What to do in Melbourne this summer
January is an unusual time to be in Melbourne. There is a dry heat in the air and a lack of cars on the road, the streets are bare, and the shops are empty. And yet, for some people, these very reasons are why Melbourne can be the best place to be at this time of year. When the crowds move down to the Mornington or Bellarine Peninsulas, Melbourne is left delightfully empty.
Found yourself one of the people in Melbourne during the height of summer? Read our guide on all the best bars, restaurants and things to do in our city over summer.
A small café in South Melbourne doing big things. Juniper is the sister venue for Carlton North’s Florian, and it has become a much-loved favourite by locals thanks to its delightful menu and community feel.
Mietta by Rosemary
Mietta is a sweet dessert pop-up shop opening in Malvern in December and featuring trifles, tarts, cheesecake, sponge cakes and more. The pop-up will be open for 6 months, after which the owner is looking to open a bigger location with dine-in space, more products, and an expanded team.
Images via The LUME Melbourne
Connection at THE LUME
A digital experience at one of Melbourne’s newest art galleries in Southbank showcases a breathtaking collection of First Nations art, music and culture. The experience features nearly 650 artworks from over 110 visual and musical artists, representing the largest collection of First Nations art ever assembled. Developed with the National Museum of Australia and curatorial experts, Connection fuses the world’s oldest culture with the most cutting-edge technology.
Northcote Aquatic & Recreation Centre
The new neighbourhood hub (with a six-star Green Star rating), featuring an indoor pool, outdoor pool, water slides, sauna, and fitness and wellness facilities has reopened, after an extensive 18-month redevelopment, just in time for summer. The new centre was designed by Warren & Mahoney Architects Australia and promises to be the place to be over the holiday season.
For a comprehensive list of walks in Melbourne and surrounds, read our guide here.