Now that Melbourne's lockdown restrictions are loosening and the weather is warming up, it's time to plan your year-end getaway. Here is a summary of some fun (and secure) things to do this summer. The start of summer has arrived. Is it likely that we will see heat waves, sunburns, and warm evenings? It's Melbourne, so who knows. It may be necessary to bring out the umbrellas and light jackets on some days, but summer has officially come in spirit. With more time to spend outdoors and warmer temperatures, summer is the perfect time to host barbecues and get together with loved ones. When warm summer evenings approach, there are many ways to take advantage of them in the city and beyond.
Unwinding at the Beach
A day at the beach is the best way to relax and unwind. Thankfully, Melbourne is filled with fantastic options for doing just that. If you're looking for a place to unwind, look no farther than Brighton Beach, which is also known for its colourful bathing boxes. St. Kilda is a famous beach in Melbourne, and for good reason; it's a great place to go kitesurfing or paddleboarding. Black Rock's Half Moon Bay is a more secluded spot to view the impressive Red Bluff cliffs and a shipwreck.
An Outing to the Royal Botanic Gardens for a Picnic
The Royal Botanic Gardens, on the outskirts of the CBD, offer peace and quiet. Amazingly, the gardens are home to 8,500 different varieties of plants, and they also feature an elegant lake and beautiful walkways. Pack a picnic lunch and plan to spend the day here taking in the beautiful scenery.
Surrounding the city of Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise is a popular destination for Australians during the summer months. Skyscrapers overlooking a seemingly infinite stretch of sand give Surfers Paradise a sense of both urban glamour and beachy informality. Enjoy fishing, watersports, and picturesque cruises on the city's canals, or travel just 20 minutes to reach award-winning theme parks. Visit the SkyPoint Observation Deck first to take in the sights from 230 metres above ground. After that, you may explore the varied restaurants and stores of Cavill Avenue, relax in the sun with the carefree Surfers Paradise crowd, and make your way through a pulsating nightlife scene that welcomes the good, the bad, and the vulgar.
Live music, face painting, food trucks, and other entertainment can be found at Seaside Sounds Kirra, which runs for five weeks in January and February. NightQuarter is an eclectic space open only on Friday and Saturday evenings where you can find food booths, fairy lights, bars, live music, and boutique shops housed in converted shipping containers. Finally, the Gold Coast Food & Wine Expo and the Health Harmony Soul Expo, both of which run for three days and attract large crowds each year for quite different reasons, should not be overlooked.
Visit A Wildlife
This summer, Werribee Open Range Zoo is hosting a special Sunset Safari event so you can get up up and personal with wildlife after dark. Guests of this after-hours, small-group event will be treated to a guided tour during which they will see southern white rhinos, giraffes, and zebras up close, as well as a meal and performance inspired by the cuisine and culture of North Africa. Werribee Open Range Zoo director Glen Holland states, "This is a fully true wildlife and cultural experience; you can't get closer to an African safari without buying a plane ticket." Time: 6-9pm every Friday and Saturday night through March. Proceeds from the $105 ticket price (or $94.00 for members) will go to the Rhino Fund Uganda.
Beginning January 25 and running through March 9, Zoo Twilights, family-friendly concerts at Melbourne Zoo, will be held on Fridays and Saturdays to raise money for the fight to save the eastern barred bandicoot from extinction. Cat Power, Briggs, Archie Roach, and Alice Sky, Daryl Braithwaite and Ross Wilson, Vera Blue, Kesmar, and The Cat Empire, and mmm-boppers Hanson are just some of the acts who will be performing that night.
Sydney, Australia's largest city, is a popular vacation destination year-round, but the summer months see a dramatic increase in visitors. Sydney's attractions range from historical landmarks to cutting-edge art and entertainment. But one of the best things about summer in Sydney is taking advantage of the city's beautiful beaches and coastline. The Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk is a 6-kilometer stroll via cliffs, coastal parks, and rock pools that offers some of Sydney's best vistas. Relax on Bondi Beach for the perfect vacation photo op, or take a ferry across Sydney Harbor to Manly Beach for great surfing and a laid-back local vibe.
