White Night Melbourne is one of the most exciting and vibrant times to visit Melbourne’s CBD. It’s 12 non-stop hours of free fun, exhibitions and activities from 7pm-7am and in 2017 it’s happening Saturday 18 February – Sunday 19 February.
If you choose to go as a family then here are a few of my tips:
- If you want to go in the evening plan to go by 7pm and leave by 9pm. Sure you won’t get to see everything but White Night peak hour is after dinner ie 8:30-9pm as everyone starts spilling out from CBD restaurants.
- Go super-early. If your kids are 5am risers like ours, then you’ll still have an hour or so of fun and then you can end with breakfast! Lots of cafes may not be open so your best dining options with children that early will be major hotels. Otherwise take a breakfast picnic.
- The crowds are huge and you can be shoulder to shoulder in some areas. If you can, leave the pram at home – it’s not much fun for kids if all they are see are adult’s knees! If you have a massive double pram, it will be a very uncomfortable journey for you and your kids. Make sure your kids are either strapped to you, in a very small pram or able to walk safely close to you and follow instructions not to wander off.
- Take public transport to the edge of the precincts or drive close by and park. That means, start from the edge and move inwards (if you can) rather than try to start from the centre at Flinders Street station and move out.
- Pre-book your parking in places like Wilson Parking and Secure Parking ahead of time.
- Be aware that CBD parking will be completely full and traffic difficult to manage. Note that during White Night peak hour ie around 9pm access to major transport hubs will be very difficult as everyone will be trying to get out. You literally won’t be able to get inside Flinders Street station (hence Tip #1 above).
- In fact, if possible avoid Flinders Street station and the surrounding areas all together.
- Stick closely to a single area. You will enjoy your experience more and it’s the travel from point-to-point which is the most frustrating and slow.
- The most family-friendly precincts are either up at Melbourne Museum or south of the river as they are the most spacious.
- There will almost certainly be queues for State Library unless you visit at off-peak times like 3am! Or make it your very first stop at 7pm ie start lining up before 7pm.
Have fun and enjoy your night! View the full program here.