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Remember your own childhood? Endless beach days, epic tree climbs, forest expeditions? Some of the best family fun is when your own no-frills, innocent childhood fun is recreated. And wouldn't you know it? Victoria is chock-a-block with things to see and do that have been there for generations, so you can share your memories with your own family as you wander Victoria.

Never-ending beach holidays for the ages

Ah, Phillip Island. Beach fun, fish 'n chips, minigolf, Seal Rocks and the always-endearing Penguin Parade – it was made for kids. The good news is that apart from some very welcome culinary improvements, it's pretty much the same and is a guaranteed winner for a daytrip, a weekend or an entire school holidays.

Plus you've got Mornington Peninsula. It's practically in Melbourne, which reduces the likelihood of too many, "are we there yets?" The beaches will attract the kids as they've done forever, while the wineries and epicurean delights dotted around the hinterland are just the ticket after the hard work of pier-jumping, snorkelling and an over or two of beach cricket.

There are more endless beach days to be had on the Great Ocean Road, where kids can explore rock pools and jump waves until they practically taste of salt. Amble into the Otways to see what koalas see up high in the treetops, and stay until dusk to see the fireflies light up the rainforest.

Fossicking in forests and waterfall wonders

Over in the Dandenong Ranges, the atmospheric rainforests beckon children with imagination, while Puffing Billy has been straight-up delighting kids for generations. Across to the Yarra Valley and it's Healesville Sanctuary that remains the impressive drawcard, and a drop or two of fine wine as icing on the cake for the ever-patient parents.

There's no repeating the joy to be had in "discovering" Aboriginal rock art, or the elation of a waterfall thundering overhead. That's just a day out in the Grampians as it's always been.

The things you do for kids

The gold rush is still alive and well in Ballarat and Bendigo. Relive the excitement of dressing up in period costume, panning for gold and buying ye olde lollies at Sovereign Hill – sure you're just doing it for the kids.

And there's still more. Hanging Rock is still there to be rediscovered repeatedly, and the Murray River's paddle steamers and lilo races are officially timeless. And it goes on…

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Beechworth Drive Back In Time

The Beechworth Old Cranks Motor Club has been running the Drive Back In Time for 19 years. Up to 250 rare, classic and vintage cars and motorcycles...

7 May 2017

Leisure activities

Adventure Park

Super charge your summer at Victoria's biggest theme park, Adventure Park Geelong. With awesome family fun all day long, Adventure Park Geelong is...

Local produce

Beechworth Honey Experience

Enjoy an educational honey tour; taste products made from 100% pure Australian single-source honey; sip honey mead; and visit a working bee colony.

Wildlife, zoos & farms

Ballarat Bird World

At Ballarat Bird World visitors can see the colours of Australian bird life. Ballarat Bird World is open weekends from 10am until 5pm. Take a walk...

Art galleries

McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery

Meander through 16 hectares of bush and landscaped gardens and see works by major artists, from Norma Redpath and Anthony Pryor to Geoffrey Bartlett.

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Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies

Inside the Nobbies Centre, immerse yourself in a fun and interactive virtual journey to the Southern Ocean and the world's most extreme continent.

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Mt Hotham

Family summer and autumn dreaming

From $700

Two nights at Mountain Dreaming Apartments, bottle of local wine on arrival and two course family dinner.

  • Two nights in a two bedroom apartment
  • Two course dinner at The General Store
  • Late checkout (midday)
From $700

Queenscliff

Destination discovery - two night adventure

From $487 two adults and up to three children

Stay two nights at BIG4 Beacon Resort, entry to Werribee Zoo and Queenscliff Maritime Museum and return tickets on the Queenscliff-Sorrento Ferry.

  • Two nights' accommodation at BIG4 Beacon Resort in a Peninsula Cabin
  • Entry to Werribee Zoo
  • Return passenger tickets on the Queenscliff-Sorrento Ferry
From $487 two adults and up to three children

Phillip Island

Stay three, pay two special

Third night free

Stay three nights, only pay for two when staying at A Maze N'Things Holiday Park this autumn.

  • Third night free in any accommodation type
Third night free
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