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20 Things to do in Melbourne on a Wednesday


Wednesday is hump day. The weekend is just coming in sight but it’s still a distance away. People at a loose end on a Wednesday or visitors to Melbourne are sometimes at a loss for what to do, so here are 20 of our suggestions.

  1. Visit the Old Treasury Building which is one Melbourne's most impressive Victorian era buildings and has a regular display related to the history of Melbourne.
  2. Pay a visit to CERES Environmental Park. Every Wednesday there is a farmers' market and plenty to see and do for adults and kids.
  3. The National Gallery (International) in St Kilda road is often open on Wednesday evenings  for 'Art After Dark'. This often provides an opportunity to visit special exhibitions for those who cannot make it during the day.
  4. Take a trip to Mornington . On Wednesdays you will find a large long-running craft market in the main street. If you want to stay closer to the city you can find a comprehensive list of Wednesday markets at The White Hat Guide to Wednesday Markets in Melbourne
  5. The Queen Victoria Market is closed during the day on a Wednesday but the South Melbourne Market is open and offers a more compact version of its larger sister.
  6. Take a leisurely stroll around Albert Park Lake. Enjoy a picnic or barbecue or maybe hire a boat.
  7. During selected nights throughout the year enjoy the bustle of the Queen Victoria Night Market.
  8. Take a boat tour on the Yarra and see the city from a different angle.
  9. Enjoy lunch in Brunswick Street Fitzroy or Smith Street Collingwood.
  10. Attend Evensong at St Paul's Cathedral. A brief oasis of calm in the bustle of the city.
  11. Take a train to the end of the line and enjoy the changing scenery. You could try the Eltham/Hurstbridge line or maybe Belgrave in the Dandenongs
  12. Visit Heidi or the McClelland Gallery and enjoy outdoor sculpture, indoor exhibitions and maybe a glass of champagne.
  13. During winter, take in a free evening film at the State Library.
  14. Have a leisurely night out at a restaurant in the city. There are plenty to choose from.
  15. Visit Chloe at Young & Jacksons and remind yourself why she has become an icon of Melbourne.
  16. Attend a free public seminar. For instance the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific has one on the last Wednesday of the month. See The White Hat Guide to Free Workshops, Lectures & Seminars in Melbourne.
  17. During the summer months head off to the Royal Botanic Gardens for Moonlight Cinema in the Gardens.
  18. Choose a sidewalk cafe in the CBD or in the corporate sector of Docklands and enjoy watching Melbourne at work.
  19. Take a stroll around the Parkville campus of the University of Melbourne and enjoy the mish-mash of architectural styles.
  20.  And finally, if it's raining then you could have a look at The White Hat Guide to 50 Things to do on a Rainy Day in Melbourne.

Choose a particular Wednesday


Some forthcoming events on a Wednesday in Melbourne

Stonninton Jazz Festival - Jazz Storytime

Stonnington Jazz Festival

Something for the little ones, Stonnington Jazz Festival presents a special take on story time. Capturing the imaginations of future jazz admirers are vocalist/ violinist Fem Belling and pianist/vocalist Monique DiMattina. Come along to hear children’s stories be bought to life with musical interpretations by these talented musicians.



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West Side Story

Hailed as the greatest Broadway musical of all time, the genius of West Side Story was a  remarkable collaboration between Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins.   Bernstein’s world-famous score features unforgettable songs including ‘Maria’, ‘Tonight’, ‘Somewhere’, ‘America’ and ‘I Feel Pretty’, and this iconic dance musical remains one of the most poignant stage works of the twentieth century.   A modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet; this tragic love story tells the tale of two young people whose happiness is destroyed by the hate of two enemy camps in New York City’s urban jungle.

Director Joey McKneely’s vibrant new staging will feature some of Australia’s most exciting young talent performing Jerome Robbins’ original ground-breaking choreography.



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Muriel's Wedding - The Musical

This big, brash and very cheeky new musical is adapted from the very popular Australian film of the same name.



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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Based on an original new story by J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne. It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.

The critically acclaimed play has won 24 major theatre awards in the UK and is the most-awarded production in the history of Britain’s prestigious Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play and Best Director. The play opened on Broadway in April 2018 to rave reviews and won 6 Tony Awards including Best Play, 6 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 5 Drama Desk Awards and many more.

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2pm Part One     Part One
7.30pm Part Two Part One Part Two Part Two


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Selected attractions open on certain Wednesdays in Melbourne

Grainger Museum

Grainger Museum

Built by arguably Australia's finest musician, Percy Grainger, to house his collection of music-related instruments, scores and other items associated with his life and career. more info > >


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Australian National Aviation Museum
A collection of aeroplanes and displays relating to Australia's aviation history. The museum is at Moorabbin Airport. more info > >
Bundoora Homestead
Bundoora Homestead is a wonderful Queen Anne style Federation mansion operating as a historic house, art gallery and licensed café. Free admission.More info >>
Fox Classic Car Collection
For anyone interested in classic cars, White Hat can recommend this collection as a 'must visit'. Except for special occasions, The Fox Classic Car Collection is only open on Tuesdays Wednesdays & Saturdays (closed Grand Prix Weekend, Easter & Melbourne Cup Day) more info >>
Free Tour of Melbourne Town Hall
A free tour of the historic Melbourne Town Hall. Numbers are limited so bookings are essential and required one day in advance. More information >>
Heide Museum of Modern Art
Hellenic Museum
Situated in the historic Former Royal Mint buildung, this small but important museum is Australia' foremost centre of Hellenic history, ciuture and the arts as well as documenting Greek migation and contributions to Australia. More information >>
Ian Potter Museum of Art

The Ian Potter Museum of Art at Melbourne University is a short tram ride from the city and a short walk from Lygon Street Carlton. Entry is free but from time to time there are special exhibitions in part of the gallery which may entail an entry charge. Exhibited works are chosen from teh art clocction of the Unversity of Melbourne - the largest university art collection in Australia. More info >>


Jewish Museum of Australia
Preserving and exhibiting Jewish heritage, arts, customs and religious ritual in all its diversity. It includes the significant contrbutions of Jewish people to Australian life. more info > >
National Gallery of Victoria - Australian Collection
National Gallery of Victoria - International Collection
Old Treasury Building
One of Australia's finest Victorian era buildings. It is open to teh public on Wednesdays and Sundays and features fine displays related to Melbourne history. More info >>
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