A trip to Melbourne wouldn’t be quite complete without a visit to one of their zoos!
Due to time constraints, we had time to check out only one zoo and decided on Healesville Sanctuary, which houses Australian wildlife animals such as wombats, Tasmanian devil, kangaroos and koalas. Love the big space and that it’s not as crowded like our zoo here. Then again, it was on a weekday when we visited.
The timing of Magic Moments didn’t work for us but we saw some visitors who went for the close-up encounters. I’d say, go for it if it’s possible as you will get to learn much more about the animals with the staff’s sharing, and might even get to touch the animals! We were rather bummed to miss out on the one with the wombat.
When I found out that the Puffing Billy steam train allows passengers to sit with their legs hanging out of the carriages (provided their bodies are within the bars), I thought we had to let the kids try that out! After all, how many trains allow you to do that?!
This century-old steam train runs on its original mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook in the magnificent Dandenong Ranges. Since it was just for experience and I reckon the kids can’t last too long on the full 3-hour ride, we did just a return journey from Belgrave to Menzies Creek. This only works on either the 12.30pm or 2.30pm departure from Belgrave and we can be done in an hour. However, this short trip is not available for online booking so we had to reach about 30-45 minutes prior to departure to get tickets.
Alas! After all the hassle, my cautious firstborn didn’t want to sit with his legs hanging out of the carriage when the train is moving. The only time he allowed us to put him there was when the train was stationary. -_- Both the husb and myself decided to lead by example and showed them it was really okay and safe with us holding them, but the two scaredy cats were happy to just watch the scenery from their seats. Oh wells, at least the parents got to have some fun!