Planning a trip to Melbourne and need some inspiration for weird, wonderful, quirky and unusual things to do? Looking to uncover a few hidden gems and have a unique Melbourne experience? You know I’ve got you covered! Steer clear of the path well worn and check out these 14 things you didn’t know you could do in Melbourne and be sure to read our epic guide on 48 of the BEST things to do in Melbourne!
1. The Break Room
Got some anger you need to unleash? Harness your rage and go directly to The Break Room where you’re handed a baseball bat and unleashed on a ton of breakables. You can smash things with the bat, throw plates and glass objects against walls and not be judged in any way whatsoever. It’s bliss. They also offer a badass yoga class, aptly named Fury Yoga. Brilliant. This is a brand that knows what the people want and aren’t afraid to give it to them.
2. Hanging Rock Llama Treks
Yes. Yes. Yes. Someone take my money. Spend a day with Hanging Rock Llama Treks doing a 12km moderate walk with gorgeous Llamas who carry your lunch and gear, while acting as the ultimate travel companions. Beautiful scenery, the great outdoors and Llamas… what more do you people want from the world?!
3. Disco Yoga
Combining Vinyasa Yoga with freestyle dance and, you guessed it, a live DJ, Disco Yoga is an incredible combination of two things that shouldn’t go together but somehow do. Dance, stretch, hydrate.
4. Have a Sleepover at the Melbourne Zoo
Ever wondered what it’s like to snuggle up next to a tiger for the night? Well, keep wondering cos that’s not happening. What IS on offer is the chance to join a Roar ‘n’ Snore Overnight Camp (also a great name for a one-night stand). You get to meet keepers and experience up-close animal encounters, camp out in a tent and are given food and wine too.
5. Be a Better Plant Parent
Do you continually murder your house plants? tsk, tsk. Thankfully, the guys at Petite Green run workshops that’ll teach you everything you need to know to take better care of your green babies. They also run terrarium workshops – sweeeeeet.
6. Flinders Street Station Ballroom
Wanna see something really cool/discover an amazing space for photographs? Check out the Flinders Street Station Ballroom, an abandoned space at the top of the station, offering a step back in time and an awesome spot to try out your fully sick dance moves… Step Up 2: Flinders Street.
7. Rap Jumping
Jump off the top of a building face-first with the guys at Rap Jumping, attached to an assortment of safety equipment of course. It’s equal parts terrifying and exhilarating. Be sure to pack a spare pair of clean undies.
I had the BEST TIME EVER at @rapjumping in #Melbourne today. We abseiled face first down a seven storey building! As you can see, I was pretty calm about it all. The first jump I was so scared I crawled down like a broken spider.By the fifth jump we were running back up to go again. I cannot thank the team enough, it was such a fun day! This place is absolutely a must do in Melbourne 😀 so fun!!
8. Aqua Donut BBQ
Head on down to Docklands and have yourself the world’s sweetest little BBQ, floating along in an aqua donut! It reaches the break-neck speed of 9 MPH and comes equipped with LED lights and a fully-sick sound system. Perfect for you and nine of your closest mates.
9. Join a Live Studio Audience
There’s a heap of TV shows filmed in Melbourne and a lot of them need people to fill up the live audience! This is where you come in… sign up and get yourself a seat in a studio audience for free. Peep this list here or check out this, that and those.
10. Learn Parkour
Impress your friends by learning parkour and being able to jump over, under, through on and around things like never before! I mean, really, it’s the closest any of us are going to get to actually being Spiderman.
11. Punt Ride on the Lake
Climb aboard a guided Punt Tour in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens and enjoy a serene cruise along Ornamental Lake. Your old-world wooden punt (it’s a boat) is chartered by a professional punter. Sort of like Venice, but not really at all.
12. Take a Ride in a Coffin
Ahhhhh nope, no, noppity no, no, no! Hell to the nawwwwwwwh. I don’t care if it is the only coffin ride in the country, it’s weird.
13. The Haunted Bookshop
Step inside The Haunted Bookshop and explore a range of other-worldly occult books and much, much more. You’ll find volumes on vampires, witches, aliens and magic as well as psychics, tarot and beyond. They also run ghost tours. I feel creeped out just writing this.
AUSTRALIAN GOTHIC #82: On the 6th of April, 1966 over 200 students and teachers from Westall Primary School in Melbourne's south spent their morning recess gazing in awe as a grey saucer-shaped object, about twice the size of a family car, descended from the sky and landed some 400 metres away in Grange Reserve. Suddenly five aircraft appeared, mostly Cessnas: the object rose up from behind pine trees and darted about as the aircraft pursued it over suburban rooftops until high above Clayton South it accelerated at incredible speed and vanished back into the sky. The episode, which lasted 20 minutes, was seen by hundreds of other witnesses, mostly local residents, including one group who rushed into the reserve where they found, to their amazement, a perfect 9-metre circle singed into the grass. What could have created this? Despite generating international interest, local media found no answers: the school students were silenced or punished for speaking publicly; the Australian Army had cordoned off the landing site and within hours were setting fire to it; and inexplicably, nobody could pinpoint where the five aircraft, seen by hundreds of witnesses, had taken off from or landed. Among UFO researchers, the case was called Australia's Roswell after the controversial 1947 UFO sighting in New Mexico which involved many witnesses who were "hushed up": only at Roswell some 50 individuals were silenced while at Westall there were more than 200 …
14. Play Boardgames
Join a Melbourne Boardgames Group event! There are a staggering number of board game events held all over Melbourne each week, so if you love yourself some board game fun and you’re not the type to become overly aggressive and competitive when playing, you might want to check it out.
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