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Happy Feet Trip Recommendations


Address: Lilydale VIC 3140
Entry is FREE

As a result of many weekend trips during the holidays, we have decided to create a space with recommendations/reviews of the places we visited. Melbourne has a variety of great locations to enjoy with the children and for some of them entry is free! So here we go with our first recommendation…

Lilydale Lake is approximately 43km from Melbourne, if you take the M3 is about 57min and via the M1 is about 1h 7min. It’s even closer if you live in the south eastern suburbs.

This is a fantastic place with a range of facilities and activities to suit everyone. Here is a list of things we enjoyed about this place:


  1. Time: We got here at around 12.30pm on a Sunday and found a shelter area but this is probably because they are upgrading the playground and there is not as many people. We think it will get busier when the new playground is up and running so it will be better to get there earlier in the morning to secure shelter areas.
  2. Shelter areas: with rectangular tables, perfect for doing picnics. There were 5 of us with 3 kids and the shelters are very spacious and comfortable. If you can’t find a shelter area, you could also bring a beach umbrella or your own shelter and seat on the grass. Note – The new upgrade project will have more shelters and seating options.
  3. Food: we stopped at the Woolies located near Lilydale train station to get food to make sandwiches. There are also food, ice-cream and Organic Coffee vans available at the Lake. We tried the coffee and it was delicious! Another option would be to bring your own food from home or have a BBQ at the Lake, they have BBQ stations there.
  4. Toilets: clean male and female toilets but they don’t have baby change rooms. The new upgrade project will have new toilets and include changing rooms to provide greater accessibility for all.


  1. Sandy beach areas: perfect for toddlers who love water and sand, Kiran and Dante spent most of the time here splashing water and chasing duckies.
  2. Grassed areas: lots of it! Make sure you bring a ball, lots of space for the kids to play football and chase each other.
  3. Walking tracks: we didn’t do a lot of walking but you could wear your baby and walk around the 28 hectare lake. There is also 10kms of shared trail at the park, so if you don’t feel like walking – bring your bikes and take a ride!
  4. Canoes: we hired a canoe for $10 and one of the dads took the toddlers for a ride, they loved it! (check out the pictures on this post).
  5. Playground: we didn’t get to enjoy the playground as they are upgrading it to a new play space with water features.

That’s all for our first recommendation 🙂 Hope you get to visit this fantastic place, we know we definitely be back here sometime soon!