Make the most of the summer school holiday period by getting out and about with the whole family. Victoria has a lot on offer when it comes to exploring the great outdoors including tonnes of scenic trails and bushwalking tracks, seaside towns and beaches suited to every age and occasion.
We've done a bit of research and have come up with a list of places to visit when the cabin fever sets in. Adventures are a must this summer!
Sherwood Forest, Dandenong Ranges
The Sherbrooke Falls walking track is one of the most popular in the Dandenong Ranges. It boasts a gentle 1.2km bush track (2.4km return) which guides you through lush greenery, past trickling creeks before finishing at the picturesque falls. Take a pair of binoculars and have the kids keep their eye out for native birds and wildlife along the way. Picnic tables and bathroom amenities are also available.
Redwood Forest, East Warburton
Situated a 15 minute drive from the township of Warburton is the Redwood Forest, a plantation home to the Californian Redwood tree. Stroll through the forest or get lost amongst the Californian Redwoods which stand up to 55m high. Along the way you may notice bundles of sticks piled up - these are often known as 'dragons nests' or 'nests' and children are encouraged to build them up, not tear them down. Note: the closest bathroom amenities are at East Warburton Public Halls so you may want to stop before arriving.
Kokoda Track Memorial Park (1000 steps)
Strap on a hydration pack and stretch those legs, the 1000 Steps Walking Track is one to get the blood pumping. Great for older kids or teens, this picturesque trail is home to a plethora of tropical flora and fauna and is rich in history, providing not only a physical experience, but also an educational one.
Cape Conran Nature Trail, Gippsland
From white sandy beaches to trails through coastal heathland, Cape Conran is one destination that features the best of both worlds. The 3.2km (6.4km return) trail allows the little ones to frolic in rock pools, clamour over giant boulders scattered across the beach, spot native wildlife in both the ocean and on land, or head out on a bushwalk though the banksia woodlands - all at once!
Phillip Island has plenty to see and do and is an easy drive from the CBD, making it a great day tripping spot! Stroll along coastal trails or kick back in a beach shade while the kids build sandcastles on Cowes Beach, the Island offers both paid and free attractions to keep the whole family entertained.
Queenscliff ferry to Sorrento
The ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento is a fun way of seeing the Peninsular from a different perspective and if you're lucky, you may spot a pod of dolphins along the way. The scenic seaside town of Sorrento has a lot to offer with historic and artistic coastal walks, calm bays as well as clean beaches where you can go fishing, snorkeling or even swim with the dolphins! Mum and Dad, don't forget to pack a beach mat for yourselves and a snorkeling set for the kids.
The Esplanade, Altona
With calm, shallow water, clean sand and frequently removed seaweed, Altona Beach is a real gem for families with young children. The large stretch of sand provides the perfect space for sandcastle-making and beach sports, so be sure to take along a paddle set or soccer ball.
Chelsea Beach, Chelsea
The Chelsea Beach is a great spot to set up a gazebo for the day as it's not typically overcrowded and the sand expands over a wide area. Fill up a cooler with your favourite lunch bites, slap on some sunscreen and get ready for a day of fun in the sun.