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 spectacular 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 for travelling Melbourne families.
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 are 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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Donít miss the farmís sheep dog displays, tractor rides, huge jumping pillow, maze, fabulous netted playground for the 5-12 year olds, and a splash park for the summer months. BYO picnic to The Big Goose, otherwise fill your tummies from the kiosk selling hot and cold food.
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.
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