The best road trips from Melbourne

Start making a playlist – these road trips make the most of saying 'sayonara, city slickers'

Don't just read about Melbourne getaways... get out and try one! These day trips from Melbourne are paved with cool things to see and do, and driving means you won't miss a thing along the way. Just choose your direction and hit the road.

For more holiday inspo, check out these national parks within driving distance or the best quirky getaways from Melbourne.

Driving north of Melbourne

Bendigo
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Bendigo

Bendigo is a food, drink and cultural hub, and a winner for winter weekends when the coast is looking dismal.

Daylesford
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Daylesford

This village is more than just good looks: the day spas and boutique hotels are world-class.

Castlemaine
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Castlemaine

Here is this buzzing creative centre of Victoria, music festivals and world-class restaurants are just the beginning.

Ballarat
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Ballarat

Aside from Sovereign Hill, Ballarat is home to galleries, vintage shopping, great coffee and bars.

Driving south of Melbourne

Great Ocean Road
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Great Ocean Road

One of the world’s great motoring trips, and an odyssey of natural features.

Phillip Island
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Phillip Island

Phillip Island has wineries, spas and windswept beaches, but its big attraction is wildlife.

Mornington Peninsula
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Mornington Peninsula

Take a break here for fine hot springs, wineries (some of the state's best) and a whole lot of golf.

Lorne
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Lorne

Fishing, paddle boating, bushwalking, shopping and surfing: welcome to Lorne.

Torquay and the Surf Coast
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Torquay and the Surf Coast

Home to famous Bells Beach, Torquay is the epicentre for Victoria’s surf scene.

Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula
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Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula

The Bellarine Peninsula welcomes you with seaside villages, wines, golfing, diving and surf breaks.

Driving east and west of Melbourne

Yarra Valley
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Yarra Valley

Make a run for the hills where cool-climate wines and hot air ballooning await.

High Country
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High Country

A popular destination for those seeking epicurean pursuits and action sports.

Coldstream
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Coldstream

It’s all vineyards great and small – and damn delicious – at this close-by getaway.

Macedon Ranges
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Macedon Ranges

This cool climate wine region has a growing reputation for its sparkling wines.

More ways to escape Melbourne

Glamping in Victoria
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Glamping in Victoria

Ten weekend getaways
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Ten weekend getaways

Victorian campsites
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Victorian campsites

Canberra guide
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Canberra guide