Looking for a fun day out? Within an hour or two of Melbourne’s centre there are a myriad of interesting places to explore and exciting things to do.
Plan your itinerary and leave the city early so you can avoid traffic and make the most of your day trips from Melbourne.
Top Day Trips from Melbourne
RAAF Museum Point Cook
Entry to this awesome museum is FREE. Check out the planes, restoration projects, technology exhibits, and hangars. There are interactive flying displays on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Drive, hop on the Werribee Park Shuttle from Melbourne, or fly in – landing fees are waived for museum visitors.
Yarra Valley Wine Tours
Drive yourself, take a private tour with an expert guide, or hop on a bus with other wine buffs to this world-class cold-climate wine region. There are over 55 wineries to explore, and the scenery is just lovely.
Head to Healesville Park Sanctuary to see loads of Australian species in a natural setting. Then enjoy a ride through spectacular landscapes on the vintage Yarra Valley Tourist Railway, which runs most Wednesdays and Sundays from Kinglake Road.
This chic Victorian town is where Melbourne hipsters head for a gourmet taste of the country. It has outstanding restaurants, live music, stylish shops, and luxurious day spas featuring the famous local mineral spring water.
Famed for its penguin parade at Philip Island Nature Park, Phillip Island is also renowned for its great beaches, wildlife, and walks – including a fantastic boardwalk at the Nobbies headland. Major Motorsport events are held here, including The Grand Prix.
Originally a Victorian seaside resort, Queenscliff is now a thriving arts community with galleries, craft outlets, and café culture. A bonus: from here you can catch the ferry and zip over to Sorrento on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula.
Getting to this pretty town, perched on a hill beside the sea, is a big part of the fun as it’s on The Great Ocean Road. As well as being a top spot for swimming, surfing, and seafood, it’s an ideal base for exploring the Otway National Park.
The Dandenong Ranges
This picturesque mountain region has lots to offer if you’re into flora, fauna, and vintage treasures. Go for a wildlife walk, jump aboard the famous steam train Puffing Billing, and wander around the National Rhododendron Gardens. There are also numerous quirky cafes, tea rooms, secondhand and antique shops.
This old gold rush town in the Macedon Ranges is steeped in history and is home to a lively community of artists and craftspeople. There are also quality restaurants and good shopping.
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