Melbourne to Belgrave
Driving just an hour east of the city will land you in Belgrave, where you can make unforgettable family memories with a ride aboard Melbourne’s historic steam engine, Puffing Billy. Suddenly all of life’s stresses and worries will melt away as the train chugs through the picturesque forest, rolling hills and lush farmland. Made all the better as your legs dangle over the sides. And the train ride’s not the only fun on offer. Once you land in Emerald Lake Park, you can enjoy a walk in nature or let the kids play while you relax and set up a picnic.
Melbourne to Healesville
Animals are always a sure-fire way to keep the kids entertained on holidays, and one of the top places to see them is Healesville Sanctuary. You’ll see koalas, kangaroos, wombats, snakes and native birds while exploring the grounds, which you need at least two to three hours to traverse. There’s an entire program of shows during the day offering something for everyone, with plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with the wildlife. Then, stop for a sweet treat at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, where you can indulge in gourmet ice creams and sample different chocolates. While you’re in the Yarra, why not make a weekend out of it and let the adults relax at the wineries?
Melbourne to Ballarat
Experience the excitement of the 1850s gold rush with a visit to the Sovereign Hill outdoor museum. You’ll give your kids an education on a pivotal moment in Australian history while having plenty of fun. Try your luck and pan for gold in just the same way as they did in the time of the rush – finder’s keepers!
Sovereign Hill feels like walking through a town that’s been frozen in time. There’s plenty for the family to explore, with the streets filled with horse carriages, old-timey shops and staff dressed in period costumes. Also, don’t miss out on the Winter Festival, which brings a Christmas in July feel to Ballarat.
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