If you’re visiting Melbourne and are lucky enough to get some good weather, you’ll most likely want to spend some time outdoors—and the good news is, there are plenty of fun things to do around Melbourne whenever the mercury rises.
Here are ten sure-fire outdoor favourites…
1. Jump on a Yarra River Cruise
The Yarra Rivers is undeniably the heart of Melbourne, so it’s only fitting that you should jump on one of the many river cruises that depart from Southbank, Batman Park or the Docklands. You’ll enjoy taking in the sights of the city and the many historic bridges dotted along the river from one Melbourne’s characteristically low, flat-top cruise boats.
2. Picnic at the Royal Botanic Gardens
Few things can be as relaxing as packing a picnic and heading to the Royal Botanic Gardens to enjoy a tasty bite in the surrounds of its beautifully lush gardens. Simply sit back and listen to the bird’s chirp and watch the day melt away.
3. Play a round of golf at Yarra Bend
If you fancy a hit, head to Yarra Bend Golf Course. This 18-hole public golf course is set in a picturesque location only 10 minutes from the CBD, and also includes a driving range and adventure golf course for the littlies.
4. Wander through the Camberwell Sunday Market
Every Sunday, the car park behind the main strip of shops on Burke Road in Camberwell is transformed into a glorious fashion and artisan craft market where you can spend hours browsing through a wide variety of clothes and other goods. You never know what gem you might stumble across!
5. Explore St Kilda
St Kilda is one of the most iconic destinations in Melbourne. From its beautiful foreshore precinct to the big mouth at Luna Park, the palm tree-lined Acland Street shopping strip and Fitzroy Street with its trendy bars and restaurants, it’s an excellent place to spend a sunny day.
6. Catch a sporting match at the ‘G’
Melbourne is known for its sporting culture, and whether you most enjoy AFL, cricket, tennis, rugby, basketball or soccer, it’s all on offer in Melbourne.
While there is a plethora of venues throughout the city which host a range of sporting matches throughout the year, the MCG is by far the most iconic of the lot. Accommodating crowds of up to 100,000 people, a visit to the impressive open-air stadium should be something that’s on everyone’s bucket list.
7. Fishing at Albert Park Lake
If you like the idea of dropping a line in, you can do it within easy reach of the CBD at Albert Park Lake where you might be able to catch a Rainbow Trout or Golden Perch. Just be mindful that you will need to purchase a fishing license through the Victorian Fishing Authority (which costs $10 for a 3-day license).
8. Head to Gumbaya World
As the biggest amusement park in Melbourne, Gumbaya World offers something for everyone. Not only is it home to a wildlife sanctuary, but it also includes an enormous water park and rides which cater to all age groups. It’s sure to be a great day for all!
9. Boating at the Studley Park Boat House
If you like boating, kayaking or canoeing, head to the Studley Park Boathouse on the Yarra River where you can grab a tasty treat from the kiosk and enjoy a relaxed day waterside in the shade of the beautiful native gum trees.
10. Get acquainted with the critters at Melbourne Zoo
The Melbourne Zoo in Parkville is a favourite for many visitors to Melbourne. Home to giraffes, zebras, elephants, gorillas, orangutans, tigers, lions, snow leopards, meerkats, wombats, tassie devils and an array of reptiles, the zoo has been well designed to allow you to get to all the animals you most want to see, while also providing plenty of places where you can grab some reprieve from the sun on a warm day.