Planning a trip to Melbourne this June long weekend? We’re serving up our guide for how to spend your June long weekend so you can make the most of three whole days to play, explore and relax.
What Not to Miss
Getting in ahead of the weekend – but any excuse for an extra-long weekend is a good excuse, right? – The Ampol State of Origin kicks off Wednesday 9 June 2021 with a return to the MCG. The 2021 State of Origin series will be the 40th annual best-of-three series between the Queensland and New South Wales rugby league teams. Before this series, Queensland has won 22 times, NSW 15 times, with two series drawn. Sure to attract one of the largest crowds the MCG has seen in the past 12-months, don’t miss your chance to watch the Blues go head to head with last year’s premiers, the Maroons at the Ampol State of Origin 2021. More information here.
What to Do
If You Like Adventure
Sea Life Melbourne takes you on an interactive ocean adventure filled with amazing discovery around every corner. Dive through the depths of the ocean, before waddling your way to the icy cool waters of Antarctica, home to the regal King and cheeky Gentoo penguins.
Not just for little explorers, if you’re out for a couples weekend or friend-cation, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see who lets their inner adventurer emerge before you.
Sea Life is a short 4-minute walk from Crowne Plaza Melbourne [Flinders Street and King St, through Batman Park]. Plus this month only, enjoy 20% off SEALIFE Aquarium tickets when booking via the QR code below:
If You Like Shopping
For the best outlet shopping in Melbourne, DFO South Wharf is the place to go! You’ll shop ‘til you drop and step out in style after finding a bargain or two from over 120 factory outlet stores. DFO South Wharf boasts some of the most popular clothing and accessory brands such as Lorna Jane, Mimco, Peter Alexander, Seed, Victoria's Secret and Tommy Hilfiger.
A 9-minute walk along the Yarra River to DFO South Wharf [20 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf] will have you stocking up on your favourite wardrobe essentials plus more, with only a short commute back to your hotel room at Crowne Plaza Melbourne.
If You Like History
Treasures of the Natural World showcasing the world’s biggest, rarest, and oldest and most fascinating treasures, all the way from London, will premiere at Melbourne Museum this June long weekend.
Journey through the natural world and marvel at the objects that changed the course of scientific history. From the unique or extremely rare to the mysterious and astonishing, get up close and personal with over 200 artefacts whose colourful stories unlock the mysteries of life. With treasures such as Charles Darwin’s personal collection that inspired his theory of evolution, and a 200 million-year-old Ichthyosaurus fossil found by English fossil collector Mary Anning when she was just 11 years old, you’ll be inspired to see the world in a completely different light.
Treasures of the Natural World is produced and curated by the Natural History Museum, London. Melbourne Museum's interpretation of the exhibition will be enriched by the addition of First Peoples’ narratives, which represents an important step in acknowledging the complex history of some of these objects and respecting the deep relationship First Peoples have with the natural world.
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Where to Dine
Yugo reimagines the concept of traditional favourites by injecting its menu with an array of global flavours. Designed by culinary and creative visionary Matthew Butcher, Yugo brings together his love of sharing and family with inspiration gathered from his extensive travels. With tasty, satisfying dishes from the grill like the Southern Ranges Scotch Fillet with mustard and pickled onions, to a mouth-watering selection of dumplings and noodles, and the Melbourne-famous Prawn Croque Monsieur, Yugo offers an exciting menu to suit every palate.
Taste your way through traditional favourites with a global twist. That’s what they’re all about at Yugo. Driven by the expertise and creativity of our chefs, Yugo aims to provide a memorable, delicious dining experience that will leave you wanting more.
Where to Stay
Centrally located for those looking to explore or unwind, Crowne Plaza Melbourne is the perfect place to stay this June Long Weekend (while availability lasts). Right now, take advantage of the hotel’s exclusive Dine and Stay offer and discover the swanky new restaurant and bar outlets. Indulge in an elevated culinary experience rooted in storytelling in Yugo, or be tempted by an imaginative cocktail list and small plates menu in Dive Bar.
The ‘Dine and Stay’ package includes:
- 2-nights’ accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- $100 Yugo dining credit
- Late check-out