Good riddance 2020, and prepare for fresh challenges
Melbourne, it's been a helluva year. We'd all love to think we can raise a glass on New Year's Eve and dance off the remnants of 2020's extraordinary events (or lack thereof), but the reality is that 2021 is going to continue to present its fair share of challenges. So how can we greet the new year in a safe, constructive, positive manner? Melbourne's list of New Year's Resolutions should look a little like this:
Resolution 1: We will re-embrace our vibrant arts scene. Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia - fact. We have the crown and nobody is going to take it away from us. 112 days of crippling Stage 4 lockdown sandwiched between varying degrees of restrictions this year has left many of us culture-starved. Say no to the couch and hop online to secure tickets for a 2021 show!
The Australian Ballet are promising great things next year, with productions of Anna Karenina, Romeo and Juliet and the comedy Harlequinade playing at the Arts Centre over the winter months. If you can't wait that long for a fix of tulle and pirouettes, head to Summertime at the Ballet at Margaret Court Arena, playing in February. More information at
Resolution 2: We will reclaim our reputation as the sporting capital of Australia
Touch wood! Covid threw our usually-robust sporting calendar into complete disarray this year, including the humble-pie request for QLD to babysit our Grand Final. It was a bitter pill to swallow but through remaining safe, let's help make Melbourne Australia's home for sport in 2021!
Whet your appetite for a new sporting year by visiting The Australian Sports Museum, which is now open for visitors! With plenty of interactive installations for the kids and lots of indulgent footage for Superfans keen to relive past glories, a trip for the fam to the Australian Sports Museum is a guaranteed goal!
The Australian Sports Museum
Gate 3, Melbourne Cricket Ground,
Yarra Park, East Melbourne
(03) 9657 8879
Under 5's go free
Resolution 3: We will spend more time in nature
Sure, we are a bustling city with a population pushing 5mil, but that's no excuse to stay in the concrete jungle and complain about city life. Melbourne is excellently placed for short car trips to lush forests, challenging hikes, serene lakes and picturesque camping spots. The only limit is your imagination! Make a resolution to enjoy more fresh air next year while supporting our recovering economy. For some great suggestions check out:
Wilson's Promontory National Park
157km south-east of Melbourne, you'll find Wilson's Prom. A popular tourist area (but don't let them have all the fun!) this large area of national park has everything: rainforests, beaches, granite peaks, picturesque campgrounds and a plethora of native wildlife to spot! There's something for everyone! Find out more at: www.parks.vic.gov.au/places-to-see/parks/wilsons-promontory-national-park
The Dandenong Ranges
Hop into a cheap rental car in the CBD, and 45 minutes later, you will arrive at the beautiful Yarra Ranges. Sherbrook Forest is a tonic for a hot and dry day, the famous 1,000 Steps will give even the keenest gym bunny a workout, or perhaps just relax at a homely local cafe and watch the abundant birdlife go about their day! More information at visitdandenongranges.com.au
The Great Ocean Road
They don't call it 'Great' for nothing! Whether you're a keen surfer, amateur photographer or just love a winding, carefree road trip, the Great Ocean Road is a fantastic journey-based destination for city-weary Melbournites! It's truly a 'choose your own adventure' day out, travelling on a heritage-listed 243km stretch of scenic road dotted with a plethora of beaches, lookout points, boutique cafes and luxury accommodation, should the trip back to town fail to appeal! Whet your appetite for the ultimate road trip at www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au
Resolution 4: We will Make Melbourne Great Again!
Remember, it's only through remaining vigilant and practicing good hygiene and social distancing that we can keep Melbourne and Victoria open. We can support Melbourne's recovery by supporting local business and celebrating everything we love about our city and surrounds safely. Go forth and enjoy, and Happy New Year!