Photo: At Fitzroy Gardens, the Fairies’ Tree carved by Ola Cohn and a model Tudor Village (pictured),
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There are plenty of activities for children in Melbourne Australia throughout the year and school holidays. Fun stuff to do for the family includes:
Here’s a chance to pan for real gold! Sovereign Hill at Ballarat has an educational Gold Rush theme park, suitable for anyone and everyone and all interests. The attraction offers old-style shops selling lollies, hot bread and scones, to metal goods to please any shopaholic. You can even tour a gold mine and see a whole lotta gold! With a bit of luck, the kids will even find some while having fun panning for gold in the creek.
Located at: Sovereign Hill, Ballarat
Daily 10am - 5pm (except Christmas day)
Phone (03) 5331-1944
Like a great day out at the Melbourne zoo. Except for one thing... the people are in the enclosure. You travel around the zoo, which has only African animals, in a bus, gaining a better understanding of how animals interact with each other in the wild. There is also a 30 minute Volcanic Plains walking Trail offering great views. Daily: 10- 5
How to Get There: Werribee Line - Flinders Station to Werribee Station.
Location: K Road, Werribee
Phone (03) 9742-7933
The Geelong Naval & Maritime Museum is set in the first Australian Naval College (from 1913-1919). An interesting and wide range of exhibits. The museum has a wealth of information with model ships and submarines. The museum is even said to be haunted by a ghost! Open Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm.
Located at the rear of Osborn House
Swinburne Street, North Geelong
Phone (03) 5277-2260
This superb wildlife park, located just 4 minutes from Sovereign hill features native Australian animals including Koalas, Wombats, Saltwater and Freshwater Crocodiles, Tasmanian Devils, Goannas, Giant Tortoises, Wedge-tailed Eagles, venomous and non venomous Snakes. And of course, Wallabies, free-range Kangaroos, Emus and many more. There are plenty of opportunities to have your picture taken with an animal, not just the kids.
Located at Fussell & York Sts. Ballarat
Phone (03) 5333 5933
This is one of Melbourne’s latest attractions. Situated on the Southbank, opposite Crown Casino on the beautiful Yarra river. Exhibiting a large collection of fish and sharks basically enjoying life in the aquariums and oceanarium. The aquarium itself towers 2 stories high and goes one story underground, and extends under the Yarra itself! Some of the aquarium attractions include a coral atoll, oceanarium and billabong display. Daily 9am - 6pm.
Location: Corner of Queenswharf Road & King Street, Melbourne
Phone (03) 9620-0994
Weekend "kids pics" present new releases and old favorites. Sat. and Sun. and daily during school holidays.
How to Get There: Sandringham Line from Flinders Station to Eksternwick Station
9 Gordon Street, Elsternwick
Phone (03) 9524 7900
You can find plenty of green space in Melbourne, for picnics, barbeques and just to visit. Fitzroy Gardens in the city has the Captain Cook Cottage, the actual house his parents owned and lived in, transported brick by brick from England. The Conservatory, also in the park, is well worth taking the kids to for its eye popping floral displays, something that could leave quite a memorable impression on a young mind.
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