Read on to discover our picks of the best Victorian weekend getaways!
Victoria is one of Australia’s gems. With such different terrains and attractions, from wineries to mountains and surf beaches, it’s easy to find a dream weekend to suit everybody. And as Victoria is one of the smaller states in Australia, it’s easy to get around.
A few hours southwest of Melbourne, the Grampians offer magnificent terrain for those wanting to connect with nature. The mountainous landscapes are a trekkers and climbers paradise, with volcanic rock merging with green peaks and iconic waterfalls. Take the hour-long walk up to the lookout, or for a more challenging climb take one of the many longer trails.
There are many camping spots for those who enjoy roughing it, or you can opt for a romantic bed and breakfast. Either way, the ultimate outdoor adventure that the Grampians provide is easily why Grampians National park is one of the best victorian weekend getaways.
Bright is the perfect all season retreat. The town is the perfect base camp, and is one of the best winter weekend getaways Victoria offers for skiers and snowboarders as it’s located close Mt Buffalo, Falls Creek and Mt Hotham. In Autumn the hills take on the red, brown and yellow tones of fall, providing beautiful panoramic views and numerous trails to lose yourself in.
For those who desire a more rigorous holiday, 100 kilometres of sealed bike ride stretches from Wangaratta to Bright along an old railway line. Take the day to stop in Beechworth and Myrtleford or enjoy the local breweries and wineries from the Great Alpine Valley. Visitors can also spend the day hiking up to the top of Mystic Hill, which also happens to be a great launching ground for the avid paraglider or hang glider.
The Yarra Valley
Despite it’s proximity to the city, the Yarra Valley is all rolling hills, farmland and vineyards making it one of the best victorian weekend getaways, close to Melbourne. Relax, rent a chalet for two, or bring your group of friends for a getaway with a view and (hopefully) a hot tub. Wine and local produce are on the agenda with the region’s world renowned vineyards forming a cluster around the area. One way to see beautiful panoramic views of the Valley is from above. Take a hot balloon flight at sunrise to start your day with a little magic before heading to Healesville Village for a coffee and local shopping spree. Proceed to Kennedy & Wilson for chocolate tasting and then finish your day with dinner and wine tastings at some of the most celebrated vineyards in the iconic valley. Just remember to keep it safe and nominate a designated driver. Wine not!
The Mornington Peninsula
The Mornington Peninsula holds enough coastal views and activities to easily take up both days of the weekend – if not more. Port Phillip’s beaches are spacious and ideal for families with small children or even windsurfing. Head to Rosebud, Rye and Mornington for the best beaches. From there hit up the iconic Peninsula Hot Springs, which in themselves are enough to make the Mornington Peninsula one of the best victorian weekend getaways. Relax in the natural thermal waters as they soak away all the stress of the work week.
For the golfers, Moonah Links has one of the best courses in the area. Spend the day on the green and relax at the resorts spa after lunch or explore the region’s wineries – a must do for the peninsula region. A hike up Arthurs Seat is also great day to spend the day. The mountain is the highest point on the peninsula with panoramic views reaching all the way to Melbourne’s skyline on a clear day and range of walks with varying levels of difficulty.
So there you have it. Enough weekend activities to last you at least a month! Remember if you find yourself in a sticky situation call Marshall Batteries for roadside assistance, a jump start, a new battery or even a fuel top up!
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