Where to learn to dance in Melbourne
Melbourne is a city known for its bustling dance floors, but what about those who want to learn some more formal moves? If you’ve got two left feet and you want to do something about it, we’ve gathered all the best dance classes in Melbourne to make it easy to take that first step. You might already know all the best exercise classes in Melbourne, but these dance classes combine cardio with grace and agility. Don’t worry if it all sounds a bit overwhelming, because the instructors at these classes are experts in taking newbies from breakdown to breakdance. Want to show off your new moves? Here are the best bars for dancing in Melbourne.
Get your groove on with these raucous live music shows in regional Victoria this summer
Always Live is a bold new Victorian initiative showcasing more than 330 artists through more than 160 shows spanning all 12 of Victoria’s regions. It’s the same program that brought Dua Lipa to St Kilda’s historic Palais Theatre, but this summer the sounds are spreading further into the regions. From Echuca in the North to Phillip Island in the South, these live and loud gigs will be sure to give you that summer feeling. And for the full program, visit the Always Live website. After more live music? Here are the best gigs happening in Melbourne this month.
8 places to watch the World Cup in Melbourne
The FIFA World Cup is undoubtedly the highlight of the global football (or as Aussies like to call it, soccer) calendar. Fans have to wait a whopping four years between World Cup kickoffs, but thankfully that wait is just about over! The 2022 World Cup is set to begin on November 21 in Qatar, so unless you fancy a minimum 14-hour flight, you’re probably wondering where you can watch the World Cup in Melbourne… Perhaps even with a bev on the go. Saunter down to any one of the local institutions below to see the action on the big screen. Keen to catch games throughout the year? Here are the best sports bars and pubs in Melbourne.
The 8 spookiest ghost tours in Melbourne
Look beyond the lush laneways, specialty coffee and hidden bars and you might just see a more sinister side of our city, haunted by days past. Melbourne is brimming with terrifying tales from the distant and not-so-distant past, from the assassination of notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor to the famous opera singer haunting one of our biggest theatres. Once you start looking, it seems we’re sharing our city with a gaggle of ghosts, so you might as well head on one of these Melbourne ghost tours to get better acquainted with our spooky friends. After all, it’s only polite to get to know your neighbours. Is it that time of the year? Here are the best things to do for Halloween in Melbourne.
Nine of the best things invented in Melbourne to boost your city pride
Melbourne is known for its superior espresso, arty inner suburbs and bustling laneways, but maybe we should be thinking of our sweet city as a hotbed of innovation. We knew the city was known as marvellous Melbourne for a reason, but it turns out Melbourne can take credit for a whole heap of beloved Aussie brands, as well as devices that make a huge difference in people’s lives. It’s time to take a trip through the history books and see just how much we Melbournians have to brag about. Let’s take a look back at some of the most impressive (and sometimes surprising) things that have been invented in good ol’ Melbs. After more fun facts? Here are 35 things about Melbourne that you probably didn't know. Want to put your local knowledge to the test? Take our quiz to find out if you're a true Melburnian.
The best zero-waste stores in Melbourne to help you ditch the plastic
Helping the environment can feel like an overwhelming prospect, but there are lots of things we as individuals can do to help out. Swapping out traditional plastic-wrapped groceries and consumer items for zero-waste alternatives is a fantastic way to start. From filling up your pantry with basics like flour and oils to stocking up on local wines for the weekend, there’s a zero-waste way to get the job done. Just remember to bring your own container to these stores (or buy one of theirs) and picture all the plastic you’re saving from the landfill. After more ways to lead an eco-friendly lifestyle? Get a greener wardrobe with these sustainable Melbourne fashion brands, and green-ify your routine with these Aussie beauty and personal care products.
The ten best cheap (or free!) dates you can go on in Melbourne
You’d have to have been living under a rock not to notice that life’s been getting ridiculously expensive lately, but in the words of Jennifer Lopez, love don’t cost a thing. Or more accurately, taking your lover on a memorable date doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. Whether you’re a struggling student, feeling the impacts of inflation or just plain not keen to spend $25 on one cocktail at a city bar, we’ve got you covered with our roundup of the best cheap dates you can go on in Melbourne… And if you’re really skint, some of these are even free! So bring your date and some spare change and take your pick from our list. Flying solo? Here are the best free things to do in Melbourne, and 25 things to do for less than $25.
