On The List is a proud participant for this year’s Dry July. So we’ve put together Melbourne’s coolest wintry pop-ups and cultural attractions. Expect giant ice slides, access into historical landmarks and a puzzle-solving race that’ll have you running around the world’s most livable city. Now get behind this great cause and support an Aussie battling cancer by donating now.
MELBOURNE WINTER ADVENTURES
Urban Quest – The Most Amazing Race!
Make sure your phone is fully charged and you’ve got Periscope downloaded for this! This is one event you don’t want to miss out on. Race around Melbourne solving clues and puzzles, completing crazy challenges, and dancing your butt off as part of a flash mob. Do you have what it takes to win?
Giant Ice Slide
Eureka Skydeck and Variety Charity, you guys are absolute geniuses! Embrace the cold by sliding down a 40-meter long 4-meter high ice slide. The ice is frosty cold at –12C but that’s never stopped anyone! Sliders can also grab some grub from the Food Truck Park then wash it down with their free Fuze iced tea.
Come by during the day to ice skate with friends in Melbourne’s only outdoor ice rink as you enjoy sweeping views of the city and the Yarra. If you’ve got a hot date, then bring her (or him!) to this romantic wintry wonderland filled with lights and projections. We recommend going on a Wednesday night when for the most Christmas-y atmosphere with carols and some of our favorite food trucks.
ART & ARCHITECTURE
Degas + Mirror Labyrinth
Degas has arrived in Melbourne! Take in iconic pieces like The Rehearsal, The Little Dancer and The Bellelli Family. The exhibition also features sculptures and photographs by the great impressionist. In very exciting news, a beautiful ballerina sculpture was recently gifted to the NGV. For more information check out our Degas: A New Vision review.
Get pulled back to the 21st century by Berlin-based artist Jeppe Hein. His work is –get this– a giant mirror labyrinth. It’s absolutely stunning and just a tad disorienting.
Gertrude Street Projection Festival
In a celebration of art and community, Fitzroy will be transformed into a nocturnal wonderland for 10 magical nights. Familiar buildings, laneways, footpaths and tree trunks will be lit up and revived through vision-defying projections and installations. It’s a Fitzroy we’ve never seen before, and we can’t wait to gasp in awe and wonder.
Open House Melbourne
Save the date for the last weekend of July and enter into the heart of Melbourne. Connect with Melbourne’s most recognizable landmarks as well as vaguely remembered buildings as they call back to forgotten eras. Explore houses, buildings, infrastructure and landscapes renowned for their architecture and design. It’s a Melbourne with behind-the-scenes access. For those who want to get truly immersed, join in on talks and tours catered to novices, experts and everyone in between.
Nadine is a media communications and psychology student at the University of Melbourne. In her spare time, you’ll typically catch her reading a good book, hitting up Melbourne’s coolest restaurants and bars, or finding her next adrenaline rush. She also can’t say no to a good scoop of gelato or pizza slice. See what she gets up to on her Instagram.