As much as it is all the rave to be in the city and take in all its offerings, one needs to get some peace of mind and just relax without the sound of humming cars, beeping horns, human chatter and all that city buzz. So what better way to do it than taking the best day trips from Melbourne? Melbourne prides itself on having some of the best relaxing spots just an hour or two away from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you are into hiking up mountains or dense forests, soaking in the sun on a beach, getting recharged in a spa or sipping the best Australian wines at a vineyard, then you should be heading out on one of these best day trips from Melbourne.
1. Flurry of activities at Yarra Valley
2. Excursion to Dandenong
Now this forest has been the go-to place for lovers of nature and hikes. Those who cannot stand the city life always head off to these mountain ranges and enjoy the great outdoors. You will get to hike through Sherbrooke Forest, or cycle the Devil’s Elbow or go a notch higher and climb up Mount Dandenong for an aerial view of Melbourne. If you are with the kids, create memories by boarding the Puffing Billy, a steam train that has been around for a century and is still fully functional.
3. Mornington Peninsula Day Visit
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Do you enjoy golfing? Are water activities your thing? Want to get away from it all and recharge at a spa? Well, look no further than an hour’s drive from Melbourne to Mornington Peninsula. A day visit to this town is a wholesome family getaway. Your kids will enjoy picking strawberries or getting lost in a maze. What are you waiting for? Get to packing and see for yourself.
4. Hepburn and Daylesford Springs
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Apart from its hot springs, Daylesford and Hepburn have a lot more to offer for those who go to visit for the day. Walking through the magnificent architecture and shopping in the one-of-a-kind shops in the little towns will have you relaxed. Maybe you will opt to take in the wonderful art in The Convent. If not, book yourself in at one of the spas like Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa for a relaxing and rejuvenating massage or waddle in a mud bath for a whole body exfoliation session. One thing is for sure, by the time the day ends, you will be a fresh and new you.
5. Visit Bendigo
Escape to an artsy and creative space in Bendigo, a hubbub of art and everything creative. It is a mixture of everything art, which includes performance arts at the Capital Theatre and an array of other arts at its famous View Street. Just outside Bendigo, you will find the largest Buddhist monument known as the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion. Learn how the town of Bendigo came to be at the Central Deborah Gold Mine. From its architecture to its art, there is a lot you will get to do at Bendigo.