Top 4 Places in Melbourne to Bike With Your Kids During School Holidays

June 24, 2020

School holidays have rolled around again in Melbourne.

Normally school holidays present good opportunities for a short holiday, but travel is not recommended at this point in time, therefore most of us are stuck with keeping the kids entertained locally. If you’re like us and school holidays are cause for a small amount of panic, and maybe even a bit more in these times when events are off and our usual go to options are closed, don’t stress: we’ve got some ideas for you.

And just in time for the holidays, we’ve been blessed with some good weather in Melbourne recently, perfect weather for riding your bike. With these things in mind, here are our top four picks for places to ride with your kids during the upcoming school holidays.

A giraffe at Melbourne Zoo
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The Melbourne Zoo

The Melbourne Zoo has reopened! There are bits and pieces still shut, and there are restrictions on the number of visitors, however options like the safari bus and the new dinosaur lab are ready for visitors. It is important to keep in mind one of the new rules, that you must book a ticket, even if you are a zoo member. On the bright side, kids under 16 are free during school holidays.
They are open 9 am to 5 pm every day.  Head to the zoo website for more details.

How to get there:

The Zoo is well serviced by bike paths. The Capital City Trail runs right to the doorstep. Other options are the Moonee Creek Trail, which connects into the Capital City Trail from the northwest, and the Upfield Bike Path which connects from the north.

Photo by Geraldine Lewa on Unsplash

The Royal Botanic Gardens

Think forests, lakes, blooming camellias - over 950 different varieties, going to the Royal Botanic Gardens is like taking a day trip to the country. Wander through the fern gully, get lost in a bamboo forest or float some boats down the river in the Children’s Garden - there are lots of options and lots of fresh air. The gardens are open from 7.30 am to 5 pm every day. Head to the gardens website to find a map or to plan your visit.

How to get there:

There are a number of bike paths that will get you to the Botanic Gardens. Running from the south, there is the decent path along St Kilda Road. From the north, try the protected path running through the CBD along Swanston Street. The top choice, however, is to bike along the Yarra on the Main Yarra Trail.

The front of Scienceworks Melbourne
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Scienceworks

Scienceworks is reopening on 27th June, just in time for the school holidays. There are a number of special events planned for the school holidays for the kids like the Rainbow Hunt, where kids can go searching for colours of the rainbow. Similar to the zoo, you must book tickets ahead, even if you are a member. Note that Scienceworks has gone cashless, so leave those lonely notes at home. Scienceworks is open 10 am to 4.30 pm daily.

How to get there:

Scienceworks is located close to bicycle routes along the Maribyrnong River, Hyde Street, the Yarra River and Hudsons Road.

Looking down on Brighton Beach and colourful bathing boxes from above

The Beach

With the weather right, and the sun shining, why not have a play at the beach? We’re fans of the odd trip to the beach in the winter, missing the crowds and not having to worry about keeping SunSmart every five minutes. Two of our favourite bayside picks close to the city are Brighton Beach and Elwood Beach. There are the colourful bathing boxes, nice sand, and clear water, clear water if you're brave. And if the beach is a fail? There are a number of good cafes close by where you can grab a warm drink and some takeaway.

How to get there:

Both Brighton and Elwood Beaches can be reached by the excellent Bay Trail bike path, that is a good outing in its own right.

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