9 Things for Muslims to do in Melbourne on Christmas Day

As most of us will have the day off this Friday and may not be celebrating Christmas, here are some Muslim-friendly places to go to and things to do for Muslims in Melbourne this Christmas.

1. BBQ at the Beach

A good Aussie barbeque on the beach is a classic Melbournian thing to do on a hot summer’s day. With temperatures rising up to the thirties, there’s no better way to cool it off than a swim at your local beach, followed by a yummy sizzle off the barbie!

 

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2. Picnic at the Royal Botanical Gardens

Finding it too hot for a barbeque? No worries! Grab a good book, a picnic blanket, some sandwiches, fruits, a bottle of water, and make your way down to the Royal Botanical Gardens to cool off and retreat under a tree in the shade, enjoying the peace and calm, surrounded by feature lakes, trees and over ten thousand plants from all around the world. This is a great way to spend the day outdoors and get mentally and psychologically refreshed.

 

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3. Coffee on Lygon Street

If you’re a Melbournian coffee snob, what more could you want in life?! Yes, those cute, quirky little laneway café’s may not be open, but fear not, Lygon Street is here! With over a hundred café’s to choose from, Lygon Street will not let you down when it comes to a good cup of coffee and some sweets on the side to go with it.

 

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4. Lunch on Sydney Road

Melbourne prides itself with its rich and diverse culinary experiences, and without a doubt, Sydney Road tops it when it comes to Halal food. With options ranging from Malaysian, Middle Eastern, Spanish, and Indian cuisines, explore something new and tantalise your taste-buds on Sydney Road.

 

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5. Drive along the Great Ocean Road

If you’re up for a mini getaway, head down to Geelong or Torquay for the day for some fish & chips and enjoy some of the most breathtaking scenery along the way on the Great Ocean Road. The world famous Bells Beach is also located here; do check it out because you never know, you might just bump into a pro surfer doing what he/she does best!

 

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6. Eureka Skydeck

Explore Melbourne from a different perspective, three hundred metres high and (if you’re daring enough), three metres out in a glass cube on the top of Eureka Towers, Melbourne’s tallest building.

 

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7. Melbourne Zoo

This is a favorite for children and perfect for families. You can easily spend an entire day at Melbourne Zoo seeing the different animals, birds and butterflies. If you make it during the animal feeding times, you (and/or your children) can also get a chance to feed the animals yourselves!

 

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8. Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium

This is another family favorite. The Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium is filled with activities to do for children of all ages and a range of different experiences to explore with some of the sea creatures such as; Shark Dive Extreme, Glass Bottom Boat Tour, Art Aquarium, Penguin Passport and Ocean Rangers to name a few.

 

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9. Phillip Island Getaway

If you’re not planning on indulging in the Boxing Day sales the following day in Melbourne, a mini getaway just within Victoria is ideal. Head down to Phillip Island for the weekend and get mesmerised by the hundreds of little penguins by the sea at sunset on any given day. There are also other family-friendly activities available within Phillip Island such as Bird watching, Wildlife Coast Cruises, and Tree Top Board Walks at the Koala Conservation Centre. Oh, and if you’re a chocaholic, you must check out Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory for your fix of heaps and heaps of chocolate!

 

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If all else fails, just grab a kebab and chill.

Kauthar Abdulalim
Kauthar Abdulalim
Kauthar is the Director of Zawadi Tours, a tour company that strives to deliver Muslim-friendly travel services to its clients, and the Co- Founder of Her Project Inc., an organisation that is focused on creating a sanctuary of leadership and learning for young Australian Muslim females. Kauthar is also in the process of completing her studies in Classical Islamic Studies at Islamic Sciences and Research Academy in Melbourne. She was born and raised in Kenya, and has had a passion for travel ever since her first overseas school trip to Egypt at the age of thirteen.

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