Best time to visit Melbourne

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Best time of year to visit Melbourne

Due to moderate climate and tourist crowds, March to May and September to November are the best time to visit Melbourne. Grape and wine tasting and admiring golden foliage—what could make your Melbourne autumn better? A chilly period between June and August sees fewer tourists and a lot of cultural events to push yourself out of the blue. And what a fantastic chance to ski snowy Mount Hotham or Mount Buller! Spring months promise amazing blooms during Tesselaar Tulip Festival and iconic events like Melbourne Fringe and Melbourne Festival. December to February bring stunning beach vacations and cricket season to Melbourne. However, the city also attracts hordes of tourists during summer time, so try to plan in advance.

11 THINGS TO DO IN MELBOURNE (SEPTEMBER 14 - SEPTEMBER 23)

Kangaroo Watching

Kangaroo Watching

all year round • nature

Charismatic kangaroos are the most popular wild animals in Victoria

Koalas

Koalas

December–February (all year round) • nature

While these small grey creatures sleep in eucalyptus branches, tourists have one calling–to see koalas and be touched!

Southern Lights

Southern Lights

May–September • nature

Southern parts of Australia are lucky to witness the glowing aurora australis

Whale Watching in Victoria

Whale Watching in Victoria

May–early October • nature

You will definitely meet humpback and blue whales during the migration period off Victoria coast

Waterfalls near Melbourne

Waterfalls near Melbourne

June–August (all year round) • activity

Discover the numerous incredible waterfalls of Victoria

Surfing Off Victoria Coast

Surfing Off Victoria Coast

September–May • activity

The wild coast of Victoria may offer the best surfing in the world, among the densely overgrown hills and cliffs

Rhododendron Blooming in Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

Rhododendron Blooming in Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

June–early December • nature

Contemplate the beauty of this stunning flower that grows across the Dandenong Ranges

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

September–November • nature

Enjoy the riot of bright colours of wildflowers from late August–early September when spring comes to Victoria

Asparagus

Asparagus

September–November • food

In most refined dishes, asparagus should maintain its taste and structure: it should be slightly soft, but not too much

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

September • nature

Enjoy the beauty of hanami season in Victoria

Whale Watching in Tasmania

Whale Watching in Tasmania

May–November • nature

The annual migration brings whales to Tasmania waters

40 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Tesselaar Tulip Festival

Tesselaar Tulip Festival

September 14–October 13, 2019 • event

The largest flower festival of the continent strikes with bright colours and great entertainment

Moomba Festival

Moomba Festival

March 06–09, 2020 • event

The annual Moomba Festival taking place on the Yarra River personifies its influence on the culture of the people who once lived here

Beach Season in Victoria

Beach Season in Victoria

November–March • activity

Spend your vacation on one of Victoria's beautiful beaches from which you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Southern Ocean

Picnic at Hanging Rock Car Show

Picnic at Hanging Rock Car Show

February 09, 2020 • event

Check out this exhibition of retro cars of different models and brands

Sand Sculpting Australia

Sand Sculpting Australia

December 14 2019–April 12 2020 • event

A unique festival where sculptors represent their skills embodied in one of the most fragile materials—sand

Skiing

Skiing

mid-June–September • activity

Did you know that the State of Victoria boasts the largest number of ski resorts in Australia?

Lonsdale Street Greek Festival

Lonsdale Street Greek Festival

February 29–March 01, 2020 • event

Enjoy Greek cuisine and its rich culture at the Lonsdale Street Festival organized by the Greek diaspora in Melbourne

Midsumma Festival

Midsumma Festival

January 19–February 09, 2020 • event

Since 1988 this festival has been in top five LGBT celebrations in the world

The Color Run

The Color Run

November 24, 2019 • event

Watching this multicolored running madness is hilarious, and participating is even more fun

Melbourne Marathon Festival

Melbourne Marathon Festival

October 13, 2019 • event

Challenge yourself and join Australia’s largest marathon

Melbourne Music Week

Melbourne Music Week

November 15–23, 2019 • event

Melbourne Music Week creates a leisurely summer mood

Melbourne Festival

Melbourne Festival

October 02–20, 2019 • event

A leading art event in Australia brings more than two weeks of entertainment at indoor and outdoor venues throughout the city

