Sea creatures, a giant eye in the sky, African wildlife and a mighty festival in the CBD make up four great suggestions for family adventure in Melbourne. Grab a rental car from Melbourne airport and strap yourself in for these must-do activities.
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
See Melbourne from up high with a birds-eye view on the three-year-old Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, which celebrated its birthday in style on Sunday. Catriona Rowntree hosted the “sparkle party” which included the one millionth guest and all sorts of carnival activities in the Melbourne Star’s Piazza followed by 30-minute flights in panoramic cabins for guests that serve up 360-degree views of Melbourne, the city, Port Phillip Bay and beyond. The Star offers up two very different experience either during the daytime or at night when the city (and the wheel) lights up.
Moomba is back!
Moomba Festival is Australia’s largest community festival which attracts crowds of all ages to Birrarung Marr and Alexandra Gardens on the banks of the Yarra River for a family-friendly program of free entertainment, events and activities at the five festival precincts – Main Arena, Kids Zone, Skate Park, River and The Green. Check out local performers, the Moomba Masters’ world-class water sports, skate and BMX comps, flamboyant floats for the Moomba Parade, as well as the wild and wacky Birdman Rally.
Wild slumber party
Go wild with an overnight experience with a Slumber Safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo, the perfect getaway for the whole family in an Out of Africa escape, just 30 minutes from the heart of Melbourne. Slumber Safari dishes up a very special kind of accommodation with a fully hosted experience including close-up animal encounters, drinks and dips at sunset, a scrummy dinner, as well as night-time activities including a night walk and toasting marshmallows around the evening campfire then a delicious supper of scones, jam and cream. In the morning watch the animals on the African savannah awaken and enjoy a buffet breakfast served in the Safari Dining Hut.
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, located on the Yarra waterfront opposite the Crown Casino gives visiting families interactive animal encounters, iconic state-of-the-art displays and animal feeds. SEA LIFE Melbourne is renowned for being educational and completely entertaining. Check out the new Ice Age 4D cinema, Conservation Cove and Bay of Rays, or dive into the Glass Bottom Boat Tour, Penguin Passport or Shark Dive Xtreme.