Wander the unique landscape of the Grampians, a region that was created millions of years ago and is now the ultimate playground for adventurers and a haven for food and wine lovers. Travel just three hours from Melbourne and arrive at the Grampians National Park, a majestic mountain range that feels like another world. Trek up to mountain lookouts offering panoramic views and stand beneath misty waterfalls, get close to iconic native wildlife and then turn in for the night beneath star-filled skies. When you’re done with scenic trails, canoeing trips and fishing excursions, it’s time to explore the famous Silo Art Trail as well as some of Australia’s oldest vines and olive groves. Sip local varietals, sample local gourmet treats and indulge at Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel, one of the best fine dining destinations in the country.
The scenic drive along the mighty Great Ocean Road offers endless white beaches, towering cliffs and rugged coastal scenery. But venture off the beaten path and you'll uncover lesser known attractions that will surprise and inspire. Walk the quiet trails through hinterland and lush rainforest to enjoy a picnic at Hopetoun and Beauchamp Falls in the Great Otway National Park near Lorne. Soak up the scenery and watch as the water cascades down to the forest floor. While you're there, stop to walk through the magical surrounds of the California Redwood forest on the edge of the Aire River. The trees were planted back in the 1930s and now stand as high as 60 metres.
Land in Victoria's snowfields in wintertime and choose from an endless list of fun activities, from skiing and snowboarding to snowshoeing and tobogganing. Get your heart racing on a snowmobile ride through winter landscapes or race down white slopes on a tube or toboggan. Take in the snow-covered peaks of the Alpine National Park on an Alpine dog sledding adventure. Have a go taking the reins and then finish up with a cuddle with the dogs. Come nightfall, a cosy wood fire and cheese fondue awaits in glamping tents at a local wilderness retreat. From Victoria's largest snowfield in Falls Creek and family friendly Mt Buller to Australia's powder capital, Mt Hotham, there's plenty of options on offer for your après ski holiday this winter.
Walk through Melbourne's famous laneways, known for their eye-catching and ever-evolving street art, but dig a little deeper to find myriad delights after dark. Spice things up with dinner at one of the laneways' renowned eateries, such as Chin Chin on Flinders Lane. A local favourite, this Thai diner serves up fiery share plates, like suckling pig pancakes. Italophiles will love the authentic Italian fare at Sarti. Hit the bar to savour local and Italian wines or settle into the rooftop terrace to tuck into signature dishes. Nightcap calling? Melbourne's winding laneways offer up countless possibilities. Don your denim for a beer at Cherry Bar in ACDC Lane, choose your poison at Presgrave Place's Bar Americano or kick back on the outdoor tables of Section 8 in Tattersalls Lane.