The month of April is another festive season in Melbourne, as the Easter festivities get underway and a relatively large number of public holidays occur, including Good Friday, Easter Monday and ANZAC day.
Melbourne in April at a Glance: Public Holidays: Good Friday - 6 April 2012, Easter Monday - 9 April 2012, ANZAC Day - 25 April 2012 Season: Autumn Average Temperatures: 20.3 - 10.8 degrees Celsius
In terms of weather, April is one of the most popular times to visit Melbourne due to the beautiful environment and colours of the deciduous trees that blanket the city in a pleasant mix of yellows, browns and reds. This Autumn scenery adds a layer of enchantment to the proceedings, building on the city's already cosmopolitan, “European” atmosphere. The many beautiful gardens in Melbourne that have contributed to its fame wear their Autumn colours well, and simply visiting and spending time in them is well worthwhile.
Witnessing the sights of the city itself in April can be a fulfilling enterprise, and paying a visit to Federation Square – especially for the ceremonies on ANZAC Day – is one of the most impressive things you can do within the month of April in Melbourne. If you're looking for something a little less solemn, the annual Melbourne International Comedy festival will be taking place from the end of March through to the 22 April, featuring some of Australia's, and the world's, funniest comedians at various locations and venues around the city. The overall comfortable environment and spectacular change in the visual environs make travelling to more of the natural areas of Victoria equally fascinating. Some of the most popular things to do in Melbourne in April include:
Travel to the Grampians
This spectacular national park outside Melbourne consists of a series of precipitous sandstone ranges that have been formed over the course of millions of years and stand as a testament to the visual majesty of nature. This region that encompasses a large amount of wilderness that is both pristine and rugged is a great place to visit during April as many of its highlights can only be best experienced on foot, and the comfortable temperatures ensure that you won't be left drenched in sweat as you may during the peak summer months.
With thousands of varieties of plant-life and over 200 species of birdlife, the Grampians area is abundant in nature and features a series of panoramic lookouts including the famous Boroka Lookout and the Balconies (or Jaws of Death) which are all accessible via a gentle walk. Lastly, no journey to the Grampians National Park is complete without a walk to the cascading, dazzling waters of Mackenzie Falls which tumble down and weave their way through the park as native kangaroos can be spotted within its surrounding wilderness.
While impressive all year round, the impressive feats of landscaping on display at Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens are enhanced by the changing colours of Autumn as many of its sections deciduous trees change their colours to a vibrant display of reds, yellows and browns. Situated within a picturesque setting extended over an expansive 36 hectares worth of displays containing over 50,000 plants, the gardens offer a diverse selection plant life from all over Australia.
With a reputation as one of the world's finest gardens, the Botanic Gardens are also one of the most popular tourist attractions in Melbourne, providing an oasis of peace amongst the relative hustle and bustle of one of the country's largest cities. Plenty of shaded areas can be found within the gardens, which make for a number of places to simply relax and soak in the peaceful atmosphere while gazing upon the lovely natural surroundings. Regardless of whether you're looking to spend an entire day, a couple of hours, or a quick half-hour stroll, you'll leave in a more relaxed mood.
Victoria's most famous wine producing region, the Yarra Valley, is a destination that contains not only renowned wineries and vineyards but also numerous other types of local produce that will delight the tastebuds. A journey to the Yarra from Melbourne in April will take you directly into the thick of things to sample these quality goods at many of the famed wineries while absorbing some of the wonderfully lush country scenery along the way.
Hop aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and visit multiple prestigious cellar doors where you'll learn to swirl, sniff and taste the finely-produced wines while listening to the interesting and informative commentary provided by your experienced tour guide. The unbelievable canvas of Autumn colours help to complement the already impressive panorama in the Yarra Valley; from amazing blue skies and a warmly glowing sun to a patchwork of dazzling Autumn leaves, April provides a month with its own beauty and charm that make touring to the region in this month a must-do.
These are just a few of the most popular activities to participate in in Melbourne in April - for a full catalogue of things to do in Melbourne throughout the different months of the year, be sure to check out our main region page!