As the summer rapidly approaches, you may be thinking about your next holiday. Lying on a beach all day can be difficult when you’re on a family vacation, so see below for a range of activities if you need some inspiration for your next trip with the little ones.
Victoria is blessed with a plethora of diverse and beautiful options for great outdoors exploring. Mount Macedon, less than an hour from Melbourne, is a picturesque drive especially in Autumn. Once at the top, stop and take in the views from the Memorial Cross or lookout point. The Camel’s Hump walk which is a part of a small, steep volcano will tire everyone out and then if you’re lucky you may get time to sneak in a coffee or lunch at the café at the top. Also in this region is the spa town of Daylesford that offers luxurious natural springs and a variety of family activities such as horse riding, trout fishing and art exhibitions. There’s great options for eating out from casual to fine dining. Remember some drink bottles to sample the tangy mineral water freely available in taps around the area.
The other side of Melbourne you’ll find the Dandenongs that boasts a National Park and state forest. Here you’ll find many cycling and walking trails for a variety of fitness levels, as well as the famous 1000 Steps for the truly dedicated. The Montrose Community Playground is also in the area as well as some epic high ropes and obstacle courses, like Trees Adventure, to challenge all levels.SkyHigh Mount Dandenong has a great restaurant and café which you can indulge in while the kids take on the onsite maze. Finally take in afternoon tea at the Piggery Café in Sherbrooke which is complete with its own bakery, vegetable gardens, lawn bowls, croquet and bocce pitch.
The best theme parks around Melbourne are still considered to be Adventure Park Geelong or Funfields in Whittlesea. Funfields has water play and rides such as toboggans, go karts, mini golf and younger children’s play areas. Adventure Park Geelong has a similar offering on a larger scale but you’ll also find jumping castles, archery, canoeing and paddle boats. Geelong can be a great location for a family getaway due to its proximity to beach towns such as Torquay and Barwon Heads, as well as copious dining options in the surrounding areas including some top notch wineries and breweries along the Bellarine peninsula.
Luna Park is also worth a visit if you are based around the St Kilda area, although it is set on a smaller plot than the above mentioned parks. Here you could also include a visit to the St Kilda Sea Baths, Botanical Gardens and definitely sample a sweet treat from one of the many delicious pastry and cake shops along Acland Street. The St Kilda adventure playground is also a highlight and see what is screening at the classic 1930s cinema, The Astor Theatre.