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5 things to do in the school holidays when it rains

School holidays are a fun time to get out and about with the kids, exploring the natural wonders that Victoria has to offer. But what about when rain dampens your plans to go to the playground to run off some energy or hike through the forest to find fairies hiding amongst the trees?

Here are five things you can do in the school holidays rain or shine!

  1. Buchan caves were formed by underground rivers cutting through limestone rock and forming a honeycomb of caves. You won’t have to worry about the rain as you take a guided tour of Royal Cave or Fairy Cave, which are both lit and have concrete paths. The temperature is a constant 17 degrees, so even if it’s arctic outside you’ll be fine with a warm jacket whilst exploring.
  2. Embrace the chilly weather, rug up in your snow gear and head to Mount Donna Buang to build a snowman! Roughly two hours’ drive from the city, you can enjoy this gorgeous part of Victoria any time of year, but it really comes alive as a winter wonderland when the snow starts to fall. Make sure you remember to pack an extra scarf and a carrot nose for the snowman!
  3. Head to the State Coal Mine which is located just 25 minutes from Phillip Island. There are guided tours at 11:30am and 2pm seven days a week, run by Parks Victoria staff and volunteers who tell stories from the past. Many of them have personal connections to the mines, with some of them being retired miners!
  4. Put on your raincoat and head down to Point Nepean to meander through the Quarantine Station – even if it is raining, you’ll be undercover a lot of the time. There are almost 50 heritage buildings to explore, with relics from days gone by and interesting historical facts to read along the way. If the rain lets up there are many spots to stop and have a picnic and you can take Coles Track which links the Quarantine Station to the Gunners Cottage and Fort Nepean.
  5. If you’re a keen 4wding family, take a look at some of the amazing tracks Victoria has to offer. Meet nature on its own terms and enjoy beautiful views from inside your 4WD. Some of the tracks are strictly for experienced four wheel drivers, but there are also many that cater for beginners. From Croajingolong and the Alpine National Park to Bunyip State Park and the Grampians – there’s tracks across the state that you can explore.

Regardless of whether the sky is sprinkling with rain or not, there’s so many wonderful activities in this natural wonderland that’s our backyard here in Victoria. Get outdoors into a park, cave or climb a mountain to get a bird’s eye view and build a snowman.