Melbourne is a fantastic city. I’d go as far to say that it is one of the best. But sometimes it’s great to get away. Thankfully, Melbourne has plenty of trips on its doorstep. Here’s some of the best.
There’s enough to do in the Mornington Peninsula to keep you entertained for days. Take the hour-long drive from Melbourne and spend the day, or the weekend, cruising around wineries, hiking and exploring the beautiful coastline.
Great Ocean Road
Potentially one of the most iconic drives in Australia. Follow the road from Melbourne down to Adelaide passing stunning beaches, lush rainforest and those views we’ve all seen plastered on postcards. Pitch-up your tent and make a weekend of it!
Most visitors to Melbourne would have heard of Phillip Island. Advertisement for day trips are splattered all over tourist sites. Bus loads of tourists are shuttled there to watch hundreds of penguins shuffle back onto the beach every evening.
If you can stand the crowds then Philip Island makes a great day trip with its ragged coastline home to lots of Australia’s best flora and fauna.
Coastal Art Trail
If you only have a short time in Melbourne but want to experience some of its coastline then the Coastal Art Trail is for you. Take the train from the CBD to Mentone and brave the walk along the coast down to Brighton to catch the sun set with stunning views of the city.
One of my personal favorites, Wilsons Prom is best experienced over a weekend. Spot native wildlife in the bush, hike stunning coastal paths and get lost in nature. If you need to rejuvenate after a hard week in the city, then Wilsons Prom is for you.