Spending an evening learning a new skill, trying a new sport, or exploring new parts of the city can make you see your hometown in a completely new light. And the best bit is you don’t need to go off-grid to do it, with plenty of unconventional activities to keep you occupied at Victoria Harbour. So what are you waiting for?
Here are five unconventional activities to help you recharge the batteries!
Take a moonlight kayak tour
Harness your inner tourist and take a kayak tour by moonlight. Even if you’ve lived in Melbourne your whole life, you’ll see a new side to the city that will spark your imagination. You’ll meet just before sunset at the Kayak Melbourne Community Hub at Victoria Harbour for a safety briefing and technique run-down. After paddling out to see the sights of Victoria Harbour, you’ll make your way to a nearby marina to enjoy a fish and chip dinner on the water.
After the meal you’ll paddle back along the Yarra, passing the impressive fireball display at Crown Casino on Southbank. You’ll see Flinders Street station from a new perspective, passing under the picturesque Princes Bridge before finishing up at the Rowing Sheds right in the heart of the city.
Celebrate all things Melburnian at the annual Regatta
Join the Melbourne Passenger Boating Association as they put on the 2016 Melbourne Regatta on 28 August. The regatta has been held every year since 1838, and is a traditional waterside spectacle that shouldn’t be missed! Watch a magnificent fleet of cruising boats as they sail out into the Port of Melbourne, all dressed up for the occasion. If you’re keen to get right into the heart of the action, you can hop on board a free ferry cruise around Victoria Harbour.
The regatta celebrates the city’s waterways and the relationship of the sea with the city’s long-standing history of immigration and multiculturalism. It also offers a chance to find out more about the land before it became the city we know it to be today, from the people to the natural landscape.
With multicultural and indigenous musical and dance performances, market stalls and boat-building workshops, there’s plenty to keep you entertained throughout the day!
Get your hands dirty at the Docklands Community Garden!
The Docklands Community Garden is a green oasis right at the heart of the Victoria Harbour precinct. One of the best things about the garden is that honesty is at the centre of how it operates, being guided by the principle of ‘take something, put something back’. You’re encouraged to harvest fresh produce from the fruit trees, vegetables and herbs growing there, and to give back by donating money or time to help cultivate the space, or planting seedlings.
Going back to basics and getting your hands dirty is the perfect way to switch off from whatever’s playing on your mind. And, as the evenings get longer, it’s the perfect place to hone your horticultural skills and learn from others in the community!
Learn the basics of 3D printing
If you’re the sort of person who always has an unusual fact up their sleeve, look no further than the Library at the Dock to top up your supply. As well as being home to a vast collection of books, community workspaces and relaxing harbour views, the library also hosts a range of free seminars to introduce you to the latest tech trends. For example, if you’ve always wanted to find out more about 3D printing, their MakerBasics 3D printing seminar is a great place to start.
In just under two hours, you can learn about how 3D printing came about, how it’s used, and why it’s a game-changer in the world of manufacturing and beyond. You’ll also be taught how to create your own 3D print-out from scratch, using the library’s ownm 3D printer for your own projects!
Give hula hooping a spin
If you’re looking for a fun way to keep fit or an unusual way to unwind, give hula hooping a whirl. It might not yet be mainstream, but fitness fanatics the country over are reaping the benefits of ‘hoopercise’. It burns around seven calories per minute, or 420 calories per hour, around the same as you’d burn in an hour long session on the exercise bike at the gym!
It’s a fun way to work out your core muscles, tone your body, boost your cardio health and improve your coordination.
Melbourne-based Donna ‘Hoop’ Sparx is running a series of workshops as part of Victoria Harbour’s Knowledge Market. It’s right on your doorstep, so there’s no excuse not to give it a go!
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