Weekend getaways from Melbourne
Melbourne is a fantastic city with heaps of things to do and its location is perfect for weekend getaways allowing you to discover new amazing spots. So, if you don’t have anything planned for the weekend or need a break from the hustle and bustle, don’t worry! There are always beautiful places to discover only at a short drive from Melbourne!
As you know, Summer arrived in Melbourne and the beach is calling, so here are some seriously cool destinations worth checking out this summer!
Distance from Melbourne: 1h
The Yarra Valle is a MUST: best wine and cheese on Earth!
The lush Yarra Valley is Victoria’s premier wine region and weekend getaway, partly for its proximity to Melbourne, but especially for the 80-plus wineries, superb restaurants, national parks and wildlife.
Top wineries: Zonzo, Yering Station and Meletos.
Photo by Zonzo
Also, the Yarra Valley has a long history of dairy farming so you will find a wide range of cheeses and delicious artisan food. There is a fantastic place called Yarra Valley Dairy that has a great cheese selection and you can buy as much cheese as you want!
This is the best plan for foodies and wine lovers around Melbourne. But remember, don’t drive! 😉
Distance from Melbourne: 2h
If you are a nature lover or surf lover you are going to have fun at Philip Island!
Take one weekend to explore the natural wonders of land and sea, from the nightly penguin parade and colony of fur seals to sleepy koalas, migrating birds and the pristine landscapes of the National Surfing Reserve and Rhyll Inlet.
At this time of the year, you have the opportunity to see the spectacle of over a million short-tailed shearwaters returning to their colony in very large numbers at sunset. The birds fly 8,000 kilometers annually from the Alaskan Aleutian Islands to breed at Phillip Island! It’s absolutely amazing to watch millions of birds flying over your head! Watch out and cover your face!
Distance from Melbourne: 1:15h
Travel the region from top to toe in just 30 minutes. With everything on the peninsula within easy reach, there’s plenty of ways to fill your day. Spend a morning scuba diving around Portsea, encounter stunning sea dragons as you snorkel the underwater trail around Rye pier, and frolic with the seals and dolphins in the waters of Sorrento. You can also go to thermal mineral pools or if you are a surfer, there are several beaches where you can catch good waves!
Photo by Peninsula Hot Springs
On the other hand, Mornington is well known for its wineries. There are more than 50 boutique cellar doors and the region’s renowned pinot noir. Around, you can visit galleries, craft markets or artisan workshops around Red Hill and Main Ridge.
Top wineries: Polperro, Green Olive and Montalto. Don’t miss out!
Distance from Melbourne: 1:20h
The surfing capital of Australia!
Torquay has it all! It is known as the ‘Surf Capital of Australia’ and the town contains numerous businesses and manufacturers related to the pastime who have long been sponsors of the Easter surfing championships at Bells Beach. Torquay is also a popular fishing spot and a seaside holiday resort. Located 95 km south-west of Melbourne and 22 km south of Geelong at the eastern end of the Great Ocean Rd.
As you can imagine it’s a good spot for pro surfers, but it’s a fantastic place for surf lessons as well. There are many surf hire stores around which is handy for beginners!
If water is not your thing, lace up your boots and start planning your Surf Coast Walk. Spend an hour, a day or longer exploring this spectacular coastal walk that showcases the heart of the coastal landscape.
If you have enough time, visit the nearby villages, which are on the way to the Great Ocean road. Geelong, Lorne and Kennett River are some of them, which are worth seeing!
So, pack your bags and hit the road!
Let’s Go Australia!