When most of the west enjoying the pleasant, warm summers, Melbournians are busy beating the cold, wearing layers and layers of winter clothing. Although winters in Melbourne are not very cold like those in some parts of Europe, it is still a bit cold for someone from the tropics. The mercury can easily drop to 1-2 C after sunset though it doesn’t snow. The days are short and it rains frequently.
There are many places to visit in Melbourne during winter, starting with Ski Resorts.
- Ski Resorts in the Australian Alps
The alpine region, northeast of Melbourne, is a major winter sport area. The skiing season starts from the first weekend in June to early October.
For more information on Victorian ski fields, click here
Logan’s Beach is considered as a nursery site for the Southern Right Whale or Eubalaena Australis, making it a great place for whale watching. During the breeding period, a few adult female whales visit this area to give birth to calves. The calves stay there for a period until they turn adult, usually during mid-September to late September.
Logan Beach Whale Viewing Platform is the perfect place to start your whale watching experience. Australian Fur Seals, Little Penguins and the common dolphin, also frequent Logan beach if you miss the Whales.
- Melbourne Winter Masterpieces
Melbourne Winter Masterpieces is an annual series of art exhibitions held every year for 100 days between June and October. Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) are home to Melbourne Winter Masterpieces
One of the exhibitions, The Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, last year attracted around eight hundred thousand visitors of which some three hundred thousand were from overseas.
Find out more about the 2015 event here
- Open House Melbourne
Open House Melbourne, a NGO based in Melbourne, organises an open house every year to showcase and help you discover the city’s hidden engineering, architectural and historic buildings.
The showcase includes commercial, residential, green buildings, sports grounds, and spiritual places.
Information about this years event on July 26th and 27th is available here
- Melbourne International Film Festival
The Melbourne International Film Festival is among the oldest film festivals in the world, just one year younger than Cannes. It runs for a period of 17 days and attended by cinematic delicacies from 50 countries.
The festival showcases the best in current cinema from around the world as well as retrospectives, tributes and Talking Pictures discussion programs.