1)Visit the Moonlight Cinema
During summer, Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens hosts an open-air, moonlight cinema. With a great selection of current blockbuster films, beanbag lounge beds for hire and the beautiful garden surroundings, the moonlight cinema is a wonderful way to spend a hot summers night. Bring a picnic and enjoy food and drink with friends as the sun sets, once its dark, its movie time!
2) Have a Drink in St. Kilda
St Kilda is a beautiful and vibrant precinct of Melbourne city and in the summer time it comes alive moreso than in any other time of the year. People flock to the beach to soak up the intense Aussie sun, rollerblade along the board walks, visit the iconic Luna Park amusement park and enjoy a cold drink in one of the many bars.
For a night out, Fitzroy or Acland Streets are filled with bars and clubs to rival those in Melbourne city. If you're still in the city come early February, try to catch the annual St Kilda Festival: a giant, free and very rowdy street party showcasing live music and arts. St Kilda Beach — Photo courtesy of Alpha
3) Have an Australia Day Barbecue
Australia Day comes around every January 26th, which in 2013 happens to fall during the Australian Open Tournament. This public holiday tends to be a cultural extravaganza filled with green and gold costumes, Aussie flags, visits to the beach and a huge barbeque spread, topped off with the excessive consumption of alcohol in the sunshine- it’s an all-round good time! If you’re going to be anywhere in the country on this date, be sure to head to a supermarket to stock up on sausages, beer and lamingtons and get yourself to a local park (they tend to have free barbeques or “grills” for public use) for an Aussie feast, followed by an arvo in the sun at a beach! It will be rowdy, colorful and highly likely to result in a severe headache the day after. Please note, appropriate Australia day attire consists of shorts, “wife-beater” vests, flip-flops and zinc smeared over your face- do not fear the locals!
4) Go Art-Spotting in the Central Business District
Whether or not you have an appreciation for street art, take a stroll through the lanes of Melbourne’s Central Business District, aka "CBD." Here, walls are full of impressive street art (not just graffiti tags but actual work) and you’re also likely to stumble across a hidden gem like a café, quirky bar or even an art gallery. Head to Degraves Street for a vibrant café culture and if you’re looking to grab a refreshing drink, try Bennett’s Lane. Melbourne Alley — Photo courtesy of Looking Glass, Fernando de Sousa
5) Do Some Sightseeing
When you’re feeling like a break from the tennis, visit one of the city's many art galleries; admire Federation Square and Flinders Street Station; have a shop at the Queen Victoria Market; or laze on Brighton Beach amongst the famous beach boxes. Visit thatsmelbourne.com.au for up-to-date information on events and what’s on around the city! Flinders St Station — Photo courtesy of sagar rathod