There’s so much for kids and families to explore in Victoria’s parks. Whether you want a beach day trip, a kid-friendly mountain biking trail, a weekend of bush camping, a tour of Victoria’s wildlife or an urban park oasis, find your perfect way to get into nature as a family.
Discover Melbourne’s urban parks
Yarra Bend Park is Melbourne’s largest natural bushland park, with dog-friendly walking and cycling trails that wind through woodland and along the Yarra River to Dights Falls. Rent a boat, spot local wildlife or have a picnic near the colony of Grey Headed Flying Foxes.
Albert Park is easy to reach from the Melbourne CBD. Go boating or fishing in Albert Lake, or bring the dog and take a walk along the flat pram accessible path.
Get into nature with a camping trip
Just an hour’s drive from Melbourne, Lerderderg State Park offers a weekend camping getaway. Explore walking tracks, keep an eye out for koalas, kangaroos and native birds and enjoy a BBQ by the river.
Lake Eildon National Park has something for everyone, from hiking and cycling to watersports and wildlife spotting. Head to Merlo Lookout or Blowhard Summit for great views. There are multiple campgrounds, including the dog-friendly Jerusalem Creek Campground.
Located near the Great Dividing Range, Kinglake National Park is popular for hiking, cycling and horse riding. Take a walk to Masons Falls or hike uphill for views towards Melbourne, Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra Valley. The Gums Camping Area is ideal for families.
Take a hike
Lysterfield Park in the Dandenong Ranges is a great day trip just outside of Melbourne. Keep an eye out for kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and native birds as you explore the bushland tracks and the Lake Circuit Trail (suitable for bikes and off-road prams).
You Yangs Regional Park is a dog-friendly day trip just one hour away from Melbourne. Hike around granite peaks and boulders or take a volunteer-led guided walk up to Big Rock.
Explore our parks by bike
Point Nepean National Park offers flat cycle rides with coastal scenery and historic sites. Try to catch a glimpse of Bottle-Nosed Dolphins and Australian Fur Seals.
Follow mountain biking trails of Arthurs Seat State Park for summit views over the Mornington Peninsula and Port Phillip Bay.
Have a guided tour
The Wonthaggi State Coal Mine is a popular heritage attraction. Book a tour led by Parks Victoria staff and volunteers and go underground into the coal mine.
Wildlife watching is a great way to get closer to Australia's unique native fauna.Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve is home to many native animals, including emus, kangaroos, koalas, swans and blue wrens. Guided tours of the park, its wildlife and Aboriginal cultural heritage are provided by Worn Gundidj.
Serendip Sanctuary offers wildlife tours, and is a short drive from Melbourne or Geelong.
Marvel at Victoria’s natural wonders
Port Campbell National Park is home to some of Victoria's most iconic Great Ocean Road scenery, including the 12 Apostles. Bay of Islands Coastal Park offers equally amazing sights, without the crowds.
Head into Great Otway National Park and explore walking tracks through towering native forests and spectacular waterfalls.
Buchan Caves Reserve, near the Snowy River National Park, is the largest cave system in Victoria. Take a guided tour through unique limestone formations of Fairy Cave and Royal Cave, formed almost 400 million years ago.
Murray-Sunset National Park is a short drive from Mildura. See the famous Pink Lakes of the Murray River, explore via 4WD and enjoy a spectacular sunset.
Have fun in the water
A short drive from Melbourne, Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary is a patrolled beach where kids can get close to Victoria’s fascinating marine life and even join the Junior Rangers to learn more about these environments.
Escape to the Wilderness Coast and Croajingolong National Park. Stay at the campground to make the most of family friendly activities such as fishing, canoeing, kayaking and swimming.
Visit Cape Conran Coastal Park for a day of beachcombing, swimming, surfing, fishing and whale and dolphin watching. Belfast Coastal Reserve is a popular stop on the Great Ocean Road for dog-walkers, joggers, anglers, surfers, swimmers, horse-riders and birdwatchers.
Head inland towards the Victorian Alps and Lake Eildon for a water sports day trip.