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Top 5 Weekend Getaways in Victoria

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by Madhumita Thakur (subscribe)
Freelance writer & journalist in the fields of lifestyle, technology and entertainment. Find her on www.madhumitathakur.com
Published June 7th 2012
Weekends are great time to getaway from the daily worries of work and running around. Take a look at top 5 getaway destinations of Victoria and immerse yourself in the unlimited fun offered by these places. Although there are various ways to reach these places, a car drive will give you maximum windows for enjoying peek-a-boo with nature.

Great Ocean Road
12 Apostles on Great Ocean Road
Image by Jon Hurd (Wikimedia Commons)

If you love nature's magic, then Great Ocean Road is a must visit place for you in Victoria. It offers unmatched scenic beauty along the eastern sea coast giving you a good view of beaches, cliffs and mountainous roads. This road stretches from Torquay to Warranambool covering a distance of 243 kilometres and covers areas like Lorne, Apollo Bay, Port Fairy, Queenscliff, Port Campbell and Geelong. Each of these cities has its own charm and history to woo visitors.

One of the most sought after attraction in Great Ocean Road is the 12 Apostles which are testimonial of nature architecture in limestone. Bushwalk, Tree Top Walk and several waterfalls add to the charm of Great Ocean Road region. Any visit to Victoria is thus incomplete if you do not tick this off your list. Choose from a range of activities and accommodation of your liking in any suburb of Great Ocean Road and make your stay memorable for a lifetime.

Phillip Island

This is another miracle of nature which was formed nearly 6000 years ago. Located on the south-south east of Melbourne this island acts as a natural habitat for hundreds of penguins and other wildlife.

Its cold climate and strategic location to water makes it a perfect abode for little penguins who fill your heart with their cuteness and amaze you with their daily evening parade after the sun sets down. Although this island is quite small in area it becomes one of the hottest destination for tourists especially during the Easter break and Christmas vacation.

Thousands of people flock this place to watch little penguins stride up and down from the sea in what is popularly known as Penguin Parade. Other attractions include museums, animal parks and the famous Australian Grand Prix circuit which hosts events like Superbike World Championship, V8 Supercars and the Australian Drivers' Championship. You can choose from a range of activities and accommodation for your family in this place for a perfect getaway in Victoria.

Gippsland
Gippsland
Image by Pengo (Wikimedia Commons)

Nestled in the rural beauty this getaway of Victoria attracts thousands of tourists very year. It encompasses suburbs like Lakes Entrance, Inverloch, Sale, Port Albert and others. Beaches, forests, hills and plenty of water bodies like lakes, canals, inlets will let you have uninhibited rendezvous with nature and its various forms. Enjoy a range of activities like bird watching, water sports, food and wine apart from soaking fresh air and natural beauty in your mind and soul. Find variety of accommodation options and activities[/LINK list for your perfect getaway.

Ballarat
Gold found in Ballarat
Image by Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com (Wikimedia Commons)

This is a heritage city of Victoria which gave birth to the era of Gold Rush. Those of you who enjoy bit of history and bit of exploring adventure would fall in love with this city, also known as Goldfield. Walk around the historic villages and uncover the legendary stories of the golden times or attend the much famous sound and light show to understand the dramatic fight for justice. Find out more about different activities and accommodation at Ballarat and plan your weekend getaway with your friends and folks.

Daylesford
Daylesford
Image by Graham Manning (Wikimedia Commons)

Now this is one getaway which is perfect at any time of the year. Oozing romance and relaxation Daylesford offers most intimate and relaxing ambience for just everyone. It houses numerous natural mineral spas and wellness centres because of which it is also known as the Spa village of Victoria. Just drive around in the town and enjoy its laid back culture which spells relaxation in each bit. Be it fishing or visiting local markets or libraries, or the wineries and natural springs - whatever it is will drive away all your worries and help you soak nature in its truest form. Find out more about accommodation and [LINK=http://www.visitdaylesford.com.au/Forms/Content.aspx?pid=0&type=1]activitiesin this place.
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Why? To rejuvenate your weekends
When: Anytime of the year
Where: Great Ocean Road, Gippsland, Ballarat, Phillip Island, Daylesford
Cost: Depends upon the activities you choose
Your Comment
Great suggestions
We had a fabulous weekend at Beechworth a few weeks back, stayed in a beautiful stone cottage and the township has really gone upmarket with gourmet foods and fabulous gift shops, really relaxing.
The tea shop there was divine with a 6 page tea menu - my idea of heaven!
by Lesley Mitchell (score: 3|2899) 827 days ago
Thanks Lesley. I haven't been to Beechworth yet, but going by your description it sure appears exciting. Keep sharing your ideas.

Cheers,
Madhumita
by Madhumita Thakur (score: 1|88) 827 days ago
I was very disappointed with Daylesford I had so looked forward to a dry re-visit. Last visit/stay was the weekend the drought broke but we still loved what was on offer. Sadly much has changed, service well... in the large cold cafe on the corner, the lady? who was there to take your money plus?? had to be asked to look at me, let alone greet me. Miss Meanness. The young staff were wonderful and friendly. The coffee not hot and not so good, the duck leg with 5 sprigs of asparagus was over priced and the sauce was lacking that oompf. Many shops are now derelict, or owners closing down. Too many cafes and junk shops, the ?Mall? has more shops closed (for many years now) than open. Very sad as I loved this area.
by Francien (score: 1|76) 820 days ago
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