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

MacKenzie Falls, Grampians National Park
Photograph: Parks 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

Mansfield
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Mansfield

Castlemaine
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Castlemaine

Yarra Valley
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Yarra Valley

Phillip Island
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Phillip Island

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The Grampians
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The Grampians

Mallacoota
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Mallacoota

Great Ocean Road
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Great Ocean Road

The High Country
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The High Country

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Mornington Peninsula
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Mornington Peninsula

Bellarine Peninsula
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Bellarine Peninsula

Central Gippsland
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Central Gippsland

Ballarat
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Ballarat

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East Gippsland
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East Gippsland

Daylesford
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Daylesford

Yackandandah
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Yackandandah

Bendigo
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Bendigo

Dandenong Ranges
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Dandenong Ranges

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The best waterfalls in Victoria
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The best caves to explore in Victoria
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The best Yarra Valley wineries
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The best Yarra Valley wineries

Lavender fields in and around Melbourne
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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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Where to go glamping in Victoria
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Where to go glamping in Victoria

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