Just out of Melbourne. The best place in Oz for seeing Australian wildlife. The Healsville Santuary. Worth seeing just for the Tasmanian devil. Afterwards walk down Victoria Street. Richmond for great Vietnamese cuisine.
Not too far out of Melbourne, take a bus north, or hire a car, and go to the Riverina area on the border of Victoria and NSW, you won't be disappointed. Not that far from Melbourne, beautiful bushland, little bush towns, and the Edward and Murray Rivers are fantastic to swim and fish in. The Riverina is the real Australia and anybody in that neck of the woods should really check it out.
Warburton is a small town about an hour’s drive north-east of Melbourne on the Warburton Highway, nestling at the base of the Great Dividing Range and overlooked by Mt Donna Buang.
Originally a honeymooner retreat in the 50s and 60s it was involved with the Sanitarium Health Food company after that. Sanitarium closed their factory and Warburton became to place to go to the craft and antique shops. The number of coffee shops and cafes also increased and today it is a great place for a stroll on a lazy weekend.
During winter, Mt Donna Buang is snowbound and a day trip to the snow is one for all the family.
Poowong is a little town about an hour from Melbourne...in the Gippsland hills among all the dairy farms. Very quiet and picturesque. Take a break there and have a drink or meal in the pub. Watch out for the motorbike riders, it's a favourite haunt of theirs on weekends.
near Korumburra Gippsland
1 hr from Melbourne out via the Monash and Sth Gippsland freeways
Absolutely beautiful place in the Dandenong mountains. A day trip worth doing. See amazingly lifelike sculptures carved out of the natural environment. The man was an amazing artist. The sanctuary has a magical feel to it, and the Dandenongs are great to visit. Finish off your trip with afternoon tea and scones in the cafe opposite. Perfect.
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