Great sights, small journeys: Top 5 big days out from Melbourne

One of the things we love about Victoria is its size. A little smaller than the UK, you can see kangaroos in the wild, taste fine wine, and relax in spa country, in just a single day. Here’s our top five big days out from Melbourne…

*1. Drink wine whilst the sun shines in the Yarra Valley

Vineyard in the Yarra Valley

Vineyard in the Yarra Valley

Only a one hour drive from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is perfect for day trippers, whether you want to explore the region’s world famous vineyards or grab your walking boots and hike through the rolling hills or forests and ferns of the Dandenongs. Base yourself in the pretty town of Healesville for easy access to a host of boutique wineries, including the excellent Innocent Bystander,    Tarrawarra Estate and St Huberts to name a few.

*2. Chill out in spa country

Been on the road on a big trip across Australia? The best place to chill out only 90 minutes away from Melbourne. Daylesford is spa country, and has been dedicated to the health and wellbeing of visitors and locals for over a century. Soak in natural mineral springs, walk through lush gardens and tuck into olive oil, truffles, cheeses and artisan breads at farmers’ markets.

*3 Kick back with the koalas and kangaroos

KangaroosThe wilderness is on  your doorstep in Melbourne. Make the most of it with eco-tour operator Echidna Walkabout‘s new day trip Koalas and Kangaroos in the wild, which is set to launch in April 2013. Joining a small group and an experienced wildlife guide, you’ll tramp through natural bushland to meet wild koalas and see mobs of kangaroos on the plains and in open forests – all whilst benefiting their natural habitat just through being there.

*4 Hit the beach on Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

View of Sorrento/Portsea

Beach bums, wine lovers and foodies have been flocking to the beautiful bays at Mornington Peninsula. And for good reason too. The turquoise waters are the perfect place to dive into adventurous activities from sea kayaking or scuba diving to thundering along a beach on horseback.  And the local wine is world class and the fresh seafood is bountiful. Yummy!


*5. Pick up a penguin at Phillip Island

Alternatively, in just one hour you could be in Phillip Island visiting koalas, Australian fur seals and the famous penguin parade. Take your spot by the sea as the sun sets and watch hundreds of little penguins emerge from the waters  and start their evening scramble up the beach. Other activities include a seal watching cruise and soaking up the laid-back lifestyle at traditional fishing villages like San Remo and Rhyll.

For more local tips on great journeys through Victoria, visit 


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