5 family-friendly things to do inMelbourne

#1 Markets Melbourne (and Victoria more broadly) has a wealth of weekly and monthly farmers’ and craft markets. There’s the Veg Out St Kilda Farmers’ Market (, for example, and the famous Queen Victoria Market (, or QueenVicMarket as it’s affectionately known. Craft markets are big in Victoria too. Arts Centre Sunday Market ( and the Flemington Racecourse Market (accessible by Tram 57 from the city) are a great place to pick up unique gifts for friends and family. For a comprehensive list of markets, visit and

Metung Next, we headed east to the lakes and another small town, Metung, about 4.5 hours away. Again, we had a two-bedder with an open-plan kitchen and living area, and a patio area. We had to choose one that was dog-friendly; it was nice but I think there are plenty of ones with views of the lakes that would be better. We did a couple of long walks along the lakes but didn’t manage to get to nearby Lakes Entrance and the coastal areas nearby. Two nights wasn’t enough! Then, we headed to Phillip Island where my daughter lives, which was another four-hour road trip away. I’ll tell you about the seals, dolphins, penguins – and trying to paddleboard – in the next issue!



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