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Help Me, Help Me - I’m a parent?!?!?!? You’ve run out of ideas, the weekend is coming up and you’ve got that birthday to plan. OMG! The holidays are next week and they’ll be home for a fortnight. Aaargh! Don’t worry you’ve come to the right place!

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We’ve got that covered too! Visit www.letsgokids.com.au to find out all the things for families in WA, VIC, NT, TAS, Sydney, Canberra and NZ

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At LetsGoKids we’ve done the hard yards, kicked the tyres, found the best spots to eat and play, where to shop, what to see and even where to stay! We’ll let you know what’s on and where, how much it is and try to help the budget with some special deals and vouchers!

Order the books online or check the distribution list to see where to get one! Look at us online for updated events, deals and specials. Follow our tips and ideas on both Facebook and Instagram.

Also, make sure you sign up for our FREE monthly E-newsletter at www.letsgokids.com.au It has great ideas and events, stories, reviews, competitions, giveaways and games. The LetsGoKids UPDATED smartphone app is here!!! Take us with you everywhere you go! Loaded with all the latest events, deals, vouchers for discounts and GPS mapping to get you there! It’s FREE to download for Android or iOS at the Google play store or the Apple store

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Eureka Skydeck SEALIFE Melbourne Luna Park Melbourne River Cruises San Churro Chocolatier Ice Bar Melbourne Zagames Albert Park Golf Fire Services Museum Auscarts Queen Victoria Market

District Docklands Melbourne Star Observation Wheel O’Brien IceHouse

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Northern Suburbs Latrobe Golf Park 26 GoClimb 27 Funfields Inside Front Cover, 28 Bundoora Park Farm 29 Lollipop’s Playland and Cafe Bundoora 30 Watermarc 30 Archery Attack Melbourne 31 Nillumbik Council 31

The Ranges Sky High Mount Dandenong Puffing Billy Railway

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Sth Suburbs & Mornington Peninsula SK8HOUSE Dinosaur World The Messy Shed Rain, Hayne & Shine Farmyard Moonlit Sanctuary Ashcombe Maze Arthurs Seat Skylift Enchanted Adventure Garden

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Gumbaya Park Inside Back Cover, 40 Long Tunnel Extended Mine 41 Walhalla Goldfields Railway 41 State Coal Mine 42 Toora Holiday Park 42

Phillip Island Silverwater Resort A Maze N Things Phillip Island Chocolate Factory Wildlife Coast Cruises Phillip Island Nature Park Anchor Bell Holiday Park Ramada Resort

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Otway Fly Blue Whale Motor Inn Tower Hill Visitor Centre Flagstaff Hill Surfside Holiday Park Aquazone Aquatic Centre Daktari Surf and Dive Warrnambool City Council Bendigo RSL Jirrahlinga Dingo Conservation Bendigo Tourism Bendigo Art Gallery

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Port of Echuca Discovery Centre NRMA Echuca Echuca Moama Tourism Echuca Workers Club Moama on Murray Sharps Old Time Movie House and Fudge Rich River Golf Club Resort

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Moira Shire Council Sun Country on the Murray Tourism The Big Strawberry PS Cumberoona Yarrawonga Golf Club NRMA Mulwala TunzaFun Mulwala

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Geelong & The Bellarine RAAF Museum Anakie Fairy Park Market Square Geelong Gaol Museum Bellarine Adventure Golf The Bellarine Railway Barwon River Holiday Park Jirrahlinga Koala Sanctuary

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Ballarat Ballarat City Council Sovereign Hill Ballarat Art Gallery Eureka Centre Kryal Castle Xtreme Bounce Eureka Stockade Holiday Park

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General Cricket Victoria Back Cover Sandstorm Events 3 Adventure Park Geelong 5 Supa World Centre 7 Craft Markets 94

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Christmas Day Boxing Day New Year’s Day Australia Day Labour Day Good Friday

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Flying in, flying out Melbourne’s airports - Tullamarine, 25km from CBD; Avalon (between Melb & Geelong), 55km from CBD. melbourneairport.com.au...............................03 9297 1600 avalonairport.com.au.........................................03 5227 9100 qantas.com.au.......................................................13 13 13 tigerair.com............................................................1300 174 266 virginaustralia.com.au........................................13 67 89 jetstar.com.au........................................................13 15 38

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Buses and trains run to all corners of the State of Victoria & also to other states. Depart from Southern Cross Station in Spencer St, where all fares & timetables are available. vline.com.au 1800 800 007 ptv.vic.gov.au 131 638

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$110 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 – $19.95 oneway, $36.50 return.

Avalon Airport Shuttle Bus - Bus service operates regularly from Tullamarine. Ph: 5278 8788

Tourist Information Centres Albury Cnr Smollett & Young St Ph.1300 252 879 Ballarat 225 Sturt St Ph: 5337 4337 Bendigo 51-67 Pall Mall Ph: 1800 813 153 Castlemaine 44 Mostyn St Ph: 5471 1795 Echuca 2 Heygarth St Ph: 5480 7555

Frankston 7N Pier Promenade Ph: 1300 322 842 Geelong 26 Moorabool St Ph: 5222 2900 Melbourne Visitor Centre Ltl Collins & Swanston St Ph: 9658 9658 Melbourne Visitor Booth Bourke Street, Ph. 03 9658 9658

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Melton 323 High Street Ph 03 9747 7300 Mornington Peninsula 359B Point Nepean Rd Ph: 59501579 Phillip Island 895 Phillip Island Rd Ph: 1300 366 422 Queenscliff 55 Hesse St Ph: 5258 4843 Seymour 47 Emily St Ph: 5799 0233

Wangaratta 100-104 Murphy St Ph: 1800 801 065 Warrnambool 89 Merri St Ph: 5559 4620 Werribee Werribee Open Range Zoo K-Road Ph 03 8734 6006 Wonthaggi 1 Bent St Ph: 5672 5767 Yarrawonga 1 Irvine Parade Ph: 03 5744 1989

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Welcome to Melbourne The capital of Victoria. A cosmopolitan city with restaurants, galleries and performing arts centres right across the city, that gives it the refined and cultured reputation. Of course, Melbourne is also regarded as the Sporting Capital of the World, having previously hosted the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, and currently home to world class events like the Australian Tennis and the Australian Formula One Grand Prix! For a day, a weekend, a week – in and around Melbourne, there are hundreds of things to do. Melbourne has an amazing outdoor lifestyle based around excellent beaches, the river and the nearby hills. Parks and gardens abound in the city and the suburbs.

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It is said that Melbourne can experience four seasons across one day, but in Victoria, your family can experience amazing places to visit across four seasons! From the city to the bay, to the nearby hills or the Peninsula, from the ski fields to the mighty Murray River – There is so much space to run, play, swim, ski, ride, boat or picnic!

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So much of Melbourne (and Victoria) is set up for families and we’ve gone and found the activities, the events, organised some special deals at some of the state’s favourite destinations for you and discovered a few places you didn’t know about.

Historic museums, natural beauty, national sporting teams, hands on learning experiences – Melbourne has it all! There is really no other place where so much is so close.

So get off the couch, ring a friend, grab the kids, take advantage of our vouchers and offers in the book and online, check out our Wot’s On (p.94) or our sporting fixtures on (p.86) for a few ideas of what’s going on; sign up for our enewsletter, download the app to “stay in the know” ... and just get out there and DO IT! Expires 30/11/20

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52 things to do on the cheap!! (One for each week of the year!) So what are you waiting for? Pack a lunch, grab some friends and GO, GO, GO!!!

4. Every Saturday night during the Christmas Festival, Argyle Square will transform into the outdoor Carlton Christmas Cinema. Take a leisurely stroll on Lygon Street and grab dinner before the sun sets, then settle in to enjoy one of four epic Christmas classics under the stars.

1. Ride the Free City Circle tram and listen to the commentary on all the places of interest. Get your bearings and do a bit of people watching. You may discover a new spot to check out! 2. Explore the city by travelling in the new Free Tram Zone for nearly all of the CBD (Check out exactly where on our map - p.4)

5. Check out the colourful and expressive street art in Hosier Lane between Flinders St and Flinders Lane.

3. Start the festive season by taking the kids to the Myer Christmas Window. It is one of Melbourne’s most eagerly anticipated traditions. Join the queue to make your way past each beautiful scene, which this year celebrates May Gibbs, a much-loved Australian female author and illustrator.

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7. Visit the Ian Potter Centre in Fed Square. Lots of Aussie art. See what Melbourne city and the countryside once looked like through the eyes of the Indigenous and European people. 8. Head to Southbank and watch the flames go off outside Crown Casino or play in the dancing water fountains on a hot day. 9. Drop into ACMI in Flinders St and catch a movie (costs a little).

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6. Check out the kids activities at The National Gallery of Victoria.

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New sights and heights of Summer! When Summer is in full swing and Melbourne is hot as make sure to visit Luna Park for ultimate fun! Then when you feel like cooling down, the sea breeze at St Kilda beach is only a stone’s throw away. What more can you want? The brand-new Supernova giant swing tower will be operating for the first-time taking passengers for a super high and fast 360° spin 32 metres into the sky. Hop on and fly freely in a 12.5 metre circle around the top of the tower. During the day, ride Supernova and take in amazing views of Port Phillip Bay or at night ride with 3,000 lights, making this a starry experience one to remember. For multiple turns on all rides and attractions, purchase an Unlimited Ride Ticket so the exhilaration and excitement can last all day/night long.

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16. Fed Square always has some activity gong on. The big screen shows major sporting events.

10. Browse the new shopping area at District Dockland WARNING! (You may be tempted to spend some money here!!) 11. Take a tour of Parliament House at the top of Bourke St. Tours are free and are run at 9.30/10.30/11.30/1.00/1.30/2.30/3.30/4.00 weekdays on non sitting day’s except public hols. 12. Explore The Queen Victoria Market (p.21), which is always a hit with kids. It offers a fresh mix of produce and cheap everyday things. The market has tons of history and pretty market stalls in art deco style.

17. Take a tram ride down St Kilda Rd and visit the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne’s memorial to men and women who have served during times of war. The Floral Clock is nearby facing the National Gallery. 18. Take a free tour of the Melbourne Town Hall in central Melbourne. Stand on the portico where the Beatles waved, or sit in the Lord Mayor’s chair. 19. If your family loves sports then take a walk around the MCG and see the legends of Australian sport’s statues, or do a tour of the inside (costs a little). Make sure to visit the National Sports Museum as well. 20. Kids are FREE at the Melbourne Museum. 21. Visit the Victoria Police Museum, home to the tales of colourful crimes throughout the years. 22. Become a book worm at the State Library of Victoria - located in the CBD. Kids displays.

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13. Head to the Fire Services Museum (p.19) in East Melbourne to experience a trip down memory lane (cost a little). 14. Discover the chilling history and secrets of the Old Melbourne Gaol, including the hanging of Ned Kelly. 15. Join a guided tour of the Abbotsford Convent.

