Comfort Inn Dandenong
124 Princes Highway
Dandenong, VI 3175
Phone: (61) 3 97068611
Fax: (61) 3 97067595
Set in a lovely wetlands environment close to Dandenong Creek and bike track, Myuna Farm seeks to educate as well as entertain children. An animal display, wetlands walk, education center and deer and ostrich farms are all very interesting and informative. For the younger ones there is a Thomas the Tank Engine to ride and lots of furry and feathered creatures to pat and feed. There is even a maze if you want the kids to get lost. The farm also provides riding lessons for the disabled.
All the fun of the farm is on display here and children are welcome to get involved. There are hayrides, cows to milk, baby lambs to feed and sheep shearing to watch. At Chesterfield Farm you can also find the usual farm animals and the cute, tiny versions in the baby animal nursery. You can also see buffalo, camels, alpacas, emus and other more unusual species.
Built with loving detail by Colin and Nancy Campbell, this 20 acre property is worth seeing and is sure to delight Thomas the Tank Engine fans of any age. Riding on little trains, you pass through an ever changing landscape of lakes, hills and forests of pines and willows. Steam, hydraulic and petrol locomotives are all represented and if you run into Colin or Nancy, they will love to have a chat about how they created the place.
Bring the bikes, roller blades, bats, balls, kites, barbecue lunch, something to feed the ducks, oh and do not forget the kids! If you are in need of fresh air and free, healthy family fun, this huge park in Melbourne's outer east will keep the whole clan occupied for hours. Fitness fanatics can follow the exercise circuit but parents with prams can take their time on the many meandering walking tracks. Just keep an eye out for the speeding cyclists and rollerbladers.
Mordialloc Pier is a scenic pier that offers stunning views of the bay. You can also try your hand at fishing here. You can also visit the Mordialloc Sailing Club located close by.
Barleycorn Brewers boasts of being a unique kind of brewery in Melbourne that churns beer using a new technique known as micro brewery. Made from barleycorn, the brewery produces many varieties of beer from lager, ale to stouts. So come visit this place for that frothing mug or carry some home to quench your beer necessities!
The hissing steam, gleaming engines and tooting horns will appeal to the child in everyone. This miniature railway offers a glimpse back in time to when train travel was an adventure in itself. Two tracks, one elevated and one at ground level wind through a pretty garden setting. The trains are mini versions of the real things and authentic down to the last detail. Visitors can watch the signaling and track switching and find out from the members of the Society how much hard work it takes to get the steam trains running.
This conglomeration of buildings dating from the 1860s is part museum and part artisans' workshops. The centerpiece Cheese Factory is now used as a conference and exhibition venue. Scattered around it are other buildings such as the Kitchen Washhouse, the Old Church, the Old Shop and the Clarke Pottery Studio. The Berwick District Woodworkers Club also has its home here. Lovely cottage gardens and an adventure playground complete the picture. On Sundays there are often historical re-enactments and special displays.
The local community is rightly very proud of this magnificent adventure playground. The huge, elaborate timber structure resembles a castle or fort with lots of walkways, bridges, lookout towers and so on. Slides, swings, flying foxes and sand pits will also keep the kids busy. There is a low fence all the way around to prevent toddlers from running onto the road. Call for details.
These beautiful gardens are a fascinating work in progress. Planted only in 1970, they are still in the process of maturing, but soon will be fully developed and an extension to the renowned Royal Botanic Gardens in South Yarra. Unlike the original gardens, with their classical Victorian landscaping and European flora, the Cranbourne gardens celebrate Australia's native species, many of which are unique. The park comprises 300 hectares of bush land with walking tracks and barbecues to enjoy, and is located in the fast-growing residential centre of Cranbourne, only one hour from Melbourne. Admission is free.
Generations of Melbourne children have climbed in, out and over the old trams parked here, rather incongruously, in the bushland setting. They are still a major drawcard of this sprawling park, which also comprises a golf course, tennis courts, barbecues and an oval. At the center of the park is the charming Wattle Park Chalet, built in the 1920's and often used for receptions. A newer addition is a well-designed and constructed adventure playground. Apart from the odd traffic noises, it is easy to imagine you are in the bush. A kiosk near the golf course sells light snacks.
This racecourse is home to one of Australia's most prestigious events, the Caulfield Cup. The facilities at Caulfield have undergone massive upgrades in recent years. Other big races here during the Spring Carnival are the Caulfield Guineas and the Blue Diamond Stakes.