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The best socially distanced activities in Melbourne

Keen to hang but don't want to sit inside with a lot of other people? We got you

Cassidy Knowlton
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Cassidy Knowlton
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After being inside for much of the last couple of years, we are thrilled to be getting out and about. In saying that, many of us are not as keen on sitting in crowded rooms as we were in the Beforetimes. 

Melbourne's weather has warmed up and it's perfect for some outdoor fun. If the weather's fine, grab your mates and try out one of these activities, while remaining socially distanced outside. Don't forget to follow local rules and always, always slip, slop, slap. 

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  • Attractions
  • Beaches

While Sydney gets all the beachy glory, Melbourne's bay beaches are a terrific place to spend some time outside, whether you're keen on swimming, wading, beachcombing or just relaxing on the sand. Bring friends, bring a picnic and spend the day catching some rays. Don't forget to slip, slop, slap.

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  • Things to do

OK, you might be a little tired of picnicking, but if you do it right it's still a lovely way to enjoy friends' company without spending time inside. Our number one picnic tip: bring camping chairs. There are loads of green pockets throughout Melbourne just perfect for a picnic.

 

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Picnic packs are fantastic, but there's something about food that is cooked and eaten alfresco that makes it at least 15 per cent more delicious than food cooked and eaten inside.  We are very fortunate in Melbourne to have hundreds of free municipal barbecues in our parks, gardens, beaches and other summertime hot spots. Across the city there are plenty of picturesque spots with in-built barbecues just waiting to have some snags (meat or veggie) thrown onto them.

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  • Sports

Golf has a reputation for being a snooty and expensive sport, but it doesn't have to be so. There are plenty of affordable public courses in Melbourne where you can work on your short game and get tips on improving your drive. These courses offer casual play as well as passes for golfers who are more committed, and many of them offer lessons to help total novices whose entire knowledge of golf comes from Happy Gilmore. You can rent clubs, balls and buggies, so don't let a lack of equipment stop you from hitting the links. Heck, some even offer mini-golf for those who aren't ready to tackle the big holes yet. 

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