The Top 5 Outdoor Activities in Melbourne
One of the beautiful things about Melbourne is that you can enjoy the outdoors at any time of the year.
Here’s a few of the best ways:
1. Up High
Popular with tourists and locals alike, hot air ballooning allows you to take in the expansive sights of the city, as well as its hills and bay areas.
2. On The Water
If you prefer the water, then you’re in luck – the Yarra River runs right through the city – you can walk alongside it, take a river cruise, or even kayak along it. Port Phillip Bay is perfect for sailing, boating or fishing. If you’re into something a little more adrenaline-fuelled, you can try kite boarding or windsurfing at popular beach spots.
3. By Foot
Explore the city at your own pace, on foot. Melbourne is a pedestrian’s dream – lush parks and gardens are everywhere – from small community spaces through to the grandness of the Botanical Gardens. If you prefer cityscapes to landscape, you can take in the history of the city on a heritage trail through narrow alleys and laneways of the CBD.
4. By Bike
Melbourne’s cycling culture rivals that of any European city. The best way to get involved is to hop on a Melbourne Bike Share hire bike from one of the CBD docking stations (bring your own helmet or purchase one from a nearby vending machine or 7-Eleven) and return it for a refund when you drop off the bike. Enjoy world famous landmarks, historic properties and parks and gardens on the Capital City Trail, or if you’re keen to pedal further, try the Bayside, Main Yarra or Maribyrnong River Trails.
5. Get Cultural
If you prefer to observe, instead of act, then immerse yourself in Melbourne’s many cultural wonders – whether it be art, entertainment or sport. Head to the Melbourne Zoo, which boasts a series of incredible outdoor activities and entertainment, or the Sidney Myer Music Bowl for some live music, or explore one of our many outdoor markets and cinemas – or simply sit at the steps of Federation Square or the banks along the Yarra River and marvel at the street performers. For something truly unique, visit the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) to see a game of Australian Rules Football.