When the temperatures drop to a chilly 10-14 degrees Celsius during the day you can’t neglect it any more: Winter is here.
I know, if you had your way, you’d be curled up on the couch and watching an old film-noir DVD for the bulk of winter.
#1 – Indulge in s’mores
Photo credit: peachwater
With winter in full swing you finally have the excuse to indulge in hearty dishes – the so-called winter warmers. And you should!
Our tip for Winter 2014 are: s’mores – Usually they are made of oversized toasted marshmallows between chocolate biscuits but some cafés make them with a little twist. The perfect alternative to the classic winter warmers but so much more comforting.
You can try s’mores at Dr Morse in Abbotsford
# 2 – Go skiing at Mt Buller
Photo credit: www.mtbuller.com.au
As a European I have to admit, that I enjoy winter in Melbourne quite a lot. It brings back memories of skiing holidays in the Alps. Memories of powdered slopes, thick gloves and mulled wine.
While we can’t afford to just fly out to Austria we can however ski in Australia. Mt Buller is the destination of choice for those of us in Melbourne wanting to visit a respectable snow field without driving a ridiculous amount of time, and July is one of the prime months of the year to experience the benefits firsthand.
With a visit to Mt Buller you can expect magnificent views combined with clean air and a lovely climate that provide the perfect backdrop for your ski trip regardless of whether you’re a beginner or someone with advanced ski skills. Due to the varied terrain on offer, are a variety of runs that are tailored to a range of levels.
For more information visit www.mtbuller.com.au/Winter/
#3 – Escape on a weekend trip
Mornington Peninsula is a perfect outing from Melbourne. Not too far away, and with activities and prettiness in abundance.
The clear, crisp days of winter make it an ideal place to visit and to soak in a bit of winter sunshine to thaw out those bones.
Mornington Peninsula is located between Western Port and Port Phillip Bays, and is adorned with a combination of long, white sandy beaches, splendid vineyards and a general quiet country atmosphere, it makes for a refreshing break for those looking to get out of the city for a bit of an escape.
Read our listing our top 5 places to go and things to do at the Peninsula.
#4 – Go to a Winter Night Market
Luna 1878 is a Winter Night Market embracing all things marvellous about winter in Melbourne! Located within the historic sheds of Queen Victoria Market, the winter night market event features some of Melbourne’s best independent performers, designers, artists, chefs, winemakers and foodies.
Held on Wednesday evenings throughout July and August, Luna 1878 will come alive in an intimate celebration of the night, transforming into a whimsical winter wonderland. Enjoy the sound of crackling fires and sizzling hot plates, serving up deliciously warming soul food inspired by exotic dishes and made by local hands, and savour traditional teas and winter drinks from all over the world.
Follow #luna1878 on Facebook for more information.
#5 – After Work Fireworks & Drinks
Photo credit: http://www.destinationdocklands.com.au
Start your after work drinks with a bang during July and August with free Friday night fireworks at Docklands.
With an accompanying entertainment program from 6pm – 8pm, the fireworks launch at 7pm from pontoons on the water of Victoria Harbour running for approximately 10 minutes. A synchronized sound track on New Quay Promenade and Piazza will accompany the fireworks displays.
Afterwards head on over to the CBD and to have a drink or two at Bar Americano, Cabinet Bar & Balcony or Berlin Bar, for a start. If you wanna get more serious about it head over to Cabinet Bar, Whisky & Alement, Shabeen, General Store & Co, Madame Brussels, … to only name a few.
More information about the Winter Fireworks
With an accompanying entertainment program from 6pm – 8pm, the fireworks launch at 7pm from pontoons on the water of Victoria Harbour running for approximately 10 minutes.
A synchronized sound track on New Quay Promenade and Piazza will accompany the fireworks displays.
– See more at: http://www.victoriaharbour.com.au/news-and-events/news-and-events/event-docklands-winter-fireworks-2014#sthash.BrBi6qgc.dpuf