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Children picking cherries at Cherry Hill Pick Your Own
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Things to do in Melbourne between Christmas and NYE

See the year out in style at these exhibitions, events and activities across the city

By Alannah Maher
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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!

Things to do between Xmas and NYE

Adventure Park Geelong The Tornado
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1. Adventure Park

Attractions Theme parks

Dates open: December 26-31

Price: Free (children under 90cm) - $46.50

Some people go to waterparks for the wave pools and ample sun lounges – and then some people go for the heart-racing waterslides. Either way, Adventure Park in Geelong has a treat in store for you. Thrillseekers can tackle rides like the Tornado, the biggest and longest waterslide of its kind in the state, which will drop you down 24 metres of snaking slides; or take it easy on the Lazy River, sit back in an inflatable ring and idly float down the tropically themed river.

2. Funfields

Kids Play spaces Melbourne

Dates open: December 26-31

Price: Free (children under 100cm) - $49.50

Calling all kids, parents, and kids-at-heart: did you know that there is a huge theme park less than an hour's drive north from Melbourne? Funfields, located in Whittlesea, opened in 1985 and has since become one of Melbourne's best-loved attractions. Your entry ticket gets you access to 22 rides, plus a water play area for kids and barbecue area. 

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3. Melbourne Zoo

Museums Parkville

Dates open: December 26-31

Price: Free (children under 15) - $38

A trip to Melbourne Zoo done right takes a day. The largest exhibit is the majestic Wild Sea, where penguins and seals bask on land before slipping into clear waters. Another highlight is the sprawling Orang-utan Sanctuary, where a family of beautiful, orang-utans swing from tree to tree, play with each other and feed high off the ground. Then there’s the Trail of the Elephants; an immersive Asian village and garden where five Asian elephants thrive. 

Melbourne Museum
Photograph: Robert Blackburn

4. Melbourne Museum

Museums Carlton

Dates open: Dec 26 - 31

Price: Free (children and concession) - $15

A glorious, sprawling space filled with themed displays, interactive areas, IMAX cinemas and no end of surprises, Melbourne Museum rewards first-time visitors and repeat patrons equally. For recent initiates, the sheer scope of the permanent galleries (including one just for children) can be intimidating, but for those who aren't intent on digesting it all on one visit, the greatest treasures can be the tiniest and, like history itself, the most enlightening of surprises lurk in the dimmest corners and darker recesses. 

Got plans for NYE yet?

Fireworks over the Docklands at New Year's Eve
Fireworks over the Docklands at New Year's Eve
Photograph: Wolf Cocklin

New Year's Eve in Melbourne

Things to do Fairs and festivals

Whether you're a fireworks fan, looking for a relaxed dinner or you want to party until dawn, we've got you covered for NYE in Melbourne. Here's what to do, where to go and how to recover (or keep dancing) on January 1.

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