When you visit Melbourne for a family holiday, there's always plenty of things to do to entertain the kids. With spacious family accommodation to return to each night, you can keep them happy and enjoy a host of fun adult activities too.

Melbourne is a very family friendly destination for a summer holiday. We’ve got 10 great things to do with the kids when you visit Melbourne in summer time.

Finding A Base

The best way to enjoy a fun holiday in Melbourne with the family is to be relaxed, have a comfortable place to stay and be able to get around with ease. Hotel accommodation is fine for a couple of nights for a business trip, but not when you’re travelling as a family and you’re staying for a week or more. There is also the price to consider. The higher the cost of the accommodation, the less there is to spend on activities.

Melbourne Holiday Apartments 

Staying in a Melbourne holiday apartment is probably the best type of accommodation for visiting families. Serviced apartments are much more affordable than other forms of accommodation and provide all the comforts of home, allowing you to prepare your own meals, put your feet up and watch a movie on a comfy couch – even have your own private car space. A serviced apartment provides all the linen you need, a kitchen stocked with appliances and cooking utensils, stylish lounge rooms and comfortable beds. After a busy day out discovering the sites of Melbourne, retiring to your own serviced apartment in a quiet location, with supermarkets, fresh food and transport on your doorstep, makes a real difference to the holiday experience.

Cheap Serviced Apartments Melbourne

Not all holiday apartments are priced the same and it can depend on where they are located. Melbourne’s eastern suburbs are an ideal location to find affordable or cheap serviced apartments in easy access of absolutely everything, and without the hefty price tag of a hotel. The eastern suburbs are the gateway to many of Melbourne’s top tourist sites, so its the perfect based for your Melbourne holiday.

Melbourne Weather

Despite being known for its rainy and cold weather, in summer, Melbourne has a climate that is more mediterranean. Days are warm and sunny, and nights are generally cool. January and February are the warmest months, with an average temperature of 21 degrees. With plenty of sunshine, there’s lots of opportunities to get outside and enjoy what’s on offer.

The Melbourne Scene

The Bay

Melbourne is situated on a bay. It’s premier beach suburbs circle the bay from South Melbourne to St Kilda and Brighton. Beachside suburbs offer lots of opportunities for soaking up the sun outside at restaurants and cafes, and you can hire a bike and ride The Bay Trail for fun and exercise. Head to St Kilda for the market along the Esplanade each Sunday, enjoy lunch under the palm trees and a stroll along the beach. If you have a car, venture further down the coast to Mornington and Portsea, for fun under the sun, enjoying beautiful, sandy beaches and boats. The Mornington Peninsula is a favourite holiday destination for locals.

The Forest

To the east of Melbourne are the Dandenong Ranges. These beautiful, lush green mountains, with deep gullies, tree ferns and towering mountain ash are dotted with villages, filled with cafes, restaurants, and shopping, as well as the famous Puffing Billy Railway – a must for a real family adventure in Melbourne.

10 Things To Do With The Family On Your Melbourne Summer Holiday

When you travel with the family, usually the kids take precedence in terms of the things you do. But in Melbourne, the adults in the family can have fun as well. Below you’ll find ten of our recommended places to visit with kids and we’ve included some adult friendly fun as well!

1. Bike Riding

Bike riding is something kids and adults enjoy doing, and its a perfect opportunity to get out in the sun and see the city from a different perspective. There are a choice of cycling trails

The Capital City Trail – This leisurely bike trail travels through the heart of Melbourne, taking in some of Melbourne’s iconic landmarks, including Federation Square, The Botanical Gardens and the Zoo.

The Bay Trail – takes cyclists from outside the entrance to Luna Park in St Kilda to Brighton. Enjoy water views, step in the waves and stop for lunch at Brighton before the return journey. The Bay Trail is 6 km and bikes can be hired from a number of bike hire businesses nearby.

Lilydale To Warburton – This beautiful bike trail begins in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs and travels for 40 kilometeres along the old railway, passing through valleys and vineyards, and across bridges. The trail ends at Warburton – a historic village and vibrant community, on the edge of the Yarra River, which flows from the Warburton mountain ranges behind.

2. Sea Life Melbourne

The Aquarium is located in the centre of Melbourne and operates across three floors. With educational and interactive displays for little kids, all the way up to adults, visiting Sea Life is guaranteed to be a fun family experience. Travel through glass tunnels with fish and stingrays swimming above you and join one of the many hands on activities to get up close with the wonders of sea life.

