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I have been questioning myself recently, 'where's Melbourne's best day trip' and I have started by breaking it down into regions and including various activities.
My favourite day trip is to the Dandenong Ranges as it covers all bases, it's close to Melbourne, has fantastic walks, waterfalls and lush greenery, brilliant autumn colors, the cute town of Sassafrass, lots of attractions, romantic gardens and the list goes on and on. You can view my list of top things to do in the Dandenong Ranges here.
The Mornington Peninsula is an easy one hour drive from Melbourne and offers a lot of diversity. Mornington arguably has the best coffee outside of the city, Red Hill has amazing wineries, Flinders has great views across to Phillip Island, Tyabb has antiques, the Peninsula is home to some of the best golf courses, bay beaches and surf beaches, Sorrento and Portsea are the places to be seen. There really is a lot to love about the area and is probably why I call it home. View my top ten attractions on the Mornington Peninsula here.
You could venture out to the Great Ocean Rd but you would not have long enough to enjoy it, however, a day trip to the Ballerine Peninsula and the Surf Coast are easy day trips with travel time varying between 1hr 15 min to Torquay to 1hr 30min to Queenscliff. In Torquay visit the beaches including the famous Bells Beach, shop at the factory outlet surf shops, amongst other things that can be found here. In Queenscliff take a ride on the Bellarine Railway, stroll through the main street and look at the heritage buildings and boutique shops, scuba diving is very popular here so to is fish and chips on the beach or in the park. For more things to do in Queenscliff and surrounding towns, click here.
Walhalla is a historic gold rush town 2 1/2 hours drive from Melbourne, it is well worth the drive if you like Victorian history. At Walhalla you can take a ride on one of Victoria's most scenic railway, take a tour of the gold mine , go on one of the many walks, stroll through the town and soak up the atmosphere of days gone by.