Melbourne, Australia, a city known for its dynamic culture and diverse attractions, truly comes alive on a sunny day. The vibrant streets, lush parks, and stunning waterfronts beckon both locals and visitors to step outside and savor the warmth of the sun. In this guide, we will explore 20 fantastic things to do in Melbourne when the skies are clear and the weather is perfect for outdoor adventures. From enjoying the city’s beautiful gardens to indulging in delicious culinary experiences, Melbourne offers a myriad of opportunities to make the most of those glorious sunny days. So, let’s embark on a journey through this sun-kissed city and discover the best ways to soak up the sunshine in Melbourne.
As the most liveable city in the world, for the second year in a row, Melbourne is quite simply the people’s city. Need to get around? We’ve got trams, trains, buses and even city bikes. Need a quick bite or a lazy graze? Cafes and eateries pepper the laneways and streets of Lady Melbourne. So with summer fast approaching it’s time to clear the schedule because here are just 20 things to do in our fair city.
Spend the day travelling through a world of wildlife but local and international. Marvel at Mother Nature’s creations and take a well-deserved rest on the greenery – ice-cream in hand. The Melbourne Zoo is a great day out. If it’s sunny and on a weekend, try to get there early as it’s usually busy, especially in the car park. Don’t forget the kids sunglasses
Abbotsford Children’s Farm
With a spare couple of hours up your sleeve, Abbotsford Children’s Farm is just the ticket with baby animals for show and a café offering a menu of home-grown goods.
Infinity Pool at the Aldelphi
Sometimes the best thing on a hot day is a dip in the pool. The CBD’s best kept secret has got to be the Adelphi Infinity Pool, look over the edge of the building all from the safety of 20-storey building. Grab your sexy swimsuit and get ready for a refreshing experience.
Half Moon Bay Beach
Ready to escape the cityscape? Grab your transport of choice and head 40 minutes from the city, to Half Moon Bay beach. Enjoy the summer rays before taming that grumbly tummy with lunch from the local fish ‘n’ chippery.
Located in the suburb of Heidelberg, Heide Museum was once a creative community belonging to Sunday and John Reed. Built in 1935 the site was home to many artists including Sidney Nolan and Albert Tucker. These days you can visit the three separate galleries or simply walk around the grounds of the estate.
Queen Victoria Market
Open Tuesday through Sunday, this iconic market plays host to local craftsmanship and quality goods. Come early for the fresh produce including fish and vegetables or come later for a simple browse.
Royal Botanical Gardens
Stocked up with a picnic basket full of yummy food? Well what better place to enjoy the flavours of the city then with a picnic in the picturesque setting of Melbourne’s biggest garden. Take the train, tram, or free tourist shuttle bus.
Hire a Melbourne City Bike
With 50 Melbourne Share Bike Stations spread across central Melbourne you can cycle the streets of the CBD or, if you’re keen to escape the city grind, head toward the Yarra River Trail, which will take you through the north eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
Climb the walls of the city’s indoor rock climbing facility while taking in the CBD’s views. We recommend going in groups of three so you can each have a turn of climbing and spotting.
Visit the Eureka Tower
Loving the views? Take a walk to the Southbank and enter the world’s second tallest residential building, the Eureka Tower. With an exiting glass skydeck on the 88th floor don’t look down, instead marvel at the 360 degree view.
City Circle Tram
Sometimes the most rewarding things are the ones you find yourself. So why not jump one of the free city circle tram. See something of interest? Hop off and then just as easily hop back on when you’re ready for your next urban discovery.
If you’re concerned about missing out a much-loved street, café or street art wall, there are a number of organised tours that can take you there. Check out https://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au for more information.
The National Gallery Victoria
Escape the heat and enter a while world of international artwork. With free entry to the permanent gallery there is little reason not to take a look.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Paddle out into the bay as the sun goes down and the city lights come up. No experience necessary: instructors will have you sailing away from either St Kilda or the Docklands in no time.
Mini-golf is the only sport that gets better as it gets smaller. (In your face, table tennis.) There are two 18-hole courses at Mini Golf Wetlands, Wheelers Hill – one outdoor, one indoor – might be Melbourne’s best.
Let your hair down and embrace your inner child at Melbourne’s iconic theme park. There’s fairy floss and rides galore.
Drink a beer at Ponyfish Island – like a floating island, this is one bar that whets your whistle without the need of a towel. There are even heaters for those more cooler times.
Melbourne’s many Rooftop Bars
Enjoy a beverage at one of Melbourne’s many rooftop bars including: Madame Brussels, Rooftop, Carlton Club, Siglo and the Alysbury.
Rebound Leisure Club
Feel like trying something a little different? The Rebound Leisure Club is a multi-purpose fitness venue with monthly nude swim nights that have been running for over 30 years. Bring a plate for the 9pm shared supper – and lots of towels to sit on, of course.
Botanical Garden’s Moonlight Cinema
Take a picnic basket and watch a film at the Botanical Garden’s Moonlight Cinema. Open from January 2013.
As the sun dips below the horizon and the day draws to a close, Melbourne’s vibrant spirit on a sunny day leaves an indelible mark on the hearts of those who experienced it. From the lush greenery of the Royal Botanic Gardens to the exciting vibes of the Southbank Promenade, this city offers an array of activities to suit every taste and preference. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a food lover, or a culture connoisseur, Melbourne’s sunny charms cater to all. So, the next time you find yourself in this splendid Australian metropolis on a sunny day, make sure to explore these 20 incredible activities. Melbourne’s beauty, culture, and warmth will undoubtedly leave you with cherished memories that last a lifetime. Enjoy your sunny day adventures in Melbourne!