Melbourne might be known as the cosmopolitan capital of Australia. It's unique fashion sense and style, hipster cafes and clothing rule the roost. But it's also a gateway to some of Australia's most scenic and varied landscapes, just a short drive from it's CBD.
For tourists on limited time and budget (or locals looking to explore their backyard), we've picked out three of the region's most accessible day trips.
The Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley