Exploring Victoria: 7 Must-Experience Road Trips from Melbourne

Exploring Victoria: 7 Must-Experience Road Trips from Melbourne

As much as Melbourne is Victoria’s epicentre of culture, entertainment, fashion, and food, venturing past the outskirts of the city and into the surrounding regions will reveal the remarkable scope of experiences that the state has to offer. Whether you’re an adventurous traveller or someone who prefers to be wined and dined, there’s no shortage of nearby towns offering memorable experiences to suit anyone and everyone, just a short road trip away.

1. Great Ocean Road

Drive from View Melbourne: 1 hour 25 minutes

Winding along the spectacular Victorian coastline, the Great Ocean Road is one of the most iconic road trip destinations in Australia, and it’s not hard to see why. Marvel at the majestic structures of the 12 Apostles, coined as the ‘jewel in the crown of the Great Ocean Road’.

Hungry? The choice is yours with a generous selection of breweries, wineries, cafes and restaurants.

Seeking an adventure? Golf courses, hiking trails, fishing, camping and surfing are just a handful of the countless opportunities to immerse yourself in nature.

Looking to relax and recharge? Indulge in the spas, retreats and shopping experiences to rejuvenate your sense of well-being.

The Twelve Apostles rock formations along the Great Ocean Road, Australia

2. Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges

Drive from View Melbourne: 1 hour

Sensational wineries, stunning vineyards and the magnificent scenery of the Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges lie less than an hour from Melbourne. World-class restaurants beckon and, as Victoria’s oldest wine region, decadent food is met with the most exquisite pour of matching wine.

Get up close with some of the region’s native wildlife, or take a tour through some of the quaint and quirky towns dotted throughout the region, offering boutique shops to explore and charming cafes to sit back and enjoy a coffee, or Devonshire tea if you’re feeling fancy.

For a truly unique experience, hop on board the historic steam train, The Puffing Billy. Take a step back in time as you wind through the ranges and over the hills, taking in the serene scenery from an unmatched perspective.

The Lakeside Station of the Puffing Billy Railway, nestled in the lush greenery of the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia

3. Daylesford and Hepburn Springs

Drive from View Melbourne: 1 hour 25 minutes

If you’re seeking gentle exploration, a relaxed day out, or perhaps a pampering session, add Daylesford and Hepburn Springs to the list. Recognised as Australia’s premier spa and hot spring country, reap the benefits of the mineral-enriched spring water by taking a dip in one of the many natural geothermal hot springs or sipping on the pure mineral water for a cleanse within.

Or, for something a little more indulgent, stop by one of the region’s many lavish day spas, such as Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa or The Spa At Lake House.

Although the hot springs and spas are the calling card, the fascinating history, incredible natural scenery, abundance of walking trails and charming essence of the area are all just as enjoyable. Take to the Hepburn Regional Park to immerse yourself in nature, or take the Historic Village Walk to see some of the town’s longest-standing factories, shops, homes and more.

A charming lakeside house surrounded by dense forest.

4. Phillip Island

Drive from View Melbourne: 1 hour 55 minutes

For a magic coastal escape, Phillip Island is the place to go. Stroll along pristine beaches and coastlines, hike through famously stunning trails, or hire an e-bike for a different spin on the experience! For nature lovers, whale watching on the Pyramid Rock Walk and seeing the penguins waddle home at sunset at the Penguin Parade are unforgettable experiences.

For those with adventurous spirits, motorsports, fishing, boating, surfing and kayaking are all activities you can add to your agenda. Want to enjoy the view at a slower pace? The spas, stargazing and shopping are right up your alley!

Then, come together for a well-earned beverage at any one of the island’s magnificent wineries and breweries.

Phillip Island Beach, where a group of adorable penguins gather for their nightly parade, delighting visitors with their charming antics

5. Mornington Peninsula

Drive from View Melbourne: 1 hour 5 minutes

Attracting millions of visitors each year, the Mornington Peninsula offers something special for everyone. Bike trails, water sports, and an array of adventurous attractions lie in wait for thrill seekers. Dive beneath the waves of the bay, or float along with the current as you snorkel over the incredible display of marine life.

Pack your walking shoes for a hike through beautiful parks, reserves and seaside tracks. Or, test your swing at some of Australia’s finest golf courses!

Treat your tastebuds at any one of the bars, restaurants, cafes and bistros dotted along your journey as you hop from town to town, stopping along the way to explore the quaint shops and markets filled with one-of-a-kind treasures.

Bushrangers Bay, with its turquoise waters and rugged rock formations, under a clear blue sky

6. Geelong and the Bellarine

Drive from View Melbourne: 1 hour

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head southwest to Geelong, Victoria’s largest regional town. As you enter the town, stop in at the Geelong Vintage Market to browse over 60 stalls of retro items, from vintage clothing to music records, vinyl, antiques and unique collectables.

Venture on towards the esplanade hugging Corio Bay and enjoy the public artworks that decorate the Waterfront Art Trail. Feeling peckish? Take your pick of the string of seaside eateries for lunch with a spectacular view. Immerse yourself in Geelong’s art scene at Boom Gallery or Geelong Gallery, tee off at Curlewis Golf Club, or get your heart racing at Adventure Park Geelong.

After a morning exploring the town, follow the coastline south to find yourself cruising along the Bellarine Peninsula, home to fabulous wineries, restaurants, shops and lookouts.

The Carousel at an amusement center in Australia

7. Ballarat

Drive from View Melbourne: 1 hour 30 minutes

Step back in time as you venture to one of the major historical homes of the 1850s gold rush boom at Ballarat. Family getaway? Take the kids to pan for gold at Sovereign Hill or to see live jousting at Krystal Castle.

Nature lovers can climb the extinct volcano of Mount Bunintong for spectacular views of the region. Or for those travelling at a more relaxed pace, sit back and enjoy the scenery at Lake Wendouree in the heart of Ballarat or take a stroll through the beautiful Botanic Gardens.

Indulge in the rich foodie scene and sample the local cuisine at any of the fantastic restaurants and cafes. Fancy a glass of wine? You’re spoilt for choice with the magnificent wineries dotted throughout the region.

Ballarat, a historic city in Victoria, Australia

Discover Victoria

The countryside and coastlines that embrace Melbourne are adorned with hidden gems, just waiting for you to discover them. These are just a few of the iconic destinations to experience while you’re staying in the city, all within a 2-hour drive of View Melbourne! Click here to explore our chic, spacious rooms and book your stay.