The best weekend getaways from Melbourne - from short trips to weekend and escapes

All the inspiration you need to plan your next weekend escape from Melbourne

Reeds Lookout
Photograph: Julian Kingma

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 in the Yarra Valley or a hiking holiday in the Grampians? There's always a beach-adjacent sojourn down the coast or a tour of some of the state's best national parks. The best part? You can spend the weekend in these gorgeous locations and still be back in Melbourne for work on Monday.

If you're on a budget, you might like to check out our list of top Victorian camping sites or book a stay at one of Melbourne's best boutique hotels instead.

Short getaways from Melbourne

Yarra Valley
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Yarra Valley

The High Country
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The High Country

Dandenong Ranges
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Dandenong Ranges

The Grampians
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The Grampians

Falls Creek
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Falls Creek

Daylesford
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Daylesford

Mornington Peninsula
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Mornington Peninsula

Lorne
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Lorne

Bendigo
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Bendigo

Phillip Island
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Phillip Island

Short flights from Melbourne

Launceston
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Launceston

Adelaide
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Adelaide

Canberra
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Canberra

Hobart
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Hobart

More Melbourne travel ideas

The best day trips from Melbourne
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The best day trips from Melbourne

The best Yarra Valley wineries
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The best Yarra Valley wineries

National parks within driving distance of Melbourne
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National parks within driving distance of Melbourne

The best dog-friendly weekends
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The best dog-friendly weekends

The best romantic hotels
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The best romantic hotels

The best romantic luxury escapes
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The best romantic luxury escapes

The best spa hotels in Melbourne
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The best spa hotels in Melbourne

The best cheap hotels in Melbourne
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The best cheap hotels in Melbourne