Rediscover Melbourne this winter

Step out in Melbourne during the cooler months to enjoy world-class dining and entertainment and support local businesses as they adapt and evolve in response to COVID-19.

In the first half of 2021, Melburnians enjoyed reimagined versions of events of all sizes, from insightful orations at Melbourne Knowledge Week to conversation-starting live theatre at Arts House.

During winter, you can feast your eyes on French impressionism at the NGV, cosy up in an igloo at Federation Square, indulge your inner child at an epic Disney exhibition at ACMI, and much more.

Meanwhile, Melburnians will continue to dine al fresco along footpaths and in ‘parklets’, parks and laneways with an ongoing outdoor dining model endorsed by Council.

Our $7.68 million investment in outdoor dining in response to COVID-19 has boosted business revenue, created 100 new jobs, and allowed for 18,000 additional restaurant seats.

This is just one of a multitude of projects we are delivering to help reactivate Melbourne, including creating 40 km of new bike lanes and making ‘little streets’ more pedestrian-friendly.

Many of these initiatives are being delivered through the $100 million Melbourne City Recovery Fund, a partnership between the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government.

Return of the red coats

If you need help planning your next Melbourne adventure, stop to chat to one of our beloved city ambassadors, who are returning to our streets in their distinctive red coats to offer expert advice.

Councillor Roshena Campbell, who leads the City Activation portfolio, said the city ambassadors are playing an important role as pedestrian activity increases.

‘Everything we can do to make Melbourne more inviting and welcoming helps businesses to recover from the worst trading conditions in living memory,’ Cr Campbell said.

‘Our volunteers are back on the streets in their vibrant red coats helping people find their way, discover new attractions and access tips and hints about what to do and where to go.’

Look out for the red coats in the Federation Square forecourt, and at visitor hubs in Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne Town Hall, Fitzroy Gardens, and the Queen Victoria Market.

You can also book a virtual consultation with tourism staff.

Event details, hospitality offerings and visitor services may change as COVID-19 restrictions evolve.

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