|(Flickr / Yidian Cheow)|
This June holiday, plan a trip Down Under for your family to explore Mother Nature! Forget the typical downtown shopping, drinking in a bar, city roaming or visiting places of interest in Melbourne - the real adventure starts when you get out of your comfort zone! Enjoy the ecological beauty of Australia, go up close to wildlife, marvel at magnificent views of the bay and forget all your worldly troubles.
1. Watch penguins go home from work
|Watch penguins go about their daily activities in Australia (Flickr / Roger Smith)|
Setting foot in Australia, you'll realise that penguins don't necessarily live on snow or in Antarctica. In fact, they have a home in southern Australia, Phillip Island. Every evening, penguins gather after a long day of collecting food before heading home together to feed their chicks - a rare sight attracts many tourist every year.
In order to protect the penguins, the Australian government limited the number of people visiting per year and there are strict rules to follow while visiting these penguins as well: visitors are to remain silent and flash photography is not allowed. This is to allow the penguins to go about their daily activities undisturbed.
2. Hop on a train and travel around with wildlife
|Billy Steam Train in Melbourne|
In this age of technology, we can't put a finger on how long have we been out of contact with nature. Hop on Billy Steam Train, departing from Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges, and travel through towering mountain ash trees, giant rubber tree ferns and ends at Healesville Sanctuary. Experience Australia’s unique wildlife and forests through this century-old steam train. If you are lucky, you might be even given a chance to feed the parrots in the park!
3. Grampians National Park
|The Grampians National Park in Melbourne|
Discover grand and rugged mountain ranges, spectacular wildflower displays and a range of outdoor recreational activities all in the Grampians National Park! There are lookouts with stunning panoramic views as well as a number of waterfalls. If you are trekking in the Grampians during spring, you can find kangaroos, koalas, emus, eagles and many more!
Choose your own adventure when in the Grampians. Go for trekking, rock climbing, fishing or even canoeing! There is also a cultural centre which helps you discover more about the park's natural and cultural features.
Now that you know a little more of where you can go in Melbourne, plan a family trip to enjoy nature and forget about all of life's worries, even if it's only for a little while!
Need help getting to the places we have mentioned?
>> (Phillip Island) Little Penguins parade
>> Yarra Valley wineries & Puffing Billy Steaming Train
>> 1-day tour to Grampians National Park