Summer time….and the living is easy.  Whilst Melbourne is renowned for its winter sporting options, summer takes us to a whole other level.  Cricket, tennis, racing?  We’ve got you covered….and with a few other non-sporting options thrown in for good measure.

It’s time to plan your stay.  Here’s our top 10 things to do in Melbourne in Summer……

Rooftop Bars

Summer allows you to take in the city from an upon-high perspective.  Cool down by heading up with a cocktail or two at one of Melbourne’s great rooftop bars.  Discover Melbourne’s best here.

Hit the Beaches

We’re not typically known for our beaches, but don’t let this deter you – Melbourne has great stretches of sand!  Whilst Brighton beach features the 82 colourful huts, St Kilda boasts a plethora of great bars and restaurants in easy access from the water’s edge.  Both offer a great way to cool down on those scorching summer days.

Fish and Chips in Williamstown

For a special day out, take the ferry from Southbank to Williamstown.  Spend an afternoon at ‘Willy Beach’, as the locals like to call it – before heading to Gem Pier for a feed of fish and chips at Off the Pier Fish and Chippery, and a completely unobstructed view of the city skyline.  If the beach is not your thing, there’s plenty to discover wandering the historic streets of this lovely area.

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Can you imagine a more spectacular way to see the city than taking a hot-air balloon ride over the CBD at sunrise?  It’s a once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable experience.  Go on, you know you deserve it.  Global Ballooning offer great packages for hot air balloon rides in Melbourne and the Yarra Valley.

Southbank & The Yarra River at dawn in Melbourne, capital city of Victoria, Australia.

Battle for the Ashes

It’s Australia vs England in the iconic battle for The Ashes.  Played over five matches in five Australian cities, it’s Melbourne’s turn on Boxing Day – 26 December at the MCG.  If you’ve not yet booked your tickets or accommodation, we suggest you do so – pronto!  Tickets can be purchased here.

Get your tickets to the Australian Open

If you fancy yourself sipping bubbles and chowing down on strawberries and cream whilst watching the world’s best tennis players slug it out, the Australian Open is probably your preferred gig.  Held over the last fortnight of January each year, the Australian Open is chronologically the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events of the year – the other three being the French OpenWimbledon and the US Open.  With attendances rivalling those of the US Open, we recommend you register for ticket alerts.

Book tickets to the Grand Prix

So, cricket and tennis are a little too quiet and laid back for you?  You might prefer your sport loud, fast and fierce. Get yourself along to the Grand Prix then.  Held from the 22-25 March 2018 at Albert Park, the Australian Grand Prix is synonymous with glamour, sophistication, cutting-edge technology and meticulous teamwork – all combining to present the perfect day out for you and your friends.  You can book your tickets here.

Cruise up the Yarra

Sometimes you just want a relaxing – and cool – way to take in the sights.  Cruising up the Yarra River affords you both – not to mention, an ideal vantage point of the Melbourne CBD. There are a range of options available – including dinner cruises and even hiring your own boat. Click here for options.

Visit the Mornington Peninsula

Head south from the city toward stunning coastline, wineries, walking tracks, art galleries, restaurants and unique shopping.  Renowned for its Pinot Noir, gourmet food production and hot springs, you can be as sedentary or active as you like.  Go for the day and book a driver or stay for a few, and really experience the region.  Just make sure to come back to us 😉

Read more about the region here.

Miss Katie’s Crabshack

We like to leave you with something just a little unexpected.  Miss Katie’s crew churn out fresh, tasty Southern style cooking from the heart of Chinatown (quirky, right?!).

It’s messy, fun fare; you’ll sit at newspaper lain tables, with bibs and mallets aplenty.  Our tip is to go on Sunday afternoon when Matt Dwyer and the house band sing the blues.

As Miss Katie says, “book a booth, bib up and get messy!”  Make a booking 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.