Best Playgrounds for kids in Canberra –

Canberra has a range of great playgrounds for you to let the kids run amok and use up their energy. Here is a list of the best 10 playgrounds to get out and get exploring –

  1. Boundless Playground, Kings Park – The fully secured playground has a massive fort, a glider,

  2. a maze, giant swings and loads of sensory features situated throughout the playground making it inclusive for all ages and abilities. The playground is also not far from the National Carillion.

  3. The Pod Playground – This has to be one of Canberra’s coolest and most unique playgrounds. The central feature of the playground is the shape – it is shaped like acorns! You are able to play up in the pods or down on ground level. There are rope tunnels and tube slippery slides connecting all of the acorns, as well as portholes for kids to see out of (you might want to climb into one because the views are spectacular)! There are musical instruments in the banksia nuts on the ground and sand pits. It is a great place to spend a few hours.

  4. Commonwealth Park & Tunnel Playground, Parkes – The park is home to interesting sculptures, hidden walks and ponds as well as lots of perfect picnic spots with BBQ facilities available. The tunnel playground is like an underground playground, where kids can crawl through stone tunnels and also up and over them.

  5. Fadden Pines, Fadden – Set on 41 hectares, there’s an adventure playground, skateboard area and picnic areas in a gorgeous open green space.

  6. There is plenty of room for the kids to run around.

  7. Kambah Adventure Playground, Kambah – This is a playground for all ages and abilities, complete with a tree house, with flying foxes, giant swings and space nets. It is sure to keep the children engaged for hours. Take a picnic hamper and settle in for the day!

  8. Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Tidbinbilla – The unbelievable Nature Discovery Playground is one not to be missed and will keep the kids busy for hours. There are climbing frames, slippery slides, a flying fox and a cubby house made from rain water tanks. If the kids are finished at the playground, there are loads of short and long walks to see a range of native animals in their habitats! Better than a zoo!

  9. Weston Park, Yarralumla – Located on the water, it has a beach and cycle tracks, an awesome playground and a miniature railway. All of the play equipment is spread out. It has mechanical diggers, climbing rope towers and speaker phones. Next door is the Play Station – with mini golf, petting zoo and miniature railway.

  10. Franklin Recreational Park, Franklin – An impressive playground for all ages, with a skate park, climbing sphere, swings and much more. They have BBQs and shelters too, so go for lunch!

  11. Cotter Avenue, Cotter – A popular recreational area for families, with an awesome playground. It has rope bridges, see-saws, flying foxes, slides and more.

  12. It also has a swimming area in the Cotter dam.

  13. John Knight Memorial Park, Belconnen – An idyllic spot on the shores of Lake Ginninderra, this playground is very popular with families. The playground has tree houses, flying foxes, play sculptures and a ‘snake house’ large climbing feature with a wave board, climbing net, nest spinner and even a shop counter for the kids!

 

Get your picnic rug and basket packed and get exploring the best Canberra Playgrounds for kids.




Only 2.5 hours from Melbourne City, you will come across the historic port town of Echuca, located on the Murray River. It is Australia’s Paddle Steamer capital with a rich and exciting colonial heritage and with plenty to see and do with kids.

To understand all about the history, jump aboard a paddlesteamer with Murray River Paddlesteamers or Echuca Paddlesteamers. Discover what life was like in the early 1900’s when the Port of Echuca was Australia’s largest inland Port and the old paddlesteamers ruled the mighty Murray River. Kids can even try their hands at the wheel and steering the steamer (the kids will love this).

Sat on the riverbanks, right where the paddlesteamers leave from, is the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre. Take a guided tour which will teach you the history and importance of the river trade in Echuca/Moama. Each tour is designed around what ages the people are on the tour. The Discovery Centre also has a new kids trail, which is interactive and the kids have to find the answers to a quiz. They also get to dress up in old fashioned costumes and play, all whilst learning. Cool.

