Avoid the usual crowds of one of Australia's most scenic drives, and drive along the Great Ocean Road against the traffic flow. Marvel at landmark…
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Join your tour guide for a walk through Australia’s culture capital and learn what makes this city great and so much more.
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Day trip to the Yarra Valley
Travelers looking to take a day trip from Melbourne often head to the Yarra Valley. The region is best known for being a center of wine production in Australia. Oenophiles can enjoy sampling the goods at wineries like Oakridge, Coombe Farm, and Domaine Chandon. Beyond wine, travelers can see points of interest like the Mont de Lancy Historic Homestead, the foodie paradise of Healesville, the Healesville Sanctuary (home to cuddly koalas), and the scenic Puffing Billy Steam Railway.
How far is the Yarra Valley from Melbourne?
The Yarra Valley is located about 70 kilometers (43 miles) from Melbourne, depending on where you’re located. On average, it takes about an hour to reach the Yarra Valley by car. From the Lilydale train station, the journey is a little over an hour. The journey by bus from Melbourne is also about an hour.
Day trip to the Mornington Peninsula
Leisure is the name of the game on the Mornington Peninsula, making it the perfect choice for a fun escape from the city. First thing on the agenda at “the Ninch” is to hit the beach. The peninsula’s amazing beaches are lined with colorful bathing boxes that are a hot commodity in the area. Some favorite spots are Sorrento and St. Andrews. Aside from outdoor recreation, discover the 19th-century McCrae Homestead or the museum and submarine at HMAS Cerberus for a sense of the area’s history.
How far is the Mornington Peninsula from Melbourne?
Only 75 kilometers (46 miles) from Melbourne, by car it takes around an hour to get to the Mornington Peninsula. A combination of the train and bus will get you there in just under two hours.
Day trip to Ballarat
Travelers who embark on an adventure to Ballarat will be swept back in time. This gold rush boomtown is best known today for the living history museum of Sovereign Hill. Walk the streets of this recreated 1850’s town and see how people lived back in Ballarat’s beginnings. Once you’ve struck it rich, the town has other fascinating points of interest. The Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Ballarat Wildlife Park, and the Art Gallery of Ballarat all warrant a look on your trip.
How far is Ballarat from Melbourne?
It will take around an hour and a half to drive the 116 kilometers (72 miles) to Ballarat by car or to take the train from Melbourne.
Day trip to the Great Ocean Road
Regularly called one of the most beautiful drives in the world, a day trip down the coastal Great Ocean Road should be on any traveler’s bucket list. Don’t miss the many landmarks along this famous waterside route. Snap a photo of the iconic rock stacks of 12 Apostles, rising up from the ocean, or tempt the awesome waves of Bells Beach.
How far is the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne?
The beginning of the Great Ocean Road is about 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Melbourne in Torquay, around one hour by car. As the road itself is the attraction, you can go for as long or as little as you please. This is one day trip that really has to be done by road, so skip the train or bus for this excursion.
Day trip to Phillip Island
Best known for its wildlife, Phillip Island is one of the most beloved day trip destinations from Melbourne. Travelers flock to Phillip Island Nature Park to watch the parade of penguins come ashore every evening. Other than the penguins, people can also visit the Koala Conservation Center, hang ten at the popular surfer spot of Woolamai Beach (or simply admire the beach’s craggy Pinnacle Lookout), and pet the sheep at Victoria’s first farm, Churchill Island Heritage Farm.
How far is Phillip Island from Melbourne?
Leave some extra time for the 142-kilometer (88 miles) trip to Phillip Island, as it takes just under two hours by car. To get there by public transportation requires a combination of the train and bus, but the travel time is not much different.
What is the best transportation option for my day trip?
With such a vast territory, it can be hard trying to figure out the best way to navigate the Melbourne area and the rest of Australia.
Melbourne day trips by train
Trains are neither the quickest nor the most affordable options for travel around Australia. Long distance train travel is a fun experience, but for day trips is probably not the best option.
Melbourne day trips by bus
Without a personal vehicle, bus travel is the best choice for your day trip, reaching destinations the train doesn’t for only a fraction of the price. Most tour companies operate larger tours by private bus as well.
Melbourne day trips by car
The car is king when it comes to getting around Australia and day trips from Melbourne. With a car, you can reach any destination without unnecessary stops and in private comfort.
Should I take a guided tour for my day trip
A guided tour is highly recommended when it comes to day trips around Melbourne. Don’t worry about bus schedules, gas, or navigation, and simply enjoy the trip. Trips to locations like the Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula benefit greatly from the convenience of a planned out itinerary and a guide’s insider knowledge.
What should I pack for my day trip?
What to pack depends somewhat on where you plan to go. Cold weather isn’t really an issue except in some specific areas, but light rain gear is a good idea any time of year. If you opt for a guided tour, they might give you everything you need for the day.
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What people are saying about Melbourne
Christian was quite nice, however we were 24 guests and difficult to talk to everybody. He was explaining some things, apart from that we were not chatting with each other. The other guests were mainly couples or groups of families. After start (pick up late b/o traffic issues) we had to speed up. All stops were quick with sharp timing. Additionally, during winter there is a strict schedule, since the goal is to be at the pinguins for sunset, meaning around 5.10 p.o. at that day. First stop at Moonlit Sanctuary with lunch, then walking around for 45 min. Definitely not worth to buy extra tickets for padding koalas or feeding kangaroos! At Churchill Island Heritage Farm 3 lessons e.g. sheep-shearing (horrible) and sheep-gathering by a sheep dog (quite ok). Thereafter to Philip Island. I had baught an upgrade for the penguin parade visiting. But that was definitely not worth it. Later all other people came to that special/expensive area anyway.
I would definitely use Go West again & recommend them to others. Our Tour Guide Leonie was absolutely amazing, she is the best tour guide I have ever encountered. Really well organised tour and comfort was assured. Lots of good initiatives by Leonie such as a good music playlist made the day just so good.
The tour was great, our guide exceptional, destinations interesting and enjoyable, good food and nice wines. Only downside was getting charged an international transaction fee on the booking. Thought this was an Australian tour company but somehow this ended up being o/s?
- the sites of the tour are very well selected and coordinated; - the journey is full of actions and fun! - the place (Appolo Bay) stopped for lunch has a lot of great choices - most importantly, the tour guides are great passionate professionals: Yazmin and Daniel
Our driver was great, he did an informative commentary but was very humorous with it. It was interesting to hear the history of the native Australian people settling in the Melbourne area & learn a bit about their culture. A very smooth bus trip that ran to time.