Summer in Victoria means sun, water and daylight savings. If you’re looking for activities for the whole family, read below for our top 5 summer activities for all ages in Melbourne and its surrounds.
Royal Botanical Gardens
As one of Australia’s most diverse and beautiful public gardens, the Royal Botanical Gardens in the heart of Melbourne is great for a day or afternoon. For the budget conscious, know that entry to the gardens is free! Take a picnic for the lush grass or stake out one of the gazebos dotted throughout the park. The Ian Potter Children’s Garden has great water play options, and it’s in walking distance from Jardin Tan with meals, coffee and gelati. If you head online, a number of wandering theatre shows operate in the gardens in the summer months. Purchase a ticket to participate in the fun of Wind in the Willows or Shakespeare in the Park.
Adventure Park Geelong
If you’re after more extensive water play, just outside of Geelong is Victoria’s and Melbourne’s largest water theme park, Adventure Park. A day pass will get you access to all rides and attractions and if you wish, you can hire your own private, luxurious cabana for the day. If it becomes a little cooler, stay on for mini golf as well as archery, a carousel and the crazy coaster. The Tornado funnel water slide opened in 2017 which has moments of zero gravity weightlessness for those brave enough to try it.
Werribee Open Range Zoo
The Werribee Open Range Zoo is set on 225 hectares of open space, with both walking and safari tour options. There’s also a learning centre and interactive African village experience. You’ll find a variety of Australian and African animals across the zoo and if you have a zoo membership entry to this reserve is included, otherwise book online or buy on the day. Kids under 16 receive free entry during school holidays and each weekend. Also in the area is the historic Werribee mansion which boasts a luxurious day spa. Perhaps make a long weekend of it and squeeze in some relaxing time to yourself!
Frankston Sand Sculptures
From Dec-April, along the Frankston Waterfront is home to the annual sand sculpting exhibition. Featuring over 3500 tonnes of sand, artists spend over 5000 hours building the impressive creations that dot the shoreline. Hosted by Sand Sculpting Australia, each day you can attend from 10 am by purchasing tickets online. There is also a family zone where crafts, activities, games and face painting takes place.
Night Noodle Markets
The banks of the Yarra are home to the noodle markets each November, just as the city begins to heat up. With over 30 of Melbourne’s delicious and well known restaurants and food trucks serving up tasty Asian style fare, you won’t be left hungry. Arrive early to avoid crowds and enjoy some tasty outdoor dining. There’s also a rotating line up of live entertainment, licensed areas and a fun, albeit generally crowded vibe.
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