Top 13 Places to Visit in Victoria

Daylesford & Hepburn Spring

Distance 110km Approx drive time 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Travel along the Western Highway through the thoroughbred country of Melton, home to many famous racehorses. Further along the highway, pass through Bacchus Marsh and Ballan, where historic architecture recalls the late 1800s and early 1900s. To the north, visit Lerderderg State Park or Wombat State Forest. Continue onto Daylesford. If you have time, unwind with a mineral bath or one of many other therapeutic treatments at the Hepburn Spa Resort.

Phillip Island


Distance 140km Approx drive time 2 hours

Commence your self drive experience to Phillip Island. Enroute, you can experience true Aussie hospitality at Warrook Cattle Farm. You are welcomed into the historic homestead with its antique furniture and open fires to enjoy a delicious home-cooked BBQ, join the weatherproof hayride for a “full farm tour” finishing with Billy Tea. Other activities include shearing, working sheep dogs, hand milking, feeding the lamb and boomerang throwing. Continue on to San Remo where you will cross the bridge to Phillip Island – home to the world famous Penguin Parade, one of Australia’s most popular natural tourist attractions. Discover Cape Woolamai where land and sea collide as pounding surf thunders against granite cliffs.

Yarra Valley


Melbourne to Yarra Valley – approximately 47 kilometres or 60 minutes

A visit to Domaine Chandon can easily be incorporated into a day spent exploring this beautiful area with its hills, forests, the famous animalsanctuary at Healesville and many other wineries with cellar door and restaurant facilities.

Hanging Rock


Approx 45 minutes drive from Melbourne

Hanging Rock has crammed in a lot over 6 million years…. from a reputed refuge for bushrangers to a colorful host of popular horse races, the Rock could tell you many tales about the region’s history… if you listen close enough…Hanging Rock (Mt. Diogenes) is a rare volcanic formation located near the townships of Woodend & Mount Macedon in Victoria, Australia. It is home of the Hanging Rock Cup & Races, and setting of the world renown novel & film Picnic at Hanging Rock. It is also home to various events and a wide array of native flora and fauna.

Great Ocean Road


Distance 670 klms to Port Campbell Return to Melbourne

Allow a 2 day car hire for the Great Ocean Road to see the sights. Coastal journey really starts at Torquay (outside of Geelong) where you can visit the famous Bells Beach and then head on into Anglesea. Great Surf Coast drive through to the popular town of Lorne and onto Apollo Bay driving along spectacular seacliff scenery. From Apollo Bay through the Otways National Park (and tree walk) onto Port Campbell where the now 8 Apostles remain from the initial 12 that used to stand. Don’t forget to sample some of the famous Port Campbell crayfish (Lobster). You have various options on the return route to Melbourne just ask our helpfull City booking office staff for maps and information.

Sorrento & Portsea

Sorrento and Portsea is approximately 1.5 hours south of Melbourne via the Nepean Highway. A year round car and passenger ferry service connects Sorrento with Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula, adding an extra dimension to the scenic experience. This makes exploring the region simple and completes the ‘Around the Bay’ touring route.

Sorrento and Portsea are popular summer destination spots for Melburnians and the places are crammed and vibrant over summer. Lots of Cafes, Hotels and things to do. You have Bay beaches for families and back beaches for surfing and fishing. Portsea beach is famous as it’s where allegedly the former Prime Minister of Australia went missing and his body was never found.

Alpine High Plains


Trip length 4 days – Total distance 898km – Road conditions All sealed roads

Experience Australia’s highest year-round-accessible sealed road, winding past lofty mountains, scenic valleys, towering forests, rivers, vineyards and farms. Along the way sample local produce and premium wine and make time to fish, cycle, climb or go horseback riding. Choose from a wide range of luxurious accommodation in the region.

Melbourne to Beechworth 3hrs 15mins; 285km
Beechworth to Omeo 3hrs 10mins; 209km
Omeo to Bairnsdale 1hr 30mins; 122km
Bairnsdale to Melbourne 4hrs; 282km

Grampians National Park


Distance from Melbourne: 260km (162 miles). Approximate drive time: 3 hours 30 minutes.

The Grampians National Park is 167,000 hectares of prime Aussie bushland, and stretches 90 kilometres north to south. While words and pictures can only partially re-create the majesty of the Grampians, numbers certainly help us understand the sheer size and biological importance of this region. Visit the town of Halls Gap first to get your bearings. Plenty of accomodation in the town.

Metung


Distance from Melbourne is approx 330 klm’s. Travelling time approx 4 hours.

This little gem can be easily missed as you head to Lakes Entrance from Bairnsdale in Gippsland. It is by far the best spot in the area yet most people miss it.There is plenty of accomodation in Metung if you consider staying overnight or for the weekend and it’s an ideal place to hire large boats and yachts. Get there and you will see what we mean by it being a gem!

Mildura


Distance from Melbourne to Mildura is 540 klm’s and journey takes approx 6 hours.

Mildura is located in the far north of the state of Victoria and is known as the sunshine capital of Victoria. The town is located on the Murray River and is on the edge of the desert. You can hire a house boat to explore the mighty Murray River or drive around the area and up to Broken Hill in NSW which is approx a 3 hour drive. The town itself is very large and laid back and has some excellent sunsets in the summer. Best time of the year to visit is Autumn, Winter and Spring as it gets a tad HOT in summer!

Information for Travel to Victoria’s Ski Resorts


Distance from Melbourne to Mildura is 540 klm’s and journey takes approx 6 hours.

Victoria’s snow season lasts from June to the end of September. Discover Victoria’s seven alpine resorts with affordable car rental from Melbourne Car Rental. Hire a wagon for skiing and snowboarding, toboggan and cross-country trails, snow tubing and family fun on offer. We allow our rental cars and minbuses to travel to the Victorian ski resorts and we can offer special packages for discount rates car hire for skiing holidays in Victoria. Victoria is also well known for it’s Cross Country Skiing options. Chains are to be used in most areas around the ski fields and are available for hire from many places on route to each Ski Resort.

Victoria’s Ski Resorts – Mt Hotham & Dinner Plain, Falls Creek, Mt Buller, Lake Mountain, Mt Baw Baw, Mt Stirling.

Travel Time & Distances to the 7 Ski Fields of Victoria

  • Mt Hotham & Dinner Plain– Travel time around 5 hours. Distance: 457 km via Hume Hwy & Great Alpine Rd.
  • Falls Creek – Travel time around 4 hours . Falls Creek is 356km from Melbourne.
  • Mt Buller – Distance: 263 kms / 3 hrs from Melbourne.
  • Lake Mountain – Distance: 170kms from Melbourne via Maroondah Highway approx 2 hours drive.
  • Mt Baw Baw – Located 153 kilometres via Yarra Junction approx 1.5 hours from Melbourne.
  • Mt Stirling – Approx 250 klms from Melbourne drive time approx 2.5 hours.