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5 Fun Family-Friendly Activities on the Mornington Peninsula

by EricaL (follow)
Writer, blogger, Mum-of-two. Editor of melbourne.kidtown.com.au
If you've yet to venture down to the Mornington Peninsula with your kids, you really are missing out!

Famous for it's beautiful vineyards and breathtaking beaches, the Peninsula offers some of the most wonderful experiences for families. Having said that, the Peninsula isn't all wine and coastal views, there's abundant fun to be had in a manner of different ways.

Here are our top five picks for family-friendly activities on the Mornington Peninsula that you simply must visit at least once!

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1. The Big Goose in Moorooduc

The Big Goose is a petting farm and animal sanctuary, outdoor play ground and discovery centre all rolled into one.

The Big Goose

Suited to small kids all the way up to pre-teens, there's baby animals to pet (guinea pigs, rabbits, baby chicks and reptiles), larger animals to feed (kangaroos, goats, geese) and even exotic animals to discover (ostriches, camels, peacocks and alpacas).

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There's also sheep dog displays, tractor rides, a huge jumping pillow, splash park for the summer months, a maze, fabulous netted playground for the 5-12 year olds, a kiosk selling hot and cold food and plenty of picnic space.

Where: The Big Goose, 233 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Moorooduc
Web: thebiggoose.com.au

2. The Enchanted Maze & Adventure Garden

The Enchanted Maze & Adventure Gardens is a beautiful drive up to the top of Arthurs Seat State Park where the views of Port Phillip Bay are magnificent.

Walking into the beautiful grounds of the Enchanted Maze, you'll be forgiven for thinking you have not actually been transported into the 1980s Bowie movie Labyrinth!

The Enchanted Maze & Adventure Garden

Beauty aside, this park is an adventure playground for all ages. Tube slides, a sculpture park, 3D spooky maze, 'bush adventure scramble', tree surfing, zip lining and so much more.

Where: 55 Purves Rd, Arthurs Seat VIC 3936
Website: enchantedmaze.com.au

3. The Moonlit Sanctuary

The Moonlit Sanctuary is one Greater Melbourne's wildlife havens; a real hidden gem.

Wildlife encounters at The Moonlit Sanctuary

This Wildlife Conservation Park is in Pearcedale and is perhaps of Victoria's lessor known parks, but dare I say it, one of the best for wildlife encounters.

The peaceful 10 acre sanctuary is home to 60 Australian species and more than 300 animals. Here you can enjoy close-up encounters with many Aussie animals; birds, pythons, dingoes, koalas, wallabies and kangaroos.

Where: Moonlit Sanctuary, 550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale
Web: moonlitsanctuary.com.au

4. The Boneo Maze & Mini Golf

Boneo Maze & Mini Golf is a serene 27 acre eco-tourism complex offering year-round activities for locals and visiting families.

Connect with nature through indigenous workshops here and enjoy outdoor play (mini golf, mazes, and oversized board games) and peaceful walks through the wetlands across 1.5km of boardwalks.

Boneo Maze

Adventurous kids can head straight to the "Adventure Zone", where there are bungee tramps, a rock climbing wall & peddle boats.

During Victoria's summer months, the complex presents "Lantasia"; an outdoor sculpture display featuring large animal-themed silk lanterns scattered throughout the gardens.

Where: Boneo Maze, 695 Limestone Rd, Fingal

5. Peninsula Hot Springs

You might not think the Peninsula Hot Springs is a place to the kids, but you most certainly can.

The key is to take the children earlier in the day, which, let's face it, is a given anyway because kids are always up early.

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Not only can this make your entry price cheaper (early bird prices), a large part of the Hot Springs is closed to visitors under the age of 16 after 10am.

The Peninsula Hot Springs is open from 7am Mon - Wed and from 8am Tues - Sun & School Holidays.

Early bird entry prices start from $25 adults, $20 children over 5yrs and $5 for infants up to 4 years.

Where: Springs Lane, Fingal
Web: peninsulahotsprings.com

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