HOT: The Woodhouse, 101 Williamson St, Bendigo

The Woodhouse Bendigo is a pizzeria and steakhouse where everything is cooked, baked, grilled using sustainable redgum wood from Barmah Forest.  Every year The Woodhouse goes through approximately 40 tonnes of wood! No gas is used, which adds a degree of difficulty to the cooking. We were invited to sample the menu of this award-winning restaurant. There are a […]

The HOT List: Top 10 Family Travel Links on the Web – April 2016

This month I’m experimenting with a new series – a monthly roundup of the best articles around web that I’ve read about family travel. Hope you find it useful and interesting, I’d love to hear your feedback parents@tothotornot.com!   Family Friendly Melbourne Get in touch with nature at Badger Weir Road-testing the 10 Best Freak […]

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 […]

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: Top 14 Places to go with Kids in Geelong

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 some of my […]

The HOT List: Top 26 Places to Go with Kids in the Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula is one of the most popular destinations for Melbourne families, with its access to calm beaches, family-friendly attractions and great eateries. While the northernmost part of the region is only an hour or so from Melbourne, there are so many things to see that it’s worth making it a longer stay. Here […]

The HOT List: Family Friendly Phillip Island – Top 10 Places to Go with Kids

Phillip Island is a destination that’s top of the list for many international tourists but as a local I must confess that until recently I had not visited since I was a child. It was wonderful to rediscover this destination with my children – we loved the beaches, family-friendly attractions and of course those little […]

HOT: Eeny Meeny, 96 Young St, Frankston

Eeny Meeny cafe in Frankston was recommended to me by Frankston locals as the best cafe in town and it was awarded Frankston’s best business in 2014. The cafe is located in Frankston’s commercial heart and provides a serene escape from the bustling streets. The eclectic retro decor gives the inside front room a cosy […]

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