When it comes to weekend getaways, taking a trip to the vibrant and colourful city of Melbourne is easily one of the best ways to spend your time. There is just so much to see and do here that you might have a tough time fitting it all in during your weekend stay.
In Melbourne, you will be treated to a wide range of dining, nightlife, shopping, and culture. As a traveler, you also have access to several great activities in the area as well. You can use Melbourne as your base and head out into the surrounding area to check out some great sights, making for the perfect weekend getaway. When you’re in town, make sure to check out these top attractions:
St. Kilda Beach
If it’s a beach day you’re after, then St. Kilda’s beach is right within reach from Melbourne and is well worth checking out. This is one of the most famous surfer spots in the country, which is really saying a lot since the country is full of them. The great weather, white sand beaches, and clear waters are the perfect spot to spend that beach day you were looking for, and this beach is so close to the center of town it can be considered part of Melbourne proper. If you’re planning to stay the night, make sure that you’ve brought solar panels for camping or some other power source for your outdoor stay.
You don’t even need to drive out of Melbourne to experience the Gardens. Located right in the city limits, Melbourne Gardens is home to over 50,000 different species of plant and tree, all set nicely on a lush and stunning grounds that remains one of the world’s greatest urban parks and gardens. There are a great many things to do in the park as well, including several festivals and gatherings and farmers markets, hiking and running trails throughout the park, or just settle down and have a nice picnic in one of the many stunning meadows on a sunny day. You will forget you are even in the city within minutes of setting foot in this stunning park.
Port Campbell National Park
Just a short drive in your campervan up the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne’s center you will reach the legendary Port Campbell National Park. This park features the Twelve Apostles Rock which is one of the most popular landmarks in all the nation. The park is packed with stunning scenery and plenty of wildlife, including koalas and kangaroos. Hikers will be in heaven here and can take advantage of one of the many unique and stunning trails to be found throughout the park. Port Campbell is easily one of the top spots in the country for getting a view of the Australian wilds, so make sure to check it out when you’re in the Melbourne area.
If you really want to check out Australian wildlife but haven’t had the opportunity, then during your Melbourne stay you can go on the Echinda Walkabouts tour. A guide will lead you out into the bush outside of the city and give you the opportunity to see the animals in their natural habitat. Check out koalas, kangaroos, and a wide range of birds, reptiles, and other native wildlife. This is the perfect trip for travelers who have been sticking to the cities and towns and haven’t yet had the chance to experience the diverse wildlife Australia has to offer.
Even if you’re in downtown Melbourne, just remember that lush vineyard country is just a short hire drive away and one of the best stretches is Yarra Valley. This lush and scenic region features dozens of wineries, which means you can tour the wineries and learn about how they operate, plus sample the product. This has long been known as one of the most stunningly beautiful regions in the country and a great way to see it is to drive in, take a tour of several wineries, have a nice lunch, and of course some of the beverages produced. If you’re in the mood for a relaxing trip to unwind during a long trip, then Yarra Valley is perfect in the region.
There is no better weekend getaway than the vibrant city of Melbourne. There is just so much to see and do here that you are guaranteed to be fully entertained for the duration of your stay. Lots of travelers make Melbourne their base to explore the region and all the delights it has to offer. From the urban attractions in the city to the surrounding countryside, Melbourne is a golden and inviting city that has been attracting travelers for many years. Do yourself a favor and make it your base for a weekend stay.
Nicole Anderson is a content writer based in Sydney. She is a content writer for Outbaxcamping and is very happy that she gets to write about camping and the outdoors during workdays.
Her weekends and holidays are spent either doing quick trips around Australia, then writing all about it to share to other wanderers. Or spending afternoons lazing in her inflatable hot tub at home. Either way, she’s a very happy camper.