BY: VANESSA ROBERTS
In case you haven’t figured it out by now, Melbourne is pretty great. Bars, cutting-edge coffee spots, restaurants and fun things happen around every bend. When you live in Melbourne, or even when you’re just visiting, your days are bound to be jam-packed with cool stuff and plenty of excitement.
As travellers to Melbourne will know, once you have taken the steps to book a serviced apartment in Melbourne, and you have ticked off all of the major attractions and fun in the city, you might want to try something outside the main city vicinity. That’s when you need to saddle up the car and head off to one of these great day trips.
After all, Melbourne is within leaping distance to a bunch of awesome spots for day trips – so soak them up here.
This is top of the list for many a Melbourne-dweller – the scenery is stunning and it’s not too far away. There are plenty of notable spots to stop and take a walk around, and you can also take in attractions like the Healesville Sanctuary or the Yarra Valley Dairy. There are wineries a-plenty and lots of opportunities to take pictures and enjoy the sights.
Set off early on this day trip to ensure that you maximise the fun here. The Mornington Peninsula is a huge drawcard for many people – with wineries, beach and walks to do – and you can enjoy all of these things at your leisure on this day trip. Take a look at the Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens or just enjoy the scenery – you can do as much or as little as you like.
#3 Phillip Island
Who doesn’t like tiny penguins? Not many people. With 3 million people visiting the area annually, you can be pretty sure that most of them are there for the penguins. If you’re visiting in October, you can enjoy the Grand Prix Circuit hosting the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
The perfect place for relaxation. A key attraction of Daylesford is the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa (yep, that’s the name) where you can enjoy scrubs and massages – among other delights. Check out the Convent Gallery if you’re keen on your art.
Surfing enthusiasts can step right up here because the waves are top-notch. Once you’ve satiated your appetite for the waves you can enjoy this artsy town’s simple pleasures. Enjoy a spot of sightseeing or take a drink at the Queenscliff Hotel.
#6 The Dandenongs
Mount Dandenong – at 633 meters – is the perfect vantage point from which to look down on Melbourne. Take a gander at the William Ricketts Sanctuary and enjoy the old growth forests.
This artist’s sanctuary is a great spot where you can enjoy great food, arts and crafts and a spot of shopping. A lovely way to spend a day.
This spot is a mere stone’s throw from Melbourne – with a huge number of attractions and an equally large number of spots to chill out and enjoy the area. There’s Erskine Falls nearby, and if you’re staying in Lorne be sure to get some tasty fresh seafood from the Lorne Pier where there’s a fresh catch sold daily.
Not too far from Melbourne, and a whole lot of fun. This is a very popular spot for daytrippers who might not have a car – with the great V/Line service servicing the area frequently, it’s a wonderful option. Check out the Bendigo Art Gallery or take a trip further afield to Castlemaine for some fun.
Explore the journey here and be sure that your trip includes a trip to the Beechworth Bakery – their cakes are pretty much the best thing ever.
What activities do you recommend to do outside of Melbourne? Let us know in the comments below!
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