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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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Gold rush history

Central Deborah Gold Mine

Gear up in overalls, a miner's hat and lamp and head into underground tunnels in search of gold in a key mine from Bendigo's 19th century gold rush.

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South Bay Eco Adventures

Take a spectacular coastal and wildlife ecotour to spot some of Port Phillip Bay’s natural inhabitants, such as dolphins, seals, whales and penguins.

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Portland Cable Trams

Come and explore Victoria's birthplace by the sea onboard Portland Cable Trams. Travel along Portland's historic foreshore and enjoy the breathtaking...

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.

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.

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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Greenfield Place Ballarat Winter Festival special

Winter festival bonuses

Receive a bottle of wine, breakfast hamper and portacot and high chair during the Ballarat Winter Festival.

  • Overnight accommodation at Mary's on Seymour
  • Breakfast hamper
  • Bottle of wine
Winter festival bonuses

Creswick

RACV Goldfields Resort Winter Festival special

From $307 per night

Accommodation and buffet breakfast for two adults and two children at RACV Goldfields Resort and a family entry pass to Sovereign Hill.

  • Accommodation for two adults and two children in a Premium Fairway Room
  • Family entry pass to Sovereign Hill
  • Buffet breakfast
From $307 per night

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Kids fly free

Kids fly for free with Grampians Helicopters when accompanied by two paying adults.

  • Joy or scenic flight with full commentary from your locally born pilot
  • Photo opportunity - kids can sit in the pilot's seat
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Sunset spots

Find a view with a hue and be the envy of all of your Insta-friends at Victoria's top sunset spots overlooking ocean, lakes, plains and desert.

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Pet friendly days out

Fancy a holiday with your bestie? Take your four-leggeds to pet-friendly beaches, parks, wineries, pubs, campgrounds and cottages around Victoria.

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Sweet treats

Take your sweet teeth for a wander to find the best handcrafted chocolates, artisan ice creams and childhood-favourite lollies in regional Victoria.

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We've done the research so finding the best pie in regional Victoria is as easy as, well, pie. Wander local bakeries and cafes to live and let pie.