How to make the most of daylight saving

Daylight saving is here. Here’s how to make the most of the extended twilight, from sunset dining and after work markets to art and music performances.

Sunset dining

As Spring continues and daylight savings kicks in, sunsets just keep getting later and later. Pick a waterside spot for dinner or drinks like Fatto, Riverland, Ponyfish Island or The Boatbuilders Yard and get a free show courtesy of the setting sun.

A crowd of people talking and drinking in an outside bar at sunset

Riverland

Friday night fiestas at MPavilion

Who doesn’t want to spend a few hours at the end of the week sipping drinks in the stunning Queen Victoria Gardens? On Fridays from 19 October MPavilion’s 2018 open-air hangout will host DJs, musicians, happy hour specials and boutique drinks. Garden views, twilight sun and local music – it’s the perfect post-work knock off. And even better, it’s free.

Fed Square Live

Take in a spot of free music at Fed Square as the weather warms up and the sun stays out. Featuring acts like Stonfield and Roger Knox, this free concert series runs Fridays until December.

Arbory Afloat

Arbory Afloat is back and better than ever. This Mediterranean-inspired alfresco haven is perfect for enjoying that post-work twilight. The buoyant bar’s food has Med class (think local calamari and ‘Torta Della Nonna’ – Italian custard pie), while their drinks chase the sun, from Prosecco to watermelon sangria. Order like you’re on holiday and watch the evening drift by.

A table with pizza on it, two people holding drinks over it.

New additions at Arbory Afloat. Photo by Simon Shiff.

1000 doors

From the team behind last year’s ‘House of Mirrors’ comes Melbourne’s latest mystery. 1000 doors is an unending maze of doors, portals and screens set to challenge even the best escape room master. Set up in the Arts Centre Melbourne forecourt, you’ll definitely need the daylight advantage for this one.

Hawker 88 Night Market

Forget the week day hibernation of winter and say hello to the Hawker 88 Night Market! This new spring experience at the Queen Victoria Market brings together the sights, sounds and tastes of Asia. Discover flavoursome street food from Vietnam to Singapore, Indonesia to Thailand, China, Japan and more. Spice up your Wednesdays, 5 to 10pm until 24 October.

A Chinese lion dancing at a market

Hawker 88 Night Market

Evening walks

If you’ve been put off by the early darkness of winter, fear no more. Mother nature’s extending her hours and offering a bit of extra sunshine after 5pm. Stroll with a work friend through Fitzroy Gardens, catch the sunset over Princes Bridge or just take a moment to enjoy the flora of Queen Victoria Gardens.

People walking over a bridge over a river at sunset with the city skyline in the background

Sunset at Princes Bridge

Need more ideas to put a spring in your step? Check out our list of essential spring walks.