Sure, Melbourne’s great but it doesn’t hold the borders on good times. There’s plenty to see and do one or two hours drive away in all directions. Maybe you don’t get put of the city much because you don’t have a car, well when you consider that car rental in Melbourne is so cheap, you really don’t have an excuse. Here’s a list of places you should be booking for your next weekend away.
I have to say I’m a little bit biased when it comes to this place, I lived here for a year recently and there is so much to do in this little town: the gateway to the Great Ocean Road. Just keep going a little bit past Torquay on your way west of Melbourne and soon the flat planes of countryside will give way to gorgeous bush and you’ll find yourself descending into the little town, where the bush meets the ocean. The town sits right on the beach and you can swim or surf within a five minute walk of town, or else there are heaps of walks to do either way along the beach. A hot tip: in winter the town is a lot quieter and you will have the spectacular cliff-lined beaches all to yourself.
It’s hardly a secret these days but Daylesford is one of the most idyllic little towns it’s possible to imagine. It can be reached from Melbourne in just over an hour and it has a reputation for luxury and beauty that won’t fail to satisfy your country cravings. As you enter town you will be flanked on either side with lush green hills that roll away seemingly endlessly, then you rise, with the picturesque lake to your left, into the historic township that still retains much of it’s charm from settlement days, although now those historic buildings are more likely to contain gifts and home wares, boutique pubs and cafés. Although it has become an incredibly popular place to visit and so if you are looking for a quiet country retreat this may not be quite the place for you.
If you don’t care much for the ocean views west of Melbourne then maybe you want to get involved with the beautiful lands of the Yarra Valley. Home to some of the most fertile agricultural land that the state has to offer, the Yarra Valley is the perfect place for those with a gastronomic interest. You could literally spend weeks driving around from winery to winery sampling the bountiful splendors that this one little shire manages to produce. And it doesn’t just taste great, it looks great too, the hills flow out like a carpet shaking in the wind. Be careful though, some of the roads can be narrow and there are plenty of old farmers who take the speed limit as more of a guideline.
The closest coastline to Melbourne is down on the Mornington Peninsula and it has been the traditional summer getaway for city folk for the best part of hundred years. But it’s not just the proximity that this coastline has to offer. Stunning beaches and beautiful countryside are just par for the course in this fairly small area of land down on the pointy end of Port Phillip Bay. You can choose to stay right on the beach in any of the numerous beachfront campground or if you prefer a bit more style there are a multitude of different rental properties to stay at. It can also be decently enjoyed in a day trip.
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Updated : 3rd November 2021 | Words : 597 | Views : 2222 | Comments : 1