8 Amazing Places To Visit In Victoria, Australia

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So, word on the street is that our beloved city of Melbourne is not the most liveable city in the world anymore? Well, we all gotta jump off the high horse some time in our lives.

But, don't let that throw you off visiting the awe-inspiring state of Victoria - still deemed one of the best places to visit in Australia, you'll find bushwalks and hikes to tempt your inner thrill artist, marvellous beaches that will take your breath away, and unforgettable coastal road trips that will be seared into your memory forever.

As for next year, Melbourne, please get your shit together. We've got titles to reclaim.

Here are 8 day trips from Melbourne that are guaranteed to blow your bloody mind.

 

GIPPSLAND

Over 3 hours' drive from Melbourne, I'll admit, it's a bit of a trek to reach Lakes Entrance (the main town in Gippsland) - BUT - I assure you, the journey is well worth your time. From the picturesque Ninety Mile Beach to intertwining lakes and exhilarating cave adventures - Gippsland is nothing short of amazing.

Climb down the Buchan Caves and discover incredible calcite-rimmed pools of Royal Cave, intricate stalactites, followed by a stroll down Ninety Mile Beach, a stunningly long stretch of sandy coastline filled with native bushes, wildlife and desolate sand dunes.

There's no doubt that you'll want to come back to discover more.

WILSONS PROMONTORY

An absolute must-see if you have a few extra days to spare, Wilsons Promontory is a stunner of a natural marvel under 3 hours' drive from Melbourne CBD. Prepare yourself to be astounded and inspired by the jaw-dropping white sands sprawled along Squeaky Beach, to sky high climbs up to the Mount Oberon Summit overlooking the deep blue ocean and native Australian bushland.

Nature lover or adventure seeker, the national park has a little something for everyone to cherish and enjoy.

Unless you're a keen camper, unfortunately, there's no accommodation in Wilsons Prom, as the National Park aims to protect thousands of hectares of pristine beaches, rainforests and rugged offshore islands.

Alternatively, you can base yourself in nearby towns Yanakie or Sandy Point, you'll find plenty of Bed & Breakfast and other types of accommodation.

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PHILLIP ISLAND

If driving for hours on end is not your cuppa tea, then Phillip Island is the ideal day trip from Melbourne that you need to be all over. Just over an hour's drive from Melbourne, it's located in Western Port, south of the state. 

If you live and breathe the great outdoors, then this place is your calling. A haven for surfers, body boarders and bush bashers - the island harbours splendid sights and activities for people of all ages to enjoy. From the adorable penguin parade to scenic cliffside hikes, there's no doubt that you will enjoy a weekend getaway to Phillip Island.

For families on a budget, take a look at my list of 5 Free Things To Do With Kids On Phillip Island to get an idea of the magnificent natural scenery the destination has to offer.

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CATHEDRAL RANGES

You don't always hear of Cathedral Ranges, but when you do, you'll lose your breath. Literally and figuratively.

Hands down, the best hiking trail in Melbourne, the Wells Cave Track is also deemed one of the most difficult hikes in Melbourne. If claustrophobia-instilling cave passages and vertical limits tickle your fancy, then a climb up to the summit is the kind of rush that will satisfy your adventurous soul.

Weaseling through narrow caves, exposed rocky outcrops and facing near-death experiences - this hike tested my limits in every possible way.

 

Photo Credit: Neil Fahey from The Bushwalking Blog

GREAT OCEAN ROAD

Hailed around the world as one of the greatest coastal drives, this is one of the best Australian road trips you don't want to forego in your travel itinerary. 

A 243km stretch of winding roads running along the south eastern coast of of Australia, the drive begins in the small coastal town of Torquay, just an hour outside of Melbourne, and takes you all the way to the quaint little town of Warrnambool in the far western corner of Victoria.

There are so many sights along the Great Ocean Road that you must visit if you're ever in Victoria - apart from the most popular one, the Twelve Apostles, there's an abundance of pit-stops you can make along the way that are equally, if not more, magnificent.

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A 243km stretch of road running along the south eastern coast of Australia, the drive begins just over an hour outside of Melbourne.

From the wonders of the Twelve Apostles to the astonishing Loch Ard Gorge beach, there are too many marvels along this road to count. 

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MORNINGTON PENINSULA

If a trip to the beach isn't on your great Australian travel itinerary, then I don't even know what you're doing here. You need to reassess your priorities.

I mean, we make some pretty mean coffee, and you'll probably experience the best brunch you've ever had in your life - but food aside, you haven't seen Australia until you can claim that you have sunk your toes into the soft, silky sands of our wondrous beaches.

The Mornington Peninsula is one of the state's most popular Melbourne day trips for families, housing some of the best beaches in Australia. From the rough tides of Sorrento's back beach, perfect for daring surfers, to the shallow and serene family friendly waters of Rye - the Peninsula is a paradise for all types of beachgoers.

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THE GRAMPIANS

Known for its picture perfect sandstone mountains, colourful wildflowers and exhilarating Australian wildlife - The Grampians National Park is the perfect destination for individuals or families seeking recluse in the mountains, or an active weekend filled with fresh air and bush walking adventures. 

