Whether you plan to embrace the heat in the great outdoors or retreat into the air conditioning, chances are you will find your version of fun in Melbourne this summer.
Go swimming at the Pillars in Mount Martha
Only a 45-minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD, the Mount Martha Pillars is a slice of the Amalfi Coast. Sandstone cliff faces, pebble beaches and crystal clear waters make for the perfect location to cool off, soak up some vitamin D and even enjoy a picnic. The Pillars is a popular location for thrill seekers, who cliff jump from platforms of varying heights. The area is also littered with rock pools and ocean life – perfect for snorkelling!
Watch the St Kilda fairy penguins waddle to their nests at sunset
There is now a new viewing platform at the head of the St Kilda Pier, a perfect spot to catch a glimpse of Melbourne’s famous penguins! You can join a Parks Victoria and Earthcare St Kilda viewing experience of the penguin colony at St Kilda Breakwater. The perfect window to watch penguins waddling ashore to their nests is just prior to dusk at the breakwater. Parks Victoria recommends visiting during weeknights to reduce traffic and increase penguin protection.
Get a taste of the arts at the Abbotsford Convent
The Abbotsford Convent is the perfect spot to spend a toasty summer’s day. Stroll through the air-conditioned building to gaze in at artists’ studios and artwork. The grounds surrounding the Convent are perfect for picnics. Lay your blanket on the lush grass surrounded by flowerbeds and shady trees. The Convent is only four kilometres from the CBD and spreads across 16 acres of land.
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Image: St Kilda Pier (C) Visit Victoria