Gather your closest culture vultures and hit the road to explore some of Australia's best galleries. Regional villages in Victoria have tonnes of public and private galleries, open studios and exhibitions in the picture. Take in the big-ticket galleries in Bendigo and Ballarat, browse Tarrawarra with a wine in hand, and explore galleries big and small in Daylesford.
Outside, see extraordinary, unlikely street art in Benalla, and venture to the Wimmera to see the incredible mural painted on silos in Brim.
Sign up for surf camp and give Johnny Utah a run for his money – or your friends a good laugh. It's a swell way to hang (ten) with the gang. Surf hot spots on the Great Ocean Road (start in Torquay), and Phillip Island has surf schools and places to hire boards. Some outfits, such as Girls on Board, offer full-weekend glamp, surf-and-stay packages.
On the Mornington Peninsula, stand-up paddle boarding tests the core, and snorkel tours introduce you to new aquatic pals. On the Murray, dial it up with a water-ski session or paddle at your own pace on a canoe trip.
Land lovers, lace up and take your friendship to new heights in the Grampians, or hit the beach on the Great Ocean Walk. In the High Country, saddle up for a horse riding tour (with winery stops), pedal your way around (with winery stops) or increase the speed on a trike or convertible tour (leave logistics to your designated driver).
Want to up the ante? Rock out with a climbing lesson in the Grampians. In winter, shred it on the snowfields: Mt Hotham, Falls Creek and Mt Buller offer extensive ski school programs, including the Mim Sodergren Women’s Program.
No-one ever grows out of roadtrips with friends. Pack your playlist and pals, and explore Victoria's favourite trips. Take in the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians on the Great Southern Touring Route or take the alpine air on the High Country's Great Alpine Road. From day trips to multi-day adventures, there's a road trip to suit your playlist and life-long friends.