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10 Places to See Dinosaurs in Melbourne

Is your little one dinosaur obsessed? If so then make sure you check off the list of where to see dinosaurs in Melbourne!

Zoorassic Werribee Zoo

 

1. Melbourne Museum

Check out real dinosaur bones at Melbourne Museum. The ‘Dinosaur Walk' permanent exhibition features ten dinosaur skeletons, three pterosaurs, and other select megafauna artefacts such as huge teeth!

In the  Melbourne Museum Children's Gallery you can dig for fossils/dinosaur bones in the outdoor play area. Melbourne Museum Children's Gallery review 

Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton

Related: Best Museums in Melbourne for Kids

 2. Dinosaur World

Dinosaur World is a small theme park with dinosaur animatronics and dinosaur-related activities.

It's open every weekend and daily during school holidays except June, July and August. Dinosaur World review

Dinosaur World, Cnr Frankston-Flinders Rd and O’Neills Road, Somerville

Related: Best things to do in Mornington Peninsula with kids

 3. Dinosaur Park Yarraville

At the McNish Reserve Yarraville you can meet Mimi the Muttaburrasaurus, slide down the tail and hide in dinosaur eggs!

Take a scooter or bike and you can also travel along Stony Creek next to the playground. Dinosaur Playground Yarra review

Dinosaur Park, McNish Reserve, Court St, Yarraville

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 4. Megasaurus Playground

This dinosaur-themed playground is one of Australia’s best playgrounds and features a huge dinosaur skeleton climbing frame as its centrepiece.

There is other dino-related playground equipment too! Megasaurus Dinosaur Playground review

Megasaurus Dinosaur Playground, Newington Drive, Cranbourne East

Related: 40 Best Playgrounds in Australia

 5. Portosaurus Playground

A beady-eyed dinosaur pokes its head out in Garden City Reserve Port Melbourne playground.

Portasaurus Playground review

Garden City Reserve ‘Portasaurus’ playground, 47 Beacon Rd, Port Melbourne

6. Dinosaur Park truganina

Melbourne’s biggest prehistoric themed park is the Dinosaur Park at Stockland Grandview in Truganina.

Dinosaur Park has a larger than life dinosaur head in the ground, and a skeleton, fossil, dino foot prints, a wobbly dinosaur and lots of play equipment. There are also picnic / BBQ facilities.

Dinosaur Park Grandview, 317 Griegs Rd, Truganina

Grandview Dinosaur Park

 7. Bulla Miniature Rail

Do you have a little one who loves trains AND dinosaurs?

Every third Sunday of the month head to Bulla Miniature Railway for cheap dino fun on a miniature train!

Bulla Hill Railway, Bulla Recreation Reserve, 15 Green St, Bulla

Related: Best Train Experience in Melbourne for Kids

8. Dino Lab Melbourne Zoo

Welcome to Jurassic Parkville, where you can see towering life-sized animatronic dinosaurs at Melbourne Zoo's Dino Lab

Dino Lab also features baby dinosaurs, a Dino nest, an Incubation Station with a breeding program, a Dino Dig and daily activities at the Zoo’s Dino Field Research Station. Dino Lab Melbourne Zoo Review

Dino Lab, Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Ave, Parkville

Related: Visit Melbourne Zoo for permanent exhibits Keeper Kids, Lion Gorge and Carnivores Trail

9. Zoorassic Werribee Zoo

Ten life-size dinosaurs come to life through animatronics and soundscapes, plus there's a dino dig at the end.

Help the team at Werribee Open Range Zoo protect these extraordinary animals, and discover what you can do to help fight the extinction of the Zoo’s 21 priority threatened species. Zoorassic Review

Zoorassic, Werribee Open Range Zoo, K Road, Werribee South

Related: Best things to do in Wyndham with kids

10. Lost Sanctuary Healesville Sanctuary

From Saturday 28 March to Sunday 12 July 2020, animal explorers big and little can look for more than 30 prehistoric beasts in the bushland, including a T-Rex, woolly mammoths and ancient birds.

Lost Sanctuary, Healesville Sanctuary, Badger Creek Road, Healesville

Related: Best things to do in Yarra Valley with kids

Also look out for other special dinosaur-themed shows and exhibitions such as  Jurassic CreaturesDinosaur Time Machine, Dino Disco at Melbourne Museum, Dinosaur Gardens,  Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family and Jurassic World. 

Dinosaur Diggers run dinosaur-themed birthday parties and holiday programs too!

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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