Summer’s almost here, meaning everyone’s summer break isn’t far away! And what better way to celebrate summer by taking a city trip to one of Australia’s biggest, most culturally interesting and gorgeous cities: Melbourne. Melbourne is the city of amazing coffee, great food and overall an exciting vibe - especially over summer time. There are many melbourne attractions you can visit, some are the obvious touristy things, some are more local. But whatever you’re looking for, you can be rest assured Melbourne’s event calendar is bombed with exciting things to do.
Things To Do In Melbourne: Must-do’s
I can tell from experience that even as a local, you might not necessarily have seen all that your hometown has to offer. So even if you’re a Melbournian, there’s always these few touristy things you just haven’t gotten around to do yet. And as a tourist, these are a few of melbourne attractions you just have to have done or been to.
We never get sick of photos of the bustling crowds crossing towards Flinders St Station. The station's fresh coat of paint brings out all the fine details of the building's architecture. It also lights up at night, so you can't miss this iconic, golden structure amidst the city skyline. Make sure to visit and embrace the commuter atmosphere during both the day and night for the full experience. Photo by @benjamineriksson.photography #visitmelbourne #melbournetwist
1. Summer Night Market
Every Wednesday from the 21st of November until the 20st of March (2019) you can enjoy multicultural street foods, Victorian & Australian products, designer fashion and artisan stalls with a focus on handmade and locally designed products and many, many more. There’ll be entertainment such as street performances and there will even be a dedicated ‘Spirit Zone’ area offering massages and tarot readings! There’s something for everyone at the Night Market!
What: Summer Night Market
When: 21 November 2018 - 20 March 2019, Wednesday nights
Where: Queen Victoria Market
2. St Kilda Festival
Visit melbourne as it is known for its festivals; there is truly one every week. The St Kilda Festival is a melbourne festival worth taking time out for. Whether you love yourself some good live music, dance classes or live wrestling (!), this festivals offers so many great things. And the best part? It’s absolutely free! You’ll need to expect a massive turnout, but it’s worth the trip. - Melbourne’s event calendar is full of of festivals in and around the city during the summer months, so have a Google and find your favourite ones to visit!
What: St Kilda Festival
When: February 14th 2019, 9 AM - 6 PM
Where: St Kilda, Melbourne
3. Brighton Beach
Discover one of the best things to do in Melbourne over the summer: Brighton beach. Surely you’ve heard of it and have seen the many, many pictures of the cute beach boxes you can take Instagram-worthy pictures in front of. Go early in the morning or late in the evening if you want to take a proper picture with one of the most popular melbourne attractions. But if you’re just looking to chill out, find yourself a spot and enjoy the sun, beach and ocean smell.
What: Brighton beach
When: Throughout summer time
Where: Brighton, Melbourne
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4. School of Rock
Get your music on with this fantastic musical. You might not be ready for school just yet, but these kids and teacher certainly are and they know how to do it right. The show’s been running on Broadway and the West End and you know that if it’s still running over there, it must be a good one. Don’t miss finding out how the struggling musician found himself to be a substitute teacher to a group of highschoolers and turns them into the best rock band you’ve ever heard.
What: School of Rock: The Musical
When: 31 October 2018 - 1 February 2019
Where: Her Majesty’s Theatre
Cost: From $69.90 per person
5. Exhibition: MC Escher
For the first time ever, MC Escher’s works are being exhibited in Melbourne this summer. If you visit melbourne not only will you be able to view masterpieces that have travelled the world by the Dutch master, you’ll also get an opportunity to see works by the Escher-influenced Japanese design studio Nendo. All in all, with over 160 prints and drawings to see, you’ll spend a most interesting and mind-bending morning or afternoon.
What: Between Two Worlds | Escher x Nendo Exhibition
When: 2 December 2018 - 7 April 2019
Where: The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Cost: Between 10-28$
6. Florence and the Machine
If you’ve been hypnotized by the voice of the lovely Florence, you won’t want to miss the band’s biggest ever Australian tour. After releasing their latest album High as Hope, the UK indie-rock band has never been so popular. They will be starting in Perth, going through Adelaide, Melbourne, Geelong and Brisbane before completing their last performance in Sydney. Don’t wait too long purchasing your tickets; these will go like hot buns.
What: Florence and the Machine
When: January 18th, 2019
Cost: Starting at $255.55
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7. Grampians National Park
If you’re an outdoors kind of person, there are a lot of beautiful national parks in Victoria and surroundings of Melbourne. If there is one you must visit, though, it’s the Grampians National Park. Hike or climb up to see magnificent views, have a picnic and stay camping for a night and have a great firecamp.
What: Grampians National Park
When: Throughout summer
Where: Grampians National Park, about 3,5 hours away from Melbourne
8. Great Ocean Road
A must see for every tourist visiting Victoria, the Great Ocean Road is a drive along the coast of approximately 4 hours. See great cliffs, amazing beaches, and enjoy the wonderful nature. There are a bunch of places to stop along the way and see koalas, parrots, whales and kangaroos. You won’t want to miss this one.
What: Great Ocean Road
When: Throughout summer
Where: Depart from Melbourne towards Princetown along the coastline
9. Phillip Island
For the penguins fans under us, Phillip Island is a perfect place to chill out, enjoy the ocean and the wildlife. A quite short drive away from Melbourne, this little island is loved by locals for its relaxed vibe. Every day a Penguin Parade is held at sunset when little penguins come back to shore. Bring the kiddos for a fun evening of penguins spotting.
What: Phillip Island
When: Throughout summer
Where: Phillip Island, 2 hours away from Melbourne
Cost: Free, Penguin Parade $26.20 adults
10. White Night Melbourne
Originating in Paris in 2002 as an all-night festival, Melbourne became the very first Aussie city to hold such a Nuit Blanche! Showcasing local, national and international artists, innovation, music, dance and many, many more, the White Night festival had become one of Melbourne’s most popular summer event.
What: White Night Melbourne
When: TBA - February 2019
Where: All over Melbourne’s CBD
Melbourne’s event calendar is full of amazing, fun things to do in melbourne for the coming summer, and there is no doubt that tourists and locals alike will not be bored for a moment. Make sure to visit melbourne like you should and see the must haves to not miss out on your trip to Australia’s Melbourne!