10. Experience the magic of Puffing Billy
What's better than riding the heritage Puffing Billy steam train? Following it up with Devonshire tea, of course. Meander through the lush Dandenong Ranges rainforest, travelling over historic timber trestle bridges, before stopping in at Little Toot Cafe for a spot of fresh scones with jam and cream. Your ticket to ride also comes with free entry into Menzies Creek Railway Museum, which is home to 80 rare, historic steam locomotives and railway-related artefacts.
11. Ride the Arthur's Seat Eagle
Fly high above the Mornington Peninsula on a private gondola. From your enclosed, state-of-the-art cabin, the Arthurs Seat Eagle offers unparalleled views over Port Phillip Bay and beyond. On a clear day, you can even spot Melbourne's CBD on the horizon. The breathtaking journey takes about 15 minutes each way.
12. Cruise with dolphins
It may be a bit cold to swim with the dolphins, but you’ll certainly get some remarkable wildlife viewing and photo opportunities on this dolphin and seal watching eco-adventure cruise. You'll want to rug up for the 90-minute open-air boat ride, over which your experienced guides will help you spot Australian fur seals, dolphins and, depending on the time of year, even migrating whales.
13. Make new friends at Ballarat Wildlife Park
If you've ever wanted to cuddle a koala, smile at a crocodile or come face-to-face with a Sumatran tiger, then head straight to Ballarat Wildlife Park. As well as having a range of reptiles and native wildlife you won't see at bigger zoos, the conservation attraction aims to foster respect, empathy and understanding for animals through a range of intimate experiences.
14. Battle it out at Kryal Castle
Challenge your siblings to a duel at Australia's only medieval theme park, Kryal Castle. Wander through the castle's sprawling medieval village and take part in a range of activities, including jousting tournaments, wizardry, sword battles and more.
Plus, these holidays, make sure to check out the Knights of Fire - the Festival of Flames. Featuring flaming lances and swords, interactive potion and puppet-making workshops, knight training and roving entertainment, it's fun for the whole family. Don't forget to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy the castle's stunning surroundings.
15. Watch the penguin parade
If there's one benefit the cold weather brings it's that you don't have to wait until the wee hours of the evening to catch Phillip Island's majestic penguin parade., with the flightless fluffy birds making their nightly beach dash a little earlier in winter. Be sure to bring a blanket, and rug up in your warmest winter woollies.