Melbourne Fringe

Melbourne Fringe

September 12–29, 2019 • event

This annual madness, known as the Fringe Festival, embraces Melbourne once again with a huge amount of new art, ideas, and performances

White Night Melbourne

White Night Melbourne

February 17, 2018 • event

White Night is a grand annual event that brings together different kinds of art

Boxing Day

Boxing Day

December 26 • event

One of the best days to go shopping or enjoy a family BBQ

Sugar Mountain Festival

Sugar Mountain Festival

January 20, 2018 • event

A real "melting pot" of dance music and visual arts

Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

October 25–27, 2019 • activity

Phillip Island offers a superb circuit for one of the most exciting motorsport events in the world

Australian Grand Prix

Australian Grand Prix

March 12–15, 2020 • event

Witness how the first Formula 1 race of the year speeds up from 0 to 200mph in a flash

AFL Grand Final

AFL Grand Final

September 28, 2019 • event

Even if you are not familiar with the rules of Australian football, don't miss this greatest sports event in the country

Australian International Airshow

Australian International Airshow

February 23–28, 2020 • event

The greatest achievements of modern military aviation—world's pride and menace at the same time

Electric Gardens Festival

Electric Gardens Festival

February 02, 2019 • event

Electronic-centric music festival in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, and also Auckland

Summit Survivor

Summit Survivor

November 23, 2019 • event

The toughest obstacle-dense course in Victoria

AUS-X Open

AUS-X Open

November 30, 2019 (Melbourne) • event

One of the biggest and most famous supercross and freestyle motocross events in the world

Rainbow Serpent Festival

Rainbow Serpent Festival

January 24–27, 2020 • event

Australia's most colourful party, one of the best of its kind in all of the Southern Hemisphere

District Ice Slide

District Ice Slide

June 29–July 14, 2019 • activity

A 15-metre ice slide offers winter fun at Docklands

River Rink at Fed Square

River Rink at Fed Square

2018 (cancelled) • activity

Put your skates on and take a spin around the rink at Federal Square in the middle of Melbourne winter

Grape Harvest in Yarra Valley

Grape Harvest in Yarra Valley

March • activity

Yarra Valley is a real paradise for wine lovers, this region produces excellent Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines

Australian Open

Australian Open

January 18–29, 2020 • event

The famous Australian Open Tennis Championships is among the four Grand Slam tournaments

Rose Blooming in Victoria State Rose Garden

Rose Blooming in Victoria State Rose Garden

October–May • nature

This large-scale botanical garden dedicated exclusively to roses, in October, attracts thousands of visitors who come to admire the Queen of Flowers

Quince

Quince

March–July • food

One of the latest fruits of the year that will brighten up any dessert!

Kitesurfing at St Kilda Beach

Kitesurfing at St Kilda Beach

October–April • activity

Even in bad weather, St Kilda Beach is not empty, here you can often see kitesurfers enjoying their favorite sport and amazing nature

Christmas Season

Christmas Season

December • event

Enjoy a whole month of Christmas trees, lights, carols and delicious food in Melbourne

Pine Mushrooms (Saffron Milk Caps)

Pine Mushrooms (Saffron Milk Caps)

March–May • food

These grow in places where the soil is densely covered with old coniferous needles, and often hide under them

Cricket

Cricket

late December–February • event

There were references to the first Australian cricket matches as early as in the 18th century

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

January 22–February 05, 2020 • event

One of the biggest Chinese quarters in the world is celebrating its biggest holiday

Melbourne Cup

Melbourne Cup

November 05, 2019 • event

This horse race is one of Australia's most prestigious thoroughbred horse races

Pumpkin Season

Pumpkin Season

March–August • food

Pumpkin seeds were brought to Australia on the First Fleet back in 1788

Easter

Easter

April 10–13, 2020 • event

Easter Bilbies, shows, and festivals—there's something extraordinary about Easter celebrations in Australia

Halloween in Melbourne

Halloween in Melbourne

late October–early November • event

Cemetery tours, spooky attractions, a scary maze and other fun things to try

Capsicum

Capsicum

December–May • food

This glossy and brightly colored fruit will be a good addition to your meal