5 Things To Do In Melbourne This Winter

people in a pub

Cosmopolitan, dynamic and cultural, the temperatures don’t have to be high for you to find something to do in Melbourne. Check out all of the things that are perfect to do in Melbourne in winter.

Go To A Gallery

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Contemporary, aboriginal, international and local art – it all has a home in Melbourne. When it’s cold outside, venture inside these great and intriguing buildings to view their contents for a few hours. The National Gallery of Victoria has probably the most extensive collection in the city including Australian drawings, fashion, photography, decoration and sculpture at The Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square; and a wide selection of art from Europe, Asia and America at NGV International on St Kilda Road, with free general entry into both.

Get Cosy In A Pub

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Famous for its hospitality, the pubs of Melbourne cater for winter evenings with roaring fires, wholesome food, cosy furnishings and plenty of entertainment. Irish pubs like P.J. O’Brien’s, The Last Jar and The Drunken Poet have live music, beer and warm, rich food that could melt the coldest of hearts. During winter, salads and fish are replaced with pies, roasts and stews, and entertainment heads inside with trivia, stand-up comedy and live bands filling the walls with laughter and music – just the kind of atmosphere you need.

Explore The Laneways


Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean the laneways are any less inviting. See what the bars, cafes, boutiques and buskers have to offer this season with mulled wine and cider, jazz music, local designers, fantastic coffee and temporary art installations in basements and warehouses. You can even get your haircut by some of the finest barbers in the city. You can always find something new and unique in the laneways.

Go To A Game/Race

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Sporting events continue through winter with Round 10 of the AFL on 6th – 8th June, Round 11 on 13th – 14th June, and Round 12 on 19th – 21st June. You can also have a day at the races with June Raceday on 13th June and Flemington Winter Raceday on 18th July. One of the greatest sporting events to happen in Melbourne will also take place this winter. The 2015 International Champions Cup will welcome Real Madrid, Manchester City and AS Roma to Melbourne between 18th and 24th July, giving locals probably their only chance to see these teams live in Australia. Playing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, it’s going to be a fierce competition.

Go To The Zoo

baby and mother gorillas at melbourne zoo

Winter’s nothing to animals, and you’ll find that the residents at the city’s zoos, wildlife parks and aquariums are just as active in winter as they are in summer. Meet the Western Lowland Gorillas including newborn, Kanzi, at Melbourne Zoo; get up close to Pinjarra, one of Australia’s largest saltwater crocs at Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium; and view rhinos and giraffes in their natural habitat on a wildlife safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo.