HOT: Enchanted Adventure Garden, 55 Purves Rd, Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula

Enchanted Adventure Garden at Arthur’s Seat is one of Mornington Peninsula’s favourite family attractions. While the award-winning adventure playground is famous for its mazes, patient seek there is actually lots more to experience. You can stroll around the different themed gardens, buy try tree-surfing, tube slides, an indoor 3D maze and a pram-friendly treetop canopy […]

HOT: Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, 244 Shands Road, Main Ridge, Mornington Peninsula

Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm on the Mornington Peninsula is Australia’s largest strawberry producer. The family-friendly destination is located Main Ridge/Red Hill, try only 75 minutes from Melbourne. Sunny Ridge is a great place for a u-pick strawberry picking experience, sale for purchasing seasonal berries and other fruit and veg or gourmet products or sitting down […]

HOT: The Wind in the Willows by The Australian Shakespeare Company, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, South Yarra

The Wind in the Willows by The Australian Shakespeare Company is a summer tradition for families in Melbourne. Now in its 28th year, the riverbank adventures of Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly and Mr Toad takes place in the bucolic surrounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens. It’s a delightful romp that makes the most of […]

HOT: Inflatable World Maribyrnong, 90 Gordon St, Maribyrnong

There’s Sea World, ed Dreamworld and now…Inflatable World! A whole series of locations opened recently and we visited our nearest Inflatable World in Maribyrnong. Every kid loves a jumping castle and at Inflatable World, store EVERYTHING is a jumping castle! There’s an under 5s area with smaller slides, ambulance jumping castles and foam blocks. The older […]

HOT: Batman Park, Arthurton Rd, Northcote

A reader directed me to a great fenced playground called Batman Park in Northcote and I’m pleased to report that it is just fantastic. Batman Park has a perimeter fence and it meant my visit was actually a relaxing experience, buy rather than an interval training session with me running from one child to another […]

The HOT List: Free Water Play in Melbourne and Regional Victoria

Cool off this summer and head to these locations in Melbourne and nearby surrounds for free water play! All of them are free except for the ones located in the zoos, which I’ve still included because as a Zoos Victoria member you get unlimited entry for 12 months. Also note that water jets are not always turned […]

HOT: Lion Gorge, Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Avenue, Parkville

Lion Gorge is a revamp of Melbourne Zoo’s popular Lion Park, open just in time for the summer school holidays. The new enclosure houses three African Lion bachelors, four African Wild Dogs and a female Philippines Crocodile, which still hasn’t taken up her new residence from the Reptile House. Lion Gorge has been designed around […]

HOT: Hippo Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo, K Road, Werribee South

Hippo Beach is the newest attraction at the Werribee Open Range Zoo, rx open just in time for the summer school holidays! Hippo Beach combines water play, a large sandpit and shady cafe in an area that’s bound to be popular with families in the summer months. It’s also right next to the hippo enclosure […]

HOT: Albert Park Community Playground, Aughtie Drive, Albert Park

The Albert Park Community Playground is an outstanding example of what community spirit, seek working together, generic can achieve. The playground was built in in the 90s through the efforts of volunteers over five days. Over 3000 men, no rx women and schoolchildren worked on a variety of jobs with tools donated by local people […]

HOT: Cherryhill Orchards, 474 Queens Rd, Wandin East

Christmas is cherry season in Australia and Cherryhill Orchards, no rx Australia’s largest U-pick cherry orchard, there is only 45 minutes from Melbourne. I was invited to experience Cherryhill and took Lady AB for a morning of cherry picking and cherry treats. Cherryhill is located in a picturesque part of the fruit growing region in […]

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