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Happy kids make for happy families. We all know that. But with the help of our 11th Melbourne edition of LetsGoKids, everyone will be a lot happier. We’ve found activities and events for after school, weekends and holidays. We have great family places to eat, where to shop for the kids, lots of places to go, things to see and even hotels and resorts that look after families just right! We also have vouchers, specials and deals to make everything that little bit less expensive (which means you can do more!) There are also puzzles, games competitions and even birthday party ideas to keep the kids entertained.

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Going interstate ???

We’ve got that covered. Check out www.letsgokids.com.au to read all about WA, NT and TAS online (NZ coming in 2012) & where to get them from when you land. Trust LetsGoKids to tell you all the ‘goss’!! Check us out online with updated events, deals and specials. Don’t forget to follow our tips and ideas on Twitter (@ LetsGoKidsVIC) and Facebook!

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Melbourne Aquarium Inside Front Cover Chill On Ice Lounge 6 Eureka Skydeck 9 Icehouse 11 Hobsons Bay Council 12 RAAF Museum 13 HMAS Castlemaine 13 City of Whittlesea 15 Puffing Billy 16 Australian Shark & Ray Centre 17 Phillip Island Nature Parks 18 Phillip Island Chocolate Factory 18 National Vietnam Veterans Museum 21 Wildlife Cruises 22 Mornington Peninsula Tourism 24 Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm 27 Queenscliff - Sorrento Ferry 29 Ballarat Tourism 36 Sovereign Hill 37 Ballarat Wildlife Park 38 The Tangled Maze 38 Bendigo Tourism 40 Bendigo Art Gallery 42 Shire of Campaspe 43 Echuca Paddlesteamers 44 Sharps Movie House 44

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Really, really important stuff Important stuff and other stuff Banks:

Mon to Thurs: 9:30am – 4pm (Fri – 5pm) (some open ‘til 5pm weekdays and some on Sat morning too. This is becoming more commonplace) Check commbank.com.au, nab.com.au, anz.com.au, westpac.com.au, bendigobank.com.au for locations.

Public Holidays in Melbourne 26 Dec Christmas Day 6 Apr 27 Dec Boxing Day 7 Apr 2 Jan New Year’s Day 9 Apr 26 Jan Australia Day 25 Apr 12 Mar Labour Day 11 Jun School Holidays 22 Dec – 1 Feb 2012 29 Jun – 16 Jul 2012 21 Dec – 29 Jan 2013

Good Friday Easter Saturday Easter Monday Anzac Day Queen’s Birthday

Post Offices

Post Offices are open 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri and Sat mornings. You can buy stamps, send mail and transfer money. They also have phone books available for country and interstate areas. Stamps can also be bought from most newsagents. GPO (The Strand).............................. - 250 Elizabeth Street Flinders Lane .......................................... - 246 Flinders Lane Collins Street West PO Shop....... - 440 Collins Street Bourke Street PO................................ - 111 Bourke Street A’Beckett Street ................................... - 410 Elizabeth Street

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Time

Melbourne is on Eastern Standard Daylight Savings Time (ESDST) at the moment, ie on the same time as Sydney, Canberra and Hobart! During daylight savings, Perth (WA) is 3hrs behind, QLD is 1hr behind and NT is 1.5hrs behind Melbourne. Daylight Savings – from 2 Oct 11 to 1 Apr 12, then from 7 Oct 2012 to 7 Apr 2013..

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Taxis can be hailed from the street, booked in advance, or found at a taxi rank - outside Flinders St station and Swanston St, near the Town Hall. A trip to the airport will cost around $50. Phone numbers for taxi companies are: Silver Top Taxis 131 008 Yellow Cabs 132 227 Arrow Taxis 132 211

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Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle Bus The Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle is a FREE bus service, stopping at key tourist attractions and destinations in and around the city. Onboard you can view the city in comfort while listening to an informative commentary about the city’s attractions. You can hop on and hop off at any of the 13 stops. The shuttle runs daily, every 30 mins from 9.30am – 4.30pm. For more information about the Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle, download a copy of the brochure from thatsmelbourne.com.au or pick up a copy from the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square. See inside back cover for Shuttle route.

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The 13 stops are: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Arts Precinct Federation Square Sports Precinct Chinatown Precinct & Theatres District Melbourne Museum and Carlton Gardens Lygon Street Precinct University of Melbourne Queen Victoria Market Waterfront City, Docklands Docklands Stadium & Victoria Harbour William Street Southbank & Yarra River The Shrine and Royal Botanic Gardens

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Melbourne’s airports - Tullamarine, 25km from CBD; Avalon (between Melb & Geelong), 55km from CBD. melbourneairport.com.au

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qantas.com.au tigerairways.com virginblue.com.au jetstar.com Airport taxis Taxis are available from the ground floor level of Melbourne Airport, outside the International Terminal and both Domestic Terminals. Expect to pay around A$100 for a return trip between the CBD and Melbourne Airport. Skybus Operates a shuttle service between the airport and the city hotels. This service operates 24/7. Buses run every 10 – 15 minutes throughout the day and every 30 – 60 minutes overnight. Pricing – $16 oneway, $26 return. Avalon Airport Shuttle Bus Bus service operates regularly from Tullamarine. Ph: 5278 8788 SmartBus Route 901 An 'orbital' bus route around Melbourne. It runs for 115km between Frankston and Melbourne Airport, passing through Dandenong, Ringwood, Greensborough, Epping and Broadmeadows. It runs 7 days a week, every 15 mins between 6.30am and 9pm on weekdays and every 30 mins at other times.

Public Buses to airport Public buses operate from the terminal to various areas in Melbourne. Information on destinations and schedules can be obtained from the information desks within the airport, or on the numbers listed adjacent: Ballarat Area Ph: (03) 5333 4181 airportshuttlebus.com.au Bendigo Area Ph: (03) 5444 3939 bendigoairportservice.com.au Dandenong Area Ph: (03) 9782 6766 airportbusdandenong.com.au Frankston & Peninsula Bus Service Ph: (03) 9783 1199 fapas.com.au Geelong Area Gull Airport Services Ph: (03) 5222 4966 gull.com.au Melbourne North – West Suburbs Tullamarine Bus Lines Ph: (03) 9338 6466 Melbourne Eastern Suburbs Eastside Buslines & Airport Bus Eastside Ph: (03) 9729 7622 airportbus.com.au Take a ride to the countryside Buses and trains run to all corners of the State of Vic, & also to other states. Depart from Southern Cross Station in Spencer Street, where all fares & timetables are available. vline.com.au

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- Melbourne CBD Melbourne is an awesome place any time of the year. So much of Melbourne is set up for the outdoor family lifestyle, and especially in and around the CBD. So read on, discover something new, or rediscover an old favourite. From organised activities (some even FREE), to being active or partying (p. 51) to watching exciting sports action (p. 59) to places to visit (p.6) the city is there for you and your family. So get the troops together, take advantage of our vouchers and special offers, sign up for our e-newsletter (p.2) and kids remember to... Tell your parents where to go!!

Here are some suggestions to get you started:

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•“Cool Down” at the Icehouse (p.11) • Galactic Circus (p.53) at Crown Casino will keep them entertained for hours • Stroll down Burke St Mall - check out buskers, musicians and more • Melbourne’s three zoos all offer something different - Melbourne - Traditional Zoo (10minutes from CBD) - Werribee - African experience (25 mins from CBD) - Healesville - Australian animals in bush setting (1 hour and 25 mins from CBD) • Ride the FREE City Circle Tram or Tourist Shuttle Bus • Drop into the State Library - you will be amazed at what you find for kids - they have some great activities on Sundays! • Visit Melbourne Museum. Kids are FREE • Find out all about the creatures from the deep (and not so deep) at the fantastic Melbourne Aquarium (voucher p.31) • Head to Federation Square & check out the action • Walk down to Birrarung Marr (behind Fed Square) and visit Artplay. Let the kids have fun on the enormous playground. • Climb 88 storeys (in a lift) at Eureka Tower for a bird’s eye view of all of Melbourne. Take on the Edge! (p.31) • Test your skills at the National Sports Museum at the MCG or take a ground tour


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- Melbourne CBD

Who said “You don’t get something for nothing?”

3. Take a tram ride down St. Kilda Rd and visit The Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne’s memorial to the men and women who have served during times of war. The Floral Clock is nearby, facing the National Gallery on St Kilda Rd.

16. The Queen Victoria Market is open Tues & Thurs 6am-2pm, Fri 6am-5pm, Sat 6am-3pm, Sun 9am- 4pm and offers an interesting morning out. 17. Melbourne does have beaches and tram No. 109 will take you to Port Melbourne or No. 79 to St. Kilda where you can spend a morning riding or rollerblading. 18. Take your own bike and go for a ride along some of the bike paths. Maps are available from www.parkweb.vic.gov.au.The suburbs contain skate parks, bike tracks, playgrounds, events and festivals. Check our Wots On section on (p. 68) for more ideas.