The main street of Echuca takes you back in time as the buildings and architecture are from the olden days. Take a stroll down the main street and see all the quaint shops and cafes. Be sure to stop in at the Olde Penny Arcade. It has some delicious homemade fudge and ice cream, but it has over 50 old time arcade games for the kids to play, as well as a black and white movie (something the kids have probably never seen!!)

If you are heading to Echuca during Spring, Summer or Autumn, be sure to pop by The Strawberry Pick, where you can pick your own strawberries!

On the Moama side of the river lie all the sporting clubs and a lot of the family friendly accommodation/caravan parks.

The Rich River Golf Club has an awesome new mini golf course that will be a hit with the kids. See who comes out the winner. Grab a bite to eat at their restaurant or café, which has an indoor kid’s area.

One of the most family friendly resorts (and one I recommend you staying at) is Moama on the Murray. It has everything you could want when staying with kids. All villas are self-contained and set in a beautiful location. There is mini golf, a tennis court, two pools, canoes, pedal cars, animal feeding and on a Sunday morning they do a pancake breakfast for everyone! On site is Squiggles Playhouse, an indoor playhouse with a dinosaur themed water park, scooter track and giant jumping pillow.

The Echuca Workers Club have put in an amazing new kid’s room and teenage retreat. Why not go there for dinner and get some peace and quiet whilst the kids run wild. They even offer a courtesy bus (winning).

You will be sure to find something to suit everyone in Echuca/Moama. With so much to do, the kids won’t have time to say “I am bored”.

What are you waiting for? It’s close to Melbourne and has everything a family needs for a week or weekend, so  head on up to Echuca/Moama. You won’t be disappointed!

 

 

The climate in Darwin means that it is always a good time to get out and take the kids to cool off in one of the awesome FREE water play areas around Darwin. No where in Australia are there soooo many great FREE water parks!

The Darwin Waterfront is a beautiful spot. It has a man made sea water lagoon with sandy edges situated next to a big shaded grassy area. There is so much space for the kids to run around, build a sandcastle or swim whilst you sit under one of the beautiful trees and read a book.
Next to the lagoon is the Wave Lagoon, which costs to enter, but it is worth it.

 The Wave Lagoon has toddler pools and a wave pool which creates ten different wave patterns with the highest wave reaching 1.7 meters, which means the whole family can get in there and enjoy the waves!
Both lagoons at the Waterfront Precinct are patrolled by lifeguards during business hours.

The Leanyer Water Park is by far one of the best water play areas in Darwin. You won’t believe all the facilities on offer for families. They have three giant waterslides, a large toddler pool and an amazing array of contraptions designed to ensure everyone gets very wet and has a fun time whilst doing so!! The best part about this water park is …. It is FREE!!! A day out, cooling down from the heat, the kids will be so grateful and all for not one cent! Winning!

A must see for families looking for some water play is the Palmerston Water Park. Get the kids, or just do it yourself, and take on the six-lane speed slide challenge, or enjoy the toddler’s wet area with a shallow wading pool and water activities to keep them entertained. I love the big tipping bucket! Following along from the Leanyer Water Park, the Palmerston one is also …. FREE!!!!

Casuarina Square Mall isn’t just a mall … it has a great water play area for toddlers in particular, but I am sure all kids will have fun. The Quarter Water Play area has a moving sphere-shaped ball where the water comes out and the kids can press the on button for the water fountains, which spout out water. It also features a cascading water area with animal figurines (so all those animal loving kiddies will love seeing that).

Don’t have a pool? No problems, because you can get out in Darwin, cool down and let the kids burn their energy at one of these awesome local water parks. Enjoy!!!

Playgrounds, the best tool to keep the kids entertained and the parents sane!!!

They are free and the kids will have a ball (as long as there is more than just one swing set) But don’t worry, I can help you with finding those awesome playgrounds. Melbourne has a plethora!

