Updated: 16 December 2020
Looking for some summer holiday fun this School Holidays? Get the family together and discover fun activities in the Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges! This might work a little bit differently this year given we're all finding our new Covid Normal so be sure to book ahead (essential for some destinations) and stay safe. Check websites and socials for details.

Take part in Parks Victoria's Junior Ranger Activity

Parks Victoria is inviting kids and their families to have fun learning in nature by joining a Junior Ranger activity this summer school holidays (from 21 Dec to 25 Jan 2021..

This season sees a great expansion for the number of activities available in the area, with loads of activities available in the Yarra Ranges National Park including Rock pool discovery, Cave exploration, Spotlight night walks, Walks and talks to discover different animals and their environments including koalas, birds and sea creatures, Wetland walks, Fire recovery, Environmental craft sessions and more. Most activities require a booking. 


Ages: 6 to 12 years of age
Cost: Kids FREE
Phone: 13 1963
Web: https://juniorrangers.com.au
Valid: See website for dates and activities


Healesville Sanctuary

Drop into Healesville Sanctuary these Christmas School Holidays and explore a bushland haven for Australian wildlife.

New this year is their "Dinos at the Zoo - Lost Sanctuary"  for families to enjoy. Hear expert zookeepers talk about animals, discover majestic birds of prey and magnificent parrots at Spirits of the Sky or come face-to-face with platypus with Tales from Platypus Creek. Don’t forget! Kids are free every day of the Victorian School Holidays. So much to see and do at Healesville Sanctuary these summer School Holidays! Bookings are essential, even when kids are free.


Ages: All ages
Cost: Kids FREE
Phone: 1300 966 784
Web: http://www.zoo.org.au/HealesvilleSanctuary
Email: zvsales@zoo.org.au
Valid: Open every day



Cool action, loud laughs and wild adventures at Gumbuya World - Explore four different worlds - Oasis Springs - with twelve exciting water experiences, wave pool, thrilling slides, Lazy Rivers and heated rock pools to spend your days, Oz Adventures - thrilling rides for the entire family, Outback Explorers, Wildlife Trail - experience over 52 species of native Australian wildlife, 


Ages: All ages
Cost: General Admission  Kids from $46, Adults from $52
Phone: 03 5624 9888
Web: https://gumbuya.com.au
Email: info@gumbuya.com.au
Valid: Open every day


Summer Adventure at Lake Mountain

Experience the exhilaration of a 2donwhill mountain biking (shuttle service now available).  Explore the resorts track and trail network or hire a Mountain Bike. Plus Lazer Skirmish, Tube Run and Flying Fox.

Daily Activities 10am - 5pm. Tickets: Available on Mountain

Ages: all ages
Cost: See website
Telephone: 03 5957 7201
Web: https://www.lakemountainresort.com.au/things-to-do/ 
Email: admin@lakemountainresort.com.au


Kids festival at SkyHigh Mt Dandenong

Please note this festival is cancelled for 2021.


Fruit Taste Tractor Adventure Tours  at Rayner's Orchards

Ride through groves of fruit trees on an open tractor with on a guided orchard tour, sampling fruit varieties that are ripe and ready to eat. You’ll sample up to 8 different types of fruit.

Ages: all ages
Cost: $27.50 per child, adults $32.50
Telephone: 03 5964 7654
Web: http://www.raynersorchard.com.au
Email: len@raynersorchard.com.au
Valid: Every day


Kids Golf & Tennis Holiday Program at Eastern Golf Club

The Eastern Golf Club and Gripping Potential are teaming up again to deliver a fun filled School Holiday Golf and Tennis program in January.

Kids can discover golf and tennis on the one day whilst enjoying an awesome day outdoors filled with fun activities and making new friends. All equipment is provided.

No experience is needed, all equipment will be provided and lunch is included. Suitable for kids aged 5+ years. It's a fun filled day outdoors.

Ages: 5+
Cost: $65 per child including lunch (special offers apply if attending multiple dates)
Telephone: 03 9739 0110
Web: http://easterngolfclub.com.au/cms/golf/juniors/golf-tennis-school-holiday-program/
Email: sportsshop@easterngolfclub.com.au
Valid: Tuesday 12 & 19 Janaury 2021, Thursday 14 & 21 January 2021. 10am to 3pm


Junior Chocolatier at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

In a 45 minute Junior Chocolatier Class held in our 'parent free zone', children aged 6 – 12 years can learn from our chocolatiers how to make their very own chocolate creations.

