It's often stated that Victoria may very well be the best state in Australia - jaw-dropping landscapes, lively cities, great wine, amazing wildlife and tons of activities.
So, no wonder why many families choose this state for their holiday - it offers many opportunities for your kids to have an amazing time.
1. Pink Lakes – vivid colors and abundance of wildlife
Of course, the water in the Pink Lakes is crystal clear due to their beds made up of solid salt. It’s the red algae growing in the water that makes these lakes so amazing. Your kids will simply love the pink hue of the lakes; it’s not something they can see every day.
When you’re not admiring the colors of the lakes, you can go on a nature family walk around the lakes. The most famous ones are the Kline Nature Walk, the Lake Hardy Nature Walk and the Lake Becking Nature Walk. Tell your kids to watch out for wild animals – they will be so excited to see a kangaroo, an emu, or a kangaroo wandering around.
If you want an adventure, you could camp at campgrounds at Lake Crosbie or Lake Becking.Image source
2. Phillip Island – wildlife at its best
Phillip Island is definitely one of the favorite holiday destinations in Victoria for tourists of all ages. Maybe the biggest reason for this is that it’s home to little penguins (it’s their actual name) – the smallest type of penguin on the planet. Tourists come from all over the world to watch the Penguin Parade, where almost 6,000 penguins come to the beach at sunset before they go to sleep. Your kids will never forget this scene, and you won’t either.
The island also offers other attractions for kids, like a chocolate factory and a maze. There’s also the Koala Conservation Centre and whale-watching excursions. Your kids will have tons of things to enjoy.
You shouldn’t miss out on Churchill Island Heritage Farm, as well as lovely parks of Cowes and San Remo.
3. Grampians – a pleasant getaway into nature
If your family is desperate for some peace and quiet in nature, then you need to see the Grampians. Three-hour drive west of the capital Melbourne, this national park will allow you to enjoy wildflowers, admire stunning waterfalls, visit indigenous sites and be active while exploring the bushwalking terrain.
It covers more than 170,000 hectares of land, so you and your kids will definitely be amazed at many beautiful landscapes, like Reeds Lookout, Mount William or tranquil lakes.
If you don’t prefer camping but you want to spend the night, then find accommodation in the Lakeside Tourist Park. With a bit of luck, you and your kids will be woken up by emus and kangaroos passing by your abode, so try to take a selfie with them before they’re gone.
4. Yarra Valley – a wine region for everybody’s taste
It would be a shame to visit Victoria without getting to know the charms of Yarra Valley. Being one of the finest wine regions in the country, the Yarra Valley will offer you the opportunity to see how their excellent wine is made and try some of them out.
Yarra Valley is close to Melbourne, so you can make it a short trip, even though there are many wine estates there. If you’re not going to spend the night there, count your glasses of wine! After a pleasant tour, you can have great fun with kids if you take a hot air balloon ride over the valley. Your kids will simply love it and you’ll enjoy watching the vineyards up from the air.
5. Twelve Apostles – a picturesque highlight of an amazing drive
Take a family trip in your car – sing, play games and enjoy the view around you as you drive along the Great Ocean Road, a 244-kilometer long adventure.
If you head east, the starting point will be Warrnambool and the finish line is in Anglesea and a stunning coastline will be in between. You will get to see some huge open spaces, rugged countryside and cute, secluded beaches where you can have a break and have a picnic.
The most iconic stop on the way is definitely the Twelve Apostles – a group of towering limestone stacks that will simply take your breath away. They will be the highlight of the beautiful Shipwreck Coast, along with other scenic locations like the Bay of Islands, Aireys Inlet and Loch Ard Gorge.
6. Anglesea and Lorne – hidden little gems
If you find yourself on the Great Ocean Road, you could keep on and get to Anglesea and Lorne. They offer great activities for kids and are small enough for you to relax there.
There’s a wonderful playground just near the foreshore in Lorne, as well as the beach filled with cafes and a cinema. It can be pretty busy during the summer season but your kids will love it.
There is a great Anglesea BeachFront Family Beach Caravan Park for you to spend a lovely day or two. There’s even a heated pool and tons of activities for kids to keep them occupied. If you want to, you can always spend the day at the nearby beach. Of course, there are also several parks where you can have a nice family picnic.
7. Melbourne – a city of excitement and great people
Being the second biggest city in Australia, Melbourne is big enough to offer basically everything but small enough for you and your family to feel comfortable.
It’s full of bars, restaurants and pubs but it also offers huge green spaces for families with kids to relax. And if you want to give your kids a chance for a big excitement, then take them to the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Let them enjoy among 100,000 fans in this colosseum while watching a game of Aussie Rules football.
After the excitement, take a walk and enjoy the lovely mix of stunning skyscrapers and Victorian architecture and visit some of the many historical museums.
Victoria is a state that has to offer so many amazing things, so don’t hesitate to make it your family destination on your next holiday – you and your kids will never want to leave this wonderful region.