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Family Friendly Accommodation: Werribee Zoo in Melbourne With Kids

Stay the night at Werribee Open Range Zoo in Melbourne with kids. If your kids have ever dreamt of sleeping with the wildlife, a Slumber Safari experience at Werribee Open Range Zoo is well worthwhile. From your tented lodge you get a magnificent view over the kangaroos and emus, can listen to the lions roaring and toast marshmallows before collapsing into bed dreaming of your new friends the hippo and the rhino. For a unique form of family friendly accommodation, this is one for the bucket list when you’re next in Melbourne with kids.

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City Secrets for Melbourne With Kids

5 things to do in Melbourne city with kids. From the hole-in-the-wall eateries to the urban street art down every innocuous laneway, Melbourne city offers a fun and unique family holiday that is completely different from visiting other parts of the greater city. Whether you incorporate it as part of a great Australian family holiday or you simply plan a weekend escape, booking a serviced apartment or hotel in Melbourne CBD means you will be centrally located to tram or walk to the best the city has to offer. Here is the suitcases&strollers guide to five activities for kids in Melbourne’s city.

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Family Holidays Australia: Bright & Porepunkah

Activities for kids in Bright, Porepunkah and surrounds. Bright in Victoria makes for one of the most memorable country escapes outside of Melbourne. Set in the Ovens Valley, there are gorgeous mountains surrounds, many activities to do in the Ovens River and plenty of bike and walking paths to explore. If you are looking for a picturesque countryside escape, this is a pretty special place.

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Family Weekend Getaways Australia: Beechworth

Weekend getaways with kids around Melbourne. Every family holiday planner in Victoria should include at least a day trip out to Beechworth, a town in northern Victoria with a great reputation as a family holiday destination. The heritage town boasts a gorgeous streetscape of shops and restaurants that all maintain a country escape feel. Just outside of town there are farm stays, wineries and cycling trails. For a taster of just how pretty regional Australia can be, don’t miss Beechworth.

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Skiing in Australia: Snow in Victoria

Round up of skiing in Victoria, Australia with kids. Whether you want to do snowboarding in Australia or you just want to see snow in Australia, there are three options all within close proximity of Melbourne that make great choices as family holiday destinations. Here is the suitcases&strollers travel guide to skiing in Victoria with kids.

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Family Friendly Restaurants In Melbourne With Kids

Eating out in Melbourne with kids can be a conundrum if you don’t know where to go. Melbourne is known to be the eating out capital of Australia – everywhere you turn there is a tiny bar, pop up restaurant or hole-in-the-wall serious coffee shop. And while it is possible to cram your stroller into a crowded Asian noodle shop or perch with child atop lap on a milk crate down a back lane somewhere, sometimes all you want is a comfortable eating experience for you and the kids. Here’s suitcases&strollers list of family friendly restaurants that are still cool for parents. 

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3 Best Family Friendly Activities For Kids in Albury

Highlights of family holidays in Albury with kids. The best family holidays in Australia always involve the great outdoors and that is why Albury is such a fantastic family holiday destination. Almost halfway between Sydney and Melbourne, the twin towns of Albury and Wodonga have tons to offer for families traveling with kids who want to stop on a road trip with kids. But perhaps lesser well known is the fact that there is some truly beautiful and awe inspiring scenery to be seen in the region, if only you know where to look. Here, the suitcases&strollers travel tips for some of the best activities to do with kids in Albury (and Wodonga).

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Free Things To Do In Melbourne With Kids

Melbourne has plenty of free activities for kids. While it is Australia’s hipster city renown for cool cafes, hidden laneway bars and graffiti art, it is also a city where you can definitely have family vacations on a budget. If you want to keep your little ones (or not so little ones) occupied on the cheap, or even for free, then you’re more than catered for in Melbourne; in fact there are a number of free things to do in Melbourne for kids. Here are some family travel ideas for free kids activities in Melbourne.

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Kid Friendly Wineries: Rutherglen

Rutherglen wine region in Victoria, Australia is one of the country’s little hidden secrets. Much smaller than the more famous wine areas such as the Margaret River, Barossa or Hunter Valley, this means that far from coming across lots of bus tours and crowded tasting rooms, instead there are plenty of tiny family friendly wineries run by multi generational wine makers that welcome parents with small kids. Famed for their sweet wines (locally referred to as “stickies”) the kid friendly wineries of Rutherglen make for a perfect couple of days of wine tasting and family bonding. Here are some of the more family friendly wineries in Rutherglen.

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Kids Attractions: Miniature Railways in Victoria

Kids love trains. Shrink them down and make them small enough that they look like toys that kids can still ride and they are in heaven. Visiting miniature railways with kids is a cheap, easy way to spend a few hours together in the fresh air without requiring any exertion on the part of parents at all. And if you are on a family holiday in Australia looking for outdoor activities for toddlers and kids, there is an abundance of miniature railways in Victoria and Melbourne. Here is a comprehensive list.

