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5 FREE local winter family adventures!

We love getting out and about in our local area of Melbourne and encourage you to have a great time together, get fit and healthy, and be good role models. Kids learn by example and you don’t have to spend lots of money to get them out and about. Here are 5 things we recommend:

  1. Ride or walk to Fairfield boathouse

There are many great walking trails in and around the boat house, the area is very scenic and has many different terrains that make walking or riding interesting. Once there hire a canoe, enjoy some scones and race each other up the stairs!!

  1. Capital city bike ride

From the Fairfield boathouse, the ride to the city is 15 km with most of that on bike paths. You can then have something to eat and a play in Birrarung Park, then ride home or catch the train. If your kids can’t make it all the way then there are plenty of places to turn around. Try stopping off at the Collingwood Children’s Farm or Convent for a milkshake or go a little further and find the Burnley Climbing Walls (located underneath the Freeway).

      3.  Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg has the best flying fox.

Ride north along the Darebin Creek Trail until you reach Bell St then head right towards Oriel Road. The adventure playground has 2 awesome flying foxes and several BBQs and undercover seating. A great place to spend the afternoon.

  1. Yarra Flats bike ride

A lovely scenic ride along the river, starts as Charlesworth Park in Ivanhoe and takes you on easy riding trails to Westerfolds Park (about 16km). Our favourite thing to do is to stop off at the BMX track in East Ivanhoe. You can also go for a coffee and a little look around the Greenery in Bulleen (about 8km).

  1. Walk from Fairfield to Studley Park past the bats

This is a great billy goat path along the single trails!. Start over the pipe bridge and find the trail that runs along the river towards the City.  This trail will get to Bellfield Park where the Flying Foxes love to hang out! The smell is interesting and will give the kids something to talk about as they look up and see thousands of bats sleeping. Or go at twilight and see them all wake up. Then head along the Boulevard for a couple of kilometres to Studley Park and enjoy a coffee and ice-cream.