Melbourne has plenty of great spots to day trip to just outside the city. If you feel like breaking free from the CBD for a few hours or the whole day, here are some of the best day trips that Melbourne has to offer.
Yarra Valley Wineries
Here you’ll find some of the world’s finest wineries including Domaine Chandon. Many of the wineries here offer tours, tastings and lunch. For wine lovers and foodies alike, a trip to the Yarra Valley is a must on your holiday ‘to do’ list.
For a day of pampering in incredible natural and beautiful surrounds, Daylesford is the ideal day trip destination. While there are plenty of luxurious bathhouse and spas to keep you relaxed, there’s also some fine dining to be had in the region and an art gallery that is a must see. Give yourself plenty of time to take everything in.
Renowned for its penguins, Phillip Island is an unspoiled part of the world not far from Melbourne’s CBD. Before the famous ‘penguin parade’ begins, take a walk along the boardwalk path at Nobbies or take in the flowers at the Cranbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. If you are mostly interested in visiting Phillip Island to see the penguins, it’s a good idea to invest in a Penguins Plus ticket which will enable you to get incredibly close to these cute little creatures.
From the summit of Mount Dandenong you get a magnificent view of Melbourne. During your visit, check out William Ricketts Sanctuary where the artist spend decades populating the surrounding forest with ceramic sculptures. The Puffing Billy steam train is also a draw card and kids love it. Once you start to get hungry, head to Miss Marple’s Tea Rooms for some delicious treats.
For this day trip, no car is needed. It’s so easy to catch a train there and spend the day enjoying the city before catching a train home. The period railway station itself is a sight to behold.
One of the major attractions of Bendigo is the Bendigo Art Gallery. As one of the most prominent regional art galleries in Australia, it’s always showcasing exceptional talent.
Melbourne has so much to offer both in and outside the CBD. Day-tripping is one of the best ways to really immerse yourself in a city, and with Melbourne’s rich culture and natural wonders to explore there are arguably a never ending list of fascinating day trips to be enjoyed.