Melbourne's Best Mate Dates

We all love our crews – but there's nothing quite like spending some quality time with your best mate.

 And what better place to do that than Melbourne? No matter the time of year, there's always an abundance of activities to choose from in Australia's cultural capital. So grab your bestie and experience some of the city's best mate dates when you book cheap flights to Melbourne today.

Cheer on an AFL game

Melbourne is known as the sports capital of Australia – and as the home of Australian Rules Football, there's nowhere quite like it to catch a game. With a host of top level AFL teams to choose from – from Carlton FC to Collingwood, Essendon, Hawthorn, St. Kilda and more – there are plenty of chances to grab a spot in the iconic MCG and immerse yourself in the atmosphere.

Meet the Little Creatures

Get out of town and take a day trip to Geelong and the much-loved Little Creatures Brewery. Fremantle's favourite drop, this is the brewery's first east coast home. See the brewers in action and taste the local tipples in the huge outdoor beer garden, with plenty of delicious bites to match.

Catch one of Melbourne's best festivals

Grab a mate and take a break from the norm to celebrate Melbourne's vibrant arts scene at one of the city's annual festivals.

Melbourne Festival

Theatre, music, dance, circus cabaret – whatever your flavour, you'll find it at the Melbourne Festival. Every October, the biggest event in the Melbourne arts calendar rolls into town, bringing with it plenty of wild and wonderful events – and since a lot of them are free, this is a mate date that won't break the bank.

Melbourne International Film Festival

Winter is the perfect time to settle in with a good movie – and there are plenty to choose from at the world-renowned Melbourne International Film Festival. Held throughout July and August, MIFF is the place to catch the best in Australian and international contemporary film while supporting emerging local talent.

Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival

Showing off the creativity that Melbourne is famous for, flaunt your favourite pieces at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. A hothouse of artistic ideas, there are plenty of workshops, shows and live entertainment options for fashionistas and style rookies alike.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Held every March, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival showcases the best bits of Australia's gastronomic capital. Delve into the delights of Victoria's cities, farms and wine regions at over 300 events state-wide.

Experience glow in the dark mini-golf

Unleash your inner child at GlowGolf Docklands, a unique miniature golf course in Melbourne's bustling harbourside precinct. Challenge your golf partner across 10 themed holes and see Australia's most famous icons in a new light.

Try a guided food tour

Whether you're a Melbourne local or it's your first time in town, there's a treasure trove of hidden gems and new treats to discover in the city's cafes, restaurants and markets. Eat your way around Melbourne's best foodie haunts or learn a new skill at a cooking masterclass – there's a world of Melbourne Food Experiences just waiting to be discovered.

Race to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

Escape the city and embrace island life for a day at Phillip Island. Sure, this is a great place to relax, thanks to its beautiful landscapes and miles of rugged coastline – but really, you're here to indulge your competitive streak. Buckle in for a hot lap around the world-famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit or put your foot down and show your mate who's boss on the 760 metre scale replica Go Kart track. Once you're finished, the loser can get the drinks in at one of the island's unique breweries or wineries.

Ready for your own Melbourne mate date? Get a great rate on flights to Melbourne when you book with friends.

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Population Approx 3.73 million
Area 2,254 km2
Time Zone GMT +10
Languages English (official)
Currency Australian dollar (AUD)
Electricity 220 – 240v 50Hz
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