It’s Spring people! Get outside. Stretch the legs.
Connect with the family and start planning your next adventure across the bay. We’ve compiled our best picks (from both sides of the bay) and distilled into one short blog – so after you’ve got the low down you can take the inspo and info and start planning your own little family adventures!
Heading To Port? Rediscover the Beach This Spring
Walk, ride or skip along the beautiful coastline and township of Portarlington (don’t miss the views across to the You Yangs while you’re wandering) Yep, the coast just got closer. Dip your toes in the water, feel the sand on your feet and take the best value holiday going around. Take lots of happy snaps to capture the family memories. Here’s our top 5 must-dos while you’re there!
Fishing Not Catching
It brings back an aire of nostalgia, casting your fishing rod off a pier… waiting… anticipating… the next great big catch! Give the kids a memorable experience – just like we had – and take them fishing. Cast a simple line off the pier, have a chat, and watch the world slowly pass by. Better than the screens, right?
On Your Bike
Bring your bikes across on the ferry (for free) – and venture off on some soft-adventure around Portarlington and surrounds. The esplanade provides a safe track suitable for all levels of cyclists, with scenic views throughout.Spot Melbourne on the horizon, the You Yangs across the bay – or ride down to the famous Ozone Paddle Steamer in Indented Head! There’s also an exciting new venture in Portarlington where you can hire an E bike. These bikes are so much fun and help you get further and discover more in your day. Find out more here.
Fish n Chips & Feasts
Have you ever noticed how fish n chips just taste better in the salty air? Mmmm… pick from two of our favourite shops who will spoil the family with the most delicious serve of fish n chips – ever! If you’re there at the right time, you just might be lucky enough to snag a famous Port hot jam donut at the end of the pier!
It’s not all about ferries
Discover Port on the cutest transport you’ll find – the Bongo! This bright red tuk tuk is ridiculously cool transport offering a personalised exploration of the area – or a simple pick-up and drop off service between accommodation, golf club, eateries, caravan parks and more! Call Leonie on 0419 345 147 to make your plans.
Take an unforgettable ride on the Portarlington Bayside Miniature Railway. The railway is located on eight hectares of open picturesque native parklands overlooking Port Phillip Bay. The facility offers a vintage Railway Station and Signal Box with an undercover platform. There’s a kiosk plus free undercover barbeques as well as a children’s playground for hours of fun for your family.
Stay The Night
Turn your day trip into an over-nighter because why not make a little sea change? You won’t need to pack too much, but don’t forget the Uno cards. There’s cabins by the seaside and the Portarlington Beach Motel (they’ll even pick you up in their courtesy bus) If you want the spread out and bring the extended family then try here for all the best holiday houses for rent.
Heading To Melbs? Cruise to a big city escape!
Docklands (and Melbourne CBD) is THE place to be with the kids this Spring. It’s a serious wonderland and place for discovery for the little kids (and the big ones too) – you’d be crazy not to start making plans! With vibrant events, loads of FREE activities, breathtaking experiences – why wouldn’t you discover Docklands! It’s so easy to get around with the free tram service on Harbour Esplanade. Grab your seat on the ferry now… so you don’t miss out. Here’s our top 5 must-dos while you’re there!
Dialogue In The Dark
A completely immersive experience. Dialogue in the Dark™ is a sensory journey through Melbourne. An experience in total darkness, you will be led by guides who are blind or have low vision, and learn to interact and communicate by relying on other senses.
Stay Cool. Hit The Ice.
Experience the unreal in the rink this school holidays. Hit the ice with the kids with activities for all ages. There’s FREE ice skating lessons and face painting. Under 8’s Ice Fun, skating performances and more. Big kids also enjoy all-day public skating. Just a short free tram ride away from the ferry terminal Find out more here.
Glow In The Dark Golf
Glow Golf is the very first 18 hole indoor Black Light Mini Golf in Australia. They are the original putt around mini-golf with a climate controlled experience, because who really knows what Melbourne’s weather is one day to the next. Do you have the courage to try their Coffin Ride?Where the smells of the dead and the bugs that eat you reside. Lie in wait while your creepy friends wait in line watching you on the TV screen.
We’re In Love With Art Vo
ArtVo is a must-do! An immersive, trick-art gallery that’s UNBELIEVABLE! Let the kids get creative capturing priceless photos in unbelievable scenarios! Explore the interactive gallery over eleven themed zones, touch the art, get creative, be dramatic and have fun! You’ll have so much to share on Facebook, just sit and wait for the likes!
Come Play At Wonderland Junior
Surprise the little ones with a fun day out and enjoy the excitement of amusement rides including Dodgem Cars, Carousel, Mini Swing Ride, Rockin’ Tug, Circus Train, Tea Cups and more! With activities to keep the whole family laughing, dancing and skipping all day long; come and meet Twiggy the Talking Tree, enjoy a classic game of Laughing Clowns or experience the regular interactive programs including live shows, music performances, arts and crafts, animal visits and special holiday celebrations.