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3 Fun Ways to Escape Melbourne for the Day

I have been living in Australia since the end of 2022 and half of it I have spent living and working in Melbourne. As much as I love living in Melbourne and exploring the city, I love getting out and exploring a new part of Victoria! I have already done a post on the Great Ocean Road so if you’re interested in doing a day on the Great Ocean Road you can click here to read all about it. If you want to see more of Victoria and have limited time, these are a few day trips I’d recommend trying.

Phillip Island

Phillip Island is about a 2 hour drive from Melbourne and is best reached by car. You can find a little bit of everything here; wildlife, beautiful beaches and hiking. I went for a day trip and had a great time but you could definitely make a weekend out of it!

  • Koala Conservation Reserve. For A$15 you can see koalas up close but still comfortably in their natural habitat; some of them were rescued during the 2020 wildfires!
  • Woolamai Surf Beach. The beach is absolutely beautiful and even in the off season it’s still worth the visit.
  • Cape Woolamai Circuit Walk. I parked at Woolamai Surf Beach, started my walk on the beach and then met up with the walking track. The walking track goes up onto the cliffs so you have a beautiful view of the beach. Definitely stop at Cowrie Patch Beach, Pinnacles Lookout and Duncan’s Cliffs.
  • Explore Thompson Ave. When I went to Phillip Island I had a picnic with my friends at the end of Thompsons Ave, near Cowes Beach and then wandered down Thompson Avenue. There are plenty places to eat on Thompson Ave if you want to make the day easier and eat out, either way it’s a cute town to stop and see.
  • Penguin Parade on Summerlands Beach. Every night at sunset the penguins come up the beach for the night and for A$30 you can watch them come by. I personally haven’t done this yet but I have so many friends who have and they’ve had the best time!


About an hour and a half from Melbourne is Daylesford, one of the cutest towns and the perfect place to spend the day! In Daylesford you can wander the town center finding small cafes, chocolate shops, art exhibitions and antique shops. If you’re in search of some relaxation head to Hepburn Springs and relax in the hot springs. If you’re specifically looking for hot springs I would recommend trying the Peninsula Hot Springs near Mornington, more about that below! If you’re lucky you can catch sunset on the way home, we stopped at Pykes Creek Reservoir and got the best view.

Mornington Peninsula

About an hour and a half from Melbourne is the Mornington Peninsula, full of cute towns to have a beach day, shopping day or the perfect day doing both! There’s multiple towns to stop in but my favorite to go to so far has been Mornington.

  • Take a stroll down Main Street in Mornington. They have op shops, boutiques, market stalls, toy stores and plenty of cafes to enjoy. If you’re looking for a coffee or a lovely brunch stop by the Whiney Cow, I’ve been twice and it’s delicious every time.
  • Shire Hall Beach. At the end of Main Street there are a couple of beaches, Royal Beach, Mothers Beach, Scout Beach and Shire Hall Beach, but my favorite is Shire Hall Beach. There’s a path from the park down to the beach and there’s some cute colorful beach huts there too!
  • Peninsula Hot Springs. About half an hour from Mornington is the Peninsula Hot Springs and the most relaxing part of this day trip! You can relax in the hot springs, have a massage, do an apothecary workshop or do a wellness retreat. I’ve been to the Peninsula Hot Springs twice and have had the best time. I recommend booking a time slot no later than 4pm if you don’t want to get back to the city too late. Definitely bring a water bottle and a pair of sandals for walking around outside at the hot springs.

2 thoughts on “3 Fun Ways to Escape Melbourne for the Day”

  1. Who’s the guy holding the Massachusetts license plate.
    I would like to see a video of the penguins marching on the beach.
    I enjoy your blog.

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