From welcoming villages to natural wonders, a trip through the Macedon Ranges has it all. If you start your drive in Woodend (an hour from Melbourne) and head north east to Kyneton, you’ll be able to drive through the Cobaw State Forest and stop at Hanging Rock – take your own picnic for the full experience.
Driving around the Mornington Peninsula offers a beautiful range of landscapes, from vineyards and rolling pastures to coastal cliffs and beaches. Follow the coastal road from Melbourne down the northern side of the peninsula, through Mt Martha, Sorrento, and Portsea. For an incredible view, head to Arthur’s Seat.
Black Spur Drive
Black Spur Drive’s 30-kilometre stretch runs from the Yarra Valley to the mountain areas around Marysville. Known for its stunning scenery of thick forests, the Black Spur winds its way up the Great Dividing Range.
Phillip Island Touring Route
Just shy of a two-hour trip from Melbourne, the Phillip Island touring route is a breezy way to take in the whole island. From Cape Woolamai to Summerlands and then up to Cowes, you’ll see everything from impressive surf beaches to the famed Grand Prix race track. Head to Penguin Parade at dusk you’ll see hundreds of penguins returning to their burrows.