The ultimate guide to winter in Melbourne

Embrace the colder months with fantastic events, exhibitions, travel, shopping and plenty of warming food and drinks

Winter beer
Photograph: Rob Blackburn

Autumn was... not all we'd hoped this year in Melbourne. We were stuck inside, restaurants were bars were closed, and all the events we'd been looking forward to were cancelled. But as we start to come out of lockdown, we are ready to embrace winter in all its cosy, gorgeous splendour. 

When the weather gets colder, the city comes alive with food festivals, art shows and lots more. And don't get us started on the joys of cosy pubs, hot chocolate or mulled wine. Here, we've put together a definitive guide to the very best of Melbourne in winter.

Note: Things are changing rapidly in Melbourne, so make sure you ring the venue before heading out to make sure it's open and you can get a spot. 

The best things to do in winter

Everything we love about winter in Melbourne
Things to do

Everything we love about winter in Melbourne

Melbourne comes into its own in winter – and we're here to help you make the most of it

13 great rainy day activities in Melbourne
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13 great rainy day activities in Melbourne

The weather's terrible – so what?

How to stay warm in Melbourne in winter
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How to stay warm in Melbourne in winter

Here are 23 ways to make the most of Melbourne in winter

Things to do in Melbourne in June
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Things to do in Melbourne in June

Explore the city as it comes back to life. 

Get out of town

A comprehensive guide to Victoria’s snow season
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A comprehensive guide to Victoria’s snow season

Victoria’s alpine region is the place to be come winter

How to do the snow on the cheap
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How to do the snow on the cheap

Take advantage of these sweet alpine deals during the winter months

The best weekend getaways from Melbourne
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The best weekend getaways from Melbourne

Need a break? These destinations are beautiful all year round

The best day trips from Melbourne
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The best day trips from Melbourne

If you're looking for a break from the inner-city grid, there's no better cure than a day trip from Melbourne

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Weekend getaway: Bright and the High Country
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Weekend getaway: Bright and the High Country

Ski, snowboard, taste craft beer or just watch the stunning leaves change colour

Weekend getaway: East Gippsland
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Weekend getaway: East Gippsland

Wine by a crackling fire in the countryside? Yes please

Weekend getaway: Bellarine Peninsula
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Weekend getaway: Bellarine Peninsula

Whether you're looking for wineries, beaches, luxury accommodation or great food, the Bellarine is ready to assist

Weekend getaway: Mornington Peninsula
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Weekend getaway: Mornington Peninsula

If ever a region were ideally suited to a motoring holiday it’s the Mornington Peninsula

Food and Drink

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The best noodle soups in Melbourne

The best wine bars in Melbourne
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The best wine bars in Melbourne

The best pizza in Melbourne
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The best pizza in Melbourne

The best ramen in Melbourne
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The best ramen in Melbourne

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