Summer in Melbourne is filled with sun, sand, fine food and dining. From fish and chips on the beach to café/restaurant dining, from tennis or cricket to the races, whatever your passion you will find it all here. We’ve got you covered with a list of popular activities Melbournians just love to do in summer.
Visit a Market
With global street food, specialty stalls, bars and live music the Queen Victoria Night markets are the place to be. Open Wednesday night from 5 pm until late, enhanced by balmy evenings, fresh summer dishes and your pick of beverages to quench your dry mouth after exploring all the wares on sale here. For nearby accommodation, catch a tram up Elizabeth Street to the Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, centrally located in the heart of Melbourne on Flinders Street. The newly refurbished The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins Melbourne is also nearby.
Thursday nights at the South Melbourne Markets are a mesh of food trucks, live music and designer stalls. Start with a quick spurt of retail therapy, making sure you try the iconic South Melbourne Market Dim Sim known all over Melbourne. Next, kick back and relax with your choice of mouth-watering food served from one of the revolving food trucks on offer, while soaking in the live music and ambience of the long-standing favourite market.
Sundays you can find The District Makers Market open with a colourful array of stalls in the centre of Docklands. From jewellery to homewares, gifts to crafts and artisan produce you will be glad you found this little gem in the centre of this new and upcoming precinct. Located near the Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands you will be within walking distance to store all the goodies you picked up at The District Makers Market.
Take the 38-second elevator 285 metres above ground to the dizzying heights of the Eureka Sky-Deck. You can see Melbourne from every direction all the way through to Port Phillip Bay and the Dandenong Ranges. Take a ride on the Edge, a see-through platform 88 floors from the ground. For the brave adventurer, this is a must-do activity in Melbourne. Around the corner, the Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank is just moments away for a comfortable and convenient stay.
Set in the serenity of Melbourne’s beautiful Botanical Gardens, pack a picnic rug and load yourself up with some delicious finger food to catch a movie under the stars. Showing new releases, cult and classic films with a mix of kid’s favourites thrown in, there is something for everyone. If you want to leave the cooking up to someone else, take your pick from the many food trucks onsite serving your favourite movie food to get stuck into. Either way, you will always remember your Moonlight cinema experience at this scenic venue.
Spend your nights dancing amongst the wildlife in their home at the Melbourne zoo. With a line-up of who’s who in the music industry, you will be blown away with this open-air event. Food trucks and bars serve up your favourite bevvy, while the proceeds go to fight the extinction of the most at-risk Victorian species.
If the height of the Eureka Tower makes you feel queasy, then perhaps something a little lower is to your liking. Serving a mixture of international and handcrafted beers, spirits, wine and cocktails, these gardens are an oasis with a view in the centre of the bustling CBD. Some of the better-known rooftop bars include Good Heavens, Emerald Peacock and Palmz. Whichever venue you choose, bottoms up and enjoy the view.