Here is a list of the top 10 playgrounds (in my opinion) in Melbourne –

  1. Navigation Park Tarneit – Complete with a water zone, water squirting elephant,

lookout tower, slides, rope climbers, basketball half court, BBQ’s and picnic pavilion,

 mini trampoline and sporting ovals.

  1. Eltham Lower Park – Full with things to do like the double flying fox, liberty swing, butterfly climbing wall, spinning carousel and the biggest hit, a miniature railway. The miniature railway winds its way across bridges and through tunnels.

It is considered to be the best in the country!!

  1. Royal Park Nature Playground Parkville – This spectacular playground is all natural, with a splash water play area, rock wall with slides, climbing forest and swings. There is also a sand area, where kids can get dirty digging and building things made out of sand.

  2. Frontier Park Playground Rockbank – The playground boasts three huge towers with nature play areas. It has ropes, tunnels, bridges, a huge twisty slide, pentagon swing set, sandpit and smaller slides. It also has a carousel and a water play area for the kids to explore

  3. Hays Paddock Kew – One of the best playgrounds going around with super-size swings, huge butterflies, toadstools and a giant see-saw. There’s a wetlands area with a bird hire and a learner’s bike circuit too.

  4. Victoria Park Ascot Vale – A huge wooden adventure playground with an array of walkways, swings, slides, multiple towers, suspended platforms, flying foxes and a sandpit. There are plenty of undercover areas for a much loved picnic or BBQ.

  5. Skinners Park South Melbourne – The playground has a range of things to do, from cubby houses in a tree, to trampolines, slides, swings, see-saws, climbing nets and a chicken house. It is for all different ages, with a basketball/soccer court as well for the older kids.

  6. Golden Sun Moth Playground Craigieburn – An amazing playground for adventurous climbers. The main structure is in the shape of a Golden Sun Moth – climb or slide down its six legs, crawl along the ropes of its underbelly and zip down the tail back to the ground! There are also two very high spider web pyramids to climb.

  7. Bayview Park Point Cook – This park is home to Melbourne’s biggest and steepest playground slide which starts from a hill with a huge Pirate Ship and is frighteningly steep! The slide is restricted to older children and teenagers of height more than 1.28m. The pirate ship has a crow’s nest on the top deck as well as a fireman’s pole and binoculars for taking in the great view. The ship also has a tunnel, climbing wall, rope ladders and wide slide.

  8. Valley Reserve Mount Waverley – The playground is split up into four different areas suitable for different ages and abilities. Older kids will enjoy the Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo and Owl areas the best, with a large rope climbing course, a huge net swing and two flying foxes and a high platform/tree house.

With so many playgrounds waiting out there for you to explore, the question is … which one are you going to go to first!?

 

 

There is so many different parts of Melbourne to see, so how do you see them all? Below is a list of different ways to see Melbourne!

The Free City Circle Tram is the first point of call. Jump aboard and listen to the commentary on all the places of interest around Melbourne. It is a great way to get your bearings and know where everything is. It is also an excellent place to people watch and see the hustle and bustle of the beautiful Melbourne CBD.

Did you know that as well as the City Circle Tram, Melbourne has a FREE tram zone in the CBD. It allows you to get on the normal suburban trams and ride around a section of the city for no cost. It is perfect for getting around the CBD from attraction to attraction and seeing the different areas of the city at the same time.

For the best view over the top of Melbourne, the Eureka Skydeck is the place to be. Soaring 88 levels above the ground and with 360 degree views, you can see all the sights- but from above.

 It even has a balcony that you can go out into the fresh air and take in the view. The kids will enjoy ‘The Edge’, a glass room that comes out from the building. Pretty cool … but scary!

Another good option for seeing Melbourne is the Melbourne Observation Wheel at Docklands.

Take a flight on the wheel and see the breathtaking 360 degree views of Melbourne City, Port Phillip Bay and the Dandenong Ranges.

