HOT: The Miner’s Church, 224 Scotchmans Lead Rd. Buninyong

The Miner’s Church is a unique family-friendly accommodation in picturesque Buninyong, a small township close to Ballarat in the Goldfields Region. The 3 bedroom self-contained cottage is the former family home of the hosts, Doug and Julie Brady. The Wesleyan church dates back to the 1850s when Buningyong was bustling with the gold rush and […]

HOT: The Deck at Flinders Hotel, Corner Cook and Wood Street, Flinders, Mornington Peninsula

Flinders Hotel is a slick refurbishment of the traditional corner pub in Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula. The pub has made a name for itself with its designer accommodation (The Quarters), seek a high end one hat restaurant (Terminus) and excellent family-friendly eatery (The Deck). The Deck includes an indoor area which needs to be […]

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: 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 […]

HOT: Piggery Cafe, Burnham Beeches, 1 Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke

Updated September 2016 Shannon Bennett, chef-restaurateur and perennial entrepreneur, is developing heritage-listed Burnham Beeches into a a biodynamic farm and self-sufficient village in Sherbrooke in the Dandenongs. Phase 1 of the 22 hectare site is the Piggery Cafe and Burnham Bakery, the commercial bakery which supplies all of the bread and pastries for Bennett’s restaurants, […]

The HOT List: Top 18 Places to Go with Kids in the Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is probably the most popular day trip for Melburnians but with so many things to do and places to eat (and drink!) it’s worthwhile enjoying a longer stay. Here are my tips on where to stay, eat, play and visit in the Yarra Valley, with the main focus  on Yarra Glen and […]

HOT: I Heart Melbourne Tours – Melbourne Tour Company for Families

With school holidays coming up it’s timely that I Heart Melbourne Tours, Melbourne’s first specialised family tour company, has just opened for business. I Heart Melbourne Tours is run by a professional tour guide, James Owens and his wife Lauren, and they provide standard and customised tours of Melbourne and surrounds for families with children […]

HOT: Visiting Castlemaine and Maldon with Kids

Castlemaine and Maldon have almost become outer-outer suburbs of Melbourne, what with all the tree-changers moving to these pretty Central Victorian towns. This part of the historic Goldfields region is a great place for a mini-break as it’s less than 90 minutes north west of Melbourne and conveniently accessed by road and rail. Here are our […]

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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