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Published March 15th 2023
Staycation Fun: Discovering Local Attractions and Activities
There are plenty of activities and events that cater to kids and families during this time. Here are some ideas:

Take a road trip: Head to the Great Ocean Road along one of the world's most scenic coastal drives and stop off at landmarks such as the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and the Otway Fly Treetop Walk.
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Photo by author: Otways
photo by author: Otways

Visit Some Big Things: Australia boasts numerous large structures and sculptures, collectively known as the "big things", which can be found throughout every state and territory of the continent.

Go fruit picking: Take a day trip to a nearby orchard or berry farm and pick your own apples, pears, strawberries, or other seasonal fruits.

Learn to surf: Sign up for a surf lesson or camp along the Surf Coast and experience the thrill of catching your first wave.

Visit a chocolate factory: Take a tour of a local chocolate factory, such as the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery, and sample some delicious treats.

Go on a bike ride: Rent a bike and explore one of Melbourne's many bike trails, such as the Capital City Trail, the Maribyrnong River Trail, or the Bay Trail.

Visit a farm: Take a trip to a local farm or petting zoo and interact with animals such as cows, sheep, goats, and alpacas.

Go camping: Escape the city and spend a few nights camping in one of Victoria's many national parks, such as Wilsons Promontory or the Grampians.

Go glamping: Salty Dog, Flinders offers unique glamping tents on the Mornington Peninsula. The tents are equipped with a queen-size bed, outdoor seating and a fire pit and is worth checking out for anyone looking for a luxurious camping experience.

Visit a theme park: Spend a day at a theme park, such as Adventure Park Geelong or Gumbuya World, and enjoy rides, attractions, and shows.

Go to Jurassic Creatures at Fountain Gate. Jurassic Creatures offers an animatronic dinosaur display and a plethora of activities for all ages - become a palaeontologist for the day! Kids will receive their own expert digger outfit and excavate their own fossil.

Take a cooking class: Sign up for a cooking class and learn how to make delicious dishes using seasonal ingredients.

Visit the Melbourne Zoo or the Werribee Open Range Zoo to see the animals and participate in their holiday programs.

Check out the Melbourne Museum or the Scienceworks Museum for interactive exhibits and workshops.

Chase Waterfalls: While Melbourne is not particularly known for its waterfalls, there are several beautiful waterfalls within driving distance of the city.

Go on a day trip to the Dandenong Ranges, where you can take a scenic train ride, go on a nature walk, or explore the treetop adventure course.

Head into the city: The Melbourne CBD offers a vibrant and diverse cultural experience and it's well worth a visit for anyone interested in exploring the best of what the city has to offer.

Take a leisurely stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens or the Cranbourne Gardens. There are many other great places to go for a walk in the Melbourne area for locals and visitors alike, offering opportunities to relax, connect with nature and enjoy a range of outdoor activities. What are some of your favourites?
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photo by author: Cranbourne Botanical Gardens
school holidays, gardens
photo by author: Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

Go to a Magic Show: Experience the ultimate family-friendly entertainment with The Greatest Magic Show, a sensational fusion of magic and circus featuring the captivating talents of Sam, Justin and the charming Ringmaster.

Check out the various art and craft workshops, tours for the parents, sports clinics and theatre performances being offered by local councils and community centres.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. It's always a good idea to check local event listings and tourism websites for specific activities and events happening during the autumn school holidays in Melbourne.
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