Melbourne is a lively and exciting city full of energy and activity. However, if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle and just escape from it all for a day, then there are plenty of scenic and relaxing places to explore, which are just a short drive out from the city. Here, we explore some of the most fabulous day trips in Melbourne.
The Great Ocean Road
Admire misty waterfalls, iconic surf breaks and marvel at the towering 12 Apostles as you discover a wide range of things to see and do in the region. From cultural and heritage attractions to scuba diving and sea kayaking; there is truly something for everyone along this most inspiring coastal drives. Explore seaside villages and surf towns or get up close and personal with the wildlife at Tower Hill.
World famous for its unforgettable penguin parade, Phillip Island is an animal lover’s paradise. Attracting over 3 million visitors a year, the penguins on Phillip Island march every day to the delight of all who come to see. You will also find a Koala conservation centre and a host of native Australian seabirds on this beautiful island. Find a nice secluded spot on the beach for a picnic or take a stroll down the boardwalk or through the natural gardens that surround this magical place.
Mornington Peninsula: Red Hill Markets and Hot Springs
Spend the morning exploring Red Hill Markets and all it has to offer in the way of quality crafts and delicious food before taking a short drive to Peninsula Hot Springs for a soak in one of a range of outdoor pools. Thermal mineral pools, a hilltop pool, cave pool or Turkish steam bath await you so you can spend a decadent afternoon relaxing. If you’re not too full from sampling the food at the market, why not order a light lunch to be provided for you at the hot springs.
The Dandenong Mountains
Climb to the summit of Mount Dandenong for a breath-taking panoramic view of Melbourne, which will leave you reeling. Take time to see the wildlife, take a nature walk or take a load off your feet and have a trip on the old-fashioned Puffing Billy steam train. You can book to have your lunch or dinner on this luxurious blast from the past.
This intricate network of caverns features limestone rock formations, naturally carved out by ancient rivers dating back over 400 million years. Located in a nature reserve, after exploring the well-lit and spacious caves, you can relax with a gentle stroll or have a picnic in lush surroundings. Get up nice and early if you want to experience the caves natural splendour at its best.
There are plenty of places to visit around Melbourne, so why not find a base with RNR Melbourne, and truly take in the delights of the area.