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Friday, 25 May 2018

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Beautiful Gardens around Melbourne to visit


It's always a good time to visit one, or all, of these picture-perfect gardens around Melbourne - there's a secret garden just waiting to be explored.

We share some of our most visited gardens that can only be described as jaw-dropping! So when you're after a picturesque day trip, pack up the family or your guests and pop by one of these beauties.

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Welcome to Melbourne

Melbourne is brimming with family-friendly attractions and things to do, see, visit, eat, play, create and explore and our one stop website is the largest of its kind in Melbourne covering everything family-friendly from events, activities, kid-friendly cafes and eats, places to go, parks and playgrounds, day trips, classes, school holiday ideas, daily and weekend inspiration.

Our crew hopes to inspire your family to get out and about and exploring the gems of our City and beyond, be it NORTH, SOUTH, EAST or WEST or a road trip out of the City.

Whatever you decide to do with your little explorers in Melbourne, there are plenty of things to keep them occupied and very few of them are expensive. The only problem you may face, is keeping up with them!

If you're a visitor to Melbourne we hope you enjoy your stay and can't wait to see you again!

What are you waiting for? Melbourne's calling...


Play Centres that will keep you toasty this Winter in Melbourne

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It may be cold outside but baby, it's as warm as toast inside one (or all) of these Melbourne Play Centres!

It's the happy medium that makes everyone happy — a play area for kiddies and coffee for the Grown-ups. With cabin fever setting in over the Autumn/Winter months, bundle up the kids and take field trips to a few indoor play spaces. With drop-in play areas, it's great to be able to hang out for a few bucks admission without having to commit to expensive memberships or classes. They'll love exploring the new toys, and you'll love not having to clean up the mess.

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Play Pods play area at Chadstone Shopping Centre

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Just when you thought Chadstone couldn't get any better they go and make shopping with a toddler/kinder kid much more bearable with the addition of four Play Pods. The play pods are modern play areas to entertain your little one when you need to take a breather from shopping! You'll find them scattered on lower ground level from DAISO right through to ToysRUs and each play pod is complete with seating. The only downside is they'll all unfenced. On the upside, the Shingle Inn cafe is smack bang in the middle so it's a no brainer where to get your cuppa and bite to eat!

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Kid-friendly cafes

Nature Boy Cafe, Murrumbeena

nature boy cafe cubbyhouseSo you want to combine play, conversation, coffee and good food all in one go? With a cubbyhouse and courtyard full of toys, it's no wonder this place is the talk of the town.

Be sure to head out straight out the back with your Mother's group or friends as that's where toddler action is going on! From the unassuming frontage, Nature Boy opens out from a narrow cafe into a spacious area for diners.

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Salt Water Lake at Westgate Park, Port Melbourne

pink lake westgate parkIt’s true, there really is a pink lake you can visit in Melbourne and now is the time to visit! 

The pink lake is a beautiful site considering how close it is to the City and Westgate Bridge. You may feel like you’re in bushland due to the flora and fauna and bush setting. 

The pink lake isn’t always pink however. You’ll need to time your visit accordingly. Apparently the best time to visit is the end of Summer. 


RF Julier Reserve, Port Melbourne

rf julier reserve port melbourneLet's take a moment to appreciate a park that suits everyone and we mean everyone! Where can you find a beautiful nature inspired playground upgrade, a full size basketball/netball court and an off-leash dog park all in the one spot? Julier Reserve in Port Melbourne are what park dreams are made of!

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