Melbourne’s weather is famous for being unpredictable. Fortunately, that means the locals have rainy day activities covered. Whether you want to shop until you drop, enjoy some locally-produced wine or catch an Aussie Rules football game – Melbourne is still very much alive even when the rain comes down.
1. Explore Yarra Valley:
Don’t let a bit of rain put you off visiting Victoria’s famous wine region – the Yarra Valley.Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you don’t need to be a wine lover to enjoy everything that the region has to offer. From the breweries and cheese tastings to the boutique shops and quaint towns you’ll drive through along the way – the Yarra Valley has something for everyone.
However, if you do enjoy a chardonnay or two – the region is renowned for having some of the best in Australia. Best of all – it’s only an hour’s drive east of Melbourne.
2. Visit Federation Square:
From the outside, Federation Square is impressive enough – but what’s inside is even better. One of Melbourne’s most famous and recognisable landmarks is jam-packed full of things to see and do – regardless of the weather.
Marvel at the weird and wonderful street performers from one of the many cafes, or visit the beautiful Ian Potter Gallery of Australian Art. Explore the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, which often has free film screenings.
Fed Square, as the locals call it, is also home to the Melbourne Visitor Information Centre – a great place to find inspiration and advice on where to head next.
3. Crown Entertainment Complex:
Situated on the banks of the Yarra River overlooking the city skyline is a place where entertainment never stops. From 5-star dining and designer shopping to choreographed water shows and an 15-lane bowling alley, Crown Entertainment Complex is a one-stop shop for families, couples and friends looking for a great time.
Home to the largest casino complex in the southern hemisphere, Crown is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
4. Sporting Events:
Melbourne is known as Australia’s sporting capital for a reason. Melburnians love sport – and they don’t let a bit of rain spoil their fun! So grab your poncho and head to the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground, where there is usually something on over the weekend. In the summer you can enjoy a local or international cricket match, or get into the state’s favourite sport during the Aussie Rules season, which runs from February through to September.
No games on? On non-event days you can join a guided tour of the historic sporting venue, which depart regularly between 10am and 3pm, or learn more about Australia’s sporting history at the newly-opened National Sports Museum.
5. World-class shopping:
No visit to Melbourne is complete without a bit of retail therapy. Just a short drive out of the city is the southern hemisphere’s largest shopping centre – Chadstone.
Among the 500+ stores housed in this shopping paradise are local and international big-name stores such as Myer, Ralph Lauren and Tiffany and Co as well as a large range of dining and entertainment options.
If you want to stay in the city – Melbourne Central shopping centre on Swanston Street is built around a historic shot-tower and is entirely indoors.
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