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.
Breakfast or Lunch With Coffee
Blend of Indian and Nepalese Cuisine
Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Chocolate and Dessert Walking Tour
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
Australian Wildlife Experience at Healesville Sanctuary
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.
Stand Up Paddle Board Rental
Swim With Dolphins and Seals
Private Surf Lesson
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.
Jet Boat Ride
Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise
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.
Relaxation Oil Massage
Japanese Deep Tissue Massage
Smash Room Experience For Two
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.
Melbourne Helicopter Flight
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel Tickets
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 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.View details
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?
|Attraction||Boxing Day trading hours||Where to get tickets|
|SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium||10am-5:30pm||Adrenaline|
|LEGOLAND Discovery Centre||9:30am-5:30pm||RedBalloon|
|Melbourne Star Observation Wheel||11am-9:30pm||RedBalloon|
|Otway Fly Treetop Adventure||10am-6pm||RedBalloon|
|Melbourne Museum||9am-5pm||Book through Melbourne Museum|
|Immigration Museum||10am-5pm||Book through Immigration Museum|
|Venue||Boxing Day trading hours||Where to book|
|Area Four||9am-12pm||Book through Area Four|
|Qipo Skewer Bar||12:30pm-4pm||Book through Qipo Skewer Bar|
|Nirankar Restaurant||5:30pm-10:30pm||Book through Nirankar Restaurant|
|Stokehouse||12pm-12am||Book through Stokehouse|
|Neptune||4pm-1am||Book through Neptune Melbourne|
|Pontoon||12pm-12am||Book through Pontoon St Kilda Beach|
|Jamu||12pm-late||Book through Jamu Dining|
|Prince Dining Room||12pm-10pm||Book through The Prince|
|400 Gradi||12pm-12am||Book through 400 radi|
|Tokyo Tina||12pm-4pm||Book through Tokyo Tina|
|Pastore||6pm-9pm||Book through Pastore|
|The Hardware Club||12pm-4pm, 5pm-11pm||Book through The Hardware Club|
|Chin Chin||11am-11pm||Book through Chin Chin|
|Kisume||12pm-11pm||Book through Kisume|
|Baby Pizza||12pm-10:30pm||Book through Baby Pizza|
|Hawker Hall||12pm-11pm||Book through Hawker Hall|
|Arbory||11:30am-late||Book through Arbory|
|Firebird||12pm-4pm, 5:30pm-late||Book through Firebird|
|The European||12pm-12am||Book through The European|
|Butchers Diner||11am-2am||Book through Butchers Diner|
|The B.East||12pm-late||Book through The B.East|
|Stalactites||11am-12am||Book through Stalactites|
|Sirduke||8am-10pm||Book through Sirduke|
|Gensuke||11:30am-9:30pm||Book through Gensuke|
|Hakata Gensuke Carlton||11:30am-8pm||Book through Hakata Gensuke Carlton|
|Daughter in Law||12pm-2:30pm||Book through Daughter in Law|
|Horn Please||6pm-10pm||Book through Horn Please|
|Grand Lafayette||5pm-10pm||Book through Grand Lafayette|
|Winter Malvern||7am-4pm||Book through Winter Malvern|
|Prior||8am-4pm||Book through Prior|
|Falco Bakery||8am-4pm||Book through Falco Bakery|
|Tim Ho Wan||10am-8:30pm||Book through Tim Ho Wan|
|Vegie Bar||11am-10pm||Book through Vegie Bar|
|My Other Brother||7am-5pm||Book through My Other Brother|
|Glovers Station||7am-4pm||Book through Glovers Station|
Pubs and Bars
|Venue||Boxing Day trading hours||Where to book|
|Hemingway's Wine Room||12pm-11pm||Book through Hemingway's Wine Room|
|MoVida Next Door||12pm-late||Book through MoVida Next Door|
|Stomping Ground Brewing Co.||11:30am-11pm||Book through Stomping Ground Brewing Co.|
|Builders Arms Hotel||12pm-late||Book through Builders Arms Hotel|
|The Great Northern Hotel||10am-1am||Book through The Great Northern Hotel|
|Hobsons Bay Hotel||11am-late||Book through Hobsons Bay Hotel|
|Mr Brownie||12pm-late||Book through Mr Brownie|
|Mrs Singh||6pm-10pm||Book throughMrs Singh|
|Tetto Di Carolina||2pm-late||Book through Tetto Di Carolina|
|Bar Carolina||7am-11pm||Book through Bar Carolina|
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