Melbourne’s central position combines with Victoria’s compact size to make for a highly driveable part of the country. There’s a ton of amazing things you can see via road in Victoria with relatively little time investment, yet still plenty of diversity.
The most obvious of these may be the incredible coastal spectacle and rock formations of the Great Ocean Road – widely regarded as Australia’s best road trip – but there’s plenty more routes to discover in Victoria. The greenery of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, with its mix of charming little towns, top-notch wineries and vintage train journeys is a popular go-to spot for couples and families alike.
Just 3 hours drive from the city in opposite directions lie two of the country’s most amazing national parks, each for entirely different reasons. Head north-west and encounter the sprawling valleys and indigenous sites of the Grampians National Park; head south-east and the coastal magic, abundant wildlife and pink-granite peaks of Wilsons Promontory National Park are a much-loved camping getaway.
For slightly shorter trips, drive across the bridge to Phillip Island and enjoy a family-friendly hotspot full of nature and one of Australia’s most iconic wildlife displays in the Penguin Parade, or head down to the Mornington Peninsula for its signature mix of coastal scenery, boutique food, wine and craft stores, and hidden romantic hideaways.
Escapists can drive through the lofty mountain ranges and plunging valleys of the Great Alpine Road, while more traditional types can opt for the historic route to Sydney via the Heritage Drive and soak in our country’s past in charming detail along the way.