Equal parts dynamic, cosmopolitan, food-obsessed and arty, Melbourne and its surrounds simultaneously exude style and laid-back charm, inviting discovery by food and culture lovers from all over the world. Beyond the city limits, explore Victoria’s rich history, stunning wilderness and culinary excellence.
Top 8 Destinations
The undisputed cool kid on the block, Melbourne is filled to the brim with hidden spaces, iconic laneways, secret bars, eclectic cafes and events. Known as the creative centre of Victoria, dive into the heart of its exciting city centre or wander into its buzzing neighbourhood hubs – your gateway to Victoria’s many-splendored wonders such as world-class wineries, natural springs, peninsulas, spectacular coastline and alpine villages lies here.
Escape completely with Yarra Valley’s finest food and wine indulgences and weave in and out of lush forests and fern glades at Dandenong Ranges. Soar above verdant vistas of Yarrav Valley in a hot air balloon and encounter native wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary.
What do you get when you mix Aussie’s charm with Europe’s coastal living? Easy and breezy living in the sunshine paradise of Mornington Peninsula, just an hour’s drive from Melbourne. Soak up summery vibes, bask in alfresco lifestyle, savour eclectic local cuisine or cool off with a tipple at a seaside village or renowned winery.
Bathe in the famous mineral waters, sample local flavours at award-winning restaurants and cellar doors, and unwind in boutique accommodation in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges.
Invigorate body and mind, and reignite your imagination amid the spectacular forests, natural mineral waters and historic villages of the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region. Find balance and harmony at mineral spas and wellness retreats, sample exquisite food and wine at restaurants, wineries and country pubs, and be inspired by the vibrant artist community. Pack a picnic and visit the mysterious Hanging Rock or cruise around historic streetscapes, local markets and boutiques brimming with art, craft and antique treasures.
Take a waddle on the wild side as you encounter penguins and koalas up close, and truly embrace the seaside life filled with pretty sunrises and sunsets. But the perks do not end there. Adventure junkies will be thrilled with a hi-octane motor sports adventure to get their motor running!
Discover food and wine, seaside villages and natural beauty in Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula.
Lovers of the good life need look no further than the vibrant Geelong and Bellarine region. Kick up your heels in Geelong’s waterfront precinct, explore tranquil seaside villages, and meet local makers and growers along the Bellarine Taste Trail.
Take your road trip to new heights at one of the world’s best coastal drives. From the magical 12 Apostles, iconic surf breaks and pristine white-washed beaches – keep your eyes peeled for marsupial wildlife, pro surfers in action, Aboriginal cultural sites or perhaps stop by an idyllic café to savour gourmet treats – the Great Ocean Road is truly as much about the spectacular journey as it is the destination.
Taste your way around the High Country’s villages and receive warm welcomes from the families who run the gourmet restaurants and boutique wineries. Ski over the Alps in winter, and return in the warmer months for a breathtaking array of adventure activities to get the adrenaline pumping.
Cross paths with kangaroos, wallabies, emus and native birds. From spectacular wildlife, dazzling waterfalls to awe-inspiring nature – be prepared to be enchanted by the most striking landscapes of the Grampians spread out before you.