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Things to Do in Melbourne This Summer

Things to Do in Melbourne This Summer

With sun-soaked beaches, open-air festivals, and Christmas illuminations, Melbourne is at its most atmospheric during summer, and there’s no better time to experience everything Australia’s cultural capital has to offer. Here are some of the best things to do in Melbourne this summer.

  • Enjoy dazzling illuminations, candlelight carols, and spectacular fireworks during Melbourne’s Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations. 

  • Escape the city for a day wine tasting in the Yarra Valley, wildlife watching on Phillip Island, or admiring the sights along the Great Ocean Road.

  • Spend the day swimming and sunbathing at the beach, then relax with a cocktail at a rooftop bar.

  • Watch a movie beneath the stars at the Moonlight Cinema in the Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne, Rooftop Cinema in Melbourne’s Central Business District, or St. Kilda's outdoor cinema by the beach.

  • Join the celebrations at the Australia Day Parade on Jan. 26. 

  • Watch a tennis match with a bowl of strawberries and cream at the Australian Open in Melbourne Park.

  • Attend a live music festival such as the Big Day Out or St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival.

  • Shop for souvenirs and tuck into delicious street food at the Queen Victoria Night Market, held each Wednesday evening. 

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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne
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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne

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Take in breathtaking sights of long sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs on this guided, full-day tour of Australia’s Great Ocean Road. See some of the most spectacular coastal scenery on Earth, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stacks and Gibson's Steps, site of historic cliff lines. Bushwalk in Great Otway National Park and try out your koala-spotting skills. Travel in a deluxe mini-coach with a small group for a relaxing, personalized experience.
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  • 12 hours
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Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne

Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne

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Discover the natural delights of Phillip Island with an eco-tour from Melbourne. See the iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes, visit the beach and take some time to admire these historic landmarks. Visit the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park for an up-close encounter with koalas and other Australian wildlife. Finish the day at a local beach where you can watch hundreds of some of the world's tiniest penguins waddle out of the ocean and across the sand to their burrows.
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Yarra Valley Wine and Winery Tour from Melbourne
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Yarra Valley Wine and Winery Tour from Melbourne

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Experience the delights of Victoria’s wine country on this Yarra Valley wine tour from Melbourne. With an informative wine guide, you’ll visit four popular wineries: Balgownie Estate, Steels Gate Winery, Greenstone Vineyards, and Yering Farm. Enjoy plenty of tastings as well as a winery lunch while you learn about winemaking in Australian and admire the picturesque landscapes.
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  • 8 hours
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Melbourne Walking Tour: Uncover Hidden Laneway Bars

Melbourne Walking Tour: Uncover Hidden Laneway Bars

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Sip your choice of drinks on a "hidden" bar walking tour in Melbourne. Stroll with your guide to four locations for cocktails, Australian wine and beer, stopping into a classic pub, a speakeasy-style cocktail bar tucked into the laneway, a wine bar with options from the nearby Yarra Valley, and a fourth bar that will be selected by your guide depending on your group’s interests. You'll learn about Melbourne's bar scene and local history, and get tips for additional places to visit on your own. 
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Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Tour
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Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Tour

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This tour of Melbourne's Cricket Ground (MCG) must-do for sports buffs who want to know more about Australia's sporting history. Combine the tour of the stadium's world-class facilities with optional admission to the National Sports Museum (reopens March 2020) to upgrade your experience.
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The Best of Melbourne Bike Tour

The Best of Melbourne Bike Tour

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Take in Melbourne’s hidden gems and iconic sights on a leisurely bike tour. Travel with an expert local guide who shares the details of the city’s beginnings, Aboriginal history, and historic events such as the Eureka Rebellion of 1854 (aka the Eureka Stockade). Gain insight into the character of modern Melbourne and stop to purchase lunch at a favorite bar in Fitzroy. Your guide ensures the safety of the group while providing an entertaining and informative spin through Melbourne on two wheels.
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Multicultural Food Tour in Melbourne Markets

Multicultural Food Tour in Melbourne Markets

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Discover Melbourne's multicultural heritage with your taste buds on a walking food tour that takes you out of the CBD and into the neighborhoods, where the city’s real culture thrives. Ride the tram alongside locals and visit markets to see how residents shop, sampling delectable bites along the way. Learn how Melbourne evolved into a foodie destination as you chat with vendors and cooks at a range of ethnic eateries, and cap it off with a drink at a cozy pub.
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