Whether you’re an international student experiencing Melbourne for the first time, from the country or a local, we take a look at summer must do’s to help you unwind, recharge and explore during the break.
Whilst most of us can’t wait for the summer break it can be a really long time if you are unsure of what to do.
Our state has an amazing range of activities so we have made a list to help you make the most of the time off.
Mt Martha Pillars
Located just over an hour from the CBD the gorgeous pillars are just one of the exquisite views along the Mornington Peninsula, the views are picture perfect and has attracted many over the last couple of years. Whilst its popularity has caused controversy particularly with residents and attempts to shut down access it is still accessible to the public. Make a day trip along the peninsula and visit the other local towns such as Sorrento, Portsea and Rye. There are many beautiful spots and fantastic restaurants.
St Kilda Beach
This is possibly one of the state’s most popular and well-known beaches and it is easily accessible via public transport, which means you’ll be there in no time. Whether it’s your first time or you are a regular, there’s plenty to do if you aren’t set on spending the whole day on the beach. Some of the local attractions include the Luna Park Theme Park, stunning Catani Gardens, shopping and beachside bars such as Republica and St Hotel just to name a few.
1000 Steps (Kokoda Memorial Track)
If you are looking for something different or challenging to do or perhaps get some exercise whilst taking in nature, then the 1000 Steps will be just for you. This is another popular spot and is located in the Dandenong Ranges. The track is a replica of the real Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea and takes roughly one hour and a half to complete. As a reward you can treat yourself with a visit to the scenic Yarra Valley, which boasts many wineries and restaurants including the famous Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery.
Queen Vic Market
The Queen Victoria Market in the city holds a weekly night market every Wednesday from 5pm til 10pm with live music, shopping stalls and a wide range of food from all over the globe. This is the perfect activity to do with friends during the warmer months to explore all the things that make our city what it is.
Chadstone Shopping Centre
Even if you aren’t fazed about shopping, the architectural design of the new and improved centre will have you in awe. And if you are, well, that’s just a bonus. Chadstone is the biggest shopping centre in the country and is always continuing to better itself. Known as the fashion capital, it is easy to spend a whole day there, whether it’s dining, shopping or watching a movie. It can be super easy to do all these things if you are wanting to beat the heat or do something different. The centre has many high end and exclusive shops which many centres do not have and it can be easier than going into the city as parking is free all day.
There is plenty to keep you busy throughout the semester break, so make sure you take some time out and recharge the batteries before Semester 1 starts.
Some more suggestions:
-Melbourne & Werribee Zoo
-Chinese New Year (in and around Chinatown on Little Bourke Street)
-Surf coast (Lorne & Torquay) and the Great Ocean Road
-Brunswick Street bars in Fitzroy
-Big bash cricket
Tegan Azar is a Masters of Communications (Journalism Innovation) student at La Trobe University.