Seven surprising ways to beat the chill this winter

If you’re starting to feel winter-itis creep in, brush it off with some of the best things to do (once you’re rugged up) this winter.

The Observatory

The Melbourne Observatory is one of the finest places for starry-eyed lovers. Don’t miss the majestic Starry Southern Skies night tours, run with expert guides from the Astronomical Society of Victoria. See the roof of the Observatory rotate and open up to the night sky – it’s a wondrous sight. Then, take a closer look at Mars or Venus using powerful heritage telescopes. Tours go ahead in all weather conditions. Suitable only for children 8 years old and over.

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The Melbourne Observatory

Self Guided Walks

Skip the tour and choose your own walking adventure. To get you started, find free self-guided walking booklets at the Melbourne Visitor Centre or download Melbourne Walks.

Queen Victoria Market – Winter Night Market and Ultimate Foodie Tour

The Queen Victoria Market’s annual Winter Night Market is back in business until 30 August. Treat yourself to hearty meals, heart-warming drinks and browse through an abundance of artist-made goods. You’ll love the open fire, not to mention the exciting new lighting concept and live music to ignite your winter nights. If you can’t make it Wednesday nights, try the market’s ultimate foodie tour. Be guided through the iconic food halls and taste from the best traders. Expect fresh seafood, handmade pasta, speciality cheese and a signature hot jam doughnut.

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The Winter Night Market is on Wednesday nights at Queen Victoria Market until 30 August

Fitzroy Gardens

Fitzroy Gardens is beautiful any time of year including winter. The fairies tree, Sinclair’s Cottage and the Tudor Village are some of the highlights throughout the garden. To warm up, head into the Conservatory to see vibrant floral displays.

Punting on the lake

Enjoy Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens at its best aboard an English-style punt boat. Guided tours will cruise you through Ornamental Lake while you lap up the views.

A group of people sitting in a boat on a lake and holding umbrellas

Punting on the lake

Melbourne by Bike

Stay warm with a relaxed bike ride through Melbourne’s extremely flat terrain and bike-friendly lanes. Melbourne by Bike hosts intimate tours with tour sizes limited to eight participants. The four-hour tour include bike and helmet hire, along with lunch.

Running Tours Melbourne

Running Tours Melbourne offer the unbeatable combination of sightseeing, exercise and beating the chill. Lace up your runners for the Yarra Sunrise Tour, running daily around the Yarra parklands and up Anderson Street Hill.

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See the sights and stay warm with Running Tours Melbourne