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Child friendly sites to visit between Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia

A friend of mine is travelling by car from Melbourne, Victoria to Brisbane, Queensland with her 3 little boys aged, 4, 2, & 1. She wants a list of all the must see sites that she and her kiddies can enjoy, like the big pineapple etc....
12 years ago, April 5th 2011 No: 1 Msg: #132944  
A friend of mine is travelling by car from Melbourne, Victoria to Brisbane, Queensland with her 3 little boys aged, 4, 2, & 1. She wants a list of all the must see sites and towns that she and her kiddies can enjoy, like the big pineapple etc....

They are also looking at which towns/cities to stay in. They have roughly 3 weeks. Reply to this

12 years ago, April 6th 2011 No: 2 Msg: #133044  
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Hmm.. If you're travelling upwards, how bout a stop at some (theme)parks in Gold Coast before continuing to Brisbane? Theres Dreamworld, Movieworld, Seaworld and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. I reckon for such young boys, Seaworld and the Currumbin Sanctuary should be visited.

Dreamworld and Movieworld are the sort of theme parks with loads of 'adult' rides but they do have a kids section. Dreamworld has Nickelodeon world and an 'animal kingdom' where you can feed kangaroos and see white tigers. Movieworld also has a kids section and cartoon character mascots walking around so i suppose that would be fun for her kids too. Theres a 4D Shrek animation movie that they will enjoy if they do visit Movieworld.

Here are the links to the 4 parks:

Seaworld: http://seaworld.myfun.com.au/Attractions.aspx
Currumbin: http://www.currumbin-sanctuary.org.au/
Dreamworld: http://www.dreamworld.com.au/
Movieworld: http://movieworld.myfun.com.au/en/Attractions.aspx

The Gold Coast also has many great beaches to frolic on for the day. An afternoon picnic might be a good way to go 😊.

Theme parks will take a whole day so depending on how many she wants to visit, I'd say 3 - 5 days on the Gold Coast will be good if she can spare it. Reply to this

12 years ago, May 7th 2011 No: 3 Msg: #135702  
Depending on where you are heading, if coming along the Newell Highway, you can visit the Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. Normally, I am not a fan of zoos, but this is very different from the norm.

If the oldest of the children likes space and stars, then you must visit Siding Spring Observatory in Coonabararan. In the early evenings, you can look through one of the telescopes and it is amazing to see the number of stars.

As said before, most of the fun things for children will be found on the Gold Coast. Reply to this

12 years ago, May 11th 2011 No: 4 Msg: #135933  
Don't miss the Australian Reptile Park at Somersby - about 1 hour north of Sydney.
[Edited: 2011 May 11 02:17 - John and Sylvia:18619 - Incorrect url!]
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11 years ago, July 21st 2011 No: 5 Msg: #140690  
I'd suggest the Newell for a quicker trip It depends if she wants to see Sydney or not.

At Dubbo don't miss the Dubbo Military Museum young boys love this.
Try this website for more help http://www.ozkidsactivities.com

For the Gold Coast Theme Parks you can prepay the tickets ( See any RACV shop - Royal Automobile Club of Victoria to buy them) This is a huge saving and you can return to one of the parks for free. Reply to this

11 years ago, July 31st 2011 No: 6 Msg: #141338  
If she travels east from melbourne to Lakes Entrance then up the coast she'll get to see a fair bit of Victoria and NSW. East of Melbourne about 2 hrs is the Victoria Farm Show which has cattle dogs rounding up sheep, lots about cows and chickens and all other farm type things. Lakes Entrance is a great holiday town with lots of kids minigolf, playgrounds, paddleboats, fishing and the ocean. Head up the coast and you'll go through the mountains which is a really interesting drive...huge huge trees, huge bullant nests, lots of ferns etc. Canberra has a huge amount of museums all with kiddies stuff in them...dinasours etc. One is very child friendly but i cant remember the name. Sort of like the powerhouse museum in Sydney which is aimed at toddlers. My son also loved the maritime museum in sydney and right next to darling habour is a huge kids playground. We went to the goldcoast last month and my 3 yo loved dreamworld. It had a wiggles world and a nick jr world ('dora') plus the animals so he absolutly loved it. He wasnt that keen on seaworld and i personally found it a bit outofdate and needs a bit of money spent on it. He did love the duck boat tours at surfers though.
Good luck and have fun! Reply to this

11 years ago, October 5th 2011 No: 7 Msg: #144547  
dont miss the big banana at Coffs Harbour! and make sure you eat from chocolate dipped bananas! if you need help let me know im from australia but currently living in ireland. Ive travelled alot around australia so i know lots of places :-) Emily

ps if in QLD do not miss Australia Zoo! it was Steve Irwin zoo and we went there when i was younger and it was amazing! Reply to this

5 years ago, November 7th 2017 No: 8 Msg: #202918  
I would check out Tripadvisor, they are fairly good with reliable and recent reviews from real people... anywhere with some a bit of shade, and a bit of sun I imagine will suffice. Oh and icecream! Reply to this

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