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Updated by Maggie Tulliver (Umanga Kahandawaarachchi) on Jun 29, 2015
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Top 5 family attractions in Melbourne – Get Ready to give your Family the Ultimate Holiday Experience

Melbourne is one exciting destination to explore with the family for the many interesting experiences lined up here caters to all tastes and ages. Here are 5 of the top attractions in the city.


Phillip Islands

Located on the outskirts of Melbourne around 2 hours from Melbourne city, the Phillip Islands is famous above all else for its Penguins. Every day at about the same time thousands of Penguins make their way to shore to the home of the world's largest Penguin Colony. This show which marks the highlight of the Phillip Islands is the famous 'Penguin Parade'. Apart from Penguins there is plenty moreyou can do at the Phillip Islands. For nature enthusiasts for instance this island is paradise for it houses the Koala conservation center where you can get up close and personal with some of the cutest Aussie icons. But that is not all; the Phillip Island is also home to the Nobbies, the chocolate factory and plenty of breathtaking scenery right round.


Melbourne Zoo

Located in the heart of the Melbourne city, the Melbourne zoo is a treasure-trove of a world of interesting animals that the kids will surely fall in love with. From elephants, tigers to lions and more there is an array of exciting animals housed here that range from the most fierce to the most innocent. The butterfly sanctuary is a particular highlight where you can be immersed in a miniature world filled with beautiful fluttering butterflies. The best part is if you hold really still you can get a fellow or 2 to land on some part of you; the feeling is quite interesting.


Werribee Mansion

Located some 30 kilometers West of Melbourne, the Werribee Mansion is one of those intriguing historic attractions that takes visitors back to the yesteryears of this nation. Constructed by wealthy sheep farmers, this Italian style mansion is just as eye catching today as it was when it was built and makes a living, breathing postcard of 19th century Australia. Surrounding the Werribee mansion are 10 hectares of formal gardens that is yet another artwork of W.R Guilfoyle, the famous curator of the Melbourne Botanic Gardens. The gardens flaunt a geometrically designed parterre, pond and original grotto. That is not all however, for in the outskirts of the Werribee Mansion is the Victoria State Rose Garden which displays a collection of over 5000 pristine roses and is simply breathtaking to admire.


The Melbourne Aquarium

If you are an underwater person you have got to love what the Melbourne Aquarium has in store. This giant aquarium is home to all things underwater and sharks as well as giant Manta Rays are certainly no exception. The Aquarium has 5 different sections which include Sharks Alive, River to Reef, Weird and Wonderful and finally a collection of some of the most beautiful Gentoo Penguins at the Antarctica. A visit to the aquarium basically covers everything from the strangest creatures in the marine world, the ornaments making it so colorful to the most ferocious inhabitants under the sea. If you are staying in a choice of Melbourne family accommodation like that of Oaks on Market this would definitely be one attraction that should be included on your travel itinerary.