Melbourne’s CBD is a busy hub of culture and non-stop excitement, but if you’re looking to experience a different side to Victoria without straying too far from the city, we have you covered. From beaches to wineries to penguin parades, here’s our top three picks for day trips and weekends away near Melbourne.

Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is the gateway to some of Victoria’s most beautiful beaches, not to mention famous attractions such as the 12 Apostles. If you find yourself in Melbourne in the summer time – or on a particularly warm Autumn or Spring day – this is a truly remarkable day trip you won’t regret doing. While a car trip from the CBD will take you roughly 2.5 hours, there is so much to do here that a weekend trip is recommended. Eat delicious food at one of the many local eateries, stroll along the pristine beaches and enjoy the laid-back coastal life to really experience what this destination has to offer. 

Yarra Valley

Calling all wine lovers – if the Yarra Valley isn’t already on your radar, you might want to make sure it’s working correctly. This gorgeous region is famous for producing some of Australia’s best wine, so it’s the perfect place to indulge in a winery tour or five. Home to some of the state’s most stunning scenery, this is the perfect location to relax and unwind. Not only is it a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, but there are more than enough places to spend your day eating, drinking and exploring as well. Just an hour out of the city, it’s perfect for both a day trip or for a weekend escape. 

Phillip Island

This is one of Melbourne’s hottest areas to visit, with 3 million people making their way down to Phillip Island every year. But there’s a reason it’s so popular, and we can sum it up in three words: beaches, cars and penguins. Confused? Let us explain. Phillip Island is coastal and offers some truly incredible views, especially if you visit the famous Nobbies boardwalk. As for cars, it’s any motor-heads’ dream, as every October the region transforms into Grand Prix mania, with the event being held not too far from the centre of town. Oh and penguins, you ask? This is Phillip Island’s famous tourist attraction, as you have the chance to get up close and personal as adorable penguins make their way from the beach to their shelters each night. What can we say – it has something for everybody!

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