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Day Trips Outside of Melbourne -- How many and where?

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Day Trips Outside of Melbourne -- How many and where?

We are planning on 2-3 days sightseeing within the city of Melbourne. We will be cruising New Zealand and Australia, and Melbourne is our disembarkation port. We are on the ship overnight in Melbourne, and we are planning to extend our visit to Melbourne on land post-cruise. We are interested in seeing some of the sights that lie outside of Melbourne that can be visited in one day, returning to the city of Melbourne at night.

Where do you recommend we go, and how many days should we plan? One day outside the city? Two days outside the city? Three days outside the city?

I need to make a decision now so that I can book my flights. Please help.

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1. Re: Day Trips Outside of Melbourne -- How many and where?

ummm, what sort of sights were you interested in? Food, wine, nature, spa, scenery, fishing, sightseeing, history, hiking, Australiana? Give us a bit of hint and we can better help you. There are enough day trips from Melbourne to keep you here for weeks.

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2. Re: Day Trips Outside of Melbourne -- How many and where?

Also, what time of the year will you be here? If you are interested in Australian wildlife, then I would recommend a visit to Healesville Sanctuary.

http://www.zoo.org.au/HealesvilleSanctuary

For wineries, beaches and cafes, I would recommend the Mornington Peninsula.

http://www.zoo.org.au/HealesvilleSanctuary

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3. Re: Day Trips Outside of Melbourne -- How many and where?

Day tour to www.greatoceanrd.org.au and www.atwad.com.au receive good reviews on TA

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4. Re: Day Trips Outside of Melbourne -- How many and where?

Hi,

As mentioned the Mornington Peninsula makes a great day trip from Melbourne.

The Great Ocean Road ( part) to Port Campbell - The Twelve Apostles. Situated in the Port Campbell National Park, (better to stay overnight) but its doable as a day trip.

visitgreatoceanroad.org.au/

Daylesford - Spa Country - 113 km, 1 hour 33 mins C141 and National Hwy.

http://www.daylesfordspacountry.com.au/Home/

Phillip Island - Penguins www.penguins.org.au/

www.visitphillipisland.com

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5. Re: Day Trips Outside of Melbourne -- How many and where?

Thanks for your replies. We are interested in food, wine, nature and scenery (but not hiking), and especially sightseeing. We are really just interested in whatever is a "must see" and making memorable experiences.

Also, we will be there in January just after the start of the New Year.

These are all great suggestions that I will check out. Any other "must sees?"

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6. Re: Day Trips Outside of Melbourne -- How many and where?

I would add to the excellent list you have been given:

The Dandenongs - lots of scenic spots, picnic places and great restaurants and cafes. dandenongrangestourism.com.au/top1024x768.ht…

Puffing Billy http://www.puffingbilly.com.au/

A visit to Sovereign Hill and Ballarat http://www.sovereignhill.com.au/

If you visit the Spa Country (Daylesford) as suggested then include a visit to some of the wineries of the Macedon Ranges visitvictoria.com/Regions/Daylesford-and-the…

See the High Country in summer - stunning. Some of the smaller towns like Beechworth (check out the cemetery), Rutherglen (a must if you like fortified wines) and Bright re really worth a visit. visitvictoria.com/Regions/High-Country.aspx

The Grampians http://www.thegrampians.com.au/

None of the places I have suggested (with the exception of The Dandenong Ranges and Puffing Billy) are ideal for a day trip. It would be best to take your time and stay overnight but you might enjoy getting out of Melbourne for a few days.

If you want to make a night of it be mindful of the fact that early January is peak season and school holidays. All of areas mentioned are very popular with locals as well as tourists and so accommodation prices go up and, most importantly, sell out quickly so you should book as early as possible.

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7. Re: Day Trips Outside of Melbourne -- How many and where?

As mentioned, Healsville Sanctury and surrounds (i.e. fruit picking, Chandon winery etc) is a brilliant choice. As is the Great Ocean Road.

However I would reconsider Phillip Island, a long drive for something very touristy. St Kilda has wild penguins that arrive around sunset down the end of the pier and this is a much more worthwhile.

Morning ton Peninsula and Daylesford are both beautiful - but spa towns. So if you. Want to lavish for an afternoon, they are the top spots.

Best of luck. We're all giving very similar recommendations do shouldn't be too hard to choose!

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8. Re: Day Trips Outside of Melbourne -- How many and where?

Mornington Peninsula would be a good day trip. I love the Great Ocean Road but it is a long day so I would consider a day trip to Lorne, but do not venture further unless you are up for a long drive and do not mind leaving Melb early and returning late.

Echuca may be worth a look- it is a very easy drive (about 2 hours) from the city and has plenty to see and do- paddle steamers on the Murray river, the historic old Port of Echuca and some nice restaurants and old pubs.

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