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Guide to Melbourne for Families

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Melbourne is a great destination for the whole family. There are many things to do, and getting around on the well-established public transport is really easy. As a Melbourne lover, here are my top tips for a family's first time in Melbourne.

Good for
  • Family
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer

14 Places

3 City Tips

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14 Places

Melbourne Zoo

Gardens, Zoos

City Circle Tram

Tramways

Flinders Street Station

Points of Interest & Landmarks

St. Kilda Beach

Beaches

Luna Park Melbourne

Theme Parks

Melbourne Museum

Speciality Museums

Federation Square

Speciality Museums

Old Melbourne Gaol

Historic Sites

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Gardens, Walking Tours, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

Aquariums

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Zoos

Collins Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Eureka Skydeck 88

Observation Decks & Towers

Melbourne's Gardens

Gardens

Passport_Liz's City Tips

  • Tipping is not required but it is always appreciated.
  • Grab a MyKi card to use on trams and trains outside of the CBD; Melbourne is very well connected.
  • Trams in the CBD are free, use them as much as you like.
  • Melbourne Zoo
    Gardens, Zoos
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    The Melbourne Zoo is a must-see for families and friends alike. See Australia's most iconic animals and even get up-close-and-personal to some — you can hold a snake or pat a kangaroo here. Photos that your family will cherish forever guaranteed!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Book your kangaroo or koala experience on arrival to ensure you get a turn, and avoid wait times.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 472 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best zoo in Australia 16/01/2019
    • Best zoo in Australia 16/01/2019
    • Melbourne Zoo
    Address:
    Elliott Avenue
    Parkville
    Melbourne, Victoria 3052
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 1300 966 784
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • City Circle Tram
    Tramways
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    One of Melbourne's most iconic features is its trams, and the City Circle Tram is the perfect way to get a feel for the CDB, and explore different sites as you loop around the inner city. See Parliament House, the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Aquarium, Flinders Street Station, St Paul’s Cathedral, Federation Square and Treasury Gardens, and more — all from the fun, comfortable interior of one of Melbourne's oldest trams.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Regular trams in the inner CBD are free, but be sure to touch on with a transport card if you are leaving this area.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 472 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Get a quick impression of Melbourne City or explore in more detail for free! 16/01/2019
    • Good experience!! 16/01/2019
    • City Circle Tram
    Other:
  • Flinders Street Station
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    Flinders Street Station is the most iconic central train station in Melbourne. Take some stunning family photos outside this building, and then explore the nearby laneways full of cafes and stunning street art.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take photos from Federation Square for the best views.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 472 things to do in Melbourne
    • Iconic 15/01/2019
    • Such a waste 01/01/2019
    • Flinders Street Station
    Address:
    Cnr Flinders & Swanston Sts
    Melbourne, Victoria
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9655 6666
    Other:
  • St. Kilda Beach
    Beaches
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    Take a day to relax and walk around the always buzzing, beachside streets of St Kilda. Check out the beachside markets on the weekend, and enjoy lunch at one of the many delicious, family-friendly cafes in the area.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Parking can be difficult here. Use public transport to avoid having to find a space.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 32 things to do in St Kilda
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dangerous... Avoid 16/01/2019
    • Nice and home to Little Blues 16/01/2019
    • St. Kilda Beach
    Address:
    Jacka Boulevard
    West St Kilda
    St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182
    Australia
  • Luna Park Melbourne
    Theme Parks
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    No trip to St Kilda is complete without visiting Luna Park! Great for families and friends alike, stroll in through its iconic clown-mouth entrance, and then simply pay for rides as you go.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Dress comfortably and wear sunscreen!
    • Also a great spot for couples and friends in the evening.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 32 things to do in St Kilda
    • New rides are terrific! 16/01/2019
    • Best day out!!! 16/01/2019
    • Luna Park Melbourne
    Address:
    18 Lower Esplanade
    St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9525 5033
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$2
    Other:
  • Melbourne Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    This interactive museum is great for kids big and small and was even voted the 'Best Major Tourist Attraction in Australia' in recent years. Allow the best part of a day to learn about Australian history, aboriginal cultures, science, and the environment here.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Buy tickets online to avoid lines.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 472 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great museum! 16/01/2019
    • Nice place to bring kids 16/01/2019
    • Melbourne Museum
    Address:
    11 Nicholson Pl
    Carlton
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 8341 7777
    Price range:
    US$14 - US$14
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Federation Square
    Speciality Museums
