So you’re travelling to the ‘World’s Most Livable City’ – Melbourne! While you could easily spend your entire time here wandering up and down the city streets, there are a couple of things you don’t want to miss, all close enough for a day trip! Use this list to help plan your next holiday.
Less than two hours from the CBD, Ballarat offers a taste of the quiet life – whilst still being a bit of a metropolis. Full of gorgeous old architecture, Ballarat is the largest inland city in Victoria! For a fun experience the whole family will enjoy, head to Sovereign Hill, ‘Australia’s foremost outdoor museum’. Journey back through time to the gold rush era - circa. 1851 - and learn how to make boiled lollies, travel down into a mine, and even pan for gold!
Great Ocean Road
It’s called ‘Great’ for a reason! Starting in Torquay, only an hour and a half from Melbourne, the road spans some 243 kilometers of stunning coastlines. It would take roughly three and a half hours to drive non-stop, but why would you want to do that? The beautiful drive is filled with photo opportunities, including the world famous Twelve Apostles. Regardless of whether you drive yourself, or take a bus tour, you’re sure to stop at many lovely coastal towns, like Anglesea and Lorne. Bring your camera for this trip!
Only an hour and a half from the CBD, Healesville is nestled in the glorious Yarra Valley. Not only is the drive there absolutely spectacular, the town itself is filled with boutique shopping and quaint cafes. Best known for Healesville Sanctuary, a native animal zoo, you’ll have the opportunity to get up close with kangaroos, emus, and koalas in a stunning bushland setting. Hedgend Maze is a favourite with families across Victoria. Enjoy a picnic among the acres of pristine lawns before tackling the three mazes, followed by a round of mini-golf.
Australia is known for its gorgeous beaches, and the Mornington Peninsula is no exception! Only an hour from Melbourne, you’ll find beautiful calm beaches like Safety Beach, or wave’s great for surfing at Portsea. If you’d prefer to stay out of the water, there are wineries and breweries a plenty in the Red Hill region. If you head over to Arthurs Seat, you’ll be able to catch a gondola to the top of the mountain, giving you panoramic views of the entire peninsula! You can even pick your own strawberries at a local farm following your trip up the hill!
This list is by no means exhaustive. Melbourne has hundreds of adventures and day trips, from beaches to bushwalking, and everything in between. Make Melbourne your next holiday, and discover all the amazing activities it has to offer.