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 […]

HOT: Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, 550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale, Mornington Peninsula

Moonlit Sanctuary is a small private animal sanctuary and zoo on the Mornington Peninsula and a great place to get up close to Australian wildlife and to learn about our native environment. We are invited to visit and it is the highlight of our stay in the Mornington Peninsula. The sanctuary’s name is deceptive – it’s not […]

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

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: Family Friendly Gippsland – Top 5 Places to Go with Kids

Gippsland is Victoria’s largest region and the coastal touring route from Kilcunda to Inverloch, which lies between Phillip Island and Wilson’s Promontory, is a great location to enjoy a road trip. We were invited by Destination Gippsland to play, see and eat in Gippsland with kids. Use this guide as a ‘first dip’ to discovering this fantastic region […]

HOT: Churchill Island Heritage Farm, 246 Samuel Amess Drive, Churchill Island, Newhaven, Phillip Island

Churchill Island is a tiny island off the north coast of Phillip Island which is only accessible via a single bridge. It was the site of the first European agricultural pursuits in Victoria and has been continuously farmed since the 1850s. It is now open to the public as an historic working farm and is […]

HOT: Frankston Regional Foreshore Playground, Frankston Waterfront Reserve, Pier Promenade, Frankston

If you’re visiting Frankston Beach with kids don’t miss the Frankston Regional Foreshore Playground, an imaginative adventure playground that’s affectionately known as the ‘castle playground’. The setting is part fairy tower, part Dracula’s castle, and there’s so much fun to be had that it’s a worthy drawcard away from the stunning sandy beach just a […]

HOT: McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin

McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park is a major public art gallery in Frankston and a fantastic family-friendly destination, especially on a sunny day. The gallery building is set amongst 16 hectares of bushland and landscaped gardens and the sculpture park features a permanent collection of  over 100 large-scale sculptures, mostly by Australian artists. There are intriguing and curious […]

HOT: Phillip Island Penguin Parade, 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands, Phillip Island

If you’re visiting Phillip Island the one must-do attraction is the Penguin Parade. For decades every night little penguins have returned home at sunset to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia and I remember seeing them as a child myself. Now there’s a way to appreciate this natural wonder without having to cower on […]

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