Updated: Mar 17
1. Mornington Peninsula
Just a one hour drive south of Melbourne, this is a perfect getaway for couples, friend groups, or just someone looking for things to do near Melbourne. If you have read our article on the Top 14 Mornington Peninsula Wineries in 2020 That You’ll Love, you already know about some of the best 50+ wineries.
This spot is filled with non-stop activities such as: surfing, scuba diving, sailing, resorts, spas, horseback riding, golfing, and so much more!
Visit Arthur's Seat, the peak of Mornington Peninsula, where you can get breath-taking views, and instagram-worth pictures, of Port Phillip Bay, the city skyline, and Mount Macedon.
2. Yarra Valley
It takes less than one hour to drive to the Yarra Valley from Melbourne, Victoria connoisseurs of wine can not go wrong with this spot! Starting at Torquay, the winding stretch of road will lead you all the way down to Warrnambool, which is about 4 hours from the starting point.
Leave your cars at home, and find a designated driver or group that specializes in this destination. The region boasts 80+ vineyards that are renowned for producing some of that nation's top chardonnay, pinot noir, shiraz, and sparkling wine.
Some of the top wineries are Yering Station, Tarra Warra Estate, and Domaine Chandon. It's also known for fresh produce, upscale restaurants, and handmade cheeses!
3. Great Ocean Road
Add and knock this one off your bucket list, this is one of most proclaimed road trip destinations in the world! The scenic route takes you past some of the most exotic scenery of Australia, while also taking you through rainforests, and finally arrived at the renowned Twelve Apostles. The Twelve Apostles is a formation of weather-beaten rocks that just off of the coast.
If you want to skip the drive, take it by helicopter and tour the dramatic stretches of coastline, steep sea cliffs, and wildlife from a bird's eye view!
4. Phillip Island
WARNING: If you get easily attached to cute, little animal; keep scrolling!
Now that you have been cautioned... Just off the south coast of Victoria, Phillip Island attracts more than 3 million visitors a year, most in search for the Island's famous wildlife experiences!
It is also a home to koalas, seals, kangaroos, and wild wallabies. After leaving the Phillips Island Wildlife Park, where you can interact with the native koala and kangaroos, the time will arrive for what everyone is stoked to see. Each night around sunset, the cute waddlers return from the crashing ocean waves and back towards their burrow in the sand dune homes. You will be able to go across a boardwalk to get an up close look at the penguins!
Wine lovers, we haven't forgot about you. Enjoy a night of gourmet cheese and wine tasting at the Purple Hen Winery.
Located about 90 minutes northwest of the city, Daylesford is home to the largest concentration of natural mineral springs in Australia, boasting over 60 of them!
The town is filled with wellness centers, day spas, restaurants, cafes, and hotels. Perfect for any group looking to escape from the city life for a while, and just get away.
6. Wilsons Promontory National Park
Said to be the most southernmost part of mainland Australia, this region is famous for its huge beaches, soft sands, and gorgeous views overlooking the ocean that seems to never end. There's no wander why nature lovers and photographers come to Victoria's largest coastal wilderness area to capture the picturesque scenery that it has to offer.
Referred to as the "Prom" by locals; it is also known for its squeaky-clean beaches, that surfers will fall in love with, and also wildlife landscapes for adventure seekers who prefer to stay dry.
It's also a great spot tourists and locals looking to tour native wildlife like emus, wombats, and kangaroos!