Top 5 reasons Melbourne should be your next family trip

Stress Free Family Fun in Melbourne


By Jo Jonkman

We will tell you 5 reasons why Melbourne should be your next family trip and is ticking all those boxes.

1. Melbourne offers a lot of (almost) FREE things to do with your family.

There are a lot of lovely city parks, gardens, and beaches where you can relax, picnic and play around without spending a cent. One of my favourites is wandering along the sea front promenade of St Kilda to take in the views or watch the fishermen and kite surfers practicing their skills. Why not check out our separate blog on this: Free Things to do in Melbourne with kids

2. Melbourne is heaven if you and your family are fine tasters.

Have a stroll around Melbourne’s many markets and taste all sorts of international cuisine or have a coffee at one of Melbourne’s many kid-friendly coffee shops with playgrounds, where the kids can play while you can enjoy your latte. Or trigger your taste buds while wine tasting and taking in the stunning views of one of the great vineyards close to Melbourne. Food in Melbourne is top notch and for a fun little excursion why not visit some of the Melbourne food trucks?  Kids can run around and parents can sit on the grass with a glass of wine.

3. Melbourne is the place to be to if your kids love animals (and which kid doesn’t?)

A trip to Phillip Island to see the famous penguin parade is a must do when you are in Melbourne, but if time is short did you know you can also spot the world’s smallest penguins sitting on the rocks in the lovely suburb of St Kilda?

For more ocean animals you can go to the Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium ( which is home to over 10,000 creatures, or to the Melbourne Zoo to discover all sorts of exotic animals from all over the world. If you want to introduce your children to real farm animals and also feed, cuddle and milk them, then the Collingwood Children’s Farm is a great experience.

If you want to get up close to Australian native animals, you should go on a tour along the Great Ocean Road to spot koala’s, kangaroos or one of many Australian indigenous birds.

3. Melbourne’s history

Learn, discover and play at the Melbourne Museum. Take the Historical City Circle Tram to explore Melbourne City and check out Melbourne’s famous icon; the Flinders Street Station, which is Australia’s oldest train station. Maybe take a guided tour to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat:

We just love Melbourne and Australian history.

4. Melbourne family fun

Melbourne is an amazing family friendly city with lots of great events and activities going on all year-long. There are also numerous great playgrounds in and around Melbourne, with adventure playgrounds being absolutely the most fun for every age. Or head over to the Melbourne’s seaside playground of St Kilda, which is renowned for great sandy beaches, great restaurants, and cafes, and of course Luna Park, which offers a range of attractions for all ages. If you like to learn and discover new things, then the Science Works museum is the best place to go.

5. From Melbourne City to stunning nature

Only an hour out of Melbourne you find the magnificent Dandenong Ranges, where you can take the Puffing Billy train over its mountain track through the forest. Or take a tour along Great Ocean Road and visit the world-famous twelve apostles. There are so many family holiday photo ideas here.

And there is, even more, to discover in Melbourne! For further info try

Get in touch via I Heart Melbourne Tour’s website, Facebook page or email ( to create your next amazing family holiday.

Jo is a mum, wife, owner of her own website and freelancer in photography, writing, travel consultancy, marketing and social media. Originally from the Netherlands, she calls Australia home. Jo travelled over 50 countries and has a mission to visit every country on the planet together with her family. Learn more about her and her work at her Website