All-weather activities in Melbourne. The City of Melbourne is renowned for its changeable weather and is often said to have four seasons in one day. This means that if it does rain the skies could just as easily clear and the sun shine a couple of hours later. Luckily, there is plenty to keep you occupied whatever the weather in Australia’s unofficial capital of culture, cool and food!
Visit a museum
Melbourne is awash with fantastic museums covering a huge variety of interests. From the evocative Immigration Museum or to the family-friendly Science works. To the interactive National Sports Museum and the huge and all-encompassing Melbourne Museum. There are plenty of smaller, independent museums which are well worth a visit too. These include firstly, Charlie’s Arthurs Seat Auto Museum, which is packed full of vintage cars and motorbikes; secondly, the Gold Treasury Museum, housed in the former vaults of the Treasury which previously stockpiled the treasures unearthed in Victoria’s Gold Rush; and the wonderful Tram Museum.
Browse an indoor market or bazaar
Melbourne loves a good market and there’s one for everybody. For vintage finds, try the North Melbourne Market in the north of the city. The Blackbird Market in Fitzroy. The Lost and Found Market in Collingwood, and Chapel St Bazaar. Foodies should head to South Melbourne Market, the city’s oldest continuing market. Find a market which is packed with stalls offering all sorts of local goodies. Whilst there, check out SO:ME Space, an area dedicated to up-and-coming local designers.
Read a book over a coffee in a bookshop café
Melbourne’s café culture is world-renowned. And there’s nothing better than curling up with a cup of steaming coffee and a good book whilst it pours it down with rain outside. The homely Book talk Café in Richmond allows you to take one of their hundreds of secondhand books to your table. And you can read whilst you sip a flat white and nibble on a focaccia. After browsing the books in the impressive State Library of Victoria, stretch out in one of the booths in the adjoining Mr Tulk, the walls of which are lined with kooky volumes.
Explore the vertical city
Many of Melbourne’s buildings are truly beautiful but are rarely explored other than as a means to get somewhere else. Its Victorian arcades feature original mosaic floors, stained glass canopied domes and lead lighting – for instant check out Block Arcade. After that visit Cathedral Arcade and Royal Arcade. Jump in a lift in Nicholas Building, Curtin house, or the Manchester Unity Building and find up-and-coming local designers. In addition you will find vintage boutiques, antique jewelers, and galleries and studios run by independent artists. Journalist and copywriter Emily Buckley loves visiting the fabulous city of Melbourne for its art, its food, its shopping, its quirky laneways, and even because of its crazy weather! Be prepared before you visit and use a list, which will ensure your trip is memorable for all the right reasons. To conclude, you see, there is a lot of All weather activities in Melbourne.
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