Where's Melbourne's Best Day Trip
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Where's Melbourne's Best Day Trip?
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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
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
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
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.
The Yarra Valley
offers everything from it's world renowned wineries
to snow on Mount Donna Buang
in Winter, rail trail from Lilydale to Warburton, biggest chocolate shop
in the Yarra Valley, native animals at Healsville Sanctuary
, waterfalls and walks in Marysville
. To read my top ten attractions in the Yarra Valley click here
has the Penguin Parade
, The Nobbies
(seal rocks), The Grand Prix circuit
surf beach, the relaxed coastal town of Cowes
, Churchill Island
Heritage working farm. On the way down to Phillip Island is the spectacular Australian Native Garden at the Cranbourne Botanical garden
, Caldermeade farm
, San Remo
has yummy fish and chips at the fishery co op
just before you go over the bridge to Phillip Island.
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
A day trip to the Goldfields
will show you a bit of early Victorian history especially in the architecture of the period buildings. In Ballarat
visit Sovereign Hill
, take the Ballarat Heritage Walk
and whilst you're there have a look at the the cinema
, it has a stunning theatre. Stroll around Lake Wendouree
or the Botanical gardens
. Other towns within the Goldfields region are Bendigo
Some other areas include:
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.
has some lovely private gardens that open to the public including Tieve Tara
, has good walking trails, quaint shops, Mt Macedon Memorial Cross Reserve
is only an hour away from the city but offers a completely different style of CBD with a more industrial feel with lots of heritage buildings. Take a look at the National Wool Museum
(it's more interesting than it sounds), Geelong Botanic Garden
, the carousel
, Eastern beach waterfront
and bollards walk, antiques
, the nearby Serendip
nature reserve, a bit further away is the You Yangs
National Park and for a nice cafe in an odd spot try Moorabool Valley Chocolates
outside of Geelong.
And whilst it's not possible to write every day trip or activity into this one article I do hope it has given you a few ideas for your next day trip.
Where is your favourite day trip? We at Weekend Notes would love to know where Melbourne's best day trip is from your experiences.
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