By all accounts I really should be used to this freezing Melbournian weather by now. It’s day five of a road trip that I’m on with two mates travelling from Sydney down through Victoria and back, and so far we’ve slept through the chilly nights of farmland NSW as well as braved forceful gusts along the coast.
This evening my iPhone weather app said tonight’s top of 7 degrees celsius actually ‘feels’ like 4.
It’d be normal to think Melbourne’s severe winter won’t really pose any real issues to a well-prepared traveller. In fact, I anticipated that things were going to be a few degrees further south than what I’m used to in Sydney so I packed my duck down Kathmandu jacket, layers and layers and layers of clothes, and even bought a nifty little hat with ear flaps before departure. But despite feeling confident with what I’d stuffed into my weekender, I still underestimated the chill.
Here are three tips that will help you stay warm if you’re not used to Victorian winters:
Book quality accommodation in Melbourne
We booked a room for three people as we were powering down the Princes Highway en route to the CBD on lastminute.com, which was great in theory. Our room is cheap, but far from nice….a little too far from nice, actually – the bathroom door came off its roller this afternoon, the construction site across the road wakes us up at 6am and it can get pretty cold at night too. Of course, it’s just a place to rest our heads when we’re not exploring, but better accommodation would have been great.
Be spontaneous with accommodation on the road, but book a nice place to stay for when you arrive.
There are plenty of good deals going for accommodation in Melbourne, but an alternative to hacking away through endless internet offers is to look for nice serviced apartments for a short-term stay. The new RNR North Melbourne serviced apartments is a great option offering studio, one and two bedroom apartments with a whole list of great features like free wifi, secure parking and luxury interiors. It’s only a short walk to the CBD too, which brings me on to my next point…
One of Melbourne’s most charming draw cards is its grid structure. Easy to walk and even easier to navigate, this stroke-of-genius layout means taking an adventure down one of the city’s many alleyways wont leave you disoriented or lost. Apart from seeing the city from the street, you’ll also benefit from generating all of that invaluable body heat.
Break a sweat by walking at pace through the crisp winter mornings towards your favourite breakfast spot. Then order a hearty meal and a bucket of coffee.
- some good walking shoes
- a raincoat or umbrella – you know, four seasons in one day…
- to download Google Maps onto your phone
- bring warm layers of clothing that zip open for practicality’s sake (shops are heated so you’ll want to be able to strip your layers quickly and then put them back on again).
I picked up this interesting read at The School of Life in Melbourne. Follow me on Instagram for some more snaps and a few videos from my trip @tymyee.
Before this trip I hadn’t ever used an Uber to get around, but after a few great experiences here in Melbourne courtesy of my mate (who is a big fan), I can’t imagine ever hailing a cab again. When you’ve exhausted yourself from walking all day, or if you’re running late, the weather is wet or you need to head a bit further out say, to Chapel Street, booking an Uber is a quick and cost-effective way to get around.
Get to know the locals while hitching a ride from inside the comfort of a warm car.
These three tips will help you battle that unimaginable Melbourne winter chill if you’re visiting from Sydney on a road trip or short stay.
This post was written with support from RNR Melbourne.