Melbourne’s weather certainly has a rather large reputation. Whether it’s hot or cold, the geographical layout of the city means that the weather changes consistently. For this reason, Melbournians have never been the type to let a bit of bad weather get in the way of a good time. In fact, during the colder months, there is plenty to see and do in Victoria’s capital city. We’ve put together our top 5 reasons that you should visit Melbourne this winter.
Because winter is the off-peak season in Melbourne, most things are going to be cheaper. This includes flights and accommodation, as well as most activities such as galleries and large attractions. Instead of forking out an exorbitant amount on flights and accommodation, travel in winter and enable yourself to truly treat yourself while you’re there.
Off-peak season not only means that you will encounter less financial costs, it also results in there being less crowds! That means your favourite accommodation choices and preferred dates to travel will be well within your reach.
For an intensely cultural city such as Melbourne, winter is a really important time. There are many cultural activities that you can enjoy that are only a short distance away from the comfort of your serviced apartment. There is the The Light in Winter, Open House Melbourne and the Melbourne International Film Festival, just to name a few. As well as this, there are special exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria to celebrate the onset of winter, some of the city’s most interesting buildings are holding an open house weekend and there are special winter menus at some of the top restaurants in town.
A great way to warm up during the colder months is to get your heart racing with a passionate game of footy! Winter is the height of the season for many of our country’s most popular sports, including one of the biggest events on the yearly sporting calendar – the AFL (Aussie Rules Football) Grand Final! A word of warning, though: grab your tickets early so you don’t miss out.
Melbourne is a fantastic base for some of the best destinations for skiing and snowboarding in Australia. Providing some of the most reliable snow conditions in the state of Victoria, Mt Buller can be reached in approximately 3 hours drive from Melbourne CBD. The alpine scenery of this time of year makes driving a worthwhile time investment, although be sure to take special care when operating a vehicle in icy conditions.
Not only is a winter holiday in Melbourne cheaper and more convenient, there is actually so much more to do! Don’t let the chill get you down, involve yourself in one of the many great arts, cultural or sporting activities that Melbourne has to offer during the colder months.