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23. Take a train or ferry ride to the seaside town of Williamstown & explore our Maritime & Naval History. 24. See the largest collection of Victorian Railways steam locomotives at the North Williamstown Railway Museum. 25. Head to the Immigration Museum and find how your family may have arrived in Australia.

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26. Stroll through the Botanical Gardens. Check out The Children’s Garden and walk around the ornamental lakes. The Sidney Myer Music Bowl is nearby.

27. Be entertained by the street performers and buskers in Bourke St. 28. Visit iconic Luna Park (p.13) with 100 years of history and the recognisable clowns mouth – entry is FREE – rides cost. 29. 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, rollerblading or swimming.

30. Check out the Chinese Museum in Little Bourke St (costs a little). 31. Visit nearby St Kilda on a Sunday and browse through the many street stalls that line the streets of the foreshore. 32. Visit Collingwood Children’s Farm where kids can take part in farm jobs. Great for kids who love animals.

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33. Victoria has the Nation’s most developed rail trails. The Goulburn River High Country Trail is the longest, running 134km from Tallarook to Mansfield. You’ll cycle through picturesque farmland, along the Goulburn River and take in towns such as Yea and Bonnie Doon. 34. Chesterfield Farm in Scoresby has animal shows, baby animal petting and tractor rides around the farm. 35. Take the kids on a tractor ride around a real working orchard and sample the products at Rayners in the Yarra Ranges. 36. Visit Coopers Settlement in Bundoora (p.29) for a taste of life in the “olden days”. 37. Visit the culturally significant Tower Hill (p.61) and hear the stories of its significance from an indigenous perspective. Look for a koala or two. 38. Experience what life was like as an early 1900’s coal miner and go deep underground at the State Coal Mine (p.42)

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44. Take your own bike and go for a ride along some of Melbourne’s riverside bike paths. Maps are available from www.parkwebvic.gov.au. 45. Explore Fitzroy Gardens, it has a range of activities and attractions including Cooks Cottage (admission fees apply), a Tudor Village, the Fairy Tree, dragon playground, fountains, sculptures, Conservatory and water play area for the kids. There’s a free walking tour every Saturday.

39. Caldermeade Farm/Café has a small animal nursery and under parental supervision, kids can hold, pat and feed a variety of baby animals.

46. Kids are FREE at Scienceworks. Check out the interactive exhibitions.

42. Climb aboard the full size train at Bayswater Park, and enjoy a wonderful playground. 43. Explore rock pools and maybe find a starfish at Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary in Beaumaris.

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41. The suburbs contain skate parks, bike tracks, playgrounds, events and festivals. Check our Wots On section (p.94) or play (p.82) for more ideas.

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40. The pristine bushland and beaches of Wilson’s Promontory offer a great day or overnight hike.

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47. Look at the air missiles, a mirage jet, helicopter and a boat plane at the RAAF Museum at Point Cook.You even get a chance to chat to the pilot afterwards.

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49. Ride a steam locomotive miniature train at Eltham - the largest miniature railway in Melbourne and also the busiest. Rides are 10- 15 minutes long that includes tunnels, bridges and more. 50. Take a drive up the scenic route to the highest point on the Mornington Peninsula at Arthurs Seat. Unsurpassed views of the bay and peninsula. 51. Check out the Melbourne Tram Museum, Hawthorn Depot. Touted as the most authentic tramway museum in Australia. It houses 21 historic tramcars, associated objects and the history behind them. 52. Check out our Wots On (p.77) to see what is happening in your area.

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48. Drive out to Edendale Farm in Eltham. An interactive community and education centre to support sustainable living practices. The highlights are the animals, gardens and artwork to explore. (gold coin donation)

The heart of Christmas in the city, Christmas Square located at Federation Square, offers an amazing array of free sights, sounds and experiences. Kick-off the festivities with the Festival Launch Party on Friday 29 November, where you’ll see the spectacular 16-metre high LED Christmas Tree light-up for the first time. Then, watch little faces shine as the sleigh bells ring, heralding the arrival of a very special guest. Over four Festival weeks, the magic will continue with nightly light and sound shows, Santa’s House offering daily activities, and the photogenic Giant Christmas Bauble.

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So much to see and do for the whole family! Visit Queen Victoria Market for fresh and specialty produce, hand-made and unique products, clothing and souvenirs, great coffee and food, and a buzzing Market atmosphere.

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Enjoy the open air spaces and laneways of District Docklands - home to a great range of specialty stores, outlets, dining and entertainment. With everything found in one central precinct, it’s the perfect place to spend a whole day out.

WORTH A LOOK Glow Golf Melbourne is Australia’s first miniature golf course that is designed to be played in the dark. The course combines UV lighting and fluroescent colours to create a glow in the dark effect.

Bring the family for a fun-filled day around the harbour. Catch a flight on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and take in spellbinding 360-degree views of Melbourne city, Port Phillip Bay and the Dandenong Ranges.

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A trip to Docklands with kids wouldn’t be complete without visiting the impressive ArtVo gallery. This jaw dropping immersive 3D art gallery isn’t your traditional art gallery. You get to interact with it, touch it, be in the art. Visiting Docklands is easy with the free Melbourne Visior Shuttle and City Circle Tram, Yarra Trams 86 and 70 and is also in close proximity to Southern Cross train station. There is extensive and affordable public car parking facilities with direct connections to Melbourne’s major freeway and arterial road network (including CityLink). Photo Courtesy of Visit Victoria

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There are great eateries, lots of takeaway options, sweets and ice cream shops, serious shopping and a whole precinct for kids that includes kid’s clothing and toy stores, gaming centre, indoor mini golf and now the ice skating centre – where you can learn to skate or play ice hockey – they even have free lessons for beginners!

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Get out of town! Take a ride to the countryside Buses and trains run to all corners of the State of Victoria, and also to the other states. They all depart from Southern Cross Station on Spencer Street, where all fares and timetables are available. vline.com.au -1800 800 007

Public Transport Free Tram Zone If you are travelling with the pink zone indicated above, you do not need to use a Myki card, and your trips are free! If however your tram journey starts or finishes outside the - make sure you touch on when you board to ensure you have a valid ticket.

myki – Victoria’s ticketing system for travel on all public transport. It is a durable plastic card -same size as a credit card-which is used to pay for travel. Your myki can hold both myki money (a dollar amount) and a myki pass (travel days). You can get them wherever Myki signs are displayed.


Getting around the suburbs Melbourne has an extensive train network that can be accessed from any of the city loop underground stations, such as Flinders St, Parliament, Melbourne Central, Southern Cross or Flagstaff. Buses and trams link up in a cross pattern to service the areas not covered by the train network. www.ptv.vic.gov.au 1800 800 007


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With its rolling hills, plenty of parks and open space, picturesque villages and Melbourne’s friendliest people … the northern suburbs have plenty to offer families. There was a time when the land where townships and suburbs in the north were dotted with market gardens, orchards and dairy farms. Times have changed and the district is developing rapidly, but there’s still an exciting blend of both worlds; one where you have open spaces and nature to explore and another that offers culture, food, shopping and all the other amenities we love to surround us. Coopers Settlement in Bundoora Park (p.29) has a fully recreated village from the turn of the 20th century and also a petting farm that the littlies will love. Latrobe Golf Park (voucher opposite) is sure to challenge and entertain the kids and parents!

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Where do you find a real country atmosphere so close to the city? In the north!

Nearby Watermarc in Greensborough has an enormous indoor aquatic centre with some of the best waterslides in Australia. Funfields is Melbourne’s premier theme park, offering a great mix of exciting thrill rides, tobogganing, go-karting (suitable for juniors too) and a fantastic aqua park with their brand new offering, “The Kraken” - a four lane hi-speed water slide. It is a 40 min drive from the CBD on the Ring Road and has ample space & facilities for picnicking and BBQing- A great day out!

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On the other side of the Plenty River lies the Shire of Nillumbik (www.visitnillumbik.com.au) which encompasses most of the area known locally as The Diamond Valley.

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Whether you and your family enjoy walking or cycling, Nillumbik has got you covered. The Aqueduct trails joins the Research Trail to form a 10.2km trail loop around Research and Eltham North. There are playgrounds, picnic and BBQ facilities located along the trail. Or you can explore the Gawa Wurundjeri Resource Trail, which is a self guided, 340m loop walking trail. Markers explain how the Wurundjeri clan lived near the creek and used the land to obtain bush foods, medicines, implements, shelter and clothes.

The trail introduces visitors to the indigenous flora and fauna, including manna gums, Lomandra (used to weave baskets) and wombat burrows. At Edendale Community Environment Farm you can say hello to our guinea pigs and farm animals, including sheep and goats, enjoy the child-friendly spiral garden or wander through the sustainablygrown vegetable gardens and fruit orchard to get ideas on what you can do in your own garden. You can play in the large sandpit under the shade of the trees or choose from a range of self-guided children’s activities like our clipboard activities which will take you around the farm to learn a little on this journey. You can also bring a picnic and enjoy the open lawn spaces or undercover shelters. The Diamond Valley Railway is one of the world’s best Miniature Railways. Enjoy a 12-15 minute ride around the 2 kilometre line that passes over numerous bridges and through tunnels.

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There are heritage trails to discover, an environmental community farm to explore, miniature railway to ride, adventure playground to play in and a variety of community events, festivals and many colourful community markets.

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The Eltham North Adventure Playground caters to children of all ages and abilities. The playground is very close to Edendale, just a few minutes along the bike path and across the bridge. There is good parking, toilets, swings and the Liberty Swing. There are also plenty of spots for BBQs (onsite) and picnics, flying fox, water play areas and a new cubby section. A large shed structure provides shelter to most of the play equipment for year round play.

Nillumbik is also home to range of events that run throughout the year. From open farm days, to a Pet Expo to the Hurstbridge Wattle Festival and more. Check out www.nillumbik.vic.gov.au/ events for more information.

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The trip through the Diamond Valley takes in the quaint villages of Hurstbridge, Panton Hill and St Andrews on the way up into the Kinglake Ranges. The Ranges have waterfalls, ample picnicking spots and kilometres of walking trails.

There are wineries, fruit picking opportunities as well as parks, playgrounds and plenty of cafes.

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Come explore our farm. We have: • farm animals • stick insects & reptiles • spiral garden • vegetable garden • indigenous nursery • sand pit • children’s activities • picnic spaces • Cafe.

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- The Ranges

Get an unrivalled view of Melbourne’s skyline from Sky High Mt Dandenong Observatory and Maze in Mount Dandenong. Successfully pass through the maze and become a SkyHigh maze master, find the Australiana Tree and Percy Possum’s House before sitting on the Giants Chair. Nearby, Puffing Billy is one of the best preserved steam railways in the world and travels between Belgrave and Gembrook with intermediate stops at Menzies Creek, Emerald Station and Lakeside Station at Emerald Lake Park.

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The Dandenong Ranges are close, approximately one hour from central Melbourne and have a wide range of natural, adventure based, cultural and recreational family activities.

