Melbourne is a fantastic destination for a family holiday with the kids, with a huge variety of things to see and do for family members of all ages – with plenty of accommodation options to boot! However, planning a family holiday in Melbourne may seem a little daunting at first, so we’ve done a bit of groundwork to find the best places to stay in Melbourne with kids in tow.
Melbourne is famed for its great shopping with eateries and boutique shops hidden in a maze of laneways featuring vibrant nightlife, great cuisine and fun-filled attractions to keep everybody in the family entertained. This picturesque metropolitan city is located in Philip Bay on the banks of the Yarra River. The city centre is set out like a grid and is made up of a variety of trendy precincts all with their own distinctive charm whether it be antiques, vintage or new designer threads.
In terms of accommodation with kids, firstly, of course it all depends on what you want to do – keeping in mind that there is most probably a budget to stick to, time constraints and a lot of preferences to cater for – all while maximizing a fun family time away. For this guide we have focused on Central Melbourne in order to keep you and the family within close proximity to the most popular attractions in Melbourne and close to your accommodation so that if required you can easily get back to base and re-group, feed the kids, change and head back out in no time at all. Without the worry and expense of getting transport to and from the hotel.
Key Melbourne Attractions List for those with Kids
- Eureka Sky Deck
- Melbourne Zoo
- Melbourne Aquarium
- Old Melbourne Gaol
- Penguin Island 3 Parks Pass and Penguin Parade Tour
- Botanical Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens
- MCG and Sporting Arenas
- Queen Victoria Market
- Crown Casino (for Mum and Dad!)
Family Friendly Accommodation in Melbourne
There really is nothing worse than turning up to an ill-equipped room or apartment and having to go shopping and fork out for another set of necessities that you already have at home! Or having to take massive amounts of luggage, car seats, and awkward strollers, port-a-cots and highchairs! When travelling with kids of any age it is important to be organised and have everything that you need so that you can enjoy your precious time away without having to lug all the necessities with you!
Here is a list of possible Melbourne accommodation providers that fulfill the necessary facilities to comfortably accommodate families with babies, toddlers and children of all ages. Based on testimonials and website information we found these accommodation providers have gone the extra mile to provide all that young families need to enjoy a fantastic Melbourne holiday with the kids with everything you may need to keep the household running smoothly, and providing a well-equipped home away from home in the heart of Melbourne.
Melbourne CBD – Top Family Friendly Accommodation
Close to most attractions, transport close by such as buses, trains and trams, a central base to explore, close to the free city circuit tram, cultural experiences and events are easy to get to.
Close to: Everything! China Town, Bourke Street Mall, restaurants, Old Melbourne Gaol, Crown Casino, Eureka Observation Deck, Federation Square, Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Museum, Queen Victoria Markets, Rod Laver Arena, Southbank.
Mantra on Russell
Location: 222 Russell Street, Melbourne CBD
Highlights: Features two bedroom family apartments, spacious living areas, fully equipped kitchen, on site restaurant and bar, 24 hour reception, gym and heated swimming pool, sauna and spa, babysitting service, baby cots available, clean tidy and secure.
Details: This serviced apartment building is great for those want to be in the heart of the action and having an array of retail and culinary options within easy reach – located just on the edge of Chinatown, it’s a good choice for longer term stays due to its proximity to Melbourne’s main shopping district. Major theatres and shopping centres are also just a couple of blocks away, and the proximity to Chinatown means that there are an extensive range of opportunities for dining out just on your doorstep. There’s also a convenience store just across the road that’s ideal for topping up your card for use on Melbourne’s public transport.
Room-wise, the apartments feature nicely equipped kitchens with long counters and up to date appliances, and facilities at the building are also quite extensive – undercover parking, 24 hour reception, sauna, spa and gym can all be found here. Those with kids along for the trip can also take advantage of the optional child-minding service to enjoy some alone time while exploring the city.
