You may have heard how cold and wet Melbourne is during the Winter season here, in Australia.
Have no fear though, as Melbourne loves to celebrate the season in style, with plenty of festivals and fun activities for you to enjoy throughout the Winter months.
The days are short, with the sun setting around the 5:30pm mark.
The Melbourne winter temperature average hovers around a low of 6.5°C (43.7°F) and an average high of 14.2°C (57.6°F)
If you are visiting from the Northern Hemisphere, note that it gets quite cold 'Downunder', particularly in the more southern regions of the continent.
It's only snowed in the actual City's Central Business District area in 1849 and has never happened since. However, regular snow deposits fall in the Dandenong ranges on occasion, usually towards late July and into the month of August when temperatures are at their lowest.
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You will love the diverse Winter festivals held throughout Melbourne's Central Business District (CBD) and carried out into other regions of the state.
The festival is celebrated in June each year. Held in the city's Federation Square, you can see the square come to life as the sun sets, with an exciting, creative lighting display. Musical and artistic acts perform on the Federation Square stage. Click here for more extensive 'Light in Winter' event details
If you love anything to do with films then you will be fascinated with the exciting Melbourne International Film Festival.
The festival was established in 1952 and is one of the oldest film festivals in the world. There are hundreds of screenings and film-focused events that are held throughout the city. Held during the months of July and August every year, the festival brings artists, actors and the general public together to celebrate all things 'film'. Explore more of what will be on during the Melbourne International Film Festival.
Do you enjoy anything to do with reading or writing? If the answer is yes, then you will love this time of year and the Melbourne Writers Festival. Established in 1986, it was known as the sister to the Spoleto Festival. As the years progressed, the festive became so popular as to take on its own independence.
The festival venues expanded and now host events throughout the CBD and the Victorian countryside. With hundreds of events being held over a 2 week period, there is sure to be something for you to enjoy. Head on over and check out what is in store this coming Melbourne Writers Festival.
If you are into the best of health, wealth and happiness, then this festival is for you.
Held bi-annually at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre on Southbank, wander past over 200 stalls, experience the beautiful aromas of therapeutic oils, indulge in some body pampering or sit in on some of the free inspirational seminars. Plan your visit here.
The truffle season is celebrated right here in the heart of the CBD. The Queen Victoria Market hosts a 2 day festival where the program includes cooking demonstrations, celebrity chef appearances, food stalls, visits from the truffle hunting dogs and live entertainment.
This is a free, fun event suitable for the whole family.
In 2014, Truffle Melbourne introduced Melbourne to the amazing and mystifying truffle, staging the first Truffle Festival. Melbourne, Australia now boasts as having the largest truffle festival outside of Europe.
The festival provides the perfect venue to explore intriguing story of 'the truffle'. You can enjoy a fun Truffle Hunt during the winter months, at several distinctly different venues throughout the Victorian countryside.
You just have to experience an 'Aussie Rules' football match right in the heart of Melbourne, the MCG stages some of the most spectacular sports events. A gladiator football match is the sport of choicein Winter. Gloves, scarf (preferably in your team's colours), beanie, parka and pair of ugg boots are typical attire for a footy match.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday afternoon football matches are amazing. Some football matches are held during the evening. Yes, that's right, as cold as it is, the experience is one you won't forget. Melbourne just loves its footy and so will you.
Especially for active Melbourne Winter fun seekers, an ice slide sits at the base of the Eureka Tower on Southbank. 40 metres long, this slide provides you with a fun and economical winter activity.
The ride includes a discount off the price of a visit to the Eureka Skydeck and ice skating over at Federation Square's River Rink - keep your Ice Slide ticket to show for discounts offered. Monies raised whilst the ride is operating, goes towards the children's charity, Variety.
There's an ice rink built at Federation Square. Open from 10am through to 10pm, this is a great way to have some fun in winter right in the heart of the city. Sessions last 45 minutes . Hire some skates and hit the ice and if you get a little cold, there are food and beverage trucks on site.
The Common Man restaurant at the South Wharf, in the Southbank Precinct on the Yarra River, converts its lawn space into an undercover riverside ice rink, toboggan slide and chill out zone during the Melbourne Winter months. Offering special event nights and skate classes, this is a great way to get warm and have fun at the same time.
Lots of warm and cold beverages on site, with plenty of yummy food options to choose from.
Australia’s premiere Olympic ice sports venue. The arena is situated in the Docklands Precinct. Whether you’re a beginner or an ice skating pro, you're guaranteed to have a day jam-packed with fun at the best ice skating rink in Melbourne.