The Yarra Valley features over 80 vineyards set in picturesque rolling hills around Lilydale, Coldstream, Yarra Glen, Healesville and Seville. There are mazes to negotiate, trout and salmon fishing parks nearby and even an alpaca farm complete with a tour. Take a tractor tour or try one or more of the 450 varieties of fruit at Rayner’s Orchard. Make sure you try a free sample of some chocolate at the Chocolatier in Yarra Glen.

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Emerald Lake in Emerald has beautiful lakes, walking tracks, a model railway, paddleboats, playground and fishing opportunities.

SkyHigh’s Children’s Festival January, Easter and September School Holidays! Packed with FREE activities for the kids!

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Pony Rides Cooking Classes Mini Golf Treasure Hunts Mini Pets and loads more!

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- Frankston

Frankston is a bustling and modern city, fronting Port Phillip Bay and, of course, is the entry point to the Mornington Peninsula. The Frankston Waterfront precinct is based around Frankston Pier where there is a central square, lawns, visitor information centre and restaurant. A scenic boardwalk extends southwards along the coast, Frankston has a number of attractive parks and ending at the boat ramp near the base of Olivers Hill. gardens including Beauty Park with its lake and jetties, Landscaped gardens, lawns and BBQ shelters Bunarong Park with its elevated views of The Bay, the front Kananook Creek which has boat launching informal George Pentland Botanical Gardens, and the facilities and enters the bay just north of the pier. Pines Flora and Fauna reserve in Frankston North. The pedestrian Landmark Bridge crosses the Sweetwater Creek, which runs from Frankston creek near its mouth, and is a recognised icon Reservoir to the bay, is lined along some of its when viewed from Frankston’s beach. route by bushland which includes native vegetation, The coastline around much of Frankston consists waterfalls, gullies, boardwalks and lookouts. of calm and sandy beaches, perfect for swimming, Ballam Park, located in Karingal, covers 30 hectares boating and other water activities. and includes several sports ovals, BBQ and picnic To the south, the coastline transforms itself into areas, and the historic Ballam Park Homestead. rocky cliffs and headlands. From Olivers Hill, The city is home to some of the most exciting located on the Nepean Highway at the southern bicycle facilities in the region, including on and end of Frankston, panoramic views can be off-road bicycle paths which will guide you enjoyed across Port Phillip and north along the through the native vegetation that fringes beachside suburbs. major arterial road networks and the bay.

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- Mornington Peninsula

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The Mornington Peninsula is located just over an hour’s drive away from the city, on Melbourne’s “doorstep”. It is often described as Melbourne’s summer playground. The seaside towns of Dromana, Safety Beach, McCrae, Rosebud, Rye, Sorrento and Portsea have long been a favourite holiday destination amongst Melbourne families. The bay facing beaches are 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. From Safety Beach to Rosebud and Rye are calm waters fronting extensive strips of sand and natural foreshore reserves.

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The highest peak on the peninsula is Arthurs Seat. It rises to over 300 metres and provides panoramic views from various lookouts.

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The coastline becomes more rocky through Sorrento and Portsea offering some great coastal views plus long stretches of sandy beaches near the main piers. The Bass Strait Coast from Portsea to Cape Schanck and Flinders offers a much less commercialised environment with exhilarating wind-swept surf beaches, bushy foreshore reserves, scenic lookouts and rocky coastal formations. There is no defined commercial centre at Cape Schanck as such, with nearby Rosebud and Flinders serving the area.

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A 4 kilometre drive south from the resort takes visitors to the coastal feature the town is named after - Cape Schanck. At this rocky point is the Cape Schanck lighthouse which was built in 1859 out of local limestone and features a rare spiral staircase made from stone.

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However, the Cape Schanck Resort & Golf Course, with its bar and restaurant open to the public, and the surrounding housing estate, is regarded by many as the heart of the community.

Pitch a tent on a foreshore campsite, opt for budget accommodation or plump for something luxurious and while away the holidays. Photo Courtesy of Visit Victoria

Situated just inland from the beachside resorts of Dromana and Rosebud, the small community of Arthurs Seat is renowned for its many natural attractions. Arthurs Seat Rd begins at the Mornington Peninsula Freeway overpass, quickly transforming itself into a scenic and windy mountain road as it ascends to the Arthurs Seat peak.

Tours of the lighthouse, including access to the circular viewing platform near the top from which spectacular views can be enjoyed, are conducted daily. The lighthouse is surrounded by a reserve that includes a museum, former keeper’s quarters and associated buildings.

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Mornington’s original post office, built in 1863 at the corner of Main Street and The Esplanade, now operates as a museum displaying old telecommunications equipment and items relating to local history. On the other side of Main Street is the old court house (built in 1860) and the former police station lock-up (1862).

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Along the way are several spectacular lookouts where you can stop and admire the stunning scenery of the Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip Bay and Bass Strait from different angles and elevations.

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Take a nostalgic tour of the summer carnivals at Rye and Rosebud where generations of Melbournians have played the clown’s mouth or ridden the dodgem cars. Photo Courtesy of Visit Victoria

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At the peak of Arthurs Seat are several scenic viewing areas, a lookout, BBQ and picnic facilities, and the Arthurs Hotel which overlooks a vineyard and provides breathtaking views from both its indoor and outdoor dining areas.

A gondola service, known as the Arthurs Seat Eagle, operates up and down the mountain, offering superb coastal and bush views. Go lose yourself at Ashcombe Maze (see above) or Boneo Maze, go tree surfing or strawberry picking at Sunny Ridge - Make sure to try the icecream, delicious! Have a relaxing soak in the nearby Hot Springs.

With nature all around there is plenty to inspire wonder. Observe water and land creatures in their natural habitats with dolphin swims, wetlands visits and conservation area explorations. Swim, fish, snorkel and paddle in the calm waters with their expansive sandbars. To travel to the other side of the bay, a passenger and car ferry links Sorrento with the Bellarine Peninsula at Queenscliff.

DID YOU KNOW The site of Victoria’s first European settlement was established at Sorrento, not Melbourne, in 1803. Melbourne wasn’t settled until 1835!

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- Gippsland

The Gippsland region stretches from Melbourne’s eastern outskirts all the way to the state border with New South Wales in Victoria’s far east. This extensive and diverse geographical area is renowned for its natural beauty. Visitors will enjoy hundreds of kilometres of spectacular coastline, picturesque rivers and lakes, forests and snowfields. Families and kids in particular will love the newly refurbished Gumbuya World. In our opinion, it’s Australia’s best theme park. Reopening in Dec 2017, it boasts world class rides and experiences. The park is divided into four “worlds” – Oasis Springs, Oz Adventure, Outback Explorers and Wildlife Trail. Each has its own distinct characteristics and there’s something to suit all ages and interests. Oasis Springs Whether you’re taking the plunge on epic water slides, soaking in the rays with a drift along the 300 metre Lazy River, or getting deliriously drenched on Typhoon Island, Oasis Springs is bursting with fantastic fun. Relax in heated rock pools, catch the perfect wave at Surf ’s Up and, to add a splash of style to your day, book your own luxury cabana.

DID YOU KNOW Gumbuya World was originally a pheasant farm! It was turned into a wildlife park in 1978 and a large statue of a pheasant stood at the front gate for many years to pay homage to its past!

Oz Adventure You don’t need to get wet to go for a ride. There’s a world of fun under the gums when you spin out at Oz Adventure. And the adventure is just beginning, as we keep growing with the launch of the Woolshed (coming soon). Outback Explorers A whole world of adventure for smaller thrill – seekers! Packed with pirate ships, giant berries and big-rig trucks, here all the action is just the right size. Wildlife Trail Feathered, furry or fanged, there are more than 50 species of amazing animals waiting to meet you on the Wildife Trail. Catch a free Ranger talk to learn more about these incredible creatures and, for a truly unforgettable experience, book an Animal Close Encounters to get up close and personal with koalas, dingos, pythons and more.

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Experience life as it was in historic Walhalla. Once one of Australia’s richest towns and home to over 4000 gold seekers, this sleepy mountainside town is now frozen in time and is home to only 20 residents.Walk through the lovingly restored centre full of heritage buildings, try your hand at panning for gold, or take a tour of the surrounding area. Revel in the history that followed the discovery of Cohen’s Reef, a three-kilometre vein of gold running through Walhalla. Learn about the tough lives of miners, pan for gold down at Stringers Creek, and then explore the old hotels, shops, school and churches built in the 19th century when the town was at its peak. The Gold Mine commenced operation in 1865 as the original Hercules Gold Mining Company, working their way to Cohen’s Reef. When the company did not find enough payable gold, the mine was sold to The Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mining Company No Liability in 1871.

Journey on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway Take a train ride through the spectacular Stringers Creek gorge on the way to Thomson station. During the journey, you will cross seven bridges with breathtaking scenery. Open each Wednesday and weekend and most public holidays. Bookings via our website. (03) 5165 6280 www.walhallarail.com.au Walhalla Station, 2 Main Road, Walhalla

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You can take a tour of the mine. The Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine tour goes for approx. 45-50 minutes.Visitors are required to wear suitable footwear when going underground. Tours are everyday at 1:30pm. On school holidays, tours run at 12:00pm, 1:30pm and 3:00pm.

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After visiting the mine, take a ride on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway. Enjoy the vibrant autumn trees, the beautiful Stringers Creek Gorge and colourful spring wildflowers.

Guided tours through one of Victoria’s great gold mines, from which 13.7 tonnes was won. ◆ Museum ◆ Blacksmith Shop Tour times: Monday to Friday 1.30 pm only Weekends and Holiday Periods: 12 noon, 1.30 pm and 3 pm Group tours available by arrangement.

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Nearby, small villages like Yarragon and Nojee have local arts and craft galleries, cafes and restaurants utilizing local meats and produce. In beautiful tall forest, the majestic Noojee Trestle Bridge is the tallest surviving wooden trestle bridge in Victoria.

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The bridge is a legacy of the old railway that ran from Noojee to Warragul. It was originally constructed in 1919, but in 1939 was completely burnt down and rebuilt in the same year.

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Korumburra is home to Coal Creek Community Park Museum where the kids can step back in time and experience what life was like in the ‘olden days’. It has FREE ENTRY and unlimited fun for the whole family. Go on one of the scary Ghost Tours and see the Village at night.

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The historical bridge spans 102 meters and is 21 meters high. The bridge also marks the starting point for walks and cycling. The Noojee Trestle Bridge Rail Trail is a short scenic cycling trail that climbs gently for three kilometres along a smooth dirt or gravel track. The Noojee Trestle Bridge Walk is six kilometres return, taking around two hours to complete.

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Toora is nearby to all the attractions of the area and has a great Tourist Park full of activities kids will love (see opposite). It’s also close to Agnes Falls (Victoria’s highest) and Toora Windfarm. Photo Courtesy of Visit Victoria

Inverloch is a picturesque seaside village located, offering a range of water based activities, pristine beaches and funky cafes.

