The best weekend getaways from Melbourne

Need a break? Here's where to spend the weekend in Victoria and still be back in Melbourne for work on Monday

Ballarat Botanical Gardens
Photograph: Visit Victoria

As much as we love Melbourne, sometimes we just need to escape the big city. Luckily, Melbourne is perfectly positioned for excellent escapes and weekend breaks. Below, we've found a bunch of weekend trips all a convenient drive or flight from home. Are you after a wine weekend or a hiking holiday? There's always a beach-adjacent sojourn down the coast or a tour of some of the state's best national parks

Here’s our pick of weekend breaks and getaways within easy reach of Melbourne – no passport required.

Short getaways from Melbourne

Phillip Island
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Phillip Island

The Grampians
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The Grampians

Mallacoota
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Mallacoota

Great Ocean Road
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Great Ocean Road

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The High Country
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The High Country

Yarra Valley
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Yarra Valley

Mornington Peninsula
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Mornington Peninsula

Bellarine Peninsula
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Bellarine Peninsula

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Central Gippsland
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Central Gippsland

Ballarat
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Ballarat

East Gippsland
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East Gippsland

Daylesford
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Daylesford

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Yackandandah
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Yackandandah

Castlemaine
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Castlemaine

Bendigo
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Bendigo

Dandenong Ranges
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Dandenong Ranges

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Where to find Victoria’s pink lakes
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National parks within driving distance of Melbourne
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National parks within driving distance of Melbourne

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The best romantic hotels
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The best spa hotels in Melbourne
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The best dog-friendly weekends
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The best cheap hotels in Melbourne
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