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.
This is one of our most fave things to do each Winter - outside of the east! The spectacular Winter Wonderlights and snow falling in main street is just well, magical at Sovereign Hill.
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.
This idea is genius. An indoor play centre right inside a caravan park. Parky’s is a great addition to any holiday itinerary.
Holiday parks these days are almost a destination in itself. That is certainly the case for Park Lane Holiday Park in Traralgon.
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.
If you are heading to Walhalla, you can’t miss the Walhalla Goldfields Railway experience.
Ya gotta love ‘dem apples! Especially when you can pick them straight from the tree.
If you go into the woods today you in for a beautiful suprise!
A farm set in the hills with some of the best views - regardless of the weather! Plus it is FREE
Watch out or the giant chicken - you might get wet!
Bright Brewery is in the perfect spot and you have to visit at least once!
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! Mt Donna Buang is the an ACE place to catch some snow and it's FREE making it ideal until you and the fam want to start skiing or snowboarding.
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.
Whenever you are in a new town - follow the locals. They know where to get the best food and coffee in the neighbourhood.
You don’t bet much brighter than Little Prince. This fusion style restaurant in Traralgon can be spotted a mile away, especially by the awesome street art along its side ally.
The Nooj Pub is famous. In a tiny town, mid way from Yarra Junction to Mt Baw Baw, this place is the heart of it all and been here for over 90 years. All weekend the kitchen churns out hearty aussie pub meals served with a huge chunk of country hospitality.
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.
Talk about pretty! Civic Park in Warragul is an awesome little playground with plenty to do and space to stretch your legs, especially if you are driving through.
Traralgon has to have the biggest regional playground space Mamma has seen. Newman Park has 4 playground structures, plus a sandpit, a rocking car AND an old school flying fox.
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!