One of the region’s major attractions is the Wilsons Promontory National Park, which consists of striking granite peaks and an array of local flora and fauna, forming the southern most tip of mainland Australia. Wilsons Promontory is home to more than 700 native plant species, 30 kinds of mammal, from tiny antechinuses to kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, koalas, seals & bats and approximately 180 species of birds. Reptiles, amphibians, insects & other invertebrates are also numerous & diverse.

Located between Phillip Island and Inverloch is Wonthaggi. The town is best known for its historic State Coal Mine that operated from 1910 to 1968. With tours running daily, the mine offers a fascinating insight into the difficult working conditions of Wonthaggi coal miners. Although the mine has retired from duty, there’s still plenty to see and do. The mine’s above-ground heritage features are open to the public, with historic buildings, interpretive displays, walking trails, a picnic area and kiosk. Phillip Island is only a short drive away, so why not combine a day or two in Gippsland with that visit to the penguins?

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- Phillip Island

Just 90 minutes from Melbourne, Phillip Island is accessible from the mainland via a bridge, making it the perfect destination for a getaway or day trip. It is a place of natural beauty, sandy beaches, world class events and unique wildlife experiences. From the famous little penguins to world class surf beaches. Phillip Island has something for everyone. There is no shortage of family fun to be had on Phillip Island year round, with numerous activities and attractions that will entertain, amuse and enthrall both the young and the young at heart. More than just the gateway to Phillip Island, the small seaside village is an attraction in its own right. Home to Australia’s largest shark fishing fleet, you can watch the fishermen unloading their catch and then taste it yourself with the fish and chips from the San Remo Fisherman’s Co-operative. Home to local pelicans, there is feeding time every morning. The kids will love it.

DID YOU KNOW Over 4,000 of the 32,000 little penguins living in the waters around Phillip Island have their burrows around Summerland Beach. Native to Australia and the smallest of their species at just 33 centimetres, the little penguins leave their burrows about an hour before sunrise and swim up to 100 kilometres each day before returning at dusk.

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- Phillip Island

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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 Coast Cruises (voucher p.45) who offer a number of “eco-cruises” for a different look at the island. Of course the reason most people visit Phillip Island is to watch the nightly Penguin Parade. Taking place at dusk each day, there is nothing quite as electric as the moment you spot your first little penguins surfing in on a wave, then waddling purposefully through the twilight and heading straight towards you on their way home. A world famous attraction!

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For a magic encounter with the 20,000 Australian Fur Seals at Seal Rocks, jump on a Wildlife Coast Cruise (p.45) from Cowes for an up-close wildlife encounter with these fascinating creatures. Panny’s Phillip Island Chocolate Factory (p.45) is a must-do for chocolate lovers and is an interactive and educational celebration of all things chocolate. With an exhibition and ever-changing varieties of chocolates to choose from, Phillip Island Chocolate Factory is without a doubt the sweetest adventure on the island. A Maze’ N Things has a huge three-dimensional outdoor maze and theme park that will entertain, confuse and challenge the whole family.

Enjoy a family holiday at Anchor Belle Holiday Park Whether you’re after Accommodation or sites we have something to suit everyone: Townhouses, Deluxe Cabins, Budget Cabins, Ensuite sites and Powered sites

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Make your way around Phillip Island and take in the seaside hamlets, fishing villages, iconic wildlife and discover sheltered bay beaches and wild surf beaches, blowholes, caves and unusual rock formations along the island’s coastline. Choose the beach to suit your needs on Phillip Island, with the island’s northern side the place to go for sheltered bay beaches, while the south coast is the destination for wild surf beaches.

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Don’t forget the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Go-Kart Track, big and small kids alike can buckle-up like a real race car driver.

Phillip Island and San Remo boast a great range of holiday parks and accommodations with seaside suites Cowes Beach is very popular with swimmers and and bush settings with magnificent outlooks. families over summer thanks to a shallow high tide Anchor Belle Holiday Park (See opposite) and facilities near the jetty. This beach is patrolled on the beach at Cowes has great amenities and by lifesavers from Boxing Day (26 December) to for those wanting something a bit more upmarket Australia Day (26 January). Ramada Resort (see below) and Silverwater Resort (p.43) are set up perfectly for that great family getaway. Looking for some summer fun? Time your visit to coincide with the annual San Remo Channel Challenge (8th Feb 2020), a biathlon event and day festival featuring a swim from San Remo to Newhaven and then a run back across the bridge.

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SUMMER in Ballarat

Summer in Ballarat provides the whole family with action-packed fun. Take the kids to the school holiday programs at Sovereign Hill, Art Gallery of Ballarat or Kryal Castle, explore the outdoors at Lake Wendouree Adventure Playground or send the kids on summer camp at Cave Hill Creek. If you want even more to do, come during one of our big events like the Federation University Road National Championships, Summer Sundays, Nitro Circus or Ballarat Beer Festival. There’s no better way to spend your summer than in Ballarat.

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Ballarat A day or two in Ballarat offers you a glimpse into living history. Born in the romantic, turbulent and exciting gold rush era of the 1850’s, Ballarat’s story is entwined with our nation’s own history. From the days of Peter Lalor and his fight for miner’s rights at the Eureka Stockade to the discovery of gold in the district that made Ballarat and Melbourne two of the richest cities in the world at the time, Australia’s early years have much of their foundation in Ballarat.

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Immerse yourself in Australia’s gold rush history at the award-winning Sovereign Hill. See a spectacular $160,000 gold pour, venture underground on a guided gold mine tour or catch a horse-drawn coach and tour the town.

Go shopping 1850s-style and visit hotels, schools and a theatre with goldfields entertainers. See steam-driven machinery in action and chat with wheelwrights, candlemakers and confectioners as they ply their trades. A visit to Ballarat isn’t complete without seeing the historic Eureka flag, housed at the Eureka Centre on the site of the 1854 Eureka Stockade. The centre explores the cultural impact of the gold rush and tells the stories of the men and women who risked their lives in the fight for miners’ rights.

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Surrounding the Eureka Centre is the Eureka Stockade Memorial Gardens – the perfect spot for a picnic lunch while the kids enjoy the stockade-themed playground. Get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most famous native animals at the Ballarat Wildlife Park. In recent years, the park’s collection has expanded to include meerkats, penguins and, most recently, Sumatran tigers Maneki and Satu.

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Head on into the Art Gallery of Ballarat – Australia’s oldest and largest regional art gallery – and take your time as you walk through the permanent collection of historic fine art as well as the indigenous and contemporary art. Many of the works on display are accompanied by questions for the children, so they too, can immerse themselves in a wonderland of art.Take a free guided tour of the gallery’s Australian art collection.

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Sovereign Hill’s multi-million dollar sound and light show AURA lets visitors explore space, delve into the Dreamtime and re-live Australia’s most important rebellion, all while travelling under the night sky. Featuring hundreds of stunning projections, it takes guests of all ages on an adventure as they witness the creation and discovery of the world’s most precious metal, gold.

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Make sure to visit one of Australia’s only medieval theme parks - Kryal Castle. A legendary land of myth and adventure you can journey through the chambers of the Dragons Labyrinth, experience the drama of a medieval joust, be enchanted by pantomimes, or learn the ancient art of archery. Set aside time to venture through the lake and gardens precinct. Located in the heart of Ballarat, Lake Wendouree and the Ballarat Botanical Gardens provide the perfect escape from reality.

Ballarat is also a great base for exploring places like Stawell, Halls Gap, Avoca, Maryborough and of course, Creswick & Daylesford. Creswick is situated on the Midland Hwy and is well located for access to Melbourne (1 hour) or Daylesford and Ballarat (20 mins). It lies at the heart of the central gold fields and is close to the Hepburn spa country and Macedon Ranges.

Admire the local swans glide along the glistening waters, picnic by the water’s edge as the children explore the iconic Adventure Playground, or meander along the pebbled paths in the Botanical Gardens in search of your own secret haven.

The town itself is home to the Creswick Woollen Mills, the last remaining coloured spinning mill of its kind in Australia.

HANDY HINT There are also great walking and cycling trails throughout the areas of Ballarat (particularly around Lake Wendouree) and booklets are available free at the council offices in Sturt St that outline these.

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With a new bistro area, sports bar and massive indoor playground that needs to be seen to be believed, Zagame’s Ballarat (p.17) offers the complete dining and entertainment experience. The colourful Kids’ World playground is the perfect space for children aged 2-12 to use up all of their energy climbing, sliding and playing.

Built during the gold boom of the 1850’s the town still retains an old fashioned charm due to its wide boulevards and grand, well preserved architecture.

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BOOK YOUR STAY AT EUREKA STOCKADE HOLIDAY PARK Located in the historic precinct of the Eureka Stockade, we are just metres from the Eureka Centre. We offer a range of cabins; including our recent pet- friendly cabin & powered sites. We feature a large camp kitchen with adjoining games room, playground & a new re pit. The Eureka Aquatic Centre & Water Park is next door with an Olympic sized outdoor heated swimming pool (open No – Apr); FREE for all guests. We are a short walk from Nov the Ballarat Wildlife Park & just a short drive of 3km to the CBD & Sovereign Hill. Medieval tourist attraction, Kryal Castle is just a 9km drive from our park. Public transport is available at our doorstep.

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- Geelong & The Bellarine

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The city itself boasts a large commercial centre which extends down to the foreshore, offering visitors the chance to explore popular beach-front attractions such as Eastern Beach with its swimming enclosure, the Steampacket Gardens, the dining options available on Cunningham Pier, and several coastal walks, dotted with collections of bollards depicting historic characters.

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Geelong is Victoria’s second largest city, located on Corio Bay, and within a short drive from popular beachfront communities on the Bellarine Peninsulaas well as being the gateway to the famous Great Ocean Road, which begins just south of Geelong at Torquay. Travelling around the bay from Melbourne, it’s worth getting off the freeway and stopping at the outer south-western suburbs of Werribee and Point Cook. In fact, you could spend a whole day here, visiting a host of attractions including the Werribee Park Mansion for a glimpse into the life that some wealthy early settlers in Victoria experienced, Werribee Open Range Zoo, the Victorian State Rose Garden or the awesome RAAF base.

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The RAAF Museum, located at Point Cook, is home to an amazing range of historic military aircraft. A great chance to view these rare birds is at g the Interactive flying displays which are held every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 1:00pm (weather permitting). The Museum has a vast collection of historical material on show including several hangars with static aircraft, and offers visitors an exciting experience and insight into the history of the Air Force. Models, books, patches, clothing, mementos can be purchased at the Museum shop.

Entry to the RAAF Museum is FREE!! Opening Hours 10:00am to 3:00pm Tuesday to Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm Weekends and Public Holidays Closed Mondays, Christmas Day & Good Friday

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Elegant architecture, colourful gardens and parks, and the backdrop of Corio Bay are all symbolic of what locals refer to as the “city by the bay”. Hit the most spectacularly located skate park right on the edge of the water where hard-core skaters happily share with kids on scooters. There are plenty of places for parents to grab a coffee along the way.

