Victoria is bursting at the seams with breathtaking sights and attractions for the whole family. With the July school holidays coming up, we have compiled a list of the top 5 must-see destinations and attractions to keep the whole family entertained.
Keep your family entertained this holiday by visiting these must-see destinations in one of our motorhomes, with a convenient pickup in Melbourne.
1. Great Ocean Road
Driving the Great Ocean Road is a must when visiting Victoria. It is 243km’s of heritage-listed road and is probably the most famous road in Australia. If your children are a bit older, this is definitely a holiday option for you. Along the way you can experience an array of world class beaches and idyllic natural scenery. The drive will take you through the coastal towns of Torquay, Lorne, Anglesea, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell. Lorne is a favourite holiday destination with its array of restaurants, pubs and cafes and the kids will love the Foreshore playground which is themed to look like a pier with a real boat.
Do your children like to surf? Then Torquay, the surfing heart of Victoria, is the place to stop.
You can also visit Australia’s oldest lighthouse in Apollo Bay via the Otways Ranges, or go platypus spotting in the ancient mountain Lake Elizabeth. When you get to Port Campbell, you will see the iconic Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge.
- Anglesea Family Caravan Park
- Torquay Holiday Park
- Great Ocean Road Tourist Park
- Aireys Inlet Holiday Park
2. Mornington Peninsula
The Peninsula is a hive of activity for kids. Lush greenery and gorgeous coastline makes it perfect for adventuring and sightseeing.
Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens is one of Victoria’s best-known mazes. The aim once inside the maze, is to locate four flags – sure to be a hit with the children.
The Moonlit Sanctuary is an award winning conservation park set on ten hectares of bushland and is home to some of the most fascinating creatures around. You also have the opportunity to feed kangaroos and wallabies and get a cuddle from a koala.
Morning Peninsula is not just for the kids, there are many cellar doors, especially in Red Hill, where you can sample some local wine and refuel with some delicious local produce a the many restaurants in the area.
3. Echuca and the Murray
Echuca is the paddlesteamer capital in Australia with the largest fleet of paddlesteamers in the country. Echuca is a perfect holiday getaway for a more relaxing experience and, of course, a tour down the Murray River on a paddlesteamer which is sure to be a hit with the kids.
The Murray River region is steeped in rich history and culture, perfect for the history buffs in the family. Another great attraction to visit while in the area would be the Gunbower Island State Forest. The wetlands and the billabongs of the Gunbower forest are internationally recognised are the are is known for its spectacular bird life. The area is great for camping and fishing along the Murray river.
4. Phillip Island
You would be hard pressed to find an animal cuter than a penguin and what better place to see these cute fairy penguins in their natural habitat than the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. Here visitors can watch the daily migration of these cute little creatures from the ocean to their nests. But the animal attractions don’t stop there. Seal Rocks is home to over 16,000 fur seals and are definitely entertaining to watch due to their playful antics. View Australia’s largest colony of fur seals on a 2 hour coastal wildlife cruise which will get you up close and personal with these inquisitive creatures.
Your Phillip Island holiday would not be complete without a trip to A Maze’N Things – a world of optical illusions, puzzles and mazes designed to entertain, amuse and intrigue children and adults alike.
A visit to Victoria would not be complete without a visit to its capital. Melbourne is Australia’s arts and culture capital and is home to a wide array of entertaining experiences. Around almost every corner there is something to delight the senses. From world-class coffee, to beautiful graffiti alleys and live music. For the sport obsessed, you can do a tour of world famous Melbourne Cricket Ground. To get a breathtaking view of the entire city, you can head up Eureka Skydeck. The Skydeck is located on the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower- a 297 metre tall gold plated skyscraper next to the Yarra River in the heart of the Southbank precinct. Did you know that it only takes you 38 seconds to reach the 88th floor from the ground?
If you would like to experience something a bit more leisurely you can head to St Kilda Beach and Esplanade for a walk along the foreshore or you can head to the St Kilda Botanical Gardens, a great place for spotting pigeons, owls and lorikeets. A visit to St Kilda would not be complete without a stop at Luna Park- Melbourne’s ultimate destination for exhilarating rides, going around the iconic Carousel or braving the Great Scenic Railway Rollercoaster.
Book your campervan or motorhome now so that you can explore Victoria during the winter school holidays.
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