If you are in Victoria and are looking for ideas on what to do for School Holidays this year that is family friendly, here are 10 great places to visit!!!
Puffing Billy is Australia’s favourite steam train and is one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. This century-old steam train is still running on its original 25-kilometre mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook, through the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges.
The open sided carriages are the best way to see the stunning views and you can even dangle your legs over the side of the carriages if you dare. You can catch the train at any of the stations along the way, or watch the train go by from one of the stations’ refreshment rooms.
Located in Spotswood, this museum makes science fun. See Mum & Dad’s hair stand on end as they tests electricity! Stroll amongst the gigantic machines that kept Melbourne running. There is an ‘Electrifying Theatre’ in the Lightning room, and the Museum is safe for toddlers with strategic enclosed spaces for them to explore! Best of all, they have a Planetarium!!! Put your nerd hat on and take Mum and Dad during the school holidays!
Check out opening times and ticket information at the Scienceworks Museum website.
Sovereign Hill is an open-air museum in Golden Point, Ballarat. It is set back in the discovery of gold in 1851 and re-inacts Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold. It happens to be one of Victoria’s most popular attractions. The staff are all in costume, and visitors can ride a stage coach and have their photo taken as an out-law! It’s a step back in time for the entire family!
- See a $100,000 Gold Pour
- Catch a horse-drawn carriage
- Pan for gold (for real!)
- See the night-time ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ sound and light show covering the story of the Eureka uprising.
- Underground Mining Tours.
For opening times and ticketing information, visit the Sovereign Hill website.
Luna Park (Melbourne)
If it’s thrills you’re looking for, you’re sure to find them at Luna Park. At this popular attraction isn’t not so much what there is to do, but what there isn’t to do! Luna Park in Melbourne has been entertaining young and old since 1912! Packed full of great rides for kids and adults of all ages, Luna Park is a full day of fun for your family, and a great way to celebrate your holidays with a bit of excitement. Check height restrictions before you go to avoid disappointments!
For ticketing, park information and opening times, check out the Luna Park website.
The Werribee Open Range Zoo is an African safari experience close to home. All the classic animals of the African wilderness, from lions to zebras, can be found at the Open Range Zoo. There are Meet the Keeper activities and lots for kids to do with their families at school holiday time.
- Meet the Lion Cubs
- Book a safari tour
- Book a Wild Encounter with a Gorilla or African Cat
For opening times and ticketing information, visit the Werribee Open Range Zoo website.
Outdoor families rejoice! There is so much fun just waiting for families at the Enchanted Adventure Garden. Not only is this gorgeous green wonderland the home of tree surfing in Melbourne, it also has tonnes of other great activities including zip-lining, mazes, tube slides, obstacle courses and so much more. All of this in a lovely natural setting, it’s no wonder it’s so popular with families. This makes for a great family fun day that the kids won’t soon to forget!
Best Bits to Do:
- Go Tree Surfing
- Get lost in a maze
- Enjoy fun tube slides
For booking details and ticketing, see the Enchanted Maze Website.
There’s something truly amazing about seeing Australia’s tiny little penguins on their natural march home at the end of the day. The Phillip Island Penguin Parade is renowned for giving nature lovers, and novices, a chance to see these little beauties in the wild. Along with that Phillip Island is full of different activities that families will love, more the 100 overall! Phillip Island is located 90 minutes from Melbourne.
A Maze’N Things is a magical world of illusions, puzzles, mazes and mini golf that provides hours of fun for the whole family. Easily one of the most entertaining family attractions Phillip Island has to offer. In one location you can be shrunk in our shrinking room, become lost in one of our mazes or fall down the “Look Out” slide. There are lots of activities to test your motor skills, perception and memory. Whatever you decide to do, we know that you’ll be laughing all the way.
If you are a bit more daring take up the challenge of SkyTrail at A Maze’N Things. It’s the newest concept in high rope courses and is the first of its kind in Victoria. SkyTrail is an adventure that fits almost every age and is very family friendly. If you are looking for something fun on Phillip Island for kids and the whole family alike, then we look forward to welcoming you to our popular fun filled tourist attraction soon!
Journey along the boardwalk through the Manna Gums of the Koala Forest exhibit at Healesville Sanctuary! Celebrate Australia’s most iconic species – the Koala. You can see more koalas than ever before in the new exhibit when you weave your way around the treetops and perch on platforms for the best views. Along with our favourite bears, Healesville is also home to many other unique Aussie creatures, that kids and adults of all ages will love.