Leave the city behind and join a guided tour to the stunning Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island (home to the world-famous Penguin Parade), the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, charming Daylesford, or perhaps the historic regional Victorian cities of Bendigo and Ballarat. The majority of these Melbourne scenic day tours offer small group sizes of 14 guests or less.
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Melbourne scenic day tours: Five destinations worth leaving town for
Melbourne is cultured, creative and captivating enough to keep you busy for weeks.
However, if you decide to tear yourself away and venture out into the magnificent Victoria countryside during your stay, here are five day tour destinations that all offer something really special.
Great Ocean Road
While it’s most famous for the spectacular 12 Apostles sea stacks (albeit a few less than that these days), there is so much more to the Great Ocean Road. Along with a visit to the historic Cape Otway Lightstation, a day is just enough to also experience some of the majesty of the Great Otway National Park.
Cute without being clichéd, quaint without being twee, the cosy town of Daylesford is a favourite weekend getaway for Melburnians. With a delightful main street lined with galleries, boutiques and cafes, it’s also just a few minutes from the renowned spa town of Hepburn Springs.
The enchanting Dandenong Ranges offer such a cool and lush respite that it’s hard to believe you’re only an hour from the city centre. The charming mountain towns of Sassafras and Olinda are secreted away in the mountain ash forests, and you can take a hike through the Sherbrooke Forest or ride the famous Puffing Billy steam train.
All the world loves a penguin and there are plenty of them to love on Phillip Island, which is located about 90-minutes’ drive southeast of the city. The appropriately named little penguin is the smallest species of the bird, but that doesn’t stop this colony from putting on a blockbuster evening show. The much-loved nightly ritual, where the penguins return from a day of fishing in Bass Strait to scurry up the beach to their rookery, has been entertaining the locals and tourists for decades.
This six-million-year-old monolith gained infamy as the subject of the Australian book and film of the same name, but it was sacred to the Indigenous owners of the land a long time before that. Located within the Macedon Regional Park, the 40-minute hike to the top of Hanging Rock culminates in majestic views over this geologically-diverse region.
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