Spending the summer in Sydney is a great excuse to be one of the approximately one million people who flock to the harbour every year on December 31 to watch the city's world-famous fireworks display. The Sydney Festival runs for three weeks during the month of January, and offers over 150 events showcasing some of the most innovative and cutting-edge artworks from across the world. Then, in February, the city comes alive for Mardi Gras, which features a number of events including parades, parties, and one of the largest film festivals in the world.
Wet Your Trousers At The Adelphi Pool
In the summer, the Adelphi Hotel offers the best pool in town. The rooftop of the Adelphi Hotel features a glass-bottom pool, and guests could be forgiven for thinking they've been transported to Miami. Thanks to the white deck chairs and blue and white striped awnings, this place is perfect for lounging in the sun with a classic cocktail on a hot day. The 13.5-meter pool is available to the public for $35 per day, which also includes towel rental. Guests of the hotel receive complimentary use of the pool.
FAQs About Summer Nights In Melbourne
- Drink spritzes at a rooftop bar.
- Enjoy a meal outdoors.
- Watch a movie at an outdoor cinema.
- Row a boat down the Yarra.
- Scoop up the city's best gelato.
- Kick back by Adelphi's rooftop pool.
Melbourne warms up in summer with mean temperatures between 14 - 25.3°C (57.2 - 77.5°F). However, these months are dry, with occasional hot spells that can last more than three days. Melbourne's top temperatures are usually in January and February when temperatures can occasionally soar past 30°C (86°F).
- Camp out in the garden.
- Set up an art table with paint and paper. Let the kids do the rest.
- Organise a treasure hunt.
- Play Hide-n-Seek.
- Have a garden tea party.
- Let the kids help you do some gardening.
- Fill a plastic or sink bath with water and toys.
- Play "Simon Says".
Melbourne is known for being one of the most liveable cities on earth. Often referred to as 'the Sporting Capital of the World', besides this it is also famous for its graffitied laneways, excellent coffee, cultural diversity and bayside location. This eclectic Australian city has something for everyone.
- National Sports Museum. The National Sports Museum is found at the home of Victorian sport, the MCG.
- Ride a Tram.
- Melbourne Museum.
- Melbourne Aquarium.
- National Gallery of Victoria.
- Scienceworks Museum.
- State Library of Victoria.
- Nicholas Building.
Cinema Under The Stars
As of November 2, the Hawthorn Lido Cinema will once again offer its popular rooftop screenings. This summer will feature the release of several highly anticipated films, including "No Time to Die," "Lassie Come Home," and "Goodfellas." You may watch a film while sipping a drink from their rooftop bar and taking in the night sky.
Picnic On A Goboat
The Yarra River in Melbourne is best experienced by taking a picnic aboard a Scandinavian-style boat and travelling down the river. The summer season is in full swing, and GoBoat is ready to accommodate groups of six individuals looking for an exciting new experience. You can bring your own lunch and drinks, as each boat has a hardwood table in the cabin. With no need for a boating licence, anyone can get behind the wheel of a GoBoat. Before setting out on the water, the crew will provide you with a comprehensive safety briefing. Have a good time on the water!
Enjoy the Waves at a Surfing Facility
The new summertime hotspot in Melbourne is URBNSURF, and everyone will be there. Whether you're just getting started or are a seasoned pro, Australia's only inland surf park is the place to test your mettle. Every level of surfer can find ideal conditions in the varying waves, and when they're done, they can unwind in one of the beachy cabanas.
