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Tornado waterslide at Adventure Park Geelong
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Things to do in Melbourne in December

All the best things to do in Melbourne in December in one place – it's your social emergency saviour for fun things to do this month

By Rebecca Russo, Cassidy Knowlton and Nicola Dowse

Wondering what to do in Melbourne in December? We can help. Check out our guide to all the fun things to do in Melbourne, including mega NGV art exhibitions, summer festivals, rooftop cinemas and more. 

Too hot to trot? Here are the best ways to beat the heat in Melbourne. Plus for those celebrating Christmas, here's where to see Christmas lights across the city and where to buy a real Christmas tree.

Best things to do in Melbourne in December

NGV Triennial 2020
Photograph: Supplied/NGV

1. NGV Triennial

Art Sculpture and installations NGV International, Southbank

The hotly anticipated NGV Triennial returns this summer, with  86 thought-provoking, eye-widening works.


A still from Australian Shakespeare Company's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Photograph: Australian Shakespeare Company

2. A Midsummer Night's Dream

Theatre Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne

Shakespeare Under the Stars is returning to Melbourne and bringing all the magic and utter nonsense of A Midsummer Night's Dream with it.

Two doll heads on a yellow backdrop with a wooden boomerang in front of them
Photograph: Supplied © Destiny Deacon

3. Destiny Deacon: Destiny

Art Photography The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne

Destiny Deacon returns with her first major solo show in 15 years.


A small child standing in a dreamlike, foggy room lit blue and purple
Photograph: Supplied / Arize PR

4. Imaginaria

Things to do The District Docklands, Docklands

Melbourne, you're getting a giant, glowing, otherworldy all-ages playground to explore this summer.


Juniperlooza cocktails
Photograph: Supplied

6. Juniperlooza

Bars Pilgrim, Melbourne

Head down to the Yarra for Juniperlooza: a summer gin festival celebrating the herbaceous spirit. 

Screengrab from Isolation escape room
Photograph: Escape Room

7. Isolation

Things to do Your Place, Melbourne

Challenge yourself to this local online escape room that is more like interactive live theatre than a videogame.

Koorie Art Show 2020
Photograph: Supplied

8. The Koorie Art Show

Art Galleries Your Place, Melbourne

The Koorie Heritage Trust will host its eighth annual Koorie Art Show this summer, with a digital twist.

Photograph: Supplied

9. GoBoat

Things to do Melbourne

Head out on the Yarra for a cruise on one of these electric boats.

A man wearing a singlet and a chain around his neck. He's in a dark room and is slightly blurred
Photograph: Supplied / TS Publicity

10. Loaded

Theatre Drama Your Place, Melbourne

See (or rather, hear) Christos Tsiolkas's 1995 debut novel Loaded transformed into an audio experience.

Tiwi Islands Exhibition NGV
Photograph: Courtesy of National

11. Tiwi

Art The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne

The NGV is bringing the largest ever exhibition of Tiwi art to Melbourne this November.

Three ladies sitting on chairs by a table with wine, beers and food under an umbrella. View behind is the city's skyline and lake.
Photograph: Supplied.

13. Lakeside at Carousel

Things to do Albert Park , South Melbourne

The teams behind Half Acre and Food and Desire have taken over the Carousel building at Albert Park Lake.

Face (with Yellow Background)c.1947brush and ink and gouache o
Artwork: Supplied / ©Joy Hester/Copyright Agency 2019

15. Joy Hester: Remember Me

Art Paintings Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen

Heide Museum of Modern Art is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Joy Hester’s birth with a huge survey of the artist’s work.

Person at Sunda
Photograph: Graham Denholm

16. Summer Exp

Restaurants 1 Bourke St, Melbourne

Modern Southeast Asian diner Sunda’s spin-off venue is set to make its debut on December 5.

Random International Rain Room
Photograph: Creative Commons / Alexandermcnabb

20. Rain Room

Art Installation Jackalope Pavilion, St Kilda

Discover this magical artwork where you can walk underneath litres of rain – and not get wet.

People on high ropes course at Live Wire Melbourne
Photograph: Supplied

21. Live Wire Park

Attractions Theme parks Lorne

Make like Tarzan and take on this high ropes adventure course just outside of Lorne.

Wanderlust Melbourne
Photograph: Wanderlust/Supplied

23. Wanderlust Melbourne

Things to do Exhibitions 379 Smith Street, Fitzroy

Wanderlust lets you visit some of the world’s best cities without leaving Melbourne. 


Or hit the road and explore the state

Great Alpine Road
Photograph: Visit Victoria

The best scenic drives in Victoria


Victoria is home to snowy mountains, centuries-old forests and pristine coastline – all of which are connected by a network of roads and highways just waiting for you to drive. Hey, your rego partly pays for these tarmac trails so you might as well enjoy them. Here’s our top pick of the best scenic drives in Victoria.

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