Melbourne for kids



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Exploring Melbourne with the little ones in tow is easy as pie. Melbourne’s cultural and outdoor activities are designed to engage with both adults and children. Basing yourself in the CBD is the easiest way to navigate the attractions by public transport but you may want to consider hiring a car to reach some of the destinations just out of town.

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Author: Nicole Muir


Day 1 - Melbourne


Located right on the cusp of the CBD, Hotel Ibis is an ideal launching pad to explore Melbourne with your family. Enjoy a morning at the Collingwood Children’s Farm. Whilst the kids play with the animals, adults can relish the caffeine at the café and take in the natural surrounds of the Yarra River. Move back towards in the city and stop off in Carlton Gardens. The Melbourne Museum is nestled in here (hard to miss with a giant, multicolored wall) and there’s hours of educational and fun activities designed for children. Back in the CBD, make for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. There’s a games room that will be of particular interest to the young ones, and plenty of exhibitions aimed at the film aficionado for the parents. Dinner at Chocolate Buddha in Federation Square is easy and delicious.


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Hotel Ibis Melbourne

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Location:

15-21 THERRY STREET
3000 Melbourne, AU

Contact:

tel: +61 3 9666 0000
fax: +61 3 9666 0052
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Collingwood Children's Farm

Location:

St Helliers Street
Abbotsford
3067 Melbourne, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 3 9417 5806
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Carlton Gardens

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Location:

Nicholson Street
Carlton
3053 Melbourne, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 3 9658 9658(Tourist Information)
fax: +61 3 9650 7787(Tourist Information)
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Australian Centre For The Moving Image (ACMI)

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Location:

Flinders Street
Federation Square
3000 Melbourne, Australia

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tel: +61 3 8663 2200
fax: +61 3 8663 2211
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Chocolate Buddha

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Location:

Federation Square
Corner Flinders and Swanston Streets
3000 Melbourne, Australia

Contact:

tel: 61 0 3 9654 5688
fax: 61 0 3 9654 5655
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Day 2 - Melbourne


Soak up Melbourne City Views on the ferry to picturesque Williamstown. Lick an ice-cream as you stroll along the bay looking back at the city. Scienceworks is just around the corner and has interactive and educational exhibitions designed specifically for the kids and also good for a Science 101 revision for the adults too.


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Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise

Location:

Melbourne, Australia

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Ice-Cream Shoppe (The)

Location:

199 Nelson Place
3016 Melbourne, Australia

Contact:

tel: 61 3 9399 9594


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Scienceworks Museum

Location:

2 Booker Street
3015 Melbourne, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 (0)3 9392 4800
fax: +61 (0)3 9391 0100
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Day 3 - Melbourne


Get up early and grab a donut breakfast at the Queen Victoria Market. Melbourne paraphernalia abounds and there’s lots of affordable toys and clothing for the kids. Be sure to visit the food hall and pick up some fresh cheese, bread and deli goods for tonight’s picnic. Hot tail it over to the MCG – any time of year children and adults delight at Melbourne’s premiere sporting venue. Cricket or Australian Rules Football, everyone’s bound to lose their voice. Dance the night away at the Zoo Twilights. Pack a picnic and enjoy the jazz with the chimpanzees.


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Queen Victoria Market

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Location:

513 Elizabeth Street
Btw. Peel, Victoria, Elizabeth, and Therry sts. on the northern edge of the city center
3000 Melbourne, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 3 9320 5822
fax: +61 3 9328 2710
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Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

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Location:

Brunton Avenue
Richmond
3002 Melbourne, Australia

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tel: +61 3 9657 8667
fax: +61 3 9650 5682
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Zoo Twilights

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Location:

Elliott Avenue
(Royal Melbourne Zoo)
3052 Melbourne, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 (0)3 9285 9300
fax: +61 (0)3 9285 9350
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Day 4 - Melbourne, Philip Island


Head to St Kilda and look for the giant mouth. Let the old school theme park Luna Park, complete with roller coasters and the Gravitron put a smile on your face. Enjoy a fish & chip lunch on the water’s edge at the Stokehouse – be sure to sit downstairs to avoid the swish prices. Hire a car and follow the sea round to Phillip Island and visit the gorgeous Fairy Penguins as they come out to play.


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St. Kilda (Luna Park)

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Location:

Lower Esplanade, P. O. Box 1083
St. Kilda South
3182 Melbourne, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 3 9525 5033
fax: +61 3 9534 5764
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Stokehouse (The)

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Location:

30 Jacka Boulevard
3182 Melbourne, Australia

Contact:

tel: 61 03 9525 5555 (Upstairs) / 61 03 9525 5445 (Downstairs)
fax: 61 03 9525 5291
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Phillip Island

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Location:

Cowes
3922 Philip Island, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 3 9658 9658 (Tourist Information)
fax: +61 3 9653 9722 (Tourist Information)
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