Werribee Open Range Zoo Off Road Safari and Admission
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 found the activities that are up and running on 26 December so you can make this the best Boxing Day yet.
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 are open on Boxing Day, making it a super breezy day for you.
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.
There's nothing better on a sweltering Boxing Day than to cool your jets at 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.
Enjoy that December sunshine by getting on the water. It's not just relaxing cruises you can tuck into on Boxing Day (although there is that). Experience the adrenaline rush of a jet boat ride or get active with a kayak tour.
It's been a 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.
If you’ve got the day off but are not keen to sit around, get that brain working by trying out a new skill. Whether it’s mastering the classic martini, learning how to make something from a completely new cuisine or finding something that can help you stay active, your new talent is just a lesson away.
Boxing Day is the perfect excuse to get out of the city and enjoy this must-see tourist region as a local. It could just be for a relaxing lunch, an indulgent afternoon winery tour or maybe something a little more daring. Whatever you're craving, the Yarra Valley has got you covered.
Take in Melbourne from a new angle with a daring sky adventure. Romantics can take a helicopter scenic flight over the city while adrenaline junkies can try out one of many skydiving experiences across the state.
Stacks of museums keep their doors open on Boxing Day. There's the Melbourne Museum for history buffs, the National Gallery of Victoria for artistic types and Scienceworks for budding scientists.
Boxing Day stops for no sporting activity and the big one to watch is the Boxing Day Test. Held at Melbourne Cricket Ground, it's an iconic experience and one not to be missed. You can also watch the famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race on the tele this morning if that's more your style.
Spend your 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 26 December is also the day of the famous Australia vs India Boxing Day Test Cricket. Invite some mates, grab some snacks and get excited.
Boxing Day is practically synonymous with sales. You can go sales-hunting in-store at these shopping hot spots 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.
|Attraction||Boxing Day trading hours||Where to get tickets|
|SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium||9:30am–5pm||Adrenaline|
|Healesville Sanctuary||9am–5pm||Experience Oz|
|Otway Fly Treetop Adventure||10am–5pm||RedBalloon|
|LEGOLAND Discovery Centre||10am–6pm||Experience Oz|
|ArtVo Melbourne||10am–6pm||Experience Oz|
|Blue Lotus Water Garden||11am–4pm|
|Venue||Boxing Day trading hours||Where to book|
|Dong Phuong Vietnamese Cuisine||11:00am-9:30pm||Groupon|
|Taste of Cantonese Chinese Restaurant||11pm-10pm||Groupon|
|Bangkok Grill by Smile Thai||5pm-8:30pm||Groupon|
|Romanos Coffee Knox City||8:30am-2:30pm||Groupon|
|Qipo Skewer Bar||5:30pm–11pm||Direct|
|The Hardware Club||5pm-10pm||Direct|
|Hakata Gensuke Carlton||11:30am–9:30pm||Direct|
|Daughter in Law||5pm-9pm||Direct|
|Tim Ho Wan||10am–8:00pm||Direct|
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