Melbourne: Recommend Family/Kids Friendly Activities

Old Oct 19th, 2002, 06:16 PM
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Ganeash
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Melbourne: Recommend Family/Kids Friendly Activities

We will be here for 1 week in the 4th week of November.
In our group of 7, there are 4 kids aged btw 6 to 11yrs. Since this is their first trip to Australia, I am not sure what would make them feel good.

Any advice is appreciated. We are traveling by car and all our accommodations are already been fixed.
 
Old Oct 19th, 2002, 08:04 PM
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Healesville might make a good day trip out of the city, there is Healesville Sanctuary which specialises in Australian wildlife and has feeding times during the day for koalas, kangaroos etc. Maroondah Dam is nearby with good short walks and colourful parrots which can be fed. There are quite a few wineries in this area, some have restaurants but they can be upmarket and probably boring for kids.

Take a trip up the Rialto Tower in the city for a great view. Good view at night as well with all the lights.

You can catch a ferry or water taxi from Southbank in the city to Scienceworks which is popular with kids and on to Williamstown, a good place for lunch and a wander. They have a monthly weekend market.

The Melbourne Zoo is great, you could catch a tram there which the kids might like.

You can see possums in the Treasury and Fitzroy Gardens in the city, dusk is a good time.

There is an enormous fob watch in Melbourne Central (in the centre near the old shot tower) which opens on the hour and plays music. Always popular.
Kay
 
Old Oct 23rd, 2002, 04:05 PM
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Thanks for all the advices. I will be leaving in 3 weeks time and if you
have some more comments/inputs please post here.
I will be posting a detail trip activities in a website similar to the one that i have for our German trip.
( http://www.vgpma.com/travel/ ).

Thanks folks
 
Old Oct 24th, 2002, 05:34 AM
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Puffing Billy and Philip Island's penguin and seal colonies are something to add.
 
Old Oct 24th, 2002, 10:33 PM
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The new Melbourne museum has some good exhibits for children.
Fitzroy Gardens - few minutes walk from the CBD - has a miniature village and plenty of room to let off steam.
The Queen Victoria market is excellent for food, clothes and souvenirs.
The Melbourne aquarium is good but if you have been to other aquariums, you could give it a miss.
Wander along Southbank - lots of boats offering trips along the river (you can take one to Scienceworks), plus food courts, cafes etc. The Botanical Gardens are really nice but not really of interest to children, but a good place for a picnic.
The craft market on the St Kilda Esplanade is terrific for both shopping and people watching. Walk a few minutes to Acland Street for fabulous cake shops. Also in the area is Luna Park - Melbourne's fun fair.
Look out for the free City Circle trams which run about every 15 minutes on a circuit of the city centre. They are brown vintage trams.
If you are looking for cheap places to eat, there are several good food courts in the city (try the Australia arcade one). You could also try a yum cha in one of the Chinese restaurants in Little Bourke Street. Out of the city, ask around for the clubs - they offer reasonable meals at reasonable prices. There is usually no problems with non-members using their facilities.
Hope you have a great holiday.
 
Old Oct 25th, 2002, 04:57 AM
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Don't forget Mt. Dandenong. The view is gorgeous. All the little towns on the way up the mountain are nice for a visit also as well as the ferntree gullies.
I also agree with the other posts ... Healsville Sanctuary is a very nice place to visit. Funny story - last year my Melbourne hosts kept saying they were taking me to Hills of the Century. For 2 weeks that's all I heard - Hills of the Century. I kept thinking that I had not seen it mentioned in any of the books. I kept going over the books, even trying to pull it up on the internet. The night before we were to go I guess my southern ears picked up on their accents and it dawned on me they were saying Healsville Santuary! LOL We had a very nice day there and at Badger Creek (picnic area down the road).
I'm going back at Christmas for 3 weeks this time. Can't wait.
 
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