Unplanned Christmas In Melbourne

Christmas Day can be a little boring, if you're not joining a Christmas lunch to gorge on different kinds of roast meats. As many regular coffee places may be closed, brunch may not be happening and sorry, you can't even head into Woolies for some milk and cookies or beers.

Don't panic though, public transport will be running for free, all day. And, as a gift from us, we've put together a few ideas to do if you’re in town with no Christmas plans.


While you may find it difficult to purchase food supplies on Christmas Day itself, you can certainly picnic to your hearts content. Nothing can match an inner-city wander through vast and pretty gardens on Christmas. Spotting a swan while munching on a chicken sandwich, or turning somersaults on the lawn, slamming a Paddle Pop to soak up this city sanctuary. 

So, pack a picnic rug and your meal along with a bottle of champagne and have a dreamy day in the gardens.

Royal Botanic Gardens, 7.30am to sunset (the Children’s Garden opens at 10am)

Other important parks of Melbourne that you can try;

·         Carlton Gardens

·         Fitzroy Gardens

·         Royal Botanic Gardens

·         MPavilion


Seeing a movie is never a bad idea — just think the large popcorn, the movie ticket and the Diet Coke as a Christmas gift from you to you. How sweet…! With cinemas open in the evening and afternoon sessions, you can easily avoid the Boxing Day release mayhem. You can also catch the Moonlight Cinemas at the gardens.

·         Village Cinemas, Crown Entertainment Complex

·         Kino Cinema, 45 Collins Street, Melbourne

·         Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton


The Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Aquarium’s Christmas-friendly opening hours can give you the excuse you were looking for to visit furry or scaly friends. With adorable baby elephants, meerkats, frogs and all sorts of weird reptiles , the zoo presents a delightful treat. For those avoiding dry land, get lost under the sea in the Aquarium's wonderful water land of penguins, seahorses, sharks, rainbow fish and sting-rays.

·         Melbourne Zoo; 9am to 5pm

·         Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium; 9.30 am to 6 pm


The humble dumpling is a sacred object. Although it doesn't have a day devoted to its magnitude, dumplings are economical, delicious, plentiful and available round the year, just perfect for satisfying your hungry stomach. They might even be a little bit festive this Christmas.The best place to start your dumpling tour is the Little Bourke St.

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If just a plate of dumplings can't satisfy, head towards Crown Entertainment Complex, Docklands, Federation Square, Lygon Street and Southgate, some restaurants and cafes will be open in this area. Also, a wander up to Chinatown will not leave you underfed.


Keep yourself entertained at one of these great Melbourne attractions.

·         Eureka Skydeck 88, (10am to 5.30pm) is the perfect destination for dare-devil sightseers. Sway high above the city, fight your vertigo and then head for a stimulating drink. You’re worth it!

·         Melbourne Town Hall for festive themed projections over Christmas

·         Christmas Square (seasonal name of City Square) to see the living Christmas tree and pose for a photograph with the giant nutcrackers.

·         Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, (open from 1pm) take a festive ride in a glass cabin for 30 minutes and like a high-flying hawk (moving very slowly though), you can appreciate the Melbourne metropolis, as well as the hills of Mount Macedon and the Dandenong Ranges.

·         Crown Entertainment Complex, open from 12 pm.

Jonathan Campbell

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