HOT: The Strawberry Forest, 391 The Avenue of Honour, Bacchus Marsh

The Strawberry Forest is a small family-run u-pick strawberry farm in Bacchus Marsh. It’s the only farm located on the right of the picturesque Avenue of Honour leading into the small town from Melbourne. The Strawberry Forest is unique because it’s the only fruit-picking farm around Melbourne where the strawberries are grown vertically. So no bending […]

Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2017 – Giveaway!

A kaleidoscope of colour will be on show at the annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival, held in Melbourne’s magical Dandenong Ranges from Thursday 14 September  until Tuesday 10 October 2017. Follow the yellow brick road through 25 acres of gardens and enjoy a spectacular display of more than 900,000 flowering tulips, showcasing 130 different varieties. While […]

HOT: Tim Neville Arboretum playground, 98-106 Dorset Rd, Ferntree Gully

Tim Neville Arboretum playground is a popular stop for families in Ferntree Gully, especially those with toddlers. The entire playground is surrounded by a sturdy fence with a child-proof gate and has a medieval/fairy tale theme. Inside you’ll find a distinctive Loch Ness Monster than you can climb…. ….cross the drawbridge on the ‘moat’ and there […]

HOT: Lillydale Lake Playspace, 435 Swansea Road, Lilydale

Lillydale Lake Playspace is a unique new nature-based playground that replaces the previous wooden and metal playground located at Lillydale Lake. There has been a few detractors grumbling that replacing the extensive, functional (but highly flammable) playground and the addition of a water play area has not improved the area. However, I disagree! Aesthetically I […]

HOT: The Messy Shed, Factory 4 and 5, 1 Watt Rd, Mornington

The Messy Shed in Mornington is a creative and sensory play experience inside a play centre. It is relocated from its previous location next to The Hungry Peacock in Tyabb. The Messy Shed is every parent and child’s come true. During each 45 minute session kids have fun playing with paint, mud, water and craft materials – and […]

HOT: Seville Playground, 20-28 Monbulk-Seville Rd, Seville

Seville Water Park is a favourite stop for us when visiting the Yarra Valley and it’s recently been expanded to become an even better destination thanks to the Seville Regional Play Space. The Seville playground adjoins the Seville Water Park and is a ‘dry’ play space with lots of fun equipment if it’s too cold […]

The HOT List: Family Friendly Warrnambool – Top 14 Places to Go with Kids

Warrnambool is Victoria’s largest coastal city (outside Port Phillip Bay), situated about 250km west of Melbourne. It’s traditionally a summer destination as visitors combine it with a road trip along the famous Great Ocean Road.  We recently visited Warrnambool in winter and discovered that there’s still lots to do, especially during the winter school holidays […]

The HOT List: Top 9 Places to go with Kids in Gisborne and Macedon

Gisborne and Macedon are two of the smaller towns in the Macedon Ranges and both towns are a great place for a combined day trip or half-day trip as they are less than an hour’s drive from Melbourne. Here are my tips on where to play, eat and visit in Gisborne and Macedon with kids. PLAY Macedon Ranges Adventure […]

The HOT List: Top 40 of Australia’s Best Playgrounds

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects holds an Australia’s Best Playground competition which recognises the work of landscape architects who have designed amazing public play spaces. Here are the 40 best playgrounds in Australia (as submitted by ALIA members)  – put them on your bucket list! There were 45 submissions but I’ve omitted five of the entries as they are […]

HOT: Rye’s Up Community Playground, 2387A Point Nepean Rd, Rye, Mornington Peninsula

  If you’re visiting to the Mornington Peninsula don’t miss one of our favourite beach playgrounds on Rye’s foreshore east of Rye Pier. Rye’s Up Community Playground is a wooden adventure playground built by locals in 2012 and is great fun especially when the water’s too cold for swimming. The fully fenced playground sits next […]

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