Brisbane, the largest city in Queensland, is a great place to visit during the subtropical summer. Take a CityCat ferry along the Brisbane River and discover the city's 6,000 acres of parks and green spaces. With its waterfront promenade, shops, restaurants, Ferris wheel, Nepalese pagoda, and man-made beach overlooking the Brisbane River, South Bank is a popular destination for both locals and tourists. Brisbane is a city with something for everyone, from world-class museums to delicious restaurants.
Cricket, Australian rules football (AFL), soccer, and rugby matches all draw large audiences to The Gabba and Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane during the summer. Sit courtside for the Brisbane International, or head to the outdoor screen to catch the action while sipping a cold one. The next events at City Sounds, Australia's largest free live music programme, are not to be missed, and neither is a trip to the north for a week of spectacular celebrations at the Woodford Folk Festival.
Summer Night Market
Instead of going to a mall during the day, why not check out one of Melbourne's many night markets as the sun goes down? Queen Vic Market's Summer Night Market is a major event that takes place every Wednesday from now until late March. It features over 60 food booths and bars, 100 speciality stalls, live music, and games like gigantic Jenga, totem tennis, and chess. A similar atmosphere can be found at the Coburg Night market, which takes place every Friday night until December 21 at the intersection of Bell Street and Sydney Road. St. Kilda's Twilight Market, held in the O'Donnell Gardens every Thursday night until February 7, is a sight to behold with its backdrop of silhouetted roller coasters and towering palm trees. The South Melbourne Night Market will resume on January 10 and run every Thursday through the end of February.
A pop-up boutique Christmas market will open on the Paris end of Collins Street on December 14. This is only one of a number of one-time events. Market Place in Collins Place will host the event, and it will be open from 10 am until 6 pm. Out in the suburbs, the St. Andrews Twilight Market will begin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday; the Eltham Town Square will host the Twilight Christmas Market from 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursday; and the Mornington Racecourse Twilight Market will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 15.
Go On An Ice Cream/Gelato Hunt.
You can cool off from the summer heat with some of the top gelato and ice cream shops in Melbourne. Since Gelato Messina (with multiple locations in Melbourne) has been named the greatest gelato in Australia, you'll want to try a few flavours for yourself to find out why the locals are so enthusiastic. Nitro Lab, located on Bourke Street in the Central Business District, uses liquid nitrogen to flash freeze your order, but it isn't the only fantastic ice cream shop in Melbourne; Pidapipo has been a mainstay there for decades. Niska Robotic Ice Cream Bar in Federation Square is the final stop on your ice cream journey, where you can watch while robots construct your ice cream of choice.
Ways To Spend Summer Indoors
Trapt Bar And Escape Rooms
Melbourne location; Lonsdale Street. If you want to see how well you and your team work together, TRAPT has escape rooms you may try. All members of your team must cooperate to find clues, deduce the answers, and escape the room within 45 minutes. Ideal for gatherings of four to six people, TRAPT is a fun game to play when you're in town with pals. This is an activity that, due to the presence of a legal bar, is best enjoyed without the company of kids during a visit to Melbourne.
The Ian Potter Centre
Flinders Street, near Federal Square. Avoid the elements and seek inspiration in the galleries. In the summer of 2018, NGV Australia will host 5 free exhibitions showcasing the work of atists from Australia, one of which will focus on the avant-garde works of Victorian artist Gareth Sansom.
Holey Moley Golf Club
Australian city of Melbourne; Little Bourke Street. Play in the mini-golf course at the Holy Moley Golf Club while drinking cocktails to bring the outdoors inside. Pop culture references galore, from Game of Thrones to Pac-Man to Simpsons and more, fill this two-story indoor course, making for plenty of photo ops. After your round, head to the Caddyshack Bar for a refreshing drink.
At this very moment, you are in Riverside Quay, which is located in Southbank. If the weather is nice, you should begin your visit at the covered Eureka Skydeck so that you can establish your bearings. Following that, those who are feeling brave can participate in the Edge Experience, which is a glass cube that stretches from the 88th storey of the Eureka Tower. At this height of 300 metres, the view in every direction is just beautiful.
