of activities for the little ones), sit in at an outdoor cafe in
Southbank, valley and Brisbane CBD and enjoy local bands and people watch for families visiting Brisbane.
I fell in love with Melbourne on my first visit in my early 20s. Eventually this city became my chosen hometown. I love the variety of cafes, bars and restaurants dotted throughout the city. Many of the best bars or cafes are in tiny secret laneways hidden behind unmarked brown doors. So if you know about it, you already feel like a local. Melbourne has a vibrant arts culture, is easy to get around and is very family friendly.
Melbourne’s cafe culture is huge, so everywhere you go you will easily find a welcoming place to eat and have a quality coffee. I have never been to a cafe in Melbourne that does not offer a babyccino option for little ones! It feels fancy! Aside from the babyccino’s, there are stacks of parklands with playgrounds, and the beaches have minimal waves, which makes it easy to splash around with a baby.The best places to visit are:
– National Gallery of Victoria – an amazing play area is there for kids
– Melbourne Zoo – check out my tips in this post: http://whatalisees.com/how-to-explore-melbourne-zoo-with-a-toddler-in-three-hours/
– Dendy Beach to see the iconic Brighton Bathing Boxes and play in the water
Top tips for a city break with a baby in Melbourne
– Choose accommodation just a little bit outside the central city. Suburbs such as Brighton, South Yarra, Hawthorn, Carlton are very safe, have great playgrounds, close to transport, cafes and supermarkets
– Take public transport as Melbourne is so easy to get around with a stroller on trains and/or trams
– If it is raining, take your baby to the Aquarium
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Singapore with Elizabeth from Wander Mum
I would describe Singapore as an ‘Asian city for beginners’. It is clean, english speaking, has an efficient underground (MRT) and is a great place to visit as a family. As a fairly new city, it is easy to navigate with a pushchair, has good changing facilities in most public places and the food went down a treat with my daughter (you can’t go too wrong with noodles and rice). We visited Singapore as part of a trip to LangKawi and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia when my daughter was 19 months old. We were in Singapore to see her godmother and my good friend, Gen. She welcomed us by ensuring we ate our weight in food, a challenge we gladly accepted (the food is incredible).
There’s no shortage of things to do as a family there though: from Singapore zoo to the island resort of Sentosa and even the shopping malls have entertainment and soft play options. Positioned just a few degrees from the equator, Singapore is fairly hot and humid. Walking around can get a bit sticky so make sure you take advantage of the plentiful air-conditioning and use the bus and MRT when you can. If you are visiting with older children, go to the Night Safari at Singapore zoo. We also enjoyed a trip to Chinatown and the views of the marina area from the Marine Bay Sands hotel. Make sure you try the spicy soup Laksa and visit a hawker centre. We are off again this year so looking forward to exploring more of the city – this time with two children in tow!
You can find more about their trip to Singapore here:
Tokyo with Elisha from Strolling Adventures