If being high in the sky isn’t your thing, take a cruise along the Yarra River and see Melbourne from a different perspective. Jump aboard Melbourne River Cruises and float along the river with live commentary from the captain.

With so many options for seeing Melbourne in a range of different ways, which one are you going to choose?

 

Not much money? But want to take the kids out of the house and to do something in the great city of Perth? Well you have come to the right place. Perth is jam packed with things to do for free with families, so let this list be your guide!

Here are 15 free things to do with you family in Perth –

  1. Explore the city with an orientation walking tour. Learn more about the history, arts and culture of Perth. The tours leave from Murray St Mall, with five different tours to choose from!

  2. Head to the WA Library. It has a great kids area with activities and events for kids.

  3. Drive out to Whiteman Park. Pack a picnic, play on the sports courts, take your bike, go for a train ride or just let the kids explore this awesome park.

  4. Get the camera ready and take a walk along St Georges Terrace. The statues along the terrace tell you about the history of Perth. Make sure to get your photo taken with them all!

  5. Walk through Fremantle on a Sunday and take in a spectacular show from one of the street performers that line the street.

  6. Pop down to the precinct at Elizabeth Quay. Situated on the banks of the Swan River, it boasts a bunch of attractions including the island playground, Water Park, public artwork, promenades, open spaces and food outlets, and of course, Bell Tower.

  7. Take the short trip down to Cottlesloe (especially just before sunset) and have a swim, grab an ice-cream and watch the sun go down over Rottnest Island.

  8. Visit Herdsman Wildlife Centre in Wembley. A fun, interactive educational experience.

  9. Enjoy some water fun at Water Labyrinth. The kids will love the interactive water sculpture, which creates rooms out of vertical spouts of water.

  10. Grab a snorkel and head to Cottlesloe, Rockingham, Hillarys or venture over to Rottnest Island an explore the underwater world.

  11. Head to Lake Leschaunaltia for a family day out of swimming, kayaking and picnicking.

  12. Heirisson Island at the end of the Causeway has a resident kangaroo mob Hop over and check it out.

  13. See the engaging WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle. Wander through the galleries that symoblise Fremantle’s maritime past and present and even future!

  14. Grab your bike and head to South Perth and ride the FLAT bike path on the river. If you want the kids to burn more energy, do the exercise trail too!

  15. Explore Kings Park and check out the awesome playgrounds, the DNA spiral tower and the million dollar view.

 

So, what are you waiting for? Round up the kids and start exploring Perth  (for FREE)!

 

Who said you don’t get something for nothing?? They were wrong! Canberra is not just the capital of Australia, it is jam-packed with FREE stuff!!

So, let us tell you how to spend a day or even a week in and around Canberra with the kids for free (some might cost just a little).

So, what are you waiting for? Here are 15 things to do with the family in Canberra –

  1. Take a ride on the FREE City Loop bus to get your bearings and see many of the major sights.

  2. Pop into the National Library on a hot or rainy day and visit the “Word Play” and explore all the free and fun activities Art & Craft, word searches, ipad games and much more.

  3. Teach the kids that money doesn’t grow on trees and see real robots live in action on a trip to the Royal Australian Mint. The tour of the Mint is free!

  4. Let the kids burn some energy at the National Arboretum. It has an awesome Pod Playground that is shaped like a giant acorn filled with cubbies, nest swings, net tunnels and a spiral slide. Whilst the kids are playing, the adults can admire the spectacular scenery from the safety of firm land.

  5. Experience what homestead life was like at Lanyon Homestead. Have the kids compare them to now – afterwards maybe not so many complaints at chore time!

  6. Show the kids what life of a soldier is like at the Australian War Memorial where youngsters can dodge sniper fire in a First World War trench, take control of an Iroquois helicopter and peer through the periscope of a Cold War submarine in the Discovery Zone.

  7. Get the kids heart rate up with a trek up to the Mount Ainslie lookout. It offers an impressive and well-earned view after reaching from the top.

