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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. Take a free tour of the Fitzroy Gardens or Royal Park. Details at The White Hat Guide to the Fitzroy Gardens and The White Hat Guide to Royal Park.
  8. During summer months enjoy the bustle of the Queen Victoria Night Market.
  9. Take a boat tour on the Yarra and see the city from a different angle.
  10. Enjoy lunch in Brunswick Street Fitzroy or Smith Street Collingwood.
  11. Attend Evensong at St Paul's Cathedral. A brief oasis of calm in the bustle of the city.
  12. 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
  13. Visit Heidi or the McClelland Gallery and enjoy outdoor sculpture, indoor exhibitions and maybe a glass of champagne.
  14. During winter, take in a free evening film at the State Library.
  15. Have a leisurely night out at a restaurant in the city. There are plenty to choose from.
  16. Visit Chloe at Young & Jacksons (sere above) and remind yourself why she has become an icon of Melbourne.
  17. 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.
  18. During the summer months head off to the Royal Botanic Gardens for Moonlight Cinema in the Gardens.
  19. Choose a sidewalk cafe in the CBD or in the corporate sector of Docklands and enjoy watching Melbourne at work.
  20. Take a stroll around the Parkville campus of the University of Melbourne and enjoy the mish-mash of architectural styles.
  21.  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.

Some forthcoming events on a Wednesday in Melbourne

Australian Ballet - 2015 20:21

Experience the physical extremes of modern ballet The best of the 20th century, the freshest of the 21st: this electrifying triple bill showcases two giants of the New York dance scene and The Australian Ballet's newest resident choreographer. George Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements is inspired by the revolutionary music of Igor Stravinsky, his friend and muse. This provocative piece kicks off with a line of chic dancers haughtily tossing their ponytails and blends the rigour of ballet with the vigour of jazz. Twyla Tharp’s pulse-pounding In the Upper Room sets the stage alight with scarlet pointe shoes and sneakers, the driving music of Philip Glass and a bracing blend of classical and contemporary technique. It’s described by Tharp as “the only piece I’ve done that generates a standing ovation at almost every performance”. Be there for the unveiling of Resident Choreographer Tim Harbour’s newest ballet – a stripped-down work set to a contemporary electronic score, featuring set designs by cutting-edge architect Kelvin Ho. With Orchestra Victoria

Symphony In Three Movements (1946); Choreography George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust; Music Igor Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements

In The Upper Room (1986); Choreography Twyla Tharp, Music Philip Glass

New Work (2015); Choreography Tim Harbour; Set design Kelvin Ho, Akin Creative

Mon to Sat, 27th Aug to 5th Sept 2015

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre -

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Australian Ballet - The Sleeping Beauty

Fairies, bluebirds, a gilded court and a spell-shattering kiss: the world’s most extravagant ballet is awakened to new life by The Australian Ballet's Artistic Director David McAllister. The Sleeping Beauty, with its Rose Adage, its grand pas de deux, its charming variations and its enchanting Tchaikovsky score, is the zenith of ballet’s golden age. Keeping true to the spirit of the traditional Beauty, David McAllister will direct a production that gives thrilling rein to the talents of the entire company. Lavish sets and costumes by Gabriela Tylesova, whose work for ballet, opera and theatre includes the much-lauded designs for Love Never Dies, will evoke the splendour of the Imperial court and the magic of fairies, nymphs and visions. With Orchestra Victoria

Mon to Sat, Sept 15th to 26th 2015

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre -

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Anything Goes

Opera Australia and John Frost present Cole Porter's smash-hit musical comedy, Anything Goes. Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival and Choreography during its most recent Broadway revival, Anything Goes is a stunning nautical favourite. Now a brand new Australian production sets sail for Melbourne.

When the ocean liner embarks from New York to London, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love... proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.

Reno Sweeney - Caroline O'Connor, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh - Todd McKenney, Moonface Martin = Wayne Scott Kermond, Billy Crocker - Alex Rathgeber, Hope Harcourt - Claire Lyon, Evangeline Harcourt - Carmen Duncan, Erma - Debora Krizak, Captain - Alan Jones

Tue to Sun, 30th May to 19th July 2015

Princess Theatre -

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Checkpoint Charlie Comedy

Checkpoint says it is the city's premier above ground underground comedy room and suggests for just $5 come fill yourself with $6 drinks and put your continence to the ultimate test against the country's best comedians as they spit funnies into the business end of a loud stick. Details at Checkpoint Charlie Comedy.

