Things to do in and around Melbourne (instead of cooking)

At Chef Good, we LOVE Melbourne – the city and the surrounds. And we want you to get out and enjoy all that Melbourne has to offer, not be stuck cooking in the kitchen. So, while we take care of the (delicious, amazing and chef-prepared) food, we thought you could go out and explore. Here are some ideas:

Visit William Rickett’s Sanctuary

This green oasis is nestled in the spectacular Dandenongs, less than an hour from the Melbourne CBD. The sanctuary is a not-so-hidden gem full of natural tranquillity and magnificent sculptures that look as if they have emerged from the landscape of their own accord.

William Ricketts Sanctuary is located on Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Mt Dandenong. This is an iconic Melbourne experience that you must add to your weekend adventure list!

Try cryotherapy in Melbourne

What is cryotherapy? You enter a super-cold room, for no more than three minutes, where your body will be treated to temperatures below -110 ̊C. And why would you do this? It’s the newest wellness whimsy, said to boost your metabolism and flood your body with endorphins (and that’s just the beginning…).

Check out Gravity Cryo in South Yarra or book in with mobile cryotherapy provider Arctic Mist – they’ll bring the freeze to you.


Test yourself in an escape room

You and four or five friends are locked in a room together. The only way to get out is to solve the puzzle. You’ll need to use teamwork and collaborate to make your escape within the time limit. Are you up for it?

Escape rooms have been popping up all over Australia, and Melbourne is no exception. A quick Google search will show you a plethora of options – take your pick. The best bit? It’s not going to cost you much at all. Depending on how many ‘players’ there are, you’re looking at getting plenty of change back from a $50 note. Win.


Make a booking to visit The Subaqueous Locutorium

An appointment only establishment, The Subaqueous Locutorium is the workshop and showroom of jewellery designer, artist and (vegan) taxidermist Julia Deville. A place to find the most unusual and peculiar of gifts for the friend that has everything. You may leave with a sparkly, diamond encrusted raven’s skull or pearls that previously adorned a stuffed llama – you just never know.

To make an appointment for the Collingwood showroom, visit


Hit up your local F45 studio

The F45 method includes a unique mash-up of HIIT (did you see what we did there in the subheading?), circuit training and functional training. This group training experience was actually developed here in Australia and is gaining popularity quickly. You’ve probably seen a studio in your neighbourhood, with more popping up all the time.

Visit to find your local studio.


We’d love to know if one of our ideas has made it into your weekend plans, or maybe you have an activity to add to our list? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram.

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