Winter isn’t everybody’s favourite season. Compared to the dizzying heights set by summer, the chilly winter season can often feel like a bit of a drab affair. But the true dreamers know that you can’t just live and love life during one or two seasons: everyday can be an adventure, if you’re open to it. The good news is that [tweet_dis]an underrated winter in Melbourne is unlikely because; if you look closely, it will surprise you.[/tweet_dis] With that in mind, here are some of the best things you can do in Melbourne this winter.
Hit the Slopes
What better way to embrace winter than by hitting the slopes? Mt Buller is a ski resort just three hours from Melbourne that offers 25 runs and over 300 hectares of skiing territory, as well as night skiing twice a week. Aside from excellent skiing conditions, Mt Buller is a great place to spend some time with friends and like-minded snow lovers. The resort town has over 30 bars and restaurants to help you unwind after a long day of skiing, as well as day spas, cinema and other facilities. Winter has never been so exhilarating!
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Attend the Winter Night Market
There’s no reason to be a hermit with so many great events taking place across the city. At Melbourne’s Winter Night Market, you can indulge the very best of the season perusing the stalls of the city’s finest artists and chefs. Need to pick up something memorable to furnish your new apartment, or just looking for a souvenir? You’ll find it at the market, which takes place every Wednesday evening between early June and late August. There are also art exhibitions and performers showcasing their talents, and of course, it’s all about the food in Melbourne. So don’t worry if you don’t need to do any shopping – you still need to eat, drink and be entertained. The Winter Night Market is the perfect platform to embrace all you love about the season.
See the Light
There’s no need to miss the warm embrace of the sun in winter – in Melbourne, you can experience a different kind of light. The Light in Winter festival makes the city shine over three weeks in June. Art installations, performances and discussion forums are just some of the great events that take place. Let the visual spectacle keep your spirits up. Wrap up warm, hit the streets and prove to the naysayers than winter doesn’t have to be spent indoors.
Discover the City
You might have lived in Melbourne your entire life, but how much do you really know about the inner workings of her streets? Thanks to the annual Open House Melbourne event, you can step behind the curtain and discover the fascinating architecture and history of the buildings that help give Melbourne its magic. Hosted over a weekend at the end of the July, the event has grown rapidly since its debut in 2008. Today, over one hundred buildings open their doors to the public. Step into the extravagant Government House, travel back in time with a tour of La Trobe’s Cottage, or go behind the scenes of the Palais Theatre. You’ll never look at the city the same way again.
Participate in one of the oldest film festivals in the world by attending the Melbourne International Film Festival. Featuring documentaries, indie flicks and the next big things, the festival has been a Melbourne institution since 1952, and is the largest film festival in Australia. Whether you see one film or ten, you’re sure to see a cracking film for your efforts.
If you prefer your stories on the page rather than the big screen, be sure to check out the Melbourne Writer’s Festival, which takes place over ten days at the end of August. A whole host of literary focused events happen during the festival, including talks by famous authors, writer workshops, discussion forums and performances from musicians and spoken-word poets. Whether you’re a wannabe J.K Rowling or just love being immersed in a good book, you’ll find an event tailored to your interest.
Embrace the Chill
We hate to state the obvious. Winter isn’t like Summer. But it can certainly hold its own against its sunny counterpart. Go in with an open mind and you’ll find yourself handsomely rewarded with cultural experience, fun and friendship. Between attending Melbourne’s great winter events, reconnect with friends by holing up in one of the city’s winter-friendly pubs. The rooftop terrace of St Kilda’s The Local Taphouse, with its huge open log fire, is a great place to settle into the rhythm of winter. As is the cosy, wood-adorned Mitre Tavern. Grab a few friends and a round of whiskey – summer will be here soon enough. For now, we can talk, laugh and reminisce.