Melbourne is Australia's second largest capital city. There has always been a rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne as to which is the best. It's a bit like comparing apples with oranges; they are that different. There is a level of sophistication, style, and appreciation of the arts and culture, that defines Melbourne. This is evident in its world class art galleries, museums, theatres fashion boutiques and restaurants. On the less refined side, Melbournites love their sport. Each year Melbourne hosts the Australian Tennis Open and the Formula 1 Grand Prix. Like Sydney, there is so much to see and do that we could devote a whole website on Melbourne alone. As we are an RV, Campervan and Motorhome rental company, we believe that it is more helpful to give you information on where-to-go touring out from Melbourne. We recommend that you spend a couple of days exploring Melbourne, staying in or close to the City before taking delivery of your vehicle to start your touring holiday.
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Touring Trips out from Melbourne.

The Great Ocean Road.

The Great Ocean Road is one of the most spectacular road journeys in the world. Your touring holiday starts at Torquay, just south of Geelong. Tourquay is Victoria's surfing capital, with beautiful, white, sandy beaches to please everyone. Some are protected from the ocean and are ideal for safe swimming and family fun, while others, a little further around the coast, are often 'wild'. The world famous Bells Beach hosts an international surfing tournament each year. Torquay is a great place to buy some 'hot' surf clothing or just stop for a hot coffee. At Anglesea the road starts its spectacular coastal run hugging the winding coastline and offering breathtaking views of the southern ocean. Lorne is another pretty little coastal town with a safe swimming beach and a delightful picnic area overlooking the beach. From Lorne to Apollo Bay is where you start to overuse the word 'spectacular', as the road twists and turns along the rugged coastline. Apollo Bay is a good place to stop, and use as a base to explore the magnificent rainforests and waterfalls of the Great Otway National Park. The next leg, from Apollo Bay to Port Campbell. The focal point, and highlight of the whole trip, are the The Twelve Apostles; a group of 50 metre high, weathered limestone stacks that stand majestically off the coastline. Now this is truly SPECTACULAR!!!!! especially at sunrise and sunset with dramatic changes in colour. Other stunning coastal features include Loch Ard Gorge, Gibson Steps and the Bay of Islands. Port Campbell is a tiny little fishing village and a charming place to stay, especially if you want to catch those sunrise or sunset shots. Rich in maritime historic, the seaside towns of Warrnambool and Port Fairy allow the visitor to enjoy seafaring village life, with their fishing wharves, beautifully preserved colonial buildings and maritime museums recounting the stories of ships that have foundered off the rugged shipwreck coast.
The Goldfields.

When one thinks of old gold mining towns, one normally envisages ramshackle buildings, broken wagon wheels and ghost towns. This is not the case in the Victorian goldfield, where the region's, over a 150 year history and heritage has been brilliantly preserved, much to the delight of tourists. Ballarat, Castlemaine and Bendigo are superb examples of towns that grew and prospered from the world’s largest deposit of alluvial gold. The wealth, that deposit generated, is still evident in the majestic architecture of their heritage buildings. Today this rich history is retold and reenacted in many tourist attractions, and the towns have become cosmopolitan cities. You can also sample gold medal wines of the district at the cellar door or in one of the many fine restaurants. From Bendigo you can loop back down through Victoria's oldest inland settlement, Kilmore; with its wonderful old heritage listed buildings, antique shops and cafes. From Kilmore it's a picturesque drive through Lancefield to Hanging Rock; a small steep-sided volcano, 105 metres high, and reputedly a hideout for bushrangers during the gold rush days. Hanging Rock is a beautiful place for a picnic. Still driving through very pretty countryside, you come to Mount Macedon; with it's glorious private gardens, parks and views. In summer, Macedon is a great escape from the heat and is an artist's palette of colour in autum. From Macedon there are many options to explore the surrounding countryside, towns, wineries; and relax in one of the local mineral springs spas.
Dandenong Ranges, Yarra Valley, High Country & The Murray.