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3. Puffing Billy, Belgrave

Puffing Billy is a steam train that travels on its original tracks through the lush fern forests of the Dandenong ranges, 40 kilometres east of Melbourne. The train is a significant part of Melbourne’s history, and part of the rail development that took place in the Dandenong ranges in the early 1900s. The train leaves from Belgrave Station and travels to Gembrook. It is a major tourist attraction and will be enjoyed by the whole family.

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4. Enchanted Adventure Garden, Arthurs Seat

Located at Arthurs Seat on the Mornington Peninsula, visiting the Enchanted Adventure Garden will be a fun day out for kids of all ages. There are multiple mazes to explore, giant puzzles to solve, as well as flowers, huge garden sculptures and a tube slide to keep everyone entertained. There’s even a lolly shop!

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5. St Kilda & Luna Park

Luna Park is an historic landmark of Melbourne, first opening in 1912. The park has plenty of thrilling rides to ensure everyone has loads of fun, including the famous Great Scenic Railway rollercoaster. There’s also Speedy Beetle, Moon Balloons, Silly Serpent, and the nail biting thrill of Pharoah’s Curse and Power Surge.

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6. Markets

Okay, markets aren’t the first thing you think of when you’re planning kids activities, but we know most adults love a market, so we’ve thrown this one in for you. Melbourne has a host of great markets to visit, where you’ll find collectables, and many beautifully made artisan goods. The Esplanade market in St Kilda is on every Sunday and has stalls set up along the foreshore. Double your Sunday fun by visiting the Southbank Market, just a tram ride away near The Arts Centre. There’s something for kids and adults at a great market. Everyone is sure to come away with some goodies.

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7. Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

This definitely one for the whole family. Experience amazing panoramic views of Melbourne when you fly on the southern hemisphere’s only giant observation wheel. Sit inside a comfortable cabin as you travel on this giant ferris wheel, Once complete cycle takes 3o minutes to complete. There are a choice of packages for everyone

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8. Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne

While we’re on the subject of height and views, the Eureka Skydeck is another popular attraction that provides heaps of fun and excitement for kids. Located at Southbank, Skydeck is 285 metres above the ground. The elevator journey to the top takes a mere 38 seconds! Once you arrive, you’ll be treated to amazing 360 degree views of Melbourne, as well as interactive displays and educational activities. The awe inspiring Edge Experience is one of the most popular, experiences for thrill seekers.

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9. Gumbuya World, Tynong North

For kids that are active and love the outdoors, Gumbuya World is an essential stop on your visit to Melbourne. The park has a massive heated wave pool, eight water slides, and is surrounded by natural bushland and over 50 species of wildlife.

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10. Funfields, Whittlesea

Continuing on the fun summer activities offered by Gumbuya World, Funfields at Whittlesea is another perfect fun park for kids. With a choice of water slides. wave pools and amazing rides located on 15 acres.

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Getting There

We’ve listed ten fun activities to enjoy with the whole family over summer in Melbourne. We’ve listed mostly outdoor activities and a couple of indoor experiences at Sea Life Melbourne and Eureka Skydeck. Some of the activities are located in the centre of Melbourne, and others a little further afield. The Dandenong Ranges and Puffing Billy are east of Melbourne, but easily accessible by train or by car.

Getting around Melbourne is really easy on public transport. Booking your stay in a serviced apartment like Park Avenue in Glen Waverley, is a good option for families, who want to be close to everything, but miss out on the big price tag. Our Melbourne holiday apartments are always popular with families, particularly those staying for a week or more. When you book with us via our site, you always get the best price and for longer term stays we’ve got some add ons to make your stay the best it can be.

We have a range of properties in Glen Waverley, only 30 minutes by train to the city. Glen Waverley is a bustling centre with a major shopping centre – The Glen – as well as a popular outdoor dining precinct. Choose from an apartment or townhouse, with secure parking and fully air conditioned for your comfort.

Park Avenue offers guests a choice of Melbourne holiday apartments in the eastern suburbs in four locations:

  • Ikon  – luxury 1 or 2 bedroom apartments, 1 minute to the station and 300 metres from The Glen Shopping Centre. Find out more about Ikon Glen Waverley apartments.
  • Glen Waverley Townhouses – spacious 2, 3 and 4 bedroom townhouses and courtyards for children to play. Find out more about our  Melbourne family holiday accommodation.
  • Forest Hill Townhouse – 1 or 2 bedroom Forest Hill townhouses, close to parkland, the aquatic centre, with secure courtyards for children. Find out more about our Forest Hill accommodation.

For your next family holiday in Melbourne, book your stay at Park Avenue serviced apartments. We can be contacted on 1800 727 528 or email us: info@parkavenue.com.au

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