Head indoors and be inspired by the works on show. This summer, NGV Australia will host five free exhibitions by Australian artists, including one that will feature the works of Victorian avant-garde artist, Gareth Sansom.
Cost: General entry is free
GG EZ stands for Good Game Easy, and it’s Australia’s first e-sports bar. What is e-sport, you ask? It’s online gaming — think epic League of Legends or Starcraft battles — and its popularity is increasing by the minute. So much so, this bar screens it live, as it's being played across the globe. Head here for a pint to cool you down, and for a sticky beak into the unique world of competitive online gaming.
Cost: Entry is free
ACMI is a film and screen-lovers delight. Spend hours wandering through the exhibitions, and you’ll forget about the scorching weather outside. On the first Sunday of each month, ACMI runs Family Sundays — these interactive, themed days explore kid-centric topics, from gaming and sci-fi right through to making the perfect YouTube video.
Cost: General entry and Family Sundays are free
Bring the outdoor fun in, atHoley Moley Golf Club where you can tee off for a round of mini golf, paired with a round of cocktails. Throughout this two-storey, pop culture-themed indoor course you’ll find references to The Simpsons, Game of Thrones, Pacman and much more, making for plenty of fun photo ops. At the end of your game grab another drink from The Caddyshack Bar.
Cost: 9 holes from $16.50 per person
The airconditioned and sun protected interior of shopping centres makes them a great place to cool down on a hot day. Add to this the plethora of stores Chadstone has on offer, and you could keep yourself busy (and cool) for hours. Take advantage of the Chadstone Fashion Shuttle to get you there from the city and when you arrive, be sure to pick up a Tourism Passport with exclusive deals for out of towners.
Take in the views over Melbourne on a sunny day from the enclosed comfort of the Eureka Skydeck. If you’re game, take on the Edge Experience— a glass cube that extends from the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower. You’ll be 300-metres up with a view up, out, and — if you’re brave enough to look —straight down!
Cost: Adult ticket from $20 and Edge Experience add-on from $12
Ice-skating is an activity often associated with winter, which can only be a good thing if you’re looking to cool off.O’Brien Group Arena is kept at a frosty 16 degrees Celsius — a welcome change from the scorching summer temperature outside. During the school holidays, a range of special activities are on offer making it the perfect place for family fun.
Cost: Adult public skate session with skate hire from $27
Cool off underwater while actually staying dry at SEA LIFE Melbourne. Watch as fish, stingrays, turtles and sharks swim overhead in the aquarium tunnels, say hello to Pinjarra in the crocodile enclosure and have fun getting to know the sea life in the hands-on rock pools. Of course, your visit to the aquarium won’t be complete without visiting the King and Gentoo Penguins. Chill out with them as they waddle, swim and slide in their icy enclosure.
Cost: Adult ticket from $42
Whether you consider yourself a beer connoisseur or just enjoy the occasional brew, experiencing a Carlton Brewhouse tour is worth ticking off on your Melbourne to-do list; It’s home to some of the biggest names in beer including Victoria Bitter, Melbourne Bitter and of course Carlton Draught. During the tour, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look into the beer-making process and see the ‘River of Beer’ that has 150,000 litres of beer pass through daily. You’ll of course have the chance to sample the product at the end of your tour, too. Tours are for those 18 years and older only.
Cost: From $29
Put your problem solving and teamwork skills to the test by taking on an escape room challenge at TRAPT. Your team will be placed in a room full of riddles and clues that you’ll need to solve to escape before your 45 minutes is up. Suited to groups of between four and six people, TRAPT is perfect for when you’re in town with friends. There is also a licensed bar onsite, so it’s an activity best saved for a Melbourne visit sans the little ones.
Cost: From $40 for two players