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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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Leisure activities

The Enchanted Adventure Garden

Lose yourself in hedge and 3D indoor mazes, explore themed gardens and a sculpture park, or up the adrenaline on giant tube slides and tree surfing.

Maritime history

Cape Otway Lightstation

Climb for dramatic views and stories of shipwrecks at this historic lighthouse perched on towering cliffs where Bass Strait meets the Southern Ocean.

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.

Wildlife, zoos & farms

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Cuddle koalas, feed kangaroos and wallabies, and meet other endangered species at this award-winning ecotourism park set in beautiful bushland.

History & heritage

Pioneer Settlement

Take a journey back in time and experience Australian history up close at the Pioneer Settlement, located on the banks of the Marraboor River.

Multicultural

One Talk Festival

One Talk Festival features music from Kutcha Edwards, Nicky Bomba and the One Talk AllStars - and random local legends. Mangrook Footy Match with...

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Mt Hotham

Family summer and autumn dreaming

From $700

Two nights at Mountain Dreaming Apartments, bottle of local wine on arrival and two course family dinner.

  • Two nights in a two bedroom apartment
  • Two course dinner at The General Store
  • Late checkout (midday)
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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

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
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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.

Road trips & itineraries

Pet friendly days out

Fancy a holiday with your bestie? Take your four-leggeds to pet-friendly beaches, parks, wineries, pubs, campgrounds and cottages around Victoria.

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.