Great weekend getaways


Melburnians are extremely lucky that when it comes to escaping the city and exploring elsewhere there are so many beautiful, relaxing destinations dotted throughout. Whether it be to a historic town, a beautifully scenic peninsula or a region renowned for its delicious food and wine, a weekend away in Victoria is part and parcel of Melbourne life.

Here we list some of LK Property Group’s favourite Victorian getaways.

Goldfields

The Goldfields is a large area in North Central Victoria that has been largely defined by the impact of the 1850s gold rush. This saw people from all over the world swarm to this part of Victoria in the hope of discovering gold and making their fortune. The main legacy from the vast amounts of wealth that flowed during this time is the terrific number of heritage-listed buildings that demonstrate the finest aspects of Victorian architecture.

Things to do: Pan for gold at Ballarat’s historical park Sovereign Hill, admire beautifully preserved Victorian architecture and visit some of the state’s best galleries and museums in Bendigo. Also, tour local wineries and farmers’ markets for amazing local produce, and head out on some of the area’s great walking and cycling trails.

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Sovereign Hill – image: Private Tours Victoria

Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula is a treasure trove of rugged wilderness, stunning coastline and picturesque hinterland. Located just an hour outside of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula has a fabulous fresh produce and produces some of Victoria’s finest wines. For this reason it is beacon for those looking to breathe in fresh sea air, sample innovative local food and wine, and soak up the relaxed alfresco lifestyle.

Things to do: Cool off with a day on the beach, or escape to the hinterland for gourmet delights at boutique wineries. Also, explore the galleries, spas and cafes in breezy seaside villages.

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Flinders Jetty, Flinders Beach – image: iStock

The Great Ocean Road

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The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. Stretching along Victoria south western coastline it is home to the towering 12 Apostles, iconic surf breaks and calm inlets. The road begins just one-and-a-half-hours from the heart of Melbourne and if you’re not pressed for time you can take it all the way to the South Australian border, taking in some of the most impressive coastal scenery in Australia along the way.

Things to do: The region is best known for its fabulous outdoor activities such as surfing, trekking and admiring the stunning coastline on the Great Ocean Walk. You can also get up close to native wildlife, and explore surf towns and seaside villages. Fine restaurants, local winemakers, and fresh provedores are also prominent throughout this picturesque part of Victoria.

Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges

Home to some of Victoria’s most picturesque countryside, The Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges is beautiful all year round. The Yarra Valley draws passionate food and wine producers and those keen to view native animals at Healesville Sanctuary. The Dandenong Ranges is renowned for its temperate rainforests, scenic winding roads and picturesque villages.

Things to do: Get up close to koalas and kangaroos at Healesville Sanctuary, ride the Puffing Billy Steam train through the Dandenong Ranges and sample the Yarra Valleys many fine wines.

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Platypus at Healesville Sanctuary – image: Visit Yarra Valley

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