It may be found on Melbourne's Queen Street. The first dedicated e-sports pub in Australia goes by the name GG EZ (pronounced "good game easy"). You may be wondering, "What is e-sport?" The popularity of online games like League of Legends and Starcraft is growing by the second. This bar is so into it that they play it live as it is being played around the world. Come on in for a refreshing drink and an inside look at the fascinating world of eSports competition.
O'brien Group Arena
In order to find this business, you can use the address: Pearl River Road, Docklands. Even while ice skating is more commonly associated with the colder months, it could be a fun way to fight the heat during the summer. Even in the hottest summer months, the temperature inside O'Brien Group Arena remains a comfortable 16 degrees Celsius. There are a tonne of exciting activities scheduled during the school holiday just for families.
The Fashion Capital
Dandenong Road, Chadstone is where you now are. Shopping malls provide a welcome respite from the heat of summer days thanks to their air-conditioned interiors and plentiful shade trees. The abundance of shops at Chadstone also means you can spend hours amusing (and cooling) yourself there. Reach there with the help of the Chadstone Fashion Shuttle from the city, and once you get there, grab a Tourism Passport for special discounts just for visitors.
We are located at the corner of King and Flinders streets in Melbourne. You can cool off at SEA LIFE Melbourne without getting wet. You may have a great time getting to know the marine life up close and personal in the interactive rock pools, while also enjoying the sights of fish, stingrays, turtles, and sharks swimming overhead in the aquarium tunnels. You can't leave the aquarium without seeing the King and Gentoo Penguins. Laugh and play with them when they tremble in the cold.
Summer has officially arrived in Melbourne, with more time to spend outdoors and warmer temperatures. The Royal Botanic Gardens are home to 8,500 different varieties of plants, and they also feature an elegant lake and beautiful walkways. If you're looking for a place to unwind, look no farther than Brighton Beach, or St Kilda is a great place to go kitesurfing or paddleboarding. Black Rock's Half Moon Bay is a secluded spot to view the Red Bluff cliffs and a shipwreck. NightQuarter is an eclectic space open only on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Summer is a fantastic time to enjoy Melbourne's great outdoors, but when it starts to heat up, it's a good idea to throw some indoor activities into your visit, too.
- Now that Melbourne's lockdown restrictions are loosening and the weather is warming up, it's time to plan your year-end getaway.
- Summer ActivitiesUnwinding at the BeachA day at the beach is the best way to relax and unwind.
- Visit A WildlifeThis summer, Werribee Open Range Zoo is hosting a special Sunset Safari event so you can get up up and personal with wildlife after dark.
- Beginning January 25 and running through March 9, Zoo Twilights, family-friendly concerts at Melbourne Zoo, will be held on Fridays and Saturdays to raise money for the fight to save the eastern barred bandicoot from extinction.
- Wet Your Trousers At The Adelphi PoolIn the summer, the Adelphi Hotel offers the best pool in town.
- Picnic On A GoboatThe Yarra River in Melbourne is best experienced by taking a picnic aboard a Scandinavian-style boat and travelling down the river.
- Have a good time on the water!Enjoy the Waves at a Surfing Facility
- BrisbaneBrisbane, the largest city in Queensland, is a great place to visit during the subtropical summer.
- A pop-up boutique Christmas market will open on the Paris end of Collins Street on December 14.
- You can cool off from the summer heat with some of the top gelato and ice cream shops in Melbourne.
- Play in the mini-golf course at the Holy Moley Golf Club while drinking cocktails to bring the outdoors inside.
- The first dedicated e-sports pub in Australia goes by the name GG EZ (pronounced "good game easy").
- Even while ice skating is more commonly associated with the colder months, it could be a fun way to fight the heat during the summer.
- You can cool off at SEA LIFE Melbourne without getting wet.