Fairy Park, Anakie – A Fun Day Trip from Melbourne
Fairy Park makes a great day trip from Melbourne if you have young kids. This fairy tale theme park is one of Victoria’s oldest, filled with traditional tales, myths, and legends. In fact, if you grew up in Melbourne, most of you probably visited when you were younger. Located about an hour West of Melbourne, in Anaki, Fairy Park is a great place to take your kids for a fun day of fairy tales and adventure.
Fairy Park – Fun for Kids around Melbourne
Be prepared to step back in time when you visit one of Victoria’s oldest theme parks. As you follow the path around, you are greeted with traditional scenes from the most well known fairy tales and stories.
Not much has changed since you probably visited as a kid, but that is all part of the magic. There are no screens, no modern technology. Kids simply push the button to listen, and use their imagination to create the story from the display setting.
Our kids loved hearing the stories about the Three Bears and Goldilocks, and Jack and the Beanstalk as we wondered through the 22 different displays.
The Camelot Playground was a huge hit. Leave it until last if you can as it is a great place to finish the day off letting the kids run wild pretending they are knights or princesses.
The Train Museum inside shouldn’t be missed. The model trains, triggered by buttons on the outside will also keep the kids entertained.
Fairy park makes a great day trip from Melbourne, but also it is quite close to Geelong so if you are on the coast you can also visit from there.
Tips for Visiting Fairy Park, Anaki
- Note that this isn’t your huge modern theme park, so don’t expect rides and roller coasters. It is a fairy tale themed park aimed at younger kids (1-8yrs old).
- Plan at least 3hrs to spend at Fairy Park. The path will take a good hour or more depending on how long you stop to look at everything. Then the same at the playground.
- In the colder months, rug up and plan to spend the afternoon there so you get more sun, as it can be quite cool in the mornings and very windy.
- In the warmer months, make sure to bring hats and sun cream, as there isn’t too much shade.
- The path is pram friendly however it can be quite steep. Not too difficult to navigate though.
- Leave the Camelot Playground till last, the kids will want to spend a lot of time there, and if you visit first you may not leave! It is a good place to end the day.
- Bring a picnic, there are plenty of places to stop and eat.
- BBQ’s are also available onsite, they require a coin to operate.
Things to do in Melbourne for Kids
Fairy Park, Anakie, is definitely a place you should take your children just once. While it may not be as exciting for adults as Disney Land, or theme parks on the Gold Coast, the younger kids will think it is magical and they will have a great time.
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