Melbourne is a city full of dynamism and a cosmopolitan culture, which has rightly made it Australia’s cultural capital. Remarkable architecture and a diverse multicultural structure depict the city’s history; while more recent street art, museums, and band venues bring out its contemporary side. However, there’s more to Melbourne, and if you visit its surrounding areas, you’ll see what we’re talking about. Getting around Melbourne is easy, especially with car rentals in Melbourne. Here are six day trips you should take if you’re pressed for time, but need a quick getaway:
Melbourne City Botanical Gardens
Rolling lawns, open space for children to run around, crystal clear lakes, vivid flowers, and tall trees make the Botanical Gardens a must-visit. Walking, playing and just sitting around in the garden are some of life’s simplest pleasures. The best part? It’s free!
Yarra Valley Wineries
Known all over Australia for producing some of the best wines, the Yarra Valley Wineries are quite an attraction for its visitors. Since these wineries are an hour’s drive away from Melbourne’s Central Business District, it’s also convenient to visit them.
The Dandenong’s: Sherbrooke Forest Walk and Lunch in the Mountains
Less than an hour’s drive from Melbourne, the Sherbrooke Forest is perfect for those looking for peace and quiet in the lap of nature. There are many trails to walk on, while many visit this place to watch the lyrebirds that reside in the forest.
Mornington Peninsula: Red Hill Markets and Hot Springs
A little over an hour’s drive from Melbourne is the Red Hill Market and Peninsula Hot Springs. After a long day of shopping at the markets, head over to the springs to enjoy a range of outdoor pools, including hilltop pools, cave pools and Turkish steam baths.
Daylesford and Hepburn Springs
While Daylesford and Hepburn Springs are known to be spa country, there is much more to do even if you don’t set foot in a spa. With historic buildings, old shops, and lake vistas, Daylesford is well-worth the long drive from Melbourne.
Hanging Rock – Macedon Ranges
A beautiful one hour drive from Melbourne will get you to Victoria’s famous Hanging Rock – a volcanic creation that is almost six million years old. For those looking for a bit of adventure, the top can be reached after a 40-minute trek.