Best Western Riverside Apartments
Location: 474 Flinders St, Melbourne CBD
Highlights: Panoramic views of Yarra River and Port Philip Bay, close to major attractions (5min walk), surrounded by restaurants, self contained one or two bedroom apartments, bath and laundry facilities, baby cots available, clean and comfortable, large living areas.
Details: Based at the top of a modern 17 story building right in the heart of Melbourne and thus offering easy access to all of the must-see icons of the city, the Best Western Riverside Apartments are situated on the famous Flinders Street with views that look directly out over the city. The rooms here are substantially sized with the huge self-contained kitchens warranting a special mention, although you’ll likely want to take advantage of the proximity to some of Melbourne’s best cafes and restaurants just a short walk away. Couple this with the extensive utensils and cooking implements and you’ll be able to strike a good balance of cooking for yourself and dining out during extended stays,
While Best Western may come with a somewhat generic connotation, these apartments are far from the norm – they’re massive in size with the living areas, bedrooms and walk-in robes and tasteful interiors providing a refreshing change. Everything those with a young family could need is provided here, and the quality and size vs. price ratio is one of the best you’ll find within this popular part of Melbourne.
Alto Hotel on Bourke
Location: 636 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Highlights: Bar, Fitness centre, kitchenette, onsite restaurant, eco friendly easy walk to all major attractions, quiet, 2 bedroom duplex units, feels like a home away from home!
Details: One of the more distinctive accommodations on this list both in stylistic terms and several other quirks, this is a hotel that combines a truly central location with a sense of historic charm. In terms of location it’s hard to get a more convenient spot to stay in Melbourne than this – there’s a free tram stop just across the road, while transport connects to the airport via an easy Skybus ride making it an easy place to simply fly-in-and-stay without any additional stress. The Alto Hotel on Bourke is also remarkably quiet despite a central location due to its room structure which helps with sleep quality (a must when travelling with kids).
Stays at the hotel includes lovely breakfasts, while Pay TV is set up in the rooms as an added bonus. The hotel also offers some excellent value package bundles that include what are typically optional extras – such as Wi-Fi, coffee, meals and other value-adds – as part of the initial price; this is somewhat of a rarity in Melbourne as there seems to be a trend where there’s always something extra to pay for that many feel should be standard (particularly Internet access). Reception is also 24 hours and able to cater to a range of requests, which is an added and much appreciated convenience.
Southbank – Top Family Friendly Accommodation
Southbank is quiet and close within easy walking distance to the CBD and major sporting, shopping and dining precincts and major Melbourne attractions it is also close to public transport.
Close to: Melbourne CBD, DFO Outlet Shopping, Federation Square, Melbourne Aquarium, Bourke Street Mall, restaurants, Old Melbourne Gaol, Crown Casino, Eureka Observation Deck, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Museum, Queen Victoria Markets, Rod Laver Arena.
Melbourne Family Apartments
Location: Between Eureka Skydeck and Arts Centre
Highlights: Two and three bedroom apartments offer spacious living, linen supplied, air conditioning, washing machine, dryer, self contained kitchen DVD’s, pool, gym even a stroller and car seat are available, high chair, cot and toys/games!
Details: These apartments offer a combination of being great value for money and having everything you’ll need for a great family holiday – plenty of extras to accommodate kids are included from the get-go, such as highchairs, portable cots, toys, and children’s tables and chairs. These apartments are designed to serve as a veritable “home away from home”, with other perks such as secure parking a bonus. Just a short hop from the Crown Casino, Melbourne Aquarium and other popular Melbourne spots, there’s everything you’ll need to access easy reach from the Melbourne Family Apartments.
This accommodation is designed for those families looking to stay in Melbourne for longer periods of time – a minimum of 5 night’s stay is required to book – and with free Wi-Fi, TV’s with DVD collection, full laundry and kitchen facilities and a combined swimming pool/gym area, the amenities here are more than enough to keep you occupied for the duration.
