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Five reasons to get off the couch this winter

While winter can make sitting indoors by a fire, sipping tea and reading a good book seem like the only activities worth pursuing, there’s still plenty to do for those who prefer to stay active all year round.
Melbourne is a great winter city – here are some ideas to help you explore it.
Get a spring in your step
Take the stairs! There’s still time to catch the spring-inspired chalk art decorating the Bourke Street steps at Southern Cross Station. It’s a good reminder to skip the elevator and get the blood pumping this winter.

Steps up to railway station covered with colourful floral artwork

Spring is in the air at the Bourke Street steps

Ice-skating in Docklands
Experience winter as it should be – with lots of ice. The Docklands’ Medibank Icehouse houses two Olympic-sized ice rinks and offers a free ice-skating lesson for those who’ve never donned wheels of steel before. What are you waiting for? Get your skates on!
Exterior of large building with "Come ice skating" banner on wall

Fulfil your figure skating dreams at Medibank Icehouse

Riverslide Skate Park
If you prefer to do your skating on solid ground, Riverslide Skate Park, overlooking Birrarung Marr, is open all year round. The YMCA offers lessons for the uninitiated, and the park caters for BMX, scooters, inline skating and skateboarding.
Concrete skate park with skateboarders and scooter riders

Whether you’re a rookie or a pro, all are welcome at Riverslide Skate Park

Black light mini golf at Docklands
UV-lit glow in the dark mini golf at Docklands is open until 7pm Monday to Thursday all through winter . If that’s too early for you, head down on a Friday or Saturday when it’s open until 10.30pm. Stay active, stay indoors – it’s the best of both worlds.
Building exterior with sign reading "Glow in the dark minigolf", with Melbourne Star observation wheel at rear

Get your fluoro gear on and head down to Docklands for 18 holes

Rug up and hop on shanks’ pony* for a tour of the city the way it should be experienced. There are a number of Melbourne walks you can do at your own pace, as well as plenty of tour operators to give you the ins and outs of the city from a different angle.
*shanks’ pony = your legs!
There are many different reasons to get off the couch in Melbourne this winter. Tell us your favourites.