A Footy-Free Long Weekend!

It’s the second birthday of the infamous Grand Final long weekend. But footy’s not for everyone! Can’t stand the sight of the Sherrin ball but won’t say no to a day off work? C&G offer you an array of ways to enjoy the long weekend without catching footy fever.

Picnic in the Park

Picture this: all the sports fans are inside glued to the TV - which means a peaceful, empty park free from the risks of kick-to-kick mayhem. What paradise! Take a picnic, a good book and enjoy a few hours of peace. C&G recommend a gentle sojourn to Elsternwick Park, Black Rock Gardens or Dendy Park on Saturday.  

Enjoy Retail Therapy

Dislike battling the supermarket and your favourite retail stores when it’s absolutely packed? Take advantage of over half the city’s population being confined to their lounge rooms or the local pub, and head to the shops. Get your grocery shopping done or treat yourself to a new outfit. You’ll have close to 3 hours on Saturday afternoon before the game ends, so now’s your opportunity for some ‘me’ time! Shop local in Elwood Village, Acland Street or Mount Martha Village – and don’t forget to stop for a cuppa.

Soak the Hours Away

Pack your bathers and your troubles and let them melt away at GESAC. The wellness circuit includes a sauna, steam room and spa bath, and with sports fans more than likely watching the Grand Final, you’ll be able to enjoy the surroundings in peace and quiet. The centre is open from 8am-6pm on Saturday, so you can fit in your relaxation circuit before the game ends and the footy celebrations disperse.

Host a ‘No Sports’ Party

If you’re able to source other non-footy watchers, host your own cheeky ‘No Sports’ party! Just because you don’t care whether it’s out on the full or whether or if it really was a deliberate kick out, you shouldn’t miss out on the beginning of the party season. Choose a movie theme or catch up on your favourite series. We recommend you and your friends load up on snacks and enjoy 3 hours without a single round of “BALLLLL”. Visit Netflix or Stan for viewing inspiration.

Work on Yourself

Whether it’s spending a few hours planning the week ahead, or going to the gym without distractions - use your long weekend time wisely. You might even try for a digital detox, safe in the knowledge that you phone likely won’t be ringing, given your entire phonebook are likely glued to the ‘Big Dance’. A long weekend is your chance to recalibrate before the festivities of the racing season begin!


Chisholm and Gamon wish everyone a wonderful Grand Final long weekend.  


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