Mantra Southbank Melbourne
Location: 31 City Road, Southbank, Melbourne
Highlights: Just 0.5km so that you can easily walk to the CBD. Spacious family apartment accommodation, Southbank arts and entertainment precinct, Two bedroom well appointed apartments offer great value for money fully equipped kitchen with fridge and oven, laundry, heated pool, spa and gym with an onsite restaurant and bar, a babysitting service and 24 hour reception.
Details: A hotel with a very accommodating and passionate staff who go beyond the call of duty to help guests, the Mantra Southbank Melbourne has everything you need for a family-friendly stay in the Southbank district. With a location that overlooks the charming Melbourne botanic gardens, the hotel benefits families with 2 bedroom apartments that are spacious, while large families can ask for adjoining interconnected rooms. The hotel sits just an easy walk away from popular viewing tower Eureka SkyDeck and Southbank proper, as well as all necessary shops and amenities.
The hotel’s indoor pool-and-spa area is child-friendly and popular with kids, and the facilities are all modern and up to date, with a good quality restaurant that makes dining in the hotel’s surrounds enjoyable rather than a mere convenience. Easy access to multiple nearby cafes and the city centre round out the offerings making for a solid all-rounder in terms of Melbourne accommodation with kids.
St Kilda – top Family Friendly Accommodation
Great sandy beach and parklands, great views of Philip Bay, easy access to the city via public transport, trams and light rail.
Close to: public transport – just 6km or 15 minutes to the CBD, Luna Park, St Kilda Beach, parklands, skate park, St Kilda Pier, Acland Street shops and cafes.
Quest St Kilda Bayside
Highlights: Great location in St Kilda, close to Luna Park and to the waterfront. Well equipped kitchens are great for a self contained stay, great for small families of four, rooms vary but most are spacious and some have views and are close to restaurants and transport just 15 minutes by tram to the CBD.
Details: Situated on the west side of St. Kilda, the Quest St. Kilda Bayside is another strong contender for families looking to stay outside the CBD. Located in a tree-lined residential street away from the main thoroughfare with a peaceful atmosphere and just a 5 minute walk to the main esplanade / beach area of St. Kilda, the accommodation features clean, comfortable and reasonably sized rooms that have kitchenettes rather than full-blown kitchens. Friendly staff make staying here a joy, while there’s also a very well maintained and spacious pool area to enjoy should you wish to avoid the beach.
Staff here go out of their way to accommodate families, with cots and highchairs able to be provided upon request. In addition, Quest St. Kilda Bayside is located in close proximity to the local Children’s Adventure Playground – a great facility for kids that serves as a communal entertainment spot and offers a range of fun equipment including assorted climbing constructions, hidie-holes, trampolines and many other activities for the little ones to occupy themselves.
Novotel St Kilda
Location: 16 The Esplanade, St Kilda, Melbourne
Highlights: Overlooks the famous St Kilda Beach, access to transport to the CBD or walk to local shops and restaurants, there are toys in the lobby for kids, quiet location away from the city. Perfect for 2 adults and 2 children.
Details: Beachside accommodation is a relatively rare thing in Melbourne, which only serves to make the location of the Novotel all the more pleasant. Situated near the water in St. Kilda, it’s a perfect choice to stay for those who aim to soak up some sunshine on their trip to Melbourne, and is also highly family-friendly as well. Being a larger chain, extra effort is provided to accommodate families with younger kids, and the hotel offers both a babysitting service and baby change facility for those travelling with infants.
There are also special “family rooms” as a bookable option that are very generous in size and great for those with bigger families or multiple children that gives them plenty of space to move around. It’s also just a short walk to Luna Park, perhaps the most popular kids attraction in Melbourne. If you’re planning to stay here, try to request an ocean view room as the outlook over the water is wonderful and one of the hotel’s major drawcards.
Docklands – top Family Friendly Accommodation
The Docklands precinct is located close to the city with great views of the skyline and is close to major attractions but far enough away to be quiet with nice surrounds, great shopping and dining!
Close to: Outlet Stores – DFO and Harbourtown, sports stadiums and events, Southbank, dining precinct, Costco! Wonderland Fun Park, parks, markets, monkey mania, ice rink, black light mini golf.
