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Melbourne has been rated as the most livable city in the world. Nature walks, zoos, fun rides, street art, operas, theme parks you name it and the city has them all. The city has one of the best public transports and infrastructure too. This lively city has something for everyone. Most importantly, there's so much Melbourne offers to children that it makes it a perfect holiday spot for families. Check out these 15 must see attractions for children when you are in the country of the kangaroos.
There are zoos and then there is the Melbourne zoo. Over 250 species from around the world can be found in the beautifully landscaped settings of Melbourne Zoo, just five minutes from the city centre. Stroll through lush Asian and African rainforests, Australian bushland and underwater too! Walk where the tigers roam and the monkeys swing. See eye-to-eye with Orang-utans in their special elevated exhibit, explore the Trail of Elephants, then head down the bush track to see unique Australian wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, wombats and emus. Submerge yourself in their underwater world to see Victoria's iconic Little Penguins and Australian Fur Seals.
Does your child get an adrenalin rush the moment he/she sees that roller coaster? Then Luna Park Melbourne is the place for her. Luna Park Melbourne is Melbourne's ultimate destination for fun. Ideally located next to St. Kilda beach, Melbourne's Luna Park is always a great day out.
St. Kilda beach
Spend a day at the eclectic St.Kilda beach. Let the children discover the world of sand castles and lollies while you sip Australia's famous beer by the beach. A relaxing, fun-filled day for the entire family indeed!
Eureka Skydeck 88
Eureka Skydeck 88 is Melbourne's must see attraction. Two dedicated lifts propel visitors to level 88 in under 40 seconds. Only Skydeck 88 can take you to The Edge, a switchable glass cube which slides out from the building, with you inside! Imagine the thrill of that!
Apart from the unforgettable panorama, Skydeck 88 entertains the entire family with a host of activities and fascinating facts. Touch and discover Serendipity, the six metre long interactive Table of Knowledge; follow the scrolling LED floor displays; match the directional sounds to the Melbourne landmark or simply step on to the Terrace and expose yourself to the outside elements.
An absolute delight for young people who would love to play with science here. Scienceworks links Melbourne's industry, heritage and applied technology in one place: a new building looking across the arena to the century-old Pumping Station, all under the grand arc of the West Gate Bridge. Today, Scienceworks is bursting with things to challenge the curious minds of all ages. In just one visit, you can stroll among the gigantic machines that kept the city running, enjoy electrifying theatre in the Lightning Room, let your little ones roam safely in enclosed spaces, wander through impresive exhibitions and drop into the deep space at the Melbourne Planetarium.
Melbourne's Tall Ship Story: Launched in Belfast in 1885, the Polly Woodside sailed 1.5 million kilometres around the globe. Located in the heart of Melbourne's South Wharf precinct she is a tangible reminder of Australia's rich maritime history and is one of Melbourne's most iconic attractions. Visitors can take a guided tour of the ship, including the decks below, view artefacts in the award winning interactive gallery and watch a fascinating short film about life onboard the ship in the theatrette. With an interactive gallery and an exciting program of events, this enchanting tall ship provides an engaging experience for all.
If you love water rides then this is the place to be. Featuring a tantalising mix of both wet and dry rides, Funfields is the perfect day out. Enjoy the Alpine toboggan slide, go-karts, pirate ship, bumper boats and mini golf. When you’re ready to cool off head over to Wacky Waters, a magical aquatic playground with over 20 interactive features and Australia’s only Hydro Storm.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
How can any trip be complete without going to the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. Affectionately known as 'The G' to locals and cricketing fans the world over, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is a cultural icon and one of the most important cricket grounds in the world. Guided tours to MCG are also available.
Home to thousands of aquatic animals, including one of Australia's largest saltwater Crocodiles, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium takes you on an interactive adventure from the depths of the ocean to the icy waters of Antarctica.
With interactive animal encounters, iconic state of the art displays and animal feeds, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is an excellent, educational and engaging experience, not to be missed.
Situated approximately 90 minutes away from central Melbourne, Philip Island is a must visit attraction. Watch little penguins sing & dance as they waddle to their burrows at twilight. The penguin parade, as it's called, is once in a lifetime opportunity. Over 4,000 of the 32,000 little penguins living in the waters around Phillip Island have their burrows around Summerland Beach. Native to Australia and the smallest of their species at just 33 centimetres, the little penguins leave their burrows about an hour before sunrise and swim up to 100 kilometres each day before returning at dusk.
Panny's Chocolate Factory
Want to relive Roald Dahl's, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, then a visit to Panny's Chocolate factory in Philip Island is a must. Learn to make chocolates, play chocolate related games and treat yourself to dark, white, milk, nuts or nuts chocolate.
Churchill Island Heritage Farms
Take a step back in time and explore the heritage and tranquil scenery of Churchill Island’s extensive farm grounds and beautiful gardens. The Cape Barren geese greets you, honking and showing off their bright green beaks as you wind your way up through the paddocks. Discover the ways of the olden days and look on as rangers and farm hands carry out the daily heritage farming activities like sheep shearing, working dogs, cow milking, and whip cracking. Children get to experience farm life first hand.
Great Ocean Road
Within striking distance of Melbourne the Great Ocean Road is another fantastic day trip! You can wind your way through some legendary town and stop at some great beaches, such as Bells Beach (famous for pro surfing) and Torquay.
Royal Botanical Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne is one of Victoria’s most precious areas of native bushland and offers nature-lovers the chance to explore 363 hectares of untouched heathlands, wetlands and woodlands. These expansive natural gardens are also home to thriving bird and animal life, including several rare and endangered species.
Werribee Open Zoo
Another great favourite of children in Melbourne is the Werribee Open Zoo. This is an African themed zoo and is located about 32 km out of Melbourne in Werribee. You can take a safari bus tour in the Open Range Zoo. The tour takes about 45 minutes. The safari tour includes hippo, animals of the grassland such as zebra and waterbuck, giraffe, ostrich, and rhinoceros, as well as the camel and the oryx. Also lions, meerkats and much more! There is also a simulated African Village.
Hope you get to enjoy your holiday in Melbourne. Do write your queries in the comments section.