HOT: Cortille Café, 322 Lyttleton Tce, Bendigo

Cortille Café is a popular Bendigo CBD cafe – just look out for the queues in front of the colourful restored caravan jammed inside to become a coffee cart. The cafe is split into several areas. The main dining room is bright and light and overlooked by a giant trumpet-toting monkey mural. The space with […]

The HOT List: Family Friendly Bendigo – Top 22 Places to Go with Kids

Bendigo is a former Gold Rush town in Central Victoria and one of our regular regional destinations with the kids. It’s just a 90 minute drive from Melbourne and offers grand Victorian buildings, lovely streetscapes and a slower pace of life, while still boasting interesting cultural and culinary attractions. Here are my tips on where […]

The HOT List: Family Friendly Woodend – Top 6 Places to Go with Kids

Woodend is a picturesque town just under an hour’s drive from Melbourne at the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. The town is the perfect starting point to explore the Macedon Ranges region and there’s enough to do for a mini-break yet small enough to not overwhelm little kids. Here are my tips on the best places to go in Woodend […]

The HOT List: Best 16 Places to go in Geelong with Kids

Geelong is Victoria’s second largest city and it’s so easy to get to from Melbourne being only about 1 hour by freeway or Vline train. The city has lots to offer families, particularly the Geelong Waterfront area, and it makes for a fantastic half or full day destination for families. Here are my tips for […]

The HOT List: Top 10 Places to Go with Kids in Frankston

Frankston may mark the end of the Melbourne’s suburban train line but it’s also the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula. It’s a suburb that makes for a fantastic half or full day destination for families. Here are some of my favourite places to see, play and eat in Frankston with kids. PLAY: 1. Frankston Beach […]

The HOT List: Top 11 Places to Go with Kids in Gippsland

Gippsland is Victoria’s largest region and the touring route from Kilcunda to Inverloch, which lies between Phillip Island and Wilson’s Promontory, is a great location to enjoy a road trip. As the area is so large so this guide as a ‘first dip’ to discovering the Southern Gippsland region of stunning scenery and great food […]

HOT: Festival of Sails, Geelong Waterfront, Geelong

Updated January 2017 The Festival of Sails in Geelong is held every year on Australia Day and it is the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere and one of Australia’s oldest oldest sporting events. Even if you have no interest or knowledge of boat racing the free community Shoreside Festival is a great family […]

HOT: Maddingley Park Adventure Playground and Lerderderg Gorge, Taverner St, Bacchus Marsh

Today’s #WhereToGoWednesday is a guest post by Erika Jonsson, western suburbs writer and mum of two sons under five, ‘El Guapo’ and ‘Lightning’. She takes us on a family-friendly trip to Bacchus Marsh. Thanks Erika! Our family loves day trips. They don’t have to be a long way from home – in fact, about 40 […]

HOT: Discovery Science and Technology Centre, 7 Railway Pl, Bendigo

Discovery Science and Technology Centre is a not-for-profit, community-based attraction based in one of Bendigo’s old brick red railway goods sheds. The space is a low-fi affair and the hands-on exhibits are of the sort that I remember from my childhood spent in museums. There’s no computer/touch screen whizz-bang interactiveness to be found but the kids will […]

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