With its vast and varying landscapes, Victoria’s breathtaking vistas are a joy to explore by car. Just a few hours from Melbourne, a world of wineries, great oceans and hot springs await. Whether you’re looking for an adventurous drive to the far-flung corners of Victoria, or an easy day trip that doesn’t stray too far from home, we’ve wrapped up ten of the best Victorian road trips, and all within a day’s drive of Melbourne…
Macedon RangesFrom 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.
Mornington PeninsulaDriving 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.
Phillip Island Touring RouteJust 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.
Black Spur DriveBlack 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.
Great Alpine RoadRunning from Wangaratta to Metung, The Great Alpine Road is the ultimate driving experience. With winding roads and steep valleys on either side this is a tricky drive to master, but you’ll be rewarded with wilderness views that are out of this world. If you follow the road from start to finish, you’ll pass through Bright and Omeo.
Great Ocean RoadNo list of Victorian drives would be complete without the famed Great Ocean Road Drive. This scenic, coastal drive is officially 243 kilometres long, the start of which is a little over 100 kilometres from Melbourne. Look forward to stunning cliffs and beaches, plenty of luxe spots to stop for a bite, and, of course, the legendary 12 Apostles.
Turtons TrackA fantastic loop drive that’ll take you through breathtaking forests and a section of the Great Ocean Road, Turton’s Track is just one part of the loop. Head east from Beech Forest (two and a half hours from Melbourne) along Turtons Track to Apollo Bay – the perfect pitstop for a swim – then back via Binns Road. This trip includes some unsealed roads.
The MurrayA drive for the more committed road-trippers, the 659-kilometre trip along the Murray River stretches from Albury-Wodonga in the east to Mildura in the west. From the high peaks of the Great Dividing Range to wide desert plains, you can sample wines and produce and discover Aboriginal and pioneer history along the way. We recommend you set aside a few days for this one.
Grand Ridge RoadSitting at 1.5 hours south east of Melbourne, Grand Ridge is a wonderfully winding, 132-kilometre road along the ridge of Victoria's Strzelecki Ranges, between the Latrobe Valley and South Gippsland. Soak up stretches of rolling farmland, forest and undulating mountaintops, whilst enjoying Tarra Bulga National Park and Mount Tassie along the way.
These are our favourite Victorian road trips which are just outside of Melbourne, making them an easy day-trip or weekend getaway. But, keep on driving further afield because there are so many national parks, stunning coastlines and regional centres to discover throughout the state. For more inspo, check out our pick of the bestromantic getaways.