From high peaks to green fields – there’s plenty of places to go in Victoria for a weekend getaway. On top of that, there’s still a month left of Summer for you to take advantage of the fabulous weather – and what better way is there to explore our state’s regions than by booking a coach to hire in Melbourne. Let’s take a look at five fantastic locations for a weekend getaway.
1. Great Ocean Road adventure
We’ll start with an easy one that’s adored by locals and tourists alike. The Great Ocean Road is located on the southern coast of Victoria and is home to attractions such as the 12 Apostles, Volcanic Plains and various national parks. Torquay, Lorne, Warrnambool, Port Campbell, Princetown and Peterborough are all along the Great Ocean Road – giving you a variety of stunning overnight hospitality options for you to enjoy.
Take in the breathtaking views of the ocean or explore one of the national parks – this is definitely a hot option if you want to relax but also explore Victoria’s extraordinary natural backdrop.
2. Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges
When people here Yarra Valley, they generally associate it with lavish winery tours. Whilst this is absolutely the case, it’s not all the valley has to offer. You can find a plethora of walking and cycling trails that’ll take you through lush greenery and will make you feel like you’re on an adventure just as much as a holiday.
In addition to this, you can also take a ride on Puffing Billy – Victoria’s darling steam train that runs through the Dandenong Ranges’ scenic forest. There are a few different activities you can do on the Puffing Billy itself including an onboard luncheon and the Murder on the Puffing Billy Express experience.
You can also go fruit picking along the U-Pick trails and enjoy a variety of fresh fruit to eat whilst you’re there or take home with you. If you feel like you need to get off the ground and take a look at the bigger picture – hot air balloon trips are available to take you higher where you can enjoy the Victorian landscape and really take in the region.
3. Daylesford retreat
Daylesford – known for its gorgeous natural springs and pampering spas – is the picture-perfect weekend retreat if you just want to relax and indulge. Their extensive range of spas offers quality accommodation and several different treatments for both singles, couples and groups.
If you want to spend half of your weekend relaxing and the other half exploring, then Daylesford can still satisfy you with its gorgeous lakes and botanical garden. The town also offers some exceptional restaurants and bars for you to enjoy. This is the perfect place if you want to experience a small-town charm that’s not necessarily by the coast.
4. Beekeepers getaway
Southeast of Melbourne, in Tarwin Lower, you’ll find a marvel of modern architecture. This structure is called Beekeepers. Beekeepers is located within 640 acres of coastal bushlands – and features an absolutely stunning ocean view that is to die for.
The view is made even more impressive by the fact that the coastal facing windows are giant floor-ceiling windows – giving you the best view whilst you relax with friends and loved ones. With beaches a short walk away – it doesn’t get any more private than this four-bedroom retreat.
5. The tranquil Grampians
Three-hours out of Melbourne, the Grampians are home to breathtaking views, high peaks, gorgeous bushland and attractions to keep you busy all weekend. This is the weekend getaway for you if you want to be a bit more in touch with nature. The endless natural landscapes and trails will help you forget about the busy city life.
The Grampians is also home to Victoria’s largest regional zoo – Halls Gap Zoo. There’s no shortage of adventurous outdoor activities that include canoeing, rock climbing & abseiling and hiking. Choose to stay in luxurious accommodation or rough it and camp instead. Whatever your preference – the Grampians will be sure to be an unforgettable experience.
Looking to hire a coach in Melbourne?
The whole point of a holiday is to relax and take a break from everyday life – and that’s exactly why you should consider hiring a Melbourne coach to take you to and from your destination. Travel in style with Melbourne on the Move’s comfortable and modern buses that are equipped with TV’s, DVD’s and 3.5mm inputs for your phone.
If you’d like to hire a coach in Melbourne, then please give us a call on 1300 558 686. You can also contact us via the enquiry form found on our website.