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16 things to do in Melbourne with kids

Experience the best what Melbourne has to offer without leaving out the little ones.

The Victorian capital is definitely a must-see city. Melbourne’s filled with some of the country’s top restaurants and cafés, best street art, and fascinating museums like the National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

If you’re trying to piece together your next trip to the city and are bringing the brood along with you, here are some of the best things to do in Melbourne that are child-friendly and take the hassle off of organising trips away from the city centre, plus a few ideas for freebie activities down below.

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Things to do in Melbourne with kids

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from finder.com.au

Alfy Tours

Highlights:
  • Visit the MARU Koala and Animal Park, Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm, Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Woolamai Beach
  • See Australian fur seals at Nobbies and Point Grant, and witness the famous penguin parade
  • Price is per person and includes afternoon tea, transport from Melbourne and entry fees
From AUD

$139.00

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Wildlife and Steam Train from finder.com.au

Leadbeater

Highlights:
  • Head to the Dandenong Ranges for a nature walk in the national park before taking a 1-hour ride on the famous Puffing Billy steam train
  • See animals at the Healesville Sanctuary
  • Price is per person and includes lunch with child discounts available
From AUD

$159.00

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Great Ocean Road Day Tour from finder.com

Ocean Road Tours

Highlights:
  • Drive along the Victoria coast's famous Great Ocean Road
  • Visit Loch Ard Gorge, the Twelve Apostles and the seaside town of Port Campbell
  • Price is per person with child discounts available
From AUD

$122.55

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Ultimate Sports Lovers Tour from finder.com.au

Melbourne Sports Tours

Highlights:
  • Visit the sites of some of Australia's top sport events like Flemington Race Course, Etihad Stadium and the F1 Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
  • Go behind the scenes at Rod Laver arena (March to November only), and see the National Sports Museum at the MCG
  • Price is per person with child discounts available, includes lunch and is available every day (except holidays)
From AUD

$145.00

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Sovereign Hill Day Tour from Viator

Highlights:

  • Try your luck panning for gold like they did in the 1850s and visit a gold museum
  • Visit the Ballarat Wildlife Park and see local creatures like kangaroos and emus (optional)
  • Price is per person with child discounts available
From AUD

$159.00

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Melbourne Zoo Entry from Viator

Highlights:

  • Skip the lines on arrival and pre-book your tickets to Melbourne Zoo
  • See animals like penguins, fur seals, giraffes, zebras, orangutans and many more
  • Price is per person with child discounts available, including free entry for children under 15 on weekends
From AUD

$32.40

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Chocolate Wonderland Tour from finder.com.au

Chocoholic Tours

Highlights:
  • Discover some of Melbourne's sweetest chocolate shops within its laneways, arcades and shopping precincts
  • The 2.5-hour tour finishes off with a lavish afternoon tea
  • Price is per person with child discounts available
From AUD

$99.00

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Eureka Skydeck 88 from Viator

Highlights:

  • See Melbourne from 88 storeys up on the highest viewing platform in the southern hemisphere
  • Get 360-degree views of the CBD, Port Philip Bay and Dandenong Ranges from the free viewfinders up top
  • Price is per person with child discounts available
From AUD

$20.00

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Old Melbourne Ghost Tour from finder.com.au

Lantern Ghost Tours Australia

Highlights:
  • Explore the streets of Old Melbourne and China Town after dark
  • 1.5-hour tour with about 2km of flat walking
  • Price is per person with child discounts available
From AUD

$29.00

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Melbourne Afternoon Sail from finder.com.au

Melbourne Sailing Adventures

Highlights:
  • Enjoy tea, coffee and an afternoon tea during the 3-hour cruise
  • See the city's skyline from the water, with views of Melbourne's Port and bay
  • Price is per person with child discounts available
From AUD

$89.00

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6 things to do in Melbourne for free with kids

  • Visit the Royal Melbourne Botanic Gardens, Fitzroy Gardens or Carlton Gardens and have a picnic
  • Build sandcastles and go for a dip at St Kilda Beach
  • Find colourful street art in Hosier Lane, in Fitzroy and other spots around the city
  • Explore the city's free museums like the National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image
  • Wander around Queen Victoria Markets and sample foods and sweets at select stalls
  • Take a ride on the free City Circle tram or any route within the CBD's free tram zone

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Alex takes care of the travel section here at finder.com.au. If there's a new sale on tours or cruises, discounted flights or hotels, or anything else that can be on offer, she'll fill you in.

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