Melbourne may be the second largest city in Australia, but it has more than enough attractions and activities to keep your children entertained on their vacation. Melbourne is not only an amazing place to go on holiday, but the state capital Victoria is one of the country’s culture hubs, a fantastic and diverse location to see some of the best entertainment in the world! From cricket to Aussie Rules Football, Tennis to Formula 1, Melbourne is the place for sport in Australia, however there’s so more to explore around the city no matter what time of year you visit. Let’s take a look at some of the top places to take the kids in Melbourne.

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Melbourne Zoo

No family holiday is complete without a trip to the zoo, and luckily Melbourne Zoo is one of the best in the world! Not only is it home to over 300 different species of animal, but there are also a lot of endangered species housed here too. From mountain gorillas and elephants to orang-utans and rare birds, you and your family will have a great time exploring the zoo and taking pictures off all the different enclosures.

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The Royal Botanic Gardens

If you’re looking for an amazing place to relax whilst holidaying in Melbourne, then make sure you take a trip to the Royal Botanic Gardens. It’s a great place to spend the day with your family, and it is one of the biggest parks in Melbourne too. With over 50,000 species of plants, flowers and trees, there’s more than enough to keep you entertained here, and if you’ve got young children then there’s also specially-themed play area! One of the best things about the Royal Botanic Gardens are the places to eat inside. All the fruit and vegetables served here are grown on site, so it’s as fresh as you can get.

The Enchanted Maze Garden

Probably the best alternative attraction for your kids to experience in Melbourne, the Enchanted Maze Garden has won a number of awards for its creativity and wow factor. Located inside Melbourne city centre, it is an outdoor maze for kids to explore, run around and play in, and parents can watch on from traditional café inside the grounds.

Healsville Sanctuary

Healsville Sanctuary is one of the most beautiful and adventurous places to take your children in Melbourne, and they’ll be able to get up close and personal with some very rare species of animal. Locate just outside the city centre, the tram takes you right outside the entrance, and it’s pretty cheap to get is as well. The Sanctuary specialises in housing endangered and badly treated animals, and they bring them back to good health, eventually releasing them back into the wild. Your kids will also be treated to some great educational shows about koala bears, and other native animals that they look after.