Top 5 FREE ways to avoid the winter blues in Melbourne (Issue 15, 2012)

Melbourne in winterIt’s winter in Melbourne and the cold has settled in! Everywhere you look on the streets of our great city, people are trying to avoid the cold. We have put together a list of the best activities to help you avoid the winter blues in Melbourne. Enjoy!

  1. On the weekend starting Saturday 28 July, over 100 of Melbourne's best contemporary and historical buildings will be open for public viewing at the annual Open House. Put on comfortable walking shoes, grab a free map and walk your way through some of Melbourne’s most impressive structures.
  2. If you prefer the warmth of the indoors, visit a free exhibition at the State Library of Victoria or Shrine of Remembrance (donations welcome), or take a free guided tour of the Melbourne Town Hall. 
  3. On Wednesday evenings until 3 October, you can be entertained by free live music from 5-9.00pm at the National Gallery of Victoria’s NGV Art After Dark. 
  4. Every Friday night in July, visit Docklands Waterfront to see a colourful ten minute fireworks display, accompanied by music, beginning at 7pm. Head to dinner afterwards at one of the many great restaurants in the area.
  5. The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne (RBG Melbourne) has been a treasured part of Melbourne’s cultural life for over 160 years. The gardens are a picturesque haven for recreation and an important resource for education, conservation, science and horticulture. Extending over 38 hectares, the gardens house an amazingly diverse collection of over 10,000 species of plants from around the world, including rare and threatened species. Take a stroll through the gardens on a sunny winter day and you will be amazed at the garden’s beauty. The gardens are open every day of the year from 7.30am to sunset.

La Trobe University also offers many activities and events, on campus and off, visit for find out more.