Thousands of tourists visit Melbourne for work and leisure every year and most often they wind up their sightseeing activities in the heart of the city. But given an opportunity, visitors in Melbourne can comfortably explore some of the most amazing gems of the nation via short and scenic drives from Melbourne Airport.
With a car hire from Melbourne Airport you can enjoy a good weekend in any one of the following destinations.
Wilsons Promontory National Park
Spread across 50,000 hectares filled with tranquil beaches, mountains and rainforests in the country, Wilsons Promontory National Park is easily one of the best weekend getaways in the country. People visiting the place can revel in the scenic walking trails and camping in tents. There are also some cabins set amidst the lush green valleys and the pristine rivers, thus bringing the best of nature to you.
Hepburn Springs has the largest concentration of hot springs in Australia. The resort town has luxurious spas, which use the mineral water from the springs for various health treatments and hydrotherapy. The architecture of the town is strongly influenced by the Swiss and the Italians who once dominated the region. Families visiting Hepburn Springs can also drive 7 kilometres to the north and find Mount Franklin, a place ideal for picnics and BBQ parties.
Located 10-minutes away from Hepburn Springs, Daylesford offers exciting views of wildlife, kayaking opportunities on Jubilee Lake and a fun Sunday Market too. An ideal place to unwind, Daylesford also lets you enjoy the best of natural therapies and massages.
Yarra Valley is only a short distance away from Melbourne and is an ideal choice for wine lovers and food connoisseurs. Tourists in Yarra Valley get to taste the best range of wines from the country. To add more excitement, the place also offers chocolate tasting tours. For shopaholics there is the Healesville village, and for art lovers, the TarraWarra Museum of Art has exclusive collections of Australian art from the early 20th century.
About an hour’s drive from Melbourne Airport is Victoria’s second largest city, Geelong. The most popular spot in Geelong is the Geelong Waterfront that offers scenic strolls, a large playground, classy restaurants and historical landmarks. The other places of interest in Geelong include the National Wool Museum, old Geelong Gaol and the Little Creatures Brewery.