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!
- Naked in the Sky - relish one of the best views in North Melbourne atop Fitzroy's ultra groovy restaurant and bar, Naked for Satan.
- Palmz Rooftop Bar - a tropical oasis above the Carlton Hotel. Think tiki-style furniture, bamboo huts and bougainvillea aplenty (and delicious food and drinks of course).
- QT Melbourne Rooftop - sweeping city skyline views while sippin' scrumptious cocktails and beers at the world class QT hotel? We think yes.
- Good Heavens - a slice of Palm Springs in the heart of Melbourne, above Fancy Hank's BBQ. Enjoy brightly-coloured cocktails, great beer and your favourite barbecue snacks (including brisket... mmm).
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).
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?
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!
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.
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!
- Laneway Festival - on February 3, this one-day festival will showcase the hottest new acts alongside local talents. The name comes from the place where the festival first began: in a tiny Melbourne laneway. Acts include Mac DeMarco, Anderson Paak, the War on Drugs, Bonobo and ODESZA.
Sugar Mountain - this one-day boutique festival on January 20th features an assorted line-up of Aussie and international artists, including Cut Copy, Joey Bada$$ and Actress.
St Kilda Festival - see some of your favourite local artists then party the night away in the buzzing streets of St Kilda. The best part? It's free! Ps, there are market stalls, carnival rides and food trucks. I know where I'll be on Feb 11th!
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? ☀️
In summer, you can:
- Relish a selection of flora from Australia and around the world, including cacti, a herb garden and an indigenous rainforest
- Enjoy the Moonlight Cinema and theatre performances
- Check out the 19th-century Melbourne Observatory for tours of the night sky
- Explore the whimsical and child-scaled Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden
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.
- Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) - located in the beguiling Federation Square, the ACMI is a visual feast of Aussie cinema and TV, filled with interactive games, film clips and guilt-free TV watching. Yes please.
Melbourne Museum - a rich insight into Victoria's history, culture and natural environment and a fun day out for the whole family.
National Sports Museum - located in the MCG, this museum is Australia’s greatest showcase of sport, honouring Australian football, cricket, Olympic Games and soccer amongst other sports.
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!
- The Book of Mormon - this internationally acclaimed musical comedy hit Melbourne's Princess Theatre this year, and it sure lives up to the hype. It's not surprising the musical has won nine Tony Awards. You'll be in stitches! But hurry. This one ends on December 31st.
- Dream Lover - playing at the Arts Centre Melbourne, Dream Lover reveals the extraordinary story of legendary singer, songwriter and actor Bobby Darin, played by the wonderful David Campbell.
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!
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.
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