This is a great touring holiday, exploring four distinctly different regions of Victoria, starting with a 25 km train ride through the Dandenong Ranges on the Puffing Billy Steam Train. The train journey begins at Belgrave, just an hour's drive out of Melbourne, and travels through beautiful verdant forests and fern gullies. The drive through the Dandenongs is just as beautiful, through lush tall forests and spectacular panoramic views of the Yarra Valley and distant ranges. Healseville is at the heart of the Yarra Valley wine and food region and is famous for its internationally-renowned wildlife sanctuary where you can get close to over 200 species of Australian wildlife, including platypus, koalas, emus, Tasmanian devils, lyrebirds, wombats and eagles. The Yarra Valley is a very pleasant region to explore, taste award winning wines or simply relax. A picturesque introduction to the High Country is Lake Eildon. The lake was created by the construction of the Lake Eildon dam in 1950 and today is one of Victorias favorite holiday destinations, especially for water sports, fishing, swimming or just lazing about. Mansfield is the gateway to the snowfields of Mount Buller. If you intend to go skiing or snowboarding, (the snow season runs from early June through to late September) it would be advisable to use Mansfield as your base and get shuttle buses to and from the snowfields. In summer, Mansfield and Mt Buller offer visitors breathtaking scenery by foot, mountain bike or horseback. Mansfield is well known for having horse riders with exceptional mountain riding skills. The next stop on the tour through the High Country is Benalla, which is most famous for being the home town of Australia's most notorious bushranger: Ned Kelly. The city is renowned for its historic botanic and rose gardens, and is a perfect setting for a picnic or a relaxing stroll through one of the finest displays of roses in Victoria. The Costume and Pioneer Museum has excellent exhibits on Kelly's life and his final violent confrontation with police at Glenrowan, which is just 25 km from Benalla. A six-metre-high statue of Ned Kelly clad in homemade armour and helmet, rifle in hand, 'guards' Glenrowan. Further on you turn at Wangaratta and head towards Beechworth; one of Victoria's best-preserved gold rush towns with 30 Heritage Listed buildings, the goal where Ned Kelly was imprisoned, and the courthouse where he stood trial in 1880. Further down the Great Alpine Road, Bright could have been called 'vivid', such are the colours of the deciduous trees in Autumn. Bright by name and bright by atmosphere, it is one of the prettiest towns in Australia. Close to the Alpine National Park and within a short drive of the snowfields of Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Mount Buffalo, Bright is an ideal base to go skiing or enjoy the activities and attractions of the town and surrounding district. From Bright you can drive to Wadonga via the very picturesque Mount Beauty, Mount Bogong and Kiewa Valley. Albury Wodonga are twin towns on either side of the Murray River. Albury is in New South Wales and Wodonga is in Victoria. Although separated, they are generally referred to as one. A thriving modern city with a leisurely country style, Albury Wodonga is a charming mix of stately heritage buildings, established parks and gardens and tree-lined streets. It has everything to offer the tourist: museums, art galleries, fine wines, gourmet foods, championship golf courses and many water activities on the Murray. If paddling a canoe is not your thing, then a ride on a old Paddle Steamer, at Echuca-Moama, is a great step back in time and insight into the history of this wonderful port town.
Phillip Island .

