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We Recommend

Planning a getaway with children in tow? Putting together an itinerary with plenty to do in too little time? Whatever you are looking for, there are more than enough things to do in Melbourne.

Check out the suggestions that our local bloggers have put together. Parents will find useful suggestions from David and Jo’s inside scoop on Melbourne’s family-friendly facilities, while Amy and Kieron give their perspectives on unique experiences that no visitor should miss.

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Beach Day Out

Ride the waves, paddle in the water, lie in the sand and take a walk on the shore. St. Kilda, Brighton, Albert Park and Chelsea Beach are all frequent family haunts when the sun is out.

Collingwood Children’s Farm

Only four kilometres from the CBD, this farm offers fresh air and grassy paddocks just minutes from the city. Let your children experience the true Australian farm life, such as patting the goats, bottle-feeding baby lambs and milking the cows.

Royal Botanic Gardens

An oasis on the city fringe, the Royal Botanic Gardens flaunts over 50,000 plants on 36 hectares of land and plays host to a myriad of special events, school holiday action and classes for the young and young at heart.

Tram Rides

A day trip on the tram is a great way to keep the children entertained. With tram routes passing so many hot spots including the best local shopping and dining strips, this is a fun and affordable way for the family to get around.

Watch an AFL Football Game

Catch a game of Australian Rules Football in its home city. If you are in town any weekend between March and September, a game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground or Etihad Stadium is an experience you won’t forget.

Ice Bar Melbourne

Ditch the regular bar for something more exciting. Ice Bar Melbourne is entirely dedicated to being the city’s coolest joint.

Go Skiing/Snowboarding

If it’s winter and you have a full day, the snowfields are just a few hours’ drive away from the city. Whether or not you have hit the slopes before, Mount Buller is the perfect place to start your snowy adventures.


Go on a hunt for the city’s best food at Southbank. Packed full of cafés, shops and restaurants, it is also home to the dazzling Crown Casino. With plenty to see, taste and do, this is the ideal place to spend a few hours.

Did You Know?

Melbourne has been consistently voted the world’s most liveable city and residents take pride in upholding that fact.

Melbourne is the home of Australian Rules Football, so if you are in town on a weekend between March and September, catch a game for an experience you won't forget.

Melbourne's Chill On Ice Bar is a bar made entirely of ice (approximately 50 tonnes worth!) – even the cocktails come in ice glasses.

There are two zoos within a short distance of the PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport – the Royal Melbourne Zoo and the Werribee Open Range Zoo. For animal lovers, it is a perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon.