Melbourne Family Holiday Guide

It’s ridiculous how many great things there are for families to do in Melbourne - adventures, games, sights, tours and most importantly, food stops that get the mini thumbs up of approval. In fact, you can keep your kids so entertained from dusk til dawn they won’t have the breath left to enquire “Are we there yet?”

Day 1: A day of wide-eyed adventure options not even those disturbing little Pokémons can compete with:

  • 1850s retro is all the rage on a visit to Sovereign Hill’s goldmining settlement. See goldsmiths and craftsmen at work and then send the kids out with a gold pan to strike it lucky.
  • Give your budding mermaids and pirates a taste of sea life at the Melbourne Aquarium on the banks of the Yarra - over four levels of sharks, penguins, turtles, monstrous crabs and other sea nymphs.
  • Let the kids off the leash amongst the Melbourne Museum’s 18 permanent exhibitions including Bugs Alive and The Human Body with its interactive displays and antique post-mortem tools.
  • Dine on tasty thin crust pizzas at the Italian Woodstock restaurant, so authentic they’ve even parked some Ferrari memorabilia, an old Fiat and a few Vespas inside.

Day 2: Did you hear the one about Warnie, Kylie, Flipper and Thomas?

  • The Shane and Charlene show aka the MCG and Neighbours Tour, offers behind the scenes action for the whole family – including locker rooms and Melbourne’s two most famous circles – the MCG pitch and Ramsey street cul-de-sac.
  • Get up close and personal with the outrageously cute Dolphins and Australian Fur Seals on a cruise on Port Phillip Bay.
  • Have a tootin’ good time aboard the Puffing Billy steam train on your way to see kangaroos, koalas, wombats in the Yarra Valley including spit roast lunch and wine tasting.
  • Devour savoury thin pancakes filled with cheese and ham, mushrooms and more at Breizoz Crêpes in Fitzroy —just remember to save room for the chocolate and ice cream crepes!

Day 3: “Wadda you wanna do?” “I dunno, wadda you wanna do?” May we suggest...

  • Whether your kids are fussy eaters or food disposal units they’ll love the breakfast options at Retro, a 50s themed café in Fitzroy. Everything from coco pops to poached eggs with smoked salmon and hollandaise and later in the day, free ice cream.
  • Bubble, bubble without toil and tantrums at Scienceworks in Spotswood, laden with hands-on exhibits, tours, live demonstrations and a Pirate Ship playground.
  • Paddle boat across Albert Park Lake or take a drive around the Formula One circuit and celebrate with a snag or two at one of the BBQ areas.
  • Don the safari suits and head to Melbourne Zoo to stroll through rainforests and see over 300 species of animals including seals, gorillas, elephants and tigers.

Recommended Melbourne Family Hotels:

  • Within easy reach of Luna Park and St Kilda Beach is the Easystay @Acland St and their excellent family studio apartments.
  • You’ll have trouble dragging the kids away from the Crown Towers Hotel Melbourne and it’s 14 cinemas and tenpin bowling alley.

See the list below for more great Melbourne Family Hotels.


