Head out to the iconic outer areas of this beloved tourist destination!

Melbourne is often dubbed as Australia’s eclectic landscape of art, food, culture. But what lies beyond? One of the major draws for Melbourne is not, in fact, its city attractions, but the ones which rest in the outer regions of Victoria. From stunning coastlines, thick bushland, to relaxing wine valleys, there is a little something for everyone! Not sure where to look first? See our list for the best trips you can do from Melbourne and get ready for an adventure you won’t likely forget anytime soon.

  • Great Ocean Road

    Wind your way around spectacular clifftops, lush greenery, and glorious beaches on the iconic Great Ocean Road. Immerse yourself in Victoria’s coastline as you travel from beaches to rainforests, to coastal towns, as you slowly make your way down this iconic road. Listed as one the world’s most scenic coastal road trips, there is no shortage of natural and man-made sights to admire at the Great Ocean Road. As the road is only a two-hour drive from Melbourne, travellers can either spend a jam-packed day or a weeklong escapade in this region. Many tours offer unforgettable activities including bush walks, beach time, and epic views of the most thrilling lookouts around.

  • Phillip Island

    For an animal-centred adventure, Phillip Island is for you! Nestled a few hours from Melbourne city, the entire region is blessed with incredible wildlife. Visit Churchill Island and see the cottage homes and farm animals, trek into the lush bush area and see the iconic koalas and kangaroos, and finally see the most popular animal Philip Island is home to; The Little Penguin.

  • Grampians

    Head into the rugged mountain ranges of the Grampians and immerse yourself in the Australian landscape. The area is a series of five sandstone ridges, running from the north to south, featuring steep slopes and lush wildlife in between. Spend a day, weekend, or weeklong hiking trip in this captivating region, marvelling at the impressive landscape of peaks and valleys along the way!

  • Yarra Valley

    Escape the hustle and bustle of Melbourne’s city life and enjoy an amazing retreat at the Yarra Valley. It is a breath of fresh air, bursting with wide-open spaces, lush vineyards, and some of the state’s best wineries and restaurants. The number one reason to visit the Yarra Valley is for the wine, but the delicious food paired with it is a bonus!

  • Dandenong Ranges

    You’ve never seen so much green in your life until you have visited the Dandenong ranges! Wander through this enchanted haven and come face to face with secret fern glades, towering forest trees, and charming country villages. Simply head out from Melbourne and jump on the historic Puffing Billy steam train, which leads you along its narrow-gauge track to the hidden wonders of the ranges.

  • Mornington Peninsula

    Breathe in that salty sea air at the glorious Mornington Peninsula! Known as Melbourne’s summer playground, the coastline boot-shaped area of land is bursting with vineyards, orchards, bushland, and of course, stunning beaches. Unwind and cast all your troubles away as you enjoy endless days at wineries, soft sand beaches, and delightful spas.

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward began with a passion for travel and turned it into a thriving tourism business. He co-founded Sightseeing Tours Australia after starting out as a tour guide in Melbourne. Cameron delights in helping visitors get the most from their trip to Australia. Whether he's leading tours or writing about his favourite places, Cameron loves sharing his local insight with fellow travellers.

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