Grand Mercure Docklands
Location: 2-4 Marmion Place, Docklands
Highlights: A serviced apartment complex in Melbourne, offering 1, 2 or 3 bedroom accommodation. Each fully furnished spacious apartments have balconies and spectacular views, fully equipped kitchens featuring modern European appliances, beautifully appointed bathrooms with bath/shower and internal laundry.
Details: Another popular family-friendly accommodation in the Docklands district is the Grand Mercure, which offers a very spacious room size as well as large balconies that provide a wonderful overlook due to the expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. The accommodation’s location in a quiet area of the city means good sleep quality is on offer, which comes in particularly handy for those with younger children. It also sits right near the popular Melbourne Star Wheel ride which provides perhaps Melbourne’s best overall 360 degree views and which is popular for families.
The location benefits those staying in a variety of other reasons as well – it’s just a brief, two-minute walk to Melbourne’s free City Circle tram system, while there are a range of restaurants just around the corner as well as a convenience store, bottle shop and cafe just over the road. As an added bonus, the outlook over the waterfront provided results in a pleasant atmosphere, particularly at night as the city lights illuminate the water.
Grand Harbour Accommodation
Location: 16A Waterview Walk, Docklands, Melbourne
Highlights: Serviced apartments providers in Docklands area with one or two bedroom apartments, fully equipped kitchens, separate lounge and dining area, laundry facilities and balcony, 25m lap pool, gymnasium and secure car park, spacious and modern, baby cots available at extra charge.
Details: If you’re looking for a little more self-dependence during your stay in Melbourne, these apartments are a great choice. Bear in mind that this is not a traditional hotel – it’s serviced apartments that bring along with them all the pros and cons that this provides, however the spacious rooms that feel more like a liveable home space than a standard apartment are extremely welcome. The apartments feature big, modern kitchens that make self catering easy – combined with easy access to nearby shops – as well as laundry facilities that come in handy for longer stays.
The rooms have massive glass windows which offer a great outlooking, and corner rooms in particular offer amazing views over the surrounding area. The apartments are located right near Ethiad Stadium, Rod Laver Arena and the rest of the Melbourne sporting precinct, so they’re ideal if you’re going to be attending a spots event there. In addition, there’s a well equipped playground just across the road that’s ideal for younger kids to burn off some energy.
On a Budget? – Book a top Holiday Park instead
Big4 Melbourne Ashley Gardens
Location: 129 Ashley Street, Braybrook, Melbourne
Highlights: Just 9kms from the city centre and is close to buses that leave every 15 minutes. A 5 Star Holiday Park providing an alternative, affordable accommodation option with all the comforts of home. Fully self-contained with kitchen including stove, oven, microwave, fridge, utensils. Separate lounge/dining with TV (including Foxtel) & VCR. Private balcony with outdoor setting with some accommodation. Choose from villas or cabins.
Details: Ideal for those travelling to Melbourne with multiple kids in tow and who value their peace and quiet while still being in the thick of things, Ashley Gardens is a holiday park that serves as a veritable oasis while still being in the city. As a holiday park it’s well suited to longer term stays and boasts clean and modern facilities that are very well managed and acts as an affordable alternative for those looking for something outside the standard sterile hotel experience.
Ashley Gardens offers a pleasant and spacious atmosphere with a sizeable pool and well equipped barbecue facilities, while the cabins/villas themselves come in a variety of flavours and luxury levels and are equipped with kitchens that make self-catering during your stay a viable option that can help save additional money – especially if cooking for larger families. In addition, the holiday park is situated right next to a small shopping centre that contains a supermarket, allowing for easy and convenient grocery purchases to keep meal costs down. Kids are also kept well entertained by the likes of a solid playground, tennis courts, recreation room and child-friendly pool area.
In addition, if you’re looking for all the top things to see and do in and around Melbourne including activities, attractions and more, be sure to check out our main Experiences section to browse and book online!