The weather has been surprisingly pleasant but it’s always good to have some indoor activities up your sleeve for the many miserable days ahead. If you’re thinking of visiting Melbourne, remember we’re definitely not just another fair weather city. Ours is a year round destination with plenty to offer whenever you can get here. Throwing on a jacket and getting on with it is the best way to stay on top of those pesky winter blues. All our Melbourne tours and Victorian day trips run year round so be sure to get in touch if you’re looking for something really special to do.
Below are a few highlights from the Melbourne winter calendar. For a more complete list checkout our Winter Seasonal Guide.
Royal Botanic Gardens Winter Discovery Tours run twice daily and they’re free. Discover the history, cultural significance and stunning beauty of the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Open House Melbourne is your chance to see inside the city’s most beautiful and iconic buildings. This is fast becoming one of our favourite weekends of the year and a great reason to visit the city.
Melbourne International Jazz Festival kicks off this weekend. Dean from Localing Melbourne plays a big role in this premier music event so you can expect it to deliver.
DreamWorks, Samurais & Short Film are all at the ACMI this winter so it’s best to set aside a whole day to spend exploring. We’ve never felt like we’ve had enough time here.
Wicked, The Rocky Horror Show & Les Miserables are playing in theatres across Melbourne over the coming months. The standard is just as good as you will find anywhere, as are the theatres. You can often pick up a bargain at Half Tix.
Melbourne International Film Festival is the highlight of an impressive portfolio of Melbourne film events. It’s one of the oldest in the world and still one of the best.
You can catch fireworks in the Docklands, Italian Masterpieces at the NGV and the Light in Winter nightly at Fed Square. There’s AFL footy every weekend and something called rugby for spectating. If you’d prefer to get involved, there’s The Age Run Melbourne, 100 Ways To Move It Melbourne and Free Yoga at Fed Square. These are for locals and visitors and are great for exploring the city and meeting new people.
So yes, the beaches are a bit average but nothing important ever happened on a beach anyway. Put some pants on and come hang out in Melbourne - the sport, culture and culinary capital of Australia.