Weekend getaway series: Melbourne
While friends and family in the north of the country may be enjoying the steadily increasing warmth, southerners are still feeling the chill.
Despite the continuing cold, that’s no reason you can’t still get out and enjoy a beautiful weekend away and be back in time for work on Monday. And the best thing is – these getaway hotspots are located within a few hours drive of Melbourne! So what are you waiting for?
Only an hour and a half’s drive away from the bustling city centre, the Mornington Peninsula is proof that getting to a peaceful, picturesque retreat needn’t entail a flight or lengthy road trip.
Offering beaches, art galleries, golf courses, wineries and incredible scenery and nature, this small peninsula packs big punch in way of weekend adventure and entertainment.
If getting hot and sweaty isn’t your thing, gallery hopping with a glass of wine in hand is surely the best kind of exercise out there!
Located three and a half hours from Melbourne’s CBD, Port Fairy is ideally situated on some of southern Australia’s most beautiful coastline – and even during the winter months, there is something for everyone here.
Known for its fantastic food and wine scene (showcased by frequent events like the upcoming Port Fairy Spring Music Festival), spend your weekend kicking back with some tasty treats while enjoying your incredible surroundings
For the more active travellers, take a long morning walk up the nearby coastline for a chance to spot migrating whales and enjoy panoramic views, and spend the afternoon being pampered in one of the local day spas.
If you enjoy gazing at the architecture of historic buildings and spaces, Castlemaine is the place for you. Known for its numerous antique and collectibles stores, you may return home with your own piece of history.
Check out the Old Castlemaine Gaol and the fully restored art deco-style Theatre Royal Castlemaine for your fix of 1850s architecture, and catch a live band performance or a movie.
The Gaol also sometimes holds music performances, and if nothing else here interests you, the view of Castlemaine and its surrounds from the site is surely worth a trip.
Much like its more famous neighbour Ballarat, Bendigo became a place of note during the gold rush – therefore, it now has plenty of history and buzz for you to take in.
In fact, you can literally step back in time to the 1850’s at Australia’s foremost outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill. It’s just like stepping back in time – from the hustle and bustle of Main Street where costumed couples parade their new-found wealth, to the excitement of the Red Hill Gully Diggings where you can pan for real gold and it’s yours to keep!
Around a two hour drive from the Melbourne area, Bendigo is also an ideal spot to base yourself if you plan on taking day trips out to nearby wineries.
Above image (Hero) courtesy of Visit Mornington Peninsula.