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Where's the Best Day Trip in Melbourne?

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by Sue Williams (subscribe)
Writer, bushwalker, dessert enthusiast. Author of the Rusty Bore Mysteries. More info here:
Published December 8th 2011
Alfred Nicholas Gardens is a great spot for a peaceful day trip
Alfred Nicholas Gardens is a great spot for a peaceful day trip

Anyone who has ever spent more than five minutes in Melbourne knows this place is well-endowed with options for day trips. It's been voted the world's most liveable city for good reason. But what exactly is the best day trip in Melbourne? Where do you go when you find 'liveable' a little lacking?

Here at Weekend Notes, we have a wealth of information collated by our array of day trip connoisseurs. These committed folk spend endless hours hunting down first-rate days out. It's a relentless job, but, as they say, someone has to do it.

Some of our specialists focus on the day trip that features wide open space - there are suggestions of picnic spots here and here and beaches here.

There's information on Victoria's national parks here and here. For the day-tripper with energy, there's also a list of Melbourne walks provided here.

Gardens can be a great spot for a day trip too. See some suggestions here and here.

Sometimes you need to see some flowers
Sometimes you need to see some flowers

Other day trip aficionados here have spent long hours tracking down pleasant wineries. You can see their suggestions here and here. You could even consider a winery tour on horseback – see here.

Yet others have the taxing task of sampling fresh berries at pick-your-own-fruit establishments. You can see the results of their extensive labours here and here.

And still the list goes on. There are reviews of caves, spas, children's farms, lavender farms, and oodles of historic houses.

So now it's over to you. When you're eager to escape the city, where, in your esteemed opinion, is the best place for a day trip?

We'd love to hear your comments.
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Bacchus Marsh. The Avenue of Honour has already gotten a mention. Darn I missed that boat. But I can add continue down into the township and try out the cafes there. Especially LOOT great for Gluten Free food and devonshire teas.
by Leanne Sampson-Bowden (score: 2|122) 2828 days ago
The Yarra Valley. We always start at Chandon for brunch and then move on to the smaller vineyards. St Huberts is charming with 2 very lovely ladies behind the bar ready for great conversation. If we are still feeling up for it, we usually end up at the Yering Estate for afternoon tea or dinner at the little cottage.
by Padmalove (score: 1|34) 2747 days ago
Well I have a suggestion
by FIONA (score: 2|168) 2891 days ago
Hey, sorry to take so long to answer your question - I've only just spotted it.

Alfred Nicholas Garden is in Kallista, east of Melbourne.

There's more info about it here:
by Sue Williams (score: 2|840) 2957 days ago
where is ANG ?
by schmu1 (score: 2|171) 2991 days ago

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