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 walks to street art and more.

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 small cart outside a leafy restaurant with people walking past

Fatto on Southbank

Arbory Afloat

Arbory Afloat is back and better than ever. This year the floating alfresco haven takes on a Miami beach theme, and is perfect for enjoying that post-work twilight. The buoyant bar’s food has Mexican flavours (think Eggplant Tostadas and Yuca cheese puffs) while their drinks chase the sun, from Prosecco to watermelon sangria. Order like you’re on holiday and watch the evening drift by.

A bar on a sunny day

Arbory Afloat

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 23 October.

Three Chinese dragon performers in front of a crowd inside a large shed

Hawker 88

Explore augmented street art 

Whether you’re new to Melbourne or want to take a trip down memory lane, the iconic Flinders Quarter district is a must visit spot for any city stroll seeker. A new app allows visitors to take an augmented reality tour through the area, highlighting some of the stunning art that’s adorned this iconic Melbourne precinct. Much of the art is located out in the open, so it’s the perfect option for post-work strolling! Pop in to the visitor hub at Town Hall to grab a map and see the past, present and future of Flinders Quarter unfold before you.

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.

Sun light coming through the leaves of large trees in a green open garden

Fitzroy Gardens

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