Outdoor Adventures: Best Weekend Activities in and Around Melbourne

Looking for an outdoor activity in Melbourne that isn’t totally generic or that you haven’t already done? If you’ve been staying in Melbourne for a while, you’ve probably already ticked off the Royal Botanic Gardens and Carlton Gardens from your list. So, what do Melburnians do when they need some outdoor time?

In this post, we’ll help you experience the outdoors of Melbourne like a local. The team at StayCentral lists some of the best weekend activities in and around Melbourne:

Luna Park

You’re never too old for Luna Park. With its 1920s, Coney Island-style of charm, Luna Park is the original Australian amusement park and is considered a piece of theme park history. It’s most famous for the Great Scenic Railway, a 1912 wooden rollercoaster that is the oldest continually-operating rollercoaster in the world. It’s one of just seven rollercoasters in the world that still requires a brakeman to stand in the middle of the train.

St Kilda Sea Baths

The St Kilda Sea Baths is an institution, and the perfect place for beach enthusiasts who want a hit of ocean mist even when it’s winter. The 25m lap pool is filled with salt water, and is heated in winter. There’s also a steam room, spa and restaurant to enjoy after your swim.

Discover a rooftop bar

Who said the ‘great outdoors’ needs to look like hiking or bike riding? We believe a rooftop bar counts. Rooftop bars are part of Melbourne’s DNA, with a host of fantastic places in the CBD. Perfect whether it’s summer or winter, our rooftop bars are a great place to wind down for Friday night knock-offs.

Explore the Yarra Valley

Want to venture a little further away on your weekend? You can’t be an honorary Melburnian without having visited the Yarra Valley. One of Victoria’s premier wine regions, the Yarra Valley has so much to offer. Rolling hills and reservoirs are the backdrop to lush green vineyards, boutique chocolate makers and cideries for miles and miles.

Visit the Mornington Peninsula

Another wine region on our list? We promise we have more interests than just vino! Whether or not you’re a wine buff, the Mornington Peninsula is well worth a visit. Yes, it has over 200 vineyards to visit, but it’s also spectacular for foodies, beach lovers, hikers, surfers and more. We also highly recommend stopping in at Peninsula Hot Springs – the region’s famous geothermal mineral springs and day spa. Immerse yourself in 40-degree geothermal water, take a cold plunge, or book in with a masseuse.

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