It often gets to the weekend and we’d rather stay within our comfort zone than explore the city. Perhaps you head to the markets, grab brunch or dinner with friends, and laze around at home before another week? But why not make your Saturday or Sunday memorable in a different way by finding new and unique things to do in Melbourne on the weekend?

Go alone or with friends and make an afternoon of it, having a laugh about your poor painting skills or fear of heights. There are so many fun things to do in Melbourne that you may be missing out on!things to do in melbourne

Take some inspiration from us and find some new and exciting things to do in Melbourne and liven up your weekend!

ESCAPE ROOMS

You’re on a mission to escape! Trapt is in the Melbourne CBD, with ample general or GoGet parking available within walking distance. Sign up for an escape room experience and be locked in a room for 60 minutes, with various items and props to provide clues on how to get out. The rooms change every few months so you can head back for a whole new experience. An adrenaline rush in a whole new way, escape rooms are best done with someone you still want to be friends with after getting out! Better yet, go with a friend or group to balance out strengths in logic. Figure out the clues and progress to the end with the clock ticking down. If you don’t make it out in time, you’ll be shown where you went wrong and can have a drink in the bar to drown your sorrows!

PAINT & SIP CLASSES

Cork & Canvas lets you paint masterpieces and sip on wine—need we say more? Located in South Melbourne, just a short fifteen-minute drive or tram trip from the CBD. Choose from tens of different classes, with popular ones being Paint Your Mate (Picasso Style), Paint Your Pet and Create Your Own Banksy. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon, they also open up the classes for private functions such as for hens’ nights or team building activities. All food and drinks are BYO so perhaps head down to South Melbourne Market for some wine and cheese!

TRY A NEW SPORT

Get your weekend physical activity in by trying a new sport to get the blood pumping! Doing something different physically and using different muscles helps tone up your body and you’ll feel great after. If the weather isn’t great, head to MSAC in Albert Park, a twenty-minute drive from the CBD. Book in a court and play something you’ve never tried: badminton, squash, table tennis or indoor volleyball! There’s also the Olympic size swimming pool if you feel like some good aerobic exercise, and usual gym classes on too.

If the sun’s out, join hordes of people who enjoy the esplanade between St Kilda and Port Melbourne. On weekends, volleyball nets are put up along the beaches in Albert Park. Beach Play hosts skilled teams or those wanting to join in the fun, and pairs up teams to have a dig and spike!

CHOCOLATE MAKING CLASS

Do I even have to twist your arm? Located in Blackburn, 30 mins from the CBD, Sissy’s Bix is an intimate studio and kitchen hosting chocolate and biscuit making classes. Choose whether you make your chocolates for a friend or yourself with various flavours to choose from. Sylvia gives you a comprehensive run-down of chocolate’s history while you nibble on couverture chocolate from the middle of the table. In the four-hour class, you’ll learn how to temper chocolate, fill moulds with your chosen flavours, and taste various types of real chocolate. It’s the perfect afternoon for any chocolate lover—which is all of us, right?

BERRY PICKING

Sunny Ridge, a strawberry farm down on the Mornington Peninsula, has opened their doors to travellers so you can pick buckets of your own strawberries. Drive down the peninsula for about 80km and you’ll see vines of strawberries lining the hills. The U-Pick season is from November-April, perfect for adventures in the sun. BYO containers or buckets depending on how much you intend to pick, and head into the fields. Payment for the berries picked is by weight, and there are plenty of strawberry-related menu options in the café: think yoghurt, ice-cream and fondue!

Afterward, why not head to a winery or brewery to quench your picking thirst while you’re on the Mornington Peninsula? Otherwise, there are plenty of art galleries to visit too if that’s more your vibe.

Stave off boredom next weekend and try something new with these activities. Book ahead to avoid missing out, including a GoGet vehicle if you need to get around with ease—potentially to more than one of these! Port Melbourne, Abbotsford and South Melbourne, as well as the CBD are rich in culture and experiences to enjoy your weekend. You might even stumble across something yourself without realising.                                                                                                                                                           

About Sophie Evans

Sophie is a freelance journalist based out of Melbourne. Currently studying at Swinburne University, she is also the Editor of Swine Magazine to which she regularly contributes.