There is probably no other place in Australia where nature 'shows-off' as much as on Phillip Island. It's like the natural inhabitants are well rehearsed in performing for the visitors. Guaranteed to bring a smile to every visitor's face, the Penguin Parade is by far the cutest. Every day at dusk, a large colony of little penguins, looking like they are dressed in tuxedos, waddle up the beach from the ocean to the safety of their burrows, much to the delight of the 500,000 visitors, enthralled by this spectacle each a year. And the 'oohs & aahs' don't end there. The Koalas, at the Koala Conservation Centre, although considerably less in numbers than the penguins, attract similar attention from adoring visitors. These small bear-like, gum-tree-dwelling, herbivorous (means that they eat lots of gum leaves) marsupials, can be viewed from the treetop boardwalks in the Conservation Centre. Back in the 'wild', a colony of up to 16,000 Fur Seals, treat the south-western tip of Phillip Island as home. What a life! Sunning themselves on the rocks, feeding their young, wrestling, and flopping into the cool water, seemingly oblivious to the onlookers from the shore. Not so oblivious, but more assertive, are the Pelicans at feeding time at San Remo, at the entrance to Phillip Islands. These beautiful birds with their slender necks and oversized bills make great subjects for photographers. After the 11:30am feeding, it's time for the visitors to be fed. There are many options, from buying a fresh lobster from the local fishing co-op and having a picnic on the beach, to dining in one of the excellent restaurants along the Cowes Esplanade. Cowes is the main settlement of Phillip Island and is a bustling hub of cultural, artistic and recreational life. Cowes has beautiful beaches with fine sand that face north, perfect for a swim in the warmer months. If its 'hot' action you're after, Phillip Island is home to the World Superbike Championship held in April and the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix held in October. Four-wheel enthusiasts can get their fix when the V8 Supercar Championship roars into town during November.
Wilsons Promontory & Gippsland.

Occupying Victoria's eastern corner, Gippsland covers a vast and diverse landscape, from unspoiled beaches to enormous lakes and mountain ranges. From Phillip Island you take the coast road to the popular seaside destination of Inverloch. The main attraction here is the beautiful Anderson Inlet. Its protected waters make it ideal for summer holidays. From here, the road heads inland through rolling hills and dairy farms to Leongatha before turning and heading south-east to Koonwarra. The Koonwarra Store has a reputation for serving "Fine Food & Wine". No longer hungry, you head down to the World Heritage listed Wilsons Promontory at the southernmost point of mainland Australia. Renowned for its spectacular scenery, the 50,000 hectare national park features magnificent and secluded beaches, cool fern gullies, great views, spectacular rock formations and an abundance of wildlife. Of the many excellent walking tracks in the park, perhaps the one that leads to the most breathtaking views, is the one up to the summit of Mt Oberon. Form here get a bird's-eye-view of the Promontory, looking down over moon shaped beaches and rugged headlands. There are so many beautiful aspects to this park, you will want to stay for, at least, a day or two. On the road again, the leisurely drive back through the 'Prom' around to Port Albert is a great opportunity to spot some native animals such as emus, kangaroos and wallabies, and visit Agnes Falls near Toora. They are the highest single span waterfalls in Victoria. Port Albert today is a quaint little fishing village and it's hard to imagine it as Victoria's first established port. Gone is the 'hustle-and-bustle' of the mid-1800's port; but the history is retold in the exhibits of the Maritime Museum and many of the heritage buildings are preserved. From Port Albert you drive past the small townships of Tarraville, Alberton and Yarram, which are among the oldest settlements in Victoria and feature some striking original architecture. Sale is a major centre servicing East Victoria and is centrally located to the Gippsland Lakes, 90 Mile Beach, mountains and many other exciting tourist destinations. The focal point of holiday- makers in the area and one of the most popular destinations in Victoria is Lakes Entrance. Located on the edge of Ninety Mile Beach, where the Gippsland Lakes meets the Southern Ocean, this very pretty place is perfect for a relaxed holiday. You may end up staying longer than you planned, swimming, fishing, boating, eating the 'best' seafood and having an afternoon 'snooze'. When you decide to head back to Melbourne, go via Traralgon and nearby Walhalla. Traralgon is a thriving city in Victoria’s energy heartland. Stop for a delicious meal at one of Traralgon’s fine restaurants or sidewalk cafés or enjoy a picnic at beautiful Victory Park with its historic band rotunda and beautiful gardens. Walhalla historic township was one of Australia’s richest gold mining towns in the late 1800's, and home to over 3,500 people. Although the population diminished dramatically when the gold ran out, fortunately the historical importance of the town has been preserved with many of its buildings been lovingly restored, making Walhalla an excellent tourist attraction. On your way back to Melbourne you won't go hungry, as Central Gippsland is gourmet country, dotted with wineries, cheese makers, farmers' markets, and fruit and berry farms.
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