Melbourne – Best Things to do with kids

Best Things to do with Kids in  Melbourne

Melbourne offers so much for families travelling with kids. It does not have to cost a fortune to experience the best things to do with kids in the city, many options are free and can keep kids happy for hours. Escaping to the Botanical Gardens or finding a playground by the Yarra River gives time out for relaxing away from too much hustle and bustle.


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Many attractions for all visitors will keep anyone entertained in the city for days, below we have outlined highlights for families to enjoy without costing a small fortune.

Public Transport out of the city can lead family adventurers to the beautiful Dandenong Ranges where hiking trails extend for miles, wildlife can be spotted, a historic steam train puffs and small villages are there to explore.

1. City Circle Tram

One of the best ways to get your bearings in Melbourne. Free to ride, the tram takes passengers for a journey in historic trams. Check the website for more details, avoid boarding during the lunch time rush as it gets very busy with locals on there too!

2. Ian Potter Children’s Garden

Set the Royal Melbourne Botanical Gardens. This is an excellent spot to take children, so much to do. Plus it is free. Read the website for all the details, it is not an ordinary garden! Enjoy a picnic, visit the rest of the gardens too.

Ian-Potter-Childrens-Garden-Melbourne-Victoria

3. ArtPlay: Birrarung Marr

Behind Federation Square. Free and paid activities for younger kids. Check their website for details of creative and challenging family activities with professional artists.

Birrarung Marr Playground: Set beside the Yarra river, behind Federation Square. Completely free playground with tube slides, swinging hammocks…

4. The Fairies Tree in the Fitzroy Gardens

Well worth visiting with kids. A series of lovely carvings on the stump of one of the original Red Gum trees in the Fitzroy Gardens, well over 300 years of age. Based on Ola Cohen’s Fairy books.

Possum Magic! Take a nighttime stroll to Fitzroy Gardens, or most of the gardens in the city centre, and see the possums. Do not feed our native animals, not only can human food be bad for them – they can bite!

Possum-Native-Wildlife-Australia

5. Beaches

Melbourne has a host of wonderful beaches along the bay. St Kilda is one of the best known. Safe swimming for kids when the waters are calm. The St Kilda Sea Baths are a good option for a swim too.

6. Bike Hire and Roller Blading in St Kilda

It is possible to stand up paddle board, hire a fat tyre bike to ride on the beach as well as roller-blade hire.

7. Bike Hire – Along the Yarra River

Rent-a-bike offers great bike rental, situated below Federation Square, by the river.

Hard to image that this spot is accessible from the centre of Melbourne along the Yarra River!
Hard to imagine that this spot is accessible from the centre of Melbourne along the Yarra River!

Day Trip Out of Melbourne

Possibly the prettiest day trip outside Melbourne, that is quite simple to reach via public transport, is the Dandenong Ranges. Take the train to Belgrave where Puffing Billy Steam Train departs. Ride the little train or walk into the forest to see the colourful Crimson Rosellas. Hop on the famous Puffing Billy Steam Train… find all the details and walk notes for the Dandenong Ranges

Or get off the train at Upper Ferntree Gully Station, walk to the famous 1000 Steps ( come out of the train station, turn left and walk less than a km to the beginning of the National Park and many tracks) or hop on a local bus heading into the Dandenongs where spectacular views can be seen from Mt Dandenong.

Sherbrooke Forest Dandenong Ranges
Sherbrooke Falls Walk, Sherbrooke Forest, Dandenong Ranges.

2 thoughts on “Melbourne – Best Things to do with kids”

    • There is certainly plenty to do and some great city escapes too, have you been to the Dandenongs, Dawn? explorethedandenongs.com.au has 32 walking tracks detailed as well as viewpoints, accommodation and places to eat.

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