If your impression of Melbourne is all surf, sand and sea, take a look at what you could be missing out on.
Home to the Great Ocean Road and some of the country’s most famous surf beaches, Victoria has more than its share of stunning coastline to discover. But explore Melbourne’s exciting offerings or head upcountry to spend a few days in the snowfields and national parks to uncover a different side to the region. You’ll find adventure, excitement and some great food and wine along the way.
Winter is a great time to visit Victoria’s snowfields as they offers a huge variety of activities, from skiing to snowshoeing. Adventure-lovers will enjoy heart-pumping activities like snowmobiling through winter landscapes and sledding down snowy slopes on a tube or toboggan. One of the best ways to take in the Alpine scenery is on a dog sledding adventure through the beautiful snow covered peaks. Try your hand at mushing (driving) before ending your tour with time to cuddle your four-legged guides. If you’d rather stay cosy, indulge in a wilderness retreat in glamping tents among the snow, complete with a wood fire and cheese fondue on arrival.
Originally built in 1853, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is the largest stadium in Australia and the 10th largest in the world. It’s where legends are made and is considered sacred ground by many cricket lovers around across the globe. Come for a cricket match, to watch AFL (Australian Rules Football) or even a concert. Book a spot on a guided tour to go deep into the inner sanctum of the MCG and you’ll get a chance to walk on the arena, see the player’s changing rooms and visit the famous museum where the portrait of Sir Donald Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar is housed. Your expert guide will talk you through the history of the ‘G’ as well as Melbourne’s rich sporting culture.
Just an hour from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is Victoria’s premier wine region. Well known for its cool-climate wines, there’s a strong tradition in the region for chardonnay and pinot noir. With over 70 wineries in the area, beautiful gardens to explore, artisan cheeses and fine dining options, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy for a few days. Parineeti stopped at Oakridge for a tasting when she visited the region. Stop in for a taste and to take in the views at this award-winning winery that pioneered grape growing in the upper Yarra Valley. Be sure to include nearby Dominique Portet, Rochford Wines and Innocent Bystander on your list as you tour the different cellar doors.
This awe-inspiring landscape is the ultimate playground for adventurers and a haven for food and wine lovers. Forged millions of years ago, The Grampians National Park offers a peek at Australia’s Aboriginal history, challenging (but rewarding) treks, cascading waterfalls, abundant wildlife, star-filled skies and a chance to connect with nature in a way that few get to experience. Just three hours from Melbourne, this majestic mountain range feels worlds away. In between walking trails, fishing and canoeing, you’ll find Victoria's Silo Art Trail as well as some of Australia’s oldest vines and olive groves. Sample the region’s best wine and produce with a stop at the Royal Mail Hotel, regularly voted one of the best dining destinations in the country.