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New Year 2020!

Just New Year 2020?

Well, not exactly.

2020 is not just a new year; it’s also the beginning of a new decade – the 2020’s – the third decade of the 21st century.

It marks the end of the 2010’s, the decade when social media networks exploded in scope and variety, veganism got real, and Minecraft maintained it’s crown as one of the (if not the) best selling video games of all time.

So, how should someone in Melbourne give New Year 2020, and New Decade the 2020’s the welcome they deserve?

Go on an adventure

With wildly popular games like Minecraft and Fortnite, and social media networks of every stripe from Facebook to TikTok all competing to hog our attention online, 2020 might be the year to break away from digital distractions, go out and do something with your family and your friends.

How would you like to

  • Explore a sabotaged space station, experience zero gravity flight, and fight against killer robots?
  • Penetrate the mind of a maniac to unearth clues about a child who has vanished?

Well, those are the games you can try out at Melbourne’s premier VR escape room.

Requiring extensive teamwork to win, virtual reality escape rooms are a great experience the entire family can share, bond over, and create memories in.

Explore a Summer Market

What better way to welcome New Year 2020 than checking out a huge and diverse artisanal flea market amidst live music, savouring mouth-watering treats available from dozens of food stalls, and putting those volleyball skills to the test at a popup volleyball court?

Date – Every Wednesday from January 8th to March 11th.

Time – 5PM to 10PM.

Address – Queen Vic Market, 513 Queen Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000.

Entry – Free.

Help St Kilda celebrate its 40th birthday

Did you know the St Kilda festival turns 40 this year?

If you turn up at St Kilda on Sunday, February 9th, you can take part in the festivities.

You can expect live music, activities ranging from disco yoga to Latin dance workshops, and stall after stall with a variety of delicacies ranging from curry to burgers, ribs and sushi.

Date – February 9th (Sunday).

Time – To be announced.

Address – St Kilda, Australia.

Entry – Free.

By The Bay Festival 2020

A seaside jaunt, and dancing on the sands to a selected lineup of artists awaits you at Sandringham Beach, ten days from now.

Date – January 11th (Saturday).

Time – 12PM to 10PM AEDT.

Address – Sandringham Beach, Jetty Road, Sandringham, Vic 3191.

Entry – Tickets range from A$64.01 to A$95.

Explore some fascinating places

On the theme of going out and doing real stuff, 2020 could be the year to travel to and check out some really interesting places.

Travel to the Principality of Hutt River

Have you heard of the Principality of Hutt River?

If you haven’t, sit tight, ‘cos this is one principality you must visit in 2020.

Located near Northampton in Western Australia, The Principality of Hutt River is a micronation, complete with its own flag, royal seal, and government. It asserts that it seceded from Australia in 1970.

While it has near zero official recognition as an independent principality, it’s quite a tourist attraction, and the ‘granting of passports’ or an audience with it rulers is quite an event.

It was featured on A Current Affair, and even managed to draw a giggle from the normally unflappable Tracy Grimshaw.

Travel to a place you might not even have heard of

If you’re feeling really adventurous, you may even travel to a country Lonely Planet describes as an ‘unexplored part of Africa’.

I’m talking about Gabon, a country on the west coast of central Africa.

The country has proclaimed over a tenth of itself as national parkland; and is well-known for its natural beauty.

Yes, technically tours to other places don’t belong on a list of things to do in Melbourne to welcome 2020, but these are too good to skip.

And that brings our roundup of things to do in Melbourne to welcome 2020, based on the #DoSomethingReal theme.

Do you agree with our roundup?

If you think there’s something else that deserves mention, make sure you tell us in a comment below!

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