Best attractions for Children in Melbourne

Melbourne, the most liveable city in the world has many attractions that will engage the children during school holidays. Among these attractions, a few are better suited during winter, which makes it even more special.  Please feel free to use comments column, if you have been to a place, you would like to recommend.

Geelong Adventure Park

geelong adventure park

1249 Bellarine Hwy (B110)  , Wallington, Geelong  , Victoria 3224

Melways page 469 G8

This attraction is best for Children above the age of five.

Adventure Park is an amusement and water park in Wallington, which is ten minutes’ drive from Geelong. The park contains many attractions such as numerous water slides and water playgrounds.


 Anakie Fairy Park

fairy park

2388 Ballan Road , Anakie 3221 Victoria, Australia.

This attraction is good for Children or age 2 or above.

A spectacular rocky hilltop has been crafted into a truly unique place where family and friends come to relax and enjoy a day out together in a tranquil environment.

Most visitors spend here a whole day, but if you are in a hurry allow a couple of hours to get a feel for the place.

The three main areas that combine to form Fairy Park are the Fairytale Land, Camelot Playground and the Elephant Rock Picnic Grounds.

Bellarine Railway

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The only true Australian National Narrow Gauge (3′ 6″) Heritage Railway Collection. Ride and see heritage steam and diesel trains from every state all in one very scenic location. The Geelong Steam Preservation Society  is the operator of The Bellarine Railway

 Collingwood  Children’s Farm

18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, Melbourne, VIC, 3067

Your child can get a close up experience with farm animals . Suitable for children of any age.

 Cooks Cottage

cooks cottage

Fitzroy Garden/Wellington Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002

Cooks’ Cottage (also known as Captain Cook’s Cottage) is located in the Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne, Australia. The cottage was constructed in 1755 in the English village of Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, by the parents of Captain James Cook, James and Grace Cook .In 1933 the owner of the cottage decided to sell it with a condition of sale that the building remain in England. She was persuaded to change “England” to “the Empire”, and accepted an Australian bid of £800, by Russell Grimwade as opposed to the highest local offer of £300.

The cottage was deconstructed brick by brick and packed into 253 cases and 40 barrels, for shipping on board the Port Dunedin from Hull. Cuttings from ivy that adorned the house were also taken and planted when the house was re-erected in Melbourne. Grimwade, a notable businessman and philanthropist, donated the house to the people of Victoria for the centenary anniversary of the settlement of Melbourne in October 1934.


 Eureka Skydeck 88

eureka sky deck

7 Riverside Quay Southbank Victoria Australia 3006

Experience the awe inspiring view of Melbourne  from the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing Platform

 Fairfield Park Boat House

Fairfield Park Drive, Fairfield , VICTORIA – 3078

Hire a boat, Canoe or Kayak paddle through inner Melbourne’s only remaining natural bush land

 Healesville Sanctury

Badger Creek Rd, Healesville VIC 3777

Healesville Sanctuary, or the Sir Colin MacKenzie Fauna Park, is a zoo specializing in native Australian animals. It is located at Healesville in rural Victoria, Australia, and has a history of breeding native animals.

 Melbourne Museum and IMAX Theatre

Melbourne Museum Precinct, Rathdowne Street – Carlton Gardens ,Carlton South , Victoria – 3053

IMAX movies are designed to educate and enlighten as much as they are to entertain.

 Luna Park

luna park

18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda VIC 3182

Melbourne’s Luna Park is a historic amusement park on the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay in St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria. It opened on 13 December 1912 and has operated almost continuously ever since

 Melbourne Aquarium

melbourne aquarium

Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Melbourne Aquarium is a Southern Ocean and Antarctic aquarium in central Melbourne, Australia. It is located on the banks of the Yarra River beside and under the Flinders Street Viaduct and the King Street Bridge.

 Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre

375 Albert Rd, Albert Park VIC 3206

Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre is an international sporting venue in Albert Park, Victoria, Australia. The centre  opened on the 24th of July 1997 at a construction cost of A$65 million.

 Melbourne Zoo

Elliott Ave, Parkville VIC 3052

The Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens, commonly known as the Melbourne Zoo, has more than 320 animal species from Australia and around the world. The zoo is 4 kilometres north of the centre of Melbourne

 Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

101 Waterfront Way , Docklands, Melbourne Vic. 3008

The Melbourne Star is a giant Ferris wheel in the Waterfront City precinct at Melbourne Docklands in Melbourne

 Mornington Peninsula Mazes

55 Purves Rd, Arthurs Seat VIC 3936

The Enchanted Adventure Garden is an award-winning natural attraction nestled in the beautiful hinterland of Arthurs Seat. From humble beginnings, the Enchanted Gardens have grown into a wonderland of family adventure with mazes, gardens and adventure activities that  designed to enliven the senses and challenge the mind.

