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Some of the best day trips we have taken the children on have been spur of the moment decisions to visit a region with no plans other than to stop wherever takes our fancy. The things we discover along the way are a surprise and more often than not we learn new things, discover natural attractions and unearth some of the most memorable destinations.
However, sometimes it's nice to have plans so both you and the children have something to look forward to after a long week at work or just for a change of scenery. Here are my top 5 picks in no particular order.
2. Walhalla may sound like an unusual choice for children but it offers the most amazing history lesson for primary school plus aged children in a way that is hands on, visual and easily understood. A tour of the old goldmine was a surprising hit with our children as was a ride on the historic railway. What I love about this town is how well preserved it is and how passionate the locals are to showcase the history and the town to visitors. From the 1st - 30th of August each year is the Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest where lights and sound bring life to the town in winter. For more information read my full review here.
3. Sorrento - Queenscliff on the ferry is a fun way to spend a day out with the family and see the Peninsula from a different perspective with great views of the cliff top mansions in Sorrento and Portsea, the Quarantine Station and Fort Nepean, The Rip, Bellerine Peninsula and if you're lucky you may also spot a pod of dolphins on the 40 minute crossing. I suggest leaving the car at Sorrento, not only to save a bit of money but because the stroll between the ferry and the township is nice. Try timing your visit to coincide with the Queenscliff market and the Heritage railway which are both only a few hundred metres from the ferry terminal and well worth a look. Enjoy fish and chips from 'Queenscliff fish and chip shop' and eat it in the park overlooking the water. Another popular place is the Rolling Pin Bakery but there are many options available with several cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. And of course pack the bathers and sun screen for those sunny days.
4.The Mornington Peninsula has a lot to offer and is only an hours drive away from Melbourne's CBD. With beautiful scenery, bay beaches on one side and surf beaches on the other it offers a diverse landscape to discover. Some of our families favourite things to do on the Peninsula include picnics at Seawinds Gardens, visiting local markets, enjoying bush and coastal walks such Bushrangers Bay, Fingal Beach, Baldry's Crossing and the Red Hill Rail Trail to name a few. For a special day out the Enchanted Maze is always a winner as is the Peninsula Hot Springs. The best playgrounds can be found at Sorrento, Rye, Flinders (recently renewed) and the also new rejuvenated playground at Schnapper Point in Mornington. As for more best attractions on the Mornington Peninsula, click here, or for free attractions, click here.