Northern Subs and Whittlesea

Where do you find a real country atmosphere so close to the city? In the north!

With its rolling hills, plenty of parks and open space, picturesque villages and Melbourne’s friendliest people … the northern suburbs have plenty to offer families.

Latrobe Golf Park is sure to challenge and entertain the kids and parents!

Coopers Settlement in Bundoora Park has a fully recreated village from the turn of the 20th century and also a petting farm that the littlies will love.

Nearby, Watermarc in Greensborough has an enormous indoor aquatic centre with some of the best water slides in Australia.

The trip through the Diamond Valley takes in the quaint villages of Hurstbridge, Panton Hill and St Andrews on the way to the Kinglake Ranges. There are wineries, fruit picking opportunities, as well as parks, playgrounds and plenty of cafes. The Ranges have waterfalls, ample picnicking spots and kilometres of walking trails.

New on the horizon is Kinglake Forest Adventures a thrilling aerial challenge set high among the treetops. Kids will love it.

Whether you and your family enjoy walking or cycling, Nillumbik has got you covered. The Aqueduct trails joins the Research Trail to form
a 10.2km trail loop around Research and Eltham North. There are playgrounds, picnic and BBQ facilities located along the trail.

The Diamond Valley Railway at Eltham is one of the world’s best Miniature Railways. Enjoy a 12-15 minute ride around the 2 kilometre line that passes over numerous bridges and through tunnels.

Drive out to Edendale Farm in Eltham. An interactive community and education centre to support sustainable living practices.
The highlights are the animals, gardens and artwork to explore. (gold coin donation)

Across the other side of the Plenty River, there is a wide variety of natural bushland, gorges and hills to explore. Native animals abound. Echidnas, wombats, kangaroos and abundant birdlife, call the area home in places like Hawkestowe Park and Yan Yean Reservior (it’s not unusual to see mobs of kangaroos grazing on the sides of Yan Yean or Plenty Roads).

The jewel in the crown of the north is Funfields - Melbourne’s Premier Theme Park is located in Whittlesea which is only 40 mins from the CBD along the Western Ring Road. It offers a great mix of exciting thrill rides, tobogganing, go-karting (suitable for juniors too) and a fantastic aqua park with a four lane hi-speed water slide, the new Typhoon Waterslide and the scary Gravity Wave. There is ample space and facilities for picnicking and BBQing! A great day out.

The area also has farm gate cafes and stores for fruit and cheese that make for a pleasant stopping place for a bite to eat or a coffee. The area also has some great indoor options too.

At NRG Force Live Action Play, you can stun friends and family with your aim in a game of lasertag or grab a coffee and a bite to eat, whilst the kids play at the brand new Crocs Play Centre in Epping.

Things to do in the area include:
  • City of Whittlesea

    The City of Whittlesea is a great family destination, located just 40 minutes from Melbourne and offering a range of historic sites and exciting activities for the whole family.

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  • Lollipop’s Playland and Cafe Bundoora

    Lollipop’s playland Bundoora are the premier indoor play area and party venue hosts.

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  • GoClimb

    Where climbing meets adventure park & playcentre! 26 awesome Clip 'n Climb climbing walls.

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  • Bundoora Park

    Melbourne's most diverse park featuring a children's farm, wildlife reserve, picnics & playgrounds, community gardens, heritage village and rides.

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  • Latrobe Golf Park

    Latrobe Golf Park is a centrally located Adventure Mini-Golf Course and Driving Range that provides fun and entertainment for the whole family.

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  • Nillumbik Council

    Nillumbik is also home to range of events that run throughout the year.

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  • Funfields

    Melbourne's Most FUN Water Theme Park. -with 22 Awesome Rides & Waterslides, Aqua fun park, Kraken, 4 lane waterslide racer and more!

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  • NRG Laser Force

    NRG FORCE. THE ULTIMATE LASER TAG & PARTY VENUE With a range of arcade games.

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  • Archery Attack Melbourne

    The newest and most exciting competitive game in Melbourne! With the launch of Australia’s first ever indoor Arrow Tag complex

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