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This is one that will excite the children (big and little) if they love ships, boats, military vehicles, and anything Navy/ military related, so pencil in the HMAS Cerberus Open Day on the 27th of October as a not to be missed free day packed with entertainment.
Cerberus is home to the biggest Navy training base in Australia with 6,000 personnel trained annually on a massive 1,571 hectares of land and opens to the public for one day of the year for this event. It's an opportunity that thousands of people take advantage of, including a fellow Weekendnotes writer who has written about attending a previous Open day which can be read here.
Everything on the day is free, including parking, kids entertainment (including rides and jumping castles), boat rides and much more. The only thing you will be required to pay for is drinks and food purchased from the onsite stalls.
If you want a completely free day then pack a picnic and enjoy it on the lawns with overhead entertainment of the air show display (depending on timing).
Things to do on the day are:
* Watch the military air show
Take a ride on a Navy boat
Listen to the music
Check out the vintage car and motorcycle display
Look around the historical buildings
Speak to Navy personal
Take the kids on rides and help them with the activities
Look at the Navy steam engines
Try the food from an operational Army field kitchen (this does cost a little)
And for the young men and women out there thinking of joining the Royal Australian Navy then this is a great opportunity to get in and see what happens and ask the personnel plenty of questions and take home lots of information.
So if you have ever wondered about what happens behind the gates at HMAS Cerberus then don't miss this opportunity to have a sneak peak.
Map of HMAS Cerberus
Getting there: From Melbourne to HMAS Cerberus is 81km in distance and will take approximately 1 hour 10 minutes to drive, for directions click here. Entry is via South Beach Rd, (Melway ref 194 D1)
It's also possible to get there by train along the Stony Point line which leaves from Frankston station but you will need to expect to walk a few kilometres or if you can take your bike and ride. For a timetable of the Stony Point line click here.
Another alternative is to catch bus 782 from Frankston station which goes to Disney St in Crib Point and along South Beach Rd (which is the entry for HMAS Cerberus). Although the downside to this is that there are only a few services running and it's time consuming at 1 hour travelling time between Frankston and Stony Point. Click here for a timetable.