Things to do in Melbourne this Summer

Summer in Melbourne is a fantastic time to explore, enjoy the outdoors, and indulge in the city's unique culture. Here are four must-do activities that not only offer an authentic Melbourne experience but also provide plenty of opportunities to pick up some quintessentially Australian souvenirs along the way:

  1. Explore the Queen Victoria Market: This historic market, a Melbourne icon, is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the local vibe. Browse through a vast array of stalls selling everything from fresh produce to artisanal goods. Don't forget to check out the souvenir shops where you can find Australian-made crafts, opals, and Ugg boots. It's a great place to pick up unique gifts and mementos of your trip.

  2. Take a Trip to St Kilda Beach: A visit to Melbourne in summer isn't complete without a day at St Kilda Beach. Enjoy the sun, sand, and sea, and then stroll along the beachside markets. You’ll find local artists and craftspeople selling their creations, perfect for those looking for something a bit different. Plus, nearby Acland Street is famous for its cake shops and eclectic boutiques.

  3. Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens and Shrine of Remembrance: Experience the natural beauty of the Royal Botanic Gardens and the solemnity of the Shrine of Remembrance. Both are iconic Melbourne landmarks. The gardens' gift shop offers a range of botanical-themed items, while the Shrine's shop has a selection of memorabilia that pays homage to Australia's history.

  4. Enjoy a Yarra Valley Wine Tour: For a day trip, head out to the Yarra Valley, Melbourne’s famous wine region. Sample some of Australia's finest wines and local produce. Many vineyards and local shops offer gourmet foods and wine-related souvenirs that are uniquely Australian, such as locally produced jams, chutneys, and, of course, bottles of exquisite wine.

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