I'm in Melbourne often enough - so why not write a bit about some places I've seen :)
Published May 1st 2012
So winter is fast approaching, which means the rain will be increasing. But as those familiar with Melbourne city will know, the rainy days aren't contained only to winter! So these are some delightful places to head to when the rain starts pouring down during any season of the year.
1. Head to Federation Square. You might get rained on a bit dashing from Flinders Street station across the road to Fed Square, but once you get there you'll find shelter in a number of forms. Grab a bite to eat at Feddish, see what's happening at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), or have a look at the Kirra Galleries for some great gift ideas.
2. Catch tram route 86 into Harbour Town Shopping Centre. Although the shopping centre is outdoors, you can run madly between shop to shop to stay out of the rain, and always duck into a nice little cafe for some warm coffee and a comfy chair.
3. Stay warm inside Melbourne Central. Devour some food from the numerous eateries, check out what movies are on at Hoyts cinemas, or indulge in some retail therapy which will be bound to leave your purse lighter than when you arrived.
4. The Melbourne Museum will always have something to see and do for the whole family, so head to Nicholson Street in Carlton and check it out. Children are free and adults need to pay only a meagre $10 entry, concessions available, and a whole day a fun and warmth awaits.
5. Catch a train to Parliament station and admire some of the beautiful architecture of the buildings such as the Old Treasury Building, St Patrick's Cathedral and Parliament House. If the rain is getting heavier, don't worry because you can admire these building from the inside! Admission is free which is always a bonus.
6. Opposite Melbourne Central on is the State Library of Victoria. Again, this is another freebie so why not head inside and stay dry. Read some books, challenge your friends to a game of chess, and have a look at the exhibitions around the library.
7. If you're up for a bit of outdoor adventure in a warm, dry indoor environment, the challenge of rock climbing awaits right in the heart of Melbourne. Catch a tram up Swanston Street and it will be hard to miss Hardrock, an indoor rock climbing centre. With the open glass windows keep in mind that anyone travelling along Swanston can see into the building, so make sure you're prepared to show off those skills.
8. Admire the incredible artworks and exhibitions at The National Gallery of Victoria. With free admission and a designated kids room, this one is great for the whole family.
9. It's cold enough outside, so you've nothing to lose by going ice skating. The Medibank Icehouse in the Docklands is great fun. Show off your balance and talents or laugh along while you make a fool of yourself, either way you'll have a blast. Entry prices vary from $12-$25 depending on age and concession.
10. You know what, sometimes nothing beats a walk in the rain. Rug up with a warm coat, wrap a scarf around, get the umbrella out, and why not stroll through the streets and catch a glimpse of a gorgeous rainbow lighting up the city skyline.
Keep a few of these options in mind and don't feel any pressure to do them all in one day; Melbourne will have plenty of rainy days in store for us all! Don't shy away from the unpleasant weather, there is plenty to do in the city on such days. You never know, a rainy day in Melbourne may turn out to be one of your most memorable.