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Melbourne held its inaugural White Night festival on 23 February 2013. An estimated crowd of more than 300,000 people attended. The second, on 22 February 2014 drew an estimated 500,000 people. The event features music, dance, visual displays, light shows, a variety of buskers, and more.

This year, on Sunday 17th February, White Night promises to bring in even greater crowds – so we have compiled five key tips for a healthy and successful visit.



Dont wear heels

Don't wear heels

Heels can do more damage than just an occasional rolled ankle. See our previous video on the topic that we posted for the Melbourne Cup:


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Plan your journey home in advance

Make sure at least one friend or family member knows your plans in advance, and send them a message occasionally with updates about what you're up to.


Dont drink too much

Don't drink too much

White Night will probably be a long night! Pace yourself, and don't get drawn into drinking spirits, or other activities that involve drinking too fast before you can gauge the effect of the previous drink. As per National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines: "On a single occasion of drinking, the risk of alcohol-related injury increases with the amount consumed. For healthy men and women, drinking no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion reduces the risk of alcohol-related injury arising from that occasion."


Stay hydrated

Stay hydrated

You might end up doing more cardio than you realise as you move around to take in all the sights! Be sure to drink more water than usual. Even mild dehydration can cause some problems, especially if you throw a hangover into the mix.

Some of the signs of early or mild dehydration include:

● headache;
● dry skin;
● passing less urine than normal;
● tiredness;
● dizziness; and
● cramping in the arms and legs.
To prevent dehydration, have a bottle of water with you at all times and get into the habit of taking sips even when you don't feel particularly thirsty. You should have taken on water before reaching the point of thirst. You can tell you are well hydrated when your urine is clear.





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