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:
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).
The Melbourne Crochet Club meets fortnightly to learn crochet, meet other Melbourne mums, and have a good chat. Whether you're a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, everyone is welcome to come along!
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.
Based in Clifton Hill, Louella Kennedy is a creative artist and educator with a special interest in using art for wellbeing. Louella runs a variety of art classes for different age groups and interests.
Located in both Greenvale and Doncaster, Nature Crew invite you to join them to get back to your roots and to normalise nature play. In a world full of apps, snaps, clicks and likes, let's raise some sprouts, buds, bugs and mites!