Best Weekend Roadtrips From MelbournePosted on 3 December, 2020 15:08:55
There’s nothing quite like packing up the car for the weekend and cruising out beyond the city limits to clear the mind.
If you’ve been living in Melbourne for any amount of time, chances are that you’ve already crossed the most popular road trip destinations off your list. While places like Torquay, Mornington Peninsula, Phillip Island and Wilsons Prom are spectacular viewing, there’s so much more waiting to be explored across the beautiful state of Victoria.
If you’re looking for a getaway spot that’s less crowded (and more socially distanced) check out some of our personal favourites.
1. Sunbathing at Cape Bridgewater
While tourists will eventually be flocking to the closest towns of the Great Ocean Road, a little further down the coast sits the perfect summer oasis. Cape Bridgewater of the Portland area offers white sand beaches, crystal blue waters and remarkable cliff scapes. With a drive time of about 4.5 hours, Cape Bridgewater is still a great option for long weekend trips with the added bonus of feeling like you’re well away from the city hustle and bustle.
2. Hiking through the Grampians
A great getaway for nature lovers and hikers, the best thing about the Grampians is that it’s not a one size fits all adventure. Whether you’re looking for a day trip or a 3-day trek, you’ll find there’s no limit to the number of weekends you can spend exploring these sandstone mountains and secluded peaks. Split into North, South, East and West, you can take your time touring the Grampians’ lookouts, rock climbs, volcanoes and ranges.
3. Wine Tasting in the Yarra Valley
For those looking for something a little less physical and a bit more luxurious, the vineyards of the Yarra Valley sit tantalisingly close to the city’s edge. While this region is known throughout Australia for its succulent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties, the area produces an array of wines that will entice even the pickiest palette. Staying the night at one of the local cottages or resorts will allow you to tour a range of vineyards during your trip to the Valley.
4. Panoramic Views in Inverloch
Taking you cruising along rocky cliffs, The Bunurong Coastal Drive from Cape Paterson to Inverloch offers some of the most beautiful beaches along Australia’s southern coast. You can stop at secluded beaches, discover hidden coves and take in the stunning shorelines of the Bunurong Marine and Coastal Park all in a 14km stretch. Make sure that you stop at Twin Reefs, The Oaks and Shack Bay, to enjoy the elevated, panoramic views.
Come home to Magic…
The one problem with a road trip is that no matter how far you go, the car always seems to return a little worse for wear. But you can hold on to that relaxed holiday mindset and let the pros sort out the mess for you. Whether you’re dealing with a crumb explosion from long days in the car with the kids, or the after-effects of some serious four-wheeling, Magic Hand Car Wash has got you covered with a range of interior and exterior cleaning packages. Drop into a Magic driveway near you today.