Wondering what to do in Melbourne in October? We can help.
Then check out our guide to all the fun things to do in Melbourne, including free attractions, art exhibitions, theatre shows, activities for kids and so much more. Plus, if it's a rainy day, consult our guide to Melbourne's best indoor activities instead.
Best things to do in Melbourne in October
What does it take to save a species? Budding conservationists now have the chance to go behind-the-scenes with threatened species keepers at Werribee Open Range Zoo and witness first hand how they’re saving our Aussie animals from extinction. Werribee Zoo is ground zero for some of Australia’s most important conservation programs. It houses critically endangered species like the plains wanderer bird (there are less than 1,000 left in the wild), the orange-bellied parrot (less than 50 left in the wild), and the eastern barred bandicoot. On the hour-long tour, you’ll join the front line in the fight for wildlife, helping keepers identify birds from leg bands and documenting animal behaviours from video footage like a total pro. If you ever dreamed of being a zookeeper as a kid, this one’s for you. The new tour is part of a growing trend in the animal industry that’s moving away from offering visitors direct contact with animals and instead focusing on the conservation and welfare of our much-adored Aussie critters. The tour runs from 9.15am to 10.15am on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. It costs $50 per person or $45 for Zoo Members.
After more than a decade, this Hawthorn market is less a hub of commerce and more a friendly get-together. Locals have been catching up with guys like Trevor from Red Hill Cheese for years, and before long, you'll spot him chatting over turnips across the reserve. Boroondara is also about spreading the love: their Grub Hub initiative encourages local cafés to order produce direct from the farmers. This market is accredited by the Victorian Farmers Market Association (VFMA) and is open the third and fifth Saturday of each month.
Set in the pastoral oasis that is the Collingwood Children's Farm and open the second Saturday of each month, this gourmand's paradise offers a fleeting taste of country life in the heart of Abbotsford. The Collingwood Children's Farmers' Market was dates back to 2002 and was actually the first farmers' market to hit the inner suburbs of Melbourne. Snap up award-winning Victorian seedlings, farm fresh fruit and vegetables and visit the curious (live) goats. Don't forget to pat a chook and a peacock on your way out. The market runs on the second Saturday of every month, with the list of producers released on the Thursday each week. Entry is only $2, which means you can also pat all the cute baby animals on the cheap.
If all you sell is raspberries (or olives, or rhubarb, or honey), then you've got to have a pretty strong passion for them. Every third Saturday of the month, enthusiasm for high quality local produce runs like electricity at this Port Melbourne arts space, and your tastebuds will feel it too.Grab a fresh, crusty baguette to go with your market haul salad for later, stock up on seasonal produce and a treat or two for afternoon tea (handmade chocolate biscuits, anyone?).The Gasworks Farmers' Market is plastic free so make sure to bring your reusable bags, baskets and coffee cups.
How many ghosts? Half a dozen are mentioned by name or description. Scariest ghost? The ghosts here are mostly harmless, with a child ghost most often experienced. The child ghost is most often playful, squeezing hands and toying with clothing or cameras. What’s the worst that could happen? These ghosts are mostly in a pretty calm frame of mind, so visitors are not likely to be very upset. Occasionally someone will get freaked out by an apparition, but it's all pretty benign. Sometimes women report feeling unwelcome in one room of the house, which was the bedroom of lifelong bachelor Thomas Chirnside. Point Cook Homestead was the original home of the Chirnside family, who later built Werribee Mansion. Thomas and Andrew Chirnside made their fortune in Australia, and Thomas then sent Andrew back to England to bring back his betrothed, Mary. Andrew did bring Mary back – but he had married her himself. Thomas never married and lived out most of the rest of his days at Point Cook, while Andrew and Mary moved to the much more opulent Werribee Mansion. Thomas's spirit is said to remain at Point Cook, even though he died at Werribee, which might explain why women feel unwelcome in his bedroom. That's one of the many stories visitors learn on this tour, which takes in the stables, main house and some of the grounds of historic Point Cook Homestead. It's a fun way to learn a bit of history, though on the night we visited, there was no paranormal activity to be seen.
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Melbourne's theatre scene has really kicked into top gear this February, with our major companies starting their mainstage seasons in grand style. Malthouse Theatre has a brilliantly funny two-man take on The Importance of Being Earnest, while Melbourne Theatre Company is premiering the debut play by Benjamin Law. There's plenty of brilliant queer performance around the city thanks to Midsumma Festival, while Asia TOPA is filling our stages with surprising and eclectic shows from the Asia-Pacific region.
If you're looking for a break from the inner-city grid, there's no better cure than a day trip from Melbourne. The state of Victoria is full of friendly neighbourhood towns, whether you're in the mood for a winery tour, a road trip or a national park to explore.
Borrow your nanna's tartan shopping trolley and venture out to one of Melbourne's best markets for farm-fresh produce, designer homewares, vintage fashions and tasty street food.
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