14 Photos That Prove Melbourne is a "City for All Seasons"

Monique La Terra

Whether you put it down to La Nina or Melbourne’s infamous four seasons in one day, one thing’s for certain—Melbourne’s weather is unpredictable and all over the place. Sweltering days are followed by sudden drops in the mercury, and miserable mornings often clear to become gorgeous afternoons. Regardless of the forecast though, Melbourne wears her seasons, meaning that any time is a good time to visit.

Spring

Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens are at their most striking during spring when the 94-acre urban sanctuary blossoms.

Royal Botanic Gardens with Melbourne cityscape

Throughout October and November, Melbourne hosts the Spring Racing Carnival.

Also known as Poppy Day, Remembrance Day is observed on the 11th of November. In Melbourne, the memorial day is commemorated at the Shrine of Remembrance.

Poppy outside the Shrine of Remembrance

Summer

Located on Dendy Street Beach, Brighton’s colourful Bathing Boxes are popular with locals and tourists alike.

Red lifeguard rescue boat on Dendy Street Beach in Brighton

Spectators watch the Australian Open on the big screen from the comfort of a deck chair at Federation Square.

People lying on deckchairs at Federation Square

Now in its 20th year, the Queen Victoria Night Market features a variety of food vendors, market stalls and entertainment.

Pistachio ice cream at Queen Victoria Night Market

Notorious for stealing chips, seagulls seem to be everywhere in summer. Here, a seagull sits at Southbank, while in the background, people are seen sunbaking on the Yarra Promenade.

Seagull in Southbank, Melbourne

Summer doesn’t always deliver hot, sunny days and sometimes, it feels more like winter.

People walk in the rain in the Central Business District (CBD) in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 01 December 2017

Autumn

Designed for the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880, the Carlton Gardens covers 64-acres and includes the Royal Exhibition Building as well as other iconic Melbourne buildings. In autumn, the avenues are transformed as the trees change their colour.

Row of Elm trees leading up to the Royal Exhibition Building at Carlton Gardens

While stunning in spring, the Royal Botanic Gardens are magnificent in autumn, as the esteemed collection of plants take on a golden tinge.

Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens in autumn

A downpour of rain hits Flemington Racecourse.

A huge storm hits Flemington Racecourse

Winter

Pedestrians cross the intersection of Flinders Street and Swanston Street, towards Flinders Street Station, on a rainy, winter’s day.

A sea of umbrellas crossing the intersection towards Flinders Street Station

Set up during the winter, River Rink at Federation Square allows Melbournians, young and old, to test their skates.

River Rink at Federation Square

A tram headed up a rain-soaked Swanston Street.

Rain on Swanston Street
landscape with balloons floating in the air

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