Think of jazzy music, white sand beaches, and people chilling & doing things they love the most – sounds like an ideal sunny day in Australia right? Well, this is exactly what summer in Melbourne is like! Just like the temperature, the enthusiasm amongst everyone is on a rise too, and there’s just plenty of things to see & do.
So, if you ever thought that the summer months are not ideal for a trip, you’re mistaken. Because no time is ever a bad time to holiday in Melbourne! But, just to make sure that you have the best holiday experience despite the blazing sun, make sure these 10 things to do are on top of your itinerary!
Weather During Summer In Melbourne
In Melbourne, summer time starts from the month of December and ends by the end of February with the temperature ranging from 24ºC to 40ºC. The typical days are usually warm and sunny, while a few days are cool and cloudy. It might feel like it’s burning out there at first, but believe us the Australian summers have their own charm and after a moment or two, you too would fall in love with the sun.
10 Fun Things To Do In Melbourne In Summer
1. Chill at the IceBar Melbourne
Located in the mid of the Brunswick Street, the IceBar Melbourne is certainly a unique place to visit in Australia, and by far the best in the city if you wish to chill indoors. From cocktail glasses to the sculptures around, everything is made of ice. And just to make sure that guests do not feel too cold, the bar also provides warn snow capes, gloves, and ugg boots.
Timings: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM from Thursday to Monday
Location: 319 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
2. Indulge in Melbourne’s famous gelato
A gelato is definitely different from the usual ice creams, and Melbourne’s sweet offerings are quite a testimony to that. With innumerable ice creams like fairy floss clouds, candied bacon, sea salt, unicorns, and more, the city has definitely got a treasure in store to titillate your taste buds and tickle your sweet tooth.
Famous ice creams in Melbourne: Pidapipó Gelateria, Gelato Messina, and more
3. Go out for a refreshing dip
The city is popular for offering innumerable experiences despite its blazing sun. But just when you feel that you need to escape the sun, dive either into Melbourne’s famous sea baths or popular beaches. A swim is definitely the best way to beat the heat with a splash and rejuvenate oneself. But, if you wish to take things up a notch, you can go for water sports and treat the adventurer in you!
Popular places to swim in Melbourne: St. Kilda Sea Baths, The Langham, and WaterMarc Aquatic and Leisure Centre
4. Shop & eat at the Queen Victoria’s Night Market
Visiting a new city and not trying its food is as much a sin as is not shopping there. If you find the day a bit hot, the Queen Victoria’s Night Market is just the perfect place for you to hang out and explore the Melbourne culture & lifestyle. There are endless rows of food stalls, festival bars, fashion stalls, and more that are waiting to sweep you off your feet.
Timings: 5:00 PM onwards on every Wednesday
Location: Queen St & Therry St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Another great night market in Melbourne: South Melbourne Night Market
5. Watch a movie at the world’s largest IMAX
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Featuring the world’s largest cinema screen, the IMAX in Melbourne is certainly a place worth visiting during your holiday in Australia. Irrespective of whether it’s a 2D movie or a 3D, you’d surely have an experience of a lifetime here. Needless to say, it’s also the perfect thing to do for escaping the heat.
Location: Melbourne Museum Precinct, Rathdowne St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia
6. Enjoy cruising on the Yarra River
A relaxing ride along a surreal river with spellbinding views around is exactly how an ideal summer break should be. Of the many things to do in Melbourne, one such is cruising on the Yarra River for a blissful experience. From booking a dinner cruise to hiring your own boat, there are various choices available to make your evening unique.
Price: The ticket price for cruising will depend on the type of cruise you choose.
7. Witness the city from a hot air balloon
The best way to beat the heat is to get closer to the wind, and what better way can be there to do that than riding in a hot air balloon! Popular as one of the best experiences, a ride over the CBD during sunrise or sunset is undeniably the best way to witness the beauty of the city at its best. Just don’t forget to carry your camera.
Price: The price for one ride usually starts from $325
Location: Yarra Valley Melbourne City
8. Treat the kid within at the Melbourne Zoo
The Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens, which is also popularly known as the Melbourne Zoo is one of the best places to visit in Melbourne in summer. Irrespective of whether you’re with your family or just with your loved one, this zoological park is an ultimate hub of fun for reliving your old sweet childhood days. Every day has different, yet intriguing shows running that would only make your experience one-of-its-kind!
Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on all the days
Location: Elliott Ave, Parkville VIC 3052, Australia
9. Attend the most classic cultural festivals
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Melbourne is a city where the show never ends. So, be it summer or fall, the classic or fun cultural festivals are something that can be witnessed throughout the year. But, if you really want to explore the city at its best, don’t just witness, but attend the most popular festivals like St. Kilda or Babylon that take place during January or February.
Best festivals to attend in Melbourne in summer: St. Kilda Festival, Cool Summer Festival, Rainbow Serpent Festival, Sugar Mountain, and more
10. Be a part of the summer sports in Melbourne
The list of sports Melbourne indulges in is endless. From tennis to cycling, there are innumerable choices to pick from and for adding a little fun to your Australia holiday. But, if you wish to sit on the other side and watch the players do what they do best, then the Australian Open Tennis and Festival of Sails are a couple of spectator sports that you enjoy.
Dates for Australian Open Tennis: 14th to 27th January, 2019
Dates for Festival of Sails: 26th to 28th January, 2018
Tips For Visiting Melbourne In Summer
- Make sure dresses, shorts, culottes, and loose cotton tees are the best things to pack. Also, don’t forget to carry layers.
- Sunscreen with SPF 30+, sunglasses, and hat are definitely a must.
- Keep all your travel documents with you when you’re out in the city.
- Keep yourself hydrated with either water or the famous slushies.
- While visiting the attractions in Melbourne is a must-do, don’t skip the beach activities or sports. They are an absolute must-do for having a unique experience.
- Melbourne is a beautiful city, so remember to take a good camera along.
- Prefer carrying dollars handy while shopping at the night markets.
- Learn about the do’s and don’ts in the city and follow them wisely.
Excited about your trip to Australia already? Well, with these experiences in your itinerary, we are sure that you’d have the best summer break ever. So, head out and conquer!