Best things to do in Melbourne this Summer

Melbourne is notoriously known for having all four seasons in one day. But my favourite of these seasons would have to be Summer. Which luckily is right on our doorstep. There is something about the sweltering hot days and balmy nights that make Melbourne magic in a whole other way to winter.

There’s nothing like warm summer nights, cocktails on a rooftop bar or sun-drenched pool parties. This is your guide to having your best Melbourne summer ever, whether you’re keen for music festivals and road trips, or just lazy afternoons in a beer garden or an outdoor cinema in the worlds most weather-deranged liveable city.

Best of Melbourne this Summer

Summer Night Markets 

These are one of my favourite markets in Melbourne and always keep me coming back for me. From 5pm Wednesday nights from 15 Nov 17 to 11 Apr 17 the Summer Night Markets at the Queen Victoria Markets come alive. Think summer air filled with the smell of delicious foods from around the world, fairy lights, cocktails, live music and performances and the best of Melbourne designers. You’ll be coming back every Wednesday night for more. Entry is free too!

Cool Off at the Baths

Sure, Melbourne’s weather in reliably unreliable. But when its hot, its HOT. Cool off at the St Kilda Sea Baths. Choose from the 25-metre heated seawater pool and hydrotherapy spa pool – all with beautiful views of the bay. The Baths also offer an aromatherapy steam room, a gym and café. Plus, right next door are some of Melbourne best summer drinking spots like Republica and Captain Baxter

Moonlight Cinema

Melbourne’s Moonlight Cinema is located on the Central Lawn in the Royal Botanic Gardens. There is a licensed bar and food at the venue. Also, YOU CAN BRING YOUR DOG! Bean bags can be hired or just bring your picnic blanket and an extra blanket to snuggle up in! The 2017/18 Melbourne Summer Season runs from 1 Dec to 1 April.  Jump on the Moonlight Cinema website to check out whats playing. Don’t forget your picnic!

White Night Melbourne

Put the 17th February in your diaries right now. White Night bring the best of Melbourne Culture together for an overnight extravaganza. White Night is a free, all-night event with visual art, illuminations, music, food, theatre, sport, fashion, film and design. See many of Melbourne’s iconic buildings lit up with beautiful artworks of light on their facades. The festival runs from 7pm to 7am. Make sure you get your afternoon nap in so you can see all the festival has to offer. I usually start at the Royal Exhibition Building and then work my way across the CDB to the Alexandra Gardens.

Melbourne Night Noodle Markets

From November 9- 26, Birrarung Marr, is set alight with the smells, sights and sounds of more than 30 sizzling hawker-style stalls. If you are a food lover like me, indulge yourself in the Asian feast of signature dishes and innovative tastes from Melbourne’s best restaurants like Hochi Mama, Bambu, Mr Miyagi, Hoy Pinoy, Wonderbao and Gelato Messina, all served alongside roaming performers, DJs and live music. The markets shine a light on Melbourne’s multi-cultural flavours, fusing cuisines from across Asia in one vibrant, open-air experience. Don’t forget, the Night Noodle Markets are CASHLESS so don’t forget your cards!

St Kilda Festival

St Kilda Festival is a nine-day event held in Melbourne and whose culmination is a summer-style celebration of arts and music along the gorgeous St Kilda foreshore. “Festival Sunday” on 11 February 2018 is where the goods are at. The streets are closed during the festival, so take the route 96 tram from the city to St Kilda Beach. The best of Sunday is found down by the big stage on the Foreshore.

Visit Phillip Island

It’s not a real summer without at least one road trip with your 3 best mates, piled into the car, windows down, feel good tunes pumping. A Road trip to Phillip Island is required for delicious coffee, fish and chips, fried chicken and penguins. Oh and they have some pretty sweet beaches, markets and festivals on down there too! And for some reason it’s always a few degrees cooler down there…

What’s your favourite thing to do in Melbourne in summer?

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