Yippee, Victorians are out of lockdown and before long we will be free to explore our beautiful state again. No longer will we take for granted the freedom of a drive to the country or the ocean, we will appreciate every extra kilometre that we can roam away from home. If ever there was a time to book a celebration day trip to regional Victoria, this is it. Line up another family (2 adults and dependent children from one household, as per the restrictions) and book your seat on an Around and About tour today. Here are five ideas to get you started, but we can take you anywhere.
Have you been dying to tackle the 1000 steps walk in the Dandenongs , and fully immerse yourself in the wonder of nature? Have you missed the tea rooms and the craft shops on the mountain? Do you want to see the parrots and lyrebirds that live in the lush forest? It’s a short trip to the Dandenongs but you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into another world. Don’t miss the William Ricketts Sanctuary which is home to 90 sculptures of aboriginal people amongst the rocks and tree trunks.
Our closest wine and produce region is open again this weekend. The Yarra Valley cafes, the Chocolaterie, restaurants, cellar doors and gin distilleries – all open! It’s all just sitting there, COVID safe, and waiting for you to enjoy again. Book lunch at a picturesque winery, take the kids to the Healesville Sanctuary to see the animals or visit the art galleries and stunning gardens in the area. Book lunch or dinner at the Yarra Valley Grand Hotel for a delicious modern Australian meal and a taste of local artisan beer or a strong coffee, then settle in our comfy bus for a ride home to Melbourne.
Great Ocean Road
Take the scenic route from Torquay along the Great Ocean Road and see for yourself why this stretch of bitumen is world famous. Get the Around and About bus to stop for you at the Quicksilver shop in Torquay so you can pick up a wetsuit then head for Bell’s Beach to try and catch one of its serious waves. Prefer something a little less intense? Follow the road to Lorne and set the kids up at the trampolines while you wander along the beach. The town is filled with fabulous cafes and restaurants that have Melbourne-quality food with a seaside twist.
The goldfields of the Ballarat region are a fascinating day trip for families. Your kids can dress up in old fashioned clothes and see a blacksmith at work, making horseshoes in a forge. They can write with quills in the school room and gorge themselves on the famous boiled lollies which are made on site. Pan for gold in the creek or take a tour underground and experience the deep darkness of the coal mine. Before you head for home, drop in to the Wildlife Park and see the new meerkats or the native Australian animals.
Do you need to find a little space to chill out? The Daylesford and Hepburn Springs region is tranquil and pretty with activities to suit the whole family. You can walk the trails and fill your drink bottles from mineral spring taps (if you’re game). Stop in at the Convent Gallery and peruse the artworks, walk around the Daylesford Lake and hunt through the second hand bookshop for the perfect novel to help you disconnect. Book a meal at the Farmers Arms or the exquisite Lake House Restaurant and explore the town. Make sure you ask your driver to stop at Trentham Falls, one of the longest single drop waterfalls in Victoria, on your way back to Melbourne.
Now that you can go anywhere in Victoria, where can we take you?
We are reopening on Monday 9th November with restrictions. The current Victoria Rules allow us to operate a private tour. The private group may consist of
● One household plus 2 other adults and their dependants
● Group maximum size is 10 passengers.
Group maximum size is 10 passengers.
Now is the perfect time for us to show your group what Victoria has to offer. Enjoy the best attractions in Victoria without all the overseas and interstate crowds. Victoria is your own backyard waiting to be discovered. Email us today to customise a trip for your group. If you liked this article please share: