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5 Places To Visit in Melbourne for Families With Kids

Bring The Kids To These Places In Melbourne

Surrounded by the picturesque country region of Victoria, Melbourne is a city promising lots of fun for kids and the young at heart.

Have a ball of a time in Melbourne, home to plenty of outdoor and indoor activities to choose from. From feeding wild animals to sampling the freshest Victorian produce at its farmers’ markets, there are lots that you and your family can enjoy in one of Australia’s most popular cities.

1. Munch on Fresh Produce From Melbourne’s Farmers’ Markets

Address: Various locations
Opening hours: Various hours

Melbourne is teeming with farmers’ markets for the whole family.  

On the third and fifth Saturdays of the month, the Boroondara Farmers’ Market sells fresh produce, eggs, bread and pastries, wine, and honey. Pets and children are welcome to sample its delectable fare at this Victorian Farmers Market Association-accredited event.

Carlton Farmers' Market happens on the first Saturday of each month at Carlton Primary School. Sample from the offerings of 35 farmers, and choose from the freshest meat, fruits, and vegetables. You may also choose to have a picnic in its lovely compound. Don’t forget to bring your own eco-friendly bags, as plastic bags are not provided.

A list of Melbourne’s farmers’ markets is available. Or visit the Victorian Farmers' Markets Association website for a longer list of markets in the wider Victoria area.

Get directions to Boroondara Farmers’ Market

2. Spot the Twelve Apostles from Port Campbell National Park

Address: Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell VIC 3269, Australia
Telephone number: Call 13 1963 within Australia or +613 8427 2002 internationally
Opening hours: Open 24 hours daily

Bring the kids on a roadtrip, starting with a scenic drive along the Great Ocean Road (GOR). Considered one of the world’s best coastal drives, it is a must-do activity here in Victoria.

One of the major stops along the GOR, Port Campbell National Park, is best known for its Twelve Apostles rock formations and Loch Ard Gorge, a 19th century shipwreck site. Kids who are able to climb stairs independently will enjoy the Gibson Steps from which you can walk down to the scenic beach, or the London Bridge viewing areas, among other viewpoints along the Great Ocean Road.

Stop by Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre for traveller tips once you've arrived. A three-hour drive from PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport, the park’s Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre Kiosk is open 10:00am to 4:30pm daily with basic refreshments on sale.

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3. Discover Australia With The Kids At Melbourne Museum

Address: 11 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia
Telephone number: +61 3 8341 7777
Opening hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm daily

Touted as the biggest museum in the Southern Hemisphere, the Melbourne Museum is housed in a stunning modern monolith which doubles up as an architectural icon.

Tiny tots to five-year-olds will have something to explore at the Melbourne Museum’s Children’s Gallery. Your kids can have fun digging for dinosaurs, unearthing fun facts at the discovery garden, or dance in a camouflage disco. Offering hands-on play-based learning environments, the Children’s Gallery is renowned for being child- and adult-friendly.

If you have older kids, the museum's Forest Secrets walk, Bugs Alive! insect exhibit, and Dinosaur Walk featuring prehistoric skeletons will keep them entertained for hours. Pop into the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about living cultural traditions in Australia, or the Te Pasifika Gallery to unearth Pacific Island treasures. Begin or end your visit with a breathtaking IMAX theatre experience.

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4. Walk on the Wild Side at the Melbourne Zoo

Address: Elliott Ave, Parkville VIC 3052, Australia
Telephone number: +61 1300 966 784
Opening hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm daily

The Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens, better known as the Melbourne Zoo, features a zookeeper and veterinarian role-play activity at Keeper Kids. Children will learn how to create zoo exhibits and deal with daily situations that zookeepers face at the zoo such as animal diet care, conservation projects, and even gardening.  

Highlights for all ages include the zoo’s Australian Fur Seals threatened by hunting, pollution, and human activity in the wild, and the Butterfly House. Heated to an ideal 28 degrees Celsius throughout the year, it features hundreds of colourful native Australian butterflies living in lush greenery.

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5. Do A Double Take At ArtVo

Address: 26 Star Cres, Docklands VIC 3008, Australia
Telephone number: +61 3 9600 1118
Opening hours: 10:00am to 6:00pm daily except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

ArtVo is an interactive illusionary "trick art" gallery inspired by South Korea's visual illusion museums. Your children can take photos with over 100 three-dimensional artworks, lovingly handpainted by 14 artists.

Immerse yourself in fantastic galleries here - They include Australian and world culture-inspired exhibits, aquatic adventure, jungle safari, and more. Photo points marked out on the ground indicate where you should stand for the best optical illusion results that will leave your friends wondering how you found that perfect photo spot!

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