Family Friendly Conference

Family Friendly Conference

DAA 2020 is proud to introduce Melbourne to you this year. An amazing destination which offers something for every age group in your family. Here are some of the options that will send your kids into an excitement frenzy.

Family attractions in and around Melbourne

Most of the attractions listed below are within or less than 20 minutes from Melbourne CBD. Some can be accessed by the free city tram where as others are less than a short taxi ride. For current festivities happening in and around Melbourne, please visit this website: www.visitmelbourne.com

Please note: Some of the attractions listed below do require admission tickets, we recommend you visit the websites to pre-book your tickets online.

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Free Tram accessibility

The Melbourne Star is one of only four Giant Observation Wheels in the world, and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. The giant observation wheel is 120 metres high and has 7 spokes which represent the seven stars on the Australian flag. The views of Melbourne from up here are breathtaking.

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Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Free Tram accessibility

ACMI is Australia’s national museum of film, TV, videogames, digital culture and art – at the heart of Melbourne in Fed Square. Unlock your inner child with workshops, films and exhibitions for the whole family. Come along and immerse yourself in motion pictures. Entry to ACMI is FREE. Ticket prices apply to our cinema programs, special exhibitions and some other events.

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Melbourne Zoo

15 minute taxi ride from CBD

The zoo is set among flower gardens and picnic areas. Many of the animals are organised in bioclimatic zones: African rainforest featuring gorillas, mandrills, pigmy hippos and parrots; Asian Rainforest with tigers and otters; and the Australian bush with koala, kangaroos, emu, echidnas and endangered hairy nose wombats. Popular exhibits also include the Butterfly House, the great flight aviary and the Trail of the Elephants.

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By Tram Route

58 between West Coburg and Toorak runs via William Street in the city centre every day, with services as often as every 6 minutes, stopping directly outside Melbourne Zoo at Stop 26. By Train Trains run from Flinders Street Station on the Upfield line every day, stopping at Royal Park Station – just across the road from Melbourne Zoo’s rail gate entrance.

ScienceWorks and the Planetarium

20 minute taxi ride from CBD

ScienceWorks is a popular science and technology museum that features modern interactive exhibitions, the Melbourne Planetarium and the Lightning Room. Also, the Melbourne Planetarium is an extraordinary space. Sit back beneath a horizontal dome 16 metres high and see the night sky revealed like never before!  The Autism friendly museum, Social Stories are for families and teachers visiting the museum with children on the autism spectrum. Written for children in consultation with AMAZE, the stories have photographs to show children what they’ll encounter during a visit to ScienceWorks. You can read them online as a webpage, or you can download a Word document to print out. You can also cut and paste the stories to create a story that best suits your child.

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Collingwood Children’s Farm

5 kilometres from the CBD

The Collingwood Children’s Farm has been operating for just under 40 years as a not-for-profit community resource. It’s a wonderful place where kids (and their parents) can milk a cow, help out with farm chores, bottle feed the lambs, hand feed the other animals, look for eggs or just relax under a tree. The farm even boasts vegetable and fruit crops which the kids can tend. A family ticket is $20.00.

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Cook’s Cottage

Free Tram accessibility

Way back in 1755 in the little English village of Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, a cottage was built by James and Grace Cook – the parents of Captain James Cook. In 1933, Australian Russell Grimwade purchased the cottage for £800 and deconstructed it brick by brick. Loaded into 253 cases and 40 barrel, the cottage was shipped to Melbourne where Grimwade donated it to the people in celebration of the centenary anniversary of white settlement in Melbourne. It was reconstructed in Fitzroy Gardens where it can now be toured.

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Artvo

Free Tram accessibility

Artvo features 3D, reality-defying artworks, painted directly onto the walls and floor. In this ‘trick art’ gallery, you are encouraged to touch the art. You can become part of it by taking photographs from designated points on the floors of the gallery. There are 9 themed zones to explore, with over 80 hand painted immersive installations. The gallery is suitable for all ages, plus groups, large or small.

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Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story

Free Tram accessibility

Launched in 1885 in Belfast, the Polly Woodside made 17 trips around the world and operated between Australia and New Zealand. She was used as a coal ship following World War Two, and by 1968 was the last square-rigged deep-water commercial sailing ship still afloat in Australasia. A fun and educational program keeps kids entertained with such larks as daily tours, Pirate Sundays on the first Sunday of the month, school excursions and events.

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IceBar Melbourne

Free Tram accessibility

Cold-weather gear is provided at this whimsical bar sculpted from blocks of ice. Get set for an amazing winter wonderland experience, filled with chills and thrills whilst slurping on a frosty fruity drink. The IceBar is for grown-ups and children alike.

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The Shrine of Remembrance

10 minute walk from CBD

The Shrine is one of Melbourne’s most important and meaningful landmarks, honouring the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women who have served in armed combat and peacekeeping operations. Dedicated in 1934 to commemorate First World War veterans, the Shrine of Remembrance is a place for sharing and preserving important stories about war, peace, service and lessons learnt. Shrine Tours run from the visitor centre daily at 11am and 12.45pm, and Services of Remembrance are held every half-hour beginning at 10.30am.

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