4 reasons to take your next family holiday in Melbourne

Beyond southeast Queensland, yet only a skip-hop away, Melbourne isn’t the first place that springs to mind for Queensland families to visit. It’s a big city, and surely it’s waaaay too hard to tackle with kids? But quite the opposite, in fact, Melbourne is a fascinating city with a bundle of kid-friendly adventures in store. Here are 4 reasons why you should take your next family holiday in Melbourne.


Melbourne is a super-easy destination for a family holiday

We might want to go somewhere further afield than the local beaches, but anything over a few hours’ travel will set the littlies into a spin.

Just a two-hour flight, and with direct flights from all local airports – Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane – it’s the perfect distance to travel without having to leave the country. With no international worries such as passports, foreign currency, or a language difference, it’s just enough of a culture shift to spark the kids’ interests without the organisational challenges for Mum and Dad.

Once you land in Melbourne on your family holiday, they have a fabulous public transport system to get you around the city and super-fun trams that the kids will love. The food is just as straightforward as it needs to be (dependent on your fussy eaters!); you can easily settle on a loaded burger or explore the wide range of independent and boutique hole-in-the-wall cafes parents will enjoy a bit more. Seriously, when it comes to food, Melbourne has it all.

Yarra River Melbourne

Yarra River, Melbourne

There are LOADS of family-friendly places to stay

There are a ton of great Melbourne hotels, perfect for different types of travellers, ranging from budget-friendly hotels to luxury apartments, keeping you within easy reach of all the big tourist attractions.

For the money-conscious family, try the Ibis Styles Kingsgate Hotel. Centrally located and within the free tram zone, the 3 star Kingsgate Hotel offers double rooms and family rooms, with 24-hour reception.

A mid-range option is the Novotel Melbourne Central, being good value accommodation for families that want to be in the heart of the city. Surrounded by Melbourne’s most popular theatres, galleries and shopping, you are also only a short tram ride from The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and the Yarra River.

For an upscale self-contained apartment, try The Sebel Melbourne Flinders Lane. Also centrally located in Melbourne’s fashion and food district, The Sebel offers apartment-style suites, with well-appointed living and kitchen areas, as well as all the extras you expect from an exceptional upscale hotel.


Melbourne museums and landmarks are AMAZING for kids

Melbourne is all about culture, creativity, diversity and difference, and the city is bursting with unique, colourful, and exciting experiences for the whole family.

With a dedicated kids’ space and an incredible collection of international and Australian art, the National Gallery of Victoria (known as the NGV) is a must-do for any kids who love a little creativity. For those who prefer history, the Melbourne Museum is the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere and has a huge collection of exhibitions and hands-on activities for kids. It’s a perfect way to blend fun, education and adventure when on a family holiday in Melbourne!

For something quirky and completely unique on your family holiday in Melbourne, head to ArtVo Melbourne, where visitors step into a world of optical illusions where kids can experience art in a whole new and very interactive way. Surf the ultimate pipeline, come face to face with wild animals, and take all the selfies you like!

If the kids love imaginative play, hop on a tram to Interaxcity, a children’s museum where the kids are community heroes. Set amidst an indoor ‘mini city’, kids can choose to take any role in the town. They could be a doctor, a florist, a chef in the restaurant, or repair the cars at the garage. As they explore, they can engage with you and their peers, so put the phone down and get involved… it’s really fun!

For a little piece of history, jump aboard the Polly Woodside. Discover what life was like on a tall ship sailing the seven seas in the 1800s. The Polly Woodside offers a range of activities for kids, including a museum, a gallery with the story and history of the ship, children’s Crew Calls, and more.

No family holiday in Melbourne is complete without stopping by Federation Square. Named the 6th Best Public Square in the World, the square hosts a bunch of activities each week that are great for families. From cultural festivals to wintery ice skating, there’s something for everyone.

Every Family Holiday in Melbourne Must Include a Trip to Federation Square

Federation Square, Melbourne


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Did we mention the food?

Melbourne is a culinary paradise, and it’s the perfect city to introduce a dash of flavour and spark the inner foodie in little ones.

Pilgrim Waterfront Bar offers share plates, toasties and pasta, as well as great views of the river. Or, if you need to please several different palates, try Emporium’s Food Court. With a huge range of choices, from a sushi train to fine dining restaurants, it is perfect for families.

For something a little special on your family holiday in Melbourne, Taxi Kitchen is uh-mazing and offers spectacular views. Or, for something relaxed, try Trunk Diner. This popular American diner has a fab kid’s menu, colouring in and high chairs, as well as a huge beer garden for kids to be kids without upsetting anyone.

Tip: Avoid the lunchtime and after-work rush in the CBD by eating early.

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The food in Melbourne is amazing!


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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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