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QV Tropical Retreat: A Piece of the Tropics in Melbourne’s CBD

By Iro Kotsimbos
4th Jun 2014

Call me psychic, Urban Listers, but I know what you're doing right about now. Any bets you're cursing Melbourne's wintry weather and dreaming about escaping to some tropical paradise…am I right? Yep, I thought so!

Drop your pens and stop researching mini-breaks because a piece of the tropics has arrived right here in Melbourne with the launch of the QV Tropical Retreat – a pop-up tropical oasis in the heart of the CBD.

Located in QV Square from today until 27th June, the resort-themed QV Tropical Retreat is the perfect spot to escape the cold and immerse yourself in the shopping, dining and events that QV has on offer. To top it all off, you could even win your own tropical getaway just for attending! Heck yes.

Want to know more? Read on for what you can expect from the QV Tropical Retreat. We can feel the tropical vibes coming on already…


Let's get juicy! Stop by the lush QV Tropical Retreat Juice Bar to sip on fresh and oh-so-tasty juices each day – they are free and deeelicious!

4th – 27th June | 12:00pm – 5:00pm daily

Free event | First come, first served


Yes, that's right – we said FREE lunches! Head straight to the QV Tropical Retreat because, come lunchtime, QV's food retailers – think Grill'd, Shophouse Kitchen, Mad Mex, Oporto, Schnitz and Roll'd – will be dishing out yummy free lunches on weekdays. This is gonna be super popular and it's while stocks last, so get there early!

4th – 27th June | From 12:30pm weekdays 

Free event | First come, first served


Flower Temple, experts on all things floral, will be hosting classes on how to build your very own tropical terrarium. Choose from String Garden, Coastal, Fern and Chic terrarium classes but whatever you do, get in quick because these classes are sure to book out!

4th, 11th, 18th and 25th June | 6:00pm – 7:30pm 

$55 - $85 per person (depending on the class) | Book here


Rice paper rolls are one of our all-time favourite dishes and now, thanks to Roll'd, you can learn to make your own! Join the Rice Paper Roll Masterclass where you'll find out how to create six delicious flavours. Stomachs are already rumbling… 

4th, 11th, 18th and 25th June | 12:30pm – 2:00pm 

$15 per person | Book here


Other QV Tropical Retreat classes to book quick smart are the Tropical Cocktail Classes, hosted by Asian cuisine kings Red Spice Road. Let their master mixologists teach you all their tips & tricks on how to make the perfect tropical cocktail. Cheers!

5th, 12th and 19th June | 6:00pm – 7:30pm 

$30 per person | Book here


We know how much Urban Listers obsess over cupcakes, so we just know you're going to love the Tropical Cupcake Classes! The Cupcake Family, responsible for some of Melbourne's best cupcakes, will show you how to create mouth-watering tropical flavoured cupcakes. YUM!

6th, 13th, 20th and 27th June | 12:30pm – 2:00pm 

$35 per person | Book here


Take a walk on the wildside at the Tropical Wildlife Close Encounter, where you can get up close and personal with a variety of tropical animals – think birds, crocs and snakes! Plus meet ABC's animal wildlife expert Chris Humfrey on 21st June.

7th, 14th and 21st June | 12:00pm – 3:00pm 

Free event | First come, first served


Time to get yo' nails did! Stop by the QV Tropical Retreat for some free tropical-themed nail art courtesy of Goddess of Nail & Beauty – hands down (see what we did there?) one of Melbourne's beauty queens!

10th, 16th and 23rd June | 11:00am – 12:30pm 

Free event | First come, first served


Ever wanted to learn to dance the hula? Well now you can at the Interactive Hula Dancing session held at the QV Tropical Retreat. Go on, you know you want to!

17th June | 12:30pm – 2:00pm 

Free event | First come, first served


If you're a sweet tooth (come on, we know you are!) then the Chocolate Tasting Journey at the QV Tropical Retreat is for you! Sisko Chocolate will make you drool with their tropical-inspired chocolate treats and unique chocolate sculptures. Ahhhhmazing!

17th June | 6:00pm – 8:00pm 

$40 per person | Book here


QV Tropical Retreat | 4th - 27th June

Level 2, QV Melbourne, Corner Swanston and Lonsdale Street in Melbourne


Image Credit: QV Melbourne and Tash Sorensen, The Urban List.

TUL Note: Today's List Love post is proudly sponsored by QV Melbourne and endorsed by The Urban List. Our sponsored posts will never be a secret. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible.

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