Ages: 6 to 12 years
Cost: $40 includes personalised badge, chef's hat and apron, graduation certificate plus take home of three chocolate creations.
Telephone: 03 9730 2777
Web: https://www.yvci.com.au/classes/
Email: mail@yvci.com.au
Valid:  5&6, 12&13, 19&20 Janaury 2021


Take a ride on Puffing Billy

Discover the wonder and awe of steam train travel on the iconic Puffing Billy! 
Feel the excitement as you cross historical timber trestle bridges, and delight in the fresh air and the sound of the whistle echoing through the hills. Remember to wave to every passer-by and get ready to create memories of a special day on board Australia’s favourite steam train, Puffing Billy.

Ages: all ages
Cost: see website (family tickets available) - bookings essential
Telephone: 03  9757 0700
Web: https://puffingbilly.com.au/buy-tickets/
Email: info@pbr.org.au
Valid: All year round except Christmas Day


Picnic in the cool gardens of Dandenong Ranges

Pack your favourite food into a picnic basket and go enjoy the wonderful parks and gardens in the Dandenong Ranges! 
Stroll along paths and down bush trails, breathe in the fresh air and try to guess which bird is singing.  You could 
visit a different park or garden each day of the holidays - your very own treasure hunt :-)  

Ages: all ages
Cost: Most parks & gardens are free; check website for details
Web: https://visitdandenongranges.com.au/activity/cool-climate-gardens-of-the-dandenong-ranges
Valid: Most are open all year round except Christmas Day


Catch your own fresh fish at Australian Rainbow Trout Farm

Take the family fishing in the gorgeous scenery of Macclesfield.  You don't have to be a fisher expert as the lovely folks at the Trout Farm will help you get set up and all you have to do sit down, relax and wait for the fish to bite!

Plus there's mini-golf as well.

Ages: all ages
Cost: Adults- $9.50, Children-$7.50 (Under age 3 free), Pensioners-$7.50 - This includes, use of the fishing rods, bait, barbeques, your fish cleaned for you and use of the playgrounds, toilets and all park facilities.
Telephone: 03 5968 4711
Web: http://troutfarm.com.au
Email: troutfarm@bigpond.com
Valid: Open every day except Christmas Day


Walk, run or ride the Lilydale-Warburton Rail Trail

The Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail is one of Australia’s iconic Rail Trails which meanders through the Yarra Valley between the Dandenong Ranges and the Great Dividing Ranges.

Ages: all ages
Cost: Free
Web: https://visityarravalley.com.au/lilydale-warburton-rail-trail
Valid: Open every day


Top Family Experiences

Need to take a break with the family? Recharge in the clean air of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.  From up close and personal animals experiences and farm gates to walking and riding in amazing scenery through forest and native bush. 

Ages: all ages
Cost: See individual websites
Web: https://visityarravalley.com.au/places-to-go/top-trails/top-family-experiences


Discover your favourite fruit on the U-Pick Trail

We all love the sweet juiciness of a perfectly ripe peach, the explosion in our mouths as that delicious cherry or strawberry bursts with the first bite. It’s a fact: fruit always tastes better in the sunshine, under the very tree it grew on.

Join us this Christmas School holidays and fill up your buckets and baskets with the freshest, most delicious produce of the season. Indulge in locally made ice-cream, cakes and other sources of family favourites after you’ve wandered the orchard rows. Pack the sunhat and sunscreen and enjoy a fabulous day in the country!

Ages: All ages 
Cost: See website 
Web: https://visityarravalley.com.au/places-to-go/top-trails/u-pick-trail-in-the-yarra-valley


Blue Lotus Watergarden

Little ones will love visiting the Flower Fairy Garden. Plus the Fairy Queen make appearances on weekends and public holidays with story time in the garden. The kids will also love the Dragon’s Trail to Fantasy Falls, Rainbow Slide, Fairy Dell Wishing Well and Garden Spotto. The grounds contain many Garden Features plus over 3kms of easy-to-walk pathways, numerous ornamental arch bridges, dozens of picnic shelters, BBQ facilities, accessible amenities & parking, group & club pavilions, drinking water bubblers, baby change facilities. Also located within the gardens is the Lily Pond Café & Takeaway and the Ice Cream Kiosk

Ages: All ages 
Cost: Kids 4-15 -$6, adults -$22, kids under 3 -free 
Phone: 03 5967 2061
Web: https://www.bluelotusfarm.com.au
Valid: From 26 December 2020



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