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Published March 6th 2016
Melbourne day trips
Melbourne has some of the best opportunities for a staycation. Whether you're suffering from post holiday blues and need something to look forward to, or just want that holiday feeling without having to get on a plane, there's so much to do in Victoria that's perfect for day trips.
1. Lake Mountain Spend the day playing in untouched snow, sipping hot chocolate, hiking and sledding at Lake Mountain. Lake Mountain is easily accessible from Marysville, which is just a two hour drive from the city. Save yourself the hassle of driving up the mountain in traffic and book yourself on the snow bus which jumps the queues. The main street in Marysville also has places to hire snow boots and accessories. During the winter months the sledding area is full of children playing, but if you take a short walk up the hill or through the ski area, it's very peaceful and quiet. If you rarely leave the city this is a beautiful location to experience snow without having to go too far.
Just one hour from the city you can find some of Victoria's best wineries, some with stunning views of the peninsula. Jack Rabbit and Terindah Estate are a stones throw from each other, both with great restaurants, amazing wine and a short distance from even more great wineries. If you're a fan of wine and want to try something different from the Yarra Valley and Mornington, Bellarine Peninsula is a great alternative.
Also only one hour from Melbourne you'll find some of the best views of the coast. On a clear day you can faintly see the Melbourne CBD skyline from Arthurs Seat, it's a great place to stop by on your way to Rosebud Beach. While in the area the Peninsula Hot Springs is a tranquil place to relax, but book in advance as it gets pretty busy.
4. Melbourne Zoo If you're looking for somewhere you can still get to by tram, Melbourne Zoo provides a fun day out. There's a wide range of animals including elephants, giraffes, lions and meerkats, as well as indigenous animals, including kangaroos and koalas. If you still want an animal fix afterwards, take a trip to Yarra Bend Park for a barbecue or picnic where you'll see hundreds of flying foxes around sunset.
5. Daylesford Just under an hour and a half from the city is Daylesford. A stunning country town with a gorgeous restaurant for a memorable lunch spot, The Lake House. It's also worth heading to the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa for a dip in the warm minerals pools.