Parks & gardens touring route
Scented gardens and peaceful parks
301 km/187 miles, about 3.5 hours
Wander through the tall trees and fern-filled gullies of the Dandenong Ranges, discover historic sites in national parks, and while away the days in manicured public gardens – all within an easy 60-minute drive of Melbourne.
Known for many as Australia's garden state, Victoria has hundreds of beautiful public gardens and peaceful national parks. Explore the countless gardens of the state's south east. Visit the National Rhododendron Gardens, play with the kids in a hedge maze, or meander through the lavender gardens, sculpture parks and nature reserves that are home to a wide range of Australian fauna.
While away the morning with a picnic by the Yarra River then walk through the city and on up to Carlton Gardens and the Melbourne Museum.
56 km/35 miles, about 1 hour
Journey into lush forests, visit the rhododendron garden, or watch rosellas in the Alfred Nicholas Garden.
140 km/87 miles, about 1.5 hours
Head off to see the seals, penguins and koalas and then visit the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne.
105 km/65 miles, about 1 hour
Wander through coastal landscapes, explore Ashcombe Maze, or spend an afternoon in the sculpture garden.
Venture into Melbourne's hidden spaces and iconic laneways and find an eclectic nightlife, tantalising food and wine, a dynamic arts scene and more.
Combine the best of Europe's coastal living with traditional Aussie charm on the Mornington Peninsula, just an hour from Melbourne.
Join families and fans of water sports travelling just 90 minutes from Melbourne to see penguins, international motor sports and waterfront living.
Escape to the Yarra Valley for indulgent food and wine, and disappear into fern glades and forests in the Dandenong Ranges.