 National Gallery of Victoria

180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006


The National Gallery of Victoria, popularly known as the NGV, is an art museum in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1861, it is the oldest public art museum in Australia

 National Sports Museum

Gate 3, Olympic Stand, Melbourne Cricket Ground, East Melbourne VIC 3002

The National Sports Museum is a museum dedicated to Australian sport and is within the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia

 Old Melbourne Gaol

377 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000


The Old Melbourne Gaol is a museum and former prison in Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It consists of a bluestone building and courtyard, and is next to the old City Police Watch House and City Courts buildings

 Otway fly

360 Phillips Track Weeaproinah, VIC, 3233.

Otway Fly Treetop Adventures offers a whole host of experiences with the two core activities being The Otway Fly Treetop Walk and The Otway Fly Zip Line Tour.

 Phillip Island Nature Park

Phillip Island

Phillip Island Nature Park is a conservation park on Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia. Created in 1996, the park is owned by the Victorian State Government. Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill island and seal marine life

 Point Nepean National Park

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Point Nepean is truly one of Victoria’s beautiful natural landscapes. A special place with so much to see and discover. It has a rich history and played an important role in shaping the early settlement, quarantine and defence of Victoria. The park is  at the very tip of the Mornington Peninsula, with outstanding coastal scenery and panoramic views of Bass Strait, the Rip and Port Phillip Bay.

 Polly Wood Side

South  Wharf Rd, Southbank VIC 3006

Polly Woodside is a Belfast-built, three-masted, iron-hulled barque, preserved in Melbourne, Australia, and forming the central feature of the South Wharf precinct.

 Puffing Billy Railway

1 Old Monbulk Rd, Belgrave VIC 3160


The Puffing Billy Railway is a narrow gauge 2 ft 6 in gauge heritage railway in the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne, Australia

 Rippon Lea House and Garden

Rippon Lea House

192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick VIC 3185.

Located only 20 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, you will find the last of Australia’s grand suburban estates – with a pleasure garden of 5.7 hectares (14 acres) of sweeping lawns, magnificent trees, a tranquil lake, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest fernery, and an orchard with over one hundred varieties of heritage apples and pears.

Royal Botanic Garden

Birdwood Ave, South Yarra VIC 3141

The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is internationally renowned botanical gardens located near the centre of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on the south bank of the Yarra River

There is one more Royal Botanic Garden in Cranebourne

 Sea Road Ferries

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The spectacular 40-minute trip on the Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry Service links Melbourne’s most magnificent coastal regions: the Bellarine Peninsula and Mornington Peninsula.Both destinations have a vast amount of attractions to explore. Then, from Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula, it’s a leisurely 2-hour scenic drive to Phillip Island and the famous Penguin Parade. From Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula, you’re very close to the glorious Great Ocean Road.

Science Works

2 Booker St, Spotswood VIC 3015

Scienceworks is a world-renowned science museum in Melbourne, Australia. It is a venue of Museum Victoria which administers the cultural and scientific collections of the State of Victoria. It is located in the suburb of Spotswood.

 Werribee Open Range Zoo

K Rd, Werribee South VIC 3030

Werribee Open Range Zoo is an African themed zoo in Werribee, about 32 kilometres south-west of Melbourne

Buxton Trout and Salmon Farm

 2118 Maroondah Hwy, Buxton VIC 3711

Buxton Trout and Salmon Farm is Australia’s first trout farm where trout have been bred for over 50 years. The gravity fed water supply originates from the snowfields of Lake Mountain before cascading down Stevensons Falls and through its streams providing the perfect place to grow a clean, natural food. No antibiotic chemicals or growth hormones are used on our farm. Our farm is a vertically integrated experience – we hatch the fish here and sell them ready for you to eat.

 Wilsons Promontory

Wilsons Promontory VIC 3960

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Wilsons Promontory National Park, commonly known as Wilsons Prom or The Prom, is a national park in the Gippsland region of Victoria, 157 km southeast of Melbourne

 Wonderland Fun Park


120 Pearl River Rd, Docklands VIC 3008

Wonderland Fun Park is a sensational new fun park located at Harbour Town Shopping Centre, Docklands. We offer many differing rides and attractions

There are many other attractions for Children in Bendigo , Ballarat , Sovereign Hill , Great Ocean Road, Sorrento etc etc.

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