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Exercise While Travelling: Fun Runs For Kids in Asia

Active holidays for families are a great way to encourage kids to embrace health and fitness while still having fun. But this doesn’t mean you need to climb a mountain or do extreme sports. Instead, plan your next family vacation around a fun run for kids. Exercise while travelling can make an event seem more exciting or interesting than just doing it at home and gives a chance for that all important family bonding time that happens in foreign environments. Here are some of the most exciting fun runs for kids in Asia and Australia in 2015.

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Australian Open Tennis With Kids

The Australian Open is about so much more than just tennis. For a day out in Melbourne with kids that involves sun, fun and one of the most family friendly sporting events in the world, it’s hard to beat the Australian Open with kids. The tickets are relatively accessible versus other grand slams (such as Wimbledon), the crowds are friendly and Australia with kids is, of course, one of the easiest and most pleasant family holiday destinations anywhere. To teach your kids about the value of exercise, healthy competition or just the joys of a large scale international event, this is absolutely worthwhile and you've still got until February 1 2015 to check it out.

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Road Trips With Kids: Driving Between Melbourne and Sydney

Where are the best places to stop on the Hume Highway if you’re planning a road trip with kids between the major Australian cities? The Hume is so flat and well maintained it’s easy to keep bypassing exits without knowing which are the most convenient and interesting pit stops for a bite to eat or a run around a park. Here are the suitcases&strollers travel tips for some of the more memorable sights between Sydney and Melbourne.

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Best Family Holidays in Australia: Albury & Wodonga With Kids

If you’re driving between Sydney and Melbourne with kids, the twin towns of Albury and Wodonga have historically been a favourite place to stop and break up the road trip. But these two townships (one on the New South Wales border, the other in Victoria) have much more to offer than just a place to grab a coffee. If all you plan to see are the big cities, it’s definitely worth investing at least a day here to explore the sights and get a glimpse of what rural Australia has to offer.

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Best Family Holidays in Australia: Melbourne Insider

Melbourne is such a hip and happening city, but does that make it a suitable family holiday destination? Absolutely, says blogger and self-confessed travel obsessive Sharon Gourlay. She regularly packs up her two kids (aged 4 and 2) and her suitcases to explore the rest of the world (which she documents on her website Where’s Sharon?) but when she’s in her Australian hometown there is plenty to do with her kids in Melbourne. Sharon tells suitcases&strollers all her insider tips to Melbourne with kids and why the changeable weather isn’t that bad.

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Best Family Holidays in Australia: Mount Buffalo National Park

Mount Buffalo is one of the oldest national parks in Australia and holds a special appeal for generations of families traveling with kids in Australia. The park sits on a high boulder-strewn plateau with dramatic granite cliff faces on each side. Over 90 kilometres of walking tracks criss-cross the park. Whilst there is ample scope for heroic, rock climbing adventures, the park’s easy access to dramatic scenery makes it popular for family adventure holidays with kids around Melbourne for those that love the great outdoors.

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Bringing Food Into Australia

Australian quarantine laws seem bizarre and confusing to the rest of the world. They are extremely strict about bringing food into the country – including snacks, purees and milks for babies and kids. As laughable as these laws sound, the Aussies take them pretty seriously. Here are the suitcases&strollers travel tips for foods you can (and cannot) bring into Australia.

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Family Beach Safety Tips, with Bondi Rescue

Lifeguard Dean “Deano” Gladstone has been associated with surf lifesaving since the age of 5 and a professional since 2000. On the hit television series Bondi Rescue and the beaches of Bondi in Sydney, Australia, the father of two (Lucy, 2, and Gus, 1 month) regularly saves lives and he loves helping people. He gives suitcases&strollers his tips for a safe day at the beach with kids.  


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The Permanent Travellers, Part 4

For some people, traveling with kids is not a family holiday; it is a way of life. In 2000 Pampa Zapp’s parents (Herman and Candelaria) started out on their dream to travel permanently around the globe. Pampa was born on their long journey between Argentina and Alaska. He is now 11 years old and has 3 younger siblings including his brother Tehue (8), born in Argentina. The family has traversed the world almost non-stop in their vintage Graham-Paige 1928 car from New Zealand to Asia, all over Australia and now in Zimbabwe, Africa on their way to Mozambique. Pampa and Tehue tell suitcases&strollers the best places to travel round the globe…from a kid’s perspective.  


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Little Globetrotter: Mia Cole

At the tender age of ten-years-old Mia Cole has travelled the world; she and her siblings Angus (7) and Annabel (3) currently live in Sydney, Australia, but the family has been all over Europe from England to Spain, France to Poland as well as Singapore and Hong Kong. Mia would love to go to the USA, she tells suitcases&strollers, if only those pesky customs queues weren’t so long. Here are her tips for how to travel with kids and have the perfect family holiday, from a child’s perspective. 


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