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.
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!
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.
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.
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.