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Your Ultimate Guide to A Melbourne Summer

Isabella SmithIsabella Smith

There's a reason Melbourne is known as the cultural capital of Australia.

From museums to music festivals, rooftop bars to royal gardens, arty alleyways to the Australian Open, this city pulsates with action and energy.

Check out our top 10 picks of things to do in Melbourne this summer. There's no reason it shouldn't be your best summer yet...

1. Get your head in the clouds at a rooftop bar

What could be better than cracking open some cold bevvies in the scorching summer heat? I know, cracking open cold bevvies while enjoying mesmerising views of the city!

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2. Have a smashing day at the Aussie Open 🎾

Watch the likes of Federer, Nadal and our Aussie young guns Stosur and Kyrgios battle it out at the Australian Open Grand Slam of tennis.

With outdoor bars, pop-up food stalls and lots of activities for kids and adults alike, a day at the tennis is always exciting (even if you're not that into sport).

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Like the tennis wasn't entertainment enough, the AO Live Stage features 15 days of live music on the banks of the Yarra River.

Last January, artists included Peking Duk, The Temper Trap, Missy Higgins and Birds of Tokyo. The best part? It's free with a Ground Pass, so you can switch from the court to the concert whenever you like!

If you're a sports fanatic, you can tour Rod Laver Arena and other iconic Melbourne sporting grounds on our Melbourne Sports Lovers Tour.


3. Cool off at St Kilda Beach

Just a short tram ride from the CBD, St Kilda is a delightful departure from the city bustle. And what better time to head to the beach than Aussie summer?

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The foreshore is a hive of activity, with kitesurfers, windsurfers, swimmers, joggers and tanners taking advantage of the beautiful scenery.

While you're there, you can go Stand Up Paddle Boarding. For something a little more challenging, try a Kiteboarding Lesson with a professional instructor.

You can also check out the iconic Luna Park - a fun amusement park for the whole family (and a great date idea too!)

Add the St Kilda Foreshore to your Leezair wishlist!


4. Unleash your arty side 🎨

Melbourne is synonymous with some of the coolest and quirkiest street art in the world.

Get lost in the little lanes that intertwine the CBD, including the famous Hosier Lane. Pieces change almost daily so you're always in for something new and exciting!

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If it's more traditional and historical art that tickles your fancy, check out the National Gallery of Victoria. Housed in a beautiful, bunker-like building, the gallery features an expansive collection of works from all over the world.


5. Enjoy the Summer Night Market

Beginning November 15th, the Queen Victoria Market will host its Summer Night Market every Wednesday evening.

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There is food aplenty with all types of cuisines and you can find interesting souvenirs, quirky knick knacks, vintage clothes and old school cameras. Not to mention, the live bands and soloists are always utterly captivating.

Add the Summer Night Market to your Leezair wishlist!


6. Get ya groove on at a music festival 🎶

Melbourne's thriving live music scene is second to none. Our festival recommendations combine stellar line-ups, art installations, light shows and boutique alfresco dining. Get amongst the action!

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7. Pack a picnic in the Royal Botanic Gardens

This 94-acre spread of greenery is considered one of the finest examples of Victorian-era landscaping in the world. What better place to relax than in the gardens under the summer sunshine? ☀️

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Add the Royal Botanic Gardens to your Leezair wishlist!


8. Meander Melbourne's top Museums

Melbourne is home to an array of fascinating museums that celebrate Australian culture and history.

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You can also learn about Melbourne's history on a Free City Walking Tour.


9. See a show 🎭

Want to escape the heat? There are some fabulous shows hitting Melbourne's iconic theatres this summer. They could make for a fun night out with friends and loved ones or great Christmas prezzies!

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10. Hit the road, Jack 🚗

If you're keen to escape the city, why not take a road trip along the breathtaking Great Ocean Road!

Drive through Geelong to Torquay - a gorgeous, sleepy coastal town home to the famous Bells Beach. It's only 1.5 hours from Melbourne, but all your troubles seem much further away than that!

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If you've got more time to spare, continue to wrap around the coastline, stopping at Lorne, Apollo Bay, Cape Otway and, of course, the remarkable Twelve Apostles.

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Once here, don't forget to walk the Gibson steps and marvel at Loch Ard Gorge - one of the most stunning beaches along the Great Ocean Road.


And that's a wrap!

For more suggestions of things to do in Melbourne this summer, check out our Leezair catalogue. Or, shoot us a message and we can make more suggestions!

Happy summer, adventurers!

The Leezair team x

Isabella Smith
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