Melbourne for KIDS

October 6, 2015
Written by Cat Arambulo-Antonio
Categories: Travel


Have you ever travelled to another country without having an pre-planned itinerary… with a kid(s) in tow? Haha! Carlo and I are so GUILTY! We’re so bad at planning out an itinerary that we just decide and ask the concierge when we get there. Eeeeeeeep!!! Don’t get me wrong.. we usually have a general idea of what we want to do, see and eat -BUT- we just don’t schedule or book anything in advance. Mental Note: New Year’s Resolution!


Today’s post is a full day itinerary (10am-6pm) if you’re going to Melbourne with kids. First stop Moonlit Sanctuary to see the Koala Bears! Note: We hired a car through the hotel concierge to take us around.


Moonlit Sanctuary is 10-hectares of land located a the top of Mornington Peninsula. It took us around 1 hour and 30 minutes to get there… not bad!


We saw several Wallaby during our walk through the trail. They can come close enough for you to touch them. TIP: Our mistake was we didn’t notice that they were selling Wallaby food at the entrance counter so we weren’t able to bribe them to come even closer. Check out the Joey in the Wallaby mama’s pouch… so cute!


KIDS! Living in the city, I think this maybe one of Asher’s first time to really pick up sticks, play with rocks and just be a kid getting down and dirty. No TV, computers or iPads! Playing in nature is still different compared to the parks we have in our gated communities that are cleaned, sanitised and disinfected…. I’m talking real nature, living things creeping and crawling around everywhere – dirt and not sand. This is probably one of the things I would want him to experience and see more of. I remember when I was a child, I played with lady bugs, rolly pollies and would dig up worms in our back yard when I was still living in LA. My cousins and I would make sleds out of old boxes and slide down the mountains – their back yard. Those were the good old days!


Nature tripping with the birds… You can come as close as they will let you. Some families even laid out picnic baskets and had lunch in every little nook and cranny. FUN!


The highlight of our trip: THE Koala Encounter! NOTE: You need to purchase these passes at the entrance counter or you’ll have to walk all the way back to get one.


Documenting the moment with our Koala WE-fie.


Asher’s first Koala moment was a MAJOR SUCCESS!!!


It was love at first sight. Asher wanted to take it home! haha!

For more details about Moonlit Sanctuary | Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park 550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd Pearcedale | Phone: +61 3 5978 7935




I actually super loved this place but I don’t recommend this for women who are expecting because you really can’t do much but walk around and watch everyone else. haha! I took a photo of the activities to give you an idea of what to expect because kids as young as Asher can’t do all the activities either.


How gorgeous is this park? Ugh! So nice!


Ok to be honest, we didn’t really enjoy this part. The path was narrow, we were lugging around a big stroll and would have to squeeze every time another family would be trying to find their way through. I just wanted to get out!


Bubble Gum Gallery Maze. Doesn’t it look like so much fun?


Look UP!!!


This was a trip. My boys couldn’t figure out what to do!


The highlight: TUBE SLIDES!!! Here’s the unedited video..

Asher Antonio & Carlo Antonio on Tube Slides

Need I say more? haha!

For more information visit Enchanted Adventure Garden | 55 Purves Road Arthurs Seat 3936 (Melways Ref 159 E12) Mornington Peninsula, Victoria | Phone (03) 5981-8449


Last stop, Mornington Railway! We wanted Asher to experience riding on a steam train and luckily we were able to catch one of its running days. Click Mornington Running Days to see their schedule!


Have you ever seen or experienced riding on a steam train that was built in 1941? I’m not going to pretend I have.. this experience for me was just was cool! Woohoo!!!


Classic right?


Vintage wood and leather… ahhhhh!


All aboard!!!


Fascinated by the sound of the locomotor and the sights he saw along the way. What an experience to ride on “Tomas the Train” – haha!


Tickets please.. the operator punches them just like the olden times. Cool!


We were literally just in time for the last ride of the day and run for the month: Mornington Station to Moorooduc Station.


Vintage luggages. Let’s take them home!

For more information Mornington Railway | Phone Within Australia: 1300 767 274

I hope you had fun with our little one-day mini excursion. Next up, I’m taking you to meet the world’s tiniest penguins at Philip Island! Stay tuned..

- Cat Arambulo-Antonio


Categories: Travel