Weekend breaks in Melbourne

Yarra Valley is a popular weekend getaway for expats
While Melbourne has a lot to offer, sometimes the grind of day-to-day city life can leave expats in desperate need of a break. Luckily, the region of Victoria provides plenty of opportunities for a weekend escape. 

For weekend breaks close to home, it’s a choice between coast or countryside. However, expats will also find that in a continent the size of Australia, locals think nothing of flying or driving long distances. Residents are known to devote their weekend breaks to visiting Australia’s biggest metropolis, Sydney. Many diehard Melbournites will only admit this with the most begrudging of tones, but in reality the Sydney-Melbourne flight path is one of the busiest.

Recommended weekend breaks in Melbourne



The area of Daylesford is known for its numerous spas and quaint bed-and-breakfasts. In particular, the Lake House at Daylesford is one of country Victoria’s premier fine-dining destinations with a menu featuring locally sourced seasonal produce. Wine enthusiasts are also sure to enjoy a trip to Daylesford, as one of Australia's top regions for Pinot wine.

The Great Alpine Road

Travellers along the Great Alpine Road can take in a variety of landscapes along the way, from stunning mountainous scenery to breathtaking views of valleys, forests and rivers. With the various national parks and alpine resorts on this route, outdoor enthusiasts can take part in activities such as mountain climbing, canoeing, hang gliding and, in the winter, even skiing.

The Great Ocean Road

Many international tourists visit this stunning but treacherous stretch of coastline, southwest of Melbourne, on a day trip. Expats that can devote a bit more time will find that Australia’s best-known road trip has much more to offer than the route's famous rock formation, the Twelve Apostles. Along the Shipwreck Coast, relics of seafaring tragedies of the past are still visible. Most of the ships that sank here date back to the Gold Rush era in the 1800s.

Mornington Peninsula

A weekend away is a great introduction to a Mornington Peninsula adventure. Situated to the south of Melbourne, the peninsula is one of Melbourne residents’ favourite summer getaway destinations. Divers and surfers will love the roaring surf and secluded beaches, while wildlife lovers can swim with dolphins have a cuddle with some koalas at the area's wildlife sanctuary. At Red Hill, try award-winning wines and dine outdoors.

Yarra Valley

This lush, fertile valley set amongst the gum trees of the Yarra Ranges, is the perfect spot for a quick getaway. Attractions include wine tasting, fine dining and hot air ballooning.

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