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Best Things To Do In Melbourne This Summer

While some will opt to chase the sun north, and others heading east to soak up some Aussie summer rays by the sand and sea breeze, we are staying right here in the heart of Melbourne this summer.

Why you ask? With the stellar line-up of summer activities lined up in Australia’s culture capital of Melbourne this summer, our answer is ‘What reason is there to leave?’.

The season has barely started, but it’s no secret; you already know what we did in Melbourne this summer. Read on to check out the hot picks that are topping our list of the best things to do in Melbourne this summer.

Escape the heat in Melbourne this summer

With the desire to be anywhere else so long as it’s not a sweltering summer, we’re sure you’re familiar with escaping the summer sun with a day at the cinemas accompanied by some industrial strength air conditioning.

But we bet you haven’t entered a virtual reality from a swivel chair with 11 other cinema goers donning a VR headset and headphones? If the heat really isn’t your thing, we suggest you head to Collingwood’s Virtual Reality Cinema to transport you to cooler climates in Melbourne this summer.

Best G&T’s in Melbourne this summer

For all you parched patrons out there, what’s more thirst quenching on a hot summer’s day then an old faithful G&T? Absolutely nothing.

Popping up at The Boatbuilders Yard this summer from 15-16 February, Juniperlooza is returning to Melbourne this summer with a line-up of 23 independent Australian and international gin producers showcasing both a classic G&T and signature cocktail.

Juniperlooza 2020

Have your pick of private pools in Melbourne this summer

If there’s one app you need to download in Melbourne this summer, it is Swimply. Ever dreamt about basking in the luxury of your own private pool? How about someone else’s?

Coming to Melbourne this summer, Swimply is a first-ever marketplace for pool sharing or in more relatable terms, its Airbnb for epic pools. Download the app, search the area, select a time, date and share how many plus one’s you’ll be bringing to your very own private pool party.

Swimply

Rainfall in Melbourne this summer

Captivating over half a million patrons worldwide, Random International’s monumental artwork, Rain Room, is extending its St Kilda tenure until 31 January 2020, in response to popular demand.

While you may not be able to feel the rain on your face, the 100-square metre room of continuous rainfall simulation will make you forget you ever felt the scorch of 40 plus degrees in Melbourne this summer.

Rain Room

Be eco-friendly in Melbourne this summer

If your summer sweat stirs your consumer conscience, serving as a reminder that the heat is more than just a seasonal regularity, here’s what you need to know about the new eco-friendly shopping centre hitting Melbourne this summer.

What once was an industrial site is now home to shops and entertainment under one green, urban rooftop farm form which the centre’s eco-conscious restaurant will source it’s produce. Burwood Brickworks has been dubbed the ‘world’s most sustainable shopping centre’, powered naturally with renewable energies, organic waste to be collected and repurposed as compost, and all grey and black water to be captured, treated and recycled on site.

Burwood Brickworks

The best art exhibition in Melbourne this summer

From now until April 2020, what better way to experience art in Melbourne this summer then from within the hallowed halls of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) as they come alive with the spirit of New York’s 1980s underground art scene.

Inspired by the gallery’s summer blockbuster exhibition celebrating the works of Keith

Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Friday Night at the NGV will see the space transformed with ‘80s music from disco to post-punk, mixed in with drag performances, NYC street food, classic cocktails from the Bombay Sapphire Gin Bar, and a dance floor in the NGV Garden.

NGV Friday Nights, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines