Spring is an exciting time for Victorians. The weather gets a little warmer, the sun gets a little brighter and the return of daylight savings means you can fit a little more into each day. Here’s how you can make the most of your sunny days this spring.
Get out of the house and soak up some vitamin D by lounging in your nearest park. Whether you need a break from the books, or just want to get some sun while you study, parks are a free and easy place to relax.
If you’re in Melbourne, head to the City of Melbourne website for a complete list of parks by suburb. A must see is the CBD’s Queen Victoria Gardens where every year an outstanding architect is commissioned to design a temporary pavilion. This year’s design is Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, an award-winning architect based in India. Check out the four-month long program of talks, workshops, performances and installations to be held at the site or just head down for a look anytime. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Spring Racing Carnival
Victorians are especially passionate about their horse racing – so much so that we’ve made Melbourne Cup day (the first Tuesday each November) a state public holiday. No matter where you are there’ll be an opportunity to spend a day at the races; and even if you don’t make it to the racetrack you can watch the ‘race that stops the nation’ on TV at 3pm on cup day.
If you’re in Melbourne check out the spring racing calendar for premier racing events such as Derby Day, Oaks Day and the Melbourne Cup. If you’re based at one of our regional campuses you can find an event near you through Country Racing.
Once the gloomy winter months have come to an end fresh blooms are a welcome sight, and you can celebrate along with the locals at various locations throughout the state. In the Dandenong Ranges you’ll find the Tesselaar Tulip Festival or Victoria’s very own cherry blossom season, in Bright you can traverse the town’s open gardens as part of Bright Spring Festival, in Bendigo you can visit the annual Bendigo Tulip Display and in Hepburn Springs you can attend La Primavera festival at Lavandula Lavender Farm.
Arts & Culture
A great way to get to know Australia, and to keep your mind active in your downtime, is to immerse yourself in arts and culture. Check out the Melbourne Festival program for attractions across the city during spring – free events and student discounts are available. Beyond Melbourne you’ll find Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival happening at the end of October, award winning Australian photographer Rod McNicol’s exhibition at Arts Space Wodonga and Renowned Australian designer Toni Maticevski’s Dark Wonderland exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery.