Our travels with 3 kids and a wheelchair.

Tag: Melbourne

Exploring the Docklands, Melbourne.

Exploring the Docklands, Melbourne.

The Docklands in Melbourne is fast becoming THE place to visit. When staying in Melbourne we have usually chosen the centre of town or in the Southbank area. We spent a weekend in the ever changing Docklands precinct and think you should check it out too! We […]

Sky high in Melbourne.

Sky high in Melbourne.

Eureka Skydeck. I think we have found the best way to discover Melbourne! Head up! You can gain amazing views of this fabulous city and really get your groundings for when you explore the city streets. Eureka Skydeck is located in the Eureka Tower building […]

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

SEA LIFE  Aquarium in Melbourne is situated on the banks of the Yarra River and the perfect place to explore with kids. My kids love places where they can do some hands on learning and the Aquarium did not disappoint.

We arrived at opening at 930am to enjoy the quieter crowds. Upon receiving our entry pass the kids received a diving passport which they could stamp on their way around the aquarium. This really helped keep Woody (5) engaged for the whole experience. Pepper (8) and Cooper (11) helped Woody read the facts on the sheet and all the kids could use the machine to stamp their passport.

Melbourne Sealife Aquarium
Stamping the Dive Passport

The first area is a hands on experience where the kids got to touch and feel sea stars, shark eggs and shells. We learnt so much in this area and it was a highlight of our morning. We would love to see more areas like this in the future!

Did you know that sharks under 3m long usually lay an egg that then hatches? Bigger sharks of course give birth to live young. The staff were great in answering all our questions!

Melbourne Sealife Aquarium
Learning about shark eggs

The Aquarium is easy to move around and there are lots of signs to help you to go in the right direction so you don’t miss anything. There are a total of 12 zones covering marine life, mangroves, crocodiles and penguins.

Melbourne Sealife Aquarium
Hands on learning

Wheelchair users have access to lifts and great signage too.

Melbourne Sealife Aquarium
Signage for lift access

The final stop on the adventure is to see the Penguins. We all loved this so much and could have sat at watched them all day. They are the cutest animals jumping and diving and swimming. We were mesmerised!

Melbourne Sealife Aquarium
Penguins Swimming

We spent the whole morning here until midday ( 3.5hours) and then headed into the city centre for lunch.

Extra Information:

Access to the Aquarium is a nice walk down from Flinders Street station or you could also park over the river at Crown.

Wheelchair access throughout the building is great. There are lifts to access every area.

Cooper was able to get up close and personal in all areas with big glass viewing areas.

Accessible bathrooms on site.

The first area where you touch and feel the sea stars has a small step around it. Staff are on hand to support everyone to access the experience.

There are plenty of bathrooms and parent rooms.

Cafe on site.

Play area with drawing and daily shows.

For tickets and pricing head here.

  • *Melbourne Sea life hosted our visit and as always all opinions are our own.

Family friendly City of Frankston.

Family friendly City of Frankston.

Showcasing some of the best beaches and open spaces along Port Phillip Bay the City of Frankston is a great place for families. Whether you are a local, visitor or tourist this area has some of best family focussed experiences you will find. With great […]

Top 3 Dinosaur Inspired Adventures.

Top 3 Dinosaur Inspired Adventures.

Do your kids love Dinosaurs? Woody our youngest son is 4 and is loving learning all about Dinosaurs everywhere he goes. Here are our top 3 Dino inspired experiences for kids in and around Melbourne. Melbourne Museum.   We love the museum and our first […]

Caldermeade Farm and Cafe.

Caldermeade Farm and Cafe.

We discovered a great outdoor farm experience without having to do a day trip!

We explored Caldermeade Farm which we had seen a few times when driving to Phillip Island and Inverloch.

There are animals to watch, some to pat, a playground, an old tractor, lots of green space to run and a cafe!

You can even watch the cows being milked at 3pm to really complete your farm experience.

Perfect place for kids to learn more about a working farm.

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Caldermeade Farm
Green space to play
Caldermeade Farm
New baby calves
Caldermeade Farm
Tractors to play on
Caldermeade Farm
Warm fire inside

Caldermeade Farm & Cafe  is open every day except Christmas day

Opening times:

9am – 5pm weekends, public holidays and school holidays
9am – 4pm weekdays

Location:

We are located at:
4385 South Gippsland Highway Caldermeade 3984

Telephone: 03 5997 5000
Fax: 5997 5111
Email: enquiries@caldermeadefarmandcafe.com.au

Wheelchair access:

There are two accessible car spots. The path around the cafe is gravel with grass across the paddock area. Cooper was able to drive his power chair easily across the grass to look at all the animals.

Into the cafe there is a slight lip but easy to travel over. The flooring is timber floorboards.

The bathroom has a handrail (R) on the toilet and wider door opening. ( no automation on doors)

There is picnic table seating outdoors.

Extra tips:

Wear gumboots

Free to visit

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Caldermermead Farm and Cafe

Beach accessibility. Exploring beaches across Frankston and Kingston. Melbourne.

Beach accessibility. Exploring beaches across Frankston and Kingston. Melbourne.

Beach Accessibility across Kingston and Frankston. Melbourne. The beginning. I grew up going to the beach every weekend with my family. We could walk or we would pack up the car and make a day of it. When we decided to become parents I dreamed of […]

Om Nom Dessert Bar Melbourne

Om Nom Dessert Bar Melbourne

My name is Cooper a.k.a The Wheel foodie. I was very lucky to experience the degustation dessert menu at Om Nom Dessert bar in Melbourne.

Christmas in Melbourne.

Christmas in Melbourne.

Each year we enjoy heading into the city of Melbourne to experience Christmas.  It is summer time with warm nights are perfect for strolling through the city streets. Last year we stayed overnight in the city as a mini getaway.  There is so much happening at this time of year its the perfect place to adventure with kids.

Our first stop is always Myer to see the Christmas windows which will be unveiled on November 10th this year. Each year over 1.2 million people come to see these famous windows and this year is the 60th birthday celebration.

Details:

314-336 Bourke Street  Melbourne  3000 | Map

Telephone: 1800 811 611 | 03 9661 1111

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The Hungry Peacock Cafe and The Messy Shed.

The Hungry Peacock Cafe and The Messy Shed.

Looking for the perfect place to explore with young kids to develop imagination, cooperative play, sensory skills and both fine and gross motor? Wanting the kids to enjoy messy play but not in your own house? or is that just me? Look no further! PLEASE […]