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    Located right in the heart of the city center, Federation Square has it all. Art galleries, cafes, bars, and even live shows are a frequent staple here. Make it one of your first stops in Melbourne to visit the tourist office, and see what family-friendly events are on in Melbourne during your stay.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The tourist information center is a great source of ideas for family activities.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 472 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting place 16/01/2019
    • Unique and charming 15/01/2019
    • Federation Square
    Address:
    Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9655 1900
    Other:
  • Old Melbourne Gaol
    Historic Sites
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    Visit one of Melbourne's most historical places, an old prison which once held infamous criminal Ned Kelly. Kids will love stepping inside here, and adults can read up on the jaw-dropping events that happened when this prison was running — all the way back in the 1800s!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go during the week to avoid crowds.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 472 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really informative tour 16/01/2019
    • Scary Times 16/01/2019
    • Old Melbourne Gaol
    Address:
    377 Russell St
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9656 9889
    Price range:
    US$28 - US$28
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Gardens, Walking Tours, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    Situated in the center of Melbourne, these gardens provide the perfect midday escape between busy attractions — when adults just want to relax, and the kids need to let off steam. Stroll around the perfectly manicured gardens, and grab a coffee or juice and cake at one of the onsite cafes.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Melbourne is famous for its coffee, and the cafes here don't disappoint.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 110 Nature & Parks in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful, Tranquil 16/01/2019
    • Beautiful day 16/01/2019
    • Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
    Address:
    Birdwood Ave
    South Yarra
    Melbourne, Victoria 3004
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9252 2300
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
    Aquariums
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    Spend a day at Melbourne's Aquarium, viewing all the weird and wonderful creatures that live under the sea. Let the kids ride on the simulated underwater roller coaster, while you enjoy some fine dining at one of the underwater restaurants. There's something for the whole family here.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Go during the week to avoid crowds.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 472 things to do in Melbourne
    • Fun day out with plenty to keep kids engaged 16/01/2019
    • Great morning 16/01/2019
    • SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
    Phone:
    +61 1800 026 576
    Price range:
    US$42 - US$42
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    Sat - Sun
    9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Werribee Open Range Zoo
    Zoos
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    Experience a real wildlife safari right here in Melbourne! Just outside the city, this wildlife park lets animals roam free in protected reserves. Take the whole family for a day and get up close to some of the world's most incredible animals, including rhinoceros, giraffes, zebras and antelopes.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Public transport and shuttles are also available. See the Werribee website for details.
    • Look for ticket deals with local car hire company's if you wish to drive to Werribee.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 24 things to do in Werribee
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place to see 13/01/2019
    • Safari Slumber Trip! 12/01/2019
    • Werribee Open Range Zoo
    Address:
    K Road
    Werribee, Victoria 3030
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 1300 966 784
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Collins Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    Your family simply can't leave Melbourne without strolling up and down Collins Street, and taking advantage of some of the world famous Melbourne shopping opportunities. Be sure to explore the laneways and hidden alleys too, as they'll surprise you with delicious cafes, unique street art, and designer stores.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to explore all the small laneways coming off Collins Street!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 472 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Love this place! 16/01/2019
    • A street for almost everything you need or want. 15/01/2019
    • Collins Street
  • Eureka Skydeck 88
    Observation Decks & Towers
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    The Eureka Skydeck 88 is a must-do for all visitors to Melbourne, and kids are bound to get a kick out of a trip to the highest observation viewing deck in the Southern Hemisphere. Enjoy stunning views and step out onto the glass platform to stand 88 floors above the busy Melbourne streets!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Go at sunset for some amazing views!
    • Also at the top is an award-winning restaurant, though perhaps better suited an adult-only evening out.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 472 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A beautiful, if expensive, view of the city 16/01/2019
    • Family Christmas 16/01/2019
    • Eureka Skydeck 88
    Address:
    7 Riverside Qy
    Southbank
    Melbourne, Victoria 3006
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9693 8888
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Melbourne's Gardens
    Gardens
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    Take a family day trip to Melbourne's Gardens — these large gardens are the perfect spot for a peaceful walk, a run-around, or a picnic lunch.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take plenty of sunscreen, the Australian sun is notoriously strong!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 472 things to do in Melbourne
    • Melbourne's Gardens 15/01/2019
    • The variety of gardens in a city is lovely. 15/01/2019
    • Melbourne's Gardens
    Address:
    Throughout the City
    Melbourne, Victoria
    Australia
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