Next time you are in Melbourne on business, consider taking an extra few days for an exciting or relaxing Australian road trip. Melbourne is a great city to visit, but there are diverse places you can get to from Melbourne like The Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula, or the quaint towns of the Yarra Valley. So hire a car in Melbourne from any of Budget Australia’s convenient locations and head out for a fun road trip excursion you will always remember.
The Great Ocean Road
If you are in Melbourne, then one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world is just around the corner. The Great Ocean Road is an amazing road trip along the southern coast of Victoria which is filled with amazing sights and dramatic landscapes courtesy of Mother Nature. The actual trip from Torquay to Port Fairy is 243 kilometres. Here are some highlights of the road trip:
- Torquay Beach (Gateway to the Great Ocean Road and the surf capital of Australia)
- The picturesque and quaint town of Lorne
- Apollo Bay
- Otway National Park
- Cape Otway Lightstation
- Port Campbell National Park
- Loch Ard Gorge
- Gibson’s Steps
- The 12 Apostles
- Bay of Islands
- The Grotto
- London Arch
- The Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park
- Port Fairy, a classic old whaling village
The Mornington Peninsula is south of Melbourne just about an hour’s drive, but it seems like a world away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Even though the peninsula is small, there is so much to do here including relaxing on the beaches, exploring the coastal cliffs, enjoying the resorts, and dining on the fresh grown local vegetables produced by the rich soil of the peninsula. Foodies often frequent this destination because of the amazing array of fresh produce grown here, the wine from the region, and the fresh fish caught just off the coast. Then there are the luxurious Peninsula Hot Springs which are the only natural thermal mineral springs day spa in all of Australia.
The valley of the Dandenong Ranges is just east of Melbourne and you can make a round trip in just one day or choose to stay longer experiencing the quiet and quaint valley life. This is a rich wine growing area, so you will find vineyards, wineries and dining options pairing the local wines with delicious delicacies. You can take a scenic trip on the Puffing Billy Railway, visit the William Ricketts Sanctuary, go on a hot air balloon ride, or visit the kitschy local businesses of the valley.