Wanna visit an Igloo, Melbourne? The Wharf Hotel’s Winter Igloos are back!

This winter, the Wharf Hotel offers a delightful igloo dining experience for those who are looking for a cosy night under fairy lights on the banks of the Yarra.

Wharf Hotel Melbourne igloos outside

From Friday 9th June until September 2023, you can gather your friends and family to enjoy your own private winter igloo with stunning water views.

Wharf Hotel Yarra River view

wharf hotel igloos melbourne

The small igloos can seat 2 to 6 people and everyone dining inside an igloo must pre-order and prepay for a package. All the igloos are booked for exclusive use for two hours (with 30-minute breaks in between for their strict cleaning regimes to ensure your safety). There is a minimum of 2 adults per booking.

Wharf Hotel Melbourne igloo inside

For $75 per adult you’ll receive a grazing board to share inside your winter igloo dining experience, plus one main from the Igloo Menu. You’ll also receive two drinks from a choice of beers, wines and cocktails.

The igloos all contain a bluetooth speaker to connect and play your own music, as well as heaters and cosy blankets to ensure you stay warm.

Wharf Hotel Melbourne igloo inside decor

Feast on baked brie and honey, pretzels, as well as dips with heirloom carrots and radish. Mains include a choice of braised lamb shanks, a steaming bowl of mussels in a white wine broth, or forest mushroom gnocchi in a cream sauce with herbs – plus much more.

A variety of drinks are available, including mulled wine, mulled cider, espresso martini, house wine or beer. Or try a one of their cocktails of Strawberry and River Mint, or for a non-alcoholic version – Orange and Mandarin Spritz.

Wharf Hotel Melbourne igloo dining dessert

For an additional $15 per person, you can also order boozy hot chocolate and dessert to share.

Wharf Hotel Melbourne Igloo dining kids menu

If you’re dining with kids they can select off the children’s menu where every item is $15 and includes a main course and dessert. You can check out the menu here and there are activities on the sheet to keep kids amused (though I’d recommend BYO pens).

Wharf Hotel Melbourne igloo dining kids menu burger

The kids enjoy their burgers and the portions are generous. It’s a shame that my kids refuse to eat most of the salad!

Wharf Hotel Melbourne Igloos

The Wharf Hotel‘s Igloo Wonderland is open seven days a week, for bookings between 12pm and 8pm. Having said that, I think the best time to visit is close to sunset, so that you can appreciate the twinkling lights of the city views.

Wharf Hotel Melbourne Yarra River view night

As there are only a limited number of igloos it’s best to book your igloo ahead of time. If you’d like to make a reservation with kids 12 & under, please call 9810 0097 and their reservation team will gladly help you with your bookings.

For more igloos in Melbourne visit The Winter Village in Federation Square, Auburn Hotel Hawthorn and The Station Hotel Footscray

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class=”thon-hot-tips-panel”]Tips for Wharf Hotel Winter Igloos:

  • Pram access;
  • High chairs are available, though I don’t see them used inside the igloos;
  • There are disabled toilets;
  • Book a private igloo for 2-6 guests. 
  • Private igloo guests choose from a $75 grazing board menu. Vegetarian packages available on request;
  • Kids can choose to eat from the children’s menu which is $15 for a choice of main and dessert;
  • Street parking available at Wilson Parking Sidderley St;
  • Nearest train station is Southern Cross Station;
  • Alight at stop 2 of the 70, 75 or 86 tram.


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About Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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