Well sometimes you've just got to get out of Dodge for a bit, you know what Mamma means - jump in the car and zoom off for a half a day or more. But where to go?! We have been rounding up some of our fave spots for a road trip with the family and it's high time we shared them with you all in the one handy spot! Happy adventures Eastie folk.
Don't get lost in the 2km of a living hedge maze up in the high country of Wandiligong.
There is a zoo in the country that just might be worth a visit!
Witches, fairies, trolls and the most eccentric and mysical characters you ever did meet!
Come aboard for the most peaceful ride to the peak of Arthurs Seat.
A playspace for the whole family PLUS an amazing view! Rosebud has got the goods!
These rock pools are just that - pools not puddles!
There is a maze, towers to explore, giant chess board, face painting, potion making, archery and little animals to visit - with plenty to do for the whole day, Mamma says pack a picnic and check it out.
Mamma just loves the pub feel and you just can't go past the VIEW....I'll say it again...THAT VIEW!!! Situated on the hill overlooking the ocean you'd be hard pressed to find a pub with a better view. Anywhere.
Mamma says throw on your overalls and gumboots, start chewin' some hay and take a drive to Diggers Rest to visit Animal Land Children's Farm. This place has so much to see and do
You WILL need good, solid, comfortable footwear that grips, you WILL need to bring some water bottles, you WILL DEFINITELY need your camera!
This one of those places that allows you to get up real close to the animals - so close in fact you can touch and feed a couple of friendly ones!
If you have an animal lover and lets face it most kids are - this is an excellent place to get up close with some of Australia's most loved animals.
Fairy Park was built in 1959 when the displays were predominantly made by hand and despite being updated it still holds it's magical kitschy qualities. The park is FULL of fun from over 20 fairytale displays, a camelot playground, dragons and inspiring castles.
They do things so well at Sovereign Hill from the authentic looking town complete with horse and carts, soundscapes to the shows and activities - it's quite surreal wandering around. The 'townsfolk' take their roles very seriously with their street banter and costumes too, all adding to this very unique experience.
This Swiss Italian Farm is a sight to behold with its sprawling gardens, old stone buildings, charming cafe and crazy geese roaming the grounds. You can take a wander through the fragrant lavender, play some boules on the pitch, check out the other friendly and delightful animals like chooks and an emu
With littlies the best day in the snow is a day that is easy, fun and free!
Sweet Mamma chocolate dreams! Panny’s Chocolate Factory is a coco-lover’s haven and the kids will be impressed too.
The Penguin Parade is a MUST DO for any trip down to the Island.
The Koala Conservation Centre on Phillip Island is quality eco-education - Koalas in their natural habitat with boardwalks allowing visitors to get a closer view.
This historic island is a little oasis and wonderful little spot to spend the afternoon, learning about Australian farm life.
Same rides, same actual mini cars, same cheesy mini golf course, even the picnic chairs and tables are straight from the 70's. Awesome.
Dinosaur fans UNITE! Every kid Mamma knows loves dinosaurs, so add this to your to do list ASAP if you haven't alreadyThis is as close to the real thing as we are (hopefully) ever going to get.
Bob has travelled the world from Himalayan Temples to Mosques and the Cambodian Jungle (and everywhere in between) and the treehouse is influenced by these lifelong travels. The woodwork as absolutely beautiful and the house is rich in textures, colours and spirit.
If you go into the woods today you in for a beautiful suprise!
When you are away from home, the kids are all outta whack and you just need some good coffee it is best to speak to the locals and get the inside word.
Porter Republic is a amazing, family friendly and straight up delicious cafe and restaurant.
There is a lot of heart in this playground and is GREAT fun for all the kids. Pack your towels and change of clothes too - you will most likely end up in that river!
Mamma just loves how each local park has its own personality. This one - very seaside!