Before you head off for a Victorian adventure, always check the air quality rating, check for closures on the Parks Victoria website, and check fire danger ratings and fire bans for all regions you are travelling to and through. Extreme weather conditions and catastrophic bushfires have led to the closures of many national parks in recent months.
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.