From cute little penguins to sandsculpting, from 10 pin bowling to a ride on Puffing Billy, these regions have got families rediscovering holiday fun!
On Phillip Island, the nightly Penguin Parade is unforgettable. Then get the kids face to face with koalas on the treetop boardwalks at the Koala Conservation Centre. The Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit has tandem go karts for young racers, and A Maze ‘N Things offers illusions and lots of fun. Teach the kids to fish at Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm, then head for the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory and delight in Panny’s Amazing World of Chocolate.
Puffing Billy and Healesville Sanctuary are not to be missed in the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley. There’s living history at Gulf Station, the Yarra Valley’s pioneer working farm. Cross-country skiing, tobogganing and snow play are family favourites at Lake Mountain and Mount Donna Buang. In summer, up the adrenaline at Trees Adventure’s zip-trek and treetop obstacle course in the Dandenong Ranges.
Lose the kids in one of three mazes on the Mornington Peninsula, explore Point Nepean National Park’s military heritage and Cape Schanck’s maritime stories. In summer, Sand Sculpting Australia transforms Frankston’s foreshore with a huge themed exhibition. Family scuba diving lessons, snorkelling with sea dragons, diving with dolphins and sea kayaking are just some of the aquatic options. At the end of the day, sink into the warmth of Peninsula Hot Springs.