When to visit Victoria

The best time to visit Melbourne is in Spring (Sept-Nov) and Autumn (March to May). Crowds over the summer are high with several key events and Australia’s long summer school holiday period.

Weather in Victoria

It gets pretty cold across the state over the winter, but it’s the perfect time to enjoy a break by the fire in Daylesford or the Yarra regions and, of course, the ski season in the high country. If you want to swim at Victoria’s beaches, visit in February or March.

Find out more weather and temperature details on the Bureau of Meteorology.

Victoria Event Calendar

The biggest event of the year might be Melbourne Cup, but the AFL Grand Final and Melbourne Grand Prix are also huge.

17-30 January Australia Open in Melbourne
11 March – 14 April Moomba
12 March – 3 April 2022Lorne Sculpture Biennale 
31 March – 3 April 2022The Little Vic (Great Vic Bike Ride)
09 – 10 Apr 2022Mt Baw Baw Sprint – Rally
30 March to 24 April 2022International Comedy Festival – Melbourne
30 April – 01 May 2022Grampians Grape Escape – Halls Gap
4–21 August 2022Melbourne International Film Festival
2-11 September Melbourne Writer’s Festival
14-16 OctoberAustralian Moto Grand Prix – Melbourne
TBC OctoberThree Peaks Festival – Dunkeld
16-22 OctoberMelbourne Fringe Festival
01 NovemberMelbourne Cup (first Tuesday in November)
26 November Williamstown Heritage Beer and Cider Festival
Dates correct at time of publication

Victoria School and Public Holidays

Long weekends see prices rise and availability drop, so book in advance for the best deals. Rates are exceptionally high for sporting events. Most attractions only close on Christmas day and perhaps Anzac Day or Good Friday, but please check individual places before you visit.

Public Holidays in Victoria 2022-2023

New Year’s Day + Monday Holiday 01 and 03 January01 – 02 January
Australia Day26 January26 January
Labour Day 14 March 14 March
Good Friday15 April07 April
Easter Sat.16 April08 April
Easter Mon.18 April10 April
Anzac Day25 April 25 April
Queens Birthday 13 June 12 June
AFL Grand Final TBC – Friday before AFL Grand Final TBC – Friday before AFL Grand Final
Melbourne Cup 01 November07 November
Christmas Day25 December 25 December
Boxing Day26 December 26 December
* All public holiday dates are accurate at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.
Source: Victorian Government website

School Holidays in Victoria 2022-2023

If you don’t have children avoiding these dates will save you money, and you will find the museums a lot less crowded.

Period 20222023
Autumn break:09 April – 25 April 07 April – 23 April
Winter break: 25 June – 10 July22 June – 09 July
Spring break:17 September – 02 October16 September – 01 October
Summer break:19 December – 26 January 202321 December – 28 January 2024
Source: Victoria State Government – Education and Training website.
Last Update: 23 November 2021

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