From Snowfields To Natural Hot Springs, Here Are 5 Unique Things To See In Melbourne
If you're looking for a cooling getaway, Melbourne offers a host of fun attractions during its winter and spring seasons
According to Visit Victoria, June to August marks winter time in Melbourne, with frosty temperatures from 6.5°C to 14.2°C, perfect for activities like hot springs or sipping on a cuppa hot choc.
Spring time, on the other hand, falls between September to November, with temperatures ranging from 9.6°C to 19.6°C. But do note that the weather during this season can change dramatically within the same day, so make sure to pack appropriately!
1. Unwind and rejuvenate at Victoria's natural hot springs
One thing travellers may not know is that Melbourne, Victoria is home to relaxing geothermal mineral waters. From Peninsula Hot Springs and the recently opened ALBA Thermal Springs in Mornington Peninsula, to Metung Hot Springs in Gippsland, you can soak in warmth while enjoying the scenic beauty of nature surrounding you.
2. Escape to the alpine region for skiing and other snow activities
Early June marks the kickoff of snow season, and Victoria boasts three popular snowfields, all of which offer accommodation for avid skiers and beginners alike.
Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, snow play, and more at ski resorts, with the most accessible location being Mt Buller, a three-hour drive from Melbourne city. You can also check out Falls Creek and Mt Hotham, which are slightly further away but still worth a visit.
3. Visit Phillip Island for a chance to catch the annual migration of humpback whales, southern right whales, and orcas
From May to October, visitors flock to Phillip Island for whale watching in hopes of catching migrating herds travelling from Antarctica to the warmer waters off Queensland for calving. There are multiple viewing points, including Warrnambool along the Great Ocean Road, but adventurous travellers can also consider boat or helicopter tours for a different perspective.
4. Immerse yourself in art exhibitions and cultural festivals
Melbourne is a melting pot of arts and culture. From 7 to 18 June, RISING will bring the best free festival lineups and focus the spotlight on the city's eclectic arts and culture scene. You can wander along the river and experience a technicolour burst of large-scale installations, outdoor projections, street feasting, and unexpected performances.
Discover cutting-edge music and theatre from local and international talent, along with immersive experiences set in iconic Melbourne venues.
But that's not all. Head over to Sovereign Hill, a museum in Ballarat, Victoria, from 24 June to 16 July to catch Winter Wonderlights. Twinkling lights, markets, and family-friendly entertainment are just some of the things you can expect at this after-dark programme of sound, lights, and theatre.
Starting from June 2023, the blockbuster Winter Masterpieces exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria will also showcase more than 100 works by Pierre Bonnard, a leading 20th century French painter celebrated for his iridescent palette. Look forward to stunning artworks, along with contemporary scenography by award-winning architect and designer, India Mahdavi.
5. Enjoy one-of-a-kind seasonal happenings, from an annual hot chocolate festival to spring events
August also happens to be hot chocolate festival in Australia. Head over to Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery, or Mornington Peninsula Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery for this one-of-a-kind event — 28 days and 28 flavours of hot chocolate to choose from!
If you love seeing orchards in full bloom, then you'll wanna plan your trip to Melbourne around September to October. During the peak of spring time, you'll be able to see millions of flowering bulbs, including over 900,000 tulips at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival.
You can also witness stunning cherry blossom flowers at the Blossom Festival at Cherryhill Orchards, which takes place for a two-week period every year, from late September to early October.
Ready to discover whole new experiences in Melbourne, Victoria?
Plan your winter or spring trip today and find out more about all the attractions that await you on Visit Victoria's website.