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Let LetsGoKids show you how to spend a day or even a week in and around Melbourne “on the cheap”, where you can see and do lots …. And spend nothing! (or just a little). So what are you waiting for? There’s no excuses now, get out there and DO IT! 12. Visit one of the large suburban parks like 1. Ride the Free City Circle tram or the Free Tourist Westerfolds (in Templestowe), Bundoora or shuttle bus and listen to the commentary on all Brimbank (in Keilor). Space for riding, running the places of interest. Get your bearings and do a and picnicking! bit of people watching. You may discover a new 13. Coopers Settlement (p.52) lets you see life from a spot to check out. rural bygone era (costs a little). 2. Take a photo with the statues outside the MCG. 14. Take a tram to Chapel St (No 78) and do some They tell the stories of our famous sporting world class window shopping. heroes like The Don or Ron Barassi! 15. Head to Fed Square and see what displays, exhibitions or events are on www.fedsquare.com

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4. Stroll through the Botanical Gardens (check out The Children’s Garden) and around the ornamental lakes. The Sidney Myer Music Bowl is only a short walk away.

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5. Take a tour of Parliament House at the top of Bourke St. Ph: 9651 8568 for bookings & times. 6. Check out the excellent playground at the back of Fed Square in Birrarung Marr next to ArtPlay. Lots of climbing and fun stuff to do. 7. Get some exercise with a ride or a walk along the Yarra. 8. Kids are FREE at the Melbourne Museum. 9. Kids are FREE at Scienceworks. Check out the interactive exhibitions.

19. The Bourke St buskers provide hours of entertainment to the masses. 20. Watch a live sporting event on the big screen at Fed Square. The atmosphere is great. 21. Drop into ACMI in Flinders St and catch a movie (costs a little).

10. Take a train or ferry ride to the seaside town of Williamstown and explore our Maritime and Naval History.

22. Visit Collingwood Childrens Farm to play with an animal (costs a little).

11. Head to Southbank and watch the flames go off outside Crown Casino or play in the dancing water fountains on a hot day.

23. Take in CERES (centre for Community Research in Environmental Strategies) which offers an insight into a sustainable living. LetsGoKids Melbourne 2011/2012


- Waterfront City Waterfront City in the Docklands precinct of Melbourne (behind Etihad Stadium) has an enormous amount of appeal as a family destination.

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For that “American” shopping experience, check out Costco at Harbourtown... It will amaze you!

It has great eateries (p.48), serious shopping and a whole precinct for kids that includes a play centre, kids clothing and toy stores, gaming centre, indoor mini golf and now the ice skating centre – The Icehouse (p. 11). Learn to skate or play ice hockey - they even have free lessons for beginners! Also located in the precinct is Wonderland Fun Park (see below), a smaller version of Luna Park for smaller people! The littlies will love it! There are also lots of take away places, sweets and ice cream shops. It is now a serious whole day family excursion.

Did You Know?

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The City Circle Tram now runs right to Waterfront City, allowing cheap, easy access from the city. The car parks are FREE for the first hour also!

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Visit Harbour Town’s comfortable Tourism and Customer Lounges for the latest information and a range of special shopper services and amenities. And when you’ve found all the best bargains, relax in one of our many inviting cafes and restaurants.

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- Williamstown Jump on a ferry or take a train, you’ll find a picturesque, seaside municipality with many activities and indulgences for visitors and locals alike. • Visit Williamstown for maritime history, including the Timeball Tower, The HMAS Castlemaine, and the Enterprize sailing ship. • Explore Williamstown on foot or hire a bike and for the really adventurous. Why not take a ghost tour! • Take a Seaplane flight. • Challenge yourself at Scienceworks in Spotswood, and see what makes things tick! • See Newport Lakes, located off Mason Street in a “recycled landscape” – 33ha of bushland park created on the site of the former quarry. • Visit the Williamstown Botanic Gardens, established in the 1850s. • Altona is the home of the popular Tuesday market which lines Pier Street to the beach. For more information Ph: 9932 4310 www.visithobsonsbay.com.au visitorinformation@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au Photo courtesy of Visions of Victoria

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Williamstown is a great place for a Saturday or Sunday arvo. Grab some fish 'n' chips and sit on the grass by the water and enjoy the million dollar views of the city. Then finish off your meal with a gelati or an icecream from one of the many vendors. There are also sweet shops and cake shops, cafes for the coffee lovers and restaurants and pubs for a proper sit down. There are literally food shops everywhere!

HMAS

Castlemaine Historic Ship Museum

Gem Pier, Williamstown

Open every weekend 11am - 4pm (weekdays by arrangement for school & adult groups)

Did You Know? The sailing club run classes for kids for FREE occasionally and it is worthwhile checking their website to find out when. www.williamstownsailingclub.org.au

RAAF MUSEUM POINT COOK

Ph: 9397 2363 - weekends

or 9457 1559 before 10am weekdays Admission charges apply Close to Williamstown Railway Station See melway map 56, or UBD Directory map 282 for details

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Altona Miniature Railway

We have something to interest all members of the family family, kids to grandparents, as we showcase the role of our Airforce from World War 1 up until the present day.

Open 10am daily (except Mondays) Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday Take the Point Cook Road off the Princes Highway and follow the signs to the Museum.

Phone 9256 1040

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- The Suburbs Melbourne is a large city (one of the largest in the world) and there are plenty of things to do in the suburbs and into the nearby country side. TO THE NORTH

TO THE EAST

Visit Coopers Settlement in Bundoora for a taste of life in the “olden days”

For the best views of Melbourne visit Sky High at Mt Dandenong where you can bbq, have a picnic or lose yourself in a maze

The skifields of Victoria are to the north and Mt Buller is only 2 hrs drive from Melbourne. Check wwww.mtbuller.com.au for kids and family specials. Find out about “Life on the River” in the Murray River port towns of Echuca (p.43) and Swan Hill Visit the city that was built on gold Bendigo (p.40). Loads of activities here. Check out the Whittlesea Tourism section on (p.15) for more ideas

Pat a native animal at Healesville Sanctuary The Coal Creek Heritage Village in Korumburra recreates the life in a coal mining town of yesteryear.Thursday-Sunday 10am-4pm. Open 7 days a week on school holidays. TO THE WEST

Partake in one of the great family festivals run in Frankston, City of Casey or Mornington Peninsula.

Ride the mini railway in Altona (p.13)

Visit the Mornington Peninsula “made for families”(p.24) Catch a ferry to French Island for a feel of life from a different era Spend a weekend (or a week) taking in all the great family fun on Phillip Island (p.18)

The Suburbs

The wineries of the Yarra Valley have space to roam and entertainment on weekends

TO THE SOUTH

Pluck up the courage and go feed a shark or a huge ray at the newly opened Oz Shark and Ray Centre (p.17) in Dandenong. An interesting experience!

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Ride the iconic steam train Puffing Billy (p.16) through the moutain towns of the Dandenongs. Kids and big kids love it!

Learn about the Airforce at RAAF Museum (p.13) Check out the Geelong Foreshore - old time carousel, great bay beach, Wool Museum and the Ford Discovery Centre The gold minning/Eureka experience at Sovereign Hill (p.36) is a must not to be missed Interact with the variety of animals at Ballarat Wildlife Park (p.39)

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Coopers Settlement Australia Day

Thursday January 26th 2012 Ph 8470 8170 www.bundoorapark.com.au 1069 Plenty Rd, Bundoora

• Demonstrations & Activities • Paper Making • Jumping Castle • Bottle Feeding • Sausage Sizzle • Face Painting • Farm Animals • Balloon Making Admission Fees: • Blacksmithing Adults $5 • Horse & Cart Rides Children $3 • Stationary Engines Concession $3 • Printing LetsGoKids Melbourne 2011/2012 Family $10 • Music & More!


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- Phillip Island Phillip Island is only an hour and a half drive from Melbourne CBD and is easily accessed from the north and east via the new Ring Road.

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Phillip Island

Most people think "penguins" when they hear the words "Phillip Island", and whilst these cute little guys form an important part of the island's fabric, there is much, much more to this 230km2 island.

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The last mainland town before entering into the island is San Remo. Home to local pelicans. There is feeding time every morning.

Phillip Island

Phillip Island is something of a local secret measuring 26km by 9km with breathtaking natural beauty and heaps of attractions, featuring wildlife reserves, wetlands and 100km of spectacular coastline that is virtually untouched by visitors.The island boasts a wide variety of attractions from natural wonders of the Penguin Parade to the exhilaration of the Grand Prix Circuit.

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The Vietnam Veterans Museum (p.21) is a tribute to those Australians who participated in that war for the honour of our country. Panny's Phillip Island Chocolate Factory (see below) is a must. You can do a tour, have some tastings and live out all those chocolate dreams. Amaze 'N Things has minigolf, puzzles, games and of course a maze. You have to check it out, it's amazing!!

Churchill Island has fragrant gardens and an historical homestead. Relive traditional country life on this working farm full of animals.

