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Spring into Melbourne for the 2017 September School Holidays

Melbourne is a great destination for the school holidays for those with kids, especially during spring. With the weather getting warmer, it means families can immerse themselves in both culture and nature with something for kids of all ages. With Victorian-era architecture, national parks and nature reserves that Australia’s most iconic animals call home to, Melbourne is the school holiday destination for families looking for more than relaxation.

Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders is perfectly located in the Melbourne CBD. Take advantage of public transport being on the hotel doorstep, or enjoy a casual walk to many of the city’s famous landmarks and attractions. Don’t forget at Holiday Inn Kids under 12 Stay and Eat Free!

School holidays vary from state to state, for this reason we have put together a list of both indoor and outdoor activities that can be enjoyed no matter the weather.



Melbourne Street Art Tour

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Melbourne Street Art Tours is the first and only street art tour in Australia run by local street artists, which means they know their stuff! Melbourne is famous for its arcades and laneways and through this tour you will be able to discover for yourself a kaleidoscope of visual expression. Some of the creations that you see through this tour are officially commissioned by the City of Melbourne, whilst others are pieces of inspiration. The best part about this tour is that it ends at the famous Blender Studios where you will be able to see artists and street artists at work. Learn more


Melbourne Museum: Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery

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The Melbourne Museum Children’s Gallery offers kids from 0 to 5 years old the opportunity for hands-on exploration and discovery based on play-based learning and unique environments. Kids can enjoy a variety of interactive activities which include dancing in the camouflage disco to uncovering fossils in the outdoor dinosaur sand pit.  To celebrate the opening of the children’s gallery, every child born, fostered and adopted in 2017 will be given a free six-month household membership to Museums Victoria. Learn more


Puffing Billy Railway

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Puffing Billy is one of the finest preserved steam trains in the world. The century old steam train still runs on its original 25km mountain track through the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges.  The open sided carriages are the best way to see the stunning views and you can even dangle your legs over the side of the carriages if you’re keen. Special events taking place at Puffing Billy include: Murder on the Puffing Billy Express, Jazz on Puffing Billy Railway, Rhythm & Blues Puffing Billy, Great Train Race and A Day out with Thomas. Learn more


Healesville Sanctuary

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Visiting Australia without getting a closer look at our wildlife is like visiting Italy and not eating pasta.  Situated in the heart of the Yarra-Valley, Healesville Sanctuary is world renowned as the best place to see Australian Wildlife in their natural habitat. Get a closer look at native Australian animals from Tasmanian devils to kangaroos and learn more about Aboriginal culture. Kids can visit for free every weekend, public holidays and every day of the Victorian School Holidays. Learn more


Fairfield Boathouse

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Surrounded by the picturesque Yarra Bend Park, the Fairfield Boathouse immerses you in nature.  Channel your inner Robinson Crusoe as you row down the river in a family canoe. Enjoy the traditional English riverside setting by bringing a picnic basket and enjoy mid-afternoon snacks by the breezy bank. The building and gardens have features from the years gone by and provide a look back through photographs, antique telephones, signs and penny arcade games. Learn more


Serotonin Eatery Burnley

Serotonin Eatery has described themselves as world’s happiest eatery. Their goal is to increase happiness levels by offering an escape from our usual fast paced lives. The Serotonin Eatery focuses on providing diners with a boost of the feel-good brain chemical through colourful and nutritious plant- based menu. Our recommendation is the Positive Pancakes served with a cacao coconut latte which is sure to leave you with a smile on your face. Learn more


Higher Ground

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One of the hottest brunch spots in town, the Higher Ground Restaurant is housed within 19th century power station. Higher Ground towers over three levels, with the lounge-type nooks making it feel like a hip hotel lobby. Described as not really a restaurant and not really a café, people can come in for coffee or lunch and stay for dinner.  If you visit, the must try dish is the “Benedict Eggs” with dry-cured ham béarnaise, sourdough and bacon crumb. Learn more



Glamp-In with the family at Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders during the 2017 September school holidays

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Enjoy the modern comforts of our newly refurbished hotel room while the kids jump into a world of make-believe and fun with their very own tee-pee, blankets and games.

The package includes:

  • Your very own glamp-in setup. Let us make your kids feel at home with your own personal tee-pee, games for the whole family, pillows and blankets.
  • Accommodation in a room with two queen sized beds which can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children comfortably, with cots available upon request.
  • Buffet breakfast for 2 adults, plus kids under 12 stay and eat free at Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders.
  • Free Wifi internet for IHG Rewards Club Members! It’s free to join.
  • Our Best Price Guarantee promises that you will pay the best price when you book direct with us. No booking fee ever.

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