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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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Leisure activities

The Enchanted Adventure Garden

Lose yourself in hedge and 3D indoor mazes, explore themed gardens and a sculpture park, or up the adrenaline on giant tube slides and tree surfing.

Wildlife, zoos & farms

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Cuddle koalas, feed kangaroos and wallabies, and meet other endangered species at this award-winning ecotourism park set in beautiful bushland.

Family

The Man From Snowy River Bush Festival

The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival is held annually in Corryong, Victoria in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains halfway between Melbourne and...

30 Mar - 2 Apr 2017

Action sports

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Visitor Centre

Get your motor running with go-karting, guided circuit tours, a history of motor sport display, as well as Australia's largest slot car track.

Lifestyle

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...

6 May 2017
7 May 2017

Gold rush history

Walhalla Goldfields Railway

Take a captivating historical train ride along cliffs and over bridges, traversing gorges, rivers and landscapes that change with the seasons.

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