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- Phillip Island

ANCHOR BELLE HOLIDAY PARK • Luxury 2 Story Townhouses • Covered BBQ Areas • 2 & 3 Bedroom Deluxe Cabins • Children’s Games Room • Indoor Swimming Pool • 100 Metres From Beach (Pool Closed 15th Jul-21st Sep 2012)

272 Church St, Cowes 3922 Phone No: 03 59522258 info@anchorbelle.com.au www.anchorbelle.com.au

If things need to be sped up a little to catch your interest, the Phillip Island Grand Prix track awaits you (voucher see below) – Slot cars, guided tours, even “hot laps” – A must do!

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The main town on the island is Cowes, which has supermarkets, shops, banks, restaurants, plenty of takeaways and accommodation. Down the end of the main street is the wharf. It is home to Wildlife Cruises (voucher p.22) (and also a good spot to eat your fish and chips), who offer a number of "eco-cruises" for a different look at the island.

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The Koala Conservation Centre lets you stand cheek to cheek with inquisitive koalas as you walk the specially constructed boardwalks.


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Weekdays 10am - 2.00pm (Closed Monday) Weekends 10am - 4pm Open 7 days during School Holidays & all Public Holidays #Socks must be worn

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Ph: 5952 5152

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- Phillip Island

RHYLL FISHING PARK

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An activity the kids always love is to go fishing - they get even more excited when they catch something!!! On the island there is Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm where friendly fishing instructors will teach you to catch rainbow trout in a picturesque tree-lined lake and the all-weather indoor “Rainforest Pool”. Take your catch with you or ask the chef to transform your trout into a magnificent meal.

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FRANKSTON AND SURROUNDS Australian Garden

Exhibition gardens, lots of kids’ activities, visitor centre, café and gift shop.

McClelland Gallery

Award-winning sculpture in the bush, guided tours and school holiday programs.

Mulberry Hill

Once owned by artist Sir Daryl Lindsay and author Joan (Lady) Lindsay, who wrote Picnic at Hanging Rock. Historic property filled with fine art, furniture and glassware.

Sandstorm Events

A huge annual exhibition of fantastic sand creations on Frankston waterfront. Toytopia runs December 26 till April.

NORTHERN PENINSULA MEANDER Craft Markets Victoria

Mornington Racecourse Market (second Sunday of each month) for crafts, clothing, food and more.

Weedy Sea Dragon

Glass bottom boat glides you over villages of fascinating marine creatures and seaweed forests; departs from Mornington Pier.

WESTERN PORT AND OCEAN ADVENTURE Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens

Oldest hedge maze in Australia, Great Ashcombe Gnome hunt, spectacular gardens, café, gift shop, special lavender workshops.

Cape Schanck Lighthouse

Cape Schanck Lighthouse Historic lighthouse, tours and museum, bushwalks, wildlife and boardwalk to rocks below.

Coolart Wetlands

1890s mansion, woodlands and wetlands walks, birdwatching, beautiful gardens.

Mornington Peninsula Chocolates

Located in historic Flinders village; exquisite handmade chocolates, using fine Belgian couverture.

Mornington Peninsula Attractions Pass

Includes entry to Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens, Cape Schanck Lighthouse, Moonlit Sanctuary and Peninsula Hot Springs, plus discount offers at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, Box Stallion Winery and Rye Hotel.

Moonlit Sanctuary

Daytime & dusk walks, hand-feed wallabies, meet rare nocturnal creatures, early evening family tours & school holiday activities.

PENINSULA HINTERLAND EXPERIENCE Arthur’s Seat Trail Rides

Riding lessons and supervised trail rides in glorious bushlands.

Craft Markets Victoria

Red Hill Community Market filled with craft and local produce (first Saturday of the month, September to May).

Enchanted Maze Garden

4 mazes including indoor maze, eco adventures, tube sliding, enchantment, fantasy and the Amazing Lolly Shop.

Gordon Studio Glassblowers

Watch fantastic, colourful swirls of molten glass become glass art.

Green Olive at Red Hill

Lots of farm activities, including olives, grapes, herbs, vegies, sheep, chooks, fish and a Farm Shop.

Main Ridge Dairy

Handmade cheeses; kids’ platters and flavoured goats’ milk. Dairy tours to see goats being milked; each goat has its own name.

Mornington Railway

Restored steam trains run between Moorooduc and Mornington; Little Toots email club for 4-16 year olds.

Red Hill Cheese

Taste sensations, with goat, cow and sheep’s cheeses. New series of home cheesemaking workshops in 2012.

Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm

Pick your own strawberries (November-April), indulge in the dessert café and shop selling strawberry goodies.

SOUTHERN PENINSULA ESCAPE Bayplay Adventure Centre

Organise family scuba diving lessons, go snorkelling with curious sea dragons or sea kayaking.

Boneo Maze and Wetlands

An eco experience, with boardwalks, wetlands, birds and wildlife. Lawn games, maze and picnic areas.

Fish n Ships

Explore Port Phillip Bay; marine educational tours also available.

Gunnamatta Equestrian Centre

Ocean beach trails, peaceful bush tracks, arrange family lessons.

Heronswood Garden and Café

Learn about organic vegetable garden, arid gardens and more. Café and Diggers Club shop.

McCrae Homestead

Original furniture and memorabilia recreates the life of Scottish migrants in this 1844 home.

Mornington Peninsula Walking Tours

Short and long guided walks to see birds, wildlife, wildflowers and extraordinary coastal views. Hot favourite is Millionaires’ Walk.

Moonraker Seal & Dolphin Swims

It’s aquatic playtime as you swim with seals and dolphins in beautiful Port Phillip Bay.

Peninsula Hot Springs

39 beautiful bathing experiences, including shallow pools and fun barrel baths for children.

Peninsula Stand Up Paddle School

Hire stand up paddle boards and explore some of the tranquil Port Phillip bays. Real family fun!

Peninsula Searoad Ferry

Catch the ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff and return – it’s a great day trip.

Point Nepean National Park

Fascinating historic fortifications and Quarantine Station, hire a bike, walk or take the transporter.

Polperro Dolphin Swims

Take your family swimming with Port Phillip Bay’s families of seals and dolphins.


- Mornington Peninsula The Mornington Peninsula seaside towns of Dromana, Safety Beach, McCrae, Rosebud, Rye, Sorrento and Portsea have long been a favourite holiday destination amongst Melbourne families. The new Eastern Ring Road and Mornington Peninsula Freeway now give easier and quicker access to the area from all over Melbourne. You can get there in about an hour and a bit and kids won’t even have time to ask “Are we there yet?”

The Peninsula has some of the safest and most beautiful swimming beaches in the world. There are literally kilometres of sheltered calm waters for the family to frolic in, as well as great foreshores for building those sandcastles or a traditional game of beach cricket.

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When the weather gets a bit too hot even for the beach, you can head to “them thar hills” in the middle of the peninsula to places like Red Hill, Main Ridge and Arthurs Seat for a bit cooler weather, some great views and loads of activities.

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talk to a local

Our visitor centre is available 7 days a week to assist you. We’ll advise you on what to see and do and where to stay. Collect information, get directions or a few local hints and tips. Toll Free 1800 804 009 or 03 5987 3078.

ACCOMMODATION BOOKING SERVICE Find available properties online, search according to your budget or accommodation style. So many options to choose - from a country house hotel, golf resort or beachside apartment to a snug Bed & Breakfast.

GO ONLINE Browse through great activities and attractions, find itineraries, plan your trip, download maps and guides. When you’re on the move, try our smartphone website: visitmp.mobi or get the free Official Mornington Peninsula Guide and Checklist iPhone App.

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If the kids are really active and adventurous, ty horse riding on ocean beaches and bush trails, or swimming with seals and dolphins. You can take some great family walks through natural and historical areas or spend some time picking your own strawberries at Sunny Ridge (see below) When all that activity is over, head onto Peninsula Hot Springs (see below) for a quick relaxing soak. Point Nepean National Park has walking tracks, a visitor centre and a transporter tour.. No trip to the peninsula would be complete without a game of minigolf in Rosebud/Rye or a visit to the summertime carnival. A true Melbournian experience that has spanned generations. When you’ve run out of things to do on the Mornington Peninsula, drive on to the ferry at Sorrento and head to Queenscliff to discover the secrets of the… Bellarine Peninsula (p.28).

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Opening Hours Nov - Apr: Daily 9am - 5 pm (strawberry season) May - Oct: Weekends Only 11am - 4pm

Closed - Christmas Day, New Years Day & Good Friday

244 Shands Rd, Main Ridge 3928 Ph: (03) 5989 450 www.sunnyridge.com.au

Treat yourself to something sweet from the dessert café or try our heavenly, award winning farm-made ice creams.

244 Shands Rd, Main Ridge 3928 (Melway Ref 190 E12) Ph: (03) 5989 4500 www.sunnyridge.com.au

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A short 80 min drive from Melbourne or a short ferry ride from Sorrento (p.29) lands you in Queenscliff, a pretty seaside town with a proud maritime history.

