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10 Things To Do In Melbourne This Summer!

November 24, 2014

It’s not long now before we can say goodbye to Spring, and hello to Summer!

For many people, this summer means sitting by the pool and heading to the beach, while for others it means slaving away at your Christmas casual job until the start of January. However, there are plenty of fun things to do in Melbourne this summer – whether it be for everyday, the weekend or just on your day off!

10 Things To Do In Melbourne This Summer!

To give you a few ideas, here is a list of things that I’m planning to do in Melbourne this summer!

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1. GO TO A FESTIVAL 

Nothing is better than letting loose at a summer festival! From music to arts and culture, there are some spectacular and incredible festivals happening around Melbourne in Summer.

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2. SEE A FLICK AT AN OPEN-AIR CINEMA

Open-Air Cinemas are a great place to take some friends, sit back,  relax and enjoy some good entertainment, while watching a cult classic or newly released flick! With a few different cinemas in Melbourne, you’ll have a few good movies to choose from!

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3. SIP ON SOME FANCY DRINKS AT A ROOFTOP BAR

Embrace the hot summer air and get a refreshment above the city streets. These rooftop bars provide incredible views of Melbourne, amazing cocktails and appetizers, and are totally instagram-worthy!

TRY:

  • Naked In The Sky on Brunswick Street for panoramic views and an extensive list of cocktails, including their in-house vodka infusions!
  • Madame Brussels on Bourke Street for a more retro vibe [just a little bit more pricey]!
  • Rooftop Bar on Swanston Street to be surrounded by fairy lights and city lights right in the heart of the CBD.
  • Captain Baxter in St Kilda for a beautiful beach backdrop and delicious cocktail jugs.

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4.  SHOP TIL YOU DROP AT A MARKET 

Fresh fruit and veggies, gourmet food, clothing, jewellery, souvenirs, artwork and antiques – markets are an absolute delight for bargain hunters and those looking for something unique!

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  • Queen Victoria Market’s Suzuki Night Market [Every Wednesday Night]
  • St Kilda Twilight Market [Every Thursday Night in Summer]
  • Camberwell Market [Every Sunday]

5. GO ON A ROAD TRIP

I don’t think there is anything better than rolling the windows down, opening up the sunroof, pumping up the tunes and going on an epic road trip. There are quite a few great day trips (or weekend stays) from Melbourne CBD!

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  • The Great Ocean Road – one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives! [2 hour drive from CBD]
  • Mornington Peninsula – home to many markets, hot springs and many beautiful seaside towns [1.5 hour drive from CBD]
  • Phillip Island – catch some waves or visit the penguins [1.5 hour drive from CBD]
  • Yarra Valley – a scenic drive to the wineries and food tastings [1 hour drive from CBD]

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6. GO OUT FOR BRUNCH

One thing Melbourne is known for is its buzzing café culture and amazing coffee!

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7. BE ADVENTUROUS AND GO HIKING

Embrace nature and take on some hard hikes around the city. Not only will it leave you feeling nice and fit, but you’ll be walking through some of Victoria’s most beautiful scenery and nature.

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  • Sherbrooke Forest Walk 
  • 1000 Steps in the Dandenongs

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8. SIT BACK AND WATCH SOME SPORT

Melbourne is known as the sporting capital of Australia, so it’s only fair that I include some kind of sport event on this list! And, of course, here I’m talking about the Australia Open – the first Grand Slam title of the tennis season! Whether you buy a ticket and go to Melbourne Park or stay home and watch it on TV, it is sure to be entertaining!  [Jan 19 – Feb 1]

It’s also cricket season, if you’re into that!

9. EAT, EAT AND EAT!

I know, when do you ever need an excuse to eat? But think about it – summer means plenty of fresh fruits, ice cream and froyo – PERFECT!

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10. HAVE A BBQ OR PICNIC WITH FRIENDS

Not only is this a cheap way to catch up with your friends but it’s a nice way to enjoy the hot summer air in Melbourne!


These tips can be implemented all around the world! All you need to do is find the local activities happening in your area over summer! 

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14 Comments

  • Reply Robyn November 24, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    These are lovely suggestions, might have to try and get to Melbourne again when I’m back in Australia in a couple of months! Rooftop bars and road trips are calling! x

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    • Reply Kelly Ross December 1, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      I promise you won’t regret coming down here during summer! Happy travels x

  • Reply Shannon November 25, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Have to get to Melbourne (and Australia in general)!
    Looked up the 1000 Steps in the Dandenongs Hike… looks so fun and what a cool thing to say you have done!
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    • Reply Kelly Ross December 1, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      Hope you get to Australia soon Shannon! Yes, the 1000 steps are great fun – and quite tough! I happen to live not too far from them, so I’m very lucky to have them in my own backyard 😉 x

  • Reply Raza November 25, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    It’s interesting to think of Christmas being in the middle of the summer! Here where I live (Eastern USA), we’ll be getting 6-10 inches of snow in the next few days. So interesting how that works. 🙂

    Melbourne looks amazing – a place I would love to visit someday. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Kelly Ross December 1, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      I think it often throws people a bit 😛 See I would LOVE to have a winter Christmas with snow, warm eggnog and all those things! Enjoy the holidays Raza 🙂 x

  • Reply Charlie November 29, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Melbourne in the summertime sounds like my kind of city! Would love to spend a summer there. I visited in May and it felt so cold as I’d got use to Sydney’s weather. I was shocked that had to buy a wool scarf! Hope to get back there one day.

    • Reply Kelly Ross December 1, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Melbourne has the most temperamental weather, I promise it’s not always freezing 😛 Hopefully you can come visit again during Summer one year 🙂 x

  • Reply Laura December 1, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I moved to Melbourne a few months ago and have gone out to brunch more since I have been here than in my entire 25 years. I can’t say I’m complaining though :). Top Paddock is my favorite- and anywhere with a good avocado/feta toast.

  • Reply Shumi Perhiniak December 18, 2014 at 2:51 am

    I would love to visit Australia one day!! thanks for sharing , Melbourne looks amazingly warm 🙂
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  • Reply Jodie @alaperchoine February 3, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Great post. I’ll be referring back to this in March when I visit Melbs. Hadn’t thought about any road trips other than GOR but these sound great.

    A la perchoine, Jodie
    http://www.alaperchoine.com

    • Reply Kelly Ross February 6, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      Glad you found this post useful Jodie! Have a fantastic time in Melbourne! 🙂

  • Reply Shane April 18, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    I am itching to get back to Melbourne ASAP!

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