Brighton Savoy

150 The Esplanade, Brighton, Melbourne, 3186, Australia
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Christmas Melbourne 2010

by livi926


I'm a 37 year old guy from England travelling solo to Melbourne and will be there for Christmas. What is there to do on Christmas day? Is anything open? any recommendations?

Any help advice would be much appreciated.


Re: Christmas Melbourne 2010

by craic

Most places will be closed. Any restaurants open will be doing an expensive special Christmas Day thing and be booked out.

Some takeaways and smaller places will be open.

If you are staying somewhere like a hostel I am sure people will get together to do something.

otherwise check these people out

if you were in sydney i would say - go to Bondi beach. That is the traditional gathering place for strangers on christmas day - but i don't know where it is in melbers

Re: Christmas Melbourne 2010

by meggy88

the zoo and cinemas are open on chirstmas day, no shops but restaurants and probably some bars will be open.

Re: Christmas Melbourne 2010

by adze2010


The networking response about networking was a good sugestion and they are right if you are staying in a hostel you are bound to meet others and have a great time. Of course not only do you have christmas but new years eve and that is when the real party is. All the resturaunts pubs and clubs will be open then and that is when the whole place will come alive.

Theres a really good site for people travelling to Australia called and they have covered everything you need to plan and manage your trip.

Whatever happens, have a great time out there its a brilliant country to visit.

Re: Christmas Melbourne 2010

by livi926

Thanks for the advice. I'm in Melbourne for Christmas and Sydney for New Years. Main reason for the trip is to watch the cricket and enjoy what Melbourne and Sydney both have to offer.

Re: Christmas Melbourne 2010

by chinamonty

My suggestion is to buy a bottle of wine and a cooked lobster and sit in a park and enjoy it. Then maybe a walk along the beach. This is what I usually do.

Re: Christmas Melbourne 2010

by mikeshane

I think the last idea is pretty good, but since the city will be quiet on Christmas I'd recommend walking around and discovering what it is like and get to know it a bit better. Maybe scope places to visit the next day and enjoy the quiet. In a city as big ad Melbourne quiet is rare to find.

Re: Christmas Melbourne 2010

by NarrelleHarris

You might try some DIY walking tours that don't necessarily rely on shops being open. There's an iPhone app called "Melbourne Historical" which is a guide to some of the quirkier, hidden bits of the city's history as well as more obvious places. Details about the app are at the author's site,

There's lots of public art around too, so you can wander around and find some of the odder pieces hidden down alleyways! (Which, by the way, is where all the best bars and a lot of boutique shops are as well).

But, as people say, generally there are restaurants open. There are lovely parks throughout the city, and a lot of people go there for Xmas Day and Boxing Day for family picnics to celebrate the day. Some shops are open, but not very many (a lot reopen on Boxing Day for the sales). Enjoy your stay!

Re: Christmas Melbourne 2010

by marianff

That is a very good suggestion. I will be in Melbourne the 25th Dec also, could you please tell where I could buy that wonderful lobster?

Travel Tips for Melbourne

Aerosol art is everywhrere in Melbourne

by l_joo

Aerosol art is all over in Melbourne, known also as graffiti, is very common on walls in backstreet or at highway, I need no special camera skills to capture this one at a random roadside. Too many aerosol arts around, sometimes I thought it was signboard or advertising, some are very nice done in full details, some covered entire wall, quite interesting, definitely much skillful than what we have in Malaysia.

Wander around Federation Square

by Ramonq

Love it or hate it, Federation Square is a great introduction to Melbourne. It's got all the Melbourne icons around its vicinity. Flinder Street Station, Victoria Museum, South Bank, and St Paul's Cathedral. Federation Square itself has been upgraded into a Picasso architectural wonderland with convoluted buildings and strange forms. Conservatives hate the architecture, but progressives love it. Go to the Transit Bar in the square. It's a great nocturnal haunt.

On the way to Chinatown

by l_joo

On the way to Chinatown, I found an aerosol-art-land, looks real cool, is a backstreet, many peoples stood there for pictures, I too was another one that unable to not be like others, so I stood there for another picture. The special thing about street art is that they were in a near inexplicably understandable conceiving format, this one, probably look slightly less towards that direction, so I was thinking by standing at that spot could perhaps in a way make me look less not so that than others, that was what I thought when I first look at it. Excuse me, for writing non-senses, this is nothing important but self-entertaining.

Koorie Heritage Trust Inc.

by eviltooth

The Koorie Heritage Trust Inc was established to protect and promote Koorie culture from southeastern Australia. It holds collections of artefacts dating back to pre-colonial times and arts and crafts produced by Koorie artists. There are also exhibitions by local Koorie artists and travelling exhibitions from other states and territories in the gallery spaces. Participates in workshops in arts and crafts such as basket weaving and jewellery making.

There is also a library with a range of material from the early 1800s till today, reflecting the history and attitudes of Koories and non-Koories in Victoria and southern New South Wales. However, access to the library is by appointment only.

The Trust is located at 234 – 236 Flinders Lane, Melbourne in the Manchester House

Opening hours
Monday : 10am – 4:30pm
Tuesday to Friday: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Entrance to the galleries is by donation

Stroll down the banks of the Yarra

by ATXtraveler

If you are feeling athletic when visit Melbourne, one of the best places to get a little exercise is on the banks of the Yarra River. Winding all the way from the Docklands past the middle of the CBD and out into the suburbs, the Yarra is a long windy path.

There are some great views of the city to make sure you remember your camera when you are talking the walk, run, or bicycle.

This is also a great place to have a barbecue and watch the rest of the hard working Australian workout fanatics.


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Address: 150 The Esplanade, Brighton, Melbourne, 3186, Australia