Majestic rainforests, magnificent beaches, Great ocean roads, breathtakingly beautiful landscape, world-class wineries, mineral-rich hot springs – Victoria is perhaps the most vibrant, dynamic and beautiful region in Australia.
Due to its relatively smaller geographical area, Victoria region has numerous destinations for a weekend getaway. It takes a couple of hours to drive from Melbourne to discover the incredibly wonderful places in Victoria.
Planning a weekend getaway can be overwhelming, especially when there’s a lot to explore. And here we have listed down top 3 destinations that are perfect for a much-needed break!
1. Stunning Yarra Valley
An hour’s drive from Melbourne’s CBD and you will find yourself in the lush and beautiful Yarra Valley. Famous for its vineyard-cloaked slopes, Victoria’s Yarra Valley has some of the world-class wineries. An ideal place for wine-lovers to explore their passion for wines. You can see the process of winemaking and also taste the finest wines. And yes, don’t miss the hot air balloon ride to get an unbeatable view of the lush green vineyards and farms in the Yarra Valley.
2. Delightful Daylesford
With a stunningly scenic Central Highland setting, Daylesford is just 90 minutes drive from Melbourne. Known as Spa town, Daylesford offers a never-ending array of ways to relax and take a break from the humdrum of hectic life. Drive down to the mineral-rich and therapeutic Hepburn Springs and unwind yourself at one of the nearby wellness centres. If you want to embark on some adventure, Daylesford won’t disappoint you. Head to Hanging rock or to Mount Macedon where you can see stunning garden amid wild, rugged bushland.
3. Fascinating Philip Islands
Soak up in the undulating coastline brimming with irresistible charm and natural beauty, situated at a short distance from Melbourne. The isolated beach offers a fertile environment for the native flora and fauna to thrive, particularly – the fairy penguins. Heaven for animal-lovers, you can enjoy the penguins roaming freely in their natural habitat. And adventurous souls can participate in the exciting water activities at Woolamai. It has some of the most dependable surf conditions in the country.
How to Reach these Destinations?
Since they are just a few hours from Melbourne, you can drive down in your car to these locations. If you are a tourist, there are several car rental services in Melbourne offering rental cars.