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Melbourne with kids

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Melbourne with kids

Hi

I'm going to be in Melbourne for 4 or 5 days in the run up to easter with my two daughters aged 9 and 11. Has anybody got any suggestions what are the 'must see and do' things around town for children of this age?

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Hello zanni_dad,

When you first get to Melbourne, take a ride on the free City Circle Tram. It goes around the perimeter of the central business district, and gives a pre-recorded commentary on what you're seeing. You can disinguish the City Circle Tram from regular trams by the colours. The CCT is maroon, while the regular ones are green and yellow. Walk down the Burke Street pedestrian mall, and look at the buskers, like the man who imitates a statue, and so on. Walk south on Swanston Street, cross to the south side of the Yarra River, and walk to the Royal Botanic Gardens. It would be good if you had some bread with which to feed the ducks and swans in the pond.

Take a ride on the Puffing Billy narrow gauge steam train. Drive to Belgrave or alternatively catch a regular train from Flinders Street Station, in the city, to Belgrave Station and then switch to the Puffing Billy line. Take Puffing Billy to the last station, Gembrook. Have lunch in the small town. Return to Belgrave. If it���s a Saturday, Sunday or Wednesday, stop on the way at Menzies Creek Station, and visit the locomotive museum. At Belgrave hop into your car or onto a regular train and return to Melbourne. This is a full day activity. The train ride from Flinders Street Station to Belgrave Station alone is 70 minutes.

Another good day trip is the one to Healesville Nature Sanctuary. Very family-friendly and a great place to encounter Australian native animals.

A pleasant thing to do is to go to the Esplanade in the seaside neighbourhood of St. Kilda (easily accessible from the city on the No. 16 tram). There you can hire bikes or rollerblades, or simply walk along the shore and buy an ice cream. Quite close by is Luna Park (rollercoaster rides, etc.), which your daughters may enjoy.

A popular evening outing is the one to the "Penguin Parade" at Phillip Island, although it is some distance from Melbourne, and it does make for a late night. If you go to it, do take additional layers to wear if need be. It can be really cool on Phillip Island in the evening.

A good rainy day activity would be a visit to Old Melbourne Gaol.

You say you'll be there in the "run up" to Easter. I don't know whether or not that means you'll be there on the Easter weekend itself. Most tourist attractions will be operating, but do be aware that traffic is busier than usual on the Easter weekend.

Hope you have a good trip.

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Hi Judy

thanks for this - lots of good ideas for us to consider. Does anybody know of any good restaurants that are both child friendly and vegetarian friendly? Is the tram restaurant car suitable for kids for example?

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3. Re: Melbourne with kids

Tram car tends to be a bit on the "romantic" side although our two five star diners (13 and 10) would love it.

They liked eating at Number 8 (on the banks of the yarra under the casino and not cheap) because they could watch the firetowers with their hourly display from the table.

Southgate has a mutlitude of trendy and toursty restaurants. try South melbourne for something less Tourist oriented.

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Here is the Happy Cow Vegetarian Guide for Melbourne:

happycow.net/australia/…index.html

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Re: Vegetarian Restaurants,

There's one in the St.Kilda baths in St.Kilda on the beach, on the top floor, and it has a fantastic view of the sea. Foods alright.