Things to do on Boxing Day in Melbourne 2021

From brunch dates to paddleboard lessons at the beach, here's what you can get up to on Boxing Day in the Victorian capital.

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Where Christmas Day is typically reserved for family and friends, Boxing Day is a public holiday where you can play it your way.

We've checked the sites to find the activities that are up and running on 26 December so you can make this the best Boxing Day yet.

Top things to do on Boxing day in Melbourne

Go out for brunch/lunch/dinner

Why spend the day at home cooking for yourself when someone else can do it for you? Especially when you're nursing a Christmas hangover. Stacks of cafes, restaurants and bars open on Boxing Day making it a super breezy day for you.

Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Chocolate and Dessert Walking Tour
Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Chocolate and Dessert Walking Tour

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Spend the day at Melbourne's top attractions

The day is young and the kids are off from school and looking for some entertainment. Be a tourist in your home city today and head to one of its best family-friendly attractions. SEA LIFE Melbourne, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary are all open on Boxing Day.

Werribee Open Range Zoo Off Road Safari and Admission
Werribee Open Range Zoo Off Road Safari and Admission

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Australian Wildlife Experience at Healesville Sanctuary
Australian Wildlife Experience at Healesville Sanctuary

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Hit the beach

Boxing Day has a habit of being a sweltering one and there's nowhere better to cool your jets when the temperature gets high than the beach. For something a little more special than lazing on a towel, try adding an experience into the mix. Mornington Peninsula has more than a few, including swimming with dolphins and learning how to surf.

Cruise on the water

Get under that December sunshine by getting on the water. It's not just relaxing cruises you can tuck into today (although there is that). You can make it more of an adrenaline-filled one with a jet boat ride or an active one with a kayak tour.

Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise
Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise

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TV binge at home

Spend holidays the right way – sitting on your couch and taking it easy. Tuck into some Netflix, Binge or Disney, whichever takes your fancy. Cricket fans will know that today is also the day of the famous Australia vs India Boxing Day Test Cricket. Invite some mates, grab some snacks and get excited.

Relieve some stress

It's been one heck of a year and you deserve to let some steam out. Play it your way and hit the spa, book a massage or let your anger out inside a smash room.

Be spooked

The ghost of Christmas past may have come and gone, but on Boxing Day there's still plenty of penal history to spook you silly this season. Visit Pentridge Prison or take a freaky ghost tour through the streets of the city.

Go on a high flying adventure

Take in Melbourne from a new angle with a daring adventure in the skies. For families, you can hop onto the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel; for romantics, try a helicopter scenic flight over the city, and for the adrenaline junkies, skydiving experiences across the state.

Visit a museum

Stacks of museums keep their doors open on Boxing Day. There's the Melbourne Museum for history buffs, National Gallery of Victoria for artistic types and Scienceworks for budding scientists.

Ticket for Imaginaria

Ticket for Imaginaria from Ticketmaster

This immersive, all-ages experience runs from 26 November 2020 to 31 January 2021 at Melbourne's District Docklands. It brings light and sound together in a world of shimmering sculptures and interactive inflatables in one incredible experience.

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Shop the online sales

Boxing Day is practically synonymous with sales. You can go sales-hunting in-store at these shopping hotspots on the day.

However, if you're tired of the elbow pushing, there are loads of sales happening online. Not only do they let you sleep in and save your energy, but you can shop in your pyjamas and have your goodies delivered to your door.

Check out our picks of the best shopping and travel deals here.


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What's open on Boxing Day in Melbourne?

Attractions

AttractionBoxing Day trading hoursWhere to get tickets
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium10am-5:30pmAdrenaline
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre9:30am-5:30pmRedBalloon
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel11am-9:30pmRedBalloon
Werribee Zoo9am-8pmAdrenaline
Healesville Sanctuary9am-5pmRedBalloon
Otway Fly Treetop Adventure10am-6pmRedBalloon
Melbourne Museum9am-5pmBook through Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo9am-8pmRedBalloon
Immigration Museum10am-5pmBook through Immigration Museum

