This is the best time of year in Melbourne.
Here's why January is a great time of year to visit!
|Melbourne Airport sign|
2. Sporting events: They don't call us the sporting capital of Australia, nope the world, for nothing! Our long summers (January-March) are perfect for watching and playing sports, of course when it's simply too hot, we head for the beaches to swim and surf.
January is the best, starting with the fireworks and face-paced fun of the Big Bash Cricket at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
From January 18th the Australian Open Tennis is in full swing. It is also the simplest Grand Slam to get tickets. You can walk up on the day and easily buy a ground pass entry to Melbourne Park, so take that Wimbledon!
|T20 Big Bash Cricket at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)|
|Australian Open tennis at Melbourne Park|
3. We're even more laid-back than normal! The average Aussie is friendly and relaxed at the best of times, and why would we not be we live in Melbourne, the world's most liveable city! Add in Christmas, copious amounts of vitamin D, and late nights staying up to watch the tennis on the telly, and you'll find us at our best mega relaxed...
|Crazy Poodle - do ya wanna rub my tummy?|
4. Our vibrant city, full of culture is at its best in January. Especially early in January when residents clear out of town to the beach. Hey it's easy to park, you can get a seat on the train and the city feels quiet'ish.
So whether its Andy Warhol at the National Gallery of Victoria, or taking time to stop and admire the Aussie flora and fauna at the Royal Botanical Gardens, or maybe the Annual Midsumma Queer Festival tickles your fancy?
5. Coffee & Cafe Culture - We really know our 'skinny decafe capps' from our soy lattes. I challenge you to find a better coffee elsewhere. In January how about an iced-coffee? You'll love exploring Melbourne's laneways and coffee culture, even if you are a tea drinker!
6. City and bayside beaches - we are spoilt for choice! We can stay in the city or head out and about, and once out of Port Phillip Bay, we will find some of the best surf beaches Down Under. How about these for fabulous day trip: either The Great Ocean road, although check the weather report at the moment for the latest on the bushfires. This one of the worlds most scenic drives with over 200 kms of spectacular coastline, or how about watching the cute Fairy Penguins waddle up the beach in their hundred's like clockwork each evening at Phillip Island?
|St Kilda, Melbourne|
7. Aussie animals - is it true that there are more kangaroos than humans in Australia? It must be true, as (look away any vegetarians readers), we can buy Roo burgers in the supermarkets, that means they're not endangered right? Well, in January whether it's because we're out walking in the bush more, or whether the animals are also at their lazy summer back best, but it's a great time to spot Kangaroos. Koalas, Echnidnas, Wombats and other Aussie animals in the wild.
PS The fear of snakes, sharks and the like are massively over-rated, I have never seen either in the wild in ten years of living here!
|Koala (Healesville Sanctuary)|
8. Admire the Street Art - Melbourne is known as one of the world's great street art capitals, new art work springs up all the time and in the most unlikely places.
9. When life gets tough from overdosing on Vegemite, (an Aussie initiation test, if you like Vegemite, a dark brown paste made from Brewers yeast you can claim to be a true local, once a Marmite chick always a Marmite girl) we can just lie on the grass and look at the perfectly blue skies... It remains light until after 9pm so you have a double whammy of sunlight and long days at this time of year!
10. Australia Day - Our National Day of celebration (January 26th) is a perfect weekend to be in town, you can choose from a picnic in Kings Domain gardens, a downtown street parade, or get your flag ready to wave!
So hope you have enjoyed a little peep into my life at the moment
We're counting down to a heatwave on Wednesday!
Bye for now.
Linking with thanks to Sally at Blue Monday
Judith at Lavender Cottage
Our World Tuesday