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Regional Victoria

Everything in Victoria is close, including idyllic escapes to the country. Some of Australia's most spectacular coastlines, largest habitats of native animals and historic townships are just an hour's drive from the city. Experience a taste of regional Victoria on a day tour from Melbourne or take your time over a number of days and explore the diversity of the regions.  

 

Mornington Peninsula
From Melbourne by coach: 1hr
From mushroom foraging walks in winter, to strawberry picking in summer, Mornington Peninsula is full of local produce that is found in the many restaurants in the region. Capture golfing indulgence to a ‘tee’ with a private helicopter transfer to some of Australia’s premier golf courses, including The Dunes, Sanctuary Lakes and Sandhurst.
Yarra-Valley
From Melbourne by coach: 1hr
The picturesque Yarra Valley is famous for its vineyards, rolling green hills and the pleasures of locally produced food and wine. The Dandenong Ranges is a popular escape for its mountain scenery, forests and fern gullies.
Daylesford-and-Macedon-Ranges
From Melbourne by coach: 1hr 20mins
The state’s capital of indulgence, offering spa retreats and natural springs, great cafés and fine dining just over an hour from Melbourne. More than 80% of Australia’s naturally occurring mineral springs are found in the region.
Goldfields
From Melbourne by coach: 1hr 20mins
When gold was discovered in Victoria over 150 years ago it left a lasting legacy within the towns of Ballarat, Bendigo, Castlemaine and Maryborough. Re-live Australia’s gold rush days by panning for gold at Ballarat’s Sovereign Hill and explore the region’s beautiful architecture, grand public buildings, statues, fountains and exquisite gardens - all reminders of that rich bygone era.


Phillip Island 2
From Melbourne by coach: 1hr 50mins
A popular destination for its nature and wildlife, visitors can experience the famous Penguin Parade, Australia’s most popular wildlife event, where every day at dusk a parade of little penguins emerge from the sea and make their way to their burrows in the sand dunes. At Phillip Island Nature Parks, visitors can see wallabies, kangaroos, little penguins, seals and koalas in their natural habitat.
Gippsland
From Melbourne by coach: 2hrs 10mins
Escape to the eastern corner of Victoria and be rewarded with natural landscapes of unparalleled beauty. Visit quaint seaside villages and
alpine towns; fill up on farm-fresh produce; get active on the region’s lakes, rivers and mountain ranges; or simply relax on the pristine beaches.

Great-Ocean-Road
From Melbourne by coach: 2hrs 40mins
One of the world’s most scenic drives follows Victoria’s stunning south-western coastline past the famous Twelve Apostles. From Torquay, south of Geelong, to Peterborough, east of Warrnambool, the 243-kilometre/150-miles road winds along cliff tops, moves under the canopies of lush rainforests and cruises down to the shoreline.
The-Grampians
From Melbourne by coach: 2hrs 50mins
The Grampians region, with its expansive landscapes, has stunning national and state parks, indigenous history and breath-taking scenery. The Grampians National Park features spectacular rocky outcrops, 200 bird species, Aboriginal heritage trails and Victoria’s largest collection of rock art. Experience its beauty by following one of the region’s 40 walking tracks.


Murray-River
From Melbourne by coach: 3hrs
The world’s third longest navigable river, the Murray River, forms the border between New South Wales and Victoria before heading south through South Australia to the ocean. The Murray River region is the state’s very own Australian outback, blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate and a range of outdoor activities.
High-Country
From Melbourne by coach: 3hrs
Head for the spectacular scenery and high altitude of Victoria’s high country. The region is renowned for its welcoming villages, long traditions of wine making, fine local produce, adventure and outdoor activities in the breath-taking alpine scenery. Take to the slopes for skiing in winter, or in the warmer months explore the mountains on horseback or mountain bike.
Melbourne
Victoria Daylesford & Macedon Ranges Gippsland Goldfields Grampians Great Ocean Road Victoria's High Country Mornington Peninsula The Murray Region Phillip Island Yarra Valley

From Melbourne by coach: 1hr 20mins

Daylesford and Macedon Ranges is the state’s capital of indulgence, offering spa retreats and natural springs, great cafés and fine dining just over an hour from Melbourne. More than 80% of Australia’s naturally occurring mineral springs are found in the region. Visit the quaint township of Hepburn Springs and walk around stone farmhouse buildings, surrounded by a stunning garden, and lavender fields, at Lavandula Swiss-Italian farm.

From Melbourne by coach: 2hrs 10mins

Escape to the eastern corner of Victoria and be rewarded with natural landscapes of unparalleled beauty. Visit quaint seaside villages and alpine towns; fill up on farm-fresh produce; get active on the region’s lakes, rivers and mountain ranges; or simply relax on the pristine beaches.

From Melbourne by coach: 1hr 20mins

When gold was discovered in Victoria over 150 years ago it left a lasting legacy within the towns of Ballarat, Bendigo, Castlemaine and Maryborough. Re-live Australia’s gold rush days by panning for gold at Ballarat’s Sovereign Hill and explore the region’s beautiful architecture, grand public buildings, statues, fountains and exquisite gardens - all reminders of that rich bygone era.

From Melbourne by coach: 2hrs 50mins

The Grampians region, with its expansive landscapes, has stunning national and state parks, indigenous history and breathtaking scenery. The Grampians National Park features spectacular rocky outcrops, 200 bird species, Aboriginal heritage trails and Victoria’s largest collection of rock art. Experience its beauty by following one of the region’s 40 walking tracks.

From Melbourne by coach: 2hrs 40mins

One of the world’s most scenic drives, the Great Ocean Road follows Victoria’s stunning south-western coastline past the famous Twelve Apostles. From Torquay, south of Geelong, to Peterborough, east of Warrnambool, the 243-kilometre/150-miles road winds along cliff tops, moves under the canopies of lush rainforests and cruises down to the shoreline.

From Melbourne by coach: 3hrs

Head for the spectacular scenery and high altitude of Victoria’s high country. The region is renowned for its welcoming villages, long traditions of wine making, fine local produce, adventure and outdoor activities in the breathtaking alpine scenery. Take to the slopes for skiing in winter, or in the warmer months explore the mountains on horseback or mountain bike.

From Melbourne by coach: 1hr

From mushroom foraging walks in winter, to strawberry picking in summer, Mornington Peninsula is awash with local produce that is found in the many restaurants in the region. Capture golfing indulgence to a ‘tee’ with a private helicopter transfer to some of Australia’s premier golf courses, including The Dunes, Sanctuary Lakes and Sandhurst.

From Melbourne by coach: 3hrs

The world’s third longest navigable river, the Murray River, forms the border between New South Wales and Victoria before heading south through South Australia to the ocean. The Murray River region is the state’s very own Australian outback, blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate and a range of outdoor activities.

From Melbourne by coach: 1hr 50mins

Phillip Island is a popular destination for its nature and wildlife, as well as its international motor racing events. Just 90 minutes from Melbourne, experience the famous Penguin Parade, Australia’s most popular wildlife event, where every day at dusk a parade of little penguins emerge from the sea and make their way to their burrows in the sand dunes. At Phillip Island Nature Parks, visitors can see wallabies, kangaroos, little penguins, seals and koalas in their natural habitat.

From Melbourne by coach: 1hr

Less than one hour’s drive from Melbourne, the picturesque Yarra Valley is famous for its vineyards, rolling green hills and the pleasures of locally produced food and wine. The Dandenong Ranges is a popular escape for its mountain scenery, forests and fern gullies. Drive, walk, wander or float through in a hot air balloon.