The days are getting longer, the temperature’s getting hotter, and before you know it, the kids will be out of school and the long, hot, Victorian summer will be here.
And the hardest part of all? Deciding how to spend the days!
We’ve done the hard yards for you and pulled out seven ways to spend a summer day in Melbourne.
1. Enjoy an adrenaline-filled day out at Funfields
Tucked away on the fringes of Melbourne’s north is one of Australia’s best waterparks, with dozens of rides and attractions spread across a 15.7-hectare area of pure fun.
With record-breaking waterslides and kid-friendly rides, there’s something for all ages.
2. Taste your way through the Queen Victoria Night Markets
The Queen Victoria Summer Night Markets are back for another year, and this summer promises to be the biggest yet!
If you’ve never been before, the market opens on Wednesday nights from 21 November and runs all the way through summer.
There are rows and rows of street food stalls, festival bars, musicians, entertainment, and so much more.
Stuck for dinner? Why not come and try one of the 60 food stalls; from Polish pierogi and Colombian arepas to Japanese fried chicken and Parisian crepes.
Entry’s free so get down, have a wander around, and enjoy the culture that Melbourne is famous for.
3. Take to the skies with the Melbourne Star
You’ve never seen Melbourne like this.
Take a 30-minute trip through the sky and enjoy the view over glorious Melbourne from 120 metres in the air.
It’s a one of a kind attraction in the southern hemisphere, and with free entry for kids ages four and under, it’s the perfect activity for a young family.
4. Live the food truck life at Welcome to Thornbury
Welcome to Thornbury is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, probably.
You can eat your way around Melbourne’s best food trucks, all in one handy location on High Street.
It’s founded by the owners of Melbourne’s OG burger truck: Mr Burger.
Mr Burger’s a staple at the food truck, but the line-up rotates nightly and is joined by anything from Turkish gozleme and a specialised pasta truck all the way to Himalayan cuisine, Greek desserts and more.
Oh, and of course there’s a bar so you can enjoy a sneaky beverage with whatever delicious cuisine you fancy.
5. Cocktail crawl your way across Melbourne’s best rooftop bars
There’s no shortage of rooftop bars in Melbourne, but we’ve done the hard yards and picked out seven of the best.
Ditch the kids, go rooftop hopping and enjoy a few tasty cocktails in the sun. You deserve it.
Our comprehensive list features everything from classics like Madame Brussels, to new jaunts like the Cornish Arms’ rooftop. Check it out here.
6. Get lost in the sunshine at Ashcombe Maze
Australia’s oldest hedge maze, a beautiful circular rose maze, and a year-round flowering lavender labyrinth; welcome to Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens! It’s a day out like you wouldn’t expect.
The Ashcombe Maze is tucked away on the Mornington Peninsula, so it’s the perfect addition to a day out at the beach or a holiday activity.
Get lost in a hedge maze almost half a century old and standing over three metres high.
Bring the kids for some family friendly fun and when it’s all done, unwind in the licensed cafe and enjoy a slice of serenity.
7. Cool off at St Kilda Beach
Okay, this one isn’t a secret, but it’s still pretty damn good.
Get the tram down to St Kilda and cool off in the water, or by the water with a cocktail and watch the world go by.
Or if you’re after something a little bit more active, you could always try your hand at paddleboarding, kitesurfing or windsurfing.
Get the adrenaline pumping and have an awesome time while you’re doing it. And when you’re done with it all, wind down with a cocktail at one of St Kilda’s awesome bars on Fitzroy Street.