Are you stuck wondering what to do with the family on the weekend? We’ve put together a few of our favourite adventures, all around an hours’ drive from Bendigo (2 hours for Fairy Park). Go on, get out of town!

Hanging Rock

Macedon Ranges
Only a short one-hour drive from Bendigo, Hanging Rock is a great way to fill in a sunny Sunday afternoon. The rare volcanic formation is covered in unusual rocks that are the result of many years of weathering and erosion; it’s a sight to see. Why not start the afternoon with a picnic lunch, before walking up the rock, then kick back on the wide grassy areas while the kids have a run around. We guarantee they’ll sleep well tonight!

Echuca Paddle Steamers

30 Murray Esplanade, Echuca
A must do. Departing from the Echuca Wharf, discover riverboat life as it was ‘back in the day’. The kids will receive a First Mate Certificate if they take on the task of steering the boat. Pets are also welcome, so take your furry friend along for a family weekend in Echuca. Oh, and while you’re there, we recommend taking the kids to Echuca Heritage Sweet Company, a traditional lolly shop where you might even find your favourite childhood lolly.

Melville Caves

Melville Caves Road, Brenanah
For the more adventurous kids, take a trip to Melville Caves. Similar to our first two suggestions, this one is about an hour’s drive from Bendigo; the perfect distance for a day trip. Climb and scramble over the giant boulders and take the short, steep 150m walk from the carpark up to the lookout. There is a camping area here, with a BBQ and toilets too, for those of us who want the full ‘outback experience’ why not camp out for the night?

Fairy Park

2388 Ballan Road, Anakie
One for the little ones; a park that aims to delight, excite and educate young children through the art of storytelling. Located in the countryside of Anakie, you’ll find castles, mythical creatures, a giant slide, an adventure playground… the list goes on! Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, this one is definitely a weekend activity. Anakie is a bit of a drive (just under two hours), so what about booking your family into Daylesford for a night on the way home?

 Turpins Falls

155 Shillidays Road, Langley
This is one for the bigger kids. Not only does Turpin’s have a great view of the waterfall from the viewing platforms, you can venture down the concrete steps to the bottom and go for a swim. Take care when venturing down the steps, they’re a little steep. If you are thinking of swimming, we recommend taking inflatables and floating around. The waterhole can be difficult to wade into (quite rocky in some parts) and on hot days there can be lots of people swimming, however it’s worth the drive to see the beautiful waterfall, if nothing else.

Let us know your favourite family activity in and around Central Victoria and we’ll add it to our list.