Every Wednesday from 8pm

18 Corrs Lane, Melbourne -

Enquiries: 0417 71 99 22
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Coburg Historical Society

Visitiors to the monthly meeting will enjoy a guest speaker, after which a light supper is served.

8pm to 9.30pm, 3rd Wednesday of month

Coburg Library Meeting Room, Victoria St, Coburg -

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Free Salsa Classes

The Salsa Foundation offers free beginners salsa classes every week, Come for a drinks, meet new people, and learn to dance salsa. Dress comfortably and casual, call or SMS 0400 933 285 for venue details and to book your place. Numbers are limited! Bring a friend too - the more the merrier. (enter via the alleyway next to Hungry Jacks)

5.30 to 7.30pm, Wednesdays & Thursdays

Syn Bar, Level 1, 163 Russell Street, Melbourne -

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Free Guided Tour of Royal Park

A free one hour guided walking tour through the south of Royal Park. Find out about the indigenous plants of this area and the rich history of Walmsley House. Bookings essential. Phone (03) 9388 9722.

Please note these tours are not operated by White Hat Tours. Therefore White Hat vouchers and rewards cannot be used, they cannot be used as part of White Hat corporate training packages and our usual guarantees regarding White Hat Accredited Guides and other tour benefits do not apply.
10am, Wednesdays

Royal Park -

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Free Guided Tour of Fitzroy Gardens

A free one hour guided walking tour through this formal garden highlighting its rich history. Bookings are not required. The tour leaves from the Conservatory.

Please note these tours are not operated by White Hat Tours. Therefore White Hat vouchers and rewards cannot be used, they cannot be used as part of White Hat corporate training packages and our usual guarantees regarding White Hat Accredited Guides and other tour benefits do not apply.
12.30pm, Wednesdays

Fitzroy Gardens -

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Bike Tour

A free bike tour for mature people to share their experiences.

2nd Wed of Month


Enquiries: (03) 9654 4443
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Selected attractions open on certain Wednesdays in Melbourne

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 >>
11am to 4pm Wed to Sun, noon to 5pm Sat & Sun


7-27 Snake Gully Drive - Bundoora
Enquiries: (03) 9496 1060

Fox Classic Car Collection



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. Tours Run Monday to Friday at 11am & 1pm and last for approximately 1 hour. Bookings: (03) 9658 9658


Melbourne Town Hall -

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 > >



Heide Museum of Modern Art

10am-5pm Tue-Fri, noon-5pm Sat/Sun /Public Holidays


7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen, -
Enquiries: (03) 9850 1500

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 >>
10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Thursday


Enquiries: (03) 8615 9016

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 >>

Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm; Thursday 10am to 9pm


Swanston Street (near corner of Elgin Streets and Swanston Street) - Parkville
Enquiries: (03) 8344 5148

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

Melbourne's premier gallery of international art. More information at NGV - 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 >>
10am to 4pm, Sunday to Friday


Cnr Spring St & Collins St - Melbourne
Enquiries: (03) 9651 2233

The Hotel Windsor

Afternoon Tea at The Windsor
For as long as most people can remember, afternoon tea at The Hotel Windsor has been a Melbourne institution. A full leisurely afternoon tea served in the luxurious surrounds of Melbourne's of Melbourne grand old historic hotel really calls for a lady to wear a hat and gloves. If you don't have a hat and gloves and the gentleman doesn't have a cane then White Hat urges you to at least carry yourself with a dignified air.


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From the White Hat Melbourne Newsletter No.487 of 29th April 2011

"In Flinders Lane you will an old style returned services club called Duckboard House which we have previously mentioned as a hidden gem. Running around this building is a U-shaped lane which at night looks as though it might be quite a dodgy place and it certainly has been in the past. Several years ago part of this lane was renamed AC/DC Lane which visitors assume must be some reference to some electrical manufacturing heritage of the area.

Can we suggest you try venturing into the darkness of AC/DC Lane on a Wednesday night some time between 8pm and 3am. There in a place called 24 Moons you will find a weekly event called ‘kreativ’ featuring anything from visual & performance artists, poets, street performers, bands, soloists, to animators & short films. The intent is to platform a potpourri of at least ten separate performances, presentations, or projects. Weekly prizes will be on offer for those deemed the most “Popular”. Entry is free and drinks are available at the bar. Give it a try and see what you think."

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