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Immerse yourself in both culture and nature with a family vacation to Melbourne. With Victorian-era architecture, national parks and nature reserves that Australia's most iconic animals call home to, Melbourne is the vacation destination for families looking for more than just relaxation.

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Immerse yourself in both culture and nature with a family vacation to Melbourne. With Victorian-era architecture, national parks and nature reserves that Australia's most iconic animals call home to, Melbourne is the vacation destination for families looking for more than just relaxation.

  • Melbourne Street Art Tour

    Discover a kaleidoscope of visual expressions hidden along the many lanes in the vibrant city of Melbourne. The colourful street art provides brilliant backdrops for your family holiday memories. Run by local street artists, Melbourne Street Art Tours takes you through Melbourne's famous street art laneways and reveals enchanting stories behind the city's many intriguing street artworks.

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  • Melbourne Museum Children's Gallery

    The Melbourne Museum's exclusive Children's Gallery offers opportunities for hands-on exploration and discovery rooted in play-based learning and unique immersive environments. Kids can enjoy a variety of interactive activities including dancing in the camouflage disco and uncovering fossils in the outdoor dinosaur sand pits.

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  • Moonlight Cinema

    During the summer, enjoy a cinematic experience under the stars at the Royal Botanic Gardens, an upgrade from the usual family picnic. Lay back on bean bags and be entertained, old-school style. Don't forget the popcorn!

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  • Shrine of Remembrance

    Slip back into the past and discover the complex history and heritage of Melbourne. Built in memory of the Australians who served in the World Wars, the impressive monument stands tall as a reminder of the significance of peacekeeping today. Let your kids take the lead as you explore the Galleries of Remembrance and encourage them to reflect and share their understanding of the historical developments.

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  • Puffing Billy Railway

    One of the world's finest preserved heritage railways, the Puffing Billy Railway offers an adventurous way to see towering forests and hilltop villages along the magnificent Dandenong Ranges. Weaving through scenic foothills at Belgrave to the mountain town of Gembrook, the century-old steam train still runs on its original mountain track. Grab your tickets and get on board!

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  • Healesville Sanctuary

    There's no visiting Australia without appreciating its unique wildlife. At Healesville Sanctuary, get a closer look at native Australian animals from Tasmanian devils to kangaroos and learn more about Aboriginal culture. For an even more immersive experience, head to the Kids' Nature Play section which features an interactive space where kids can learn more about nature by exploring a simulated wild environment with zones such as a sensory garden and a dry creek bed.

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  • Fairfield Boathouse

    Feel one with nature at the Fairfield Boathouse which is surrounded by the picturesque Yarra Bend Park. Be captivated by traditional English riverside settings and channel your inner Robinson Crusoe as you row down the river in a family canoe. Bring along a picnic basket and enjoy your mid-afternoon snacks by the breezy bank.

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  • Queen Victoria Market

    Also known as the "Vic Market", the Queen Victoria Market has been the heart of Melbourne for more than 100 years. Engage all your senses and take your little travellers on a gastronomic adventure through the market's iconic food halls and restored heritage sheds.

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  • Royal Melbourne Zoo

    Venture into the wild and come face to face with over 320 animal species in the Victorian-era Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens, also simply referred to as the Melbourne Zoo. The animals are the pride and joy of this zoo, so come join the friendly zookeepers and discover one of Australia's best-loved natural attractions. At the immersive Keeper Kids playspace, kids can experience being a zoo keeper and veterinarian with activities and props designed to encourage creativity and foster children's connection with wildlife.

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  • St Paul's Cathedral

    For a heritage-filled afternoon, visit St Paul's Cathedral and be awestruck by the world-renowned cathedral's 19th century neo-Gothic architecture. Spend some time to admire the intricate woodwork, refined patterns and engraved arcs in the quiet tranquility within the cathedral, while your little travellers are kept entertained at the children's play area.

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  • Serotonin Eatery Burnley

    At the world's happiest eatery, you're that much closer to an amazingly stress-free holiday. With a goal to increase happiness levels, Serotonin Eatery focuses on providing diners with a boost of the feel-good brain chemical through a colourful and nutritious plant-based menu. Infuse a spot of wellness in your day with fresh fruits, refreshing salads and 'positive pancakes', while relaxing in one of the seven themed dining spaces ranging from swings to rocking chairs.

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  • Aunty Peg's Collingwood

    While you're in the Mecca of Coffee, head to Aunty Peg’s for a behind-the-scenes look at coffee roasting. Featuring an in-house roastery alongside its coffee bar, the warehouse-chic café is a great introduction to Melbourne's renowned coffee culture. Step inside the artisanal coffee haven for an afternoon boost and a tour of the roastery complemented by the aromatic scent of freshly grounded coffee.

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  • Higher Ground

    One of the hottest brunch spots in town, the Higher Ground restaurant is housed within a 19th century power station. Enjoy a leisurely brunch nestled within the stunning architecture of brick walls, high ceilings and vintage arched windows.

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  • The Hardware Societe

    This rustic-chic breakfast café is sure to satiate your brunch cravings with its hearty French and Spanish breakfast options. The tantalising selection includes buttery croissants, crisp empandas, and the classic favourite - baked eggs with chorizo sausage. From savoury tarts to aromatic brews, there's something to satisy everyone's palate.

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  • MoVida

    Located alongside some of Melbourne's best street art installations, this tapas bar boasts a colourful art exterior. MoVida's culinary selection is also indisputably one of the best in the city, so for an adventurous dining experience, get plates to share and begin your little one's introduction to the rich and flavourful world of Spanish cuisine.

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