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Activities for June Queen's Birthday Long Weekend, Melbourne

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“Creativity Is Intelligence Having Fun.” – Albert Einstein
Published June 3rd 2014
Fun activities to make the long weekend a fabulous one
Image by Chris Phutully via WIkimedia Commons

Ignore the frosty mornings, rainy days and unprecedented weather changes and spend the Queen's birthday long weekend in June engaging in one or all of the following activities which will do more than just warm your soul.

QV Tropical Retreat
QV in Melbourne will set up a Tropical retreat from 4 June to 27 June 2014. Replete with greeneries, sandy beaches, hammocks and all the necessary components to create the perfect tropical getaway ambience, this Retreat will provide refuge to a wide array of fun and free workshops, events and activities including free lunches on weekdays. Pay a trip to this retreat on the long weekend to replace the wintry gloom with summery glow. Discover more details by visiting this Weekend Notes article.

Melbourne Star
The Melbourne Star, Melbourne's premier tourist destination, woos the visitor with a 360 degrees view of Melbourne. From the glass windows of one of the many cabins of the Melbourne Star you can enjoy views of up to 40 kms in any direction. Melbourne is the third city in the world to set up such an Observation Wheel. Adult entry fee starts from $32 while a child can enter for as little as $19. Become privy to more information by visiting this website.

Peninsula Hot Springs
Peninsula Hot Springs is a wonderland where you can easily spend a fantastic day or a long weekend unwinding with hot tubs, saunas, hamams and massages. The huge number of pools contain water at varying levels of temperatures. The pool at the top most part of the Hot Springs arena heats up to a maximum temperature of 42 degrees. Entry prices start from $35. Peninsula Hot Springs can be found at Springs Lane in Fingal which is only an hour and a half away from Melbourne. Find out more details by going here.

Guided Tours
Spend the long weekend exploring and experiencing Melbourne's eminent landmarks by using the very many free guided tours on offer. Be awed and inspired by the impressive architecture of the State library, the Parliament House, the Melbourne Town Hall or take an enthralling tour of Melbourne CBD. Find out more by visiting Top 4 Free Guided Tours of Melbourne.

Medibank Icehouse
Located at 105 Pearl River Road in Docklands, Medibank Icehouse is a winter wonderland which also happens to be Australia's largest indoor ice-skating indoor centre. You can make a booking for group ice hockey or just turn up to glide on the ice by yourself. The two rinks allow ample space to do ice-skating to your heart's content. You can try the free 15 minute session.

A trip to the Icehouse normally costs $26 per person (includes skate hire) with discounted entries for children and families. With the added advantage of being open everyday of the year, the Medibank Icehouse will be an excellent place to explore on the long weekend. Discover more important nuggets of information by visiting this website.

Rockclimbing
Entertain yourself with rock climbing in Melbourne CBD by visiting the Hardrock climbing centre at the Corner of Franklin & Swanston Streets in Melbourne CBD. For $30 you can gain entry and be equipped with all the essential gear and start climbing by yourself and/or with your friends. And once you reach the pinnacle, revel in the views of the Melbourne Skyline as you glance outside through the transparent walls of the climbing centre. Find out more details here.

Festivals
Melbourne will play host to a horde of festivals on the long weekend. Set your adventurous spirit free and explore one or all of these festivals and events which will be taking place on the Queen's Birthday Long Weekend: Melbourne International 3 Day Event, Yo Gabba Gabba Live!, Castlemaine Jazz Festival, Rest in Pieces Taxidermy Workshops. Read about more festivals and events by going here.

Weekendnotes
Weekendnotes has been recognised as a one stop shop for articles on a diverse range of topics. Use the long weekend to navigate through the myriads of articles on Weekendnotes for a complete list of events happening around Melbourne, places to dine and visit and random articles on anything and everything.

You can get started with the following recommendations: Free June Events in Melbourne, 50 Interesting Facts about Australia, Top 4 Spookiest Places in Victoria, Tallest Buildings in Melbourne, 1000 Steps in Ferntree Gully and Where is the Best Vanilla Slice in Melbourne?.
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Why? To celebrate the long weekend in style
When: Queen's birthday long weekend
Where: In and around Melbourne
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