4 Incredible Road Trips Out of Melbourne

January 15, 2017 by Alexandra Gregg

Geared up for that big driving adventure? Head to Victoria and you’ll quickly discover that great road trips begin in Melbourne. And regardless of whether you have three days or three weeks to play with, it’s easy to take in the beauty and diversity of this charming region, soaking up its eclectic culinary scene, a plethora of wildlife and a blissfully laid-back culture. For those starting (or finishing) their trip in the city, we’ve compiled four of the best road trips in and out of Melbourne:

The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles

The Great Ocean Road

BEST FOR… natural wonders
LENGTH: 413 miles (round trip)
DURATION: up to 10 hours / 3 days

Perhaps Australia’s most iconic trip along the tarmac, the Great Ocean Road is renowned for a reason. It’s a fairly short route, but it’s a journey packed with wonder: first off there’s surf beaches, koalas and kangaroos aplenty. Combine that with the majesty of the Twelve Apostles; the thrill of spotting southern right whales; the adrenaline-rush that comes with zip-lining the Otway Fly Treetop Walk; and the maritime heritage and delectable cuisine of Port Fairy.

The Sea Cliff Bridge into Sydney

The Sea Cliff Bridge into Sydney

Melbourne to Sydney Coastal Drive

BEST FOR… getting up-close with wildlife
LENGTH: 859 miles
DURATION: 19 hours / 7 days

Wildlife lovers will be spoilt for choice on this unrivalled road trip. They’ll be penguins on Phillip Island – not to mention dolphins and koalas on the route from Melbourne to this famous isle – then drive up the coast and take a cruise out to Montague Island. Here you’ll have the chance to spot Australian fur seals, eagles, sea eagles and even peregrine falcons. Ready to get your water sports on? Hit the road bound for Narooma, famous for its great surf, before spotting cetaceans in Jervis Bay. Finish off your trip by motoring along the precarious Sea Cliff Bridge to Sydney – a truly thrilling end to an incredible route.

The penguins of Phillip Island

The penguins of Phillip Island

South East Touring Route

BEST FOR… lazy driving, gourmet food and wine
LENGTH: 187 miles (round trip)
DURATION: 3.5 hours / 4 days

Just under four hours in four days? You’d be right in thinking the South East Touring Route is a pretty laid-back affair, but that’s the best way to discover the shortest route on our list. Navigate the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley where you can stop for an evening of high-end cuisine and accompanying wines; see Phillip Island’s famous penguins; and explore the inland wineries – not to mention the olive, cheese and honey farms – of the Mornington Peninsula. Need to work off some of that indulgent grub? This region is prime for hiking, horse-riding and cycling too.

Grampians National Park

Grampians National Park

Great Southern Touring Route

BEST FOR… history and Aboriginal culture
LENGTH: 523 miles (round trip)
DURATION: 13 hours / 5 days

Why is this road trip so great you ask? Well, it’s sort of two itineraries rolled into one. It incorporates the aforementioned highlights of the Great Ocean Road before stretching further into the grandeur of the Grampians National Park and the gold-rush town of Ballarat. In these fantastic locations you’ll soak up heart-pounding cascades and glittering night skies, fascinating Aboriginal culture and historic luxury in equal measure.

Ready to book your Melbourne road trip? Speak to one of our Travel Experts about travelling to Victoria today, or to find out more about our tailor-made Great Ocean Road or Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive Journeys.

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About Alexandra Gregg

Once a roving local news reporter and now a travel-obsessed writer/sub, I'm head-over-heels for nature, wildlife and the ocean. When I'm not underwater or deploying a snorkel, I'm seeking out the sets of my favourite TV shows around the world. Tweet me @wonderg1rl