Discover 6 Places To Visit Around Melbourne That Are Off The Tourist Trails!

Mt Macedon:

This is a relaxing and scenic location to visit on a half day trip, which features some spectacular historic mansions, nature walks, a view spot on the peak, and some stunning gardens to wander around and enjoy a picnic! As it’s quite close to Daylesford, you may also decide to visit Daylesford on the second half of your day or over a weekend!


Daylesford is a lovely, little town which has a boutique town centre that features many alternative cafes and shops. There’s also an excellent art gallery situated in a¬†grand Victorian manor and many day spas for you to indulge in the rich minerals.

Mt. Dandenong:

We absolutely love bringing our guests to Mt. Dandenong! It’s a scenic destination with many beautiful view spots, many wonderful gardens to roam around in, quaint mountain towns to stroll around and admire the charming boutiques, and the historic steam train ride known as the Puffing Billy, which is great for both adults and kids!

Bellarine Peninsula Wine Region:

The Bellarine Peninsula is home to some excellent wineries that are quite charming and not on the usual touristy wine trails. Some great wineries we recommend are Oakdene, Jack Rabbit, Mt. Duneed Estate, and more! It’s a cool climate wine region, which results in this location producing some truly striking Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir!

Portsea & Sorrento (Mornington Peninsula):

Portsea and Sorrento are similar to the Hamptons of New York. If you’re visiting the Mornington Peninsula, we highly recommend visiting these two lovely seaside towns! These regions are surrounded by gorgeous mansions, beachy boutiques, and amazing view spots overlooking the rugged cliffs and the ocean. If you’re visiting Portsea, we often recommend people to have a drink or a meal at the historic Portsea Pub.


This is a very unique art colony that was built in the early 1900’s by a European artist. It is home to dozens of buildings that make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time to the Medieval period. Wander around this location and admire the artworks and also enjoy a picnic in the beautiful gardens!

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