  8. The kids will love the Museum of Old Democracy at Old Parliament House. Learn about democracy and get creative during the free daily craft activities in PlayUp.

  9. Grab a bike and head around Lake Burley Griffin. There is a stack of picturesque routes to choose from and the little ones will love feeding the ducks.

  10. Join an expert guide on a tour around Parliament House. See both chambers, the Marble Foyer, Great Hall, Member’s Hall and the Parliament art collection. If it is school holidays, there are plenty of kids activities that they will love.

  11. The National Museum of Australia has a children specific area called KSpace that is game-ified and an interactive experience. Work together to build a time-travel pod. The kids will learn, have fun and work together to collaborate with a team of other kids.

  12. Ascend up Red Hill for awesome views over the whole city!

  13. Head over to the National Capital Exhibition and discover how the city went from the drawing board to reality.

  14. Pack a lunch and hike to Gibraltar Falls, Canberra’s only waterfall. It’s a gentle picturesque walk.

  15. Walk through and learn about the story of the early settlers in Canberra at Blundell’s Cottage.

So – what are you waiting for? Get out there and get exploring with the family in Canberra for free!

Not much money? But want to take the kids out of the house and to do something in Melbourne? Well you have come to the right place. Melbourne has an extensive amount of things to do for free with families and this list will be your guide!

So, here are 15 things to do in Melbourne for free with your family –

  1. Ride the Free City Circle tram and listen to the commentary on all the places of interest. Or, jump onto one of the trams in the free tram zone throughout the city. You may discover something new to check out.

  2. Check out the colourful and expressive street art in Hosier Lane between Flinders St and Flinders Lane.

  3. Head to Southbank and watch the flames go off outside Crown Casino or play in the dancing water fountains on a hot day.

  4. Explore the Queen Victoria Market which is always a hit with the kids. It offers a fresh mix of produce and cheap everyday things. The market has tons of history!

  5. Federation Square always has some activities going on. The big screen shows major sporting events and there is plenty of space for the kids to run around.

  6. Take a quick trip to St Kilda and visit the iconic Luna Park with 100 years of history and the recognisable clowns mouth – entry is free, but rides cost.

  7. Stroll through the Botanical Gardens. Check out the Children’s Garden and walk around the ornamental lakes.

  8. Take a train or ferry ride to Williamstown and explore Melbourne’s maritime and naval history.

  9. Visit Collingwood Children’s Farm where kids can take part in farm jobs. Great for kids who love animals!

  10. Take your bike and go for a ride along some of Melbourne’s riverside bike paths.

  11. Wander the Fitzroy Gardens. It has a range of activities and attractions including Cooks Cottage, a Tudor Village, the Fairy Tree, dragon playground, fountains, sculptures, conservatory and water play area for the kids.

  12. Go for a swim at one of Melbourne’s beaches, Port Melbourne or St Kilda. If it is too cold for swimming, take the bike or rollerblades.

  13. If your family loves sports then take a walk around the MCG precinct and see the legends of Australian sport’s statues, or do a tour inside (costs a little).

  14. Kids are FREE at the Melbourne Museum and Scienceworks.

  15. Become a book worm at the State Library of Victoria. They have a range of kids programs and displays all year round.

So, as you can see there are plenty of things to see and do in Melbourne with kids, so what are you waiting for? Get out there and start exploring!

 

 

Not much money? Don’t let that stop you getting out and about in Darwin. There are plenty of things to do and see in Darwin for families, that don’t cost anything (or not much).

So, round up a posse, pack a picnic and get out there!

Here are 15 ideas of what to do with your family in Darwin –

1. There are plenty of parks and gardens around both Darwin City and the outer lying areas. Start with a stroll along the Esplanade or through the George Brown Botanical Gardens. The Gardens have a dedicated children’s play area too.