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A block from the waterfront is a whole lot of shopping options. Market Square Shopping Centre (see below) has loads of national brand stores and a great schedule of activities and events for kids, particularly during the holidays.

Discover the magic A storybook world with fairytale scenes in Castle’s, Cooages and Caves. Camelot adventure-ground Medieval fun for kids of all ages. Hungry Knight Eatery. Grab the great taste. 1hr from Melbourne, ½hr from Geelong 2388 Ballan Road, Anakie. Tel: 52841262

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Nearby, the National Wool Museum has a calendar of events with plenty of activities and exhibitions specifically for the kids. Established as Australia’s only comprehensive museum of wool, it is housed in a historic 1872 bluestone wool store. There’s a range of exhibitions which trace the birth of the industry in the 1840s until today, plus a licensed restaurant and acclaimed woollen clothing and gift shop.

Head to The Bellarine where you’ll find beaches, activities and history.

For mini golfers, Bellarine Adventure Golf (p.58) has two big, fun courses (including waterfalls and gravity-defying suction holes).

HANDY HINT Little Creatures is super friendly for families with kids activities and sandpits alongside tables for a casual drink and bite to eat. It’s so kid- friendly its become popular with groups of Mums and bubs for coffee and food.

The holiday town of Barwon Heads is located on the southern coast of the Bellarine Peninsula and separated by the Barwon River from its twin coastal town of Ocean Grove. Barwon Heads is a popular seaside community, offering a diverse variety of coastal attractions from the shallow and sandy shoreline of the Barwon River to the windswept surf beaches which front Bass Strait along 13th Beach Road.

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Right in the middle of The Bellarine, Wallington is a choice spot for families with some major attractions. From water and theme parks at Adventure Park to mini golf, horse riding and a giant maze.

Huge waterslides, splash parks, rides and games are the order of the day at Adventure Park (p.5) – Victoria’s biggest water theme park. Our tip - arrive early for a good spot to base your towels and esky or book a cabana.

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Nearby, Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary is an educational sanctuary and renowned for its work in dealing with sick, injured and orphaned koalas, birds, mammals and sea life. Across the river from Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove offers a wide selection of coastal attractions including the surf beaches which front Bass Strait and several walking tracks that offer good views along the beach.

Where the Barwon River enters Bass Strait, it creates a wide diversity of places for animals and plants to live. There’s also a interpretive heritage centre (the Lobster Pot) on Jetty Road which is open for visitors at certain times of the year.

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Much of Ocean Grove is spread over the undulating hills and valleys which characterise this section of the Bellarine Peninsula, giving good views down to the ocean and of the surroundings. Blue Waters Lake and the Begola Wetlands are two major inland water attractions at the bottom of the town’s valleys, featuring walking tracks and a collection of birdlife.

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The Bellarine Rail Trail - commencing in suburban Geelong South, this walking and cycling track heads east to Drysdale where it then follows the Bellarine Peninsula Tourist Railway all the way to Queenscliff, passing through farmland, native vegetation and along the edge of Swan Bay Geelong Botanic Gardens.

The Barwon River, near the river mouth, offers safe and sheltered swimming along its sandy shoreline, while further upstream is a jetty and boat ramp.

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The Bluff Lookout, at Point Flinders, is situated on a rocky outcrop and a network of surrounding walking tracks provides views over the town centre, along the Barwon River and in all directions across Bass Strait. Just north of Barwon Heads is the expansive waterway of Lake Connewarre and surrounding wetlands which make an ideal spot for fishing and bird watching.

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Queenscliff has been a travel destination of choice for more than a century. The quaint town of Queenscliff can be explored on foot or by bike and is a great day trip. The kids will learn by stealth – they’re having so much fun they don’t realize it’s educational! The Marine Discovery Centre on the way into town has touch tanks and provides insight into the aquatic life unique to the area. Search the rockpools or go for a snorkel in the marine park nearby.

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The town is steeped in history and a stroll in the main street will show off spectacular old hotels with towers and intricate workmanship.

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Get a hands – on history lesson with the Bellarine Railway, operating out of Queenscliff station. Vintage steam trains operate all year, and several times a year they become Thomas the Tank Engine or a Santa train. Fun for trainspotters big and small.

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At the eastern end of the harbour is a car and passenger ferry service which operates between Queenscliff and Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula, providing an alternative to the road route via Melbourne. You can even take a dedicated dolphin cruise from here. Nearby at Point Lonsdale, which overlooks the entrance to the bay, is a gorgeous white lighthouse that has been used in countless Australian television shows and movies.

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- Warrnambool & Great Ocean Road

The stretch of road along the Victorian South West Coast between the Bellarine Peninsula and Warrnambool is best known as “The Great Ocean Road”. People from all over the world come to this region of the state to experience the stunning coastal scenery on the exhilarating drive as it hugs the ocean, climbing up and around hills and gullies. On the route there are many places to pause and enjoy the views of the ocean and what the coastal towns have to offer.

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In Lorne you can go jump on some trampolines or grab a snack or meal at one of the many eateries.

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The Otway Park, Trees Adventures at Yeodene is a new eco adventure that allows adults and kids to climb through a range of aerial challenges. Near Port Campbell are the world famous 12 Apostles. These unique rock formations that were carved by years of erosion used to be part of the mainland. There’s not 12 anymore – Some have succumbed to the elements. How many are left? Find out yourself!!

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In Torquay, The Surf World Museum celebrates the story of surfing, and Australia’s contribution to the development of surfing around the world.

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At the western end of the Great Ocean Road region is the coastal city of Warrnambool. It has plenty of activities for families situated on picturesque Lady Bay. Warrnambool’s rich maritime history can be explored at Flagstaff Hill, which is a recreated 19th century sea port with interactive displays and buildings created from authentic materials.

The sound and light show ‘Tales of the Shipwreck Coast’ brings to life three epic tales from the region, from dreamtime stories, to Warrnambool’s epic Loch Ard Gorge disaster of 1878. It is a must do experience for the whole family.

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You can explore the village area that has over 40 buildings and vessels spread over 10 hectares. Explore at your own pace or take the fun (and educational) Sea Chest Challenge Trail, and all kids receive a bag of nibbles for the farm animals that they will discover as they explore.

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Warrnambool enjoys a good variety of coastal attractions. The main swimming beach is the patrolled sandy expanse of Bathing Beach, situated at the top of Lady Bay. Behind the beach is the 20 hectare Lake Pertobe Adventure Park with its playgrounds, fitness equipment, BBQs, a kiosk, and a large lake with footbridges, islands and paddle boats. At Logans Beach, adjacent to the mouth of the Hopkins River, there is a whale viewing platform, making it one the region’s best observation points for these mammals during the calving season between June and September.

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Situated between Warrnambool and Port Fairy, Tower Hill is located in an extinct volcano. Visitors are able to get up close and very personal with land-dwelling animals. It is abundant with emus, echidnas and many different types of Australian water birds. The Worn Gundidj Visitor Centre is located within the reserve and offers guided interactive walks led by experienced local guides.

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A short drive east of Warrnambool are the Hopkins Falls, with picnic areas and walking tracks.

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- Bendigo

Bendigo sits almost smack bang in the middle of Victoria, making it easily accessible from Melbourne or other parts of the state. There’s loads of fun to be had for kids of all ages, with a great range of attractions and experiences to keep them occupied and engaged. Who knows – they may even learn something about the major role that Bendigo has played in the history of the nation. Bendigo was a city built on dreams – dreams of striking it rich! Bendigo’s past centres around gold. It was discovered here in the 1850s and was responsible for a large influx of migrants from around the world. Around nine billion dollars of gold was found in Bendigo - more gold was found here between 1850 and 1900 than anywhere else in the world! But....there was very little surface gold, it was contained in rich quartz reefs stretching all over the city.

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Family fun in Bendigo There’s loads of fun to be had in Bendigo for kids of all ages, with a great range of attractions to keep them engaged.

Visit one of our many world class attractions. Descend to the depths of Bendigo’s underground at Central Deborah Gold Mine – a real gold mine, ride the famous Vintage Talking Tram as it weaves its way through the city, meet the world’s longest Imperial Dragon at the Golden Dragon Museum, and have fun with clay play at the Bendigo Pottery. Join us for one of the many free or low cost events as part of the Summer in the Parks program. The 2019/20 season brings live music, outdoor movies and come and try activities to our parks and gardens for all to enjoy.

For more details or for bookings, freecall the Bendigo Visitor Centre on 1800 813 153, visit www.bendigotourism.com or follow Explore Bendigo on Facebook and Instagram.

Take a long weekend in Easter for the 150th Bendigo Easter Fair (April 10–14, 2020). The festival includes plenty of free and low cost events: the famous Gala parade, Torchlight Lantern procession, Easter Egg Hunt, Carnival, Markets and the Awakening of the Dragon. Bendigo has an abundance of playgrounds. With indoor and outdoor pools throughout the city, there’s plenty of shade and equipment for swinging, spinning and sliding into adventure. Your kids will love the parks and playgrounds, family friendly attractions, festivals and school holiday fun on offer throughout the year. Put Bendigo as your next family holdiay destination now.


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Therefore a great deal of underground mining had to take place with kilometres of shafts and tunnels having to be dug and blasted to get access to the treasure. Today there are still tunnels deep underground that criss-cross the whole area. You can spend some time exploring the life of a gold miner at the Central Deborah Gold Mine. Bendigo has a long Chinese history which can be traced back to the gold rush, and today you can explore an original 1860’s Joss House and Chinese culture artefacts at the Golden Dragon Museum. Bendigo’s popular Easter Festival even has the world’s oldest Imperial Dragon as its main attraction! Explore Bendigo’s grand architecture and hear entertaining stories about the city’s golden past aboard a Vintage ‘Talking’ Tram.

Lake Weeroona is a pretty lake centrally located in Bendigo. It consists of a lake, restaurant, walking trails and a massive playground. It is a lovely place to visit for a picnic, lunch or to run around and play with kids. Lake Weeroona is a stopping point for the Talking Tram. Nearby, there is a brand new rail trail towards Axedale, kilometres of city cycling trails, a bowling alley and The Zone Entertainment complex with a range of activities to occupy the family!

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You can take the old refurbished tram through part of Bendigo while listening to an audio tour over the loudspeakers. The Talking Tram is probably the most famous attraction in Bendigo.

The Discovery Science and Technology Centre is just fabulous. The kids can play with everything and it keeps them entertained for hours.

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Echuca/Moama Come and enjoy Echuca and Moama for a week, a weekend, or even a day! The historic port town of Echuca (means the “meeting of the waters”) and sits on the junction of the Murray and Campaspe Rivers, just downstream from the Goulburn River.

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It is Australia’s Paddle Steamer capital with a rich and exciting colonial heritage. Echuca is the closest settlement on the Murray River to Melbourne.

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The town was surveyed in 1854 and quickly became one of Australia’s busiest inland ports, with paddle steamers ferrying supplies throughout Australia’s interior via the river network. These days it is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday with plenty to see and do!

