Melbourne Spring Ideas

There is no better time of year to plan your warm weather getaway than in the heart of winter. Melbourne’s tourism pages have released their spring/summer calendar of events for the remainder of this year and it’s full to the brim with activities to do for people of all ages. Here’s a small compilation of Melbourne Spring Ideas for when you next travel to the creative capital:


The National Art Gallery of Victoria has an excellent line-up of exhibitions running all year round. The gallery is located at 180 St. Kilda Road and is only a short walk away from ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel. Here’s a selection from the range of exhibits that will be running during Spring:

Degas: A new Vision

Degas is one of the most celebrated artists associated with French Impressionism and has had a significant impact on modern and contemporary art. The exhibition contains over 200 works, including paintings, drawings, printmaking, monotypes, sculpture and photography. Part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces, Degas runs until September 18 2016.

Photography is welcome during the exhibition.

This is a must-see exhibition – don’t miss out and book your tickets today!

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Subodh Gupta – Everyday Divine

Celebrating the everyday life for many Indians, Everyday Divine is a solo exhibition of one of India’s pre-eminent contemporary artists, Subodh Gupta. In collaboration with NY based art director, Larry Walsh, Gupta’s collection of work provides an opportunity to appreciate, relish and celebrate the humble and to reflect on our place in the world.

Entry is free.
Exhibition runs from May 13 – October 23 2016.

Lee Mingwei – The Moving Garden

Lee Mingwei is a Taiwanese-American artist who is internationally recognised as one of the leading creators of art that invites audience participation. The Moving Garden (2009 – present) is an artwork that creates new, unexpected encounters in the city.

Entry is free.

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Viktor & Rolf – Fashion Artists

Developed in close collaboration with Viktor & Rolf and international guest curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, Viktor and Rolf: Fashion Artists explores the notion of wearable art by the famous fashion house. The exhibition will showcase over 35 haute couture pieces, earlier designs from the brand’s archive, items from international museum collections and a selection from ‘Dolls’. Don’t miss some of the most show stopping pieces and innovative works by the Dutch design duo and book your tickets to the show today!



Royal Melbourne Show

The Royal Melbourne show will be taking place from September 17 – 27 at the Melbourne Showgrounds. It’s a great option for families as there are countless activities available to entertain everyone.

Attractions at the show include world class entertainment, rides, live music, fireworks, stunts, crafting, animals and more. ‘Winning Tastes’ will also be featured at the show, highlighting the finest food and drink in Australia – a haven for food enthusiasts.


Melbourne Festival

The Melbourne Festival seeks to connect art forms, people and ideas. It is the heart of Melbourne’s creativity culture – curating unique experiences that bring people together and breaking new ground in culture and the arts. The festival presents unique international and Australian events in the fields of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia, as well as free and outdoor activities.


Melbourne Fringe Festival

Melbourne Fringe Festival is an annual celebration of cultural democracy and art for everyone. It is Australia’s most adventurous, inclusive and all encompassing multi-art form festival. Each year features over 6000 artists and over 400 events in over 160 metro and regional venues. It is the place to go for pure unadulterated, uncurated and unexpected artistic discovery.  Don’t miss out an book your tickets today!

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AFL Grand Final

It is well known that there is no bigger sporting day on the Australian calendar than the AFL Grand Final at the MCG. In 2016, the match with be played out on Saturday October 1 in front of a crowd of at least 90,000 fans. If you are a footy fan, this is an event not to be missed!


Melbourne Cup Carnival

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is also a key staple on the Australian sporting calendar, taking place over six dates from September – November 2016. Don’t miss out high quality racing, exquisite hospitality, fashion and entertainment. Dates for the carnival include:

  • Sofitel Girls Day Out – Saturday September 10th 2016
  • Turnbull Stakes Day – Sunday October 2nd 2016
  • AAMI Victoria Derby Day – Saturday October 29th 2016
  • Emirates Melbourne Cup Day – Tuesday November 1st 2016
  • Crown Oaks Day – Thursday November 3rd 2016
  • Emirates Stakes Day – Saturday November 5th 2016

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