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Most popular areas in Melbourne for family-friendly hotels

Melbourne’s City Center area, a cosmopolitan hub of high rises, restaurants, and snazzy shops, is chock-full of family friendly hotels. The northern end of this area is relaxed and residential, with plenty of museums and green space, while the southern end – in the Southbank – buzzes with modern entertainment complexes. For fresh air and sandy beachfronts, stay in one of the many family-friendly hotels in Melbourne’s bayside St Kilda area, southeast of the center.

Top family-friendly hotels in Melbourne

The Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne is a sleek, modern hotel offering spacious ensuite rooms with park views and free WiFi – there’s also optional additional in-room childcare and free cribs for the little ones. The Langham Melbourne boasts immaculate and regal airy rooms with free in-room childcare – allowing you to sneak off and use the full-service spa and indoor pool. The Novotel Melbourne on Collins, meanwhile, champions vast guestrooms in understated silvery decor, with convenient in-room refrigerators, TVs, separate seating areas, and optional childcare.

Where to find the best restaurants in Melbourne

The waterfront St Kilda area is full of quick-and-easy fish and chip takeaway restaurants – perfect for a speedy bite after a stroll on St Kilda’s sandy beach. In central Melbourne, the Carlton neighborhood is sprinkled with authentic Italian restaurants serving traditional pasta and pizza dishes, made with fresh ingredients. Many of these restaurants welcome families traveling with young children. In the modern Southbank area, dine in a range of eclectic family-friendly eateries – from seafood restaurants and steakhouses to bistros and casual buffet dining.

The most popular things to do in Melbourne

Melbourne bursts with educational and inspiring family-friendly attractions. Take the kids to Melbourne Zoo, a Victorian-era park perched slightly north of the city center. Here, the kids can discover fire-orange Sumatran tigers, Asian elephants, and fluffy red pandas. Treat the kids to a bird’s-eye view of Melbourne at the Eureka Skydeck, an observation deck based on the 88th floor of the glitzy glass Eureka skyscraper in the Southbank area. Alternatively, adrenaline seekers can experience the Edge, a glass walled and floored cube that juts out from the Eureka building, offering truly panoramic city views. Both the Skydeck and the Edge offer discounted tickets for children. In St Kilda, visit Luna Park, an old-fashioned waterfront ensemble of rollercoasters, carousels, and retro arcades.

Best ways to get around Melbourne

Melbourne’s extensive and easy-to-navigate public transport network of trams, buses, and suburban trains makes exploring the city with the kids a breeze. In the City Center area – the CBD – the tram is free to use. Aside from peak rush hour, the public transport is very efficient and uncrowded. Alternatively, you can cruise around Melbourne via taxicab. If you’re traveling with the teens, consider getting around by rental bike – this is a popular local option, as many leafy, car-free bike paths snake throughout the city.

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