Weekend Getaway Ideas From Melbourne- Weekend Getaways Victoria
"Great Weekend Getaway Ideas From Melbourne!"
Feeling like you need a break? Do you need to get out of the city and do something else? Below you will find suggestions for weekends away from Melbourne and Weekend Getaways Victoria.
Sadly in my experience there isn't loads of great getaway places within a 2 hour radius - most are around 3 to 4 hours away.
Whether you fancy an action packed weekend or a quiet relaxing one, there should be something here to appeal to everyone...
At just an hour's drive from Melbourne, this is an obvious choice for Weekend getaway ideas from the city.
This area has a seaside laid back atmosphere, lovely B&B's, boutique shopping, over 50 cellar doors, gourmet restaurants and dainty cafes.
The wineries offer lazy lunches overlooking their vineyards and some of the best Pinot noir. Try Dromana Estate, Harrison Road or Red Hill Estate, 53 Red Hill Shoreham Road.
This is a great place to relax and feel like you are in the middle of the mediterranean, never mind Australia. The drive along the Peninsula is littered with signs offering fresh strawberries and other tantalising local fresh produce.
The sea side towns are fairly well to do and there are plenty of restaurants overlooking the water or even right on the beach...now what more could you ask for?
If you have a sense of adventure or love of horses then this is a great place to experience rides along the beach with the wind in your hair.
Or how about some scenic walks through the National Parks?
You could also take the ferry from Sorrento over to Queenscliff and do part of the Great Ocean Drive (featured below as another option for weekend getaway ideas)
In terms of Accommodation, trySpring Creek Farm B&B $$ – perfect if you fancy a horseriding treck across scenic wineries and the national park Cape Schanck Lighthouse Inspectors Cottage $$ Sorrento Beach Motel $$/li>Peppers Moonah Links – great for golfers (badminton, tennis, spa etc) and those wanting stylish accommodation $$$
Budget optionsYHA Sorrento – from ($)0Frankston Holiday Park – Cabins$$
Great Ocean Drive
Another classic when it comes to weekend getaway ideas or Weekend Getaways Victoria, this one deserves to be on the weekend getaway ideas page. It's about an hour and a half to Torquay which marks the start of the Great Ocean Drive.
I know you locals will say it's a bit touristy but seriously, have you forgotten just how scenic the drive really is? Or how nice it is to see Koalas in the trees? Or how relaxing it is to stop in a little village and enjoy the food and views?
We loved Port Fairy and the thought of taking a leisurely drive here admiring the beautiful scenery and then having a couple of days in Port Fairy would be a great weekend away from Melbourne
For a fuller list of what to stop and see and where to stay see my page on the Great Ocean Drive
Probably boasting some of the nicest scenery within a Victorian National Park - well in my opinion anyway. It's about a 2.5 to 3 hour drive from Melbourne (220km) and you really do feel a million miles away. A perfect example of great weekend getaway ideas from Melbourne or getaways from Victoria in general.
Head to Tidal River for the most awesome campsite and views. Here you can pitch your own tent or stay in ready erect luxury tents. The area offers great bushwalking although recent flooding has closed some of the longer walks.
The waters around the Prom (its full name is Promontory) are quite frankly stunning so bring your diving gear or snorkel too - the whole area is a protected marine park.
You have to book ahead here especially in key holidays e.g. Christmas and Easter - a ballot takes place to see who the lucky ones are!
There's a small grocery store and takeaway place here at Tidal River but bring some BBQ and picnic fodder.
This is a 3.5 hour drive from Melbourne and is a sleepy wine region of Victoria. You can fly here if you'd rather - into Albury. It's worthy of appearing on this weekend getaway ideas page as it really is a most relaxing place to come.
Granted there isn't heaps to do here but if you fancy visiting a few wineries, having a lazy lunch at a winery and generally enjoying countryside Victoria then I don't think you will be disappointed.
My favourite winery here is called All Saints. They have a lovely produce/pickle/cheese shop as well as some of the best wines in the region - you just have to try the Durif!
We stayed at Tuileries - a lovely hotel with themed rooms, a gym, lovely bar and fab restaurant. Another alternative would be to stay at Poachers Paradise which is more like a pub with accommodation attached to it.
There's a nice country path that used to be the old railway line that runs through the town, which is great for a run or leisurely walk in the mornings.
This is one of those good weekend getaway ideas if you really just want to get away from it all and enjoy great food and wine. Also look out for special wine events that usually take place here in March and October.
Bright, The Victorian Alps
To get to Bright, it's about a 4 hour drive so perhaps one best suited for one of those long weekend getaway ideas.
This place has it all - something for the more active with amazing biking and mountain bike trails; Something for gourmet lovers with great cool climate wines and renowned restaurants; And something for those that just want to relax with great B&B's, walks and local markets.
Simone's and Villa Gusto are certainly two restaurants worthy of note for their great food and atmosphere.
We also did an organised one day hike from Bright to Dal Zotto Winery, through Hedonistic Hiking. It cost about $120 and I can thoroughly recommend it.
If you are a couple and are looking for somewhere to stay then check out
The Buckland Studio Retreat
The place is gorgeous, the views are lovely and the short walk to what looks like a ski chalet for breakfast will really make you feel like you are in the mountains. This place is tucked away in the National Park just outside Bright.
Westwood Lodge - some nice touches and recent renovations make this a good value option for families or close friends. The rooms have been done so that you feel like you are more at home than in a hotel room. Some might say a bit twee!
Big 4 Bright - just outside of Bright but within easy walk to the town, this campsite has cabins on offer for a fairly reasonable price, with washing machines and a lovely deck to enjoy this picturesque site. No pool though.
The Grampians - Great Weekend Getaways Victoria
If you fancy great scenery, wildlife, some walking and maybe some waterfalls and rocks, then the Grampians is another of those weekend getaway ideas from Melbourne.
The drive will take you about 3.5 hours and is a perfect place to either relax or do some light or more strenuous bushwalking.
For more information on where to stay and some of the best bits of this area, go to Grampians National Park
The Yarra Valley
This is probably one of the closest of the weekend getaway ideas from Melbourne at just 50km (about an hour's drive)
The Yarra Valley covers quite a large distance given it really is the area around the Yarra River. The main towns to head for though are Healesville and Yarra Glen.
The Yarra Valley also encompasses the Dandenong ranges too which offer a similar experience and of course is home to Australia's favourite steam engine, Puffing Billy. You can enjoy a ride, dinner, jazz nights, easter egg hunts, murder mysteries, depending on what time of year you come - all great fun!
Think Wineries, breweries, fresh produce, sleepy villages, spas, hot air balloon rides and you'll have a fair measure of this place.
A personal favorite was a visit to Healesville Sanctuary which is like an outside zoo with all the animals of Australia that you could hope to see. The hospital area is very cute too.
A great luxury place to stay is Chateau Yering, Yarra Valley - a place for honeymooners but all couples will love it here. If it's too pricey then make sure you come here for afternoon tea or dine at the fab restaurant for a treat.
Healesville Garden Accommodation is another good option. It is more like a homestead/B&B. Good attention to detail and some of the homes have extras that you might appreciate like washing machines.
Yarra Glen Grand Hotel - this place was a great place to stay but a friend went recently and thought it was tired and overpriced. We thought it was pretty good though but we did get a good deal on line.
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