2 .Visit one of the many outdoor markets throughout the year. Palmerston holds Friday markets during the dry season, Parap Village has markets weekly on Saturday mornings and Nightcliff markets on Sunday mornings. Mindil Beach Markets are a must visit (during Apr-Oct) offer entertainment, great atmosphere and a killer sunset viewing spot. You can grab something to eat for the family, or if budget is tight, bring your own!

3. Stop by the State Library and see one of the new exhibits. The exhibits change regularly and they are not just about books!

4. Head down to the Darwin Waterfront precinct, where there is something for everyone in the family. Laze by the water lagoon or go for a swim or build a sandcastle, grab a coffee from one of the many cafes/restaurants or take a swim in the wave pool (costs a little). The Waterfront also hosts a range of free activities for families.

5. Grab a bike and explore Darwin on some of the dedicated cycle trails. The trails run all the way from Darwin to Palmerston. Ride one way and catch the bus back.

6. Learn about the full story of the Darwin bombings at the Darwin Military Museum.

7. Take a hamper to Jingili Water Gardens and enjoy a picnic in the shady confines of a great nautical themed playground. There is an awesome skate park next door.

8. Go and play on one of the beachside playgrounds at Mindil, Kahlin, Bill Bell Park and Nightcliff Jetty. Fun with a sunset!

9. The NT Museum and Art Gallery has a great indigenous artefact, arts and demonstrations. The recreation of the noise and power generated by Cyclone Tracy has to be experienced. The Museum also offers a range of kids hands on learning and activities.

10. Show the kids what harsh prison life was like at the Fannie Bay Gaol. Open daily.

11. Visit East Point and Lake Alexander where you can go swimming without fear of being eaten by a crocodile! It has a great undercover playground, BBQ area and shady picnic spots.

12. Head to Stokes Hill Wharf precinct and grab some dinner or check out some of the free entertainment and give-aways (wet season). Kids will love seeing the huge fish swimming around underneath them – you might even see a shark or a ray

13. Jump in the car and go for an hour drive out to Buley Rockholes in the Litchfield National Park. It is one of the best places in the Top End to go swimming. It is a series of rock pools that has water cascading through them, and is a perfect place to swim with the kids.

14. Take a tour of Parliament House at 9am and 11am on Saturday mornings during Feb-Nov.

15. Check out Palmerston Water Park. It has a free huge speed slide, BBQ’s, picnic area, water play area and the best of all The Big Tipping Bucket – the kids will love it!

Darwin is full of surprises and has a lot of FREE activities for the whole family. Enjoy exploring!

There is so many different parts of Melbourne to see, so how do you see them all? Below is a list of different ways to see Melbourne!

The Free City Circle Tram is the first point of call. Jump aboard and listen to the commentary on all the places of interest around Melbourne. It is a great way to get your bearings and know where everything is. It is also an excellent place to people watch and see the hustle and bustle of the beautiful Melbourne CBD.

Did you know that as well as the City Circle Tram, Melbourne has a FREE tram zone in the CBD. It allows you to get on the normal suburban trams and ride around a section of the city for no cost. It is perfect for getting around the CBD from attraction to attraction and seeing the different areas of the city at the same time.

For the best view over the top of Melbourne, the Eureka Skydeck is the place to be. Soaring 88 levels above the ground and with 360 degree views, you can see all the sights- but from above.

 It even has a balcony that you can go out into the fresh air and take in the view. The kids will enjoy ‘The Edge’, a glass room that comes out from the building. Pretty cool … but scary!

Another good option for seeing Melbourne is the Melbourne Observation Wheel at Docklands.

Take a flight on the wheel and see the breathtaking 360 degree views of Melbourne City, Port Phillip Bay and the Dandenong Ranges.

If being high in the sky isn’t your thing, take a cruise along the Yarra River and see Melbourne from a different perspective. Jump aboard Melbourne River Cruises and float along the river with live commentary from the captain.

With so many options for seeing Melbourne in a range of different ways, which one are you going to choose?