Restaurants and cafes

VenueBoxing Day trading hoursWhere to book
Area Four9am-12pmBook through Area Four
Qipo Skewer Bar12:30pm-4pmBook through Qipo Skewer Bar
Nirankar Restaurant5:30pm-10:30pmBook through Nirankar Restaurant
Stokehouse12pm-12amBook through Stokehouse
Neptune4pm-1amBook through Neptune Melbourne
Pontoon12pm-12amBook through Pontoon St Kilda Beach
Jamu12pm-lateBook through Jamu Dining
Prince Dining Room12pm-10pmBook through The Prince
400 Gradi12pm-12amBook through 400 radi
Tokyo Tina12pm-4pmBook through Tokyo Tina
Pastore6pm-9pmBook through Pastore
The Hardware Club12pm-4pm, 5pm-11pmBook through The Hardware Club
Chin Chin11am-11pmBook through Chin Chin
Kisume12pm-11pmBook through Kisume
Baby Pizza12pm-10:30pmBook through Baby Pizza
Hawker Hall12pm-11pmBook through Hawker Hall
Arbory11:30am-lateBook through Arbory
Firebird12pm-4pm, 5:30pm-lateBook through Firebird
The European12pm-12amBook through The European
Butchers Diner11am-2amBook through Butchers Diner
The B.East12pm-lateBook through The B.East
Stalactites11am-12amBook through Stalactites
Sirduke8am-10pmBook through Sirduke
Gensuke11:30am-9:30pmBook through Gensuke
Hakata Gensuke Carlton11:30am-8pmBook through Hakata Gensuke Carlton
Daughter in Law12pm-2:30pmBook through Daughter in Law
Horn Please6pm-10pmBook through Horn Please
Grand Lafayette5pm-10pmBook through Grand Lafayette
Winter Malvern7am-4pmBook through Winter Malvern
Prior8am-4pmBook through Prior
Falco Bakery8am-4pmBook through Falco Bakery
Tim Ho Wan10am-8:30pmBook through Tim Ho Wan
Vegie Bar11am-10pmBook through Vegie Bar
My Other Brother7am-5pmBook through My Other Brother
Bentwood7:30am-pmBook throughBentwood
Glovers Station7am-4pmBook through Glovers Station

Pubs and Bars

VenueBoxing Day trading hoursWhere to book
Hemingway's Wine Room12pm-11pmBook through Hemingway's Wine Room
MoVida Next Door12pm-lateBook through MoVida Next Door
Stomping Ground Brewing Co.11:30am-11pmBook through Stomping Ground Brewing Co.
Builders Arms Hotel12pm-lateBook through Builders Arms Hotel
The Great Northern Hotel10am-1amBook through The Great Northern Hotel
Hobsons Bay Hotel11am-lateBook through Hobsons Bay Hotel
Mr Brownie12pm-lateBook through Mr Brownie
Mrs Singh6pm-10pmBook throughMrs Singh
Tetto Di Carolina2pm-lateBook through Tetto Di Carolina
Bar Carolina7am-11pmBook through Bar Carolina

See the latest Boxing Day activities deals for Melbourne

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Get $5 off activities with code

Available on experiences across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart and more. Minimum spend of $250 required. Activities include hot air balloon flights, hop-on hop-off bus tours, whale watching cruises, skydives, high teas, quad biking experiences and more. T&Cs apply.

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Get $10 off activities with code

Available on experiences across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart, Sunshine Coast and more. Minimum spend of $300 required. Activities include hot air balloon flights, hop-on hop-off bus tours, whale watching cruises, skydives, high teas, quad biking experiences and more. T&Cs apply.

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$15 off all Australian activities with code

Available on select travel dates when you spend a minimum of $100. Activities include hot air balloon flights, tandem skydives and attraction passes. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Cairns, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and more. Exclusive for new members. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 50% off Australia experiences

Available on select travel dates for activities including skydiving, hot air balloon flights, quad biking, scuba diving, whale watching, bridge climbing, high tea and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Melbourne and more.

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Up to 31% off flying experiences plus an extra $5 off with code

Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of $250. Activities include hot air ballooning, skydiving, helicopter scenic flights. Destinations include Whitsundays, Gold Coast, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hunter Valley, Sydney and more. T&Cs apply.

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Activities for kids from $17 + an extra $5 off with code

Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of $250. Activities include day tour cruises, zoo experiences, hop-on hop-off bus tours, attraction passes, zoo and animal interactions and more. Destinations include Gold Coast, Cairns, Melbourne, Adelaide and more. T&Cs apply.

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Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of $250. Activities include rally driving, go-karting, quad-biking and more. Destinations include Sunshine Coast, Newcastle, Perth, Melbourne, Hobart and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 40% off things to do in Australia

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