Covering over 170,000 hectares at the border of Victoria and South Australia, a visit to The Grampians will offer incredible panoramic views of the region, grande waterfalls, tranquil lakes and lush forests. 

Covering some of the best hiking trails in Melbourne, you can climb and conquer the picturesque Pinnacles and capture stunning panoramic shots of the region, or drive up to the Boroka Lookout and be greeted with 180 degree views of gorgeous Western Victoria looking out over the Grampians and Lake Bellfield.

WERRIBEE GORGE

A perfect short day trip from Melbourne, the Werribee Gorge is located in the desolate west of Melbourne. Hugely popular among bushwalkers and rock climbers, the national park offers on trail and off trail adventures, steep descents for thrill seekers, river crossings, cable climbs, wildlife spotting and rock hopping, which all sounds like a whole bag of outdoor fun. 

For a list of Werribee Gorge hikes and walks, take a look here.

35 Responses

  1. Lacee
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    Gorgeous photos! Makes me want to pack a bag right now. 🙂

    • Tina
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      Thanks, Lacee! I hope you get around to visiting one day – I’m sure you’ll love it!

  2. Wow! These photos are amazing. I have always wanted to go to Australia!

    • Tina
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      Thank you, Vicki! I hope you get the chance to visit soon! It truly is a beautiful place.

  3. Jan Limark
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    Wow. These places are amazing. You’re good with taking landscapes I see. Thank you for sharing these wonderful places.

  4. Leah
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    Great post, I am going to try and visit all these when I get to Vic again! I have only been to Melbourne and I fell in love with that city, so I would love to see more of Victoria.

    • Tina
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      I know, it’s hard because there’s so much to see in Melbourne alone. But along the coast and in the country is really where all the beauty is at! Come again soon!

  5. Ahlem
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    Thanks for the post, the pictures are absolutely beautiful and really makes me want to pack my bags and head to Australia right now 🙂

    • Tina
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      I hope you get the chance to visit soon!

  6. Bailie
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    I would love to visit! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Stefany
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    Wow fantastic read, awesome pics, makes me want to pack my bag, jump on a plane and visit right away.

    • Tina
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      Thank you, Stefany! Hopefully you get around to visiting Australia soon!

  8. Sushmita
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    Your Clicks are amazing! Austraila is on my bucket list, love the place as well as well as their food 😀
    Thank you for sharing this amazing post 🙂

  9. Gina
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    I have always wanted to travel here. How amazingly beautiful your photos are. Stunning!

    • Tina
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      Thanks for your kind words. I hope you get to visit soon!

  10. Kennedy Lazar
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    I have got to visit Australia! These pictures and places are beautiful!

    • Tina
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      Definitely – you’ll love it!

  11. Charlotte
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    Ah I absolutely love Australia! So many gorgeous places to explore. Can’t wait to visit again some day 😀

    • Tina
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      I hope you get to visit again soon!

  12. CJ from Thirty30Courtney
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    Australia is one of those places I feel like I’d need an extended trip to. I have always been fascinated and now you have given me even more places to visit!

    • Tina
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      I know, we’re just so far away from the rest of the world and you definitely need to take an extended trip if you want to travel around the country and make the most of it. My list of places to visit is ever-growing as well!

  13. Ania
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    All of these places look absolutely magical! I don’t even know which one I would begin with! Maybe the Grampians? I can’t say no to an incredible mountain view.

    • Tina
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      Me neither. I love a combo of mountain and ocean – so I would highly recommend Wilsons Prom!

  14. Dionna
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    I have not been to Australia but NOW I want to go and visit all of these amazing, beautiful places.

    • Tina
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      I hope you get the chance to visit one day – you won’t regret it!

  15. Chloe
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    I’ve never had the opportunity to visit Australia, but now I definitely want to! 🙂 These beaches are SO GORGEOUS! Hopefully I can go this Summer! 🙂

    xo, Chloe // http://funinthecloset.com/fishnets-friend-foe/

    • Tina
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      This is only the state of Victoria – there’s so much more to see! I hope you get the chance to come down and visit one day, you won’t be disappointed!

  16. Lisa
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    All of these are so amazing. I had a good friend just move to Australia. I need to send this to her!

    • Tina
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      Oh yeah, definitely! If she visits Victoria, she needs to visit these places 🙂

  17. Nicole
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    Beautiful photos and a great post. Such travel inspiration.

  18. rose
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    I so enjoyed this post, it makes me want to visit. What’s the temperature like in spring on the beaches?

    • Tina
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      Thank you – I’m happy to hear you enjoyed reading my post. The weather in spring is pretty inconsistent in Victoria, probably not the best for swimming in the beach. Best time to hit up the beaches would be January-February and early March 🙂

  19. anvita
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    Too bad I never got a chance to visit Victoria when I lived in Sydney. Love the sneak peek. Hoping to catch up on these place the next time I visit

  20. Dominique
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    Wonderful post! I love, love all the pictures…beautiful.

  21. United Kingdom Visa
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    Wow! It looks amazing, and the photos do speak for themselves. However, my favorite photos of Mornington Peninsula. The whole place looks worth a visit. Thanks for sharing them.

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