There’s so much to love about Melbourne.
I’m probably a wee bit biased since I spent the first 30-odd years of my life there, but there are so many kid-friendly things to do! Combine that with its innate style, amazing food, awesome coffee and fabulous shopping, and well, it’s an incredible city.
Melburnians have a reputation for wearing a lot of black, but black is definitely not compulsory. Especially in summer! However, they do lean towards wearing classics, so when planning what to pack for Melbourne I have included a lot of navy and neutrals, as well as a dash of colour.
I drove down to Melbourne to visit family with the kids before Christmas, stopping overnight at this groovy Albury hotel on the way –
My mum and dad are about to put the family house on the market, so it was all hands on deck for painting, sorting, repairing and improving. Not much time for exploring, and sadly we only got to one of our favourite Melbourne attractions.
However, we did finally get to Scienceworks! It only took us 8 years! Definitely worth the wait though. They had a Sports exhibition on, so the kids went crazy trying to outrun Cathy Freeman, and try all the other physical challenges. So much fun!
Hubster and I may possibly have giggled ourselves silly popping in and out of the Star Trek-style transporter too. Beam me up Scotty!
Hubster and I had a wonderfully relaxing night away at Crown Metropol in the heavenly Loft Suite. It’s still my favourite Melbourne hotel –
We had a family get-together for Christmas at the gorgeous Studley Park Boathouse. Unfortunately conditions were not safe for hiring a row boat, but we had a lovely meal at the cafe and fed plenty of ducks –
And we discovered the awesome Eltham North Adventure Playground aka The Shearing Shed. Filled with sheep pens, a tractor, a lookout and lots of interesting nooks to explore, as well as the more common slides, swings and rock-climbing wall –
Have you been to Melbourne? It is known for its four-seasons-in-one-day climate, so you do need to be prepared. For this wardrobe I’ve focussed on a summertime visit since that was when I was last there.
During the second half of December we had some very hot (like 43°c) days, as well as a couple of quite cool ones (around 20°c). So mostly we wore as little as possible! However if it was under 30°c during the day, then the mornings and evenings could be quite cool, so the few extra layers I threw in the suitcase did not go astray.
So even if you’re visiting in the middle of summer, make sure you take jeans and a couple of long sleeve tops or knits. Chances are you’ll use them!
What to pack for Melbourne
A variety of t-shirts and denim gives you a great foundation wardrobe. You’ll be set for any kind of kid-friendly adventuring.
The dresses (and the colour!)
A loose maxi dress (Boom Shankar) is my fave for a stinking hot day when you can hardly bear to wear anything. And it’s always useful to have something a touch smarter if you go out for a meal (Handpicked by Birds). But a couple of skirts which will mix and match with your tops, plus a comfortable everyday type of dress (That Bird Label) will work for all your sightseeing and shopping needs.
The layers for warmth
The temperature really drops at night in Melbourne, so you might need an extra layer in the mornings and evenings. And then there’s those freakish times when it’s 40°c one day and 19°c the next!
Hopefully you’ll have a chance to cool off at the beach or hotel pool while you’re there, so pack a swimsuit. I highly recommend a rashie too. I find I get sunburnt much quicker in Melbourne than in Sydney.
This wardrobe would easily do you for a week, or two weeks if you have access to a washing machine!
Here are some of the outfits you might need …
Shopping in the city
Taking a ride on Puffing Billy
Browsing the St Kilda Sunday market
Checking out the penguins at the Aquarium
What is your favourite thing to do in Melbourne?