Live Love Local for a playful recovery

City of Port Phillip
A playful approach contributes to bigger picture economic recovery of Port Phillip.

Over the past 12 months, we’ve had to change the way we live, work and play. Our local businesses who have been hit especially hard over the past year and need our continued support.

As part of our COVID-19 economic recovery roadmap we’ve been working closely with traders to reinvigorate our city, support local businesses and activate our many outdoor spaces to be enjoyed in a safe and inclusive way.

Let’s recap on some of the great initiatives that continue to drive us forward in the wake of unprecedented circumstances.

Business parklets

Business parklets involve the temporary repurposing of parking bays outside businesses to increase footpath trading while offering patrons a safe environment to enjoy a meal.

Community parklets

Community parklets have turned parking bays into a place where you can safely gather to meet friends, eat lunch, enjoy a coffee, read a book or play with your family.

Explore Port Phillip

Visit our Explore Port Phillip Facebook page for general information and tips on travelling around the City of Port Phillip. We’re always showing love for our local traders on this page!

Hidden Gems tour

Download a free app offering fun interactive self-guided trails, where you can discover South Melbourne’s unique vibe, amazing history, its artisans and creators, and its colourful local characters. Collect virtual gems and enter the Hidden Gems Competition to win weekly prizes until the end of April 2021.

Open for business directory

We’ve built a local business directory so you can find out which restaurants, cafes and other businesses are open for business in your neighbourhood. We encourage ordering directly from businesses rather than using food delivery apps or services. By calling directly, the full cost you pay goes straight to the local venue.

Play Streets

A Play Street involves the temporary closure of a street, reimagining the street as family-friendly public space, encouraging connection and play through safe, inclusive and accessible programming. Visit a Play Street as they debut this month.

Stay and Play

Take advantage of Port Phillip’s Stay and Play offers including some of our city’s best hotels, restaurants, attractions and shopping experiences. Enter the draw to win a Port Phillip getaway before 30 April 2021.


We printed 22,500 Spotto game cards and gave participants the chance to win a prize pack valued at $1000 simply by exploring Port Phillip and supporting our local stores.

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