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#1 ~strawberry~

Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:27 PM

Money has been a bit tight lately, so instead of going away we want to do some day trips to show our kids more of our wonderful state. Today we had fish & chips on the beach at Cowes and went for a swim.

I'm after ideas of where to go and what to do within 2hrs of  (outer eastern) Melbourne. Kids are 6 & 4.

Also, I have limited mobility so anything that involves walking is somewhat limited.


#2 WibbleWobble

Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:34 PM

Macedon Ranges area is lovely. You could have a picnic at Hanging Rock. The picnic area has some flat spaces, a toilet block and a cafe. They have a monthly market as well.

#3 sasar

Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:43 PM

I've got a list going... being new to Melbourne and all

Geelong - carousel, big wheel, lots of sculptures
Where Seachange was filmed
Twelve apostles
Brighton beach boxes
St Kilda and Luna Park
See a game of AFL
See the snow
Coastal drive
Melbourne Zoo
Collingwood children's farm
See a comedy show (w/o kids)
About five different markets
The street where neighbours is filmed

I also just search 'what's on melbourne' every Saturday morning and will just choose something from there if there is a festival or a parade to go to.

Hopefully I'll get some more ideas from this thread too.

#4 chicken_bits

Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:44 PM

I've heard good things about this place. Your kids would love it:

#5 Mummaduke

Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:48 PM

Another vote for Macedon Ranges, you can drive to the top of Mt Macedon and there is a very brief (500m) paved path to the cross on the top which has a great view back to Melbourne.  

You could easily do Mt Macedon and Hanging Rock in one day, perhaps Mt Macedon in the morning, have a coffee at the cafe and then drive the 20mins to Hanging Rock and have a bbq/picnic.  We have been to Hanging Rock twice and haven't done the walk to the top so it's still an enjoyable non walking place to visit and they have a lovely cafe and playground as well.  Be warned that there is a $10 fee to exit the park.

I also highly recommend Kinglake, it has a beautiful playground for the kids with dry stone creek beds and fallen trees as seats, it's really natural and non-plastic.

Also in the Kinglake area is a national park with a fabulous outdoor bbq and a short but quite steep walk to the falls.

As you can see I love this area and as we live nearby we visit it regularly, my boys are 4.5 and 2 and I would really recommend all these places.

#6 WithSprinkles

Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:52 PM

- Werribee Zoo (Melbourne Zoo too for that matter)
- The Dandenong Ranges
- Daylesford/Hepburn Springs (Chocolate factory/cafe: http://www.chocmill....u/location.html)
- Could catch the ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff

#7 Goggie

Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:56 PM

Puffing billy is a good one to do, picnic at Emerald Lake.

Collingwood childrens farm is inner city but you could definitely make a day of it by having breakfast or lunch at the cafe and wandering around.

St Andrews Market (on way to Kinglake)

Warrandyte market plus a small walk along the Yarra.

#8 elmo_mum

Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:57 PM

phillip island - go karting on the race track, koala park and the penguins!
country races

#9 Anne of The Island

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:15 PM

Great thread, OP.  We moved to Melbourne a couple of years ago & there are plenty of ideas on here for us too.  Thanks.

We went to Sunnyridge strawberry farm recently and the kids loved it!  There is also a goat farm nearby - if you time it right you can see the goats being milked & they also have cheeses etc to taste.  It's called Main Ridge Goat Farm, I think.

Ours also love Scienceworks, The Museum, The Zoo, The Aquarium.

We went to Sovereign Hill recently and were very impressed with the set-up and the kids had a ball!

#10 katpaws

Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:19 AM

Blackspur and Marysville, so you can do Healesville on the way

#11 Rukktbugs

Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:28 AM

Maldon, Castemaine and definatly Ballarat - sovereign hill is awesome but they also have a wildlife and reptile park that the kids love original.gif

#12 bubbalee

Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:32 AM

There are quite a few places where you can do berry picking out in the valley, Launching Place, Silvan ect.

Emerald Lake, have a picnic, feed the ducks ect

Seville Water Park

#13 Sockergris

Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:40 AM

Most of my ideas have already been mentioned but here's a few more:
Chesterfield farm
Lilydale lake
Seville waterplay park
Heide museum of modern art
William Rickets sanctuary, Tulip festival etc Mount Dandenong
Yarra Glen has a nice pub and fun playground
Fruit picking in the Yarra Valley is fun
Abbortsford convent
St Kilda adventure playground
The enchanted maze garden at Arthur's seat
Coolart wetlands
Kew traffic school
Fitzroy gardens

Dromana drive in

#14 ~strawberry~

Posted 28 February 2013 - 08:14 PM

Awesome ideas here! Thank you!

Some I have done in the past and forgotten about, other's I've thought about doing but never think of at the right time, and some totally new ideas that I am looking forward to.

A couple of weeks ago we did Yarra Glen - lunch at a winery, then a visit to the new chocolatiere ending with a play at the playground there - one of the best playgrounds we've been to.

We're going to Emerald lake soon for a wedding, I'm really looking forward to that.

I also want to do either Arthurs seat maze or Ashcombe maze and combine it with a visit to the Red Hill market.

I've never been to Macedon ranges. I'd love to hear more - where exactly to go and what to see please!

#15 RynandStompy

Posted 28 February 2013 - 08:36 PM

Some great ideas here that I'll keep in mind too.
I also suggest keeping an eye on a Vic Farmer's Mkt type website, like this one but I think there's a few different organisations around now.

But if you're thinking of a day trip on a weekend, no harm in checking out which areas have a market happening and what kind of produce or even activities like pony rides or whatever will be on. We've gone to some great ones the past year, plus got to see some more of Victoria too in our day trip.

Also, I think it's Yarra Glen that's just upgraded their playground to pretty awesome. We've stopped on te way to Healesville before and been impressed at the range of different age levels it accomodated. It looks new.

Actually, if you're looking at daytrips, perhaps checking the Melbourne Playgrounds facebook page would be good too as I think they've reviewed a lot of Victorian ones too. Again, useful to know what's out there.

We like food and gardening so have had some fun day trips to Diggers Club grounds. The St Erth area is smaller but Trentham of all places had some lovely foodie places. And Heronswood is beautiful. DD is younger though so will possibly be bored with such when she's 4 or 6. Right now she's happy to run around the grounds and look at ducks  happy.gif

#16 marnie27

Posted 02 April 2013 - 11:33 PM

Great thread! I'm posting so I can find this later - we are driving to Tassie soon and spending some time in and around Melbourne as well.

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