There’s a world of adventure beyond Melbourne’s Central Business District. Short trips (and of course long ones as well) on all sorts of modes of transport take you to exciting destinations. Just a tram ride away finds the seaside feel of the Docklands, the boutique shops of Chapel Street or the drool-worthy cake shop windows of Ackland Street. If you have a few hours or days to spend away from the CBD, you can find your toes in the sand of the Great Ocean Road, eating fish and chips with the little penguins of Phillip Island or getting up close and personal with native wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary. Be it beach, adventure, restaurants or just a road trip filled with fun-Melbourne’s surrounds have it all.
Just outside Melbourne’s CBD (Central Business District)
- Ackland Street in St. Kilda: seaside atmosphere filled with life (cafes, restaurants, shops)
- Brunswick Street: a funky feel (cafes, restaurants, bars, shops; vegetarian friendly spots)
- Chapel Street in Toorak: designer and boutique flair (on the more expensive side)
- Richmond: an international feel (great Vietnamese food, IKEA & shopping)
- Docklands: waterside life (DFO, some restaurants, some shopping, COSTCO)
Day Trips from Melbourne
- Ballarat: Sovereign Hill: short trip by train from Melbourne; interactive outdoor museum to try your hand at digging for gold and relive the city’s gold rush period
- Mornington Peninsula (Portsea & Sorrento): living life on the sea
- Williamstown: just a ferry ride away lies a charming seaside town, ice cream shoppes, cafes, boutiques and a laid back vibe
- Brighton: Beach Boxes: short train trip from Melbourne; quiet beaches and artsy beach boxes to see
- Phillip Island: Beaches/Fish & Chips/Little Penguin Parade: a two-hour drive from Melbourne; a seaside lifestyle, beautiful beaches and the most adorable little penguins who pop out of the water at dusk for all to see
- Mt. Dandenong: Sassafrass/Olinda/William Rickets Sanctuary: less than an hour car ride from Melbourne; quaint mountain towns with landscapes & adventure. If you’re looking for delicious desserts, stop in at Miss Marple’s Tea Room.
- Yarra Valley: gorgeous towns filled with quaint cafes, eye-catching scenery and heaps of wineries
- Great Ocean Road: life on the open ocean road; various towns with heaps to sea; gorgeous beaches, picturesque cliffs and views; delightful towns to stay the night with tons of outdoor activities to do on the way
- Healesville Sanctuary: interactive nature sanctuary home to native Australian wildlife (talk to a kangaroo, feed a wallaby)
Visit Australia. Visit Melbourne.
You may never want to leave – but, if you have to…
you’re sure to want to return-just like me!