In Australia, the Christmas season brings much beyond the festive fervour and good food. The holidays, especially with the New Year approaching, are the busiest days and perfect for families who enjoy outdoors, indulge in shopping, love soaking in some sunshine and exploring the beaches.
Melbourne during the Christmas time becomes outrageously lively, with numerous events and festivities for all.
Getting back to nature :
Melbourne Zoo (Open 9 am to 5 pm)
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium (Open 9.30 am to 6 pm)
Royal Botanic Gardens (Open 7.30am until sunset, Children’s Garden open 10 am)
Go for extraordinary views and a unique bird’s-eye perspective of the city and surrounds :
The Eureka Skydeck (Open 10 am to 5.30 pm)
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel (Open from 1 pm)
For a sprawling riverside entertainment : The Crown Entertainment Complex (Opens at noon)
For festive fun including the whole family : Federation Square’s St Paul’s court
Try a river cruise : With limited sightseeing and no bookings required, visit City River Cruises or Melbourne River
Join a Street Art and Public Art Tour : With internationally renowned art, Melbourne is one of the leading street art capitals in the world.
Relax on the Melbourne beaches : There are many beaches in close proximity to Melbourne, including, St Kilda, Sorrento, Elwood Beach, Half Moon Bay, Black Rock, Brighton Beach, Mothers Beach, Williamstown Beach, Altona Beach and more.
Go on a shopping spree at Melbourne City Centre : THe best places to shop are near Southern Cross Station, in the city’s Southbank, and at the Docklands.
Go to witness the Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade : With a huge colony of little penguins, koalas, fur seals, wallabies, kangaroos, and bears – Christmas has a lot of wildlife to it in Melbourne.
Enjoy the best of Christmas feasts : Diners can choose from restaurants like Crown, Taxi Kitchen, Meat Market, Conservatory, Bistro Guillaume, Hotel Windsor, Bangpop, The Irish Times Pub, Allegro, Dutchess, The Smith, and more.