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The Bellarine Railway runs regular services (Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun) and has special kids event days (see opposite). Spend some time in the Bellarine area before you hit the Great Ocean Rd. They work well together!

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Adventure Park- (p.30) in Leopold is Victoria’s biggest theme park. A day out for all the family- there are activities for everyone and the water rides are awesome.


- The Great Ocean Road This 250km coastal road is among the most picturesque in the world. It begins in Torquay and takes a good 5 hrs drive before it arrives at Warrnambool. It has amazing views, diverse scenery and a whole lot to do.

Ocean Grove & Barwon Heads Stays

In Torquay (surf central) visit the surf museum, ride the board simulator or just look for some “gnarly” gear.

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Lorne is a typical seaside town, Fish & Chips, Ice Cream, jump on the trampolines or go for a swim.

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The Great Ocean Road

The Cape Otway Lightstation and Otway Fly are Port Campbell has the 12 Apostles (there are only 6 now) near Laver’s Hill and offer a fun day for all the family. and Loch Ard gorge nearby. Take your camera!

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Times change, but traditions remain the same. A stay in Ballarat offers you a glimpse into living history. Born in the romantic and turbulent gold rush era, Ballarat’s story is intermingled with the nation’s own history. To experience the legends, tales and stories of Ballarat go to visitballarat.com.au or call 1800 44 66 33. Download your FREE iPhone and iPad apps today from the iTunes store.


- Ballarat Even though the ever popular Sovereign Hill, with its recreation of life on the goldfields from the 1850’s is a great day out, the City of Ballarat and the surrounding areas have much to offer. It has activities and attractions to keep you entertained and challenged for much more than a day. It also has some excellent tourist parks and resorts that are great for families. The City has great walking and cycling trails throughout other areas of Ballarat (particularly around Lake Wendouree) and booklets are available free at the council offices in Sturt Street that outline these. The Ballarat Wildlife Park (p.38 ) and the Bird Park allow you to check out some native and not so native (think crocodiles and devils) animals. For a pleasant lunch or afternoon tea, the Tangled Maze (p.38) at Creswick provides some fun for all the family with a maze, mini golf, bocce and even chess! As you can now see – When you come to visit Sovereign Hill, stay for more than a day!!!

75 minutes drive from Melbourne, 5 minutes from Sovereign Hill Hand feed the parks 80 free roaming kangaroos. Pat a koala or wombat. See our giant saltwater crocodile, spectacular reptile house and ferocious Tasmanian Devils. Enjoy lunch in our licensed cafe watching the mischievous quolls. Free guided tour 11:00am daily and afternoon shows throughout school holidays and weekends. Public transport: Train from Melbourne. Bus 8 or 9 from Ballarat Station.

OPEN 9AM TO 5:30PM

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250 Fussell St, Ballarat

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- Bendigo

World class

ATTRACTIONS IN BENDIGO There’s fun to be had in Bendigo for the kids, with a great range of attractions to keep them engaged. Attractions for Everyone

Over 100 playgrounds

Rattle along on a talking tram, go deep underground into a mine, free fall from our infamous vertical slide, explore Chinese artefacts or create your own ceramic piece at Australia’s oldest working pottery. These are just some of the fun-filled experiences at the many tourist attractions in the region.

Bendigo has an abundance of playgrounds to enjoy. We have indoor and outdoor pools throughout the city with lots of shade.

Child Friendly City

Fun goes to a new level during the school holidays in Bendigo when our attractions offer special programs. Pick-up a brochure from the Bendigo Visitor Centre or download from www.bendigotourism.com

Bendigo

Bendigo was the first Australian city to be recognised as a Child Friendly City by both UNICEF and UNESCO. Look out for businesses who are child friendly accredited and provide families and kids with a great experience: www.childfriendlycity.com.au

School Holiday Programs

Our Bendigo experiences are at your fi ngertips! Freecall 1800 813 153 or visit: www.bendigotourism.com

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Impressive Victorian buildings line the wide streets of Bendigo, as a reminder of the rich history built from one of the world’s most exciting gold rushes. More gold was found here between 1850 & 1900 than anywhere else in the world. There was very little gold on the surface, most of it was far underground in rich quartz reefs stretching out over 3,600 hectares around the city. Around nine billion dollars worth of gold was found in Bendigo, making it the second highest producing gold field in Australia after Kalgoorlie, and seventh richest field in the world.

The true highlight of Bendigo is that there is heaps of things to do! The major attractions are diverse and exciting. There’s the authentic deep-shaft mine experience at Central Deborah, where you travel underground in a miners’ cage into a real mine! The famous Vintage. Talking Tram Tour that weaves through the streets of Bendigo tells wonderful stories of days gone by.

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Visit the city built on dreams dreams of Striking It Rich!!!!

The original 1860’s Chinese Joss House and the Golden Dragon Museum display the Chinese heritage of the area and house the world’s oldest Imperial Dragon, Loong. The Bendigo Art Gallery also has a strong reputation (p.42). It is one of Australia’s largest and oldest regional art galleries. The collections of Bendigo Art Gallery include Australian Art from the 1850s to the present day, a special collection of art from the Bendigo goldfields and 19th century European paintings, sculptures and decorative arts.

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● Explore hidden underground tunnels at Central Deborah Gold Mine

● Inspire your scientific curiosity at the Discovery Science & Technology Centre Book online or call: (03) 5443 8322 www.central-deborah.com www.bendigotramways.com

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● Trundle along the picturesque streets aboard a Vintage ‘Talking’ Tram

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- Bendigo For the active there is Australia’s highest Vertical Slide at Discovery Science & Technology Centre. For an even more active visit try a walking trail or cycling trail through Bendigo’s fabulous city centre or beyond.

Worth a look! Bendigo Pottery is justly famous, with its display and sales complex set around vast old beehive kilns. The Bendigo Pottery was created by George Duncan Guthrie, a Scot who was an apprentice potter by the age of 12. By 1888 11 kilns were in operation and the site employed 130 people. Today domestic pottery is made in the historic kilns. The site offers a total tourist experience, an Interpretive Museum, a sales gallery and café.

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- Echuca/Moama The historic Port of Echuca (literally meaning the ‘meeting of the waters’) sits on the junction of the Murray and Campaspe and just downstream from the Goulburn. It’s also the perfect place for a relaxing holiday with plenty to see and do and only 2.5 hours away from Melbourne.

Over 50 working Antique Penny Arcade Machines

Old Time B & W movies The Worlds Best Fudge made right here in Echuca FREE TASTINGS

Echuca-Moama is bliss for those who like to be active. Hire a canoe or take a horse and carriage ride; take off on a horse riding adventure; zoom around in a go-kart; take an adrenalin fuelled water ski lesson; challenge your friends or family to a laser or paintball skirmish; explore a maze or play a round of mini golf; go10 pin bowling; head for a swim at the river or in a pool; dangle a line on a fishing tour; visit the fauna park; take an eco tour through the wetlands; or explore a food and wine trail. There is something for every member of the family.

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- Echuca/Moama Whether you want to go golfing, bowling, fishing, cycling, canoeing, bush-walking or water-skiing, Echuca-Moama caters for all sport and leisure interests. The twin towns are home to major clubs with world class sporting facilities, not to mention Australia’s most famous river - The mighty Murray.

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below) on one of their 3 fully restored boats. The port area has been restored to its former glory and you can spend a few hours witnessing the now long gone trades of the shipwrights and blacksmiths as they go about their daily tasks. It will give you a great insight into the pioneering days of the area. Whilst there make sure you call into ye olde Sharps Movie House and Penny Arcade (p.44) (no Xbox but the kids will love it).

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Abandoned steamboats and barges, tall red gum wharfs, small towns that show evidence of once having been much larger, old station homesteads that face the river, all these are constant reminders to the river traveller of the days when hundreds of steamers raced along the Murray. Today you can step back in time and experience the magic of the paddlesteamers era by taking a cruise with Murray River Paddlesteamers (see


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Melbourne has over 4,000 restaurants in the city and suburbs to choose from for all cuisines!

For the best Vietnamese head to Richmond, Greek go to Brunswick, Italian stop at Lygon St, Chinese on Little Bourke St and for some Seafood you can’t go past Port Melbourne, South Melbourne and St Kilda. .. Lots to choose from, for a great kids restaurant (see below).

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Shop Go window shopping, visit markets or stroll through our big shopping malls We have the lot, because Melbourne IS Australia’s Shopping Capital!

CBD Street Shopping, Department Stores and Malls

There are large department stores and retail chain stores in Bourke St Mall. The exclusive brand name stores in Collins St. The QV and Melbourne Central contain many of the speciality shops and large food courts for a quick bite.

