Since Boxing Day will be celebrated on a Saturday this year we get to enjoy a replacement holiday on Monday, 28 December 2015 therefore making it a Boxing Day long weekend. Many Melburnians will be reveling in delightful retail therapy. However, if shopping does not float your boat then there are equally if not more fun and fabulous activities that will make the long weekend a fantastic one.
Melbourne Boxing Day Test
The Boxing Day Test is a cricket test match which will be organised at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) commencing at 10:30am on Boxing Day, 26 December 2015 and will feature Australia vs West Indies. Secure your tickets by visiting this website.
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel You could visit the Melbourne Star in Docklands. Melbourne Star has many cabins with glass windows offering a 360-degree view of Melbourne. Melbourne is the third city in the world to erect such an amazing Observation Wheel. Adult entry fee starts from $35 while a child can enter for free if below the age of 4 or for $21 if between the age of 5 and 15 years.
Melbourne Star (Image by Nichollas Harrison via Wikimedia Commons)
Further, from 26 December 2015 to 31 January 2016 Melbourne Star will be organising a special event called Water Wars which will involve opponents occupying battle stations complete with buckets of water balloons and a water balloon launcher and engaging in epic water fights. You can learn more by visiting this website. Melbourne laneways Embark on a gastronomic journey as you explore Melbourne's famous and flamboyant laneways which are home to cafes, restaurants and colourful street-art. Remember to check out Flinders lane, Hardware lane, Hosier lane and Degraves Street. Become privy to more information by reading this Weekendnotes article.
Hosier lane (Image by TigTab via Wikimedia Commons)
Guided Tours Use the long weekend to visit Melbourne's renowned landmarks. You can take advantage of numerous free guided tours to educate your mind and please your soul with the remarkable architecture of the State ibrary, the Parliament House, the Melbourne Town Hall or take a fascinating tour of Melbourne CBD. Learn more by visiting this Weekendnotes article.
O'Brien Group Arena
Located at 105 Pearl River Road in Docklands, O'Brien Group Arena (formerly known as Medibank Icehouse) is Australia's largest indoor ice-skating indoor centre. There are two rinks offering ample space to do ice-skating to your heart's content. And if you are new to ice-skating you can opt for the free 15 minute session.
Entry fee costs $26 per person (includes skate hire) with discounted entries for children and families and special rates for Tight Tuesday. O'Brien Group Arena will be a wonderful place to explore on the long weekend. Find out more by visiting this website.
Take a trip Take a trip to Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula, Wilsons Promontory National Park to enjoy stunning beaches, cherry and strawberry picking activities, wine and cheese tasting, local farmer's markets and savouring fresh produce and delicious fare.
Mornington Peninsula Vineyard (Image by faVori rouge via Wikimedia Commons)
Indoor rock climbing in Melbourne CBD may tickle your fancy. Hardrock climbing centre at the Corner of Franklin & Swanston Streets in Melbourne CBD allows climbers of all skill levels to try their hand at rock climbing. A $30 fee will enable you to gain entry and be equipped with all the essential gear for climbing. And once you reach the pinnacle, feast your eyes on the awe-inspiring view of the Melbourne Skyline as you glance outside through the transparent walls of the climbing centre. Discover important nuggets of information by going here.
As the city of festivals, Melbourne will have a number of festivals and events happening over the long weekend. You can take your pick from Melbourne Magic Show, A Day at The Zoo' Sand Sculpting Exhibition at Frankston Waterfront, Sesame Street High Tea at Langham and more. Discover these festivals and events by going here.
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