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Melbourne: our birthplace, our heart and home. In any season and on any day, she glows with life; with culture and art, with loving locals and modern times. And whether Melbourne is home to you, or you’re just passing through, this city, these suburbs, they are bursting with opportunity.

When the cold season arrives, we habitually find peace in staying inside. We are struck by crisp mornings and are suddenly consumed by the thought of hibernation, of avoiding the outside world. But in the winter especially, our bodies need to move. In fact, while our heads tell us to close all the doors and shut fair daylight out, our bodies are craving activity, and our minds are begging for fuel.

 

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Loggers, the world is calling you from your heaters and blankets. So, to stop winter from swallowing you whole, we’ve gathered a few of Melbourne’s best little gems and activities.

FOR TRAVELLERS & NATURE LOVERS

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden, Dandenong Ranges

A hidden treasure in the Dandenong Ranges, this scene reflects the serenity of an enchanted garden. Between the picturesque waterfalls and ornamental lake and boathouse, the winter blues won’t strike you so hard up here. Take a partner or the kids and share a picnic, or drive up for some down time amongst the naturistic surrounds of the Dandenongs. There’s plenty to explore up here, even on the coldest of days.

Redwood Forest, East Warburton

A peaceful drive, a long walk and an enchanted forest: the perfect winter activity. A wander through this East Warburton forest will have you soaking up the air of over 1000 Californian Redwood trees, and will leave you entranced by Melbourne’s Yarra ranges. When you’ve finished appreciating the majestic surrounds of the forest, the local town has plenty for you to eat.

Tip: this place can get busy, so head there early for some quiet time.

Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm, Shepherds Flat

Ten minutes North of Daylesford and nestled amongst the rolling hills of Shepherds Flat sits this magical European-style garden. Bordered by luscious greenery, the grounds are pervaded by the scent of lavender, and every corner is enlivened by wintry rusticity. The neighbouring café, La Trattoria, is supplied by surrounding herb gardens and productive vegetables, so head on over to eat under the ash trees and amongst the seasonal beauty, and enjoy the kind of European cuisine that not only warms the body, but the soul.

 Brighton Beach to St Kilda Coastal Walk

For those who love a scenic walk along the ocean, accompanied by the graceful sounds of crashing waves, this path should hit the spot. From the bay, to sailing boats, to the city skyline, this walk is overflowing with views, especially when the sun is setting. Reward yourself with a beach-side meal when you reach St. Kilda, and walk it all off on your way back to the bay. Don’t forget to rug up, it gets quite chilly!

OUTINGS

Chuckle Park Bar and Café, Melbourne City

Hiding within a Little Collins Street laneway is this charming little eatery. Surrounded by hanging lights and floral decor, this bar serves up delicious bites and delectable cocktails from its vintage style caravan bar. This spot makes for a simple yet delightful little outing, and might just warm you up enough to forget your winter worries.

Rosebud Foreshore Playground

Gather the family for a funky foreshore fiesta! Overlooking the Bay Trail and pier, this playground will captivate the little ones and give them a chance to use up all that pent-up winter energy! Enlivened by family bike riders, dog walkers and the scent of the nearby BBQ, this playground is a local treasure for Peninsula residents, and invites you to warm up those crisp evenings with unmissable family fun.

General Public Melbourne, Dingley

For those who prefer to venture indoors during the winter, General Public is the one stop venue for all your bayside family entertainment! So bring friends, bring family, bring anyone who enjoys bowling, arcade games and pool tables, paired with classic good food and beverages. And for the big kids? Head on over at night for some live music and good times. The cold won’t bother you in here!

MoMa at NGV

For those who like to fuel their brains as much as their limbs, the National Gallery of Victoria has partnered with The Museum of Modern Art, New York, to present 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art. Displaying the museum’s key works and iconic collections, this exhibition takes you on a journey from late-nineteenth-century art to the digital and global present. If the air outside is too cold for you, exercise your brain and thoughts with this eclectic collection.

Lucky for us Loggers, our city is overflowing with things to do – so why waste it in hibernation? Keep those brain cogs turning and those legs moving, and jump head first into these brisk winter days.

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