We might still be in the depths of winter and a cracking football season, but with September only a month away, it’s time to plan your Spring Fling! And we have just the TO DO list to get you started.
Refresh at Yarra and Southbank Bars
Whilst you’ll find plenty of locals and visitors out walking the banks of the Yarra during the day, the fun really starts after dark – you’ll find street performers, artists, pop-up eateries, and bars and restaurants (many open air) filled with people. Enjoy a drink and an oyster from the mobile cart at the Arbory Bar near Flinders Station (the longest bar in Melbourne), a cocktail at Pilgrim Bar or a glass of wine with a bird’s eye view at Ponyfish Island. Head to Southbank side of the Yarra and you are spoilt for choice. The perfect way to welcome in the warmer weather. Find Southbank’s Best Bars here.
Declare your love
Keen to declare your love or do something a little romantic during your stay? Head to Southgate Love Lock bridge and snap on a lock. A quirky little-something to do as a memory of your visit to Melbourne. Find details here.
Ride the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
Sometimes you just want to take in the sights, and what better way to get your bearings and cover the city’s highlight locations than on the Hop On, Hop Off bus? Wear your comfy shoes. Book your tickets here.
Race to Spring Carnival!
It’s that time of year when Melbourne puts on its finery and heads track side. Attending at least one of the Spring Carnival events is a bucket list item for many – not least, the Melbourne Cup, the race that stops the nation. What better excuse do you need to frock or suit up, gather your friends and head out for a fun day at the races. Click here for details.
Take the free bus to Chadstone Shopping Centre
If you’ve left your Spring Carnival frock or suit shopping a little late, or just need to build your summer wardrobe, you’ll find everything – and we mean everything – you need at Chadstone Shopping Centre.
Known colloquially as “Chaddy” – the centre has a special place in the hearts of Melbournians and is now a destination for shoppers the world over. With 500 stores, Chadstone welcomes over 20 million customers a year. Having undergone an upgrade in 2016, the centre now boasts a new state-of-the-art HOYTS Cinema Complex and extensive food options to become a one-stop experience location.
Staying in the city? Not a problem. The Centre offers a free shuttle bus from the city to Chadstone return. Book here.
Visit the Yarra Valley
Only a few hours’ drive from Melbourne CBD, Yarra Valley is home to more than 80 wineries. Ranging from small, family owned operations to large estates, the region is renowned for producing Australia’s finest pinot noir and sparkling wines. Hire a car and follow one of the many self-drive wine trails or, even better, book a tour or driver so you can really enjoy all the region has to offer.
Book a Grand Final package
Don’t walk, run to book your package for the 2017 AFL Grand Final! This is a once-off experience wish for many. Whilst packages can be a little pricey, all will be forgotten when you hear the roar of some 90,000 people as the two final-standing teams run onto the field to battle it out for the ultimate prize. Package details here.
Take a tour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
If you can’t make it to a finals game, do the next best thing and take a tour inside the iconic “G”. Explore the inner sanctum of the stadium, walk on the hallowed arena and experience where legends play. You’ll even take a peek inside the player change rooms and the cricketer’s viewing room. Book here.
Make your own Gin
Fancy yourself a gin-lover? Take a Gin Masterclass with the Bass & Flinders distillery on the Mornington Peninsula. Experience the journey from vineyard to glass, giving you a unique insight into how the distillery makes its fine spirit. You even get to craft a bottle of your own! Book here.
Live on the edge at the Eureka SkyDeck 88
See Melbourne from its most unique vantage spot and take yourself up to the Eureka Skydeck 88 for the BEST views of the city and beyond. Aim to get there before sunset so you can stake out a good spot to watch the sun go down over the city. Be sure to take your camera. If you’re up for living more on the edge, take part in The Edge experience – you’re pushed three metres out from the building, suspended almost 300 metres above the ground! Find Eureka Skydeck 88 here.
Where to stay?
With us of course! Melbourne Holiday Apartments offer a range of self-catering apartments in select locations around the CBD – all within the free tram zone and within easy access to all the city has to offer. Contact our friendly staff or make a booking directly from our website for the best deal. Click here to book with us.