As the mercury rises, Melbourne too goes up a notch. The city comes alive with so many more things to see and do, it's hard to know where to begin! Don't worry, we've got your back.
Melbourne may not have the white sands and blue waters of about everywhere else north of it, but if you’re just after a patch of sand to lay on and some water to swim in, then Melbourne’s beaches are ideal. Everyone and their dog goes to St Kilda, so pick your beach accordingly.
During summer, sports mad Melburnians flock to the hallowed halls of Australian sport – the MCG, Rod Laver Arena, Marvel Stadium – for their fill of the finest sports on offer.
Whether you want to see if Federer can win yet another Australian Open title, spend five days watching the battle of bat between Australia and India at the cricket, catch the Stars and the Renegades battling for the title in Big Bash League – Australia’s domestic T20 cricket competition or cheer on the top female footballers in the country as the AFLW heats up, there’ll be a sporting spectacle for you.
The Queen Victoria Market comes alive every Wednesday evening in the summertime. The aptly named Summer Night Market runs from November to late March 2019 and is a smorgasbord of summertime happiness – delicious food, amazing drinks (iced sangria anyone?) and loads of live music and acts to keep you entertained all night long.
Embrace warm days and balmy nights and drink and dine alfresco. Melbourne has a plethora of outdoor restaurants and bars with funky beer gardens, spacious rooftops and fantastic city views. We particularly love Ponyfish Island in the middle of the Yarra River and the Imperial Hotel for great views of Melbourne.
Road trips are a quintessential summer activity. Wide open roads, sunshine for days, the unknown ahead of you – this is what summer is made for. Victoria has some amazing road trip destinations – the Great Ocean Road, the Grampians and Gippsland should all be at the top of your road trip list, especially since YHA has hostels in Apollo Bay, Port Fairy, the Grampians and Phillip Island, making your road trip that bit more affordable!