Take control from the driver's seat and discover a range of exciting getaways just a short drive from Melbourne. Take in spectacular mountain scenery, explore premium vineyards and discover historic villages, all the while enjoying delicious food washed down by memorable wines.
1) Melbourne to Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley
Escape to the romantic hilltop villages, luxury hideaways, colourful gardens and towering forests of the Dandenong Ranges. And enjoy the beautiful Yarra Valley, famous for its renowned wines, fresh food and breathtaking scenery. Take to the skies in a hot-air balloon for an exciting view of the Yarra Valley or enjoy a ride through thick forests, fern-filled gullies and past pretty villages on Puffing Billy, Australias' oldest steam railway. Indulge in a picnic lunch along the Yarra Valley Regional Food Trail, with the finest of local produce including smoked fish, handmade cheese and pasta, seasonal fruits, organic salads and chocolates. Escape to Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley >>> Read more on Dandenong Ranges and Yara Valley....
2) The Grampians and the wine regions of western Victoria
Enjoy a scenic circuit to the majestic Grampians, en route driving through the three major wine regions of western Victoria - Ballarat, the Grampians and the Pyrenees - producing some of Australia's finest cool-climate wines. Indulge in barrel-side wine tastings in underground tunnels or sophisticated tasting rooms, explore rugged mountain ranges, see Aboriginal rock art sites and experience a huge range of outdoor activities. Choose from the many luxurious accommodation options in the region and dine on gourmet cuisine washed down with premium wine. Famous for its scenic beauty, the Grampians region is a great place to dine al fresco at an award-winning restaurant. Enjoy The Grampians and The Wine Regions of Western Victoria >>> Explore The Grampians and The Wine Regions of Western Victoria....
3) The Great Alpine Road
Experience Australia's highest year-round-accessible sealed road, winding past lofty mountains, scenic valleys, towering forests, rivers, vineyards and farms. Along the way sample local produce and premium wine and make time to fish, cycle, climb or go horseback riding. Choose from a wide range of luxurious accommodation in the region. Visit The Great Alpine Road >>> Find out more on The Great Alpine Road....
4) The Great Ocean Road
Hug the contours of Victoria's rugged south-west coast for one of Australia's greatest and most spectacular coastal drives. Discover beautiful beaches, great restaurants and a captivating maritime heritage while enjoying a choice of activities including golfing, fishing, diving and surfing. Explore the coastline around Port Campbell and visit the Twelve Apostles, one of the state's, if not the nation's, most spectacular natural attractions. Stroll around historic towns such as Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Portland to explore fishing wharves, beautifully preserved colonial buildings and maritime museums that tell tales of tall ships lost off the rugged shipwreck coast. Experience The Great Ocean Road >>> Drive along The Great Ocean Road....
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