The last time it snowed in the Melbourne CBD was in 1849 – but that hasn’t stopped the city from constructing igloos. This winter the Wharf Hotel has built its own transparent igloos and filled them with seats, warm blankets and twinkling fairy lights. They’ve even devised a special menu to go with its igloo bookings. Get around a platter of dumplings, fried calamari, chicken ribs, pork belly, spring rolls plus a thermos of hot mulled cider (or a bottle of wine or a jug of beer).
You can’t avoid the cold in winter but you can make the most of it. Melbourne is a city made for embracing the chill, with pubs, bars and hotels leaning into the single-degree temperatures with warm igloos, roasty-toasty brunches and a bevvy of seasonal drinks to warm you from head to toe. Dig out your puffer jacket or parka: here are three ways to make the most of winter in Melbourne.