Melbourne is a marvellous destination for many types of travellers, because there’s so much to eat, see and do in this vibrant Australian city. Parents of young children in particular, will have a field time customising a holiday itinerary that plays to the interests of their children and keeps everyone engaged, entertained and bonded closer together.
Here are the top 7 family-friendly things to look forward to on your next vacation to Melbourne.
- Ride the Puffing Billy steam engine train
Book a relaxing return journey on this rustic steam engine train which winds through a lush, temperate rainforest in the Dandenong Ranges. The main novelty is getting to sit on the window sills (only for passengers 4 years and above) and dangle your legs out while taking in the fresh forest air and tranquil sights.
- Play away at Brighton Beach
Brighton Beach is one of Melbourne’s most iconic spots, with its row of bright and cheery bathing boxes often featured in holiday photos. While you’re here, spend a day playing at the beach and picnicking with dazzling views of the turquoise waters.
- Get up close to wild penguins and other wildlife on Phillip Island
Head over to Penguin Parade on Phillip Island, where you can observe wild little penguins – about the height of your 750ml drink bottle – emerging from the sea to return to their burrows during sunset. It’s a sight to behold and gives wonderful insights into this 40,000-strong penguin colony which has been thriving for generations. Phillip Island is also home to koalas, wallabies, seals and other wildlife creatures, making it a wonderful place for animal encounters.
- Drive down the Great Ocean Road
Picture driving beside a gorgeous ocean coast for hours – perhaps that will be a road trip to remember. The 242km-long Great Ocean Road offers exactly that, plus a scenic road trip adventure with many possible stops and activities along the way. The jewel in the crown being the 12 Apostles, a magnificent collection of limestone rock formations that bask gloriously in the light and against the unending sea horizon.
- Ride the safari bus at the Werribee Open Range Zoo
Give your family a different zoo experience when you explore and ride the safari bus at the Werribee Open Range Zoo. Here, savanna animals such as giraffes, zebras and emus are given space to roam about, allowing us to observe their natural behaviours. Their animal enclosures for the big cats are just as impressive, too.
- Book a farm stay
Reconnect with nature and experience the simple country life when you book a farm stay from a myriad of service providers just outside of Melbourne. Choose from luxury farm stays to rustic properties and enjoy your time doing all sorts of activities, from feeding farm animals to kayaking, horseback riding and stargazing.
- Hike easy trails in the Wilsons Promontory
Melbourne is surrounded by many nature parks where you can take a slow stroll and appreciate their unique biodiversity. Wilsons Promontory is one such park, located by the coast and teeming with wild wombats, kangaroos and emus. Clock more outdoor family time by walking down their child-friendly routes with your little ones and see who can spot the most number of wildlife creatures!