Melbourne in winter is a culturally enriching experience. The cold southern temperature is exactly right for heading indoors to experience the many museums & galleries on offer. The Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, held yearly between June and October, brings major international art exhibitions exclusively to Melbourne. These attract national and international visitors to Victoria during what is traditionally the quieter tourism period. It is, in actual fact, my favourite time to visit.
The Melbourne Museum has held exhibitions on Pompeii, Titanic, Tutankhamun as well as a major ANZAC display “Love & Sorrow” to commemorate the 100 years of World War 1.
This museum is a must see whenever in Melbourne as it features collections fascinating for young and old alike including zoology, geology, palaeontology, history, indigenous cultures and technology.
The National Gallery of Victoria has shown everything from the French/Dutch/Italian Masters, Impressionists from the Musee D’Orsay, Van Gogh and China’s Terracotta Warriors which featured eight warrior figures and two life-size horses from the Imperial Army.
Another great way to discover Melbourne when the cold wind is blowing is to spend time lost in its latticework of laneways. Around corners and down stairs, reminiscent of somewhere Continental such as Rome, there is always something new to discover. This famous network of laneways, with their covert boutiques, famed restaurants and hole-in-the-wall cafes and bars, run like capillaries off the main arteries of this inner city grid where each hidden gem is a hive of bustling, creative talent just waiting to be discovered.
Melbourne is a grand city in the Australian landscape and anytime is a great time to visit.
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