So much to do, so many places to go! From indoor and outdoor, museums and railways! Everything is covered here in Mamma Knows East's 'family adventures' - take your time and have a browse through some of these fab options - you'll find heaps of inspiration plus a handy map, making it easier to uncover something new for you and the crew to enjoy.
Mamma never would have guessed that The Great Ocean Road would have a match but we sure have found it’s little sister! The Bunurong Coastal Reserve is a STUNNING piece of coastline stretching from Invervoch to Cape Paterson, and beyond to Coal Point at Hamers Haven.
Wanna go for a crab hunt? We’re not going to find many BIG ones, but it is still fun all the same. The Screw Creek Nature Walk is a beautiful quiet spot to explore right close to the beach.
This historically significant site in Wonthaggi is where 17 million tonnes of coal was mined for Victorian industry railways back in the 1900s and now is an educational and tourist destination. The site is huge and all enclosed so the are safe to explore where they choose, including the old K192 engine.
Big shells, little shells, tiny shells and colourful shells. More shells than you could possibly carry in your bucket after a day at the beach.
This is a restored the last surviving trestle bridge in the area and the tallest in Victoria. It is just over 100 metres long and is pretty darn tall.
This township is an amalgamation of some of the area’s most prized buildings, preserved for our enjoyment. you’ll find all the places you might expect in a ‘ye olde’ community.
Mamma loves a family adventure and seeking out some of nature’s beauties AND a side of Victorian history, we are looking at a triple points on the explorer’s scoreboard.
Ya gotta love ‘dem apples! Especially when you can pick them straight from the tree.
Amazing views, a dozen different games and places to explore and full cafe facilities makes this family friendly venue one of the most treasured places to visit in Healesville.
A fully immersive, dragon hunt and fine art photography session like no other!
A farm with a playground, feeding trail, nursery, pony rides AND a tractor ride.
As soon as your kids show an interest in bikes or scooters get them booked in for a session at the Melbourne-famous institution that is the Kew Traffic School.
When you think of the Big Top do you get that sense of intrigue and a little thrill of anticipation at the sometimes death defying acts, the MAGIC and the FUN of all things CIRCUS? Mamma sure does! PLUS with added Dino fun, the kids will just LOVE it!
Teaching children where food comes from is one of the great things we get to do as parents and what better way to see how 450 variety of fruit grows than on the back of a tractor at Rayners Orchard.
This impeccably designed home has now opened its neighbouring art space - the Lyon Housemuseum Galleries. This independent gallery is open to the public and showcases some amazing and spectacular art pieces.
EMPIRE is beyond words. March 5 - April 22, 2019, Bernham Beeches, Sherbrooke
Let’s get picking!
Inside this magnificent depot is a dozen historical trams. Inside these trams is a whole stack of history . And amongst these trams is a whole lotta love and dedication.
Are you interested in taking the family on a berry picking adventure but not sure exactly what berry is your favourite? Then head to Jay Berries and you can find your raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and blackberries all at the one spot.
Well, well. Mamma has found paradise. Garden PARADISE!
This community space in Eltham is a great place to take the fam and learn about farm life, our local wildlife and our much loved farm buddies.
Everything is awesome! This is definitely worth a visit if there is a LEGO lover in your life; they will feel like they have stepped into their wildest dream
The owners of Warratina love the purple flower and invite the public during to visit the farm. The comforting aroma of lavender will hit you as soon as you step out from the car.
Summer is here and so are the raspberries! For a limited time, you can now pick you own at the Warratina Lavender Farm.
Sunday is FUNDAY at the footy. Heading into watch your favourite team play gets all super family friendly on Sundays at the MCG and Marvel Stadium. This program and relaxed game day festivities, is an ideal way to introduce your pipsqueaks to the great game and Aussie tradition.
How incredibly lucky we are to have a piece of our city's history available for all to visit. The grounds of the Abbotsford Convent are almost from another world and certainly not of this time.
The National Sports Museum is located right in the underbelly of this magnificent stadium. It showcases all that is wonderful about the Aussie sporting tradition and so many relics and memorabilia are on display. If you want to teach the kids some history about cricket, football, netball or the Olympics, this is the best place to do it.
