March 16, 2018

Known for its unpredictable climate, Melbourne’s winters can be brutal. However, that’s no reason to stop you from enjoying the world’s most liveable city.

When the weather gets cooler, Melbourne comes alive with festivals, art shows, markets and more. We can guarantee you’ll be beating winter’s chill when there’s a little something for everyone all year round! Our recommendations? Well, they’re difficult to narrow down.

Quality Street Food at The Queen Victoria Night Markets

Rugging up is always worth it if we’re attending The Queen Victoria Night Market. This season, the Night Market is celebrating its twentieth birthday from the 21st of March!

Filled with live music and scents to make your mouth water, it’s time to tickle your tastebuds. And with over 60 food stalls, there is sure to be something for even the fussiest little mouths!

Head to the Northern Suburbs

Like most cities—the ‘real’ character can be found in our outer suburbs. And in the winter, Melbourne’s culture turns a little more ‘hipster’. Just a short tram ride from the Melbourne CBD you’ll find Fitzroy and Brunswick.

Featuring streets adorned in art, vintage op-shopping, plenty of quality Melbourne coffee, up-and-coming local music artists, cheap jugs and bars, bars and more bars—we suggest taking complete advantage of the ‘alcohol blanket’.

Catch a Game of Aussie Football

The weather’s awful, so what? Winter season means footy season! Long time neighbour to the Sebel Melbourne Docklands, Etihad Stadium is the home of Australia’s great game.

Watching Aussie athletes go head-to-head each week is guaranteed fun for everyone. And the Etihad Stadium’s retractable roof means you and your hot jam doughnut can enjoy the game without getting rained on—unless excited spectators are showering the scene in beer, of course.

Get Creative at NGV

It’s never too cold for art appreciation, and you’re never too old for it either. Melbourne’s best public art museum, the National Gallery of Victoria, is certainly a winner during the cooler months, surely making the cold that much more bearable.

You'll be enthused for hours, while immersed in the newest galleries of NGV. Be sure not to miss NGV Triennial and NGV’s highly anticipated upcoming exhibition in partnership with The Museum of Modern Art, New York, from June 9th.

Get Your Skates On at the O’Brien Group Arena

Melbourne may not see snow in its winter, but you can experience a real winter wonderland when ice skating at the O’Brien Group Arena. Head into the heart of Melbourne’s Docklands, for a day of laughter, lights, and good tunes.

Regardless of whether you’re just a beginner, or a more experienced skater, you’ll be breaking a sweat instead of feeling the cold!

Fall for Sebel this Autumn

Looking to find your personal slice of paradise amidst the cooler weather? Whether you’re looking to holiday in Melbourne or stop by for business travel, enjoying all that Melbourne has to offer this autumn starts at The Sebel Melbourne Docklands. With all rooms below $200, complimentary parking, 12:00pm checkout and a bottle of wine on arrival, your true experience of Melbourne tranquillity is just a click away thanks to our newest autumn package.

And according to TripAdvisor, it is the best time of year to visit Melbourne after all! This exclusive offer will be available for booking from March 20–April 18, with stays up until the 30th of August, 2018, so get in quick.

For more recommended to-do’s, feel free to ask our friendly staff at the concierge during your stay—they know the city inside out!

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