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Travelling to Melbourne with a 3 year old

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Travelling to Melbourne with a 3 year old

Hi I'm visiting Melbourne in September for a couple of weeks with my 3 year old son. My question is regarding public transport - I don't plan to rent a car- is it safe and are strollers or prams compulsory? Also some suggestions to itinerary would be great. I plan to spend the day from mid morning to early evening out. And of course pointers on the weather (we're from India)

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Melbourne, Australia
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1. Re: Travelling to Melbourne with a 3 year old

If you are staying in the city you will have no problem with public transport, prams and strollers are not compulsory. September is our Spring but it can still be cold and rainy so bring some warm clothing. It will depend on where you are staying to suggest what to do.

The Zoo is always popular, the Melbourne Wheel, Aquarium, we have lovely parks and gardens for your 3 year old to run around in.

www.visitmelbourne.com is a handy website for you to have a look at

Ballarat, Australia
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2. Re: Travelling to Melbourne with a 3 year old

Also suggest Scienceworks and the Melbourne Museum. Day trips could include Ballarat for Sovereign Hill (better with an overnight in Ballarat) and Puffing Billy. Both are accessible by public transport. Not so easy to get to but very highly recomnended is Eltham Lower Park on Sundays for the miniature train rides. There is a bus stop at the entrance. https://www.dvr.com.au

The following lists of playgrounds may also be useful:

https://www.ellaslist.com.au/articles/nine-o…

melbourneplaygrounds.com.au/…

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3. Re: Travelling to Melbourne with a 3 year old

Thank you this helps!

Melbourne, Australia
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4. Re: Travelling to Melbourne with a 3 year old

For a 3 yr old I'd think Scienceworks, Sovereign Hill and the Museum are not really suitable...they're more geared to slightly older kids. Just my thoughts and experience taking young kids out in the city.

The zoos are always fun for littlies and there are loads of indoor play centres/ farms around to visit. My experience taking a 3 yr old out and about is to be kept busy and entertained....animals are always a hit. As mentioned earlier we do have lovely gardens scattered throughout the city too- lots of room to run and roll... A train ride and tram ride are usually fun for the young ones.

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5. Re: Travelling to Melbourne with a 3 year old

Specifically for a 3 year old, I'd recommend the Melb Museum as it has specifically has a preschooler 'hands on' section, including a new playground. The Melb Museum is also good for preschoolers but Scienceworks is more geared to upper primary and is also out of the CBD. Other things a young child might enjoy: a free ride around the city on a tram, Birramung Marr playground (near Fed Square) & the Fariy Tree at Fitzroy Gardens. Hope this helps, Sept a lovely time to visit Melbourne

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6. Re: Travelling to Melbourne with a 3 year old

We take our little ones to the zoo and aquarium once in a while and they still love it!

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also, Luna Park might be worth checking out:

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7. Re: Travelling to Melbourne with a 3 year old

The Nitty Griitty Super City in Scienceworks is toddler heaven.

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8. Re: Travelling to Melbourne with a 3 year old

The Royal Botanic Garden near the centre is fabulous for all ages. It’s easy to get to by bus or tram. The Children’s Garden in the South West corner will keep your 3 year old entertained for hours.

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