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Summer night markets in Melbourne
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Summer night markets in Melbourne

Make the most of the warm summer evenings and get stuck into Melbourne's night markets

Is this the scariest escape room in Melbourne?
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Is this the scariest escape room in Melbourne?

Real talk: Its Nightmare is genuinely scary, so if you can’t make it through a horror movie without wetting yourself then we suggest trying another of Rush Escape Games rooms. There are six after all, with themes spanning everything from regal medieval halls to superhero hang outs (a favourite for kids). There’s even a super tough room available which was so hard (it had a five per cent success rate) Rush had to modify it slightly. But back to 60 minutes of puzzling, R15+ terror that is the Its Nightmare, the escape room. Time Out's bravest decided to review. Led down a dark, glowing red corridor our intrepid escapees are informed that not only do many people receive bad news shortly after exiting this cursed room, but that even the CCTV is said to cut out occasionally (though we had plenty of assistance when needed). After making our way down an even darker hallway (with bonus creepy crawlies at our feet) we emerge into the set of a horror flick, complete with bloody handprints and possessed paintings. Genuine screams occurred more than once as we picked our way through the room’s puzzles and tried not to freak out when we had pat-down faceless, creepy child mannequins (anything for a clue). The flow of each escape room varies at Rush. Its Nightmare is a more intuitive room where you enter with little instruction or direction – a choice that adds to the overall unsettling environs. Read all notes you find carefully for clues and don’t be afraid to stick your hands into st

Things to do in Melbourne between Christmas and NYE
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Things to do in Melbourne between Christmas and NYE

Christmas is over, New Year's Eve is approaching, and you've just realised that you've got heaps of time to fill in between. These five days can be a little awkward; some places have closed shop for summer, and others have new holiday hours. But never fear, because we've compiled a list of the best things to do between December 25-31. Enjoy your time off!

What to do in Melbourne based on your astrological sign
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What to do in Melbourne based on your astrological sign

Use our Melbourne-inspired zodiac to (horo)scope out fun experiences in Melbourne. 

How to escape the heat in Melbourne
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How to escape the heat in Melbourne

Sure, Melbourne's weather is typically unreliable, but when it's hot, it's hot. When the sun is really putting the "burn" in Burn City, try these tried and true ways to keep your cool and still have a great time. For more cool ways to beat the heat, go for a swim at one of these pools, beaches and rivers. If you're too hot to move, why not go for a massage or see a film?

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101 things to do in Melbourne before you die
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101 things to do in Melbourne before you die

The definitive Melbourne bucket list: knock off these 101 activities and you'll really, properly know our great city

The best waterfalls in Victoria
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The best waterfalls in Victoria

This state is peppered with cascading rivers, some with plunge pools you can swim in and some dotted beside awe-inspiring bush walks

The best free things to do in Melbourne
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The best free things to do in Melbourne

Check out these expert tips for exploring the city's best attractions and events for zero dollars

The best secret gardens in Melbourne
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The best secret gardens in Melbourne

Stop and smell the flowers at these unsung gardens around Melbourne

17 things you can ONLY do in Melbourne
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17 things you can ONLY do in Melbourne

More than 30 million people visit Melbourne every year, but how many of them are experiencing the very best that this city has to offer? Sure, the laneways and art galleries are as popular as ever, plus our affinity for coffee and incredible food knows no bounds. But to really experience Melbourne, we’d suggest hitting up some of the more unusual sites on this list. Whether you’re visiting Melbourne from another country or state, or just a local looking for some new experiences, you’re sure to find something new on this list.

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NYE arvo party at the Impsy

NYE arvo party at the Impsy

Limber up for your welcome 2020 party with this frosé and charcuterie afternoon sesh

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The Koorie Art Show
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The Koorie Art Show

This annual exhibition features work from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists all over Victoria

Adventure Park's new $4 million waterslide is only one of two in Australia
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Adventure Park's new $4 million waterslide is only one of two in Australia

What kid (or adult) doesn’t like sliding down a giant waterslide? 

A schmick new beer garden is launching in Melbourne’s west
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A schmick new beer garden is launching in Melbourne’s west

Station Hotel is opening its new beer garden with a free launch party

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Dating in Melbourne

Dating IRL
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Dating IRL

Time Out wants to send single Melburnians on blind dates in the hopes of finding love

The best date-night restaurants in Melbourne
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The best date-night restaurants in Melbourne

Our favourite places for frocking up and impressing the pants off someone

The best bars for first dates in Melbourne
Bars

The best bars for first dates in Melbourne

Sit close, sip a cocktail and get to know one another at these cosy Melbourne drinking spots

The most adventurous dates in Melbourne
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The most adventurous dates in Melbourne

From cycling tours to rooftop glamping, here are our suggestions for dates with a difference in Melbourne

The 13 best make-out spots in Melbourne
Sex and dating

The 13 best make-out spots in Melbourne

This city's full of nooks and crannies, so lock lips and make the most of them

The best bars with board games in Melbourne
Bars

The best bars with board games in Melbourne

Long, tipsy games of Connect 4, Scrabble and Balderdash: now that's a foolproof date idea

Or try a romantic weekend getaway

Outdoor activities in Melbourne

The best parks in Melbourne
Attractions

The best parks in Melbourne

Craving some closeness to Mother Nature? There's nothing like a romp through a local CBD park to restore some balance

The best day hikes from Melbourne
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The best day hikes from Melbourne

Grab your comfiest shoes and head to one of these awesome hiking spots near Melbourne

The 8 best swimming holes in Victoria
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The 8 best swimming holes in Victoria

Check out nature’s swimming pools, carved naturally out of rock and featuring some very refreshing waters that are ripe for splashing around in

The best beaches in Melbourne
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The best beaches in Melbourne

Don't scoff: Melbourne has some beautiful beaches and splendid spots to cool down on a hot day

The best sunset and sunrise spots in Melbourne
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The best sunset and sunrise spots in Melbourne

Check out our ten best spots to enjoy the view of the rising and setting sun around the city

See Melbourne's best picnic spots