Things to do on Boxing Day in Melbourne 2022

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 found 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 or 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.

Large Classic Pizzas with Garlic Bread and Drinks at Zilla Kebab and Pizza
Large Classic Pizzas with Garlic Bread and Drinks at Zilla Kebab and Pizza

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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

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.

Cruise on the water

Get under 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.

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

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TV binge at home

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.

Relieve some stress

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.

Learn something new

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.

Cocktail Making Class with Matched Meze
Cocktail Making Class with Matched Meze

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Learn to Cook Authentic Lebanese Cuisine in a Private Class in Melbourne
Learn to Cook Authentic Lebanese Cuisine in a Private Class in Melbourne

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Escape to the Yarra Valley

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.

Book a Yarra Valley escape here or a day trip from Melbourne here.

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 sky adventure. Families can hop onto the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel while romantics take a helicopter scenic flight over the city. For adrenaline junkies, there are 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.

 Enchanted Adventure Garden and Maze Entry
Enchanted Adventure Garden and Maze Entry

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Go to the theatre

Why not take the opportunity to indulge in some arts and culture? Melbourne is known as Australia's cultural capital for a reason.

Playing in Melbourne on Boxing Day are Moulin Rouge! The Musical at the Regent Theatre and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Princess Theatre. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

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.


Where can I book Boxing Day activities in Melbourne?

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$10
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Yes
Adrenaline
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$10
No
Yes
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Depends on the individual experience
No
Yes
Yes
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What's open on Boxing Day in Melbourne?

Attractions

AttractionBoxing Day trading hoursWhere to get tickets
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium9:30am–5pmAdrenaline
Werribee Zoo9am–5pmAdrenaline
Healesville Sanctuary9am–5pmRedBalloon
Otway Fly Treetop Adventure10am–5pmRedBalloon
Melbourne Zoo9am–5pmViator
Eureka Skydeck12pm–10pmViator
Melbourne Museum10am–5pmBook through Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel11am–9:30pmMelbourne Star Observation Wheel

Restaurants and cafes

VenueBoxing Day trading hoursWhere to book
Happy Lamb Hot Pot11:30-1:30pmGroupon
Dong Phuong Vietnamese Cuisine11:45-6:15Groupon
Bento Bento2pm-7:30pmGroupon
Keto Pizza (Mountain Hwy)5:30-7pmGroupon
Taste of Cantonese Chinese Restaurant1pm-20pmGroupon
Bangkok Grill by Smile Thai5pm-8pmGroupon
Laiko5pmGroupon
Romanos Coffee Knox City12pm-5pmGroupon
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 through Bentwood
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 through Mrs 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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Up to 48% off Australia experiences + an extra 10% off with code

Available on activities including skydives, whale watching cruises, day tours, getaways and more. Must purchase 2 or more vouchers. Destinations include Gold Coast, Cairns, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 50% off Australia experiences

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Available on select dates, including Christmas and New Year, for activities such as skydiving, hot air balloon flights, bridge climbing, high teas and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Melbourne and more.
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Get $10 off activities with code

Verified 2 days ago
Available on select dates on destinations including Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart and more. Minimum spend of $300 required. Activities include hot air balloon flights, skydives, high teas and more. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 60% off Australia sightseeing tours

Available on select travel dates in 2022. Destinations include Hunter Valley, Barossa Valley, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and more.
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Get $5 off activities with code

Available when you spend a minimum of $250 on activities such as hot air balloon flights, rally driving, skydives, high teas and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart and more. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 42% off activities for kids

Available on select dates for activities like whale watching, go karting, sightseeing tours, attraction passes and more. Destinations include Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Canberra and more.
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Get 10% off Australia activities and experiences

Expires 31 Jul 2022
Available on select dates, including Christmas and New Year's Eve, and activities including V8 racing, tandem skydives, scenic helicopter flights and jet boat rides. Destinations include Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Brisbane and more. Minimum spend of $350 required. T&Cs apply.
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Australia skydives from $219 + free $20 merchandise voucher

Available on jumps from 7,500 ft to 15,000 ft. Destinations include Sydney, Hunter Valley, Cairns, Melbourne, Perth and more. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 43% off things to do in Australia

Available on select travel dates across Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and more. Activities include day tours, zoo and animal interactions, tandem skydives, hot air balloon flights, jet boat rides and more.
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Up to 40% off things to do in Australia

Available on select dates and activities including hot air ballooning, skydiving, sightseeing cruises, whale watching cruises and dining. Destinations include Sydney, Cairns, Perth, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Brisbane and more.

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