Heading to White Night this weekend and stumped about where to start? Our roving reporters have done the hard work for you. Follow our hot tips on how to make the most of the event.
‘Iris’ at Treasury GardensCredit:Luis Enrique Ascui
- Rug up
- Wear comfy shoes, and be warned – the garden precinct lawns are quite muddy.
- At the time of writing there's a high chance of rain on Saturday night so bring a brolly or raincoat.
- Bring a bottle of water as you'll be doing a bit of walking.
- Print your maps or download them to your phone before heading out. In previous years phone networks have been congested.
- There are multiple road closures in the CBD so driving is not advised. Details of extra public transport services at ptv.vic.gov.au.
- Beat the crowds: organisers say the busiest time is between 8pm and 10pm, so go early or late if you want to avoid the peak. On Thursday at least, Treasury Gardens was quietest and Birrarung Marr was busiest
Feel like a kid again inside the Cocoon at Treasury Gardens.Credit:Luis Ascui
Where to go
It may be unconventional to start at Treasury Gardens, but if you get to the 'Sensory Realm' early then you’re likely to have less of a wait time to Cocoon – the giant circular hammock – and Songcloud, which is also worth a look. If you do get to the precinct later there is plenty of good stuff to see without having to line up, including the giant eyeball projection Iris, the immersive Cluster and the tantalising Sensoria projections. Also swing past the Old Treasury Building facade on Spring Street to see the Harry Potter projection (Saturday only).
Make sure you get to Birrarung Marr for Close-Act’s epic theatrics. The Globe performance runs for 40 minutes from 7:15pm, 9pm and 11pm on Friday and from 7:15pm, 9:30pm and midnight on Saturday. Stay for as much or as little as you want.
Close-Act’s ‘Globe’ in action.Credit:Luis Ascui
Head north to the State Library next for the Where Do Books Come From? projection. The lines may look long but organisers say that at its busiest the wait to get in is only about 15 minutes.
You won’t want to miss the pyrotechnic-filled Mad Max Fury Road performance at the Melbourne Museum forecourt. It runs every hour on the hour for 15 minutes. You should have a decent view regardless of crowds.
There’s plenty more to see in the ‘Spiritual Realm’ while you wait, including the ethereal Guardian – a 10-metre-long glowing purple lion. It will be roving intermittently for about 20-30 minutes at various times throughout the evening; check the White Night website for full details.
‘The Guardian’ at Carlton Gardens.
Story Tree … Bundjil Creation is also worth a look especially if you have little ones with you. The magical tree tells the story of the Kulin Nation creator, Bundjil, with sound and projection.
There’s a fun disco party vibe at Carlton Gardens later in the evening, and a bunch of food trucks, which is why we’ve put it last, but you could always reverse the itinerary and start here when it’s a bit more chilled out. If you fancy a vino there are bars inside the museum and the State Library.
White Night Reimagined continues 7pm to midnight on Friday and 7pm to 2am on Saturday. whitenight.com.au/melbourne
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