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7 Easter Weekend Road Trips from Melbourne

With the four-day weekend just around the corner, it’s a great time to begin planning a weekend road trip from Melbourne!

Whether you choose to take a day trip from Melbourne or travel a little further to take advantage of one of the best weekend getaways from Melbourne, there are so many road trips you can take to get out and explore Victoria over the long weekend, and I’ve rounded up the best ones for this time of year that will suit travelling with friends, family or your significant other!

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Discover the best Easter Weekend Road Trips in Victoria:

Puffing Billy in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria | Best Day Trips from Melbourne

Dandenong Ranges

Less than an hour from Melbourne, the Dandenong Ranges is a wonderful way to spend a day trip from Melbourne enjoying the beautiful scenery, getting active, or discovering family-friendly adventures,

Get active at 1000 Steps – a popular spot for a hike or running the Kokoda Memorial trail, eat your way through the villages of Olinda and Sassafras, or explore the natural beauty of waterfalls and manicured parks.

Don’t miss out on a ride on Puffing Billy, a steam railway engine that winds its way through the Dandenong Ranges. It’s sure to be a hit with all ages!

Distance: less than 1-hour drive from Melbourne

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Arthurs Seat Eagle | Eagle Cable Car at Arthurs Seat | What to do Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula

There’s more to the Mornington Peninsula than millionaires mansions! This boot-shaped area has a 190 kilometres coastline with wide sandy beaches dotted with colourful beach huts, craggy orange cliffs, water-worn beach caves, natural hot springs, wineries, walking trails, and plenty of opportunities to see Australian wildlife.

Whether you prefer a relaxing spa day out at the Peninsula Hot Springs or to hit the green on one of the stunning golf courses, or get scenic views o the Mornington Peninsula from the Eagle Cable Car at Arthurs Seat; your getaway to the Mornington Peninsula is bound to be a memorable and relaxing getaway.

Distance: 1 hour drive from Melbourne

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Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, Hepburn Springs

Spa Country

Victoria’s Central Highlands is better known as ‘Spa Country’. The area around Daylesford, Hepburn Springs, Macedon and Lerderderg State Park is home to 141 mineral springs. In fact, this area has the highest concentration of mineral springs in Australia!

Spend some time pampering yourself at the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa. I loved relaxing in the Sanctuary Mineral Bathing pool!

If you enjoy fine dining you are in luck. The much-awarded Lake House is a small waterfront hotel but best known for its restaurant. Enjoy modern Australian fare showcasing the best of the region’s food in the most picturesque location in town.

Distance: 1.5 hours drive from Melbourne

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Great Ocean Road

An oldie, but a goodie. The Great Ocean Road is Melbourne’s ultimate day trip anytime, but over Easter, you’ve got the Southern Hemisphere’s premier surf event: the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach. (Note: due to COVID, NSW will be hosting the 2021 event)

If you want to beat the crowds, head past Lorne to Apollo Bay and spend a few days in Port Campbell – the closest town to the 12 Apostles, Port Fairy or Warnambool.

The Great Ocean Road is a great spot to hike and bike along the scenic coastline, or explore the incredible limestone formations that line the waterway.

Distance: 1.5 hours drive from Melbourne

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Bendigo

Originally a gold rush boom town, Bendigo now boasts a pretty sweet food and art scene, if you know where to look.

Take a foodie tour of Bendigo and taste seasonal food grown local paired with a local brew, explore the cities Chinese history dating back to the gold era, or discover the cities rich cultural history using this guide.

Hot tip: Bendigo has a thriving street art offering and there’s plenty of funky laneways to explore the colourful art with plenty of cafes along the way!

Distance: just under 2 hours drive by car or V-Line Train from Melbourne

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The Grampians

The Grampians may be a three-hour drive away, but the journey’s worth it. Discover the beauty of the sandstone mountains, wildflowers, and wildlife as you journey into the bush.

Get your heart racing on one of the many mountain bike trails or try abseiling! There’s stand up paddle boarding, guided walks or four-wheel drive adventures to get off the roads and onto the dirt tracks.

If you travel with me we will be stopping in Dunkeld, which is coincidently home to the Royal Mail Hotel, one of the states best restaurants. Or if you need to work off some of the incredible food you’ve eaten, take the Mt Sturgeon Hike: a 3hr round-trip with some killer views at the top.

Distance: 3 hours drive from Melbourne

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High Country

This one is for the committed day-trippers but best for weekend warriors. Victoria’s High Country is best known for the ski fields at Buller, Stirling, Thredbo and Hotham come winter. But during the cooling autumn months its a wonderful place to visit cool variety vineyards, drive the panoramic Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing.

Rest and recharge in quaint heritage towns, race downhill on the mountain bike tracks, and enjoy locally made beer, ciders and spirits (there’s even a High Country Brewery Trail for the committed brew seekers!)

Falls Creek has an annual Easter festival and Bright’s holding an Easter Market on Easter Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm.

Distance: Around 4-hours drive depending which town you are visiting

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