Another Melbourne winter is over and spring is finally here! Time to start shedding those layers and enjoy the warmer, stronger sunshine and we can finally brunch outside… Get ready to fill your springtime social calendar with these in-season fun times.
1. Reveal the fashionista within at Melbourne Fashion Week
MFW is one of Melbourne’s biggest calendar events of the year. The program displays the upcoming trends for Spring & Summer and usually runs for about a week. There are events day and night open to the public through ticket purchases.
2. Watch the horses race at the Spring Racing Carnival
Every Spring, the gates to Flemington and Caulfield Racecourses welcome Melbourne’s fashionistas, punters and horse enthusiasts. The annual Spring Racing Carnival kicks off in mid-October through to mid-November with a colourful and entertaining festival of fashion, food and fun! The annual Spring Racing Carnival isn’t just for horse lovers or racing enthusiasts, it is also home to some amazing seasonal food, big name international sensations as well as home grown local entertainment and some of the best fashion in the world.
3. See nature transform
Sure, Winter might leave us feeling cold and a little sniffly, but it also leaves the Victorian landscape bursting with colour! Springtime is the best time to go on nature walks. Flowers are starting to bloom, trees are green from the winter rain and the weather is not too hot not too cold- and what a better way to see the lush land than on foot?! Check out these 11 walks near Melbourne and start planning your route!
4. Explore the city by bike
Aside from being great for our planet, bike-riding provides an epic way to explore Melbourne city and whilst sneaking in some incidental exercise. Melbourne has a heap of different bike routes you can take, all of which provide a really diverse perspective on this glorious city. Spring time is the best time to do it, you won’t get sweaty from the heat, and you won’t get wet from the rain (fingers crossed).
5. Beautiful Brighton Beach
Spring can surprise us all with some really hot days, so be ready with a bag packed for Brighton Beach. Curving around Port Phillip Bay, this beautiful beach is watched over by 82 quirky and colourful bathing boxes. More than 100 years old (but kept in beautiful condition) these tiny wooden houses bear the hallmarks of traditional Victorian architecture – although the artistic flair is certainly contemporary. Don’t forget to pack your camera with your swimmers!
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Two, four, six… they just keep on going! @_tomnoske was looking to add some colour to his day and he certainly found it at @visitmelbourne’s #BrightonBeach. These #BrightonBathingBoxes are just a half-hour drive south of the CBD, and they each have a unique design and colourful embellishments by different artists. You can spend the whole day here admiring the outdoor artwork, and why not do an Instagram photoshoot while you’re at it ?
6. Queenscliff to Sorrento
For a truly relaxing day out, jump on the Queenscliff to Sorrento ferry. Watch for dolphins, enjoy a coffee or drink, enjoy the breeze on the rooftop deck or watch the scenery slip by from inside, this charming 40-minute crossing will blow away the cobwebs. Drive on and off, or jump on as a passenger. You can even bring your dog! Runs every day between 7am and 6pm.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle
Spring is symbolic of rebirth and renewal and what a better way to do this than planning a weekend out of the city. Taking a break from your daily grind can leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the changing season. Looking to get out of Melbourne? Check out these day trips to help you distress and recharge.