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Remember your own childhood? Endless beach days, epic tree climbs, forest expeditions? Some of the best family fun is when your own no-frills, innocent childhood fun is recreated. And wouldn't you know it? Victoria is chock-a-block with things to see and do that have been there for generations, so you can share your memories with your own family as you wander Victoria.

Never-ending beach holidays for the ages

Ah, Phillip Island. Beach fun, fish 'n chips, minigolf, Seal Rocks and the always-endearing Penguin Parade – it was made for kids. The good news is that apart from some very welcome culinary improvements, it's pretty much the same and is a guaranteed winner for a daytrip, a weekend or an entire school holidays.

Plus you've got Mornington Peninsula. It's practically in Melbourne, which reduces the likelihood of too many, "are we there yets?" The beaches will attract the kids as they've done forever, while the wineries and epicurean delights dotted around the hinterland are just the ticket after the hard work of pier-jumping, snorkelling and an over or two of beach cricket.

There are more endless beach days to be had on the Great Ocean Road, where kids can explore rock pools and jump waves until they practically taste of salt. Amble into the Otways to see what koalas see up high in the treetops, and stay until dusk to see the fireflies light up the rainforest.

Fossicking in forests and waterfall wonders

Over in the Dandenong Ranges, the atmospheric rainforests beckon children with imagination, while Puffing Billy has been straight-up delighting kids for generations. Across to the Yarra Valley and it's Healesville Sanctuary that remains the impressive drawcard, and a drop or two of fine wine as icing on the cake for the ever-patient parents.

There's no repeating the joy to be had in "discovering" Aboriginal rock art, or the elation of a waterfall thundering overhead. That's just a day out in the Grampians as it's always been.

The things you do for kids

The gold rush is still alive and well in Ballarat and Bendigo. Relive the excitement of dressing up in period costume, panning for gold and buying ye olde lollies at Sovereign Hill – sure you're just doing it for the kids.

And there's still more. Hanging Rock is still there to be rediscovered repeatedly, and the Murray River's paddle steamers and lilo races are officially timeless. And it goes on…

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Wildlife, zoos & farms

Halls Gap Zoo

Get up close to more than 160 native and exotic mammals, reptiles and birds, including endangered species, at Victoria's largest regional zoo.

Gold rush history

Central Deborah Gold Mine

Gear up in overalls, a miner's hat and lamp and head into underground tunnels in search of gold in a key mine from Bendigo's 19th century gold rush.

Festivals

Grampians Grape Escape

See celebrity chef Miguel Maestre in action and soak up the live music and family fun – all in the heart of the beautiful Grampians National Park.

Grampians Grape Escape package

$1350 for two people

6 - 7 May 2017

Lakes & waterways

Lake Wendouree

Join visitors and locals alike for lakeside activities and water sports at this ever-popular recreational spot. Arrive there by historic tram!

Leisure activities

Adventure Park

Super charge your summer at Victoria's biggest theme park, Adventure Park Geelong. With awesome family fun all day long, Adventure Park Geelong is...

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Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies

Inside the Nobbies Centre, immerse yourself in a fun and interactive virtual journey to the Southern Ocean and the world's most extreme continent.

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Queenscliff

Destination discovery - two night adventure

From $487 two adults and up to three children

Stay two nights at BIG4 Beacon Resort, entry to Werribee Zoo and Queenscliff Maritime Museum and return tickets on the Queenscliff-Sorrento Ferry.

  • Two nights' accommodation at BIG4 Beacon Resort in a Peninsula Cabin
  • Entry to Werribee Zoo
  • Return passenger tickets on the Queenscliff-Sorrento Ferry
From $487 two adults and up to three children

Phillip Island

Stay three, pay two special

Third night free

Stay three nights, only pay for two when staying at A Maze N'Things Holiday Park this autumn.

  • Third night free in any accommodation type
Third night free

Stawell

Kids fly free

Kids fly for free with Grampians Helicopters when accompanied by two paying adults.

  • Joy or scenic flight with full commentary from your locally born pilot
  • Photo opportunity - kids can sit in the pilot's seat
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Food & wine

Bakeries

Follow the aroma of fresh pies, cakes and bread wafting down the streets of Victoria's villages and discover a mouth-watering selection of bakeries.

Nature & wildlife

Sunset spots

Find a view with a hue and be the envy of all of your Insta-friends at Victoria's top sunset spots overlooking ocean, lakes, plains and desert.

Food & wine

Victoria's top pies

We've done the research so finding the best pie in regional Victoria is as easy as, well, pie. Wander local bakeries and cafes to live and let pie.

Food & wine

Sweet treats

Take your sweet teeth for a wander to find the best handcrafted chocolates, artisan ice creams and childhood-favourite lollies in regional Victoria.