Regions Near Melbourne

Explore the natural beauty of this region of Australia, packed full with places to visit and things to do. Each region near Melbourne offers something different; from woodland walks and natural springs to world famous wineries and coastal paths.

Phillip Island

phillip islandPhillip Island is about 140km or 90 miles south-southeast of the city. It is 26km or 16 miles long, and 9km or just over 5½ miles wide, and is connected to the mainland by a bridge. Colonies of short-tailed shearwaters, fur seals, dolphins, pacific gulls and little penguins, also known as fairy penguins, live on Philip Island. Read more…

 

 

 

Geelong & The Bellarine Peninsula

geelong and the bellarine peninsulaGeelong and the Bellarine Peninsula offer everything that make up a memorable short break. The region provides a traditional seaside experience for families and couples. Plus, it’s only one hour from Melbourne. Historic seaside villages, beautiful beaches, the Geelong waterfront, award-winning wineries and sophisticated food await you. Read more…

 

 

 

The Murray River

murray riverThe Murray River is Australia’s longest river. It runs for almost 1,600 miles. From its beginnings in the mountains, the Murray meanders through world-renowned wetlands. It also flows through the world’s largest river red gum forests, and bird-filled lake systems. Paddle steamer cruises are available as well as other boat trips. Read more…

 

 

 

Yarra Valley & Dandenong

yarra valley and dandenong ranges Visit the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges for a taste of natural Australia, right on Melbourne’s doorstep. The Yarra Valley is Victoria’s oldest wine-growing region. With over 80 vineyards set in the rolling hills, the valley is a popular destination for day trips. There is so much for both locals and visitors to explore. Read more…

 

 

 

Great Ocean Road

great ocean roadThis 243km/151 mile long, heritage listed road, stretches from Anglesea West to Allansford, near Warrnambool, SW of Melbourne. The Great Ocean Road offers spectacular coastal scenery, including the Twelve Apostles (between Anglesea and Portsea), where the huge limestone columns rise majestically out of the Southern Ocean. Read more…

 

 

 

Daylesford & Macedon Ranges

daylesford and macedon rangesThe region of Daylesford and Macedon Ranges is located very near Melbourne. With its beautiful mountain scenery, forests, gardens and lakes, Daylesford has become a major tourist, holiday and alternative lifestyle town. There is also a thriving industry built around physical and spiritual wellness. Read more…

 

 

 

Gippsland

gippslandGippsland is a beautiful economic rural region that occupies much of the south-eastern part of Victoria. The region is famous for its many tourist destinations which include Phillip Island, Wilsons Promontory, the Gippsland Lakes, Walhalla and the Strzelecki Ranges. This region is truly beautiful all year round. Read more…

 

 

 

The Grampians

grampiansThe Grampians National Park is included on the Australian Natural Heritage List. Famed for its outstanding natural beauty and indigenous Rock Art sites. It features a stunning series of sandstone mountain ranges. Adventure enthusiasts from all over the world come for the abseiling, rock climbing, bush walking and cycling. Read more…

 

 

 

High Country

high countryThe High country, situated in the Alps, is the highest mountain range in Australia. It’s part of the Great Dividing Range which runs approx 3000 km from North Queensland to Victoria, and includes the Snowy Mountains and the Grampians. The area attracts skiers and snowboarders in winter, and bushwalkers and mountain bikers in summer. Read more…

 

 

 

Mornington Peninsula

mornington peninsulaMornington Peninsula is a popular region near Melbourne. It’s close to the city and offers sheltered beaches on the protected bays of both Port Phillip and Western Port. Vineyards and country restaurants serve inspired regional food and wine. Luxury guesthouses and B&B’s are scattered throughout the region, providing the perfect retreat. Read more…