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White Night Melbourne 2017

Last weekend the 12 hour dusk till dawn Melbourne White Night Festival was on again and since we really enjoyed looking at the lights, the artists and listening to the musicians last year we planned a Saturday night in the town again.

Part of the city is only accessible by foot. Since we started in daylight it was still possible to comfortably walk through Swanson Street. Normally there are a lot of trams on this road.


Every few meters you find crowds gathering around a performer or an artist.


Musicians take over the city. This one was very impressive as  I did not expect him to start singing Hallelujah, but he turned it into an alternative rock version and that made a lot of sense.

As the night started to fall the beauty of this festival came out and this year we were able to stay a bit longer. On many spots public buildings get almost turned into living objects with light shows reflected on them.

The State library was changing every second.


There were also bizarre forms of art. This is the weirdest one that we have ever come across.

People were lining up….what are they waiting for?

So we walked through the line to see what they were lining up for. They were actually waiting in a long line to receive a see-through-umbrella and walk through the …… rain! What an adventure …..?


The artists also make use of the dark, like this hoola-girl.


We ended our night at the Royal Exhibition Center with the biggest light show.

There is so much to see everywhere that I am sure that everyone has a completely different experience of this night. As it was getting late and the light show was a bit scary for Luka we decided to head back home again.

While riding home in the train we said we would have to do it again next year, but then get up early in the morning, so we would get there well before it finishes at 7 am, and with hopefully less people. We should have done our homework a bit better and read last years blog post, as that was the same conclusion as we had then, but we have not learned yet.


Mother, wife, explorer and loving the outdoors. We recently moved to Australia, so lots to explore here. We are keeping a blog about our experiences of moving and living on a different continent as a family.

2 thoughts on “White Night Melbourne 2017

  1. This is the best post I’ve read on White Night. Your pics and videos give a real sense of the atmosphere. Loved the version of Hallelujah too. Ill definitely have to go next year.


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