Frequently voted as once of the most liveable cities in the world Melbourne is a diverse city full of sights and delights to enthral even the most jaded urbanite. Although famous for it’s unpredictable weather and temperature extremes, Melbourne is a great place to visit year round and there are a whole host of great seasonal activities to get involved in once the cold weather rolls around. In this article, we look four great things to do in Marvellous Melbourne during winter.
A trip to the Queen Victoria Market
Since 1878, the Queen Victoria Market has been a drawcard for some of Melbourne’s most colourful characters and the best produce in the state. A morning visit to this historic market is the perfect opportunity to see the old and new Melbourne melded together. Begin your visit with a coffee from Market Lane and a bratwurst or börek from the Deli Produce Hall, and take a seat at the Thierry street entrance to watch the buskers and early morning shoppers walk by. Next, wander up through the merchandise and produce sheds before lining up for some freshly made hot jam doughnuts from the American Doughnut Kitchen truck on Queen Street.
A balloon ride over the city
Crisp and clear winter mornings are the perfect opportunity to take in Melbourne by air. Melbourne On The Move offer balloon tours over the city which finish up with a deluxe champagne breakfast. These gentle rides are a great way to get a feel for the layout of the city, and see iconic landmarks like the MCG, Yarra River, Flinders Street Station, and Federation Square from a completely new perspective.
A football match at the MCG
Melbourne is the home of Australian Rules football, so rugging up in the MCG grandstand and cheering on your team with a hot meat pie in hand is a time honoured local tradition. Even if you’re not a fan of our national sport, you can get a lot out of soaking up the atmosphere and who knows? Maybe by the time the final siren sounds you’ll be cheering with the best of them.
A coffee crawl
It’s no secret that Melbourne is the world’s designer coffee capital and if you visit the city without dropping by at least a few of the specialty cafes then you really haven’t seen what makes Melbourne tick. It’s a quintessential Melbournian experience to spend a few hours chatting, eating, people watching and of course sipping a single origin flat white in one of the city’s many specialty cafes.