Melbourne offers a unique holiday experience for families. Melbourne is great throughout the year, but visit during spring or summer and discover a whole new world of fun. Here are a few suggestions.
Be a young Einstein
Melbourne Museum is one of the most interactive, innovative and fun museums. Walk through the living Forest Gallery growing right inside the museum building. And whether you’ve got big or small kids in your family, there is a fun-filled Children's Museum. Situated in the bohemian Melbourne suburb of Carlton, there is plenty of accommodation for those on a budget, including backpackers or hostels.
Strike it rich!
Step back in time to the Gold Rush era at Sovereign Hill, outside Melbourne in Ballarat. For a bit of adventure, go down the Red Hill Mine and experience the life of the miners in their pursuit of gold. It’s a unique fun adventure and who knows, maybe you might find a stash of gold nuggets. Worth a trip for old and young, fun for the whole family.
Ride a steam train
Take a nostalgic ride on the Puffing Billy - the world's oldest steam train - as it winds its way through the verdant Dandenong Ranges. Puffing Billy connects with Melbourne’s metropolitan trainline, meaning you can stay in budget Melbourne accommodation and get there easily.
Be a farmhand for a day
At Warrook Cattle Farm, kids can try their hand at milking and feeding the lambs and calves. The scrumptious Aussie BBQ is a must.
"Stimulate" your senses
Phillip Island is only a few hours drive from Melbourne, but why not make a weekend of it and stay in one of the island’s many accommodation options, from budget backpackers and hostels, to top-notch hotels. Hours of entertainment await you at a Phillip Island’s Maze 'N Things in Phillip Island where you can explore range of mind-boggling activities.
Meet the friendly "locals"
And while you’re on Phillip Island, don't miss the spectacular parade of fairy penguins as they waddle across the beach to their burrows each night. It can be a late night, particularly in the summer months, so choose from backpackers and budget hostel accommodation options, or splurge on a lovely bed and breakfast. During daylight hours, enjoy close-up views of up to 16,000 fur seals basking in their natural habitat at The Nobbies and koalas cuddling amongst the towering gum trees at Koala Conservation Centre.
Pick your own berries
The Mornington Peninsula is just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne, but stay awhile, there is plenty to do. As well as five-star hotels, there are backpackers and hostels or take some friends and their families and book some group accommodation. A simply delicious experience awaits you at one of Australia's largest strawberry producers, Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm. Indulge in fresh strawberries or strawberry jam with scones and cream. Wander through the strawberry fields and pick your own fresh berries between November till end April.
Swim with the dolphins and seals
You’ll have plenty of time if you’ve booked a few nights at a backpackers or hostel on the Mornington Peninsula, so why not experience the thrill and excitement of interacting with Port Phillip Bay’s seals and dolphins, off the coast of Sorrento, two hours drive from Melbourne. On board the fully equipped 70-foot vessel, "Moonraker", you will have the opportunity to see these creatures in their natural environment