While Melbourne likes to be the city that is always basking under the warmth of the sun, it still receives its share of cooler days. Despite being known for rain, most of its cooler days are experienced during the winter, although Melbourne does get the occasional rainy, cold or blustery day during the rest of the year too. So it's a good idea to have a few 'rainy day activities' planned for such an event! It might be hard to convince yourself to venture out of your cosy Melbourne accommodation, however there are plenty of places visit and things to do that will still keep you dry and warm.
Queen Victoria Markets
Everybody loves a good market, and Melbourne's sprawling bazaar is so well-loved that it's known affectionately to locals as 'Vic Market' or 'Queen Vic'. Stretching over two city blocks, these markets are undercover and full of fascinating products and people that will keep you busy for as long as the cold weather lasts. Here you'll find local produce such as fruit and vegetables, both local and imported gourmet foods, cosmetics, clothing and souvenirs. The markets open every day except Mondays and Wednesdays, so you can head there almost any day of the week.
The Melbourne Aquarium
Aquariums are something we will never really grow out of, with their mysterious sea creatures and magnificent sharks, seahorses and colourful tropical fish. At the Melbourne Aquarium, there are four areas for you to explore. Check out the penguins in 'Antarctica', say hello to the seahorses at the new Seahorse Pier, visit the floor-to-ceiling Coral Atoll and take a dive with the finned and toothy beasts in Sharks Alive.
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"If you encounter Melbourne on a cold but clear day, one of your best options is to visit the Eureka Skydeck where you’ll encounter the best views of the city"
The Melbourne Museum
The Melbourne Museum is within walking distance of the central business district and is home to enough distractions from the wild weather to keep you entertained - and educated - for hours on end. This indoor attraction offers insights into Australia's history, as well as secrets of the forest, insights into the world of insects and all things creepy crawly. Undoubtedly the most popular object at present is the Phar Lap exhibit, where visitors can see a display of the great horse up close.
O'Brien Group Arena
The O'Brien Group Arena is a large indoor ice skating rink across the road from Harbour Town Shopping Centre in the heart of the Docklands. As Australia's largest ice sports and entertainment venue and the home of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, it's home to many premium facilities for ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating and curling. If you've never skated on ice before, you can take up their offer of a free 15 minute lesson, or simply get straight on the ice for those with a little experience.
If you encounter Melbourne on a cold but clear day, one of your best options could be to visit the Eureka Skydeck. Here you'll come across the best views of the city from the vantage point of 88 storeys above the ground. You'll get a jaw-dropping view of the central business district, sports precinct, Port Phillip Bay and the docklands. Decide whether you want to see these views during the day, or at night for the twinkling lights. One option for your visit is to try out the 'Edge Experience', which is essentially a large glass box that projects three metres out from the tower. Walk into it and feel what it's like to be suspended 300 metres above the ground.