DISCOVER YESTERYEAR TODAY Join us for a journey of yesteryear as you step aboard the historic paddlesteamer, PS Alexander Arbuthnot. Discover life as it was in the early 1900’s when the Port of Echuca was Australia’s largest inland Port and paddlesteamers ruled the mighty Murray River.

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The heyday of paddle steamers and river trade has left a historic legacy on Echuca and much of its tourism is built upon this today. Photo Courtesy of Visit Victoria

The original red gum wharf was constructed in stages from 1865 as a three-level structure to allow for the rise and fall of the river, ultimately reaching a length of 1200 metres. Only a small section of the wharf remains today, preserved as part of the recreated Port Of Echuca tourist attraction, and serving as a great viewing deck of the Murray River and surrounding bush.

Visit the Discovery Centre which includes access to the port that you can explore at your leisure. But if you want an animated and interesting dose of history and detail you can’t go past the port tour. Be led by a tour guide in period costume and hear tales of the Murry River paddles steamers.

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The port area has undergone some significant renovation and restoration in the last few years and now boasts an interpretative centre.

The Discovery Centre is a modern museum. Displays of the area’s historical abound. There are glass cases, floor and wall mounted displays and videos. But don’t pass by without opening the drawers beneath the glass cabinets. There are more displays in each drawer. Some of the drawers contain letters written more than a century ago.

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The old favourites like paddle steamer trips, horse and carriage rides, the olde world penny arcade at Sharps, ice cream parlours, workshops demonstrating the trades of the day, as well as plenty of cafes and beautifully restored pubs from the golden age of the riverboat trade are still there.

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How better to spend a restful morning, afternoon or evening than a cruise along the peaceful Murray, listening to the slap, slap of the paddles, passing by giant river red gums with their twisted roots exposed, watching cormorants dry their wings, pelicans lazily swimming or swallows darting about the wake of the boat.

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You can step back in time and experience the magic of the paddlesteamers era by taking a cruise on one of the fully restored boats.

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There are a variety of cruises on offer, short one hour rides, cruise and port tour combinations, lunch and dinner cruises, wharf to winery cruises, and overnight cruises. One of the unique qualities that Echuca has to offer is the faithful restoration of the town buildings and public areas. From the historic port area, to the streetscapes with large verandahs, wide streets and smiling townspeople.

Sharps Magic Movie House & Penny Arcade, housed in the old Bond Store (built in 1858) is a 1930s amusement arcade with 50 classic machines you can play games on. There is also a theatre showing old classic comedies on the big screen, and a gourmet fudge shop featuring home-made sweets and old-style lollies.

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; play a round of mini golf, head for a swim at the river or in a pool; dangle a line on a fishing tour; visit the fauna park or explore a food and wine trail.

The Echuca-Moama region is famous for transporting visitors back in time as they become immersed in the history and atmosphere of the region. Stepping back into modern times, in Echuca Moama there is something for every member of the family.

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The forests surrounding and near Echuca/Moama are some of the best in Australia... a great escape for all! Forest areas at Barmah, Moira, Perricoota and Rushworth all offer slightly different bushland experiences. Whilst wildlife abounds in these natural areas, many prefer to visit the Kyabram Fauna Park to get a first hand experience with native animals.

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There are a couple of scenic routes that take advantage of the flat terrain, whilst at the same time providing glimpses of this area not available by car.

Whether you want to go golfing, bowling, fishing, cycling, canoeing, bush-walking or water-skiing. Echuca-Moama caters for all interests. Staged annually over 80 kilometres on the Murray River, the Southern 80 attracts up to 400 boating enthusiasts from all around Australia, New Zealand, UK and USA as well as an estimated 100,000 spectators. One of the best ways to enjoy Echuca-Moama is to get out, take in the fresh air and sunshine and either walk or cycle around the area.

There is a five kilometre walk or ride, with an additional ten kilometre option. Further information on each of these can be obtained from the Echuca-Moama Visitor Information Centre. So come and experience Echuca Moama’s many exciting attractions and activities, it’s the perfect place to spend a fun-filled day, or if time allows, an extended visit.

HANDY HINT Torumbarry Weir Reserve is a short trip from Echuca along the Murray Valley Highway. Native gardens surround a lawn picnic area. The interpretive centre is free to enter. Inside native bird calls play and a television screen is mounted on part of the historic wooden weir.

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- Cobram/Barooga

Situated in the centre of ‘the food bowl of Australia’, Cobram/Barooga and its district area are renowned for their magnificent climate and variety of available attractions and activities. There is plenty to keep the entire family occupied.

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The Cobram Barooga area is home to some of the most picturesque sections of Australia’s mightiest river, the Murray. Visitors are captivated by the lifestyle, with wide sandy beaches, towering Discover the region using bikes, boats and canoes or simply stroll through the bush and drop in a gums and native bushland blending together to fishing line; experience other attractions with the form a recipe for a unique holiday destination. helping hand of an expert guide including trail The natural environment allows for unparalleled rides. River cruises are also available. wildlife tourism that covers the Murray River’s No trip to Cobram and Barooga is complete best sandy beaches, towering 500-year old Red without sampling the outstanding and award Gums, native bushland, abundant bird life and Australia’s unique wildlife in their natural habitats. winning local produce and wines that this region has to offer. Fertile soils, an enviable climate and a One of Australia’s largest inland beaches, passion for paddock to plate fresh produce. Thompson’s Beach, is easily accessible from the centre of town and is a great spot to soak up the The Murray Farm Gate farmers and their families invite you to see and savour for yourself what tranquility of the river, meet for a BBQ or picnic makes this place so special. and have a hit of beach volleyball or cricket. It is Cheeses, wines, olives, oils, fruit, vegetables, beef, also the perfect spot for hikers to head out to garlic and preserves are all waiting to be sampled. explore Quinn Island.

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Lake Mulwala A haven for water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, fishing, canoeing and cruising.

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Located 14 km west of Yarrawonga, Byramine Homestead is a fascinating National Trust-listed country homestead built in 1842 for Elizabeth Hume, the widow of explorer John Kennedy Hume the younger brother of the famous explorer Hamilton Hume.

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The whole estate is beautifully set amidst elms and currajongs planted by Elizabeth Hume. The house is open on Saturday – Thursday from 10.00am – 4.00pm. There are tours of the house as well as wine tasting, light lunches, Devonshire teas, and sales of vegetables. They even run school holiday activities for kids that focus on life from the era in which the estate was built.

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Rich Glen Olive Estate - Visit the open garden full of quirky artistic sculptures, with games for the kids, chickens to feed, lambs to pet and goats to giggle at. PS Cumberoona - Kids activities on board with nautical themed colouring, first mate certificates - having a go steering the boat - family fun for all! The Big Strawberry - October to January pick your own strawberries, then head into the indoor play areas or visit the cafe for a milkshake. Locheilan Farmhouse Cheese - This is not your typical attraction. This farm is a working one. If your kids love cheese they won’t be disappointed. Corowa Whisky and Chocolate Factory - Your dreams will come true making a giant chocolate freckle. Watch how they make chocolate snacks and learn all about the chocolate process. Byramine Homestead & Brewery - Step back to yesteryear and show the kids what life was like in 1842 at the historic Byramine Homestead.They run kids holiday programs throughout the year. Download the Murray Farm Gate Trail brochure at farmgatetrail.com.au

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Cactus Country - Do the scavenger hunt where the object is to spot the pictured plants, find Nemo and answer as many questions about the cacti as you can.

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- Yarrawonga/Mulwala

The twin towns of Yarrawonga Mulwala, located 281km north-east of Melbourne, on the banks of Lake Mulwala, are the perfect destination for visitors looking for adventure and water based activities. With the region’s long summer days and calm conditions, it is a perfect place to get out on the water and take a cruise, go water-skiing or wakeboarding, to try your hand at sailing, or simply take a leisurely paddle to experience Lake Mulwala and the Murray River.

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The Yarrawonga Weir is the largest of the 16 weirs on the Murray River. It was constructed between 1935-1939 and created Lake Mulwala. Lake Mulwala is an unforgettable sight, lying between the twin towns with its majestic and ghostly river red gums.

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There’s plenty to see and do, whether you want to enjoy a leisurely round of golf, explore the lake beaches and walking tracks, take a trip to sample local wines and produce, or check the museums and the amusement park!

Both sides of the lake have attractive shorelines that have plenty of activities year round - including playgrounds, a skate park, swimming pools and even a splash pool. Picnicking, bird watching, fishing, sailboarding, water skiing, swimming, canoeing, sailing, boating and paddle-boat cruises are all popular on the lake. Pelican Island is a breeding ground for pelicans.There are several ibis rookeries and thousands of partially submerged trees that are perfect sites for breeding birds.

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There are boat ramps and some fine foreshore parks adjacent to the roads which hug the southern foreshore at Yarrawonga. Kick back on the banks at dusk and take in a spectacular sunset over the water. The twisted trunks of the submerged red gum forest make for a striking scene.

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Alternatively, cast a line for the local Murray cod and golden perch, take a cruise across the lake, or try your hand at water-skiing.

Downstream, the Murray River is popular for camping, hiking, bike riding and all sorts of water activities and holidays.

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Upstream the lake disappears into a wonderland of protected water and wetlands at the junction of the Ovens and Murray Rivers.

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Mulwala has three excellent clubs. The Ski Club runs ski shows over summer that will entertain and thrill the kids with the waterskiing, wakeboarding and jet skiing skills that are on display - it is a long time Mulwala tradition.

The Golf Club has a movie theatre showing all the latest releases.

DID YOU KNOW The Visitor Information Centre has a brochure which describes 11 walks and bicycle tracks around the town and beside the lake.

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In the summer months, at the Yarrawonga end of the Lake Mulwala bridge, Aquazone makes itself home. There are huge inflatable activities - slides, pontoons and bouncing castles. Tunzafun in Mulwala is a kid haven, with mini golf course, dodgem cars, trampolines and many rides to keep the kids entertained for hours. Take a cruise on the traditional steam driven paddle boat, the P.S. Cumberoona. Experience the tranquility of the lake and take in the sounds and smells of the days gone by. The kids can even steer the boat!

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Yarrawonga has an excellent variety of shops and cafes along its long main street. Wander along both sides of Belmore Street and observe the commemorative plaques which tell the story of Yarrawonga’s main street.There are numerous arts and crafts stores to browse and cafes and bakeries in which to sit and sip a latte and watch the world go by. WE DO BIRTHDAY PARTIES!

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Mini Golf Dodgem Cars Krazy Kars Trampoline Carousel Motor Car Racing - UFO Ride - Tea Cup Ride

0407 261 522 157 Melbourne St, Mulwala

Whether you’re here for adventure, to relax and soak up some sunshine, do a little shopping or enjoy some great food and wine, Yarrawonga Mulwala truly is a unique oasis.

