Spring is the perfect time to shake off the winter blues and get out and about. If you are in charge of planning the family road-trips, we’ve got your back – check out our list of ideas and see what takes your fancy.
All you need to do is grab the kids, organise the snacks, load the car and hit the road.
Air Action, Chirnside Park
Trampoline centre offering hours of fun for everyone aged three and up.
Australia’s first immersive, 3D ‘trick-art’ gallery. Priceless photos and unbelievable scenarios.
Funfields Themepark, Whittlesea
Water themepark with 23 rides and attractions – new rides this season for kids and families.
Hedgend Maze, Healesville
Explore a beautiful 20 acres of stimulating, fun-filled activities for all ages. Hedgend offers a creative environment that stimulates a fun personal journey for everybody.
Lake Mountain Alpine Resort
See the mountain in full bloom – Lake Mountain is offering guided wildflower walks on 20 and 27 November. There are also day walks on the mountain; a 12km walk will take you from the sub-alpine environment to alpine ash forest and pockets of rainforest, both of which survived the Black Saturday fires. For more information visit www.lakemountainresort.com.au
National Rhododendron Gardens, Olinda
The National Rhododendron Gardens are host to brilliantly coloured blooms of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. Seasonal changes ensure the gardens are a delight all year around.
Old Melbourne Goal, Melbourne
Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century prison, be arrested in a modern-day Police Station or put yourself on trial in court
Phillip Island Nature Parks, Phillip Island
Head out on a Wild Oceans EcoBoat Tour, check out the Penguin Parade, say hello to a koala at the Kola Conservation Centre, and take a trip to yesteryear at the Churchill Island Heritage Farm.
Puffing Billy, Belgrave
Old-fashioned family fun through the beautiful Dandenong Ranges – board at Belgrave and hop off for a picnic at Emerald Lake Park before your return journey.
Scienceworks is bursting with things to challenge curious minds of all ages. Stroll among the gigantic machines that kept Melbourne running, enjoy electrifying theatre in the Lightning Room, let the little ones roam safely in enclosed spaces, wander through immersive exhibitions and drop in to deep space in the Planetarium.
Sovereign Hill, Ballarat
Feel like a pioneer and step back in time to the Gold Rush – Sovereign Hill depicts Ballarat’s first 10 years after the discovery of gold there in 1851.
State Coal Mine, Wonthaggi
Over 40 years ago, a changing world finally caught up with the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine. When it opened in 1909 it was a vital part of the state’s infrastructure. The mine supplied coal for Victoria’s steam-driven railways and was so important that the town of Wonthaggi was built to house its workers. Guided tours run twice a day, seven days a week.
Steavenson Falls, Marysville
An easily accessible 700-metre walk will give you a great view of one of Victoria’s highest waterfalls, which plummet 84 metres. The track is well lit at night for after-dark waterfall viewing.
Werribee Open Range Zoo, Werribee
Get close to magnificent African wildlife on an off road safari. Be completely immersed in the sights, smells and sounds of the savannah as you travel across the Zoo’s open plains.
William Ricketts Sanctuary, Mount Dandenong
Situated in a ferny glade in the Dandenongs, William Ricketts Sanctuary is a place of beauty and tranquillity, due both to the natural setting and the mystical sculptures half hidden among ferns along the pathways.