10 Weekend Getaways from Melbourne, Victoria for Families
Looking for the perfect weekend getaway from Melbourne? Being so central it is quite easy and convenient to head out of Melbourne for a change of scenery. No matter which direction, there are various different holiday destinations near Melbourne to choose from. If you are looking for a weekend escape from Melbourne into the countryside of regional Victoria, or just want to relax on the beach, Victoria has plenty of choices for weekend trips from Melbourne. Here are our top weekend getaways in Victoria.
10 Best Weekend Trips from Melbourne, Victoria
Our top weekend getaways from Melbourne around Victoria. Melburnians, you are spoiled for choice! Make sure to check out our post on fun games to play in the car to keep everyone entertained.
1. Great Ocean Road
To kick of the start of our list, the Great Ocean Road makes the perfect weekend getaway from Melbourne for families who love the ocean. Take a road trip, or choose from one of the stunning destinations along the coast including Torquay, Lorne, Apollo Bay, Warrnambool, just to name a few.
There are plenty of fun activities to do during the days including the Otway Fly, learning to surf or paddle board, or just take a walk to see some beautiful waterfalls. And if you love camping, there are plenty of spots to camp for free on the Great Ocean Road.
2. Phillip Island
One of our favourite weekend getaways in Victoria for families is Phillip Island. Just 90 minutes from Melbourne, Phillip Island is the perfect place for a nice relaxing coastal break.
One of the main highlights is of course the famous Penguin Parade, however there are plenty of other things to do as well including lots of coastal walks and hikes, water sports, relaxing on the beach, wildlife spotting and the famous Go Karts at the Grand Prix Circuit.
Read More: Things to do in Phillip Island
3. The Grampians
Another of our favourite weekend getaways from Melbourne for families is the Grampians. You really can do as much or as little as you like.
There are plenty of walks and hikes to do for different ages and abilities. Plenty of wildlife to spot, and some of the best waterfalls in Victoria. And if you love camping, there are plenty of beautiful spots to set up camp too.
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Located on the banks of the Murray river, on the border of Victoria and NSW, Echuca is popular getaway from Melbourne for families who love the outdoors. Head out on the famous paddle steamer or boat cruise, go fishing, wakeboarding or water-skiing on the river, or swim in one of the waterholes.
In town you can wonder the cobblestone streets, tour the local wineries or have a meal at one of the various cafes and restaurants. Just 2 and half hours from Melbourne Echuca makes an easy weekend trip from Melbourne.
5. Dandenong Ranges
The Dandenong Ranges National Park has so much to offer for those who love to get close to nature. Just 35 minutes East of Melbourne, you can find wildlife trails, waterfalls, and a range of attractions and activities for all ages.
Some of the Dandenong Ranges biggest attractions are Puffing Billy, and Mount Dandenong that towers 633 metres high. There are also plenty of walks and hikes in the area for those who want to keep active.
Read More: Things to do in the Dandenong Ranges.
6. Yarra Valley
With so much to do in the stunning Yarra Valley, it makes the perfect weekend getaway for families or couples. The region is known for it’s fine wineries and there is certainly no shortage if you are looking to go for a tasting or two. There are also plenty of great restaurants and cafes too.
Lots of accommodation options, but if you are up for something unique, why not try Glamping “glamourous camping” which you can do in the Big 4 Yarra Valley Holiday Park.
Read More: Things to do in the Yarra Valley
7. Mornington Peninsula
Only 90 minutes from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula makes the perfect weekend away from Melbourne for those looking for a seaside change.
Stay at one of the various seaside towns such as Rye, Rosebud, or Portsea. Head up on the Arthur’s Seat Eagle to admire the views of Port Phillip Bay, taste some delicious chocolate at the Mornington Peninsula Chocolaterie, and then spend the day at the Peninsula Hot springs to relax and rejuvenate. If you are a on a family weekend getwaway, take the kids to Dinosaur World or the Rain Hayne Shine Farm.
Read More: Things to do on the Mornington Peninsula
8. Wilsons Promontory
Wilsons Promontory National Park, or what most people call, “The Prom” is the most southern point of mainland Australia and a much loved weekend getaway destination for Melburnions. With it’s coastal bushland trails, and pristine beaches, the area has a lot to offer for couples, groups, and families.
Tidal River Campground inside the national park has comfortable accommodation with campsites and cabins, or you can stay outside the national park in one of the surrounding towns. There are plenty of walks and hikes in the area, and it is surrounded by beautiful beaches to relax and spend your days.
Ballarat is a fantastic weekend getaway from Melbourne for those looking to explore a bit of Melbourne’s history. There is a beautiful lake there with lots of picnic spots to relax, and plenty of activities to keep you busy.
With the famous Sovereign Hill the main attraction, you can go back into the gold rush days and dig for some gold. Or head to Kryal Castle to see a royal joust and enjoy a night in their castle suits where you can experience the castle during the evening when it has closed and all of the visitors have gone home. The Ballarat Wildlife Park is great if you want to meet some native Australian animals.
Read More: Things to do in Ballarat
If you are looking for a relaxing weekend getaway from Melbourne with a bit of luxury then Daylesford is the spot.
Surrounded by the stunning Wombat forest, Daylesford is most famous for the Hepburn Springs near by where you can pamper yourself in the natural mineral spring waters.
However, this beautiful town also boasts markets, museums, a gorgeous lake, beautiful scenery and some delicious eateries.
Weekend Getaways from Melbourne for Families
With plenty of weekend getaways from Melbourne, families are spoiled for choice when planning a trip. Whether you are wanting to head to the countryside or the coast, whether you are looking for adventure or looking to relax, there is something for everyone. Tag @mumslittleexplorers on your next weekend trip from Melbourne, we would love to check it out!