The season is changing - leaves have fallen off the trees, which can only mean that Winter is definitely closing in. Just because it's winter in Melbourne, Australia doesn't mean it's time to stop exploring the state! Get out and explore some of these winter activities, from skiing to snowshoeing.
If you’d rather stay cosy, indulge in a wilderness retreat in glamping tents among the snow, complete with a wood fire and cheese fondue on arrival. From family friendly Mt Buller, to Victoria’s largest snowfield in Falls Creek and Australia’s powder capital, Mt Hotham, don’t miss embarking on an après ski holiday this winter!
You’ll find adventure, excitement and some great food and wine along the way.
A brand-new winter festival will descend on Melbourne in 2019 as the city’s unmatched music and cultural offerings are celebrated at a signature event unlike anything Victoria has ever seen - taking advantage of the longer nights in winter giving artists more hours to inspire.
Ballarat transforms into a winter wonderland every July, with a myriad of experiences to warm your heart, soul and belly as part of the Ballarat Winter Festival! Visit Sovereign Hill and experience the pop-up ice-skating rink; or admire the fiery jousting clash at Kryal Castle.
Escape the heat for a cool escape to Melbourne and experience the magical alpine experience at Mt Buller – Australia’s most accessible alpine resort, 3hrs from city. Mt Buller offers’ “ski-in and ski-out” downhill skiing and ski season opens from 08 June till Sep or as long as the snow lasts.
Take Victoria’s Go Beyond Melbourne Touring Route and road trip through the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, Phillip Island and through to the Mornington Peninsula and the Bellarine. You’ll taste wine, see wildlife and relax in hot springs. Alternatively, take a five-day trip along the Great Southern Touring Route, which includes the Great Ocean Road, Grampians National Park and the historic town of Ballarat.
Victoria’s High Country is a food-lover’s playground with orchards, farms and vineyards stretching out along scenic rolling hills, lush valleys and bubbling streams. You can explore the area at your own pace with pedal to produce trails designed to take you past small village producers where you can experience fresh local honey, gourmet cheeses, a bevy of orchards, wineries and craft breweries.
Affectionately known as “the Prom,” Wilsons Promontory is a 505 square kilometre reserve on the southernmost tip of mainland Australia. It’s home to abundant native wildlife, cool rainforest gullies, rocky mountaintops and a large number of walking trails to help you see it all. Choose from short, scenic trails to day treks or the multi-day Wilsons Promontory Southern Circuit. Visitors can camp, caravan or stay in cabins and lodges at Tidal River..
Just three hours from Melbourne, this awe inspiring landscape is the ultimate playground for adventurers and a haven for food and wine lovers. Forged millions of years ago, The Grampians National Park offers a peek at Australia’s Aboriginal history, challenging (but rewarding) treks, cascading waterfalls, abundant wildlife, star-filled skies and a chance to connect with nature in a way that few get to experience.
You might think the Great Ocean Road is all about beaches as you drive the impressive coastline carved by nature, but take the time to venture off the main road and you’ll discover impressive hidden gems that many visitors miss. One of the most unique wonders in the area is the California Redwood forest in the Aire Valley. Walk the quiet trails, take photos and stop for a picnic.
The laneways of Melbourne are known for their bright and ever-changing street art, but there’s plenty more to discover after dark. Hit the cobblestones for night time dining at one of the laneways’ exciting eateries, like Chin Chin down Flinders Lane. This Thai diner is a local favourite, serving up spicy, shareable plates like suckling pig pancakes. Or, tuck into generous and contemporary Italian fare at Sarti.
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