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A sunny getaway at QV’s Tropical Retreat

Words by: Jaime Chong
Photography by: Hot House Media

This year, instead of hibernating from the cold in the next month, Melbourne dwellers will get a small reprieve from the chills thanks to the folk at QV who will be treating us to warm tropical sanctuary at the QV Tropical Retreat.  Yup, that’s right, QV will be transformed into a tropical island style beach resort.

Expect palm trees, lush green foliage, hammocks, a mini island and a sandy beach!   Not sure about you, but I’m curious to see what the mini island and sandy beach look like in the midst of the QV shopping and dining precinct.

There will also be daily events and freebies for a lucky few. Exotic tropical animal shows and experts, classes about plants and terrarium set ups, cocktail classes from Red Spice Road, fruit carving, yoga, hula competitions, free manicures and even a few free lunches from the QV food retailers!  One lucky visitor will also win a luxurious Queensland holiday for two.

So whatcha waiting for?  Time to take a trip (ha!) to the QV Tropical Retreat to bask in the warmth and soothing beach vibes.

 QV Tropical Retreat Event Schedule               

QV Tropical Retreat Event Schedule               

Juice Bar – 12pm-5pm, daily from 4 – 27 June

Tropical fruit juice will be served in the lush surrounds daily; the perfect spot to catch up with friends or unwind on a lunch break.

Tropical Wildlife Close Encounter – 12pm-3pm, 7, 14 & 21 June

Get up close and personal with tropical animals, including snakes, crocs and tropical birds. Free tropical juices will also be given away from 1pm.

Tropical Terrarium Classes – 6pm-7:30pm, 4, 11, 18, 25 June

Visitors can create and own their own slice of the Tropics. Leading CBD florists, Flower Temple will hold tropical terrarium making classes each Wednesday evening. Go to to book as places are limited.

Tropical Cocktail Classes – 6:30pm-7:30pm, 5, 12, 19 June

Masters of Asian cuisine, Red Spice Road will have their expert mixologists on site hosting evening cocktail classes, the perfect way to wind down after a day in the office. Book online at

Tropical Cupcake Classes – 12:30pm-2:00pm, 4, 11, 18, 25 June

Cupcake experts, The Cupcake Family will be demonstrating how to bake fresh cupcakes with a distinctly tropical flavour. Book online at the QV website.

Tropical Nail Art – 11am-12:30pm, 9, 16, 23 June

Beauty experts, Goddess of Nail & Beauty will be on site proving free tropical nail art to help freshen up tired looking manicures.

Interactive Hula Dancing – 12:30pm-2:00pm, 17 June

Are you an expert dancer in a grass skirt? On June 17th QV will host an interactive hula dancing session inside the retreat.

Rice Paper Roll Masterclass – 12:30pm-2:00pm, 4, 11, 18, 25 June

Join Roll’d to create your own Rice paper Rolls and enjoy with friends amongst the tropical setting. Learn the do’s and don’ts of making the perfect rice paper rolls including Roll’d six famous flavours.

Chocolate Tasting Journey – 6:00pm-8:00pm, 17 June

Sisko Chocolate will take visitors on a tantalising topical inspired chocolate journey with their custom designed chocolate sculptures

Free Lunches – from 12pm weekdays, 4-27 June

QV’s food retailers including Roll’d, Mad Mex, Oporto, Grill’d and Shophouse Kitchen will be serving tropical lunches every weekday. Be sure to get in fast!

QV Tropical Retreat will be setting up its hammock and offering refreshing juice mocktails from the 4 – 27 June.

For more information about QV’s Tropical Retreat and the events on offer, please click here.

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