, a trip to Melbourne may result in serious open-wallet surgery. The city is bubbling over with young designers, filling bou- tiques with their edgy and relatively affordable gear. Collins Street in the city has all the classic high-end labels, Chapel Street is fizzing with independent boutiques and Brunswick Street in Fitzroy is great for funky vintage fashion. Eatinganddrinking OPEN up the citys veins and they would run black with coffee. Theres an obsession with the stuff. Degraves London Lite Friday, 11 September 2009 15 Pickyour own fizz FANCY a last-minute champagne break? Why not get your hands dirty in the vineyards during the annual champagne grape harvest. There are a few final spaces on the Grape Escapes one-off Harvest tour from 18-20 September. Youll spend time in a small, family-run grand cru champagne house and join the locals for grape picking. 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More like a European city in its outlook and attitude than other Australian cities, Melbourne prides itself on being a hotbed of cultural endeavour as well. The arts are a big deal, as are eating, drinking and the live music scene. I spent several afternoons exploring the Laneways for which the city is famous -- alleys and art deco arcades of boutiques, cafs, bars and galleries. Hidden Secrets Tours (hiddensecret- are a good way of uncov- ering some of the gems and start from 35 for half a day, including lunch. But its not all sport and cerebral stuff -- there is the beach, too. We caught one of Melbournes famous trams, the No 96, to the seaside sub- urb of St Kilda, which is full of cafs, Street is the most famous street for a coffee break. The restaurant scene is as hot as London, but cheaper. On a high after our Cup winnings, we decided to visit the award-winning Rockpool (, one of Melbournes most famous restaurants, where ate Wagyu beef- burgers (14) from the bar menu. The restaurant is part of the Crown Casino, the biggest casino in the south- ern hemisphere -- well worth a stroll through. They take their gambling seriously -- especially the grannies. No one here sets themselves a $10 limit, so I just kept strolling. Travel to Melbourne from 949pp with Travelmood, inc flights and three nights in a three-star hotel, see, Giddy up: Jane counts her winnings after the race that stops a nation, the Melbourne Cup, while enjoying a glass of bubbly Ol!: learn how to dance a flamenco camp dedicated to swing dance. Learn styles like Lindy Hop, boogie woogie and tap from some of the worlds best dancers. Beginners can opt for a Lindy weekend for about 136 or cooler cats can try a week-long programme of 18 classes for 306. Prices based on 2009 rates and include basic, shared accommodation, upgrades available. 2010 dates yet to be announced but scheduled for four weeks in June and July. 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