Melbourne has some truly wonderful day trip destinations located just outside its CBD. Whether you are up for a day of exploring or indulging, we have a great list of ideas you have to try. From wine and cheese tasting tours in some of the areas best vineyards to day tours to Phillip Island to witness some of Australia's cutest creatures up close and personal, we've got some great ideas you are sure to love:
Taking a tour of the Yarra Valley's best wineries is a great way to spend a day. Enjoy a gourmet lunch with wine accompaniments then walk off your lunch with a stroll through the vineyards. After a visit to this picturesque part of Victoria you'll know why it boasts some of the finest wines produced in the country.
The Great Ocean Road
No trip to Melbourne is complete without bearing witness to the natural beauty that is the Great Ocean Road.
Take a tour bus from Melbourne's CBD. You'll be taken to all of the best vantage points and then a stop at the Kennett River will certainly be in order. Here, you are guaranteed to see koalas living in their natural environment.
If you are feeling a little more daring, why not hire a sports car and drive along the cliff tops? Or if you are feeling even more daring, why not take a helicopter ride to experience the view that few rarely get to see? There's definitely more than one way to experience the incredible Great Ocean Road.
The Healesville Sanctuary offers a unique wildlife experience like no other. Get up close with a range of native animals include the platypus, kangaroo, dingo and koala. There are approximately 200 native species that call this sanctuary home. The sanctuary also offers a range of close encounter opportunities where visitors can get close to birds of prey and nocturnal species. Kids and adults alike will love the daily shows that are held.
There is also a strong Indigenous history to the sanctuary which you can experience first hand. Visitors can go on a Burra Burra Yan Tour which will take you deep into the bush with an Aboriginal guide who will give you an insight into the secrets of the bush and the Victorian indigenous culture.
A Phillip Island tour guarantees a great day out. The island has so many great natural wonders to explore, activities to enjoy and beaches to surf. At sunset, experience an amazing sight. One of the largest Little Penguin colonies in the world emerging from the water to their burrows in the sand. This is a sight you'll never forget.
There are so many great day trips you can take just outside of Melbourne, it can be hard to know which one to do first! I hope our top pick of some of the best day trip ideas has given you some useful suggestions for the next time you are visiting Melbourne.