Other suburban shopping centres Check websites for opening hours Knox Burwood Hwy, Wantira Sth knoxshopping.com.au Chadstone Dandenong Rd, Chadstone chadstoneshopping.com.au Highpoint Rosamond Rd, Maribyrnong highpoint.com.au

Northland Murray Rd, Preston northlandshopping.com.au Doncaster Doncaster Rd, Doncaster westfield.com/doncaster Southland Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham westfield.com/southland

Plenty Valley Westfield 415 McDonalds Rd, Mill Park westfield.com/plentyvalley Waterfront City Harbour Blvd, Harbourtown www.waterfrontcity.com.au

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Children 12 years and under are invited to join the KoolKats Kids Club. When you enter your details online (centurycitywalk.com.au) and sign-up, you have a chance to win some amazing prizes including movie tickets, game vouchers, books, dvds, gift packs meal vouchers and much more! When you become a KoolKats Kids Club member online you’ll find all the latest free offers, specials, competitions and be the first to hear about school holidays activities and exclusive entertainment. Terms and conditions online Membership is FREE

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Play / Party Kids of all ages love to play in the outdoors and Summer is the perfect time. Melbourne has some great parks, gardens and beaches located close to the city.

Photo courtesy of Visions of Victoria

Check out some of the popular beaches that are close to the city and take a dip. All are patrolled by lifesavers on weekends and public holidays during Nov – Mar. • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne, Middle Park, St Kilda, Elwood, Hampton, Brighton, Sandringham, Williamstown and Black Rock.

Handy Hint

When the weather turns nasty and you need somewhere indoors to take the kids, in and around the city there are indoor playcentres, leisure centres, swimming pools, rock climbing walls, ten pin bowling lanes, laser skirmish centres, amusements parks, arcade game parlours and even indoor gokarting. Enough to keep you busy every weekend of the year!

Below are a selection of favourites for you to visit on one of our typical Melbourne weather unfriendly days.

Out of town – Check these great swimming spots: • Mornington Peninsula - Rye, Rosebud, Dromana, McCrae, Sorrento and Portsea foreshore are all family friendly. Sorrento and Gunnamatta backbeaches for surfing. • Phillip Island - Cowes Beach has toilet/shower facilities & lifesavers are on duty. • Great Ocean Rd - Torquay, Bells Beach, Anglesea, Eastern View, Lorne & Apollo Bay are cold but great!

Galactic Circus - Crown Entertainment Complex. Laser Skirmish, Ten Pin Bowling, Arcade Games MSAC-Aughtie Dve, Albert Park. Giant Inflatables, Waterslides, Wavepool and more. Artplay - Creative art workshops for children & families. Birrarung Marr-Behind Fed Square. Sidetracked- Oakleigh (p. 56) Something for everyone The Hardrock Climbing Co - Test your limits City and Nunawading.

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Play / Party Kid's Day Out (3–7 year olds) Morning: Visit Coopers Settlement at Bundoora Park and play with the animals (p.15) Lunch: TGI’s at Epping is nearby (back cover) Arvo: Funfields at Whittlesea is heaps of fun for the littlies especially in summer with the waterslides. Dinner:Pancake Parlour have lots of options in the Northern suburbs (voucher p.31)

s e g A ll A r o F t u O y A Da Morning: Early start folks and drive down to action packed Phillip Island and visit A Maze N’ Things. Have a game of mini golf of tackle a maze.

Kid's Day Out (8–14 year olds)

Lunch: Panny’s Chocolate Factory (p.18). …Chocolate is a meal isn’t it?

Morning: Take advantage of the great (voucher p.31) and enjoy some exhilarating rides at Melbourne’s iconic

Arvo: Take a Wildlife Cruise and see the island and its inhabitants from an ocean perspective. (voucher p.22)

Luna Park.

Dinner: Can’t beat fish 'n' chips with the pelicans on the waterfront in San Remo – Yum!

something for everyone.

Evening: The world famous little penguins strut their stuff as they return home to their burrows after a busy day of fishing (voucher p.18)

Lunch:Pancake Parlour has outlets everywhere and Arvo:Rip it up at Sidetraked in Oakleigh. Dinner: Take advantage of the great voucher at Taco Bill (p.33) Evening: Chill out at Chill on Ice lounge. Bring your beanie.

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Play / Party Victoria is not known as the Garden State for nothing. The entire city of Melbourne is surrounded by parks and gardens and across the whole state you will find wide open spaces for walking, jogging, cycling, horse riding, picnicking, BBQing, playing, bird watching, kicking the footy, flying a kite or doing some fishing. Here are a selection of our favourites: Albert Park • Join a yacht or rowing club, take lessons or hire a boat, canoe or kayak just for fun. • Enjoy the views of the city skyline from almost anywhere within the park. • Grab your board and try out the skate ramp. • Check out the views from the viewing tower.

Photo courtesy of Visions of Victoria

Dandenong Ranges National Park • Scenic drives through the Ranges are just as popular now as they have been for many years. • Enjoy a picnic at the Fern Tree Gully Picnic Ground or at One Tree Hill or in Sherbrooke Forest.

Jells Park • The Yabbie Hill Playscape & two other playgrounds in the park provide an adventure wonderland for children. • Fish from the jetties on the western side of the lake for redfin or short - finned eels and yabbies. Point Cook Coastal Park • Watch birds from the tranquil Spectacle Lakes birdhide, or from the Cheetham Wetland Tower. Brimbank Park • Watch for the many water birds and enjoy the scenic walking tracks or stop in at the cafe. • Cycle along the wide paths. • Try canoeing on the Maribyrnong River. Cardinia Reservoir Park • Watch the Eastern Grey Kangaroos feeding at dawn or dusk, or basking in the sun along the kangaroo viewing trail. • Walk across the dam wall. Bundoora Park • Farm, old time settlement. Yarra Bend Park • Playground, boathouse, walking track. • Hire a canoe or rowboat, barbeque facilities. Lake Pertobe Warrnambool • Worth the drive just to do the maze, ride the flying fox, or paddle a boat. For all other parks check out www.parkweb.vic.gov.au

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Watch Most cities in the world have 1, maybe 2, 3 or 4 professional sporting teams but… Melbourne has 17! It’s no wonder we are known as the sporting capital of the world!! If it can be run, be thrown, kicked, caught, hit, go fast, swim, sail or surf, we will support it and turn out to watch it. Melbourne is sports mad and we love to turn up in our thousands to world class venues such as the mighty “G”, Rod Laver Arena, Etihad Stadium and AAMI Park. Check out the fixtures on the next few pages and catch a game.

Where To Get Tickets NRL, A-League, Cricket, Tennis, Theatre ticketek.com.au or 132 849 AFL, Netball, NBL, Theatre ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100

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Melbourne’s professional teams... and how to make contact:

AFL ����������Richmond, Collingwood, Carlton, Essendon, Hawthorn, St Kilda, Western Bulldogs, Nth Melbourne, Melbourne and Geelong....afl.com.au NRL...........Storm.................melbournestorm.com.au Baseball...Aces...................melbourneaces.com.au Netball.....Vixens................melbournevixens.com.au Cricket.....Bushrangers......bushrangers.com.au NBL...........Tigers ................tigers.com.au Soccer......Victory...............melbournevictory.com.au Heart.................melbourneheartfc.com.au

Melbourne Storm 2012

Photo courtesy of Visions of Victoria

Rnd Match 2 vs. South Sydney

Venue AAMI Park

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vs. Sydney

AAMI Park

5

vs. Newcastle

AAMI Park

7

vs. Canterbury

AAMI Park

8

vs. Warriors

AAMI Park

12

vs. Brisbane

AAMI Park

14

vs. Wests Tigers

AAMI Park

18

vs. Canberra

AAMI Park

19

vs. North Queensland AAMI Park

22

vs. Penrith

AAMI Park

23

vs. Gold Coast

AAMI Park

25

vs. Cronulla

AAMI Park

Nickname: Hinchy DOB: 10 July, 1984 Year joined Storm: 2009 NRL debut: 2007 Previous Clubs: Canberra Raiders Junior rugby league team: Temora Dragons If you could play another professional sport, it would be: Golf What would you be doing if you were not playing rugby league: Electrician What dish would you serve up if you were on MasterChef: Lasagne and Schnitzel Favourite holiday location:Africa Funniest teammate: Brian Norrie, not because he’s funny, but because he looks funny Any unusual habits or superstitions before a game: Cold shower before leaving home The last concert you went to: Pearl Jam French fries or wedges: French fries Speedos or board shorts: Boardies What’s on your iPod: Foo Fighters

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Watch Melbourne Heart 2011/12

Captain-Melbourne Heart FC

He is undoubtedly one of the leading lights of the Hyundai A-League. Following a successful five-year stint in the United States’ Major League Soccer, where he was part of the DC United side which claimed the 2007 MLS Supporters Shield and 2008 US Open Cup, the Brazilian midfielder has made an immediate impact upon his arrival at Heart, reminding football audiences of his dazzling energy and remarkable slight of foot.

