I am a freelance writer born in Johannesburg now living in Melbourne. I love travelling and have lived in London and Taipei as well as travelling in and around South Africa. I have a great interest in exploring and love to share my finds with others.
Published July 5th 2012
It's been hard not to notice the steady arrival of winter in Melbourne and making your way outdoors is becoming a less than pleasant experience. But why let the winter chills ruin your chances of a fabulous weekend. I say yes! – to winter and give you my top 4 top winter warmer ideas for the weekend and the coming School holidays.
1. Embrace the chill and head to the Queen Victoria market.
The Queen Victoria market has long been Melbourne's premier market since 1878 and has earned the right as both a local and tourist icon in Melbourne. With its vast array of stalls selling everything from fine leather goods, toys, underwear, candles, candies, fresh produce, delicatessen products, meats and seafood you can find anything you desire and even a few surprise purchases.
The joy of visiting the Queen Victoria Market in the cooler months is less people traffic and competition for parking and with the market undercover the chill is lessened and the rain kept away. You can peruse the stalls, sample sweets and try on a huge variety of available jackets at a leisurely pace and grab the bargains in the fresh produce area without the throngs of people one might expect in warmer weather.
The Queen Victoria Market trades on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6am to 2pm, Fridays from 6am to 5pm, Saturdays 6am to 3pm and Sundays 9am to 4pm, which is its most popular day with most stalls and sellers open for business.
2. Delight in Children's film at the ACMI cinema at Federation Square.
ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) hosts a Children's film extravaganza over the School holidays with films that will charm children and adults alike. Ticket prices on Sundays and School holidays are $6 for full fair and concession and $5 for ACMI members. Selected free screenings are also available – please check the ACMI website for further details. Some of the fantastic films currently on offer include;
Phineas and Ferb Across the 2nd Dimension The Movie - An animated Disney comedy showcasing two stepbrothers finding inventive things to do each day.
Hugo (3D) - Set in 1930s Paris, Hugo is an orphan living in the walls of a train station where mystery involving his late father ensue.
Arrietty - A remake of the Borrowers is a story of a 'little person' and her family who live beneath the floor boards in a grand house. Staying out of sight except during occasional adventures to "borrow" scrap supplies like sugar cubes.
Disney's 1951 original Alice in Wonderland, 2010 Oscar awarded - best animated picture winner UP, Disney's Lady and the Tramp and Spirited away - a ten-year-old Chihiro during a family outing comes upon a blocked tunnel that she soon learns leads to a very weird place, where all sorts of bizarre gods and monsters reside - its a holiday resort for the supernatural after their exhausting tour of duty in the human world.
3. Try out your sea legs on the Polly Woodside.
During the School holiday period the Polly Woodside in South Wharf will be hosting a unique winter workshop holiday program. Families are being invited to take part in treasure hunts, listen to fantastic tales of the sea, and enjoy arts and craft activities and games that the whole family can enjoy – all aboard the unique and exciting Polly Woodside.
The Polly Woodside will be open everyday of the school holidays with the holiday program workshops taking place specifically Monday to Friday with sessions running 11am to 2pm. Do ensure you book to avoid disappointment.
The cost of this special experience ranges from $15 for Adults, $12 for Concession, $8 for children, $42 for Families and Children under 3 can enjoy activities for free.
4) Docklands presents its School Holiday winter program
The Docklands is still a new and exciting feature in Melbourne and during school holidays the area will not disappoint. Every Friday in July the skyline at Docklands will be sparkling and glowing with a stunning 10 minute fireworks display. The show will be complimented by a music soundtrack, which can easily be enjoyed from the lovely Docklands promenade or from one of the many dining establishments. Entertainment will also be roving the promenade thrilling visitors prior to the fireworks exhibit.