A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Published April 13th 2012
It's always a bit of a downer when you get the first chilly day of the year after a long, hot summer. This is especially true if like me, the majority of your family and friends live in the Northern Hemisphere and you keep reading Facebook statuses about the weather getting warmer, just as ours is getting colder. I have decided that the best way to get over this is to embrace the colder weather instead of shunning it. Here are some cool activities which will set your teeth a-chattering and your fingertips turning blue, in no time.
Medibank's Icehouse, located in Harbour Town at Docklands, has plenty of action to offer if you can manage to stay upright on the ice. There are weekly sessions like Ice Disco Fever on a Saturday evening, or Hot 40 Countdown on Fridays. There's even Tight-ice Tuesdays if you're counting the pennies.
The Icehouse also offers family sessions, like Family Fun Sunday Mornings, which boasts toys, games, music and snow play areas for the littlies. If you're a bit of a pro on the ice, you might want to try out Figure Skating, Ice Hockey or Speed Skating. If the thought of skating on ice scares the pants off you, you can always try Ice Tubing instead and glide across the ice in an inflatable doughnut (no skates required). For details of session times and prices, go to the Icehouse website.
Chill out at Chill On Ice Lounge
• Chill On Ice Lounge is seriously cold. Everything in the lounge is made of, you guessed it, ice - 50 tonnes of it to be exact. On arrival you'll be provided with a ski jacket, gloves and boots to keep the chill at bay. Sip a cocktail or fruit drink from an ice glass, as you relax on the ice couch.
Changing themes mean that you'll be surrounded by different ice sculptures each time you visit. If all that ice gets too much, you can pop next door to the Ski Lodge with its warming ambience and open fires, to eat a delicious hot meal and get warm again. Check opening times at the Chill On website.
• Mount Buller is a snow resort with something for everyone. Located around three hours drive north east of Melbourne, it is easily do-able for a long weekend in the winter. The village itself is an alpine retreat with a large selection of shops, restaurants, bars and cafes to explore. Snowboarding and skiing on the mountain are supplemented by cross country skiing, snow tubing, tobogganing, night skiing and more.
Mount Buller has plenty of accommodation to choose from, ranging from hostel style budget beds, to luxurious alpine retreats. The official website will give you all the information you need to plan your visit.
So when the mercury starts to drop, instead of indulging in the winter blues, get into some serious icy action and feel good about leaving the summer behind.