Don’t feel like going to work tomorrow? Live in Victoria? I’ve got good news for you.

If you live in Victoria you’ve got a day off tomorrow! You lucky ducks. Now I know you’ve been granted this most holy day of rest in order to watch a horse race, get more than a bit pissed and risk doubling your cash (or losing it all) by the track. But I reckon there’s about 4685 better ways to spend your day off. Let’s delve into a couple now. 

Lachie Thomas Tarra-Bulga Tarra Valley Victoria multi-day hikes

Photo by Lachie Thomas

Go For A Dip

We’re well and truly into spring now, which means the mercury is rising (even in Melbourne!) Why not celebrate a mid-week day off by treating yourself to a taste of summer at a gorgeous waterfall. I know just the song you can sing in the car on the way there… 

Climb A Mountain!

Grab your mates, chuck ‘em in the car and don’t tell them where you’re going until you’re at the base of the mountain you’re about to climb and there’s no escape. They’ll thank you for it later. Probably. 

Photo by Mitchell Hodge | @thehodgephoto

Throw A Line In

Standing on the banks of a river, totally alone, just the sound of water lapping on the shore – and hopefully a couple of fishies – to keep you company. Sounds like heaven! (And a lot more peaceful than what will be happening at Flemington Racecourse). Melbourne has heaps of beaut fishing spots to spend the day at. Check ‘em out!

Check Out A New National Park

There’s tonnes of national parks in Victoriawe bet you haven’t been to all of them. As if you don’t want to tick another one off the list.

Camping Fees Have Been Halved in Victoria's State and National Parks by Mattie Gould, photo by Jake Doherty

Photo by Jake Doherty

Make It An Overnight Mission

You’ve got 40 whole hours between the time you leave the office on Monday arvo and walk back in on Wednesday morning. That’s more than enough time to go camping

There are a tonne of campsites not too far out of Melbourne – make the most of it! And don’t forget the doggo!


You only get the Melbourne Cup public holiday once a year! Don’t waste it at the races. 


Feature photo by @patcordern

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