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.
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.
When it comes to family getaways, this Mamma is all about choosing a spot that has it all. The BIG4 Inverloch Holiday Park is that kid of place - a destination in itself.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Porter Republic is a amazing, family friendly and straight up delicious cafe and restaurant.
The Wyeth-McNamara Park - or what Mamma heard a local call it - The Rainbow Park, is everything you need in a playground after a long drive in the car
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!