Working all week with same schedule can get monotonous and take away the excitement of life. To get away from the hectic city life and spend a relaxing weekend with your loved ones is all you need. This weekend abandon your monotonous schedule and drive to these locations for a short and leisurely trip.
- Great Ocean Road
Experience the spectacular Great Ocean Road and its dramatic scenery which is also a great touring route from Melbourne to Adelaide. Apart from mind sweeping scenery, this place also offers best in class surfing, fishing, a chance to see migrating whales, pristine beaches and national parks which makes this place perfect for weekend getaways as it successfully makes an ideal combination of leisure and adventure.
- Phillip Island
Located just 90 minutes drive from Melbourne, Phillip Island offers a variety of activities to suits everyone’s taste buds. Go swimming on beaches, get a fish hooked on renowned fishing hot spots, surf the rugged coastline, watch hundreds of little penguins in their natural habitat or the exciting motorsports. This place has everything for everyone which will never leave you disappointed.
- Yarra Valley Wine and Winery
Visit the beautiful range of cellar doors in Yarra Valley reflecting different styles in this cool climate area. Maintaining its reputation of one of the world’s great food and wine regions is a perfect location for short trip which is just a jump away from Melbourne.
- Lake Mountain
Drive for 2 hours from Melbourne to reach this paradise called Lake Mountain. Lake Mountain popularly known for ice skiing is an ideal place to spend some time with your family doing some snow man making or fun snowball fights. But it also have some exciting adventurous activities like 37 kilometer skies on snowshoes and downhill race in a toboggan to give you some adrenaline thrilling experience.
- Mt Buller ski slopes and alpine village
What can be better than snowboarding or skiing on a snow covered mountain on your weekends? Nothing, Mt Buller situated just 3 hour drive from Melbourne is the ideal place to be. Fun activities and events offered doubles the taste of this place when combined with a tranquil stay in alpine village.
- Mornington Peninsula
Just an hour’s drive away, Mornington Peninsula is a bliss to be. Fresh sea air blowing and delectable local cuisine makes the stay all the more relaxing. This place has a number of activities to offer. Go swimming or surfing in the gold sand beaches or soothe and relax yourself with some spa sessions, eat fresh vegetables and take a wine tasting journey to more than 50 boutique cellar doors.
- Grampians National Park
Take a short trip to Grampians National Park to spend some time exploring outdoor recreational opportunities. Home to rugged mountain ranges, this place is ideal for hiking, bushwalking and rock climbing with a display of beautiful wildflower along the way. Other than adventurous activities, you can go fishing and canoeing to spend sometime time relaxing. This park is open all year round however the best time to visit is from August-October.
- Hanging Rock
Drive for an hour through the Macedon Ranges to reach spectacular and unique Hanging Rock. Excite yourself with a forty minute climb to a six million years old volcanic creation. Pack some food and go picnic on top of the rock to double your fun.
- The Dandenong’s
Take a 35 km drive from Melbourne to The Dandenong’s and take a blissful Sherbrooke forest walk. This place has many walking trails including a walk to Sherbrooke falls featuring views of mountains and forest. This place is also a great picnic spot with a number of restaurants available in vicinity and BBQ and picnic table facility available at Sherbrooke Picnic Area.
- Puffing Billy
Step into ancient times and take a ride in open air steam train through Dandenong Ranges to enjoy a scenic ride. Puffing Billy provides an option to dine on train while enjoying the natural beauty or you can get down at Emerald Lake Park and enjoy picnic at the lake. It is to be noted, if you are planning to have lunch onboard then you must book in advance for luncheon.