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Top 8 Melbourne attractions to Visit in Winter
24 May 2016
Winter in Melbourne is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Although some people are scared off by the impending colder temperatures, there is plenty to do in and around the city that is sure to warm both your body and mind. We’ve put together our top 8 Melbourne attractions that you need to visit this winter.
1. Hot springs
The Peninsula Hot Springs are located in Fingal, Victoria, just an hour and a half or so drive out of Melbourne. The hot springs are an abundant source of naturally heated healing mineral waters up to 50 degrees Celsius, located 637 metres below Melbourne's Mornington Peninsula. The spa centre at the hot springs offers a fusion of the best of bathing cultures from around the world, set in an Australian coastal environment.
2. Melbourne Cricket Ground
There is no better way to get your blood pumping than watching a riveting sports game! The Melbourne Cricket Ground, or MCG as it is affectionately known, is home to some of the most renowned sporting events in the world. The MCG is within walking distance of Melbourne CBD and is serviced by the Richmond and Jolimont Railway Station. Head over to their website to see what’s on this winter.
3. Hit the slopes
Winter is (obviously) the best time for skiing in Australia. Melbourne is conveniently located within an accessible distance to many ski fields, such as Mount Buller, Falls Creek, Mount Hotham, Mount Baw Baw and Mount Buffalo. Not only is the Victoria's alpine region one of the most major winter sports areas in Australia, it also possesses some of teh most beautiful scenery we have in Australia.
4. Melbourne International Film Festival
Running from 28 July - 14 August this year, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the most significant screen event in Australia. Taking place every year in the city, MIFF showcases the best in current cinema from around the world as well as retrospectives, tributes and discussion programs. Check out their website at http://miff.com.au/ for more information.
5. Melbourne Aquarium
Located beside the Yarra River in the city, the Melbourne Acquarium is another indoor attraction that is ideal for the cold days. The aquarium is divided into 4 separate worlds that each emphasizes a different aspect of aquatic life. What’s more, they’re open from 9:30am - 6pm daily.
6. Warrnambool whale watching
Winter is the time to whale watch! Logan's Beach on the eastern side of the city is recognized as a nursery site for the Southern Right Whale. In most years, 1-3 adult female whales arrive between late May and August, giving birth within days of their arrival.
7. A hearty pub meal
Melbourne’s pub culture is one of the best in the world, as the city showcases many up-and-coming restaurants and bars. Try cultural aggregators such as Urban List or Broadsheet to find a local and reputable hearty meal to warm the cockles of your heart. If you’re travelling from out of town, or perhaps you just want to stay in some nice accommodation after a few drinks, there are many serviced apartments in Melbourne that you can choose from.
8. Melbourne Winter Masterpieces
Melbourne Winter Masterpieces is an annual series of major exhibitions which balance curatorial excellence with popular appeal. Sourced from prestigious galleries around the world, the masterpieces are showcased over 100 days between June and October at the Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI).
Don’t let the cold get you down! Although winter is definitely coming, there is a plethora of ways you can warm yourself in Melbourne.