While Melbourne has a lot to offer, the grind of day-to-day city life can sometimes leave expats in need of a break from the city. Luckily, the region of Victoria provides plenty of opportunities for a weekend escape. 

For weekend breaks close to home, it’s a choice between coast or countryside, but expats will also find that in a country the size of Australia, locals think nothing of flying or driving long distances. 

Recommended weekend breaks in Melbourne


The area of Daylesford is known for its luxurious spas and quaint bed and breakfasts. In particular, the Lake House at Daylesford is one of Victoria’s premier fine-dining destinations with a menu featuring locally sourced seasonal produce. Wine enthusiasts are also sure to enjoy a trip to Daylesford, as one of Australia's top regions for Pinot wine.

The Great Alpine Road

Running between Wangaratta in the north and Bairnsdale in the east, the Great Alpine Road is perfect for a road trip. Travellers along the Great Alpine Road can take in a variety of landscapes along the way, from stunning mountainous scenery to breathtaking views of valleys, forests and rivers. With the various national parks and alpine resorts on this route, outdoor enthusiasts can take part in activities such as mountain climbing, canoeing, hang gliding and, in the winter, even skiing.

The Great Ocean Road

Many international tourists visit this stunning stretch of coastline along Australia's southwestern coast on a day trip. Be sure not to miss the route's famous rock formation, the Twelve Apostles. Another must see on this drive is the relics of seafaring tragedies of the past which are still visible along the Shipwreck Coast. Many of the ships that sank here date back to the Gold Rush era of the 1800s.

Mornington Peninsula

A weekend away is a great opportunity for a Mornington Peninsula adventure. Situated to the south of Melbourne, the peninsula is one of Melbourne residents’ favourite summer getaway destinations. The roaring surf and secluded beaches are perfect for surfing, diving or just a stroll along the shore.