The Best Things To Do In Melbourne This Winter

Melbourne is made for winter. When the weather gets colder, the city comes alive with food festivals, art shows, theatre, markets and lots more. And don’t get me started on the joys of cosy pubs, hot chocolate or mulled wine. Here, I’ve put together a definite guide to the best things to do in Melbourne this winter.

Eat pasta out of a wheel of cheese

You heard me right. Pasta made in a wheel of cheese. Oh sweet cheesey delicious goodness. Rug up and enjoy the best winter market in Melbourne with a warming drink in hand; this year, you can sip mulled wine or hot cider by an open fire while you dig into some delicious street food. Once you’re finished stuffing your face with as much food as possible there is a killer line up of design stalls, lighting installations, street performances, fortune tellers and a silent disco if you’re feeling groovy. Don’t miss it.

The Winter Night Market is held on the corner of Queen and Therry Streets, and runs from 5-10pm on Wednesday nights in Winter. Entry is free.

Become a hot chocolate connoisseur

Drink mugs of gooey, molten hot chocolate from Mörk Chocolate Brew House. Their Campfire Hot Chocolate comes in a smoke-enhanced hot chocolate that you’ll smell before you see. A smoking gun charged with beech wood smoke is responsible for the campfire element of this drink: a smoke-fogged stemless wine glass, served with a little beaker of hot chocolate, plus smoked salt and a toasted marshmallow on a stick (your edible spoon). So very Melbourne. And if that doesn’t take your fancy (weirdo) they have a plenty of other wacky and wonderful chocolatey concoctions to warm you from the inside out.

Mork is open Tue-Sat 8am­-5pm & Sun 9am-5pm at 150 Errol Street North Melbourne

Mork Campfire Hot Chocloate
Mork Hot Chocloate

Take you photography skills to a new level in Melbourne’s Best Laneways & Alleyways

Everyone know about famous Hosier Lane, Degraves Street and Hardware lane – and they are all worth a visit. However some of the best street art lies in smaller alleys known only to locals. Check out some of the best in Caledonian, ADCD and Union Lanes as well as Rutledge Alley and Cocker Alley.

A walking tour of Melbourne’s best lane and alley ways can be found here! Best of all its free!

See the Friday night lights

You cannot come to melbourne without catching an AFL game. The Australian Football League is an absolute religion among the local Victorian population and the atmosphere is amazing! It would be rude not to have a beer and a pie.

General Admission tickets start from around $20 and can be purchased at the MGC or online. I recommend a Friday or Saturday night game for the best atmosphere. 

Friday night AFL game at the MCG

Warm up with some mulled wine

Red wine and spices are the base ingredients for this European winter warmer: but from there, anything is possible. You’ll find mulled wine in bars and pubs all over town in the colder months, and you’ll be warm in no time even if you don’t have a fireplace handy. I reccommend Madame Brussels for prim, proper and served in fine china or Milk The Cow where they also have an assortment of fine cheese’s and fondue pots.

Madam Brussels is located at L3 59 Bourke Street

Milk The Cow can be found on Fitzroy St, St Kilda and Lygon St Carlton. 

Soak in heavenly warm waters

For a pleasant day trip, make a break for it, strip down and heat up with a dip in the pools at the Peninsula Hot Springs. A favourite for locals and international visitors, it’s easy to spend the whole day here, even when it’s raining! The pools heat up to a maximum temperature of 42 degrees, so get ready for a warming surprise! We recommend hiring a cosy robe for those freezing runs between pools. Absolute bliss from just $25, just an hour and a half from Melbourne. And if you time it right you may get a treat of seeing some of the AFL footballers in the speedo’s. Thank me later.

Peninsula Hot Springs is located along Springs Lane in Fingal and are open 7 days a week, from 7:30am until 10pm daily.

During peak times (Friday to Monday and holiday periods) it is essential to pre-book your bathing online.

Peninsular Hot Springs at night

Remember that just because its cold out that you still need to exercise

Escape the cold and get the adrenaline pumping with Melbourne city’s ultimate indoor Hardrock climbing centre. Reach new heights and choose from different courses, while enjoying the view from the completely transparent building. Check out the skyline before high-fiving your partner as you abseil by. Remember: the couple that plays together stays together! 30 smackaroos will get you a day’s unlimited climbing, with all the gear provided.

Hardrock  is located on Corner Franklin & Swanston Streets in the CBD.

You can climb Wednesdays & Thursdays  6am to 9.30am or check their website for courses. 

Get out of Town

And if all of the above doesn’t tickle your fancy then check out some of the best that Victoria has to offer. Go where the locals go and check out Melbourne’s outer region. The Great Ocean Road is obviously a must do with amazing surf beaches and coast side pubs. Take our tip – hire a campervan and cruise on by the 12 apostles at sunset. Phillip Island is a surfie haven south of Melbourne and home to the infamous Penguin Parade. Check out my favourite Road trip to Philip Island Here! . North of Melbourne you will find the Yarra Valley Wine Region – take a day trip from Melbourne. On the very southern coast of Victoria sits Wilson’s Promontory – home to Wallabies, Wombats, Surf Beaches and mountain top hiking trails.

Want some more free ideas? Check out my best free things to do in Melbourne post 

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