If you’re staying local this summer, it doesn’t mean that as a Victorian you have to miss out on the thrills that the Gold Coast parks offer. Below is a collection of some of Melbourne’s (and surrounds) best theme parks, so you can plan ahead for school holiday activities with less stress, or wasting time on google.
Victoria’s first and largest water and theme park is Adventure Park on the Bellarine Peninsula. They’ve recently opened the longest and biggest waterslide in the state which includes moments of zero gravity weightlessness. Other activities include mini golf, archery, kids cars and a family rollercoaster. Whether you picnic on food from home or purchase refreshments on site, the choice is yours.
Technically a museum, but the thrills and plethora of interactive things for little people in particular make this place worthy of theme park status. Educational value aside, there’s activities like lego robotics, soldering and 3D printing and the ever popular Sportswork section where your physical skills can be put to the test against Olympian standards. A dedicated space for those aged 0-5 will be opening in December 2017 that is a fully immersive environment of activities and construction play. There’s even room for the youngest of children in the quieter baby zone with mirrors, spinners and soft, bright surfaces.
Luna Park may have seen better days in some people’s eyes but its city, waterfront location is second to none. Recently the park has hosted numerous events, like Luna Park Dark that featured performers, DJs, live music, photo areas and bars in addition to the rides and standard entry. Coming in costume has proved popular, so keep your eyes peeled for their next event to make the most of this iconic theme park. For those looking for good value, consider going along to one of the rider nights and score unlimited rides for a reduced flat rate, sometimes at a 2-for-1 price.
A Maze’N Things
A Maze’N Things is a firm family favourite, especially for those in and around the Phillip Island area. Whether you hit up Puzzle Island or Magic Manor it’s good to have indoor options for inclement weather. You’ll also find mini golf onsite, but it’s the high rope and maze that kids tend to get the most excited about. You’ll also find a family friendly café which is a great place to recharge before your next adventure or you could make use of the outdoor BBQs if you wish to self-cater. A playground is also right next to the park which is free entry, in case you’re just making a brief pit stop.
One last tip: being Melbourne, it’s always wise to pack a change of clothes even on the hotter days. Being caught out after a sudden cool change is no one’s idea of fun, so stash some layers in the car just in case. Using sunscreen and a jacket in the same day is almost a right of passage for many Victorians!