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The Yarra Valley, the Dandenongs, the Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory are just some of the delightful areas you can visit in a day, or a weekend, from Melbourne. Most areas are accessible by train, bus and/or ferry, so check out the metropolitan and regional transport sites: www.viclink.com.au www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au and www.interislandferries.com.au for information on how to get around. Also visit www.parkweb.vic.gov.au for information on all the national parks and reserves around the state.

  • Mornington Peninsula, French Island and Western Port Bay – Only an hour's drive from Melbourne, the peninsula is an easy-to-get-to area for short escapes or a romantic weekend. Food and wine, lavender fields and lovely views await you here. Visit French Island for a wildlife experience free of the trappings of modern life.

  • The Yarra Valley – about an hour's drive upriver east of Melbourne are the vineyards of the Yarra Valley. Now so numerous and varied they are difficult to list, the vineyards offer a superb range of high-quality wines. Most have cellar doors and restaurants/cafés set in beautiful surroundings. Look for unusual fruit wines and fortified wines for something a bit different. Visit the Healesville Sanctuary

  • Dandenongs – Melbourne's hills district, which is quaint and picturesque. Cool temperate rainforest and tall eucalypt forests, established gardens, fruit and flower farms, wineries and delightful eateries abound in this area, all backdropped by lovely scenery. Don't miss the tulips at Monbulk in September and the Puffing Billy steam train at Belgrave any time.

  • Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula - south-west of Melbourne on the way to the Great Ocean Road, this area has great surfing beaches and lovely seaside towns. To complete your journey there's a ferry across from Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula to Queenscliff.

  • Great Ocean Road – One of the world's most dramatic scenic roads, the GOR stretches west from Geelong through Lorne, Apollo Bay, Port Campbell and Port Fairy to Portland. The famous Twelve Apostles, limestone stacks sculpted by the wind and waves, stand sentinel along the coast. This road trip along the Southern Ocean has been voted the world's best (2003) and simply must not be missed on any visit to Victoria. There are excellect surf beaches along the 'Shipwreck Coast'. Bells Beach near Torquay, which hosts the Easter Surfing Classic, is famed for is consistent 3-4 metre waves.

  • Phillip Island – A couple of hours' drive from Melbourne on the other side of Western Port Bay is this gem. Here you can get up close and personal not only with koalas (phascolarctos cinereus) near Rhyll, but also with the fairy penguins (eudyptula minor) coming ashore in the evening. These are wild animals who don't seem to mind ogling visitors gawping in wonder. A magical experience. Phillip Island also has a Grand Prix circuit open to visitors.

  • Mt Macedon and Hanging Rock – 65 km north-west of Melbourne along the Calder Highway, Mt Macedon is an extinct volcano over 1,000 metres high. The town of Mt Macedon has beautiful avenues and gardens and a genteel, English air, despite the fact that the area was populated by Aboriginal people many thousands of years ago. The brooding and mysterious Hanging Rock was the setting for Joan Lindsay's fin-de-siècle novel of disappearing schoolgirls.

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