What’s open in Melbourne right now?

Here's everything you need to know about what's open in Melbourne during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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The state has reached 80% double dose vaccinated triggering further easing of restrictions in Melbourne from 6pm 29 October 2021.

There's no limit on the distance people can travel and the city is open and ready for you to safely explore. Some freedoms are different depending on your vaccination status.

If you're seeking inspiration, see our top recommendations for things to do in Melbourne and the best places to visit in the city.

Note: The below is accurate as of the time of writing on 1 November 2021.

What can I do in metropolitan Melbourne at 80% fully vaccinated?

  • You must continue to wear a mask in all some indoor settings (airport, public tranpsort) and check in using the Service Victoria app.
  • Home visits are permitted no cap on the number of people. It's highly recommended that residents only have people over the age of 12 visit if they are fully vaccinated.
  • There is no limit on the number of people who can gather outdoors. It remains highly recommended that you only gather with people who are fully vaccinated.
  • Workers no longer need a permit to return to work and you can go back so long as you meet your workplace's vaccination requirements.
  • Large-scale construction can increase to 100% capacity.
  • Students can return to school, and tertiary-education students can return to campus if they're fully vaccinated.
  • Weddings, funerals and religious gatherings can proceed with no cap or density limits if everyone is fully vaccinated. If vaccination status isn't confirmed, the 1 person per 4 square metres rule applies with a max of 50. Dancing indoors is allowed.
  • Restaurants and bars can open with no density limits. All patrons and staff must be fully vaccinated. If vaccination status isn't being confirmed, only takeaway is permitted. Only seated dining is allowed indoors.
  • Nightclubs, karaoke bars and bars that operate food and drink facilities can open. Dance floors can reopen.
  • Personal care services can open if everyone is fully vaccinated, subject to density limits.
  • Community sport is allowed for training and competitions. Spectators are allowed up to outdoor and indoor gathering limits.
  • Recreation and sporting facilities (including gyms) can open for fully vaccinated people only.
  • Non-essential retail stores can open subject to density limits.
  • Community facilities, such as libraries, can open – if everyone is fully vaccinated.
  • Indoor cinemas, theatres, galleries, casinos, museums and other attractions can with no cap for fully vaccinated people. Events with fewer than 30,000 people can proceed without a COVID-safe plan if everyone is fully vaccinated.
  • Real estate inspections can proceed outdoors but are limited to 50 people. Everyone must be fully vaccinated.
  • Visits to aged care facilities and hospitals are allowed for up to 5 people (including dependants) per day.

Note: Unless stated otherwise most density and capacity limits have been removed.

Travelling within Victoria

From 29 October, there are no restrictions on travelling between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.

Victorians are free to stay in holiday homes and private residences, tourist accommodation (like hotels and caravan parks) and go camping.

If you're itching to explore the state, read our guide to Victoria's latest travel restrictions to plan ahead.


What's open in Melbourne

Activities: Zoos, parks and sightseeing

Outdoor attractions can re-open for fully vaccinated people. Booking in advance is advised.

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Melbourne ZooOpen now9am–5pm Monday to SundaySee deals
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife ParkOpen now10am–5pm Monday to Friday

9:30am–5:30pm Saturday to Sunday

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Royal Botanic Gardens VictoriaOpen now7:30am–7:15pm Monday to SundaySee deals
Werribee Open Range ZooOpen now9am–5pm Monday to SundaySee deals
Enchanted Adventure GardenOpen now9am–5pm Monday to SundaySee deals
SEA LIFE MelbourneOpen now10am–5pm Thursday to MondaySee deals
LEGOLAND Discovery CentreOpen now9:30am–5:30pm Sunday to Wednesday

9:30am–7pm from Thursday to Saturday

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Melbourne parks

There are over 480 hectares of parks and gardens open for exploring and to grab that much-needed breath of fresh air in Melbourne.

Here are some popular parks open in Melbourne:

  • Catani Gardens
  • Flagstaff Gardens
  • Carlton Gardens
  • Docklands Park
  • Fitzroy Gardens
  • Kings Domain
  • Queen Victoria Gardens
  • Treasury Gardens
  • Birrarung Marr
  • JJ Holland Park
  • Royal Park
  • Shrine of Remembrance Reserve

Melbourne walking trails

Hitting up a walking trail is a great way to get out, stretch your legs and reconnect with nature.

  • Dandenong Ranges. All tracks open.
  • Grampians National Park. All tracks open.
  • Wilsons Promontory National Park. All tracks open.
  • Major sites along the Great Ocean Road. All tracks open.
  • Yarra Valley. All tracks open.
  • Mornington Peninsula. All tracks open.

Melbourne beaches

Surf's up and Melburnians can access beaches across the state remember to maintain social distancing.


Shopping centres and markets

All retail stores can open, subject to density limits. QR code check-ins are mandatory. You can still use click and collect services if you prefer them.

Here are some of the grocery stores, markets and retail stores you can shop at:

  • Westfield. All 42 Westfield shopping centres in Australia and New Zealand are open and trading.
  • Prahran Market. Remains open from 7am-5pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It's also open on Sundays from 10am-3pm.
  • Queen Victoria Market. The market remains open for fresh produce, takeaway food and specialty goods from 6am-3pm Tuesday to Friday, 6am-4pm on Saturday and 9am-4pm on Sunday.
  • South Melbourne Market. Open as usual from 8am-4pm Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and from 8am-5pm on Fridays.
  • Melbourne Central. Open with limited stores from 10am-7pm daily, except Thursdays and Fridays when it's open from 10am-9pm.
  • Emporium Melbourne. Open 10am-5pm daily.
  • Chadstone Shopping Centre. Open 10am-5pm daily.

Where can I buy essentials?

Online shopping is convenient now more than ever, but if you're looking for essentials in-store, here's where to go:

Check out our guide for retailers offering click and collect or delivery in Melbourne.


Are hotels open in Melbourne?

Yes. You can make a booking and stay at a hotel in Melbourne. Additional hygiene measures will be taken and some amenities may be unavailable.

Looking for accommodation in Melbourne? These hotels are available to book and stay at right now:


Are zoos, museums and galleries open in Melbourne?

Zoos, museums and galleries, including Werribee Zoo, Melbourne Zoo, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre are in the process of re-opening over the coming weeks. Book in advance to make sure you don't miss out while capacity at these attractions is limited.


Can I visit the gym?

Gyms and indoor recreational facilities in Melbourne can open subject to density limits for fully vaccinated members.


Restaurants, pubs and cafes are open in Melbourne

Restaurants, cafes and bars can reopen for seated dining. Outdoors you can stand to eat and drink.

With things opening up make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Here are some of our top picks for lunch in Melbourne:

See our top picks for dinner in Melbourne:

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