Special Conference Optional Experiences

Street Art Tour

Started in 2011 by a group of street artists from Blender Studios, Melbourne Street Art Tours remains the only Melbourne tour company entirely run by practicing local artists. Being part of the local scene imparts their tour guides with behind-the-curtains knowledge of the art featured in Yarra’s main streets and back laneways, from large scale murals to hidden installations. Their Fitzroy tour is the perfect way to delve deeper into our City’s world-renowned street art culture.

A man wearing a green hat in a street art filled laneway in Melbourne

Special ALGWA Delegate offer:

  • Two hour tour delivered by local street artist $49 + BF

 3 images of colourful street art murals in Yarra

Morning Tea at Fairfield Boathouse

Established in 1908 by John St Clair as a picnic, camping and refreshment room area, the Fairfield Boathouse has changed hands many times but retains its original charm on the banks of the Yarra River near the Fairfield Amphitheatre, where public concerts often take place on weekends. Enjoy their scones (voted in the top 10 in the state by The Urban List), go for a stroll or hire a boat in the peaceful surrounds of Yarra Bend Park.

An image of the iconic Fairfield Boathouse

Special ALGWA Delegate offers:

  • Devonshire tea featuring baskets of scones, cream, jam, fresh fruits and hot drinks - $20
  • Devonshire tea and boat hire - $30

 An image of scones with jam, and the interior of the Fairfield Boathouse

 

Fitzroy Aboriginal Heritage Walking Trail

From the 1920s, the inner city suburb of Fitzroy became known as the urban heart of Aboriginal Victoria. It was the birthplace of many important Aboriginal organisations, centre stage for the fight for civil rights and a meeting place for linking-in with family and community (including members of the Stolen Generations).

The Aboriginal History of Fitzroy walking trail identifies sixteen sites of significance (from the 1920s onwards) in the area. Each site is marked with a bronze plaque. Further details of this history can be found on Yarra City Council's website.

 
  • Self-guided, approximately 1 hour over 3km.

 Map of the walking route for Aboriginal Heritage Walking Trail

 

Abbotsford Convent and Collingwood Children's Farm

Founded in 1863 by The Sisters of the Good Shepherd, the Abbotsford Convent operated for more than 100 years through the social traumas caused by the gold rush boom and bust, the Great Depression and two world wars. Over the period of a century, thousands of girls and women were placed in care at the Convent, with many residing in the Convent’s Sacred Heart building, and labouring in the onsite Magdalen Laundry.

The site was subdivided in 1975 and the farmland previously attached to the convent was converted into the Collingwood Children’s Farm, a unique inner-city haven for adults and kids alike with acres of paddocks and hundreds of animals just four kilometres from the Melbourne CBD. Today the adjacent Convent is under management of the Abbotsford Convent Foundation, and while undergoing widespread restoration, plays host to dozens of creative businesses, social enterprises, artists and events.

There is much on offer across the two sites: wander around the grounds and take in the restored architecture and gardens, stop by one of the numerous cafés, pat the farm animals or go on the self-guided heritage audio tour of the convent. There are also frequent events and exhibitions popping up in the venue calendars, keep an eye on their respective websites.

Two images side by side of the convent at night followed by an aerial picture of the Convent and Melbourne City Scape in the background

 

Degustation and Brewery Tour at Stomping Ground Brewing Co.

A little known piece of Australian brewing history, in the late 1800s Collingwood used to host the highest density of breweries in any Australian neighbourhood, ever. Amalgamations and buyouts unfortunately saw them all wiped out by the early 1900s. Founded in 2015, Stomping Ground brought the tradition back to life in a converted warehouse which now hosts a crowd-favourite beer hall with a retractable roof for summer and an oversized fireplace for winter, as well as a 4 hectolitre brewery behind glass walls.

Brewing a wide range of beers for all tastes, ranging from Passionfruit Smash Sour, Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout as well as classic IPAs, Lagers and Ales, the venue’s 26 taps have what it takes to quench any thirst. Stomping Ground have generously offered a free degustation and tour to ALGWA Vic Conference delegates, who are welcome to stay on and enjoy their Italian woodfire oven pizzas after the tour.

 Stomping Ground is a brewery in Yarra

Special ALGWA Delegate offers:

  • Degustation of selected range of tap beers brewed onsite and descriptive tour of the brewery - Free

 

Two images of Stomping Ground Brewery