A Winter's Day - Melbourne



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In winter, Melbourne's weather can include chilly westerly winds, flash flooding, hail stones, thunderstorms and even record heat waves! So as a visitor to the city, it's a good idea to have a back up itinerary that includes some indoor activities.

Melbourne's art and cultural scene continues to thrive and the month of July provides new art exhibits and film festivals to discover.

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Author: Rebecca Kinsella


Day 1 - Melbourne


A lazy Sunday in Melbourne begins with brunch, so head to the Blue Train cafe on Southbank. Grab a balcony table to enjoy the Yarra River while people-watching over your pancakes. Or if it’s too chilly, head inside and warm up next to the cafe’s open fireplace.

Following brunch, take a short stroll along Southbank past buskers and market stalls before heading to the National Gallery of Victoria. On entering the Great Hall you’ll see visitors lying back on the floor to appreciate the stained glass ceiling. Go and join them before checking out the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces. Start with the European Masters: Stadel Collection at the NGV and then walk down to Federation Square for the Tim Burton Retrospective at ACMI. It’s a short walk but if the westerly winds kick in you’ll want to be rugged up in plenty of layers.

After an arty afternoon, recharge with a latté and snack on Degraves Street before heading to the Melbourne International Film Festival. This two week program features short and full-feature films, documentaries and animations – a great way for first time visitors to experience both Australian and International culture.

Finish your night with dinner and drinks in Melbourne’s Chinatown. There are no personal recommendations here, as part of the fun of Chinatown is exploring the alleyways and making your own local find.


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Blue Train (The)

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Location:

MR5 Mid Level, Southgate Landing
Southbank
3205 Melbourne, Australia

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tel: 61 03 9696 0440
fax: 61 03 9696 0446
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National Gallery of Victoria

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Location:

180 St Kilda Rd
3000 Melbourne, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 3 9208 0203
fax: +61 3 9208 0245
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Australian Centre For The Moving Image (ACMI)

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Location:

Flinders Street
Federation Square
3000 Melbourne, Australia

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tel: +61 3 8663 2200
fax: +61 3 8663 2211
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Degraves Espresso Bar

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Location:

23-25 Degraves Street
3000 Melbourne, Australia

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tel: 61 3 9654 1245


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Chinatown

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Location:

Little Bourke Street
(Between Swanston and Russell streets)
3000 Melbourne, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 (0)39 658 9658 (Visitor Information Centre)
fax: +61 3 9650 7787(Tourist Information)
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