It is well-loved by wine enthusiasts and foodies around the world because the city has the best climate for winemaking as well as a diverse food culture.
Aside from that, you’ll have easy access to its remarkable beaches and most incredible landscapes when you go for a drive!
So, if you are planning to have a road trip here for your next getaway, it would be best to rent a car in Melbourne and enjoy these amazing trips that are recommended here below! The destinations on this list are also perfect for anyone who is looking for something along the lines of experiencing the great outdoors and enjoying what nature has to offer.
Daylesford Hepburn Springs
Rather than just getting out and exploring the city, nature lovers will love Hepburn Springs!
The locals highly recommend you go to Daylesford’s Hepburn Springs because of its natural mineral springs which makes it the perfect place to have a relaxing escape in natural scenery.
If you’ve been meaning to take some time off to just relax and rejuvenate the body, you can do so here and enjoy the calming hot water bath and gracing your sights with the beauty of nature.
Great Ocean Road
You may want to make sure your camera is ready for this because The Great Ocean Road offers the most breathtaking view!
It is Australia’s top road trip destination because the drive highlights the sandy beaches, beautiful rock pinnacles and sea-sculpted rock formations. You will probably be taking the classiest drive of your life just because of this wondrous scenic road!
Great Otway National Park
If you are driving along the Great Ocean Road, you can also course through this National Park. You’ll be amazed to find tranquil lakes and glorious waterfalls – some notable falls are the Beauchamp, Hopetoun, and Triplet Falls.
Get a breath of fresh air while being surrounded by hundreds of species of fungi, fauna, and flora when you go for a hike. Make sure to be in your proper trekking attire and also set out on the Great Ocean Walk to enjoy the beauty of the coastal heathlands.
Grampians National Park & Bramburk The National Park
Both the Grampians National Park and the Bramburk National Park are very popular with the tourists who long to escape in nature and have a good hike.
Since popular outdoor activities like hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, and fishing can be done here, you’ll be able to enjoy the panoramic scene at these National Parks. It has a variety of vibrant wildflowers, rock formations, majestic waterfalls and sightings of friendly wildlife.
If you want to spend some time immersing yourself and learning more about its rich history and culture, you can visit the trambuk National Park & Cultural Centre.
The world-famous Black Spur is known to take you into a deep scenic drive into the woods, which is quite the opposite to what the Great Ocean Road has to offer since the Black Spur will take you to an extensive and lush rainforest-type of highway with ferns lining the roadside.
The Black Spur Drive gives off a mysterious aura due to the air being damp even on a bright sunny day. You will also be able to wander through the world’s tallest flowering tree, a line of Eucalyptus Regnans! It will make you roll down the car windows and relish the natural forest scent and appreciate the coolness of the environment.
Yarra Valley is best known as a home to thriving breweries, wineries and vineyards. Its Instagrammable hills covered in vines won’t be hard to miss. You can opt to take a much grander perspective up above when you take a tour on a hot air balloon.
But other than its rich brewing culture, this is also home to a few secluded treasures - the Dandenong Ranges National Park, Warrandyte State Park, Bunyip State Park, the Cathedral Ranges State Park, and Kinglake National Park.
It’s a great location for escaping the city for a while, discover some local wildlife and camp out under the tall trees. You have a lot of options for hike trails here so keep an eye out for all the native wildlife you might encounter such as koalas, wombats or echidnas!
Noojee Trestle Bridge
Located just at the southern part of the Yarra Ranges, the Noojee Trestle Bridge landmark is a historical legacy of an old railway and is one of the remaining timber bridges in Victoria. The structure spans 102 metres and is actually 21 metres high.
Its location is settled near a scenery of eucalyptus forestry which makes it the perfect destination to have a walk or cycle on a peaceful trail or even just to immerse yourself in its surroundings.
If you are looking for a unique type of activity like Penguin watching, for example, then you should include Phillip Island in your day trip. It’s just 140-km from Melbourne’s city centre.
Tourists and citizens alike come by the shore and wait for the penguins to waddle by the beach at the island’s Nature Park every night at sunset like clockwork. It will be an interesting spectacle, indeed, that you surely don’t want to miss out on!
Get a pass to see 4 national parks and a Penguin parade.
This Island is also noted as a wildlife lover’s paradises because not only do you get to watch all the adorableness of Australia’s penguins, this island has a variety of wildlife parks as well.
For instance, the Koala Conservation Centre is home to many marsupials where you can have the opportunity to witness the fuzzy native koala ‘bears’ as they hang about on their eucalyptus trees.
And if that’s not enough, you can also visit the Phillip Island Wildlife Park where you can hand-feed some wallabies and, its relative, the kangaroos.
These are just some of nature’s impressive and artistic landscape that you can discover in the land ‘Down Under’. All of the ecological gems mentioned are something that need to be visited and experienced altogether to truly appreciate the gifts of Mother Nature.
So don’t miss out on all these different places at Melbourne, plan your next trip! If anything, you will regret not visiting these places sooner. But better late than never, right?