Don’t have much time in Victoria? That’s a shame but hey, you can still hit the road and discover what the region has to offer beyond Melbourne. Here is our ultimate 3 day road trip…
Day 1 – Melbourne to Beechworth
Drive time: 3 hrs
Jump in the car and get ready for a weekend of fine wine and local produce in the valleys of the high country. The region is also characterised by spectacular scenery and crisp mountain air with thrilling activities for adrenaline junkies.
Arrive in Beechworth, a village built on the wealth of the gold rush of the 1800s. Explore the history of the town, including the courthouse where Australia’s most famous bushranger (outlaw) Ned Kelly’s final trial commenced. Take a short drive or better yet, pick up your bike and take a pedal through Milawa. Fill your basket with cheese, marinated olives, fresh berries and Semillon. It’s all on offer as you cycle past the wineries, farm gates and local stores of this famous gourmet region. Merge with the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail for an even bigger adventure. Back at Beechworth, try for a reservation at the acclaimed Provenance restaurant or munch on pizza and beer at Bridge Road Brewers.
Tip: If you’re a fan of prosecco, be sure to visit King Valley’s Prosecco Road, celebrating the best winemakers producing this sparkling white.
Day 2 – Beechworth to Bright
Drive time: 50 mins
Travel onward to Mount Buffalo National Park and its unique rock formations. A gentle walk takes in waterfalls and lookouts with great views of the Australian Alps. If you’re feeling more extreme, head out on two wheels or try your hand at hang gliding. Rock climbers and abseilers will also be in their element at the summit of Mount Buffalo. Take it to the next level with a portaledge picnic where you’ll abseil to a platform suspended over Buffalo Gorge and enjoy a picnic hamper with champagne to finish. If you prefer exploring the underground, go on a caving adventure of the river cave through tunnels, taking in waterfalls, plunge pools and rapids.
After an action packed day, cruise into historic Bright, a picturesque village on the Ovens River, filled with grand deciduous trees that are breathtaking in Autumn. Linger in Bright Brewery or try the home-grown food at one of the many wonderful restaurants in town.
Day 3 – Bright to Melbourne
Drive time: 4hrs 30mins
In the morning take a kayak out and discover the billabongs of Ovens River with its rich flora and fauna and amazing river vistas that will make you feel at one with nature.
Stop in at Benalla Art Gallery for great local local art and grab a coffee by the lake. While you’re there, soak in some of the incredible street art murals throughout the town. Drive the scenic route back through Mansfield and take a brisk walk up to Paps Lookout for panoramic views of Lake Eildon. Wind your way through the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley and stop by one or two cellar doors to pick up some of the region’s stellar wine as you head back to Melbourne.