Set on the banks of Lake Mulwala, the whole family can enjoy water sports and pristine waterways, only 3 hours from Melbourne in the stunning Murray River region.

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Whether it’s playing sport, visiting a park or the beach, petting an animal or “tearing it up” at an awesome playground - There is something for all tastes, no matter what the season!!

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Melbourne’s temperate weather means you can spend lots of time out and about in the great outdoors (although you may have to rug up a tad in winter!)

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Kinglake National Park lies on the slopes of the Great Dividing Range, offering dramatic views of the Melbourne skyline, Port Phillip Bay, the Yarra Valley and across the You Yangs. It is only 65 kms north of Melbourne. If you enjoy camping, bushwalking or even a picnic, Kinglake National park is a fabulous spot to be.

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From rugged river gorges to dramatic rock formations and stunning panoramic views, the region has plenty of natural attractions to rival its countless spa and foodie delights.

Bundoora Park -

Check out Coopers Settlement (p.29) and life in the olden days. Visit the farm, pat a goat or a guinea pig or bottle feed a lamb.

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Scenic drives through the Ranges are just as Follow the Heritage Trail and learn about our popular now as they have been for many years. history and special significance of the Aboriginal Enjoy a picnic at the Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground sites. Walk the Heidelberg Artists Trail. or at One Tree Hill or in the Sherbrooke Forest. Visit the Japanese Cherry Tree Grove.

Albert Park –

Enjoy the views of the city skyline from almost anywhere within the park. Climb the tower for an even better look!

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Watch for the many water birds and enjoy the scenic walking tracks or stop in at the café. Cycle along the wide paths.Try canoeing on the Maribyrnong River.

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Play Cardinia Reservoir Park –

Watch the eastern Grey Kangaroos feeding at dawn and dusk , or basking in the sun along the kangaroo viewing trail. Walk across the dam wall.

Jells Park -

Experience the Dandenong Creek Trail on foot or by bike as it makes its way through a variety of bush landscapes and parklands. 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.

PLAYGROUNDS Eltham Lower Park - Eltham

Double flying fox, liberty swing, butterfly climbing wall, spinning carousel and miniature railway.The miniature railway, which winds its way across bridges and through tunnels, is considered one of the best in the country. It operates 11am-5pm on Sundays

Hays Paddock - Kew East

The best playground going round with super-size swings, huge butterflies, toadstools and a giant see-saw. There’s a wetlands area with a bird hide and a learner’s bike circuit.

Royal Botanic Gardens -

The Botanic Gardens are simply stunning and a joy to explore. Kids will love the Ornamental Lake where you can take them on a punt cruise around the bays and islands. Highlights include the stunning Guilfoyle’s Volcano and the Tropical Glasshouse. However, what kids will dig most will be the Ian Potter Foundation’s Children’s Garden. The water features in particular are great in summer. Entry is free!

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Play Mandrel Drive - Williams Landing

Kids will love climbing the tall control tower and then sliding down the very-high tunnel slide or lower dual wave slides. The sandpit with mechanical diggers is also a hit. There are barbecues and a large shaded area for picnics.

Malahang Reserve - Heidelberg West

There are multiple long flying foxes, huge double pyramid rope climbing frame, huge birds nest swing, various fun swings and a huge structure with a paddle steamer theme.

Royal Park Nature Playground - Parkville

Royal Park’s newly opened nature playground is both a relaxing retreat and a place to burn off some steam for patients of the adjacent Royal Children’s Hospital. Older children will love the large rope climbing structures and big slides, while tots are thrilled with the water and sand play areas.

Golden Sun Moth Playground - Craigieburn An amazing playground for adventurous climbers. The main structure is in the shape of a Golden Sun Moth – climb or slide down its six legs, crawl along the ropes of its underbelly and zip down the tail back to the ground! There are also two very high spider web pyramids to climb.

Bayview Park - Point Cook

This park is home to Melbourne’s biggest and steepest playground slide which starts from a hill with a huge Pirate Ship and is frighteningly steep! The slide is restricted to older children and teenagers of height more than 1.28m. The pirate ship has a crows nest on the top deck as well as a fireman’s pole and binoculars for taking in the great view. The ship also has a tunnel, climbing wall, rope ladders and wide slide.

Navigation Park - Tarneit

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Complete with WATER ZONE with water-squirting elephant, look-out tower with slides and rope climbers, basketball half-court, BBQ and picnic pavilion, an area for skateboards/ scooters, swings and a spinning roundabout, oval with football goals, mini trampoline. Awesome!

Valley Reserve - Mt Waverley

The playground is split up into four different areas suitable for different abilities. Older kids will enjoy the Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo and Owl areas best, with a large rope climbing course, a huge net swing, two flying foxes and a high platform/tree house.

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Melbourne is sports mad and is proud to wear the unofficial “Sports Capital of the World” title. If it can be thrown, hit, kicked or caught or it can be sailed, surfed or driven, then we WILL turn up to watch it and support it. Most cities in the world have 1 maybe 2, 3 or 4 professional sporting teams but Melbourne has 24! We love to turn up in our thousands to our great sporting venues like the “G”, Melbourne Park, Marvel stadium or AAMI Park to watch our local and international teams in world class competition on almost a weekly basis.

February 14 kicks off the Rebels home season who are hunting their first Super Rugby title. March 15 is the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park closely followed by the Storm’s quest for redemption on 28 March, their first home game for the season.

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This year the Aussies host New Zealand at the “G” in the Boxing Day Test. January 20 sees the start of the Australian Open tennis. Carlton and Richmond then bounce the ball on March 19 to begin the season 2020 AFL style. We’ve put together the ultimate guie of what’s on, who’s who, and when it’s happening. Check out our fixtures on the following pages for all the sports, read about the stars, sign up for a membership. So kick back and relax OR stand up and cheer It’s all here!

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Down 2. Captain of the Melbourne Renegades 3. Australia’s No.1 ranked tennis player 4. The city where Western United play home games 5. A League’s leading all time scorer 7. Melbourne United’s captain 8. Melbourne Storm great 9. This Hawthorn great has a statue at the MGC 11. The stadium where the Renegades play home games 14. Geelong Cat’s captain 17 Melbourne’s Grand Prix track 17.

Across 1. Father and Son AFL champions 6. The main court at Melbourne Park 10. Course that Melbourne Cup is run at 12. Rebels and Wallabies winger 13. Melbourne United big man, Shawn.... 15 15. Nickname of St Kilda 16. NRL games record holder 18. Melbourne’s Super Rugby team 19. BBL team that play at the MCG

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Watch Melbourne United 2019/20- NBL Fixture

Josie Dooley A wicket-keeper / batter, Dooley joined the Renegades for WBBL|05 from the Brisbane Heat. Regarded as one of the most exciting young players in Australia, Dooley has spent time with the National Performance Squad.

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7 Dec 14 Dec 26 Dec 29 Jan 8 Feb 13 Feb 16 Feb

vs. Adelaide 36ers vs. Sydney Kings vs. Cairns Taipans vs. Brisbane Heat vs. Illawarra Hawks vs. Cairns Taipans vs. South East Melbourne

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South East Melbourne Pheonix 2019/20 NBL Fixture

She impressed in her eight WBBL matches last season, and was a member of the Heat team that beat the Sydney Sixers in the final. Away from cricket, Dooley is a passionate surfer.

Melbourne Renegades

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8 Dec 15 Dec 28 Dec 5 Jan 26 Jan 9 Feb 16 Feb

vs. Perth Wildcats vs. Cairns Taipans vs. Illawarra Hawks vs. NZ Breakers vs. Cairns Taipans vs. Sydney Kings vs. Melbourne United

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Melbourne Storm 2019 NRL Fixture

Shaun Marsh The 35-year-old left hander has represented Australia in every format and will make the move to the reigning BBL champions this summer having spent his BBL career to date in Perth with the Scorchers.

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Marsh sits in the top 10 BBL run scorers of all time, having amassed 1435 runs in 37 appearances (at the end of BBL|08).

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28 Mar 2 Apr 11 Apr 25 Apr 16 May 6 Jun 3 Jul 24 Jul 6 Aug 21 Aug 29 Aug

vs. Penrith Panthers vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Gold Coast Titans vs. NZ Warriors vs. Parramatta Eels vs. Canberra Raiders vs. West Tigers vs. Cronulla Sharks vs. North Queensland Cowboys vs. Sydney Roosters vs. Brisbane Broncos

5.30pm 8.00pm 5.30pm 8.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.50pm 7.50pm 7.50pm 7.50pm 7.30pm

Melbourne City 2019/20 A-League Fixture Date

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6 Dec 21 Dec 3 Jan 18 Jan 25 Jan 7 Feb 1 Mar 14 Mar 27 Mar 10 Apr 26 Apr

vs. Perth Glory vs. Melbourne Victory vs. Western United vs. Newcastle Jets vs. Perth Glory vs. Melbourne Victory vs. Brisbane Roar vs. Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Adelaide United vs. Wetern United vs. Sydney FC

7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 6.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4.00pm 4.00pm

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Watch Melbourne Rebels 2020 AAMI Park Fixture

Matt To’omua D.O.B – 02/01/1990 Age: 29 Place of birth: Melbourne Super Rugby Appearances: 93 Wallabies Caps: 52

A utility back for the Melbourne Rebels, whose can play at either flyhalf or inside centre. To’omua possesses silky-smooth skills, whether it’d be kicking or passing and he makes the play-making role look easy as he glides across the pitch looking for options. To’omua is also married to international women’s cricket superstar Elyse Perry.

Melbourne Rebels

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14 Feb 22 Feb 7 Mar 20 Mar 17 Apr 24 Apr 15 May 30 May

vs. Waratahs vs. Sharks vs. Lions vs. Sunwolves vs. Crusaders vs. Blues vs Brumbies vs. Reds

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Western United FC 2019/20 A-League Fixture Date

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1 Dec 8 Dec 28 Dec 3 Jan 19 Jan 26 Jan 16 Feb TBC 29 Mar 10 Apr 18 Apr

vs. Sydney FC vs. Melbourne Victory vs. Wellington Pheonix vs. Melbourne City vs. Central Coast Mariners vs. Adelaide United vs. Brisbane Roar vs. Central Coast Mariners vs. Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Melbourne City vs. Melbourne Victory

4.00pm 4.00pm 5.15pm 7.30pm 4.00pm 4.00pm 4.00pm 4.00pm 4.00pm 4.00pm 7.30pm

Cameron Munster Date of Birth: 13 September 1994 Height: 185 cm Weight: 89 kg Birthplace: Rockhampton, QLD Nickname: Munny

A successful shift from fullback to five-eighth has paid off in droves for the Storm playmaker. Now he is an Origin and Australian representative after just three years in first grade. Munster still has plenty of potential and development in him to enter that next bracket of elite players in the competition.

