Everyone knows that Melbourne is an awesome city to visit in summer. With its stunning beaches and abundance of surrounding nature and beautiful hikes, it is such a lovely place to spend some time. But that certainly doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit in winter. While perhaps less renowned, there are so many fun and unique things to do in winter in Melbourne and its surrounds. There are also fewer tourists around, so winter is actually an ideal time to visit! If you’re looking for how to spend your time in Melbourne this July and August, here are a few ideas.
Quick facts about Melbourne’s winter
- Official dates of winter: 1st of June to 31st of August
- Average winter temperature: 11 degrees celsius, although it is not uncommon for it to drop to as low as 1 degree celsius overnight
- Snowfall is rare in the city but happens in nearby mountains.
Things to do in winter in Melbourne:
Soak in a spa at Peninsula hot springs
Peninsula hot springs is located down the Mornington peninsula, just over an hour south of Melbourne’s CBD. This is just the perfect place to visit on those cold and frosty days. This place is like the epitome of relaxation. The views of the green hills of Victoria that surround it are just picturesque. Soak in that soothing warm water and take in the views.
Top things to do at Peninsula hot springs:
- Watch the sunset in the 360 degree view pool
- Watch a movie at the outdoor amphitheatre
- Take a massage
- Wade into the cave pool
Tip: Make a reservation and make sure you get there on time! The earlier the better so you can make the most out of your day there.
There are a few cafés at Peninsula hot springs, and they even offer onsite accommodation for guaranteed relaxation and luxury.
Play in the snow at Lake Mountain
There are a few different places to see snow around Melbourne in winter, but Lake Mountain is the closest to the CBD. Just around two hours of driving will take you to the snow fields high up in the mountains. This is an awesome opportunity to spend some time in the snow, have fun tobogganing down their slopes or just have a snow fight or build .a snowman. It is also really kid-friendly up here so a great day out for the whole family!
Top things to do at Lake Mountain:
- Snowboard lessons
- Cross country skiing
- Tube run
- Flying fox
Tip: take your own food because the food in the café there is unhealthy and overpriced. Check the conditions at the top before you head off, because sometimes activities will be out of operation because of the weather.
Take in the city views on the Melbourne Star
The Melbourne Star is one of the best things to do in winter in Melbourne because it is a secure way to see the city that is safe from the cold. You can be enclosed in your own private cabin while you see and learn more about the beautiful city.
Top things to do at the Melbourne Star:
- Order a drink to take with you as you go around
- Take home some souvenir photos
Tips: try to get there to ride around sunset for the best experience. Book online to save some money.
Test your skating skills at a pop-up ice rink
During winter in Melbourne, various ice skating rinks pop up in different areas of the city. Popular ones are in Southbank and St Kilda, but even your local mall might have opened one for a limited time, so definitely check there first. Most of these come at a small fee, but there is one in Eastland which is free for those who spend $20 or more in one of their restaurants. This is another thing to do in winter in Melbourne which is great for kids.
If you have never been ice skating before, the pop up arenas are also a great place to learn.
Where to stay in winter in Melbourne: Space Hotel
Space Hotel is an awesome accommodation, especially for winter time because there are so many indoor activities available, including a movie room and a gym. Not only that, but they have a spa pool which you can warm up in while you take in their city views. Couldn’t ask for much more on a cold winter’s day!
Melbourne is definitely not a bad winter destination. It doesn’t rain very often and as long as you have a good coat, you’ll be able to walk around outside relatively comfortably. But it is still cold enough that you are able to enjoy the things that make winter cool (no pun intended). Most of the activities mentioned above are either greatly improved or only available in winter. In short, there are plenty of cool things to do in winter in Melbourne so this city definitely has something to offer!
>> Have you been to Melbourne in winter? If you have tried any of the activities mentioned in this post, let me know how you found them or if you have any other suggestions for things to do in winter in Melbourne, I would love to see them in the comments!
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