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2023 Winter Escapes in Melbourne

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8th December 2023

From snow-covered slopes to scenic vineyards and seasonal cultural events, Melbourne is a city with its finger constantly on the pulse. And it doesn’t stop when the temperature starts to drop. Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping adventures, romantic getaways, or something in between, winter in Melbourne always hits the spot. So, embrace the charm and prepare for your 2023 winter escape with these Melbourne events and getaways reachable from View Hotel.

Lightscape Melbourne

Lightscape Melbourne is the perfect winter escape for anyone seeking a captivating experience where nature merges seamlessly with artistry and innovation. As darkness falls, the Royal Botanic Gardens transform into a mesmerising display of 20,000 moving LEDs, singing trees, and a flickering fire garden surrounded by a symphony of colour-changing installations, soundscapes and large-scale illuminated sculptures. Lose yourself in the glow and let Lightscape ignite the childlike vibes this winter in Melbourne.

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Disney on Ice

Brace yourself for a spectacular performance as Disney on Ice takes centre stage this winter in Melbourne. You’ll be entertained as Disney characters come to life, immersing you in a world of magic featuring world-class choreography, costumes, set design, and lighting. Sing along to your favourite Disney tunes as the air fills with nostalgia and excitement. Whether you’re reliving childhood memories or creating new ones, Disney on Ice promises a stellar experience for fans of all ages.

Winter Night Markets

Mark your calendars because Melbourne’s highly anticipated Winter Night Market is returning to Queen Victoria Market for a 13-week season. Every Wednesday night, Melbourne returns to its multicultural roots with the city’s finest street food traders, brewers, distillers, artisans, and live entertainment. Muster your crew, don your warmest winter woollies and set out for a night of mulled wine and heartwarming meals. This is one winter event in Melbourne not to be missed.

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Yarra Valley Wine Tasting

Experience the ultimate winter escape in Melbourne’s Yarra Valley, a haven for lovers of wine and cold weather. Journey through breathtaking vineyards, where renowned wineries like Domaine Chandon and Oakridge await. Immerse yourself in the charming towns of Healesville and Yarra Glen, where quaint cellar doors like Innocent Bystander and TarraWarra Estate offer tastings and meals. As you sip on velvety reds and crisp whites, surrounded by rolling hill landscapes, you’ll agree the best time to visit the Yarra Valley is during the cooler months.

RISING Festival

RISING is an immersive festival of music, food, art, and culture beneath the moonlight. Centred around the iconic Flinders Street Station, RISING spills beyond traditional event spaces to the streets, car parks, churches, theatres, and outdoors to provide an unparalleled sensory experience. A winter event like no other, RISING invites you to reflect on the essence of Australian identity via thought-provoking performances and installations. And for a little bit of lighthearted fun, there’s an ice skating rink on the banks of the Yarra River, so remember to rug up.

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St Kilda Film Festival

The St Kilda Film Festival is an ideal winter escape for film buffs and romantics alike, offering the perfect opportunity to snuggle up over an up-and-coming film session. The festival, held annually in St Kilda, showcases a diverse range of short films from Australian and international filmmakers. The cosy and intimate atmosphere creates an ideal setting to enjoy quality cinema while escaping the winter chill. And the best part is exploring the vibrant neighbourhood of St Kilda in between screenings, only a short tram ride from View Melbourne.

Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs

Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs is the place for anyone chasing the benefits of natural thermal mineral waters in a tranquil setting. Located a short drive from Melbourne, the hot springs provide a warm and soothing experience, allowing you to relax and unwind amidst the chilly winter weather. Whether you prefer to soak in the pools or indulge in spa treatments, you’re bound to leave Peninsula Hot Springs feeling rested and recharged.

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Mount Buller Snow Adventure

Imagine an alpine wonderland in Victoria, where you can experience snow-capped mountains and exhilarating snow sports. That’s Mount Buller – a ski resort known for its powdery slopes and awe-inspiring views. Whether you’re a seasoned snowboarder or a first-time skier, this Victorian snowfield just a few hours’ drive from Melbourne delivers a satisfying ride. When the day is over, and you’re ready to unwind, cosy up by the lodge fire with a toasty hot chocolate or mulled wine.

Ready to explore Melbourne? Book your room at View Melbourne to begin your winter holiday.