Melbourne Victory 2019/20 A-League Fixture Date

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29 Nov 8 Dec 14 Dec 21 Dec 5 Jan 24 Jan 7 Feb 29 Feb 7 Mar 22 Mar 4 Apr 18 Apr

vs. Perth Glory vs. Western United vs. Wellington Phoenix vs. Melbourne City vs. Newcastle Jets vs. Sydney FC vs. Melbourne City vs. Adelaide United vs. Sydney FC vs. Brisbane Roar vs. Central Coast Mariners vs. Western United

7.30pm 4.00pm 5.00pm 5.00pm 6.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 6.00pm 5.00pm 7.30pm

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vs. Hobart Hurricanes vs. Melbourne Renegades vs. Sydney Thunder vs. Melbourne Renegades vs. Sydney Sixers vs. Perth Scorchers vs. Brisbane Heat

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Wot's On We want YOU! Yes, YOU! We want you and your family to take advantage of all these great family events. activities, shows, movies, concerts and sporting events that we have listed.

Victoria is alive and happening all year round with family events and activities, shows, movies concerts and sport. Don’t forget the old favourite - the weekend market!! There is enough to keep everyone entertained - AND best of all .... most of them are FREE!!!

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DAILY / WEEKLY 1st Sunday of Family Day | Collingwood Children’s Farm every month Free pony rides, hay rides, a BBQ and activities matching the monthly theme.There are pony rides (10.30-2.00, not on school holiday or during Term 3), tractor rides (10.30-2.30), guinea pig cuddles (11.45 -12.15, 1.30-2.15 and 3.15-3.45) and an affordable BBQ lunch that starts at 11.30 am until sold out. Help milk the cow at 10 am and 4 pm. St Heliers St, Abbotsford. 9417 5806, www.farm.org.au. Tuesday Queen Victoria Market to Sunday An authentic shopping experience right in the heart of the city.The market is home to hundreds of small weekly businesses and is the largest open air market. Swing by during the week for fresh produce, sensational coffee, delicious food (including the iconic hot jam doughnuts), homewares, gifts and more. Discover your new favourite European cheese in the Dairy Produce Hall or grab coffee and croissants at one of the many cafes. While you’re here, make sure you visit Melbourne’s newest laneway, String Bean Alley, where more than 25 stalls featuring jewellery, art, craft, skincare, chocolate and books have found their home. Cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne Every St Andrews Community Market Saturday Start your weekend the right way with a visit to the market. Regulars each week include freshly brewed chai, amazing coffee and a great selection of cuisine including vegan and gluten free options, art and craft, fresh produce, and pre-loved, vintage and retro items.Located in the foothills of the Yarra Ranges with a passion for fresh, handmade, recycled and creative items St Andrews Market is a great place to shop, relax and take in the atmosphere. 9am -2pm. Every Coburg Farmers Market Saturday Get your fresh produce from farmers and growers who come from all regions of Victoria to attend this market. There is always a great supply of fresh vegetables, seasonal fruits, nuts and oils, meats, eggs, bread, cheese, cakes, pies, sweets and treats (even wine and cider)! There’s coffee, chai and fresh juice to kick-start your morning, plus a great range of breakfast and lunch stalls. The market is dog friendly, and a great place to meet with friends and let your kids play on the school playground. Coburg Primary School, 92 Bell Street.

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Wot’s On DECEMBER 2019 Daily from 1st Christmas Festival of Lights 2019 December to See the magic of Christmas and fairy tales come to life in colourful state-of-the-art displays and 1.2 million 31st December lights that will illuminate the sky on various nights this December. Follow the glow and immerse yourself in a wonderland of enchanting trails, glistening paths, magical glittering bridges and dazzling floating displays. Be amazed by dinosaurs, animals, aquatic displays, the enchanted fairy garden, Cinderella carriage, giant toys, race car and Santa’s opulent Christmas Cave, plus lots lots more! Then ride into the night on amazing action rides, under lights! Your magical Christmas wonderland awaits! $17.50 or free for people 90cm and under. Adventure Park Geelong 1249 Bellarine Hwy, Wallington. 1st December to 5th January

Myer Christmas Windows Myer has unveiled its 64th year of the magical Christmas windows.This year the theme is The Gum Nut Babies by Australian author and illustrator May Gibbs. Featuring Australia’s best loved bush fairies Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, don’t miss the magic of the Myer windows in Bourke St. Myer Melbourne, 314-336 Bourke Street,

1st December to 22nd December

Santa’s Big Workshop Kids (young and old) can help Santa spread his Christmas cheer throughout Melbourne in a magical augmented reality experience.Take an iPad and watch the Metro Tunnel site shed transform into Santa’s Big Workshop – where the elves need your help so Santa’s sleigh can spread the magic of the festive season.This is a virtual treasure hunt every kid (and big kids, too!) will want to experience. Cnr Flinders and Swanston streets. The District Slip and Slide Thrill seekers – get ready, as District Docklands is bringing something cool these summer holidays! A giant 25-metre water slide is the perfect way to cool down on the hottest days of the holidays – it’s free and suitable for all ages.To make it a full-day affair, join in the garden games or watch from the picnic tables. And if you’re not brave enough to take on the giant slide, the water mist zone is the perfect way to cool down. The District Docklands, 440 Docklands Drive, Docklands

6th December to 26th January

13th December

Carols by Candlelight Along with Christmas songs, there will also be songs from many other cultures and traditions so expect the unexpected at this iconic Whittlesea holiday celebration. Kids activities, face painting, photobooth, food trucks all on the beautiful lawns of the civic centre. Bring your picnic blanket, we’ll supply the candles! 7:00pm — 9:30pm, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang

14th December

Children Christmas Festival Visit Santa in his very special kingdom where he will be taking requests until Christmas Eve. He may even have a special gift for you. Join in a crafting extravaganza. Ride, jump, bounce and slide your way along the mall. Take a tour on Santa truck. Backflip, starjump or pirouette on one of the jumping castles.Tackle the giant mega double slide. Grab a seat and enjoy the musical entertainment or get your silly on and hit the photobooth. Bridge Mall, Ballarat Central

22nd December

Ballarat Carols by Candlelight Sing along with homegrown professional theatre stars and the best local talent as they belt out your Christmas favourites backed by our orchestra.The McCafe Kids Carnival runs from 4:00pm, with a host of local food trucks on offer.The night will be capped off with the spectacular Central Square Ballarat Shopping Centre Fireworks Finale. 7pm. 1431 Mair Street, Lake Wendouree. BeachFest 2020 The Warrnambool foreshore will come alive to celebrate summer once again, with BeachFest 2020! Live music, games and fun workshops for the whole family.There will be a jam packed offering of activities for the whole family. Welcoming back our wonderful local artists in residence, be running creative workshops, beach yoga and interactive games and sports just to name a few. Events@warrnambool.vic.gov.au. 03 5559 4800.

28th December to 26th January

11th January to 19th January

NGV Kids Summer Festival Get creative this January at the annual NGV Kids Summer Festival. Come along with your family, friends, parents, or grandparents, for free hands-on activities, performances and workshops.This event is open to all ages with parent or carer supervision. 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

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JANUARY 2020 6th January until A Day Out With Thomas 5th April Jump on-board for a 45 minute return train ride from Queenscliff to Lakers Siding and return at either 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm (on various dates). With special guests, jumping castles, movies and more, it is sure to make the kids happy! We recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment or tickets may purchase at the gate. Queenscliff Railway Station 20 Symonds Street, Queenscliff.

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Wot's On JANUARY 2020 26th January Australia Day Free Family Fun Day Celebrate Australia Day at Rippleside Park with over 40 free activities and displays for families and children to enjoy.There will be stage entertainment all day long with roving entertainers including Dame Edna Average with give away’s and Dazzling Dan with his magic show Stlit Divas and Willow Star Entertainment. Free activities will start at 11am and include; amusement rides for children, train rides, puppet show, arts and crafts, animal farm and much more.You are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch or there will be food vendors on site at reasonable rates. 11am - 5pm. Rippleside Park Bell Parade, Drumcondra FEBRUARY 2020 The Waterfront Festival 2020 15th February Relax on the lawn while you enjoy live music, and fuel your weekend of fun with delicious cuisine from some of to 16th Victoria’s best food trucks. Shop till you drop at the market stalls then grab a friend and brave one of the many February rides and amusements on offer. On the Saturday night, be dazzled by a spectacular fireworks display launched from the end of the Frankston Pier, and don’t forget to bring your swimmers to take advantage of the many water-based activities available across the weekend. FREE entry with costs for rides, market stalls, food and amusements. 7N Pier Promenade, Frankston Waterfront 29th February Pako Festa Diversitat Pako Festa is the largest free celebration of cultural diversity in Australia! Come in harmony to enjoy the smorgasbord of fabulous cultural food, traditional dancing, live music, the enormous, famous Pako Street Parade, great workshops, art exhibitions, craft displays, free children’s activities and an exciting program of non-stop free entertainment all day long. 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM. Pakington Street Geelong West MARCH 2020 Geelong’s Big Play Day 2020 24th March Geelong’s Big Play Day is a fun filled day for families with preschool children and is a highlight of National Playgroup Week 2020.This family friendly event offers free and exciting interactive children’s activities and entertainment.The event also offers the opportunity to connect with local services for children and families. 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM. Leisuretime Sports Precinct 262-282 Anakie Road, Norlane. 29th March The Family Easter Market The Family Easter Market is an Easter themed market coming to Central South Morang.The event aims to bring families and local community members to the centre for some Easter fun! There’ll be a FREE Brunch with the Easter Bunny from 11am-2pm on the day, PLUS, kids can join the Easter Egg Hunt and win prizes!We’ll also have a range of different market stalls with products for kids and families, Easter themed stalls, homewares & more! 11:00AM — 3:00pm 338-342 McDonalds Rd, South Morang APRIL 2020 7th April

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Party In The Park 2020 It’s time to party, and there’s no better place to do it than at magical Cruden Farm. Speaking of farms, that is the theme of this year’s event – so throw on your favourite overalls or animal onesie. Families look forward to this FREE annual celebration of community every year, and with so many awesome free interactive activities, why wouldn’t they? 9.30am-1.30pm. Cruden Farm, Langwarrin (enter via Cranhaven Road or McClelland Drive) 150th Bendigo Easter Fair The 150th Bendigo Easter Fair promises to be filled with fun and entertainment for the whole family. Bendigo’s CBD comes alive during this four day festival.There will be family friendly activities and events within walking distance of each other and heaps of parking nearby. Be in the hunt for over 170,000 Easter eggs on Good Friday and Easter Saturday at Vision Australia Easter Egg Hunt, and enjoy loads of fun family friendly activities and great entertainment at Rosalind Park. Dance, drums, Lion Teams and 100,000 crackers are all part of the Chinese Spring Festival and Awakening of the Dragon as Bendigo celebrates its Chinese heritage. As the sun sets, watch the convoy of illuminated floats in the Fosterville Gold Torchlight. Join thousands as the line the streets on Easter Monday to watch the gorgeous display of colour in the Gala Parade. Experience the excitement as Dai Gum Loong, the world’s longest golden dragon, weaves his way through the historic streetscapes of Bendigo.

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