The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - SCHOOL BREAK -

It’s easy to keep the chil­dren and adults en­ter­tained when you visit any

one of th­ese at­trac­tions

out­side Mel­bourne to come face-to-face with a fam­ily of long-limbed gi­raffes, play­ful and con­stantly cu­ri­ous meerkats and gi­gan­tic hip­pos.

Lo­cated just 30 min­utes from the Mel­bourne CBD, Wer­ribee Port Arthur Ghost Tours are a 90-minute lan­tern-lit ad­ven­ture around Tas­ma­nia’s Port Arthur His­toric Site as ex­pe­ri­enced guides share his­tor­i­cal sto­ries about fright­ful events and mod­ern tales of un­ex­plained ghost sight­ings.

The World Her­itage-listed site claims to be one of Aus­tralia’s most haunted, with two cen­turies of doc­u­mented ghost sight­ings un­der its belt, so at $65 for a fam­ily pass, it is a bar­gain fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence steeped in his­tory.

On top of be­ing en­ter­tained, my fam­ily learnt a lot about Aus­tralia’s set­tle­ment his­tory from the tour, which is big busi­ness at Port Arthur.

Tick­ets are $25 for adults, $15 chil­dren, fam­ily passes $65.


The Bay of Fires is within Mount Wil­liam Na­tional Park, which is a stun­ning re­gion along Tas­ma­nia’s east coast and home to pris­tine white beaches, blue wa­ter and gran­ite splashed with orange lichen.

Our fam­ily re­cently spent three nights camp­ing in the con­ser­va­tion area at Cosy Cor­ner just north of St Helens and could have hap­pily stayed for a month. Here we lived among na­ture, rose with the sun and spent days ex­plor­ing the rock pools and fish­ing off the beach for Aus­tralian salmon (we caught and re­leased three)

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