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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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Local produce

Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm

See the thousands of plants that make up the taste of Australia on the Bush Tucker Trail and then learn how to catch a trout, indoors and out.

Museums

Volcanoes Discovery Centre

Visit the Volcanoes Discovery Centre in Penshurst at the foot of the dormant Mt Rouse volcano, and be transported back thousands of years to when...

Museums

Australian National Surfing Museum

Check out the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame plus interactive displays and exhibits celebrating the history of surfing and beach culture in Victoria.

Walking & hiking

Otway Fly Treetop Adventures

Enjoy a real bird's eye view and sway with the branches when you take a walk high in the dense rainforest canopy in the heart of the ancient Otways.

History & heritage

Port of Echuca Discovery Centre

Port of Echuca Discovery Centre invites you to come walk the path of our river pioneers. A visit will allow you to explore the legend of Australia's...

History & heritage

Puffing Billy Steam Railway

All aboard for a ride on Australia's oldest steam railway, through thick forests and lush fern gullies, or travel first class for olden-times romance.

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Phillip Island

Special magical family experience

$150 per family (two adults, two children)

Visit the award winning A Maze’N Things and take part in a magic workshop and show with our in-house magician.

  • Take part in a magic show and magic workshop
  • Receive a showbag of magic tricks to take home
  • Admission to Magic Manor, Puzzle Island and the Maze
$150 per family (two adults, two children)

Phillip Island

Kids visit free

Free child 4 Parks Pass with the purchase of an adult pass

Witness the world’s smallest penguins, view koalas face-to-face, take a virtual journey and step back in time all with a 4 Parks Pass.

  • General viewing at the Penguin Parade
  • Face to face koala viewing at the Koala Conservation Centre
  • A virtual journey to the most southern continent - Antarctica
Free child 4 Parks Pass with the purchase of an adult pass

Grantville

Dine with a keeper

$145 per couple

Meet the keeper and learn about their interests, personal experiences and passion for the animals and get to ask questions as you relax over lunch.

  • Up close and personal encounter with the animals
  • Hand feed the animals
  • Two professional photo prints
$145 per couple
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