Summer in the City
We’ve rounded up the definitive list of must-do Melbourne activities this summer so that you can just sit back and relax, preferably with a cocktail in hand.
Access All Areas
Forget the nose bleed seats at Rod Laver Arena, grab yourself some ground passes and see Federer and the Williams sisters up close on the outside courts. There is also a mini theme park for kids, the AO live stage with a line-up of Australian and International acts appearing daily, plus great food and beverage stalls, not to mention many grassy knolls to recline and watch all the tennis action unfold.
Raising the Roof
The Provincial Hotel on Brunswick Street is home to Melbourne’s newest rooftop bar serving up fresh pineapple punch, a long list of bar snacks such as mac'n'cheese bites, loaded fries and wings and epic summer sunset views.
Art for All Ages
The Body inspires the annual Kids Festival this January encouraging all kids big and small to play, move, and make, in a series of interactive performances and workshops.
For something different, ‘The Pool’ exhibition invites visitors to ‘take a dip’ inside the galleries enclosed pop up pool. Complemented by multimedia and audio content the exhibition examines Australian cultural identity through an exploration of the pools of Australia.
NGV Summer Sundays are also returning in February with free performances by local musicians and DJs, food and pop-up bars in the NGV Garden and kids activities.
As part of a groundbreaking new direction for the Melbourne Museum is ‘Museum Inside Out’ from December which showcases its collection in a one-of-a-kind audio-aesthetic adventure.
Visitors will be given headphones and taken on an immersive journey as items will be placed into unusual, highly theatrical settings. As part of the experience, visitors will encounter performances, vignettes and soundscapes.
Byron Comes to Town
The popular Boho Luxe Market will be held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton for 3 days during February with over 250 stalls of food, drinks, vegan options, fashion, jewellery, skincare, readings and glamping.
The Zoo Twilights series is back this summer with all proceeds helping to save the Eastern Barred Bandicoot from extinction. Buy tickets to a great line up of Aussie and NZ acts including Neil and Liam Finn and Kate Miller-Heidke with String Quartet.
Movies by Moonlight
Melbourne’s Moonlight Cinema is located on the Central Lawn in the majestic Royal Botanic Gardens. Watch old classics to new blockbusters under the stars sipping on apple cider and chowing down on cheeseburger sliders.