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

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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.

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

The Grampians
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The Grampians

Great Ocean Road
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Great Ocean Road

The High Country
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The High Country

Mornington Peninsula
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Mornington Peninsula

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Bellarine Peninsula
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Bellarine Peninsula

East Gippsland
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East Gippsland

Victoria’s alpine region
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Victoria’s alpine region

Yackandandah
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Yackandandah

Dandenong Ranges
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Dandenong Ranges

Bendigo
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Bendigo

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Canberra
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Canberra

Hobart
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Hobart

Launceston
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Launceston

Adelaide
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Adelaide

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The best Yarra Valley wineries
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Lavender fields in and around Melbourne
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Where to find Victoria’s pink lakes
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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

Where to go glamping in Victoria
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Hot springs you can soak in near Melbourne
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Cosy cabins you can stay in near Melbourne
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The best romantic hotels
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The best romantic hotels

The best hotels for a romantic getaway from Melbourne
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The best hotels for a romantic getaway from Melbourne

Places in Victoria that look nothing like Victoria
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Places in Victoria that look nothing like Victoria

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

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

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