After a busy year, it is time to relax and explore the amazing city you have called home, Melbourne. Let’s look at the various activities you can enjoy on your summer break from the Arts to a day trip to the regional areas of Victoria. There are plenty of adventures awaiting you in your own backyard.

Melbourne day trips are only hours away from central Melbourne. You can experience the summer sun, wineries, a bounty of hidden scenic spots and many beaches to uncover.

The Mornington Peninsula, located one hour south of Melbourne, has some of the region’s famous wineries, great eateries, and the natural water of the hot springs to relax in after sightseeing or wind down with an afternoon of fruit picking at one of many fruit farms.

If you like to explore more Victorian wineries, the Yarra Valley is the place to be as there are more than 80 wineries to visit. Prefer to take a different pace? Take a walk through the breathtaking national parks or say g’day to the Aussie animals at Healesville Sanctuary.

Travel a bit further from the heart of Melbourne, and head west towards the Grampians. The Grampians is a hiker’s delight with amazing tracks and incredible views.

On the way, stop by the Great Ocean Road to see the 12 Apostles and walk along the beach foreshores of Torquay and Lorne.

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The Melbourne cafe and restaurant scene is back in full swing.

Why not head down to Chinatown and have a cantonese brunch called Yum Cha. This involves Chinese tea and dim sum.

If this doesn’t tickle your taste buds, jump to Lygon St, the home of Melbourne’s Italian community, and dine at one of the many fine establishments enjoying their amazing pasta and mouth-watering pizzas.

But if you end up going out to the country towns of Victoria, try a good ol’ traditional pub meal.

You can choose from a juicy steak or a cheesy parma, then wash it down with a pot of beer.

The multi-cultural diversity of Melbourne is showcased brilliantly in our dining options, you do not need to step far for your palate to be indulged in cuisines from all around the world.

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Melbourne is well known for its art scene and THE LUME MELBOURNE brings you just that, art with a difference. The Lume exhibition, located within the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, is the first Australian purpose-built exhibition which brings animation to a scale bigger than ever seen before. Picture being amongst all the intricate details which will allow you to enjoy a multi-sensory experience on a grand digital art scale.

The exhibition focuses on the works from famous artist Vincent Van Gough, and it is suitable for anyone that is looking to explore art in a truly different way.

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Melbourne is the home of sport, not just in Australia, but the world! And this summer is no different.

The Boxing Day Test Cricket is the first major sporting event of the summer, hopefully with a large crowd, to see the battle of the Ashes between Australia and England. The history of the Ashes goes back to 1882, where England journalists were outraged by the defeat of England by Australia and called it the “death of English cricket”. After those comments, bails of the wickets were burnt and placed in an urn, that’s how the battle of the Ashes started.

On the other hand, if you love the festival feel of a sporting event, the Australian Open tennis has it all. Food, drinks, music, entertainment, and of course the tennis. The Aussie Open will keep you busy day and night. Make sure to grab your mates and catch these upcoming major international sporting events coming to Melbourne this summer.

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Milan. New York. Paris. Melbourne. What do these cities all have in common? They all have a unique and creative fashion scene.

From the “Paris End” of Collins Street to Brunswick Street’s vintage style, there is no doubt you will find that outfit in Melbourne to make you look and feel fabulous.

But if you feel that a Shopping Centre is your way of shopping, head out to the fashion capital, Chadstone Shopping Centre. Experience the high end labels such Dior and Chanel or go to Kmart to find those trackies to make you feel comfortable at home.

Boxing Day sales are only around the corner, and it’s time to treat yourself. You deserve it!

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Steve Ma
Digital Marketing Coordinator & Melbourne Local

7th Dec, 2021