If you are looking for the best places to eat on Australia Day in Melbourne, you have found the right article!

You can enjoy an Australia Day celebration with the family in a choice of great locations in Melbourne, from riverside cafes to beachside pubs. Where will you choose?

Templestowe Hotel – Templestowe Lower

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One of the most kid-friendly venues in Australia! There’s often entertainment provided for the kids, and always activities for kids to do, from the playground and games to colouring in. There’s no set menu for children because they have full access to the kids’ buffet, and the menu for adults covers a range of Australian and international culinary favourites.

Address: 23 Parker Street, Templestowe Lower

Ph: (03) 9850 4866

Chelsea Heights Hotel – Chelsea Heights

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You can enjoy a fabulous Australia Day meal at the spacious Chelsea Heights Hotel while the kids go wild on the huge indoor playground with arcade games and Playstations. The kid’s menu has their pub favourites and there’s heaps of choice for the grown ups too.

Address: Cnr Springvale Road and Wells Road, Chelsea Heights

Ph: (03) 9773 4453

Matthew Flinders Hotel – Chadstone

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Big kids and little kids will love Matthew Flinders Hotel. The hotel has a huge entertainment and games room with arcade favourites, air hockey, and even ten-pin bowling lanes (all additional costs), and has recently opened an indoor playground for younger kids too.

Address: 667 Warrigal Road, Chadstone

Ph: (03) 9568 8004

Zagames’ Boronia Hotel – Boronia

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That kids are welcome here is evident in the extensive kids’ menu offered. Children are clearly no afterthought, with small and large meals available to suit most dietary needs, plus a selection of vegan options and healthier alternatives and all available for children up to 13 years old. Adults are also spoiled for choice with a great range of culinary flavours on the menu. Zagame’s has a huge indoor play area suitable for children aged 2-12, so even if you don’t make it here on Australia Day, you should definitely add it to your to-do list.

Address: 112 Boronia Road, Boronia

Ph: (03) 9762 0883

Portsea Hotel – Portsea

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If you want to indulge in fresh air and ocean breezes on Australia Day, then the drive out to the Portsea Hotel is well worth it. About a 90-minute drive from Melbourne CBD, the Portsea Hotel sits on a bluff above the beach, and has ample indoor and outdoor seating with a beer garden for the kids to run in. The kids menu is pretty basic, but the location and scenery will make this Australia Day seen like a mini holiday!

Address: 3746 Point Nepean Road, Portsea

Ph: (03) 5984 2213

Munich Brauhaus – South Wharf

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OK, a German Brauhaus doesn’t exactly scream “Australia”, but this place is heaps of fun for the whole family – just swap the lederhosen for singlets and boardies and give it a go! The Bavarians Munich Brauhaus makes the Australia Day list because it’s so family friendly, with a great menu for big kids and little kids alike, and a lively fun atmosphere.

Address: 45 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf, Melbourne

Ph: 1300 686 424

Collingwood Children’s Farm Café – Abbotsford

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If you fancy a relaxed Australia Day in semi-rural tranquillity, The Farm Café is ready to welcome you. Spend the day with the farm animals amongst the stables and paddocks and enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch in the café, or pre-book a scrummy picnic basket and find your own peaceful haven to spread out the supplied rug. This is one place you’ll want to visit again and again.

Address: Collingswood Children’s Farm, 18 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford

Ph: (03) 9415 6581

Fairfield Park Boathouse & Tea Gardens – Fairfield

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This is a beautiful location the kids will love, and it has more than a hint of nostalgia to tempt the grown-ups too. Choose from the delicious a la carte menu or pick a tasty fresh-baked treat from the tearoom menu – this venue is spacious, welcoming and licensed. There are coin-operated rides for the kids and boats are available for hire to enjoy a leisurely drift down the river. Highchairs are available but limited, so it’s advised that you book ahead if a highchair is required. Well-behaved dogs are also welcome. What a gorgeous place to spend Australia Day!

Address: Fairfield Park Drive, Fairfield

Ph: (03) 9486 1501

Republica – St Kilda

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If you’re looking for a little sand and surf with your Australia Day meal, then you’ve got it all at Republica. Set right by the beach, this spacious venue has indoor and outdoor seating areas and a small but well-priced kids menu. You can relax here from morning until sunset while the kids enjoy all that the beach has to offer!

Address: 10-18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda Sea Baths

Ph: (03) 8598 9055

Jimmi Jamz – Elwood

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Jimmi Jamz has the appearance of a trendy bar, but it makes sure kids are welcome with plenty of room for high chairs and an outdoor play area. At Jimmi Jamz you can relax with coffee and cake or enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in their vibrant atmosphere.

Address: 130-132 Ormond Road, Elwood

Ph: (03) 9531 4130