Date Dec 23

Time 8:00pm

Match vs. Melbourne Victory

Venue AAMI Park

Jan 4

3:15pm

vs. Adelaide United

AAMI Park

Jan 15

4:00pm

vs. Perth Glory

AAMI Park

Jan 21

7:45pm

vs. Brisbane Roar

AAMI Park

Feb 4

7:45pm

vs. Melbourne Victory

AAMI Park

Feb 17

8:00pm

vs. Gold Coast United

AAMI Park

Feb 26 Mar 10 Mar 17

5:00pm 5:30pm 5:30pm

vs. Central Coast Mariners vs. Wellington Phoenix vs. Sydney FC

AAMI Park AAMI Park AAMI Park

Cricket 2011/12 Date Dec 26–30 Feb 3 Feb 5 Mar 2

Competition Boxing Day Test KFC Twenty20 International One-Day International One-Day International

1CHILD FREE TICKET (Under 12) to any Melbourne Heart FC home game at AAMI Park in Jan 2012.

Match vs. India vs. India vs. India vs. Sri Lanka

Venue MCG MCG MCG MCG

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Wed 4th Jan  MHFC vs Adelaide United 3.15pm Sun 15th Jan  MHFC vs Perth Glory  4.00pm Wed 18th Jan  MHFC vs Central Coast Mariners  7.30pm Sat 21st Jan  MHFC vs Brisbane Roar 7.45pm

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Watch AFL 2011 Fixture

AFL 2012 Fixture

Round 1

Round 12

Date

Match

Venue

Date

Match

Venue

Mar 29 Mar 30 Mar 31 Mar 31 Apr 1

Richmond vs. Carlton Hawthorn vs. Collingwood Melbourne vs. Brisbane North Melbourne vs. Essendon Western Bulldogs vs. West Coast

MCG MCG MCG Etihad Stadium Etihad Stadium

Jun 17 Jun 17

Hawthorn vs. Brisbane Western Bulldogs vs. Port Adelaide

MCG Etihad Stadium

Apr 7 Apr 7 Apr 8 Apr 9

Essendon vs. Port Adelaide Collingwood vs. Richmond St Kilda vs. Gold Coast Geelong vs. Hawthorn

Jun 23 Jun 23 Jun 24 Jun 24

Western Bulldogs vs. Brisbane Collingwood vs. West Coast Melbourne vs. Greater Western Sydney North Melbourne vs. Adelaide

Apr 13 Apr 14 Apr 14 Apr 15 Apr 15

Carlton vs. Collingwood Richmond vs. Melbourne Western Bulldogs vs. St Kilda Hawthorn vs. Adelaide North Melbourne vs. Geelong

Jun 29 Jun 30 Jun 30 Jul 1 Jul 1

Carlton vs. Hawthorn Collingwood vs. Fremantle Essendon vs. Western Bulldogs Geelong vs. Port Adelaide St Kilda vs. North Melbourne

Apr 20 Apr 21 Apr 21 Apr 22 Apr 22

St Kilda vs. Fremantle Carlton vs. Essendon Collingwood vs. Port Adelaide Geelong vs. Richmond Melbourne vs. Western Bulldogs

Jul 6 Jul 7 Jul 7 Jul 8

Collingwood vs. Carlton Melbourne vs. Richmond St Kilda vs. Essendon Hawthorn vs. Greater Western Sydney

Jul 13 Jul 14 Jul 14 Jul 15

Collingwood vs. Essendon Melbourne vs. Fremantle Geelong vs. St Kilda Western Bulldogs vs. Hawthorn

Apr 25 Apr 28 Apr 28 Apr 29

Collingwood vs. Essendon North Melbourne vs. Gold Coast Melbourne vs. St Kilda Richmond vs. West Coast

Jul 20 Jul 21 Jul 21 Jul 22

Geelong vs. Essendon Collingwood vs. Hawthorn Western Bulldogs vs. Carlton Richmond vs. North Melbourne

May 4 May 5 May 5 May 5 May 6

Western Bulldogs vs. Collingwood Essendon vs. Brisbane Lions Geelong vs. Melbourne St Kilda vs. Hawthorn Carlton vs. Greater Western Sydney

Jul 27 Jul 27 Jul 28 Jul 28 Jul 29

Essendon vs. Hawthorn Geelong vs. Adelaide North Melbourne vs. Melbourne Carlton vs. Richmond St. Kilda vs. Western Bulldogs

May 11 May 12 May 12 May 13 May 14

Melbourne vs. Hawthorn Richmond vs. Sydney Essendon vs. West Coast North Melbourne vs. Western Bulldogs St. Kilda vs. Carlton

Aug 3 Aug 4 Aug 4 Aug 5 Aug 5

Hawthorn vs. Geelong Western Bulldogs vs. North Melbourne Collingwood vs. St Kilda Melbourne vs. Gold Coast Carlton vs. Sydney

May 18 May 19 May 20

Collingwood vs. Geelong Essendon vs. Richmond Cartlton vs. Adelaide

May 25 May 26 May 26 May 27 May 27

Western Bulldogs vs. Geelong Richmond vs. Hawthorn St Kilda vs. Sydney North Melbourne vs. Brisbane Lions Carlton vs. Melbourne

Aug 11 Aug 11 Aug 12 Aug 12

St Kilda vs. Melbourne Carlton vs. Brisbane Richmond vs. Western Bulldogs Essendon vs. North Melbourne

Jun 1 Jun 2 Jun 2 Jun 3

St Kilda vs. Richmond Geelong vs. Greater Western Sydney Essendon vs. Melbourne Collingwood vs. Gold Coast

Aug 17 Aug 18 Aug 18 Aug 19 Aug 19

Geelong vs. St Kilda Essendon vs. Carlton Collingwood vs. North Melbourne Western Bulldogs vs. Sydney Hawthorn vs. Gold Coast

Jun 8 Jun 9 Jun 9 Jun 11

Carlton vs. Geelong Richmond vs. Fremantle Essendon vs. Sydney Melbourne vs. Collingwood

Aug 24 Aug 25 Aug 26 Aug 26 Aug 26

Richmond vs. Essendon St Kilda vs. Greater Western Sydney Geelong vs. Western Bulldogs North Melbourn vs. Fremantle Melbourne vs. Adelaide

Round 2

Etihad Stadium MCG Etihad Stadium MCG

Round 3

MCG MCG Etihad Stadium MCG Etihad Stadium

Round 4

Etihad Stadium MCG Etihad Stadium Simonds Stadium MCG

Round 5

MCG Etihad Stadium MCG Etihad Stadium

Round 6

Etihad Stadium Etihad Stadium Simonds Stadium MCG Etihad Stadium

Round 7

MCG MCG Etihad Stadium Etihad Stadium Etihad Stadium

Round 8

MCG MCG Etihad Stadium

Round 9

Etihad Stadium MCG Etihad Stadium Etihad Stadium MCG

Round 10

Etihad Stadium Simonds Stadium MCG MCG

Round 11

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Etihad Stadium MCG Etihad Stadium MCG

Round 13

Etihad Stadium MCG MCG Etihad Stadium

Round 14

MCG MCG Etihad Stadium Simonds Stadium Etihad Stadium

Round 15

MCG MCG Etihad Stadium MCG

Round 16

Etihad Stadium Etihad Stadium MCG Etihad Stadium

Round 17

Etihad Stadium MCG Etihad Stadium MCG

Round 18

Etihad Stadium Simonds Stadium Etihad Stadium MCG Etihad Stadium

Round 19

MCG Etihad Stadium MCG MCG Etihad Stadium

Round 20

MCG Etihad Stadium MCG Etihad Stadium

Round 21

Etihad Stadium MCG Etihad Stadium Etihad Stadium MCG

Round 22

Round 23

TBA

MCG Etihad Stadium Simonds Stadium Etihad Stadium MCG


Watch

Melbourne Tigers 2011/12 Rnd Date 11 Dec 18

Match vs. Townsville

Venue State Netball Hockey Centre

12

Dec 23

vs. Cairns

State Netball Hockey Centre

14

Jan 8

vs. New Zealand

State Netball Hockey Centre

15

Jan 15

vs. Gold Coast

State Netball Hockey Centre

18

Feb 3

vs. Adelaide

State Netball Hockey Centre

21

Feb 25

vs. Adelaide

State Netball Hockey Centre

24

Mar 18

vs. Wollongong

State Netball Hockey Centre

25

Mar 23

vs. Perth

State Netball Hockey Centre

Melbourne Vixens 2012 Rnd Date 4 Apr 22

Match vs. Magic

Venue Hisense Arena

5

Apr 29

vs. Firebirds

Hisense Arena

8

May 20

vs. Mystics

Hisense Arena

9

May 27

vs. Swifts

Hisense Arena

10

Jun 3

vs. Thunderbirds

Hisense Arena

12

Jun 17

vs. Fever

Hisense Arena

Dan McGrath Melbourne Aces left-handed pitcher. At only 17, he’s the youngest player in the Australian Baseball League. He received his first baseball glove at the age of two and since then hasn’t looked back. Come watch him play at the Showgrounds this January. Tickets only $5 when you order online.

