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Outdoor Activities in Melbourne – Adventure City Guide

Outdoor Activities in Melbourne – Adventure City Guide

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Are you looking for an insider’s adventure travel guide for the best outdoor activities in Melbourne?

As part of our Adventure City Guide series, here are my expert insider tips on the top adventure and outdoor activities to do in Melbourne.

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Why visit Melbourne for adventure?

Melbourne always ranks highly in the top liveable cities around the world. While the weather may not always be the greatest, it is a beautiful city and integrates so well with nature. Whether it is the sea, harbour or the mountains it is easy to get outdoors after work, at lunch or during your weekends.

Plus you can fly cheaply to Melbourne from New Zealand in just a few short hours.

Outdoor Activities in Melbourne

Skiing in Melbourne

Okay so you can’t technically ski in Melbourne, but it is an easy weekend trip away from the city. Within just a couple of hours drive of downtown Melbourne you can visit a couple of ski areas.

Lake Mountain is the closest to Melbourne and is considered Australia’s premier cross-country ski resort. It is also the third most visited cross-country ski resort in the world due to it’s close proximity to the city. Perfect for anyone wanting to stretch their legs and warm up afterwards with a hot chocolate.

Picnic table at Mount Baw Baw

Mt Baw Baw ski resort is the closest downhill ski resort to Melbourne and is only 173 kms away. It can be considered small but is great for a day trip, or longer weekend adventure from Melbourne. If you are a beginner then Mount Baw Baw is the place to start.

Getting to the Ski Resorts from Melbourne

The easiest way to get to the ski resorts is to drive the couple of hours yourself. If you don’t have a car you can hire a car from Melbourne or jump on one of the buses or shuttles that run from Melbourne during the winter season.

Cost of skiing near Melbourne

Day Ski Passes range from $30 for a mid-week pass to $50 for a weekend for adults.

Surfing in Melbourne

While surfing in Melbourne might not be as well known as Surfers Paradise further up the coast of Australia, it can still get some really nice waves. Waves roll up from Antarctica so the water can be a little bit colder than usual, yet these same swells are what produce high quality waves for surfing.

If you are a beginner then there are plenty of surf schools along the Victorian coastline within an hour or two drive of Melbourne. These surfing classes are taught by local experts who truly understand their waves so you will be hanging ten in no time.

If you have been surfing for a few years then you might want to go on a road trip out of Melbourne to seek the perfect waves.

Bell's Beach

Torquay is located 95 km south of Melbourne and is well known as the official start of the Great Ocean Road. Every year surfers descend here for the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach. So unless you are quite experienced then you might want to skip Bells and head straight to Fisherman’s Beach or Back Beach.

Anglesea is another few kilometers along the road from Bells Beach and is a great spot for beginners. The waves are more consistent than most places in Victoria and this is where you can hone your skills.

Getting to the surf spots in Melbourne

Grab some mates, fill up the car with wetsuits, surfboards and a couple of chilly bins for beer and hit the road. There is nothing more fun than a surfing road trip. Especially when you only have to travel a few hours.

Melbourne Beach Fl

Cost of surfing in Melbourne

Free if you have your own equipment. But if you want to rent your gear it’s going to cost about $40 a day for surfboard and wetsuit rental.

Explore St Kilda

St Kilda is only 6km from the city centre and is the seaside playground for Melbourne. It has beautiful views of Port Phillip and will keep you entertained all day long. Whether you hang out at the beach, which is very safe for swimming, roll along the Esplanade on bikes, or go to enjoy the food, St Kilda it the perfect trip.

You can also ride along the Bay trail which runs along the coastline of Port Philip Bay for 69 kilometres.

Getting to St Kilda

You can get to St Kilda from across Melbourne via the awesome tram system. They run every 10 minutes from 5.30am – 2.30am every day.

Near Melbourne Beach

Cost

Apart from your transport costs of a couple of dollars it is free to swim, relax and hang out at the beach. There are also lots of bike rental stores along the esplanade if you want to explore the Bay trail.

Best time of the year to visit Melbourne for adventure?

Melbourne has it all. It’s summers are warm, springs and autumns are mild and winter can be downright cold. December to February is the best time to visit Melbourne as it’s warmest then and usually dry.

Of course if you want to go skiing in Melbourne then go during June and July.

Finally, the reason I love Melbourne for adventure is because…

Melbourne is a city that has it all. It’s city centre never sleeps and yet just a few minutes away you can get out to the beach or explore the mountains. And when you are not enjoying the outdoor activities in Melbourne then the city is home to loads of festivals, events and activities.

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18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Shirley

    August 30, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    One definitely must visit Australia before they die. 🙂

  2. Steve

    September 2, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    After meeting so many great people on the road who were from Melbourne and hearing all there great stories about what to do there I’m ready to go. Thanks for this handy guide with some great information – I hope to visit this part of the world soon. Cheers!

    • Cole Burmester

      September 2, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      Hope you get to visit this part of the world soon too Steve! Just make sure you call into NZ first haha.

  3. Kristy of Family Visa

    September 3, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Yay, I want to try surfing when I go there.

    • Cole Burmester

      September 3, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      Once you start surfing then you are going to be hooked!

  4. Abby Ang

    October 9, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Hello there!

    Thank you very much for sharing this. I also wanna go surfing in Melbourne.

    -Abby

  5. Arti

    October 18, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    I will leave for Melbourne on Sunday. I think I will surely visit St Kilda, can we spot penguins there?

  6. Sonali

    October 24, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Love those colorful buildings on Burano Island. It’s surprising that residents need to get the painting pre-a[[roved, since tehy seem to represent such freedom of creative expression. I haven’t been to Venice, although I got close with a visit to the nearby Emilia-Romagna region.

  7. Jamie @ Living in Dubai

    October 26, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    This is one of the most beautiful places I have seen, I hope I can get there someday, it has very different options, snow, the beach and it looks like you can have a great time and just relax.

  8. Tina

    November 6, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    The best thing that you can do in Australia is surfing. The Box, Margaret River Valley is one of the best surf spots in the world.

  9. Lily Eva

    December 16, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Melbourne is top city for adventures their is lot of fun.

  10. Timothy W Pawiro

    January 1, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    I didn’t visit St. Kilda when I visited Melbourne last year, so I think I should put it on the list next time! Haha 🙂

  11. Drew Goldberg

    February 12, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Wow, awesome post! Now I really want to go to Melbourne!

    Cheers and happy travels 😀

    Drew

  12. hanoi food tasting tour

    June 20, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    I used to live in Melbourne for studying within 4 years, Among Top Surf Beaches Near Melbourne, I like Mornington Peninsula back beaches – a beautiful region offering a spectacular landscape. Here Gunnamatta is one of the best surfing.

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    July 29, 2015 at 1:03 AM

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    February 7, 2017 at 1:58 AM

    Thanks for posting suach informative blog .

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    April 29, 2017 at 7:03 PM

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