Children's Walking Tour in Melbourne, Melbourne (Self Guided)

Melbourne offers some unique attractions for children. Your children can learn and see many new things, like rare southern fish and Antarctica penguins, toys dating back to 1880. This self-guided tour will lead you to the fun places in Melbourne to amuse your children:
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Guide Name: Children's Walking Tour in Melbourne
Guide Location: Australia » Melbourne (See other walking tours in Melbourne)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Author: vickyc
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Galactic Circus

1) Galactic Circus

Galactic Circus is Australia’s largest indoor amusement park, located conveniently on Melbourne’s Southbank in the Crown Casino complex. A galaxy of fun awaits for kids and adults alike with hundreds of arcade games, rides, ticket games, prize games, side show events, bowling, indoor laser tag and the most up-to-date simulators. To add to the excitement and atmosphere there are wandering entertainers as well as all the side show staples that you love like fairy floss, popcorn and hot dogs. For a real side show experience, there are even show bags on sale! Laser tag missions can be enjoyed by anyone 8 years and up, but there are no restrictions on how much fun you can have at Galactic Circus.

When you work up an appetite after all the games, there are dining options available within the space. There are even two fully licensed bars for the adults that offer a big screen to watch sporting matches. Entry to Galactic Circus is free and arcade games all operate on a card system, which you can organize easily at a counter or card machine. The Galactic Circus is open every day of the year from 10am to 2am – rain, hail or shine.
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Melbourne Aquarium

2) Melbourne Aquarium (must see)

Located on the Yarra River, just near the viaduct on Flinders Street in Melbourne’s CBD, the Melbourne Aquarium is one of the city’s premier family attractions. Opened in 2000, the aquarium was designed to look like a ship moored on the river. The aquarium primarily focuses on the marine life that is to be found in the Southern Ocean and in Antarctica. There are four floors of tanks and plenty of interactive aquatic experiences to be had on every visit. The King and Gentoo Penguins are certainly visitor favorites, but you will be impressed by the other locals too. The Grey Nurse Sharks, Sandbar Whaler Sharks, Port Jackson Sharks, Freshwater Sawfish, Green Sea Turtles and Big Bellied Seahorses all provide a fascinating glimpse at life below the waves.

To complement a regular visit, the aquarium also offers a range of experiences where you can dive with the sharks, meet the penguins, take a look at life in the aquarium behind the scenes, meet ocean rangers and feed the fish. During school holiday times they also offer aquarist programs where you get to work at the aquarium for the day.

Why You Should Visit:
Well presented, easy to navigate and seemingly endless!
Attractions flow in a one-directional nature, ushering you to see all the themed zones.
Upstairs there is a balcony you can go out on to take a breath of fresh air.

Tip:
Pre-pay your ticket online for a discount and come at opening time to see the feeding demonstrations.
"Aquarium After Dark" events are hosted on the last Friday of each month, starting at about 7:30pm until 11pm.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10am-5:30pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30am-6pm
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Eureka Skydeck 88

3) Eureka Skydeck 88 (must see)

The Eureka Skydeck 88 is located in Eureka Tower on Melbourne’s Southbank. When it was built in 2002 it was the world’s tallest residential building, but now occupies the 15th place. At the Eureka Skydeck 88 you have the chance to take in the very best views of Melbourne. It is the southern hemisphere’s highest viewing platform and offers 360-degree views of the city and out to the Dandenong Mountain Range. If you are feeling daring, The Edge experience is the only one of its kind in the world. It is a glass viewing cube that juts out three meters from the rest of the building with you suspended 300 meters above the ground.

Out on The Terrace, you step out onto an enclosed space that is still open to the elements. There are often bracing winds on The Terrace and you can look through the high powered binoculars without the reflection from glass interrupting your views. Part of the Eureka Skydeck 88 experience is getting there in the fastest lifts in the southern hemisphere – it only takes 38 seconds to get to the 88th floor.

Tip:
Save money and buy tickets online. Day&Night tickets are available, allowing to visit early in the morning and then return after your day's sightseeing.
When you get to the top, go and book in for the Sky Deck as there is often a large queue. You will be given a token which then lights up when it is your turn.

