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V-line adventure for 8 y.o. boy

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#1 Mose

Posted 14 April 2019 - 03:23 PM

So, DS is desperate to go on a V line train.  And also in need of some on one time with a parent (which one will depend on the activities).

So we are thinking a 24 hour break away - catch the train, do some bits and pieces locally, stay over, train home again.

So looking for suggestions of V line destinations within easy walk or public transport access to age appropriate activities and accommodation.

Probably not Ballarat/Sovereign Hill as he will do that for school camp in a couple of years.

Suggestions anyone?

#2 NastyGal

Posted 14 April 2019 - 03:30 PM

Warrnambool? It's 3 hours from Melbourne (I'm assuming that's where you are?). There's a great playground at Lake Pertobe, Flagstaff Hill (which is just above Lake Pertobe) is a bit like Sovereign Hill - my kids loved it. Not sure if it's the season for whale watching, but I don't think there's public transport to those beaches anyway. Lots of stuff to do in town, movies etc, all easy walking distance from each other.

#3 Froggilicious

Posted 14 April 2019 - 03:31 PM

Bendigo? See the gold mine, dragon chinese museum, ride the tram. Plenty of great places to eat and stay centrally.

#4 FeralZombieMum

Posted 14 April 2019 - 03:45 PM

View PostFroggilicious, on 14 April 2019 - 03:31 PM, said:

Bendigo? See the gold mine, dragon chinese museum, ride the tram. Plenty of great places to eat and stay centrally.

Plus discovery centre.

Easter weekend in Bendigo will have lots to see and do, though accommodation might be booked out.

#5 Etta

Posted 14 April 2019 - 04:25 PM

Warrnambool is great - DS and I have done this quite a few times. You can be there by 11am, there is accommodation near the station and you can have the whole of the next day til about 5.30pm. As a PP said, there is Flagstaff Hill (you could do the evening show there too!) as well as Lake Pertobe. We love it. And I would book first class for two of you so you have more room and have forward facing seats. Just make sure that it is not a coach (which I think it is this coming week!).

#6 WTFJerk

Posted 14 April 2019 - 05:11 PM


#7 StartledFlamingo

Posted 14 April 2019 - 07:58 PM

I was also going to suggest Bendigo and the discovery centre is small but really good and next to the train station (if you have membership for Melbourne museums it's free too). There's a big platform to climb in Rosalind park, a Chinese heritage Museum (still on my to-do), gold mine all in walking distance. If you're into bikes you can take them on the train and there's a lovely path along the creek.

#8 lucky 2

Posted 14 April 2019 - 08:14 PM

I was going to say Bendigo too!

#9 Meepy

Posted 14 April 2019 - 09:44 PM

Echuca-heaps of places to stay and he may like a paddlesteamer ride as well.  Horse and cart ride around the port, twisted science centre and historical port are good for boys that age. There is also a model train shop.

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