Let's go on a road trip

Beyond the lively buzz of the city lies Victoria’s diverse regions. There’s many a scenic road to drive, town to explore or small village to nestle into for the evening. Give yourself time to explore and relax, there’s lots to look at, take in and visit.

Escape to the Yarra Valley for indulgent food and wine adventures, encounters with fascinating Australian wildlife, a dose of local history and some invigorating walks in stunning parks. The best part is, it’s less than an hour from Melbourne.

It’s no secret that one of the best ways to see the Yarra Valley is from above at sunrise, floating high over the vineyards in a hot air balloon. And the best way to see the neighbouring Dandenong Ranges’ lush fern glades, towering trees and eclectic villages is on Puffing Billy, Australia’s beloved steam train. Fortunately, there’s no age limit for this escapade.

It’s Ballarat’s immaculately preserved heritage backdrop that’s so enticing, but scratch the surface and you discover a thriving hub of contemporary arts, events, food and wine – just 80 minutes from Melbourne.

Iconic wildlife and family fun, stunning white beaches and welcoming seaside villages – you’ll find it all on a seaside holiday at Phillip Island, just 90 minutes from Melbourne. Known for its unmissable Penguin Parade, there’s so much more to see, do and taste on this little island with a big reputation.  

Smell the burning rubber and hear the engines roar at the world famous Grand Prix Circuit, or get bigger thrills aboard a helicopter or fishing charter to explore the island’s treasures by air or by sea. Experience the pristine coastlines and world-class surf beaches of Phillip Island, recently declared a National Surfing Reserve.

No visit to Ballarat is complete without a trip to Sovereign Hill open-air museum and historical park, where you can relive life during the 1850s gold rush. The gold rush is responsible for the regional centre’s magnificent architecture and wide, tree-lined boulevards. Take a self-guided heritage walk to take it all in. Alongside all the old-world charm and grandeur, you’ll find excellent accommodation options, fine food and wine, stylish boutiques, and contemporary arts and culture. It truly is the best of both the past and present.

Breathe in the fresh sea air, sample local cuisine, and soak up the relaxed beachside lifestyle of the Mornington Peninsula, just an hour from Melbourne. The compact region packs in plenty of activities.

Indulge in a relaxing thermal spa and play golf on a cliff-top course. Reconnect with nature in pristine national parks, or boost your adrenaline in, on and around the water by surfing, scuba diving or bush walking. Travel alone, or book a tour and discover the peninsula’s best from knowledgeable locals. Whichever way you go, you’re bound to sample the renowned wines and gourmet delights – and feel better for it.