www.melbourneaces.com.au

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Date Dec 10

Time 7:45pm

Match vs. Adelaide United

Venue Etihad Stadium

Dec 18

5:00pm

vs. Wellington Phoenix

AAMI Park

Jan 7

7:45pm

vs. Newcastle Jets

AAMI Park

Jan 13

8:00pm

vs. Adelaide United

AAMI Park

Jan 26

4:00pm

vs. Sydney FC

AAMI Park

Feb 10

8:00pm

vs. Central Coast Mariners

AAMI Park

Mar 3 Mar 16

7:00pm 8:00pm

vs. Newcastle Jets vs. Wellington Phoenix

AAMI Park AAMI Park

Tennis 2012 Date Competition Jan 11 – 14 AAMI Kooyong Classic Jan 16 – 29 Australian Open

Venue Kooyong Stadium Melbourne Park


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Echuca/Moama - Bridges on Meninya (p.47) is close to town and the Echuca Caravan Park (p.45) is spacious and close to Echuca township. Phillip Island - Silverwater Resort (p.23) - Just awesome. Anchor Belle (p.20) is right on the beach in Cowes and has great family facilities. Ballarat - just out of town at Creswick, the Novotel Forest Resort (p.37) is great. Also try Goldfields Caravan park near Sovereign Hill.

Melbourne CBD - The Holiday Inn on Flinders (p.7) is perfect for families - Kids eat and stay FREE! The Stamford Plaza and The Westin actually like kids!!! Ocean Grove/Torquay/Great Ocean Rd Caravan parks and holiday parks are plentiful through the Bellarine and Great Ocen Rd or great “beach house” rentals are available from Front Beach Torquay (p.66) or Ocean Grove & Barwon Heads Stays (p.30) Peppers at the Sands Golf Course is a bit more upmarket but has loads for families. Try Macka’s Farm (near the 12 Apostles) or Cape Otway Lightstation for a stay with a difference tha your kids will love.

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Wot's On

Calling all kids, mums, dads and grown ups – We want you! Melbourne is busy all year round (especially over summer) with markets, festivals and plenty of special events to keep the whole family entertained (often for FREE!!) Check out T’S ON THIS UPDATES GO TO THE “WO the list below FOR MONTH TO MONTH WEBSITE: WWW.LETSGOKIDS.COM. AT NEW GRE MONTH” BUTTON ON OUR OUR FOR UP SIGN THERE, for great ideas AU, AND WHILE YOU’RE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER of things to do and places to visit over the school holidays and beyond. Weekly/Monthly Every Wednesday Suzuki Night Market Season 2011-2012 During summer from 16th Nov 2011 to 29th Feb 2012 (excl.28 Dec 2011) 5.30pm to 10.00pm. Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne. FREE ENTRY.Take in the vibe at Melbourne’s most popular night market.World cuisine and produce by local wine and beer from regional Victoria, world music performances and local bands. 03 9320 5830 www.qvm.com.au Every Sunday

Tunstall Square Markets An interesting variety of clothes, plants and unique crafts. 8am-1pm Feb to Nov (excl. Dec and Jan) Tunstall Square Shopping Centre, cnr Doncaster and Tunstall Rds, Doncaster East. (03) 9005 2331 manningham.vic.gov.au

Warrandyte Community Market Around 120 stalls of homemade, home grown goods ranging from plants to hand spun knitted jumpers. An outdoor market set along the banks of the Yarra River. (excl. Jan) from 9am-1pm. Stiggants Reserve, cnr Yarra and Stiggant Sts, Warrandyte www.warrandyte3113.com.au (03) 9844 4495 Geelong Night Market Set in a fun and social environment, the Night Market offers something for everyone, no matter what your age is. Sit back, relax and chill out while listening to world class entertainment, enjoy sampling some of the best street food or rove amongst a variety of artisan stalls. Every Friday night from 20 Jan to 24 Feb 2012- 5.30pm to 10.00pm Johnstone Park, Gerhinghap Street, FREE ENTRY. www.geelongaustralia.com.au Third Saturday of Park Orchards Farmers Market Every month Stalls include fresh fruit, vegetables, honey, nuts, dried fruit, wine, cheese, etc. 9am-1pm. Cnr Hopetown and Park Road, Park Orchards. 0409 417 369 or 0423 670 773. admin@pora.org.au First Saturday of Every Month

Fourth Sunday of Every Month

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Templestowe Rotary Farmers Market Range of produce including vegetables, seasonal fruit, meat, bread, eggs, olive oil & olives, cheeses, chutneys, jams and a mouth watering range of home made products including cakes, confectionery, relishes, and salsas.  (excl. Dec) 8am-1pm 1 Thompsons Road, Templestowe. membership@templestowerotary.org.au The Boulevard Lights Appealing to an audience from right across Melbourne and country Victoria, The Boulevard Christmas Lights Display has become one of Melbourne’s longest-standing Christmas traditions. Since the 1950s, residents have been hanging lights to decorate their gardens and windows. Approx. 100,000 people visit each year over the course of the two weeks. 8:30pm-11pm. The Boulevard, Banyule VIC www.banyule.vic.gov.a Carols In The Park Bayside’s largest and most popular community event. Over 17,000 visitors enjoy a jam packed 2 hour program. Dendy Street & Nepean Hwy, Brighton 7.30pm-9.30pm. (03) 9599 4444 www.bayside.vic.gov.au/carols Street Surfer The Street Surfer Program is a fully equipped, professionally staffed mobile youth facility that operates throughout the municipality. The Street Surfer is a box trailer that is fitted out with Playstations, X-boxes, Wii, stereo, sports equipment, BBQ and information about youth related issues and services in the area. Free. 3:30pm-5:30pm. Braybrook Maidstone Neighbourhood House 113, Melon St 9091 4706 tania.jorquera@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

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Wot's On December Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th December

Friday 16th December

Saturday 17th December

The Christmas Show- Melbourne City Council The magic of Christmas comes to life in this live stage show packed with excitement, music and fun. It stars Santa himself, along with Mrs Claus and a host of loveable Christmas characters.The familiar characters and songs make this show an instant hit with both the young and the young at heart. 13/12/2011 to 17/12/2011 Fri: 10am-10:45am, 2pm-2:45pm Sat: 10am-10:45am, 2pm-2:45pm.Tickets $24.90. Forum Theatre150-162 Flinders St www.christmasshow.com.au Carols By Candleight Pack a picnic rug and head down to Ruffey Lake Park to celebrate the festive season! Now in its 30th year. 6pm – 10.00pm Ruffey Lake Park, George Street, Doncaster. www.manningham.vic.gov.au Carols At Cosmo Park Sing and celebrate with family, friends and neighbours at Stonnington’s magical Carols concerts. Support a local community organisation by purchasing your candles, glow-sticks and programs. Fireworks for the finale. Yarraville Carols in the Gardens The Carols will include performances by the Choral Institute of Victoria, the Footscray-Yarraville City Band,opera singers, local community groups and schools, an appearance by Santa and spectacular fireworks. Yarraville Gardens 7pm-10:30pm

Saturday 17th December

Chelsea Treasure Market More info Frank 9774 3015 Car Park in front of LongBeach Place 15 Chelsea Rd Chelsea From 8am - 1:00 pm www.longbeachplace.org.au/activities.htm

Sunday 18th December

Mordialloc Carols By The Bay Every year 1,000s of people travel to Peter Scullin Reserve in Mordialloc to hear their favourite Carols. The pre-concert entertainment commences at 6.30pm and the main Carols begin at 8.15pm. Reserved seating in the front of the stage will be available later in the year. No dogs, no alcohol, no chairs except for the perimeter of the park. 03 9581 4754 kristylee.clark@kingston.vic.gov.au Monash Carols By Candelight Monash tradition is reputedly the largest in the eastern region. Carols by Candlelight, Stage Entertainment and free children’s activities. 4pm-10pm Jells Park, Wheelers Hill. www.monash.vic.gov.au Lyrebird Community Christmas Festival Family friendly activities inc rides and amusements, face painting, craft activities, yummy food and music, carols and more! Spectacular fireworks display (weather permitting). .5pm-9.45pm 203-205 Lyrebird Drive, Carrum Downs 9782 0133 mailto:admin@lyrebird.org.au admin@lyrebird.org.au

Thursday 22nd December to Wednesday 1st February

Summer School Holiday Activities @ Melbourne Museum Earth Capsule – Explore the world of rocks and minerals and make your own original piece of earth to take home. Daily from 11am - 3pm. How the Moon was Made - Did you know that the moon was not always there? Learn about origin of the Moon in a fun show. Daily at Midday, 1pm and 2pm. Exhibitions and activities are FREE for children museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum

