A One-Week Road Trip from Melbourne

No one denies the fact that Melbourne makes for one of the absolute greatest destinations in Australia. As the unofficial capital of sports, culture and food in the country, this amazing city hosts the Melbourne Cup, the Australian Open and the F1 Grand Prix in Australia. Additionally, there are several world-class museums in the city, exhibiting everything from art to history, and more ethnic restaurants than you can count. Not only is Melbourne a great city to visit; it’s also a wonderful base for a road trip! A road trip from Melbourne has so much potential, it’s almost absurd—the city’s surroundings include the Mornington Peninsula beaches, the wineries of the Yarra Valley and some of the world’s most spectacular coasts along the Great Ocean Road.

Here’s a suggested—no, recommended—one-week road trip from Melbourne

One-Week Road Trip from Melbourne

Day 1: Phillip Island

Pick up your rental car or motorhome (which is a great way to save money on accommodation) in Melbourne and drive for about two hours to Phillip Island. There, on this small island, you can go for coastal walks, visit the Koala Conservation Centre and the Seal Rock Sea Life Centre, and see the famous Penguin Parade, which is the major attraction on the island.

One-Week Road Trip from Melbourne: The Nobbies and Seal Rock, Philip Island
Philip Island

Day 2: Mornington Peninsula

From Phillip Island, on day two, it’s a short and pleasant drive to the Mornington Peninsula, a stunningly peaceful region renowned for its sand beaches, fun outdoor activities and inland vineyards. This is a wonderful place to go hiking, horseback riding or cycling—a large part of the peninsula is protected by national parks and nature reserves.

Storm over Pebbles Beach, Mornington Peninsula
Storm over Pebbles Beach, Mornington Peninsula: Photo on Flickr by Indigo Skies Photography / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Day 3: Yarra Valley

The next stop on this one-week road trip from Melbourne is the scenic Yarra Valley, one of Australia’s premier wine regions. There are dozens and dozens of vineyards and cellars that you can visit—you can tour the wineries or go wine tasting or simply enjoy some delicious country food. Spend the night at one of the wineries.

Vines in Yarra Valley Victoria
Vines in Yarra Valley: Photo on Flickr by tico_24 / CC BY 2.0

Day 4: Apollo Bay

Continue your road trip from Melbourne toward Apollo Bay, thereby covering the first part of the world-famous and absolutely spectacular Great Ocean Road. The total drive time on day three isn’t more than three and a half hours, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore some sights along the way. Consider stopping in Torquay, a popular surf town at the beginning of the Great Ocean Road. From there until Apollo Bay, you will be able to enjoy breathtaking coastal scenery, including koala-inhabited rainforests, coastal hills and stunning beaches.

One-Week Road Trip from Melbourne: Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Great Ocean Road

Day 5: Twelve Apostles

One of the major attractions in all of Australia, the Twelve Apostles are the highlight on day four of the road trip. All along the so-called Shipwreck Coast, there are imposing cliffs and rock formations, the most popular of which are the Twelve Apostles. There are so many stops on this section of the Great Ocean Road that you’ll spend a whole day exploring.

Twelve Apostles
Twelve Apostles

Day 6: Grampians National Park

Linger around a bit in the morning and hit the beach again, or get up early and go for a drive across inland Victoria—your options are endless. For a change of scenery, you are encouraged to go for a short drive north to the Grampians, a spectacular series of mountain ranges rising steeply out of the flat surrounding farmlands. Go for a hike in the mountains before heading back to Melbourne.

One-Week Road Trip from Melbourne: Grampians National Park
Grampians National Park

About Bram

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Bram is a Belgian guy who's currently living in the USA. For over four years now, he has been wandering the globe, with jobs here and there in between. So far, his travels have taken him to four continents and twenty-two countries. Bram likes to try different styles of travelling: from backpacker and adventurer to tourist and local, he has been all those stereotypes and probably will be many more in the future. You can follow his adventures on his travel blog, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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