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Things to do in Melbourne winters

Melbourne is the second city that I lived in after migrating to Australia. I have lived in the city during the winter season and most often, like everyone else, I thought that places are usually closed during winters. But I was so wrong. Melbourne is a vibrant city that has so much to offer during all the seasons, including winters. In this post, I would like to list all the things one can do during Melbourne winters.

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About Melbourne

Melbourne is one of the largest and beautiful cities in Australia. It is the capital of the state Victoria. Known for its huge European influence, Melbourne is famous for its style and food.

How to get to Melbourne?

Flights

Melbourne has both Domestic (Tullamarine and Avalon airports) and International (Tullamarine) airports.

  • International flights – There are international flights from anywhere around the World to Melbourne. The budgeted airlines are AirAsia and Scoot airlines from South East Asia.
  • Domestic flights – Melbourne is connected to most cities around Australia. Jetstar is the budgeted airline to fly between the cities domestically.

Driving

Melbourne is very well connected by road. But it is quite a distance to drive from the capital cities such as Sydney and Adelaide to Melbourne. The distance between Sydney and Melbourne is around 880 kilometres and takes 8 hours 30 minutes to drive. The route has toll roads and has spectacular spots where you can take a break and enjoy.

Read Sydney to Lakes Entrance for more details on the road trip.

The distance between Adelaide and Melbourne is around 730 kilometres and the journey by road is about 8 hours. The route has toll roads and the cities are in different time zones.

Public transportation

  • Buses – Greyhound and Firefly express buses run between Sydney and Melbourne. The cost of the fare range between AUD 60 to AUD 250. But this is my least favourite option as the time for the bus journey is around 12 hours.
  • Trains – There are frequent trains run by TrainLink between Sydney (Central) and Melbourne (Southern Cross). The train journey is 11 hours and the cost is around AUD 75 to AUD 250.
  • Up to date information and prices can be found on the respective websites.

Things to do in Melbourne winters

Melbourne in general is very cold when compared to other states and territories on mainland Australia. It is a city known for its four seasons in one day. However, the official winter season in Melbourne is between the months June and August. The temperature in Melbourne during winters is within the range of 5 to 15 degree centigrade.

  • The main train station is the Flinders Street train station.
  • Up-to-date information about public transportation within Melbourne can be found on the PVT website.
  • MyKi transportation card is used to pay for the fare on public transports. The card can be topped up at any train station or at news agencies.
  • Tram numbers 35 and 70 are free trams that travel between city zones.

Visit ACMI at Fed Square

Australia Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), located in the Federation Square, is a museum of screen culture. It has exhibitions and showcases celebrating television, films and gaming. The General entry into the museum is Free but they do have paid events. Currently, there is an event happening cherishing the Disney journey and the movies. The Disney showcase celebrates the 100 years of Disney characters and movies and the entry fee is AUD 26 per adult.

Melbourne ACMI
A cartoon of Mickey mouse at ACMI Melbourne

Sip hot chocolate or coffee

Hot chocolate or coffee are the solution for everything. Does not matter what the questions are! Melbourne CBD is known for its amazing cafes and restaurants. So definitely spend a few hours sitting in one of these impressive cafes and sipping a hot chocolate or your favourite coffee.

Melbourne central
Enjoying a coffee at Melbourne Central

Winter night markets

The winter night markets at Queen Victoria Market is a great escape from the busy city life and to enjoy the street food and the pubs and bars. The markets go on for five weeks in the month of July. Visiting the winter night market is one of the popular things done by the locals and is a free entry.

Milky way

The winter season is the best season to go see the Milky Way. The stars, dust and the night skies are absolutely stunning on a good clear night. Just a few kilometres from Melbourne CBD such as Great Ocean Road, you can find breath taking views of the Milky Way. This is a free activity to do.

Do you want to see Milky Way in New South Wales (NSW)? Then read my post 10 places to see Milky Way in NSW.
Milky Way in New South Wales (NSW)
The Milky Way

The winter village

Docklands host the winter village every year during the winter season. There are Igloos and ice skating where one can enjoy the artificial snow and ice. You can have a stupendous dinner in one of the igloos.

