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There's plenty of things to do for the whole family in Melbourne. From interactive museums and kids' festivals to exhilarating outdoor adventures and wildlife parks, you'll discover a whole host of things to do with the family.

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History & heritage

Old Melbourne Gaol

Sentence yourself to a day of fun or a spooky night at Victoria's oldest prison, which housed tough criminals and the infamous bushranger, Ned Kelly.

Markets

Queen Victoria Market

Shop 'til you drop at this celebrated market to see buskers, find souvenirs and to marvel at the fresh produce and the treats in the Dairy Hall.

Literature

State Library of Victoria

Leaf through tomes and browse exhibitions in the Domed Reading Room at this grand library and enjoy the great program of events for kids and adults.

Family

''Sing'' - Children's High Tea at The Langham

The Langham, Melbourne is the home of children's high teas. Having started serving them over six years ago with themes from Barbie, Mr Men Little...

Cinemas

IMAX Melbourne

Immerse yourself in stunning 3D documentaries and Hollywood blockbusters with one of the world's largest screens wrapped in digital surround sound.

Leisure activities

Auscarts Indoor Racing

Auscarts is a state of the art indoor karting venue and entertainment complex just five minutes from the heart of Melbourne's city centre. Auscarts...

Museums

Public Record Office Victoria

Public Record Office Victoria holds a vast array of records created by Victorian Government departments and authorities including the State's courts,...

Spectator sports

Melbourne Cricket Ground

See a match or tour the home of Aussie cricket and the Australian Football League, the site of the 1956 Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Parks & gardens

CERES Community Environment Park

CERES Community Environment Park, situated on the banks of Merri Creek in East Brunswick, is one of Australia's most visited environmental education...

Family

Casey Recreation and Aquatic Centre (Casey RACE)

Located in Melbourne's South East, this centre is used by Melbourne Football Club and has something for everyone. From toddlers to serious lap...

Shopping

Essendon Fields

Fly, shop, play or stay at Essendon Fields - with dozens of experiences that are based at or experienced to and from Essendon Fields. With over 25...

Maritime history

Polly Woodside

Launched in Belfast in 1885, the Polly Woodside sailed 1. 5 million kilometres around the globe. Located in the heart of Melbourne's South Wharf...

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Tours

Explore Melbourne on foot with an expert walking guide, join a bus tour or follow the historic City Circle Tram route on a tour of the city's cafes.

Nature & wildlife

Parks and gardens

Discover abundant parks and leafy gardens in Melbourne and take a break from the hectic pace of the city with a relaxing stroll or picnic on the lawn.

Art & culture

Museums

Delve deep into the history of places near and far at Melbourne's varied museums, dedicated to all manner of the city's quirky local stories.

Nature & wildlife

Wildlife and zoos

Featuring state of the art aquarium, award-winning zoos and parklands teeming with fauna, you don't have to go far in Melbourne to see wildlife.