Looking for A Family Adventure in Australia? Here Are 50 Things to Do in Melbourne With Kids of All Ages.
Voted as the world’s most liveable city since 2011, Australia’s second most populous city should be on everyone’s Australian itinerary. Also known as the sporting and event’s capital of the world, this young city has much to offer. It is a metropolitan city of diverse cultures with Mandarin as the second most spoken language outside of English whilst Melbourne houses the largest Greek population outside of Greece. There are so many things to do in Melbourne with kids of all ages and here’s a comprehensive list to kick start your family trip.
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1. Birrarung Marr Playground is the only playground in the CBD and is located by the river in Federation Square. Lots of challenging contraptions including the crowd pleasers.
2. Head to Hosier Lane and AC/DC Lane for some selfies of the best street art in Melbourne.
3. The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is an out of the norm museum of sorts which sometimes features some great moving image galleries. Check out Family Sunday for free entry and the different themes available.
4. Located in the Old Customs House, the Immigration Museum is filled with the real stories of people who have migrated to Victoria.
5. ArtPlay is a wonderful concept where kids of all ages get to work and play together with artists through all forms of performing and visual arts. Check out their program for unique events.
6. SEA Life Melbourne Aquarium. Some popular attractions include the penguin playground, Rainforest Adventure and the glass bottom boat that hover over the 2.2 million litre oceanarium.
7. Suitable for children 8 and under, head to Playpod at the State Library of Victoria. It is filled with activities to read, create and play.
8. Enjoy a river cruise on the Yarra River and enjoy the view of the city from a different perspective. Don’t let the fact that in the 1880s the Yarra River was a cesspool and the city was nicknamed Smellbourne!
9. The National Gallery of Victoria has a roving kids exhibition section that will appeal to kids of all ages and is extremely family friendly. Whilst you’re there make sure you check out the world’s largest stained-glass ceiling.
10. Got a pilot in the making? Flight Experience Australia in QV Retail allows you to get in a flight simulator used by real flight trainees.
11. If you’re around during the Christmas period, the Myer (Australia’s department store) houses the very famous Myer Christmas windows. With a different theme each year, the windows showcase a Christmas story worth queueing up for.
12. Signal is a creative studio for teenagers and young adults where they can work with professional artists. If you have a teen who craves a creative outlet, signal is definitely the place to be.
13. If you’re in Melbourne in February, try and tee it up with White Night. This is a 12-hour festival that runs from 7pm to 7am where you’ll see the city transform with music, illuminations, dance and installations. Kids love being awake at 2am in the morning, running around the vibrant city.
14. Grollo Equiset Garden at the back of the National Gallery of Victoria always something going on from art installations to lazy Sundays with live music.
15. Old Melbourne Gaol houses Australia’s infamous criminals.
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16. Visit the Melbourne Star in the Docklands, Southern Hemisphere’s only Giant Observation Wheel.
17. Polly Woodside in South Wharf is an actual tall ship that is turned into a maritime museum.
18. If you’re looking to escape the heat, head to O’Brien Group Arena for a bit of ice skating.
19. ArtVo in the docklands is an immersive art gallery or ‘trick art’ gallery and is such a fun activity for the whole family.
20. IMAX Melbourne in Carlton constantly screens 3D documentaries and blockbuster movies. This is such a crowd pleaser!
21. If you’re looking for the best 360-degree view of the city try The Edge at Eureka Tower. The all-glass cube is located on the 88th floor and suspends you over 300 meters from the ground! Yikes!
22. Come to Melbourne in January and attend the Australian Open. The Australian Grand Slam is the only Grand Slam that has 2 closed roof stadiums. Ground passes for families are very affordable. An interesting fact, Melbourne is the only city in the world with five international standard sporting facilities on the fringe of its central business district. Rod Laver Arena where the Australian Open is held is one of the five sporting facilities.
23. Suitable for 5 and under, take your little ones to Melbourne Museum’s children’s gallery. Enjoy being a palaeontologist or have a boogie at the camouflage disco.
24. Black Light mini golf provides for a fun family adventure in the Docklands. Glow in the dark plus mini golf sure sounds like fun!
25. The National Sports Museum is located in the Melbourne Cricket Ground and definitely a must if your kids are into their sports. There is also a small interactive area which children and adults will both enjoy.
26. Whilst you’re at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), jump on a tour. Particularly if you’re an Australian Rules Football and cricket fan. It is the 10th largest stadium in the world and the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. If you’re around between April and September, attend a footy game only played in Australia. The MCG was host to Australia’s first Olympic games in 1956, which was the first to be held in the southern hemisphere, giving you another reason to visit this iconic stadium!
27. Dialogue in the dark is a sensory experience to show you a moment in the life of a blind person. It is an experience in total darkness led by blind guides.
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28. Visit Luna Park in St Kilda, Melbourne’s iconic and historic amusement park for epic rides and carnival treats. Great Scenic Railway is the oldest continuously running roller coaster in the world.
