Gardens of cozy winter igloos appear across Melbourne
Want to eat and drink outside this winter, but less fond of freezing cold? With four locations across Melbourne, you can book your own private winter wonderland in the form of cozy winter igloo gardens. Enter your igloo, settle into the comfortable armchairs draped in fur blankets and pillows, and prepare to warm yourself from the inside out with delicious food and drink packages.
The igloos are open until the end of winter, and we’ve rounded up their individual offerings below. Date and time availability varies by site.
The wharf hotel
Cozy up under a sky of twinkling fairy lights on the banks of the Yarra in this cozy private igloo for up to eight people. For $59 per person, you can snack on a sharing platter and enjoy your choice of two drinks, including mulled wine or cider, Hot Toddies, Espresso Martinis, and house wines, beers, and ciders. For an additional $20 per person, you can also enjoy a chocolate fondue station and a boozy hot chocolate. Make your reservation here.
The station hotel
Snuggle up with your partner or up to five of your closest and dearest friends in this private winter wonderland. For $75 per person, you can enjoy a drink on arrival and a three-course meal with options like Wagyu tartare topped with truffle and black garlic mayonnaise, rump of grilled lamb, sticky date pudding with vanilla ice cream and more. Make your reservation here.
The Auburn Hotel
For $69 per person, enjoy a three-course meal under a sky of twinkling garlands. Your reservation entitles you to 2h30 in the igloo while enjoying a winter cocktail and a menu to share. Think winter favorites like pumpkin arancini, roasted heirloom carrots, pan-roasted Murray cod and sticky caramel pudding. Make your reservation here.
Studley Park Boathouse
When you think of a high tea party, you probably think of a posh affair in an old world hotel. But thanks to Studley Park’s Boathouse, you and up to five guests can now enjoy your treats alfresco with enchanting views of the Yarra — while staying warm in your igloo, of course. For $52 per person, you’ll enjoy a high tea of sweet and savory bites, plus unlimited tea or coffee. You can upgrade to the Spritz and Mimosa bottomless package for an additional $25 per person. Make your reservation here.