The Weekender: June 12 – 14

SIP coffee from all around the globe, learn how to stay healthy for cheaper through the flu season, find yourself or a loved one a treasured gift, or do your part to save an Australian icon. It’s up to you as Rowan Forster outlines some great things to do this coming weekend.

Winter Warmer Wellness Day
Saturday, June 13; Health Energy (490 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley)

Image: GoToVan on Flickr

Image: GoToVan on Flickr

Feel energised during the cooler months of the year with free yoga classes, healthy cooking workshops, and free healthy treats this Saturday with Health Energy.

Learn the tips of the trade to stay healthy and in-shape during the flu season, with practical demonstrations on how to create tasty, and healthy food recipes – and minimise your supermarket shopping budget in the process.

Students will benefit from learning ways to minimise stress, and maintain a healthy diet without spending heaps of time, or money.

For more information, head to their website.

Melbourne Coffee Fest
Sunday, June 14 (11am – 4pm); Immigration Museum

Image: Museum Victoria Website

Image: Museum Victoria Website

Keep yourself warm in the chilly weather at the Immigration Museum this weekend by sipping coffee from all around the globe.

Indulge yourself with brews from Brazilian, Ethiopian, Turkish, Finnish and Vietnamese communities, and maybe even learn a thing or two about the international traditions that keep their coffees tasting great.

Try and buy some of these tasty treats in the Coffee Tasting Market Hall while listening to the tunes of a variety of live acts performing throughout the day.

For more information, head to their website.

Melbourne Suitcase Rummage Market
Sunday, June 14 (11am – 4pm); Federation Square

Image: Suitcase Rummage Facebook page

Image: Suitcase Rummage Facebook page

Prepare to roll up your sleeves and dig for a bargain at a unique, old-school market coming to Fed Square this weekend.

Don’t let the weather deter you, because Melbourne’s suitcase market stalls will be situated inside The Atrium – an architecturally designed indoor gallery that is sure to keep you warm.

The suitcase rummage is just that – a sustainable market where stallholders sell whatever goods they can fit into their suitcases. Look out for vintage wares, handcrafted goods, clothes, books, jewellery, records, and a whole range of bargains and collectables.

Best of all buyers, entry is free!

For more information, head to their website.

Koala Conservation Day Walk
Sunday, June 14; You Yangs Regional Park (Branch Rd, Little River, Victoria)

Image: Nikki Mannix by Creative Commons

Image: Nikki Mannix by Creative Commons

Fancy seeing a koala in its natural habitat? Less than an hour southwest of Melbourne, a Koala Researcher will help you find and observe them in the wild.

The day experience is subsidised heavily by funding and donations, so for only $20 you can spend the day exploring a national park with a wildlife professional, knowing that 100 per cent of the proceeds go directly towards supporting Koalas.

In addition to koalas, you may even witness a few echidnas, Aussie birds, and kangaroos along the way! It is a great opportunity, particularly for international students, to discover native Australian wildlife, and make a difference in the process.

For more information, head to their website.

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