Learn to ice skate, watch an ice hockey match or ice figure skating event, this arena is world class and a fun way to warm up in winter.
Some of Melbourne’s hottest foodies, artisans and performers will once again cosy up under the historic sheds of Queen Vic Market for what is now a mid-week winter ritual. Visitors to the Night Market will be welcomed with crackling fires, mulled wine and a revolving line-up of roving entertainers and live music while they explore their way through a global feast of street vendors and some of Melbourne’s best designer and artisan stalls. - See more at: http://www.qvm.com.au/event/winter-night-market-12/#sthash.5NcO6mvu.dpuf
Held very Wednesday evening during the Winter months, the night market has become quite a ritual attracting Melbourne's best designers and artisan stalls. Warm up by the crackling fires and enjoy listening to the roving entertainers. Sip a mug of mulled wine and enjoy a delicious treat from one of the food stalls.
Not just a market but an experience that you and all the family will enjoy. Take advantage of the special winter clothing deals, great bargains can be picked up as well as experiencing all the different food aromas and tastings.
Rug up nice and warm, grab your camera and head on into the Melbourne Dockland Precinct to witness the Melbourne Winter Fireworks spectacular.
Held during the colder months of Winter, July and August, the fun begins at 6.30pm. There will be free entertainment to enjoy, including great live music and roving performers to entertain the kids.
At 7.30pm, the fireworks spectacular will commence! it is a wonderful and exciting sight and a fun Winter activity for all the family.
Held on the 3rd Saturday in the month of June between 5 and 9:00pm
Celebrate the longest night of the year in the heart of the city at Federation Square. Herald in the move towards Spring with a feast of live music, art, performances and food. Beautiful cultural dancers and singers entertain you whilst you sit around a roaring camp fire.
Dance to strong rhythmic beats, grab a taste of 'bush tucka', explore traditional aboriginal stories and folklore. Wander through the galleries and displays and engross yourself in the whole spiritual experience.
This is a free Melbourne winter celebration with lights, music, dance and culinary delights! Enjoy
For those of you who are insane, why not immerse yourself in the waters of Port Phillip Bay and take part in the St Kilda Winter Solstice Swim! This is Australia’s only night, winter swim. The swim is run in the tradition of Pagan festivals and celebrates the Pagan rituals of the past. For registration and details, click this link
30 Gastons Road, Eltham.
Live music, delicious food, a wonderful kids’ lantern parade, mulled wine, fire entertainers and an enormous, sculptural bonfire.
Eltham is a creative hub, thirty-five minutes from central Melbourne, at the entrance of the Yarra Valley. Please note that this is not a free event. For more details on tickets and the program go to this link - Winter Solstice at Eltham
During a Melbourne Winter, it's becoming more common to celebrate a Melbourne Christmas in July. Mainly this is done in the outer suburban areas, the Dandenongs and down on the Mornington Peninsula.
It's not a common sight, snow falling in the city during a Melbourne Winter, however it does fall in the higher outer regions, such as the Dandenong Mountains.
To really experience snow, you will need to venture a little further out of the city.
Melbourne was founded on August 30 when settlers landed on the north bank of the Yarra River from the schooner Enterprize in 1835.
To mark the founding of Melbourne, Melburnians celebrate with an annual series of week-long activities leading up to the 30th August. On the morning of Melbourne Day, the flag of Melbourne is raised by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, at Enterprize Park, a small park on the north bank of the Yarra River (close to William Street, on Flinders Street) where the first settlers aboard the Enterprize went ashore to establish the settlement.
Part of the Melbourne Day celebrations centre around the schooner, Enterprize. The original schooner, Enterprize, was built in Hobart in 1829. It was used as a cargo vessel till 1835, after which it was purchased to carry a settlement party to the future site of Melbourne.
Planning for the construction of a replica began in 1989. The topsail schooner, Enterprize, you see today, is a full-size replica of the one that brought the settlers to Melbourne. It now has become a symbol of Melbourne Day.
Enterprize has monthly public sails from Docklands, Williamstown, Mornington and Geelong, with sails from Portarlington during peak season and special events, such as the Mussel and Celtic Festivals.
She is moored at 2 North Wharf Road, Docklands.
There is no way that a Melbourne Winter could be boring. I haven't even mentioned all the amazing shops and clothing outlets that you can visit, to pick up some warm winter clothing to wear as you entertain yourself through the cold and chilly season.
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