Do you fancy seeing snow and making a snowman? If yes, then visit Mount Buller in Victoria and spend a weekend there.

Whale watching

Every year during the months of May and October, humpback whales migrate from south to north and then back. So it is a great opportunity to see the whales migrating during the winter season. Places near the coast, such as Port Fairy or Great Ocean Road have places where you can sit and watch the whales.

Whale watching
Whale watching

Palais theatre

Palais theatre is a heritage listed theatre in St Kilda suburb of Melbourne. With a capacity to seat nearly 3000 people, Palais theatre is Australia’s largest seated theatre. You can either watch a show or see an orchestra at the theatre. Depending on what is going on at the theatre, you can visit to watch a show. And the ticket price depends on which show you are booking.

I visited the Palais theatre when Shah Rukh Khan, the famous Bollywood actor, was the guest of honour at the International Indian Film Festival. I traveled to Melbourne this time around only to see him.

Visit ArtVo 3D museum

I had been to a 3D art museum before. That was when I had traveled to Auckland a few years ago. It was a very new concept for me and I had really enjoyed visiting it back then.

I was not aware that there was one in Melbourne too. During my last travel to Melbourne, I came across ArtVo.
ArtVo is an immersive gallery where the art gives a 3D effect. The museum in Melbourne is much bigger. The gallery has plenty of murals, from animals to iron man they have a lot to see and most of them are pretty awesome.

As I am an animal lover, I spent most of my time clicking pictures of gorillas, elephants, koalas, whales and dolphins. I highly recommend visiting the 3D art museum when in Melbourne. The entrance fee is AUD 28 per person and you need more than an hour to see everything.

Melbourne 3D museum

Safety for solo female travelers

Melbourne is very safe for solo female travelers. It is awesome how tourist friendly the city is and does not have too much of non-sensical things happening. However, the city does experience some of the unwanted and uncalled situations especially if you are from a different race. Be cautious and know your surroundings at all times, especially when it is isolated and at nights.

Melbourne Hoiser Lane

Closing Notes

Melbourne is a city that caters for all kinds of travelers. Be it a backpacker or a luxury traveler, this city has everything and is truly one of the best cities in the World. I love Melbourne and that is the reason I always go back to the city every now and then.

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Things to do in Melbourne winters
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9 comments

  1. We always think about visiting Australia in the summer. But I am sure the major cities like Melbourne have lots of indoor activities … and hot drinks …. to keep us warm if we visit in the winter. We would certainly bundle up and head outdoors to catch a view of that amazing night sky! And chasing whales is something we do everywhere we can.

  2. Wow! I would love to visit ACMI and see the Disney showcase. As a Disney fan, this would be a memorable experience. 🙂

    I did not realize that the view of the Milky Way would be this nice from Melbourne. Will keep this in mind should we have a chance to visit Australia again. This is just fascinating.

  3. Interesting post. I was not aware that Melbourne offers such clear views on the Milky Way! They Whale Watching is another activity I would like to give a go, if I am there in winter. Let us hope, that Australia soon opens its borders again to international travelers.

  4. Loved reading this. This is going to be very helpful for the first time visitors to Melbournes, especially in winters.The views of the Mily way sounds like a solid reason to plan a trip around that time. I would love to check out the ACMI and the Docklands. Winter night markets sound cozy. And I can totally relate to your fandom for SRK. I have also visited few places just to see him.

  5. If I ever get to visit Melbourne, all the free outings are on my list. I would love to see the winter market, whales, milky way. And 880 km between Sydney and Melbourne in 8.5 hours is super. Driving on those clean roads would be fun, am sure.

  6. Coming from Canada, Melbourne’s winter isn’t so bad. Nothing better than grabbing a cup of hot coco and go stargazing – sounds like a dream to me.

  7. I’ve never thought about visiting Australia in the winter. The markets sound like SO much fun! I’d also love to look up at the stars and drink hot chocolate while doing so. I love the idea of visiting when it’s chilly!

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