Cool down with Culture: How to spend a warm Melbourne day

As the summer sun beats down, finding ways to stay cool while still enjoying all that Melbourne has to offer becomes a top priority. Fortunately, our special places are brimming with cultural experiences that provide the perfect escape from the heat.

Whether you're a history buff, a fan of grand estates, or simply looking for a unique way to spend a hot summer day, the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) has something for everyone. Don’t forget to pack your National Trust Membership – your ticket into Melbourne best cultural attractions and experiences. Sign-up to become a member today.


Find some shade at Rippon Lea Estate

One of the best ways to beat the heat is by immersing yourself in the rich history and stunning surroundings of Rippon Lea Estate. The estate offers a range of experiences to enjoy while staying cool. Explore the grandeur of the mansion with a guided tour, wander through the beautiful gardens on an insightful guided tour, or partake in a friendly game of croquet on the estate’s picturesque lawns. For those looking to indulge in a memorable outdoor experience, exclusive picnic hampers filled with gourmet delights are also available to pre-order.

If you’re a resident of Port Philip or Glen Eira council, you can access Rippon Lea Estate for free as part of our residents program.

Visit Rippon Lea Estate



Dive into a chilling history at Old Melbourne Gaol

For those intrigued by the darker side of history, the Old Melbourne Gaol provides a chilling escape from the summer heat. Uncover the haunting history of this iconic site with a self-guided audio tour, delving into the stories of its past inhabitants. Additionally on the upper levels, the Women & Children of the Gaol exhibition offers a unique perspective on the lives of the women and children who were part of the Gaol’s history.

Book your Old Melbourne Gaol Tickets



Check out one of Melbourne’s coolest precincts

Pentridge, once a formidable prison, has been transformed into a vibrant cultural precinct. Begin your adventure with a Pentridge Prison Tour of B-Division, taking you through the changing face of the prison throughout its 160 years in operation, and an exclusive opportunity to explore areas of the division not open to the public. B-Division shares its space with an urban retreat, offering a comfort not enjoyed by its former inmates.

After, enjoy a refreshing drink at BrewDog or catch a movie at the historic Palace Cinemas within the Pentridge precinct.

This unique destination offers a diverse range of experiences, making it an ideal place to escape the summer heat while immersing yourself in Melbourne’s cultural tapestry.

Book your Pentridge Prison Tour.



Escape the heat with some retail therapy

If retail therapy is more your style, Melbourne has you covered. VAULT, the National Trust’s vintage boutique, is a treasure trove of quality pre-loved and designer garments. The stunning shop is full of Instagram-worthy moments and features extraordinary couture, designer clothing and accessories carefully selected from generous donations, providing fashion lovers with stylish outfits to complement Melbourne’s seasons and events.

VAULT offers a unique shopping experience, and along with its neighbours in the iconic Block Arcade, provides a range of retail offerings to explore and enjoy.

Check out VAULT


Cover Image: Ally Fergerson (@allyvintage)

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