Mamma can't hide it. She is a bit of a history buff. Plus when the story is about the happenings in our backyard it is hard to resist taking it all in. Gulf Station is a little slice of pioneer heritage from the 'good ol' days' in Yarra Glen.
The newest U-Pick in the East!
Get your bucket lists out - you need to add to it!
Victoria's NEWEST Theme Park!
Grab a harness and pull on a helmet, get ready to head to the tree tops for a forest ADVENTURE!
Alpacas and flowers. It isn't your usual combination but when you put them together in the one place, you have a great little adventure on your hands.
Third Sunday of the month - let's go ride the chugga chugga choo-choo!
If you want to get up close and personal with some beautiful birds - this place is it!
Any day of the week! There is a new game that is being played in Mamma's family and it is called Geocaching.
You would never believe that your are minutes from the city while you sit and smell the eucalyptus, enjoy a coffee and watch the world float on by at Studley Park Boathouse.
The Yarra Valley Railway is the home to a classic 1950s single carriage train that is working its way back to Yarra Glen.
The West might have the lions and tigers. The City might have the bears. But - Oh My! - The East might just have the best - our own native stars at Healesville Sanctuary
If you are heading to Walhalla, you can’t miss the Walhalla Goldfields Railway experience.
If you're keen to stretch your art and culture legs but not sure your kids are ready for a gallery, then Mamma says pack your picnic rug and go exploring in the Sculpture Gardens in the stunning grounds of the Heide Museum of Modern Art.
The NEW epicentre of culture in the City of Casey
Kangaroo Country has opened at Healesville Sanctuary - Hop in and visit the mob!
Mamma falls in love with these little red treats every year after visiting the massive orchard out in Wandin. Cherryhill has a number of orchards over Victoria but it is at this eastie spot that U-pick is at its BEST!
Nothing screams a local eastie adventure like a ride on the world famous Puffing Billy.
Puffing Billy is not the only train that loves to ride the tracks at Emerald Lake!
Witches, fairies, trolls and the most eccentric and mysical characters you ever did meet!
What better way to check out the scenery of a beautiful garden than on the back of a LITTLE RED TRAIN!
There are two courses at Maroondah Golf Park - indoor and outdoor meaning you can potentially putt-putt rail hail or shine.
What better way to enjoy a beautiful spring day than slopping on the sunscreen and slapping on a hat and waltzing amongst the berries at Blue Hills Berries and Cherries UPick!
Pack the kids in the car, load up the snacks, add in an extra buddy to take a photo and head DOWNHILL the the lake - Sherbrooke's magic spot
Our buddies from the Isle of Sodor make their way to join the gang at Puffing Billy twice a year and the experience is so delightful!
Set on the side of the hill here are some of the most stunning and exclusive gardens in the Dandenong Ranges.
I guess you don't have to go all the way to Ballarat for some pioneer history lessons.
Whenever you feel like taking a stroll down memory lane whilst providing a day of family adventure, go no further than the Caribbean Gardens.
A farm experience for the whole family right here in the 'burbs.
Can you speak in rhinoceros, Mamma says, "Of courserous, can't you?". You and the crew will be able to chit chat with all the animals in this fantastic checklist of our favourite places for an animal adventures across Melbourne and beyond.
When you stand in the middle of this little farm, it is hard to believe exactly where you are in relation to the centre of the city!
Montsalvat - a treasure trove of nooks and crannies and awe inspiring buildings to explore.
The little trains rule the town every FOURTH Sunday at the Mooroolbark and District Miniature Railway.
This amazing set up of steam, electric, petrol and diesel locomotives run EVERY Sunday and are brilliant - and affordable - family entrainment.
Whether it's your first time coming here or your million time, you'll never get bored of this amazing zoo.
What better way to learn about caring for sick animals, than through play!
Head for the hills - and take in the views. SkyHigh of Mount Dandenong has to have the best vantage point of all of the East.
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.
The Yarra Ranges has a pretty interesting history. The Regional Museum is the place to go for all of the history buffs out there!