Thursday 22nd December to Wednesday 1st February

Summer School Holiday Activities @ Scienceworks More or Less - What do sundials, compasses and thermometers have in common? They all measure something. Amphitheatre Daily 1pm. Experiment Zone - Create a Colour. Become a scientist and conduct chemistry experiments to test mystery mixtures. Learn about chemicals found around your home and discover the difference between an ‘acid’ and a ‘base’. Daily 12pm, 2pm, 3pm (Suitable for ages 6 and above) museumvictoria.com.au/scienceworks

Thursday 22nd December to Wednesday 1st February

The Queen Victoria Market The Market is probably best known for its huge variety of fresh produce. On Sundays, the hustle and bustle of the weekday Market gives way to a more relaxed and leisurely family day. Queen Street is closed and converted into an outdoor cafe area, with children’s rides and other activities. Tuesday 6am-2pm Thursday 6am-2pm Friday 6am-5pm Saturday 6am-3pm Sunday 9am-4pm. www.qvm.com.au

Saturday 24th December

Christmas Eve Carols and Pageant Singers and band at Cruden Farm. Includes a live re-enactment of the first Christmas with a baby, stable & donkey - children are able to take part as angels or shepherds. BYO picnic, rug, insect repellent, warm clothes. Entry by donation, enter from Cranhaven Road, Langwarrin 9789 7302 Gate opens at 6.30pm 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Saturday 24th December

Seddon Carols Get in the spirit of Christmas singing carols with family/friends on Christmas Eve. Harris Reserve, Cnr Gamon & Thomson Streets, Seddon 7:00pm-9:30pm Vodafone Boxing Day Test, Melbourne Cricket Ground One of the most celebrated rivalries in world sport and Australia’s greatest annual cricket match, See Australia take on India.Thousands of cricket fans flock to the historic “MCG” to be part of the action. www.cricketvictoria.com.au

Monday 26th to Friday 30th December

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Wot's On December Tuesday 27th to Saturday 31st December Monday 31st December January Saturday 7th January

Vic Super Murray Marathon,Yarrawonga One of the longest annual canoe races in the world, this race covers 404 kilometres over five days between Yarrawonga and Swan Hill. Less experienced paddlers can join the half marathon or the relay. All proceeds go towards supporting communities in the Murray region. www.murraymarathon.ymca.org.au Melbourne’s New Years Eve Party Join Melbourne’s largest free New Year’s Eve party. Celebrate with two spectacular fireworks displays, free entertainment including DJs, live bands, performers, family fun and children’s entertainment at various locations throughout the city. Ph: (03) 9658 9658 www.thatsmelbourne.com.au

Saturday14th to Sunday 15th January

Lorne Pier to Pub This annual event warms up with Friday’s Lorne Mountain to Surf, an 8 kilometre fun run, followed by the main event, the world’s largest open water swim where over 4000 swimmers race a 1.2 km course. Great Ocean Road Ph: (03) 5289 1152 www.lornesurfclub.com.au Midland Express Kids Day Out At The Races Bring your kids and enjoy a day of fun filled excitement with a wide range of kid’s activities all day. We have loads of activities including big slide, crazy cricket & soccer, pony rides, face painting and more! NMIT Kyneton Park  Adults $15, Concession $9, Children 15 years or under FREE! (03) 5422 1866 www.countryracing.com.au/clubs/kynet Frankston Waterfront Festival There is something for everyone, with a wide range of activities across the weekend culminating in a spectacular fireworks display. From 10.00am Frankston Waterfront, Nepean Hway 1300 322 842 www.visitfrankston.com

Monday 16th to Sunday 29th January

Australian Open Road Championships See Australia’s cycling greats in action! Gearing up to be the best year yet. Cycling action will run in Ballarat over four days including the Criterium, Road Race and Time Trials. Ph: (03) 5320 5623 www.aorc.com

Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January

Annual Fryerstown Antique Fair This wonderful country fair, which is reminiscent of English fairs, draws about 30,000 people to the small rural town. Proceeds go to the upkeep of the Fryerstown Historic Hall.(03) 5473 4373 www.maldoncastlemaine.com

Friday 26th January

Australia Day Concert and Fireworks Celebrate at a concert featuring special guest performers for all the family. Free rides and amusements will be available from 4:30pm and the main concert will begin at 6:30pm. Food stalls from 5:30pm onwards. www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au

Sunday 8th January

Free Australia Day celebrations Bring the whole family to welcome new citizens in our municipality and present our annual Australia Day Awards. You can bring your own picnic basket or buy from the local food vendors at the event. Kids entertainment will include: free jumping castle, face painting, animal farm. The night will conclude with a spectacular fireworks finale. 6-9:00pm Grounds of the Council Offices. 25 Ferres Boulevard South Morang 9217 2174 Sunday 29th January

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Marong Cup The day provides entertainment for all including children’s rides, a big screen, music and much more. A range of packages are available but book early so you don’t miss out. Marong Cup - be assured of a great day out! Heinz St, Epsom · Ph: (03) 5448 4209 · www.bendigojc.com.au Darebin Community and Kite Festival 2012 All Nations Park, Northcote. Come and join in the fun. Make the most of the music, free activities and kite flying. Enjoy food from around the world and heaps of FREE activities. The Festival has gathered a large following in recent years and attracts kite flyers and festival goers from all of Darebin as well as from other parts of Melbourne. With hundreds of colourful kites flying to a backdrop of live music from across the globe. Knox City Council Festival Sat 3rd March 2012:Activities and Fairground from: 10am to 5pmTwilight Cinema: approximately 7pm Fireworks at 9.15pm Sunday 4 March: There are a huge range of activities that the whole family will love: 100 free art workshops, enjoy music and dancing from local schools and community groups, discover mouth-watering food from around the world,amazing cultural performances , five stages of music, dance and entertainment,‘Knoxious’ lounge featuring skate, gaming and music. ,run away and join the circus at our free Ruccis Circus workshops, explore the fairground, market stalls, roving performers and much, much more! 10am to 5pm Wally Tew Recreation Reserve, Brenock Park Drive, Ferntree Gully

Friday 9th Mar to Moomba Sunday 12th March Since it was established in 1955, the Moomba Festival has become an institution, unfolding in the city’s parks, along its streets and on the waters of the Yarra River. The festival is as familiar to Melbourne as Aussie Rules and the Melbourne Cup. One of the biggest and longest-running festivals in Australia, Moomba has survived in spite of its critics, and it commands a strong place in the social history of the city. Saturday 10th to Ballarat Begonia Festival Sunday 12th March 10am – 5pm Every March it presents a kaleidoscope of vivid blooms over the Labour Day long weekend, incorporating a program of activities and entertainment for garden lovers and families alike. www.ballaratbegoniafestival.com” www.ballaratbegoniafestival.com Saturday 17th FLAVOURS March Be invigorated and inspired by the sights, sounds and tastes on offer as we celebrate Stonnington’s cultural diversity. Bring the family and share in the uplifting and cosmopolitan atmosphere this festival offers. Moorabbin Primary School St Patrick’s Day Fete MPS Biannual Fete, with rides, raffle, spinning wheel, market stalls,vintage car display devonshire tea, car boot sale and much much more. 11am-5pm Cnr of Worthing and Dane Rds Moorabbin. 0402702320 wendyjhoran@gmail.com Wodonga Annual Show Victorian young auctioneer competition, prime steer, alpaca show, cattle and livestock, equestrian events, animal nursery, pet parade, arts, crafts, horticulture, trade sites, live music and entertainment, multicultural dance and music, ute and truck show, busking competition, photography, Easter bonnet and show personality pageant, carnival rides, show bags, home brew and wine competition, poultry, pigeons, woodchop and much, much more. 9-4 Kids with adults are FREE Wilson St, Wodonga (03) 6024 1872 www.wodongashow.org.au Saturday 24th to Banyule Festival Sunday 25th March Set in the picturesque parklands of Heidelberg beside the Yarra River, Sills Bend provides a beautiful natural setting, only twenty minutes drive from Melbourne CBD.Twilight Sounds @ Sills Bend takes place on Saturday evening, and the Kids ArtyFarty Fest on Sunday.The whole festival is free to attend! www.plaawards.com.au/pastwinners.php  April - July Saturday 21st April Mulgrave Fun Day Local neighbourhood event attracting up to 2,000 people, dedicated to young families with children under 12 years featuring performances, interactive activities and community sites and now going on to its 9th year. Wellington Reserve, Mulgrave. 11am - 3pm Saturday 12th May Kingston Harvest Festival A one-day, family-oriented, active and diverse musical event, featuring a stellar line-up of country and bluegrass music, and activities for children.The event will run on Saturday the 12th of March, 11am-11pm. (03) 9581 4754 kristylee.clark@kingston.vic.gov.au Tuesday 3rd to Roola Boola Friday 6th July Running over four days during the school holidays. This children’s arts festival provides fun for children aged 4 to 12 years, with interactive workshops including puppetry, circus, music, drama, story zone and lots more activities. Chapel Off Chapel Prahan 03 8290 1333

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