5 Relaxing Activities in Melbourne This Weekend

By Rebecca O'Malley December 8, 2017

In partnership with Vodafone, we’ve lined up our top picks for relaxing weekend activities in Melbourne. This is how you should be spending the summer.

As we’re moving into summer, it’s great to get out of the house and make the most of the warmer weekends. Take yourself out for the day and get stuck into the great outdoors - Victoria is teeming with luscious landscapes and activites that are both refreshing and relaxing.

Many of our picks are child-friendly, too - which means you can bring all of the family along for the ride. What better way to relax than with a deep breath of fresh air and your loved ones by your side? 

Collingwood Childrens' Farm, Collingwood

A taste of the countryside in Melbourne’s inner north. The little ones love spending time with the animals at Collingwood Children’s Farm – not only do they get to spend time outdoors, but they can get stuck into farm life, too! Try to arrive in time for the daily cow milking (10.15am and 4pm), and the guinea pig cuddle sessions. Every Saturday, the farm hosts a charming farmers market – great for picking up local veggies and produce.

Guinea pig cuddles at Collingwood Childrens' Farm. Photo: Getty. 

1,000 Steps, Dandenong Ranges

Never mind the gym - head outside and stay active among the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. The 1,000 steps is popular among tourists, families and fitness fanatics – plus, it’s only a 45 minute drive from Melbourne CBD. Follow the trail and make your way through the Dandenong ranges to the peak (the return trip will take anywhere between 30 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on your speed). Bring the family for a day of fun in the sun, tackle it solo to get some headspace or bring your training buddy. Remember to bring a water bottle and stay hydrated!

Melbourne Museum, Carlton

Melbourne Museum is a hub of history, culture and interactive learning just a stones throw from Melbourne’s CBD. The kids will love getting to know the animals in the wild section (featuring over 600 birds, mammals and amphibians from around the world) and will gasp at the majesty of the prehistoric bones on the Dinosaur Walk. If they’re feeling particularly brave – the Bugs Alive exhibition offers a glimpse into the world of inspects and spiders. Plus, Melbourne Museum is fully air conditioned, making it a great way to escape the heat.

Merri Creek Trail, Fitzroy North to Coburg

Hop on your bike and make your way along the Merri Creek Trail. No matter where you begin, you’ll follow the creek and never need to cross a road – a real pull for when you’ve got the family in tow. The trail winds through the inner north of Melbourne, passing horse paddocks, sports ovals, a velodrome and a lake. There are plenty of spots for picnics and BBQS, too. 

Merri Creek Trail. Photo: Getty. 

Laughing Waters, Eltham

Swimming pools are always packed on a hot summers day. Take a drive north of the city and enjoy a day of swimming at a suburban watering hole – Laughing Waters in Eltham is one of the best. The water is clean and there’s plenty of space to lounge around in the rock pools and mini rapids. Plus, you can even make your way down stream. What a way to spend a weekend with the family!

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