Where to stay in Melbourne with kids: Beautiful Airbnb holiday rentals the entire family will love
Rally the troops
Ask any parent if family vacations are all fun and games, and the reply is almost always no. The term 'family holiday' is an oxymoron, and the nightmare begins right from the moment when you decide you want to do a trip. Choosing a destination in itself is an epic task. When is a good time to take a break from work? How long will your children need to be in the confined space of a vehicle? Is the city or the island kid-friendly? What is the exchange rate at the time of your holiday? Which neighbourhood is best for everyone?
Of course, every destination has its charm. But if you're looking for an everyone-leaves-happy place that's not claustrophobically far from Singapore, Melbourne ticks many boxes. You've got world-class art and architecture (Melbourne Museum is free for kids under 16), fantastic food, Australia's greatest coffee, vibrant local markets (Queen Victoria Market), sandy beaches (Brighton Beach is an IG hotspot), nature (parks, sprawling gardens and wildlife) and beautiful country towns for day-tripping.
Do we have a resounding yes yet? In case you need a tiny nudge to make the trip, we've rounded up 10 stunning Airbnb accommodations in and near Oz's second capital that have enough room for children to roam, and for the adults to kick back, watch TV at a normal volume after the kids' bedtime.
- Ocean Breeze, San Remo
- A homely mid-century apartment, Saint Kilda
- Victorian Cottage, Saint Kilda
- Chic, modern family-friendly house, Doreen
- Tranquil cottage, Dandenong Ranges
- Stylish Beach Shack with Bungalow, Rye
- Hillrise Cottage, Moyston
- Baydream Believer, Silverleaves
- Half Moon Bay, Indented Head
- Hamptons in Sorrento