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20 things to do in Melbourne between Christmas and NYE

See 2018 out in style at these exhibitions, events and activities across the city

Escher x nendo NGV 2018
Photograph: Sean Fennessy Installation view of Escher x nendo | Between Two Worlds at NGV International

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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Attractions, Theme parks

Adventure Park

Dates open: December 26-31

Price: Free (children under 90cm) - $43.50

Some people go to waterparks for the wave pools and ample sun lounges – and then some people go for the heart-racing waterslides. If nothing makes you happier than a shock of adrenaline to the system then Adventure Park in Geelong has a treat in store for you.The Tornado is Adventure Park’s newest, biggest and longest waterslide yet and the only one of its kind in Victoria. Guests intrepid enough to brave the slide will climb to the top of the mighty 24 metre-high tower, spiral down 205 metres of twists and turns before finally dropping into the eye of the storm: a massive funnel.

People on waterslides at Funfields
Kids, Play spaces


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Dates open: December 26-31

Price: Free (children under 100cm) - $45

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? They've just unveiled a record-breaking new waterslide, The Gravity Wave. It launches riders off a 26.8 metre-high platform, hurtling them down 186 metres of tubing as they reach speeds of seven metres per second. 

Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo

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Dates open: December 26-31

Price: Free (children) - $36

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 and showcasing their elegant aquatic skills. Another highlight is the sprawling Orang-utan Sanctuary, where a family of beautiful, intelligent 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. 

Got plans for NYE yet?

Fireworks over the Docklands at New Year's Eve
Photograph: Wolf Cocklin
Things to do, Fairs and festivals

New Year's Eve in Melbourne

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.