Don’t let the frosty air give you cabin fever and keep you housebound this winter. Melbourne is packed with events and festivals, winter sports and family fun to keep you busy and warm.
There’s no excuse to stay cooped up inside–here are some ideas to get you out and active.
Stretch it out
Get energised and warm up those muscles with an introductory two-week membership at Yoga Corner or make your workout count with Yoga Social‘s ‘give back’ class, where proceeds raised from the class go toward a Melbourne charity.
Snap up the sights
See Melbourne from a different angle. Melbourne Laneway photography tours take you on a journey through the streets to unique sights that are just waiting to be photographed. Discover the city’s hidden treasures, its gothic and theatrical edge and its fabulous visual story on this guided tour. Or, if you take your photography pretty seriously, Melbourne Photo Tours can customise your trip, while offering tips on how to capture the best shots around the city.
Put pedal to the pavement
Ditch the city tram, put the pedal to the pavement and grab one of the Melbourne bike share blue bikes, or take it easy and cruise with a guided tour around the city with Melbourne by Bike.
If you’re thinking of a long-term investment, turn hobby into habit and purchase your own set of wheels. LEKKER Bikes have a modern look and comfortable approach to cycling, with a style inspired by Dutch cycling heritage and Australian beach culture. Cycles Galleria in QV also has a large showroom with plenty of bikes to choose from. Let the experts set you up with a dynamic bike-fit to ensure you’re properly matched to the perfect bike.
Cruise down the Yarra
One of the best views of Melbourne is on the water. Pack a picnic, rug up the family and cruise the Yarra with a self-drive package. You can also take a chartered cruise with your own private skipper and see the skies light up in Docklands on Friday nights at the free Friday Fireworks. Find out more about Melbourne’s cruise operators.
Carve it up on the ice
Embrace the chill and get a group together for Monday night with drop-in public curling at Medibank Icehouse in Docklands. If you haven’t been raised on the ice, it’s the perfect season to learn, with free lessons on weekends.
Walk. Don’t run.
Why not take it slow and stroll through the colourful city and its laneways? There are heaps of guided walking tours on offer, seven days a week, so you can discover more about the city than ever before.
Work out, not in, on your lunch break
If you work in the city and are looking to keep the activity levels up, why not try a little friendly competition on your lunch break? Active Melbourne City Sports is a sports program for inner city residents and workers during their lunch breaks. Competitions are held at lunchtime from 12pm-2pm weekdays, in handy locations at Docklands and Flagstaff Gardens. Activities include running groups, basketball, netball, bare-foot bowls, soccer and dodgeball. Did someone say dodgeball?
Rack ’em up
Chalk your cue and brush up on your pool shark skills at Pulo Pool Parlour. Take your pick of 13 high-quality pool tables. Plus, there are snacks, darts and more to keep you busy on a cold wintry afternoon.
For more winter activities and inspiration to get you out and about in the city this winter, check out our Winter guide.