Want To Get Out Of The City? The Top Destinations To Book Accommodation Around Melbourne

By Budget Motels on 29 January 2018

Escaping the city is often at the top of the list, particularly during the summer – we want to enjoy the nice weather somewhere quieter and more peaceful.

Here are some of the top destinations around Melbourne where you can still book accommodation:

  • Ballarat
    At only an hour and a half’s drive from Melbourne, Ballarat is a hugely popular tourist destination. Best known for its goldfields and its role in the Eureka Rebellion, the city is a wealth of historical wonder – check out Sovereign Hill. There are also plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy (from mazes to wildlife parks) and it’s only a short drive to Daylesford.
  • Bendigo
    At about 2 hours and 20 minutes drive from Melbourne, Bendigo has long been a major tourist destination for those wanting to explore the heart of regional Victoria. Whether you’re interested in the history (Central Deborah Gold Mine), events scene (Groovin the Moo) or the natural attractions that the region offers, you will never be bored.
  • Echuca
    At a little over 2 and a half hours drive from Melbourne, Echuca is very popular amongst families and sports enthusiasts. Take a ride on one of the original paddle steamers that used to ferry goods up and down the Murray River, check out the Southern 80 Ski Race or spend the day wandering the Kyabram Fauna Park.
  • Geelong
    At only an hours drive from Melbourne, Geelong is the perfect destination for those wanting to stay a bit closer to home. Take a dip in one of the sheltered bay beaches or test the surf at one of the ocean beaches. Dine on the region’s delicious local produce – wineries and breweries included! Or spend the day at the carousel or maze with the kids.
  • Mildura
    At almost 6 hours drive from Melbourne, Mildura could be just the destination for you – if you don’t mind a bit of a drive. Whether you’re stopping over on your way to the Aussie outback or you want to enjoy the popular food and wine region to the fullest, there are plenty of attractions to keep you amused – art, culture, history, nature and more!
  • Mornington Peninsula
    At just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula is one of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations. With a wealth of bay and ocean beaches lined with golden sand, not to mention gorgeous hot springs, exclusive golf courses and wineries galore, there are plenty of things to see and do throughout the region.
  • Warrnambool
    At about 3 hours drive from Melbourne, Warrnambool is located on the beautiful Great Ocean Road and is hugely popular amongst those wanting to catch a glimpse of a whale (which can be seen from May to October). The town also has a rich events and cultural scene, with the Fun4Kids festival drawing tourists from around the state every year.

If you’re looking to get out of the city one last time before going back to school, we hope that some of these destinations have inspired you. You really don’t have to travel far out of Melbourne to escape the hustle and bustle of city life – with plenty of fabulous restaurants, attractions and scenic drives to enjoy, you’ll never want to go home.