When winter hits it doesn’t mean you need to stop exploring and having fun. Winter offers great outdoor activities for travellers and locals, whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or prefer safe entertainment. Winter activities in Melbourne are suitable for every type of traveller.
Undoubtedly, when we are talking about winter, the ‘real impact’ of it depends on where you are. Winter in Finland will look a bit different to Australia. However, if you want to explore a different side of each country, you will definitely notice a difference between seasons.
Melbourne in Australia is a destination worth travelling to, especially when the colder air hits. So, if you are planning a getaway or want to escape the heat of the summer in your hemisphere– below are 3 exciting outdoor winter activities to try in Melbourne and nearby.
Go Whale Watching in Warrnambool
Winter is the perfect time for whale watching and the place to be is the east side of Warrnambool. It’s where female adult whales come to give birth between May and August. As the little whale calf is born, the tiny family will stay in the area until September. This gives you three months – June, July and August – to spot these beautiful creatures.
The best place to spot whales is at Logan’s Beach. The location even has its own viewing platform for visitors and it has long been known as the nursery site for the Southern Right Whales. Since it’s a popular destination for whale-watching, there are plenty of other things to do nearby as well.
Furthermore, the spot is not just great for whale spotting. You can also find penguins, dolphins and fur seals hanging out near the coastline. If you want to do something sporty, check out the Minigolf By The Sea. You get to enjoy a game of golf in a stunning location and you might even spot a whale while doing it! It’s a great family destination.
Become a daredevil at Eureka Skydeck’s Giant Ice Slide
There are lots of fun winter activities in Melbourne, and for those looking for something exciting, the Eureka Skydeck is the place to be. The high reaching observation deck provides stunning views of the city with a 360-degree perspective of everything around you.
This year, you will want to try something a bit different than just enjoying the view. You can be a daredevil and slide down the Giant Ice Slide. The slide first appeared last winter but it’s going to be even bigger and better this year. You’ll come down the slide on an inflatable donut and it’s definitely a ride you won’t forget.
Now, if you are looking for something a bit less nerve wrecking, the audio tour of Melbourne’s history and architecture is worth listening to as you make your way to the observation deck. For some, it might be enough although trying new things can be worth it!
While you are spending time in Melbourne, the Queen Victoria Night Market is another place to explore during winter. The market runs from June to August and it has everything from live music to amazing stalls. Whether you are looking to update your wardrobe, bring home quirky souvenirs, or grab a bite to eat, you’ll find it here. The market is quite a good way of calming your nerves after riding down the slide – so combine these two activities together.
Go skiing on Mt Buller Snow Tour
The north-eastern side of Melbourne is dominated by the stunning Victoria Alpine region. If you’re looking for sporty winter activities in Melbourne, this is the place to be during this time. Mt Buller offers visitors the option to ski, snowboard, and to just hang out in the after-ski bar.
However, you might also take part in the exciting Mt Buller Snow Tour. The tour is a great way to explore the different parts of the mountainous region. You’ll drive in the Yarra Valley, explore towns like Yea and Bonnie Doon, and visit Mansfield for fun activities. Of course, you’ll also get to engage in plenty of fantastic snow activities as you arrive at your final destination in Mt Buller.
As mentioned above, the village is great for traditional winter sports, but you could also try tobogganing and board-riding. Of course, you’ll need equipment for these winter sports, which you can always rent at the resort, or you can bring your own. If you’re looking for skis, browse around here to find some of the best.
The best time to visit the region is in July, although you can still have a good time in June or August.
Australia offers many things to do during winter. Because the weather in many regions doesn’t get too cold, you can enjoy a lot of outdoor activities.
So, pick your favourite or pick them all and head out to enjoy winter activities in Melbourne! The city and the nearby regions will treat you with plenty of fun things to do.
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