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  •   Melbourne - For Kids

•   Melbourne Tram
Wherever you are going in Melbourne, make sure you include taking a tram on your itinerary. The tram network is extensive and the trams are a delight for tourists (especially small ones!) and an essential commuter service for the locals. The burgundy-coloured City Circle tram is free, and is a good way to get around the CBD. It can get crowded during peak tourist season.

•   Penguin Parade
For a very special experience, take a trip to Phillip Island to see the fairy penguins. Aim to arrive at Summerland Beach shortly before dusk, to give you time to see the interpretation centre before the penguin parade. The penguins spend the day fishing at sea and arrive at the beach at sunset, where they waddle up to their burrows in the dunes. People of all ages will love this remarkable sight.

•   Scienceworks
Scienceworks is an exciting and innovative science and technology museum located in Spotswood. Exhibits include Australia's first plane and car, Nitty Gritty Super City for 3-8 year olds and Sportsworks where you can test your fitness or race against a virtual Cathy Freeman.

•   Melbourne Central
Melbourne Central is a large retail complex, incorporating a historic shot tower. There is a superb clock with Australian figurines that move to the tune of "Waltzing Matilda" on the hour. It is well worth a look.

•   Melbourne Zoo
Three of the world`s great zoos are within close reach of Melbourne. At Melbourne Zoo see over 350 native and exotic species set amongst 55 acres of botanic gardens.

•   Healesville Sanctuary
Healesville Sanctuary features more than 200 species of native birds, mammals and reptiles in a beautiful bushland setting.

•   Victoria`s Open Plain Zoo
Situated around the Werribee River, this zoo features grassland animals from Australia, Asia, Africa and North America. See a cheetah, a giraffe, meerkats, rhinos and hippos living in conditions akin to their natural habitats.

•   Puffing Billy
Kids love steam trains, and Puffing Billy will delight as it sweeps through the beautiful Dandenong Ranges from Belgrave to Gembrook. There are several trips a day. Now here's something for all the family - Puffing Billy for the littlies and a tour of the Yarra Valley wineries for the adults.

•   Albert Park
Close to the city lies Albert Park, with its lakes, open spaces, playgrounds and picnic areas. Feed the ducks beside the lake or work off some energy at the playground before having a picnic under the trees.

•   Fitzroy Gardens
Fitzroy Gardens is a delightful parkland area that is always popular with the young. There is a model Tudor village and the famous carved trunk of the Fairy Tree. Take a look at Captain Cook`s cottage which was brought out stone by stone from Yorkshire in 1934 and was the home of Captain Cook`s parents. Around sunset you can see possums in nearby Treasury Gardens.

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