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5 Things to do in Melbourne in Winter

By Jasmine Phull - 26 Jun 2013

Surviving winter in Melbourne is no mean feat, but for all the frosty mornings, rainy days and unpredictable weather patterns, there's a heap of interesting events that give the coldest season a touch of cool. We've rounded up our Top 5 winter activities to warm the soul. 

Rug up or strip down; just make sure you match the get-up to the right activity! 

Ice Skating at Medibank Icehouse

Whoever said you have you to leave Melbourne to really enjoy winter obviously never visited Medibank Icehouse. Book for a game of group hockey, or drop by for a casual glide at Australia's largest indoor ice-skating centre. Boasting two rinks, beginners can try the free 15-minute skate lessons, while seasoned professionals can enjoy some après action at St Moritz Bar. A session on the ice will set you back $25 (with skate hire), with discounts for children and family fares. The Docklands location is open 7-days-a-week, 364-days-a-year!

Where: Medibank Icehouse | 105 Pearl River Road in Docklands

Contact: 1300 756 699

Curling at Medibank Icehouse 

For something a little different, Curling takes a game of lawn bowls and throws it on the ice! Over 500 years old, the Olympic sport combines strategy and skill as players attempt to slide eight 20kg granite 'stones' closest to the 'centrehouse'. It's game on for young and old! Get your colleagues together for team building with a twist. 

Where: Medibank Icehouse | 105 Pearl River Road in Docklands

Contact: 1300 756 699

Hot Springs in Mornington Peninsula 

For a pleasant weekend trip, make a break for it, strip down and heat up with a dip in one of eight pools at the Peninsula Hot Springs. A favourite for locals and international visitors, it's easy to spend the whole day here, even when it's raining! The pools heat up to a maximum temperature of 42 degrees, so get ready for a warming surprise! We recommend hiring a cosy robe for those freezing runs between pools. Absolute bliss from just $25, just an hour and a half from Melbourne.

Where: Peninsula Hot Springs | Springs Lane in Fingal

Contact: 03 5950 8777

Rock Climbing in the CBD 

Escape the cold and get the adrenaline pumping with Melbourne city's ultimate indoor Hardrock climbing centre. Reach new heights and choose from different courses, while enjoying the view from the completely transparent building. Check out the skyline before high-fiving your partner as you abseil by. Remember: the couple that plays together stays together! 30 smackaroos will get you a day's unlimited climbing, with all the gear provided. 

Where: Hardrock | Corner Franklin & Swanston Streets in Melbourne

Contact: 03 9631 5300

Outside-In Cinema at the State Library

Who loves a free movie? We do, we do! Curl up with a free flick thanks to the State Library of Victoria, with screenings held every second Wednesday starting at 6:30pm. Head to the site to book online - there's no limit on the number of seats you can reserve, so grab your friends and enjoy the surrounds of one of Melbourne's most grandiose buildings! Our pick? The Diana Vreeland doco on 31 July. 

Where: State Library of Victoria | 328 Swanston Street in Melbourne

Contact: 03 8664 7000 

Free Salsa Dancing

Is the cold getting you down? We've found the perfect way to warm up - free salsa lessons! Master the latino dance style while toning up and having fun; The Salsa Foundation classes happen every Wednesday and Thursday in the CBD.  You can go as many times as you want but be sure to pre-book online! Shake your bon bon. 

Where: Salsa | Stella Maris, 600 Little Collins Street in Melbourne

Contact: 0400 933 285

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