29. Melbourne Zoo is located in Parkville and well worth the visit. Pack a picnic as the food there is not very exciting.
30. For the car lovers in your family and you’re around in March, head to Albert Park to catch the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix.
31. Collingwood Children’s Farm in Abbotsford is a local favourite for all things farm animals. Get up close and personal with your favourites. Check out the Farmer’s market on every second Saturday of the month and indulge in delicious hot chocolates at the Farm Café.
32. Clip “N’ Climb in Richmond will appeal to the rock climbing adventurer in the family. With 33 different themed zones of varying difficulties, there’s enough to amuse all ages.
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33. Funfields is a theme park offering 22 rides and a water play area in Whittlesea.
34. Melbourne is a coastal city so there are beaches as far as the eye can see. Head to Chelsea beach by the bay if you’re after flat, calm waters. Otherwise if you’re just up for a walk, even St Kilda is lovely.
35. Legoland Discovery Centre in Chadstone Shopping Centre is designed for kids aged between 3 and 10 years. They have a Miniland, Duplo farm and even a 4D cinema.
36. Australian National Aviation Museum at Moorabbin airport showcases the aviation industry in Australia. It houses the oldest Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation aircraft.
37. Every Sunday at the Diamond Valley Railway, the miniature steam railways are operational. Perfect for younger children. There is also a playground and pony rides.
38. Werribee Open Range Zoo is an African style themed zoo and it even has a Slumber Safari offering for a bit of overnight glamping.
39. Valley Park riding school in Templestowe offers beginner lessons and trail park rides for anyone looking for horseback activities.
40. Scienceworks in Spotswood will entertain the inner geek. From robotics to the Planetarium, there’s sure to be something that will amuse kids of all ages.
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41. The closest surf beaches from the CBD would either be Torquay down the Surf Coast Highway or the Mornington Peninsula. Perfect for the boogie boarders and surfers in the family.
42. Who doesn’t love chocolate? Yarra Valley Chocolaterie in Yarra Glen has an amazing collection of chocolates with the favourite being the giant chocolate freckle. They also make their own ice cream with a huge range of flavours to choose from. And for those who are keen, you can always enrol the kids into chocolate making classes.
43. From Belgrave, ride an original steam locomotive, Puffing Billy through the forest. Puffing Billy is Australia’s premier preserved steam railway and it takes you through the magnificent Dandenong Ranges. Make your way through the temperate rainforest as you brush past fern gullies and Mountain Ash trees.
44. During the summer months Sunnyridge Strawberry Farm offers strawberry picking. You pay for entry and you can take home a small punnet. Best of all, you can eat as much as you like as you’re picking. Watch the kids get low down the ground searching for the juiciest, plumpest strawberry they can find.
45. Adventure Park is Victoria’s biggest water theme park. If you’re heading down the surf coast, you have to pass Geelong anyway so its easy enough to add to the itinerary.
46. Take the kids to Puffing Billy in Belgrave to experience Australia’s well-preserved steam railway.
47. Healesville Sanctuary is a zoo specialising in Australian native animals roaming in their natural habitat.
48. Fancy panning for some gold? Head to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat where it’s like an open-air museum which depicts Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold there in 1851.
49. Enchanted Adventure Garden in Arthur’s Seat offer 3D maze gardens, big zip lines and a treetop obstacle course of up to 5 levels of difficulty. Suitable for very young children too!
50. If you’d like to watch Australia’s cutest fairy penguins in their natural habitat, you have to head to Philip Island. Observe them as they scurry out of the ocean at sunset and burrow down for the night.
We hope you found things some fun things to do in Melbourne for kids and its inspired you to visit this great Australian city! Melbourne is extremely family friendly and there are also plenty of free activities and attractions to engage in. Hope you have found this top 50 guide useful!
Luxury: Grand Haytt Melbourne
An institution the Grand Hyatt Melbourne is located on Collins Street, perfectly positioned in the heart of Melbourne’s shopping, dining and theatre centre. It boasts world-class facilities, indoor pool, open air tennis court in the heart of the city a great restsurants. Get club access and you can duck back in anytime for afternoon tea or canapes during cocktail hour.
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Boutique: Adelphi Hotel
Located in the heart of the city, the Adelphi is one of a kind. Contemporary and filled with all the mod cons, you also get to enjoy Melbourne’s premium dessert bar, Om Nom. Oh and don’t forget to check out the rooftop pool that hangs over the building!
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Affordable: ibis Melbourne
If you’re looking for something comfortable, good for the hip pocket and still in the heart of the city, this would be your best best. Rooms are clean and comfortable, has a fitness centre and sunny rooftop terrace. Great for families needing 2 rooms without costing the earth.
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Apartment: Aura on Flinders Serviced Apartments
If you prefer to have a little more space so the while family can be a bit more comfortable, consider Aura on Flinders. Each air-conditioned apartment features a full kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven. It has a dining area, and a lounge room with a flat-screen TV. The bathroom has a shower, hairdryer and free toiletries.
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