Oct 04, 2017
Posted by: Daniel Walker

4 of the best day trips from Melbourne

Living in Melbourne, a small but very busy city can sometimes be too much to handle. Luckily, Melbourne is within short driving distance to some of the most beautiful places in the world. Here are 4 of the best day trips from Melbourne.

Best day trips from Melbourne

Lorne

Location

Lorne is located along the Great Ocean Road, one of the most scenic areas in Australia. This small, seaside town has been a popular tourist destination for more than 100 years. Lorne is located 2 hours from the Melbourne CBD, by car.

Things to do in Lorne

This seaside spot is wedged between the Otway National Park and Loutit Bay. Otway National Park is an ancient rainforest famous for its 10 waterfalls and giant ferns and Loutit Bay is known for its white sandy beaches and sparkling blue water.

Lorne is the perfect spot to go swimming or watch whales migrate along the coast. The Lorne Pier is the perfect place to go fishing or buy freshly caught seafood.

There is also something for keen shoppers. The main street of Lorne is filled with boutique fashion and gift stores. For the foodies, there are plenty of cute cafes, world-class restaurants and bars to choose from.

Arts Hub

Lorne also boasts a very lively art and cultural community. The Qdos Arts centre, the annual Falls Music and Arts Festival, the Lorne Festival of the Performing Arts and the Lorne Sculpture Biennale.

Best time to visit Lorne

Lorne’s local population is just over 1,000 people, but in the peak summer season, around Christmas and New Years Eve, it can grow to more than 10 times that. Thousands of holidaying tourists from Australia and overseas flock to the seaside town.

The biggest drawcard to Lorne is The Falls Music and Arts Festival held between the 28th of December and the 31st December every year. The Lorne Sculpture Biennale is held from mid-March to early April.

To watch whales migrate, visit Lorne between May and September.

The best time to visit Lorne is during Spring, from October to November. The weather is warm enough to go swimming and bushwalking. During Spring there are also fewer crowds compared to December. For the smallest crowds visit Monday to Friday while kids are still at school and most adults are at work.

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Phillip Island

Location

Less than two hours south-east from Melbourne by car, Phillip Island is an essential day trip for outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts. Phillip Island is brimming with wildlife and adventure. It’s a beautiful natural environment that includes wetlands, coastlines and also nature reserves. 

Things to do on Phillip Island

Phillip Island is a beautiful, natural environment with rugged coastlines, beaches, nature reserves and wetlands. It is an island which promotes education to tourists through conservation and ecotourism. The island is perhaps, best known for its native population of Little Penguins. The local penguin population attracts thousands of tourists each year from all over the world. Also on the island is the Koala Conservation Centre, where you can stroll along treetop boardwalks and see Koalas in their natural habitats. The interactive, multi-media WWF Antarctic Journey, The Nobbies boardwalk and nearby, the Churchill Island farm. 

While all of these things are available, there are also other options. Phillip Island has its own chocolate factory, the Grand Prix Circuit, A Maze’N Things and the SS Speke Shipwreck.

Best time to visit Phillip Island

The main attraction on Phillip Island, the Little Penguins, can be seen every day of the year. During peak season, mid-December to late January more than 40,000 people flock to the island. There are always big crowds on Phillip Island, however, the crowds are much smaller during the colder months.

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Daylesford 

Location

Daylesford is located about one hour and a half north-west of Melbourne by car, in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. 

Things to do in Daylesford

This small town is primarily known as being the spa capital of Australia. With 65 mineral springs in the region, which make up more than 80 per cent of Australia’s mineral water springs. But Daylesford offers much more. It is a beautiful, leafy town where streets are lined with deciduous trees and historic buildings. Daylesford is also surrounded by lakes, gardens and parks. The Wombat Hills Botanic Gardens, atop of Wombat Hill, an extinct volcano, is a must, offering the best views of the region. Local cafes, restaurants and pubs are also world-class. Daylesford is the perfect place for a relaxing day trip or weekend getaway to rejuvenate the mind and body.

Best time to visit Daylesford

Daylesford is great to visit all year round, but it is the most beautiful during Autumn. The tree-lined streets, parks and gardens erupt in gorgeous colours of orange, red and yellow. The region’s weather is also perfect for a spa day and a warm hearty meal. 

Mornington Peninsula

Location

Located within an hour, south-east of Melbourne is the start of the Mornington Peninsula, known for scenic coastal towns and beaches.

Things to do on the Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula is a popular destination for local tourists from Melbourne because of its close proximity to beautiful beaches, small, casual, laid back beachside towns and national parks and reserves. The best places to visit on the Mornington Peninsula are Mornington, Sorrento and Portsea. These towns offer great cafes and restaurants, they are located right next to beautiful beaches and they also offer amazing panoramic views.

Best time to visit the Mornington Peninsula

During the summer months, the Mornington Peninsula is the perfect place to go for a swim at the beach or go for a walk in the many national parks and relax and unwind while on holidays. 

Thanks for reading our post, 4 of the best day trips from Melbourne. What other day trips from Melbourne would you also recommend?

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Daniel Walker - Author

Daniel Walker is an Australian landscape photographer, blogger, outdoor enthusiast and travel addict originally from western Sydney, now residing in Melbourne, Victoria.

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