The HOT List: Top 10 Beach Playgrounds in Melbourne

Make the most of summer with my favourite beach playgrounds in Melbourne. It doesn’t get better than sunshine, play equipment and then the beach – really just one giant sandpit!  Click here to check the daily water quality of Melbourne’s beaches. Logan Reserve + Altona Beach Stunning, serene and expansive, Altona Beach is my favourite […]

HOT: Lara Pool, 2 Bank St, Lara

When the weather’s hot and you’re looking for some cheap water play and fun in the sun, check out the awesome outdoor Lara Pool. Lara Pool, otherwise known as the Abe & Jean McClelland Public Pool, isn’t just your average public pool. It’s worth a special trip! We love it because of its awesome pirate-ship […]

HOT: Pick Your Own Cherries, Cherryhill Orchards, 474 Queens Rd, Wandin East

Every summer we pick a sunny day and head out to the Yarra Valley to visit Cherryhill Orchards to pick the freshest, plumpest cherries for our friends and family. Cherryhill Orchards is located in a fruit growing region in the Yarra Valley which is only 45 minutes from Melbourne. It is Australia’s largest U-pick cherry orchard and on busy weekends they’re […]

HOT: Kangaroo Country, Healesville Sanctuary, Badger Creek Road, Healesville

Kangaroo Country Healesville Sanctuary is a new exhibit completing the sanctuary’s Iconic Australia precinct. The various enclosures showcase some of Australia’s most iconic animals, from koalas to kangaroos, echidnas, wombats and more. You can enter Kangaroo Country from two locations – either from from the treetops of Koala Forest or via a gate near the nature play/main playground area. We are […]

The HOT List: Top 7 Highlights of the Central Geelong Christmas Trail

Geelong is only 1 hour away from Melbourne by car or train and this regional city is really putting out all the stops this festive season! The Central Geelong Christmas Trail is a fantastic free program of curated events with a handy pdf map and interactive app to help you explore all the festive cheer hosted within […]

HOT: Tesselaar Tulip Festival, 357 Monbulk Rd, Silvan

For our family spring also heralds our annual visit to the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. This year the event runs from Thursday 14 September until Sunday 15 October 2017. The tulips have bloomed later than usual due to the unusually cold start to spring. The festival season has also been extended beyond Tuesday 10 October to Sunday […]

HOT: Blossom Festival, Cherryhill Orchards, 474 Queens Rd, Wandin East

Spring has sprung and the cherry trees are in full blossom! So Cherryhill Orchards is celebrating with a four-day Blossom Festival that includes live music, giant yard games, helicopter rides for only $50 per person and food trucks. The setting is really gorgeous as Cherryhill Orchards is set amongst the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley and the blossoms range from […]

HOT: Waratah Hills, 20 Cottmans Rd, Fish Creek

Waratah Hills is an award-winning Prom Country winery in Southern Gippsland on the road to Wilsons Promontory. It is one of Australia’s southern-most wineries and thus specialises in pinot noir and chardonnay. All Waratah Hills and Prom Road wines can be tasted and purchased at the vineyard cellar door. As well as a cellar door […]

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: Emerald Lake Model Railway, Emerald Lake Park, Emerald Lake Road, Emerald

Emerald Lake Model Railway is a kitsch attraction inside Emerald Lake. If you have little train fans it’s a must-do. It’s the largest running model railway in the Southern Hemisphere! The model railway is a family-run business and is pretty low-key in its operation. Pay the entry fee ($7 adults, $4 children), go behind the […]

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