Get a greener wardrobe with these sustainable Melbourne fashion stores
Fast fashion is getting faster by the year, and its environmental impacts are snowballing too. The average Aussie acquires 27 kilograms of clothing per person every year! At the same time, we’re discarding an average of 23 kilos of clothes per year – of which more than 90 per cent goes straight to landfill. Enter: sustainable fashion brands. Thankfully, Melbourne has a flourishing sustainable fashion scene packed with brands that like to do things a little greener. Whether it’s mindful manufacturing practices or recycled materials, these brands can help minimise your wardrobe’s carbon footprint. Want to green-ify your beauty routine next? We've rounded up our favourite Australian brands that are committed to sustainability.
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Ghosts of the Old City Williamstown
Did you know that Williamstown was actually Victoria’s original capital? A settlement that old is just bursting with eerie stories and scary spirits, especially when you’re on a lamplight tour. This tour of Victoria’s most history-steeped seaport will take you through abandoned morgues and forgotten burial grounds, as well as streets once frequented by convicts and drunken sailors. These days though, these alleys are home to far more apparitions. Book via Lantern Ghost Tours.
Old Melbourne Gaol Ghost Tour
Even older than Pentridge Prison, Old Melbourne Gaol has long been one of the city’s most feared sites. The prisoners may be long gone, but those in the know say their spirits have never left. Ned Kelly was hanged here back in 1880, so you can only imagine the supernatural energy that event must have left behind. This spooky season, Old Melbourne Gaol is holding chilling night tours where you’ll see the gaol like you’ve never seen it before. Costumes are encouraged, as is plucking up the courage to enter the haunted cell 17.
Ghosts of Melbourne: Haunted City
Want a spooky experience at your own pace? Ghosts of Melbourne: Haunted City is a vast self-guided ghost hunt through the Melbourne CBD. It has all the bones of a classic ghost tour, but with a twist. Think riddles to solve and treasure to hunt. Melbourne has plenty of secrets and it’s safe to say you won’t look at your much-trodden streets the same way after this one. All you need to do to get in on the spooky action is show up at 211 Flinders Street between October 26 to 31, bring your smartphone and download the app.
Put on your thinking cap with the Werribee Park Paranormal Investigation, a mind-bending three-hour experience exploring the original Chirnside homestead. Hidden behind the Werribee Park Mansion by the banks of the Werribee River, this homestead is known for being at the centre of high levels of paranormal activity. You’ll explore the stables, blacksmith, coach house and original bluestone homestead, all with guidance from professional paranormal investigators with top-notch equipment. Check out the Twisted History website to book, if you dare.
Old Melbourne Ghost Tour
We all know the trope of old Melbourne, a marvellous growing city with gardens galore. Yet, a closer examination reveals a second, much spookier side to the Melbourne of yesteryear. It’s this side of Melbourne’s history that the Old Melbourne Ghost Tour is all about. Meet at Young & Jackson Hotel on Flinders Street, one of Melbourne’s most haunted locations, then you might meet the ghost of a murdered woman from the 19th century. You’ll then meander through the city, letting the spices of Chinatown transport you back to a time when the area was filled with the smoke of opium dens. If you’re lucky, you might make the acquaintance of Federici, the ghost of the Princess Theatre. Book through Lantern Ghost tours.
The Altona Homestead was once home to the Langhorne family and the spirit of their colourful history is said to remain to this day. This building has seen no shortage of births and deaths, so it’s no surprise the homestead has ended up at the centre of countless paranormal investigations over the years. This tour run by Lantern Ghost Tours explores the homestead itself and the grounds, and we advise you to steel your nerves before booking a spot.
There’s no single-use packaging in sight at Fitzroy’s Gram Sustainable. Australian-sourced goods are a priority for Gram, which offers a wide range of pantry staples as well as cleaning products and a range of reusable home products. Indulge your senses with a range of custom tea blends including Persian apple earl grey and rooibos chai. Rose bath salts and massage oils are another two standout offerings. All the bulk products are priced by weight and you can either bring your own container or pick up a reusable option in-store.
The Hub Bulk and Bare
Just down the road from Fairfield station sits the Hub Bulk and Bare Food Store. Encouraging a bring-your-own container model, The Hub sells all its foods and liquids free from packaging. It’s not just food on offer; you can also choose from a host of sustainable cleaning brushes, stationery and gifts. The stainless steel bento snack box and the Joco reusable cups are a highlight.
Handmade, durable denim garments crafted locally in Brunswick East? Count us in! Denimsmith has been producing high-quality denim with a strong focus on ethical practices since 2015. This family business has veteran Aussie designers on board, so you can rest easy knowing there’s two-plus decades of denim expertise backing every pair of jeans. If you buy a pair from the combination studio, factory and store in Brunswick East, they can even be hemmed on the spot if they’re a tad too long. t’s not just jeans, though – there are denim jackets, dresses and a few non-denim basics too. If you can’t make it in-store to the Brunswick or Fitzroy locations, you can also shop Denimsmith’s website.