Note to photographers:
Reflections are your greatest enemy here, especially at night, so hold your camera lens hard up against the window. If necessary, clean the glass first.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-10pm (last entry at 9:30pm)
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Breadtop

4) Breadtop

When you are hungry, drop by the Breadtop Cafe. This cake and pastry cafe will bring joy and satisfaction to your children, offering many different mouthwatering pastries, buns, cakes and croissants.
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Fire Museum

5) Fire Museum

Fire Museum tells the history of firefighting: first fire horses and then fire vehicles that replaced the horses. The museum displays collections related to firefighting in Melbourne. The museum is situated in a former fire station and offers wonderful educational experience for children.
Hours: Monday-Friday 12:30 – 5:00 am
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Melbourne Museum

6) Melbourne Museum (must see)

The Melbourne Museum is the largest museum in the southern hemisphere and has seven huge galleries where permanent and touring exhibitions are displayed. There is a vibrant calendar of events and visiting exhibitions planned all throughout the year. Past temporary installations have included Egyptian Mummies and Dinosaurs from China. Permanent exhibitions at the museum include: Dynamic Earth, where gold nuggets, gemstones and other geological wonders are on display; 600 Million Years – How Victoria Evolves; Sam the Koala – the story of the devastating Victorian bushfires and the little koala who survived it; Wild: Amazing Animals in a Changing World; Dinosaur Walk; The Melbourne Story, a look at Melbourne’s anthropological past and future; The Mind: Enter the Labyrinth; The Human Body; CSIRAC – Australia’s First Computer and many others.

On the lower level of the museum is an IMAX theatre where educational documentaries are shown. Make sure you set aside plenty of time to fully explore the museum and everything it has to offer. There is a museum shop and café for visitors to relax in and enjoy light meals. Children have free admission. Some visiting exhibitions may have entry fees.

Why You Should Visit:
To learn about aboriginal history, local history and ecology.
Also, the grounds surrounding the museum are lovely.

Tip:
Free with a student ID, as well as for children under 16.
See museum and IMAX on a combined ticket and save $$.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm

Walking Tours in Melbourne, Australia

Create Your Own Walk in Melbourne

Create Your Own Walk in Melbourne

Creating your own self-guided walk in Melbourne is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Melbourne Art Galleries Walking Tour

Melbourne Art Galleries Walking Tour

Melbourne is a fascinating city and is the cultural center of the state of Victoria and the country. You can see aborigine art only in a handful of countries among which is Australia. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most popular art galleries and centers of contemporary Australian art.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Nightlife Walking Tour of Melbourne

Nightlife Walking Tour of Melbourne

The nightlife in Melbourne always impresses its visitors by its uniqueness and variety. There are all types of clubs and bars to go with your mood. Some of the biggest entertainment centers in the southern hemisphere are in Melbourne. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most popular night clubs in Melbourne:

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Landmarks of Melbourne Walking Tour

Landmarks of Melbourne Walking Tour

Melbourne is an amazing city with its beautiful parks and gardens, Victorian and modern architecture. This self-guided tour will lead you to some of the most remarkable landmarks in Melbourne.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Considered Australia's “cultural and sporting center”, Melbourne is the capitol and the largest city in Victoria region, Australia. It is notable for its distinct blend of Victorian and contemporary architecture, and also for being home to the World's largest Tram Network. Take this walk to explore the best attractions of Melbourne.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
St. Kilda District Walking Tour

St. Kilda District Walking Tour

St. Kilda district of Melbourne is situated along a fantastic beach of the Pacific Ocean. It is a cosmopolitan suburb near Port Phillip Bay. Its most popular attractions are situated not far from the beach. One of them is the huge and historical Luna Park. This self-guided tour will lead you through St. Kilda's main attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Melbourne Museums Walking Tour

Melbourne Museums Walking Tour

Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria, in Australia. It is the biggest city on this continent, after Sydney, and dates back to 1835. Melbourne being a center of culture, commerce, education and sport, has many very interesting museums. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most popular museums of Melbourne.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Melbourne for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Melbourne has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Melbourne, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.