Whether you agree with the government’s approach or not, it’s a great feeling seeing so many days of zero cases and deaths. We’ve even just recently bowled our first maiden over (i.e. 6 days of 0 in a row), which is a testament to the vast majority of Victoria’s residents’ efforts.
So now that we’re allowed to actually head out of the ‘ring of steel’ that surrounds Melbourne, it’s high time to give your caravan a good clean from top to tail and plan a trip out of the city for a while. If you’re wondering where exactly you should head off to, here are some top-quality destination options around VIC that most aren’t aware of.
Day trips ahoy
Kinglake National Park
You’ve no doubt heard of Kinglake before, and not for the best of reasons - it was one of the central locations of February 2009’s Black Saturday bushfires. But now, more than a decade on, as it tends to do Mother Nature has made a near-full recovery and it’s absolutely beautiful. There’s an abundance of things to see and do in the area including some pretty extreme mountain biking tracks, walking trails and a heap of native Aussie birds to keep your eye out for. There are also plenty of barbecue and picnic spots as well as some seriously breathtaking views of Melbourne city, the Yarra Valley, Port Phillip Bay and the You Yangs.
All this and more just an hour and change from Melbourne!
Drive around one-and-a-half hours north of Melbourne and navigate your way to Granite Springs. Here you’ll find yourself immersed in nature’s beauty like never before, surrounded by dams you can fish as well as farm animals and stock horses. The serenity (how’s the serenity?) is the selling point of Granite Springs - the silence is almost deafening, the air is implausibly fresh and clear and the views are just perfect.
Just 120 kilometres south-southeast of Melbourne’s CBD, nestled in between Phillip Island and Wonthaggi is the small and beautiful coastal town of Kilcunda. Set up base at the Kilcunda Ocean View Holiday Park which provides all the amenities you need for a great weekend away including direct beach access rec centre, barbecue facilities, kids’ club and more. From here, you can make your way to see the penguin parade in Phillip Island and escape back to the quietness of Kilcunda when it’s all done. There are also loads of walking paths along the foreshore and the local pub isn’t too far for a pot and parma.
If you’re searching for somewhere that offers both beautiful farmland and glorious coastline in one, Inverloch - around 2 hours’ drive southeast of Melbourne - is where you need to be. In the summer you can hit the surf at one of the beaches or head to Anderson Inlet for some water skiing. Year-round you’re able to make use of the many walking and cycling tracks that work their way around the town.
Set up camp at either the Inverloch Foreshore Camping Reserve or Big4 Inverloch Holiday Park, both offering every amenity you might need for an incredible weekend away.
Two and a half hours northeast of Melbourne is the quaint country town of Mansfield. What’s wonderful about Mansfield is that it’s the perfect spot to be no matter what season it is; in winter, it’s a great base of operations for those keen to head up to Buller for a ski (and you’ll save heaps by not staying on the mountain), and in summer Eildon and her many different arms is a great place to waterski, take your boat out on, or just hop in for a swim to cool off.
For those who enjoy getting off the beaten track, you can take advantage of the many 4WD tracks around the area (be sure to visit Craig’s Hut while you’re there), and if you’re a bit of a beer lover you can head to the brewery that offers plenty of tasting options.
Stay at the Mansfield Premier Caravan Park to be right in the thick of things and walking distance from all the shops and restaurants you could ever need.
Protip: head to the Commercial Hotel for the freshest, coldest and most delicious Carlton Draught on tap you’ll ever experience.
Hit the road and make your way past Portland for about 20 minutes (right near the VIC/SA border) and you’ll find yourself smack-bang in the middle of the once volcanic island that is Cape Bridgewater. Even staying here a week, you’ll struggle to experience everything that this beautiful little town has to offer - surf beaches aplenty as well as sandboarding, exploring the Bats Ridge Caves (get a guide to take you), seal tours, walks and so much more.
We recommend making camp at the NRMA Portland Bay Holiday Park as it has great facilities and is a stone’s throw from all the activities you can enjoy at Cape Bridgewater.
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