4 self rated
172 William Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
Quest on William offers spacious modern apartments in the heart of Melbourne’s legal...more
4 self rated
140 Little Collins Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
Quest Hero on Russell offers spacious modern apartments in the heart of Melbourne, so...more
3 self rated
131 King Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
Located in Melbourne's city centre, ibis Styles Kingsgate Hotel offers comfortable ai...more
4 self rated
636 Bourke Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
Located in central Melbourne, this award-winning, eco-friendly boutique hotel feature...more
3 star
318 Little Bourke St Melbourne 3000 Australia
BreakFree offers self-catering apartments in an elegant building in central Melbourne...more
4 star
353 Little Collins Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
Located on Little Collins Street, Causeway 353 Hotel offers stylish modern rooms with...more
4 self rated
1 William Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
The impressively luxurious Clairon Suites Gateway offers spacious, self-catering and...more
4 star
51 Little Bourke Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
Located in the heart of Melbourne, The Crossley Hotel offers spacious modern rooms fr...more
5 star
33 Spencer Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
Grand Hotel Melbourne is a historic Melbourne icon, offering fully self-contained apa...more
4 star
275 Little Collins Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
Housed in a beautiful Art Deco building, this sophisticated boutique hotel is located...more
4.5 star
26 Flinders Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
With a stay at Hotel Lindrum Melbourne - MGallery Collection, you'll be centrally loc...more
4 star
100 Exhibition Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
Mantra 100 Exhibition is located directly in Melbourne's CBD amongst the fashion prec...more
4 star
471 Little Bourke St Melbourne 3000 Australia
Mantra on Little Bourke offers suites in Melbourne’s Central Business District. Each...more
4 star
333 Exhibition Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
Located in the heart of Melbourne, Mantra offers self-contained accommodation with a...more
4 self rated
550 Flinders Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
Located in the heart of Melbourne’s city centre, Adina Apartment Hotel Northbank offe...more
4 self rated
88 Flinders Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
Situated just 200 metres from Federation Square, Adina Apartment Hotel Flinders Stree...more
4.5 self rated
189 Queen Street Corner Little Bourke At Queen St Melbourne 3000 Australia
Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne is in the heart of Melbourne, walking distance from R...more
4.5 self rated
480 Collins Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
With a stay at Oaks on Collins, you'll be centrally located in Melbourne, steps from...more
4 star
267 Flinders Lane Melbourne 3000 Australia
Punthill Hotel offers air-conditioned accommodation in the heart of the trendy Flinde...more
3 self rated
622 St Kilda Road, St Kilda Melbourne 3004 Australia
Stanton Apartments offer very spacious and modern serviced apartments, with all comfo...more
4 self rated
623 Collins Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
Batman’s Hill on Collins is located in the heart of Melbourne, opposite Southern Cros...more
3 star
750 BOURKE STREET Docklands 3008 Australia
Sharing the concourse with Etihad Stadium Quest Docklands has been purpose built to...more
4 self rated
392 Little Collins Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
Quest Fairfax House offers spacious self-contained accommodation in the very centre o...more
4 star
43 Lonsdale Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
Quest on Lonsdale offers apartment-style serviced accommodation in the heart of Melbo...more
4 self rated
348 St Kilda Road Melbourne 3004 Australia
Seasons Botanic Gardens combines the space and independence of self-contained apartme...more
4 star
31 City Road, Southbank Melbourne 3006 Australia
Situated in a skyscraper just 10 minutes’ walk from Melbourne’s Central Business Dist...more
4 self rated
60 Market Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
Located in the heart of Melbourne, Oaks on Market offers accommodation with kitchenet...more
2 self rated
22 Little Collins Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
Offering free Wi-Fi and a sunny rooftop terrace, City Centre Budget Hotel is just 2 m...more
4 self rated
2-4 Marmion Place, New Quay Melbourne 3008 Australia
Grand Mercure Docklands is located in Melbourne’s vibrant waterfront district of New...more
4 self rated
250 Elizabeth Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
Just 300 metres from Melbourne Central Station and Bourke Street Mall, Somerset on El...more
4 self rated
131-135 Bourke Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
Offering modern apartments in the heart of Melbourne, this award-winning 4.5-star pro...more
3 self rated
45 Dudley Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
Flagstaff City Inn is located a 2-minute walk from beautiful Flagstaff Garden. It is...more
5 star
2 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf Melbourne 3006 Australia
Hilton Melbourne offers luxurious accommodation with flat-screen satellite TV, iPod d...more
4 self rated
155 Bourke Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
Quest on Bourke offers spacious apartments with full kitchen and laundry facilities i...more
4 self rated
12-16 Kavanagh Street Melbourne 3006 Australia
Quest Southbank offers spacious modern apartments in a quiet location, only 400 metre...more
4 self rated
1a St Kilda Road, St Kilda Melbourne 3182 Australia
Featuring a fitness centre and a sauna, Quest on St Kilda Road is just 15 minutes’ wa...more

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