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8 of the best family friendly activities

Geelong and the Bellarine, Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula, Phillip Island

There is so much to do and see for the whole family across our beautiful regions. Take to the high ropes, be an animal keeper for the day, or spoil yourselves with chocolatey treats. Or how about a pyjama party or a scenic train ride? Or some rock climbing or mountainboarding? Make the most of family time with our top 8 activities!

Great Ocean Road

Treetops Adventure, Yeodene

With courses for a range of ages, ‘re-tree-t’ into this Australian native forest and recharge with a 100% natural high. Soar through the messmate trees of the Otway Forest.

Ride through the air on a pegasus or relive your playground days on the 15-metre-high monkey bars.

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Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie, Bellbrae

Sweet treats go hand-in-hand with school holidays and family time. Chocolate, confectionery, ice cream, milkshakes and other decadent sweets and desserts are serious business on the Great Ocean Road. Try a kids class and become a chocolatier, take part in the Easter Egg hunt over Easter weekend or just explore the chocolate galore shop! Kids have free range of the grounds, with a sandpit to play in or say hello to the chickens there’s plenty on offer.

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Phillip Island

Maru Koala and Animal Park

Become a keeper for a day at Maru Koala and Animal Park.
Take the opportunity to experience being an honorary ‘Keeper for a Day’ at Maru these School Holidays. Work closely with one of their experienced Park Keepers and assist them with a number of tasks during the day as they feed and take care of the Animals of Maru.
Full-day and half-day options are available, and they have a special discount for bookings with two people. Keeper for a Day will be available on Thursday 4th, Saturday 6th, Wednesday 10th and Sunday 13th of April, and spaces are limited.
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Wildlife Coast Cruises – Cape Woolamai & Seal Cruises

See the spectacular granite cliffs of Cape Woolamai or Australia’s largest fur seal colony on a leisurely boat cruise Wildlife Coast Cruises.

In Autumn the Phillip Island Seal Cruise is a great option as you find pups’ are starting to get curious and you will start to see more in the water as they confidently approach large pods within meters of the boat!

Experiencing Phillip Island from the water is a fantastic experience you won’t forget.

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Mornington Peninsula

Arthurs Seat Eagle Autumn Magic

Friday 29 March – Sunday 14 April 2024
Embrace the best of Autumn at the Arthurs Seat Eagle with school holiday adventures for the whole family!

‘Autumn Magic’ is taking over the Eagle, with themed offerings in the café, magical decorations that transform the space, and special magic themed twilight flights on Saturdays to experience the landscape in a new light. Be captivated by roving magicians on Saturday evenings, adding a sprinkle of wonder to your visit!

Join the exciting stamp hunt and collect 10 different stamps from around the Eagle to claim a prize! Daily kids craft sessions are scheduled throughout the holidays to unleash creativity, while live native animal shows by Aussie Wildlife and gymnastic workshops offer unique entertainment.

Explore the beauty of Arthurs Seat State Park through guided indigenous walks with Living Culture, savour honey tastings and engage your senses with different themed sensory tables for kids, available daily at the base, promising a new discovery with each visit.

Elevate your weekends with live music on the deck, featuring a diverse lineup of local artists every Saturday and Sunday; creating the perfect backdrop for your aerial journey, or whilst enjoying a refreshing beverage after your flight.

With something for everyone this school holidays, Arthurs Seat Eagle promises an autumn adventure that’s every bit special.

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School Holiday Programs at The Ranch MP

Kids Build Confidence with Outdoor Adventure.

Our holiday Programs are thoughtfully crafted with a primary emphasis on nurturing the overall wellbeing of each child, while also incorporating the core Ranch values that shape our community.

Through engaging activities we encourage kids to develop essential life skills while building strong connections with peers and mentors. The Ranch values are woven into every aspect of the programs, instilling in children a sense of integrity and empathy for others.

Cost: $85 excluding horse riding (program runs from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm)

Cost: $170 including horse riding (program runs from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm)

April 2nd – Flying Fox, Rock climbing, Archery

April 3rd – Mountainboarding, Pamper Pole, Giant Swing

April 12th – Mountainboarding, Leap of Faith, Archery
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Geelong & The Bellarine

Good Friday Appeal Train Ride – 29 March

Take a scenic trip along Swan Bay for a fun way to donate to The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

The Bellarine Railway will donate the proceeds collected on the day to the Good Friday Appeal.

Tickets may be purchased online or at the booking office on the day unless sold out prior.

Trains depart Queenscliff: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

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Wild Night Pyjama Party featuring the Trash Puppets

Get dressed up in your best animal inspired pyjamas or onesie for this after-hours family event.

Take a deep dive into the underwater world of Geelong’s Corio Bay and meet Porpoise “Merf” and his friends. Be mesmerised by the diversity of sea creatures and the stories, songs and jokes they share, all brought to life by the amazing Trash Puppets in their sketch show Trash with a Porpoise.

Take a torchlit scavenger hunt through the On the Land exhibition, make your own animal inspired trash puppet or listen to bedtime stories by candlelight.

Wear your favourite animal pyjamas for a chance to win a prize pack that includes a year-long Family Museum Membership!

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Know before you go

Conditions can change anywhere, fast, for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Depending on your location, be water safe or bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Safety in nature section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.

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