EPIC ROAD TRIPS FROM MELBOURNE
Looking to go on a road trip and get away from the stresses of city life in Melbourne? Check out these fabulous locations, perfect for a weekend, or a few days if you can swing it. Jump in the car and explore one of these epic road trips from Melbourne. Whether it’s sun, surf, sand, snow, bush, lakes, mountains or rivers, Victoria has plenty to choose from for a change of scenery and outdoor adventure. Australia‘s southernmost mainland state is small but packed with stunning attractions.
Here is my list for the best places to visit in Victoria. I’ll give you a brief outline about each of these getaways from Melbourne and things to see and do there. I’m sure you will love them.
1. Great Ocean Road
One of the most epic road trips and iconic sites of Victoria, with many awesome places to stop along the way.
See the 12 Apostles, London Bridge, the Grotto sinkhole, and perfect beaches.
There are many fabulous beach towns, such as Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell.
Visit the Great Otway National Park, waterfalls, rainforests and the Cape Otway Lighthouse.
Ideal for 2 or 3 days at least.
The Great Ocean Road starts at Torquay (100km from Melbourne) and finishes at Warrnambool.
Total length of road is 243km, one direction.
A coastal city located at the end of the Great Ocean Road. It’s a popular destination all year round with heaps on offer.
Spectacular beaches to swim, surf, dive, or fish.
Walk, skate or cycle along the foreshore promenade.
Do some whale-watching at Logans Beach during Winter.
Enjoy the Deep Blue Hot Springs, Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village and plenty of events in Summer.
Perfect for a few days.
About 3.5 hrs drive from Melbourne.
3. Grampians National Park
Also known just as The Grampians, this is a stunning mountain range. Made up of several peaks, cliffs, waterfalls, open plains, lakes and waterways. Popular with hikers, rock climbers, and canoeists. Explore by car and foot, and camp out.
Famous sites to visit are The Pinnacle, The Balconies, MacKenzie Falls and Mt William which is the highest peak with complete views of the whole national park. It is also a rich aboriginal site with rock art throughout.
Spot native Australian wildlife and wildflowers.
Small towns to visit include Dunkeld, Stawell and Halls Gap.
A 3 hour drive west of Melbourne.
At least a 2 day stay is preferable.
4. Alpine National Park
A large mountainous park that forms part of the Victorian Alps with rivers, forests and plains. Popular for its snow resorts in Winter at Mt Buller, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek, to name a few.
Hiking, bushwalking, mountain biking, horse riding and white water rafting down the rapids are all popular alpine adventures here the rest of the year.
Towns include Bright, Mount Beauty, Mansfield, Bairnsdale, Orbost and Mount Bogong.
Approx. 2.5 hr drive from Melbourne to the foothills of the mountains.
Ideal for a weekend or longer.
Mt Feathertop, Alpine National Park, Victoria
Located near the boarder of New South Wales in the northwest region of Victoria, Mildura is close to the outback and hence is always warm. Famous as a fruit growing region.
Visit the Mungo National Park to explore indigenous history, and enjoy the walking trails and outback adventures.
Hire a Paddle Steamer or houseboat on the Murray River. Enjoy sandy river beaches, swimming and water sports, such as waterskiing.
A 6 hour drive from Melbourne.
A few days is ideal.
A lovely country town in the Wimmera region, a sheep farming and wheat growing area.
Visit the Wimmera River, Botanic Gardens, Police Paddock wetlands reserve, and fields of wildflowers.
A short 20 minute drive is Mount Arapiles and Mitre Rock, popular with rock climbers and adventurers.
Little Desert National Park is 30 min drive from Horsham, great for walking trails and seeing wildlife.
A 200km Silo art trail can be taken from Horsham to 6 small towns that are part of the huge outdoor art gallery.
A 3.5 hr drive from Melbourne and 30 minutes from The Grampians.
Ideal for a couple of days.
7. Lakes Entrance
Located in East Gippsland region, and part of the Gippsland Lakes, it is one of the most popular seaside resort towns by the ocean.
Visit Ninety Mile Beach, see the fishing trawlers at the harbour and go to one of the floating restaurants.
All manner of boating experiences available, including cruises, where you can spot dolphins.
Enjoy bike and walking tracks, swim and surf.
Approx. 3.5 hours drive from Melbourne.
Spend 2 or 3 days here.
8. Wilsons Promontory
The Southern-most point of the Australian mainland. Part of Gippsland region. Famous for its pristine beaches and camping.
Places to visit in the National Park are Mt Oberon summit walk, Lighthouse overlooking Bass Strait, Tidal River, Squeaky Beach, Whisky Beach, and Sealers Cove.
Popular for surfing and snorkelling, with plenty of nature walks, mountain hikes, forests, rivers, and wildlife to enjoy.
About 3 hours drive from Melbourne.
Two or 3 days is recommended.