Yes, whether you’re enjoying sumptuous food at one of the city’s top cafes, taking in a world class exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, seeing an awesome local band or watching its famous local sport, Aussie rules football, Melbourne is an amazing place to enjoy whether you’re from the city or coming from out of town!

But another thing that makes Melbourne so special is the amazing regions that surround the city proper. From the absolutely breathtaking Great Ocean Road to the tranquil Yarra Valley, down to the ritzy Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne is also a wonderful place for day tripping.

Let’s take a look at some of these awesome regions and why you should get out to at least one during your stay in the Garden City.

Fun & adventure on the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is home to some of Australia’s most stunning coastline, on par with that of the Pacific Highway or Italy’s Amalfi Coast. What makes the Great Ocean Road so stunning, apart from the incredible views, is the wealth of activities you can take part in along the way.

From marvelling at otherworldly rock formations in the Port Campbell National Park to going koala-spotting in the Otways National Park, learning to surf at Torquay or learning about maritime history in Warrnambool, the Great Ocean Road truly has something for everyone!

Wine tasting & serenity in the Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is one of Australia’s most revered wine regions, serving up some of the country’s best Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Yes, enjoying the delicious fruits of this region is great, but not as great as actually heading out there to enjoy them!

The Yarra Valley is home to plenty of amazing cellar door experiences as well as restaurants serving up Michelin-worthy, locally-sourced dishes.

Get bougie on the Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula is home to some of Australia’s most dramatic coastline as well as being a gourmand’s paradise. The Mornington Peninsula, along with the Yarra Valley, is also renowned for its food and wine, with some of the best, finest restaurants serving up delightful meals in gorgeous, beachside locations.

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