After the most socially challenging year in recent history, it is time to shake off the cobwebs that have formed over us as we huddled in homes during lockdown and embrace our adventurous sides. Never again will we take for granted the freedom we have to explore the stunning Victorian tourism regions that exist beyond the borders of Melbourne. It’s time to seize the day!
Up in the air
Which adventures are on your bucket list? Do you want to finally learn how to conquer your fear of heights? Head out to the Yarra Valley and take an early morning trip in a hot air balloon. Float high in the sky and watch the valley come to life. Or try the Arthur’s Seat Eagle, a gondola journey that takes you to the highest point on the Mornington Peninsula.
Is a helicopter flight to see the Twelve Apostles from above and a quick whip around the Great Ocean Road more your style? Unlike a plane ride, a helicopter can go low and in different directions. You will hear all communications between the pilot and the Air Traffic Control centre, through the noise cancelling headphones that you wear to protect your ears.
If you get your thrills from physical exertion, Lorne Livewire Park will get your heart rate up while you’re zooming through the air. Or you can challenge yourself to a zip line adventure or a walk amongst the treetops at the Otway Fly.
Skydiving is the ultimate adventure and Victoria has over a dozen locations from which you can jet off to 18,000 feet to do your jump. Choose from seaside locations at St Kilda beach to the Great Ocean Road, or peruse the countryside with a dive over regional Nagambie or Euroa.
Fast cars and fast serves
Coming to Melbourne for the Australian Open tennis or the Grand Prix? (We hope so too!) Take an excursion around this fine city. Drink coffee, dine in three hatted restaurants, visit the laneways, do a walking tour, or venture beyond the CBD. Explore the cafe scene in St Kilda, the colourful Brighton Bathing boxes and cross the Westgate Bridge to learn about historic Williamstown, Melbourne’s first seaport in the 1850s, built on the traditional lands of the Kulin people. Our Melbourne day tour can take whichever direction you choose.
Wet and wild
Don a safety vest and hit the water to experience the thrill of white water rafting. The Yarra River extends all the way from the city but out in the valley around Wonga Park, you can raft over the rapids for the ride of your life. With plenty of less challenging moments between the fourteen different rapids on this journey, you’ll have plenty of time to appreciate the picturesque river banks and keep an eye out for wildlife.
The Victorian high country is breathtaking at any time of the year. In winter, when the leaves have fallen from the trees and snow flutters down from the sky instead, the ski resorts attract visitors from all around the country.
Is learning how to ski or snowboard on your to-do list? Head to Mt Buller for one of the best downhill skiing and snow day experiences in Victoria. Or explore Lake Mountain and ski or snowshoe cross-country style.
Out of your city comfort zone
Broaden your horizons and visit regional Victoria this year. Do you want to go horse riding and explore the countryside in the Yarra Valley, Mansfield or the Grampians? Or maybe scuba diving has been on your to-do list? Check out the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas for diverse underwater discoveries; from seahorses and seals to shipwrecks.
Do you have big, bold escapades planned for this year?
Let us know some of your top picks for Victorian adventures in 2021.
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