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Melbourne for kids

Destination(s): Melbourne

Exploring Melbourne with the little ones in tow is easy as pie. Melbourne’s cultural and outdoor activities are designed to engage with both adults and children. Basing yourself in the CBD is the easiest way to navigate the attractions by public transport but you may want to consider hiring a car to reach some of the destinations just out of town. read more about Melbourne for kids

Hotel Ibis Melbourne

Hotel Ibis Melbourne

  • 15-21 THERRY STREET
  • tel:+61 3 9666 0000
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000

Part of the large Ibis chain, the real highlight is the location. Perched on the very edge of the CBD, the hotel is within a few minutes walk of the fantastic Queen Victoria Market, which is ideal for breakfast or lunch. Lygon Street with its many Italian restaurants is also extremely close, as is the City Baths which is fully equipped with gym and pool. There are 250 rooms on the premises, some of which (the apartments) have kitchens, which is handy if with a family. There is also parking and wifi access available. . read more about Hotel Ibis Melbourne

Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise

Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise

  • Federation Square
  • Corner Flinders and Swanston Streets
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne
Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market

  • 513 Elizabeth Street
  • Btw. Peel, Victoria, Elizabeth, and Therry sts. on the northern edge of the city center
  • tel:+61 3 9320 5822
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000

With no harbour to swoon over, Melbournians pride themselves on cultural pursuits; particularly the kind you can eat. Food is serious business in Melbourne, and the biggest place to shop all things delicious is the Queen Victoria Market. We're talking the usual market chop; hustling hawkers screaming gibberish about a kilo of cherries and fish mongers casting out their catch of the day, but in a city that takes its cuisine with a side of snobbery, it's refreshing (not to mention fun) to see where all the grass roots action takes place.

With endless rows of stalls pushing everything from organic fennel to trashy clip-on koala toys, the vibe is both local and touristy. Young socialites select the perfect harvati for that night's dinner party whilst backpackers flock for a cheap feed from the Bratwurst shop in the Deli Hall.

If you've bought more food than you can carry, skip a couple of aisles over to the Retail Stalls section where clothing and accessories run the show. Tourists delight in Australiana paraphernalia such as sheep skins, moccasins and 'I HEART Melbourne' t-shirts (note: under no circumstances are these to be worn in Melbourne).

Accessible by the any tram heading north from Elizabeth or William Street, and only a short stroll from Melbourne's CBD, the Queen Victoria Market is the perfect place to see real Melbournians savour their favourite past time. Go early to avoid the crowds and take a basket to fill with cheeses, sausage and pastries and savour your spoils in a picnic in the nearby Carlton Gardens. read more about Queen Victoria Market

St. Kilda (Luna Park)

St. Kilda (Luna Park)

  • Lower Esplanade, P. O. Box 1083
  • St. Kilda South
  • tel:+61 3 9525 5033
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3182

The seaside suburb of St Kilda sparkles with pretty young things that make like its summer, despite the cruelties of a Melbourne winter. The current popularity of St Kilda's main drag owes its infamy to the 1950s when St Kilda was known for its illicit drug deals and prostitution. The smut allowed for the creatives to move in, an artistic history that still resonates with the creative, laid back vibe of St Kilda today.

A café strip, the street is turned inside out with outdoor dining and drinking favoured. The seaside rests quietly behind the hustle of Acland Street and the giant mouth of the Luna Park fun park, and is best enjoyed with an ice-cream and stroll along the boardwalk at dusk.

Start with brunch at Il Fornaio at No. 1 Acland Street before heading up to Linden Centre for Contemporary Art at No. 26. Take your time meandering Acland and Gray Streets for fashion and fine coffee before enjoying an afternoon beverage in the sun at the iconic Vineyard. For unbeatable sea views, dinner at The Stokehouse on the water's edge is the easiest way to ensure your fish is fresh.

St Kilda is best accessed by tram. Take the number 96 or the 112. read more about St. Kilda (Luna Park)

Collingwood Children's Farm

Collingwood Children's Farm

  • St Helliers Street
  • Abbotsford
  • tel:+61 3 9417 5806
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3067
Ice-Cream Shoppe (The)

Ice-Cream Shoppe (The)

  • 199 Nelson Place
  • tel:61 3 9399 9594
  • Melbourne, 3016
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

  • Brunton Avenue
  • Richmond
  • tel:+61 3 9657 8667
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3002

Home to Melbourne's sporting obsession, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) has seen heartache, triumph and grown men cry. A world class sporting facility, the MCG has hosted endless cricket matches, including the first ever Test match, and provides a base for the apple in Melbourne's eye; Australian Football League (AFL).

To understand the Melbourne psyche, attendance at an AFL match during from late autumn to early spring is mandatory. Buff men run around in very tight shorts as 100,000 drunk men in the stands scream profanities at the umpire – this is the real Melbourne, and as some Melbournians would see it, the real Australia.

Sports fan or not, the grounds are impeccably kept and the air of sporting history has bled into every seat. If you'd prefer to avoid the fanatic sports fans, best opt for a tour of 'The G', departing from Gate 3 on all non-event days. The tour includes the National Sports Museum, the Olympic Museum, Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Australian Cricket Hall of Fame and the Melbourne Cricket Club Museum. read more about Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Stokehouse (The)

Stokehouse (The)

  • 30 Jacka Boulevard
  • tel:61 03 9525 5555 (Upstairs) / 61 03 9525 5445 (Downstairs)
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3182
Carlton Gardens

Carlton Gardens

  • Nicholson Street
  • Carlton
  • tel:+61 3 9658 9658(Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3053

Offering some green relief from the nearby Central Business District (CBD), Carlton Gardens remains a lush refuge despite Melbourne's penchant for drought. Giant oak trees sprawl over the 15.92 hectare park, where the young meet for impromptu games of soccer and ducks delight in picnic left-overs.

Straddling Melbourne's CBD and the über cool inner-city suburbs of Fitzroy and espresso haven Carlton, Carlton Gardens can easily slide into your itinerary.

Also home to the Melbourne Exhibition Building and the Melbourne Museum, complete with colourful, rubix cube-esque architecture that injects a shot of rainbow into the green surrounds, the World Heritage listed Carlton Gardens offers more than just a nice place to picnic and throw the Frisbee. read more about Carlton Gardens

Scienceworks Museum

Scienceworks Museum

  • 2 Booker Street
  • tel:+61 (0)3 9392 4800
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3015
Zoo Twilights

Zoo Twilights

  • Elliott Avenue
  • (Royal Melbourne Zoo)
  • tel:+61 (0)3 9285 9300
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3052
Phillip Island

Phillip Island

  • Cowes
  • tel:+61 3 9658 9658 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Philip Island, 3922
Australian Centre For The Moving Image (ACMI)

Australian Centre For The Moving Image (ACMI)

  • Flinders Street
  • Federation Square
  • tel:+61 3 8663 2200
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000

More than a just a refuge for film buffs and gaming geeks, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) provides an interactive multimedia experience for all ages. The world's largest screen gallery, ACMI is devoted to the promotion of innovative cinema, television, new media and games, inviting punters to experience multimedia art with the same consideration often restricted to more traditional art forms.

Opening 2002, ACMI is nestled in Melbourne's iconic Federation Square. Conveniently located opposite Flinders Street Station, it's easy to pop in for a film, talk, creative workshop or exhibition. Get lost in the maze of interactive screen galleries and make your own moving image story. read more about Australian Centre For The Moving Image (ACMI)

Chocolate Buddha

Chocolate Buddha

  • Federation Square
  • Corner Flinders and Swanston Streets
  • tel:61 0 3 9654 5688
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000