Best Winter Day Trips from Melbourne

As the months get colder, it can be hard to find things to do on the weekend that don’t leave us battling the chill. If you’re feeling like winter has got you cooped up indoors, why not take a day trip out of Melbourne to one of these spots where the cold won’t bother you at all. There are many and varied day trips from Melbourne…here are a couple of options to get you thinking.

Peninsula Hot Springs

One of the advantages of the cold weather is that it makes this kind of activity possible. Head down the Mornington Peninsula to unwind and relax in one of the many natural hot springs, soothing those stiff muscles while overlooking a beautiful bush landscape. You’ll feel a million miles away from the couch!

Wineries

Victoria has a huge number of wineries that aren’t too far out of reach of Melbourne, and so make a perfect day trip. The winter fog can transform the vineyard valleys into magical settings for a day of wine tasting and cheese boards. Try the Yarra Valley to the east or the Bellarine Peninsula to the west.

The Dandenong Ranges

If you’re keen to keep active through the winter months, try a day trip to the Dandenong ranges, where you can amble through fairy tale forests and national parks. Don’t forget to reward yourself with some tea and scones at a quaint Devonshire Tea shop in one of the many small towns in the region before the short trip back to Melbourne. Try Miss Marple’s Tearoom, The Kallista Tea Room or Olinda Tea House.

Snow Time

If you want to truly take advantage of the colder months, take a day trip to one of the snowy regions of Victoria such as Lake Mountain, only 2 hours from Melbourne. Here, you can go on winter hikes, toboggan down a slope or even build a snowman in Snowman Village.

So don’t feel smothered by the cooler months this winter. Instead take a day trip to one of these locations to remind yourself what winter has to offer.

If you would prefer to stay closer to Melbourne, take a look at what the historic sea port of Williamstown has to offer. Visit Visit Williamstown and while you are at it, look at accommodation options at Williamstown Accommodation and Homes

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A glorious winter afternoon at Williamstown Beach