The rain may be coming, but that doesn’t mean you need to stay holed up inside your hostel. Here’s our list of the top 10 things to do in Melbourne when it’s miserable outside.
Melbourne Museum always has fantastic exhibitions on, plus you can see movies at IMAX in 3D! Get 20% off IMAX tickets with your YHA membership. Alternatively head out to Scienceworks to learn how stuff happens or get your astronomy on at the Planetarium.
Treat yourself to some buttery popcorn and a choc top and head to the movies for entertainment on the big screen. Most cinemas have one day a week where tickets will be cheaper than other days and Cinema Nova in Carlton will even allow you to take alcohol into your movie!
Melbourne Sealife Aquarium is only 1 block away from Melbourne Central YHA and when you show your membership card, you get 20% off, which is better than the 10% off the Aquarium offers when you book online. In addition to all the amazing sea life, they’ve got a 4D cinema, glass bottomed boats and you can dive with sharks!
Readings in Carlton has just been awarded International Bookstore of the Year for 2016, so go and see what all the fuss is about. They have an extensive collection of books and super helpful, friendly staff who are up for a chat. You could spend hours just reading – ahem – looking at books.
The National Gallery of Victoria has a good mix of free and paid exhibitions, a captivating stain glass ceiling and so much artwork that you could spend days happily taking it all in. Just be aware, if it’s raining on a Tuesday, give this one a miss as it’ll be closed.
Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre is much more than a swimming pool. You can swim laps if that takes your fancy, or you can play in the wave pool, take on the water slide or hit up the Flow Rider where you can boogie board or surf on a static wave. Gnarly!
Grab some of those new hostel mates, put your heads together and try to escape from TRAPT. Choose from a science facility where experiments have gone wrong, a jail, Wonderland or Transylvania (hurry, this one will be gone soon!). Once you’ve finished, relax in the bar and brag about how clever that escape plan worked out to be.
If ticking off an AFL game is on your Melbourne bucket list but it’s raining, you don’t have to stand out in the wet to see a game. Just check when the next game at Etihad Stadium is and enjoy a game of footy underneath a closed roof. Etihad Stadium is just a short walk from Melbourne Central YHA, so you have no excuse. Plus beers and pies await.
Be transported back to a time where video games (and life) were so much simpler. Bartronica is a vintage arcade style bar with a number of Nintendo 64’s where you can challenge your friends to Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros and Golden Eye until your hearts content – for FREE. Plus if you’re feeling the retro vibe, they’ve also got pinball and other awesome arcade-style games.
Has the thought of being inside all day got you 'climbing the walls'? (Pardon the pun). Visit Hardrock Climbing in the CBD to get your climbing fix. They have walls for beginners all the way through to advanced, plus you can get private lessons if you want some one-on-one training.