Offering a romantic escape with stunning scenery and excellent local food and wine, Yarra Valley is a world away from Melbourne, but less than an hour in distance. Established as one of the world's premium wine growing regions, the Yarra Valley has over 80 cellar doors, countless award-winning restaurants and lots of luxury hotels.
As Australia's oldest amusement park, Luna Park is iconic to St Kilda and overlooks the celebrated Port Phillip Bay. The year 2012 marked 100 super years of fun for all ages. Step through the gaping mouth of Mr Moon and begin your own carnival adventure! Experience the oldest roller coaster in the world - The Great Scenic Railway.
Winding along the coast, and offering incredible views of the Southern Ocean, the Great Ocean Road is considered to be one of the world's best roadtrip routes. You'll pass the acclaimed surf of Bells Beach, be able to hit the surf in Torquay, and witness the rugged limestone spires of the 12 Apostles.
You can't visit Melbourne and not spend at least one day sunning yourself on one of the beaches here. Unwind as palm trees sway behind you, or enjoy a gentle walk along the boardwalk which spans across the sands. The beach itself isn't far from Luna Park, too, so you can combine the two in one leisurely day.
Visit rare and spectacular plant species at the Royal Botanic Gardens of Victoria. With a leading role in plant conservation through biodiversity research, this city-based oasis is home to more than 8,500 global plant species in an exciting array of colours and textures. Must-do activities include the Aboriginal Walk, and punting on Ornamental Lake.