Things to do in Melbourne at Night
Native Possums and Little Fairy Penguins can be found in Melbourne which will surprise many people.
Melbourne has plenty of attractions to keep visitors entertained by day and some fun nightlife encounters too.
Cities often have great little secrets and the Little Penguins are ours. When the rock breakwater was built at the end of the St Kilda Pier in the 1970’s, the little Penguins moved in! On Port Phillip Bay in St Kilda, the Little Penguins nest happily amongst the rocks at the end of the pier. By day they swim off to hunt for food and return at dusk. It is free to enter (though donations at the gate are welcomed), no dogs allowed and please respect the penguins. Stay off the rocks and do not shine torches at them or use flash photography. Viewing is ideal just after dusk and daybreak.
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See Possums in the Park
The Fitzroy Gardens (and other gardens around the CBD) are home to a vibrant community of cute possums! After dark, a walk in the parks is highlighted with the sight of these curious little animals climbing around the trees. Do not feed them. They can become aggressive and may bite in a search for food if they know people might oblige with a snack. The Fitzroy Gardens are also home to Captain Cooks cottage, the Faerie Tree and miniature Tudor village.
Luna Park at Night
Luna Park is a favourite attraction for all visitors. Low-Cost Entry for everyone and payment for rides individually or buy a pass for the day/night. The famous gaping mouth at the entrance is iconic and a memory many Melbournians will have from their childhood if they grew up here. Check the website for opening times etc.
Ride the world’s oldest continually operating roller coaster!
Just as exhilarating as it was back at its opening in 1912, the Scenic Railway roller coaster continues to operate as the iconic heart of Luna Park. This world famous roller coaster will not only provide you with heart-stopping dips and turns, but also the most stunning views of Port Phillip Bay St Kilda has to offer.
Flame Walk by the Crown Casino
Walk the Southbank Promenade by Crown Casino after dark and let the kids see the flames shoot up, good (free) fun for everyone…
Eight towers along Melbourne’s Southbank shoot the world’s largest fireballs into the night’s sky, with jaw-dropping spectacle. An experience not to be missed, Crown Melbourne’s Gas Brigade evening shows happen on the hour, starting from the times below:
– From December 1st – First show at 21:00
– From March 1st – First show at 20:00
– From April 1st – First show at 18:00
– From October 1st – First show at 20:00
Melbourne Star & The Eureka Skydeck
Both these attractions are at a cost but either one ought to be included in a night-time itinerary of Melbourne. Our pick is possibly the Eureka Skydeck as families can take their time with kids in tow.
Tip: Buy a family pass online or at the attraction – the pricing is the same.
SUN & STARS – Possibly the best option, for a bit extra, everyone can visit the Skydeck twice.
Are You Visiting Melbourne during Winter?
The Queen Victoria Night Markets operate for a limited time on Wednesday nights – Live entertainment, street food as well as fabulous market stalls.
Queen Victoria Market – open all year round…
Queen Vic Market, on the corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, is one of Melbourne’s favourites. A day-time visit is highly recommended. Find great food, cheap fruit and veg as well as exploring hundreds of market stalls.
Check the website for opening times and special events as well as foodie tours.