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Welcome to our 'Definitive Melbourne Guide'! Updated in December 2019. Everything you need to know before visiting: When is the best time to visit and which are the 15 outstanding and unique activities in Melbourne for you? All written by a Melbourne local with insider tips. Jump directly to the 15 THINGS TO DO, in case you'd like to skip our season guide.
Now, our unique season/monthly guide. As one of the world’s great cities, Melbourne has plenty going on all year round, so there’s not really a bad time to visit the city. That said, there might be a few things to consider depending on when you’re visiting – so before we dive into the '15 Amazing Things to Do' here’s our guide to the seasons in Melbourne with tips for each month as well as weather details:
Summer (December - January - February)
- Pros: Warm, sunny weather that’s perfect for the beach or the many summer festivals
- Cons: It can get HOT, and also busy
For many people, a visit to Australia is synonymous with enjoying the sun, surf and sand – so it’s no wonder that summer is peak tourist season in Melbourne. With blissfully warm temperatures and many great events, summer is a fantastic time to visit the city and especially enjoy attractions like St Kilda beach and the bustling nightlife. Summer is also cricket season, so it’s the perfect time to check out the world-famous Melbourne Cricket Ground.
That said, there are a couple of drawbacks about Melbourne in the summer. Firstly, it can get very hot: temperatures often hover around 30 degrees and even climb above 40 degrees sometimes – so be sure to be sun smart! Also, prices can be higher and accommodation options booked out, so it’s a good idea to plan your trip and book ahead. Especially for your summer visit: Make sure to check out our comprehensive guide with 15 things to do in Melbourne below (scroll down!). They are all written by a local and include so many useful tips you can particularly benefit from when visiting in the summer.
Autumn (March - April - May)
- Pros: The climate is usually very pleasant, and there are lots of great festivals
- Cons: It can get a little colder the closer you get to winter
Fall can be a lovely time to visit Melbourne, when the climate is not too hot but not too cold, averaging around a maximum temperature of about 20 degrees. Plus, there are several exciting events that happen in autumn, such as the Melbourne Grand Prix and Melbourne Fashion Week, which both happen in March. The Botanic Gardens are also beautiful, as many trees turn to golden autumnal hues.
Autumn can still see some extreme weather events, where it be late heat waves or early cold snaps, so you may need to pack a wider variety of clothes to be ready for whatever the weather brings.
Winter (June - July - August)
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- Pros: The quietest time to visit Melbourne, the city has a very cosy feel
- Cons: There isn’t that much rain in winter, but it’s cooler and sometimes foggy, which is not exactly beach weather
Winter is the quietest time for tourism in Melbourne, which means that there are fewer queues and more opportunities to truly live like a Melbournian. Plus, although it is winter, the city certainly doesn’t entirely hibernate! There are still lots of fun things to do, including lots of all-weather activities such as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image or the SEALife Aquarium.
Of course, winter does mean the weather can be a bit gloomy, so make sure to pack a warm coat to keep you toasty warm since the average winter low temperature is 6 – 7 degrees. That said, the climate is rarely too cold in Melbourne and rain spells don’t tend to last, so even outdoor activities such as visiting St Kilda can be great fun in winter.
Spring (September - October - November)
Coop's Shot Tower in spring by Bernard Spragg
- Pros: The weather in Spring is glorious, yet the crowds aren’t quite as overwhelming.
- Cons: There aren’t many!
Spring is a wonderful season in Melbourne, where the weather is starting to warm up and so too is the social calendar. There are many great festivals, such as the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, and of course, the usual attractions such as catching a gig at the Tote or swinging by the Astor Theatre are great fun in the springtime. A particular highlight is a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens while all of the flowers are in bloom.
Although temperatures are usually pretty warm, with an average high in the low to mid-twenties, spring can still see late wintery weather, so we recommend chucking a coat in your bag, just in case!