King’s Birthday activities and events in Melbourne and Victoria 2023
Go to the movies
While of course, the movies are open all the time, there’s nothing quite like rugging up in the cinema with a nice warm popcorn.
Over the King’s Birthday weekend, consider taking in a new blockbuster like The Little Mermaid, Fast X or Transformers. RACV Members save on movie tickets.
Go to the snow
The King's Birthday long weekend marks the official start of the Victorian snow season, and might just be the perfect time to hit the snow and slopes.
Check out our comprehensive guide on the Victorian ski season, including where to go, stay, and how to prepare.
Go whale watching
Winter is the best time to spot magnificent whales as they pass on their annual migration.
On a Winter Whale Cruise in Phillip Island, you’ll also spot the country’s largest breeding fur seal colony alongside humpback whales, dolphins and sea birds.
While the 1850s historical experience is open year round, winter is when Sovereign Hill really comes to life. The Ballarat attraction boasts fun for the whole family, from horse-drawn carriage rides to pantomimes, candle making, panning for gold, and even a go at being an old-timey student writing with ink and a quill.
With both indoor and outdoor courses open around Victoria, mini golf is a weather-friendly pastime that's fun for the whole family. Glow Golf in the Docklands features courses lit up with UV, while Yarrambat's Goanna Golf is decked out in an Australia animal theme.
For a combination of family fun and challenging courses for adults, Yarra Bend Golf offers courses for a range of ability levels.
RACV Members save on family-friendly mini golf courses around Victoria including Boneo Discovery Park and Grampians Adventure Golf.
All aboard! As one of the country's oldest heritage steam railways, choose from one of four Puffing Billy routes through the Dandenong Ranges for scenic views of lakes, forests, and the area's local shops and eateries.
Like your activities a little more ominous? Head on an immersive tour of the maximum-security Pentridge Prison, featuring stories and artifacts from the prison's history.
Pentridge Prison B Division Tours take visitors through various areas of the division closed to the public, such as the South Wing prisoners’ cells, the former Chaplain’s office, and the remains of the Panopticon airing yard. Pentridge Prison H Division Tours take visitors into the dark heart of Pentridge, known by its inmates as Hell Division.
Play catch up
With an extra day up your sleeve, why not take the time to go to that place or attraction you’ve been meaning to visit?
Check out some hot springs, have a fun night out at a themed restaurant, go on a spooky night tour, head to see the famous Melbourne street art everyone is talking about, or grab your family and friends and have a challenging night out at an escape room.