Melbourne is jam-packed with things to see and do, but this action-packed destination also offers so much more with just a short drive out of the city.

Get a taste of the Yarra Valley

Just a short, one-hour drive from our Melbourne CBD depot and you will find yourself in the natural wonderland that is the Yarra Valley. This region is recognised worldwide for its incredible wine, stunning national parks, and delightful villages. With over 70 wineries to choose from you’re absolutely spoiled for choice here. Have a fancy day out with a group of friends at the Domain Chandon Winery, try a tour and sample a glass of expertly crafted sparkling wine. As always, choose a designated driver if you plan on having a tipple!

Experience the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s must-do road trip routes and while many visitors choose to explore the coastline over a few days, it is possible to enjoy just as much if you’re strapped for time. Pack your car to the brim with swimming gear and snacks and head off on a journey to Torquay, just over an hour drive from our Melbourne City Branch. This world-famous beach town is home to epic surf brands like Rip Curl and Quicksilver. Drive along some of the most enviable coastline coastal views to the small town of Lorne. Here you can make a pit stop for lunch, take a leisurely stroll around the shops and enjoy the beachside town’s lively art scene. From here it’s a straight shot to the world-famous 12 Apostles, just a two-hour drive and if the timing is right you will be able to catch a glorious, Instagram-worthy sunset perfect for an entry into our Snap and Win competition.

Go green at the Dandenong Ranges

A day in the Dandenong Ranges will have you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. This lush, natural paradise is just a one-hour drive from our Melbourne City Branch and is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle. Spend your time exploring the hiking trails of the Dandenong National Park and keep an eye out for secret waterfalls for that perfect picnic spot. Be sure to hop onboard the 100-year-old Puffing Billy steam train before making your way back to the city. View the fern gullies and lush pastures of the Dandenong Ranges from your open-sided carriage and if you dare, hang your legs over the side!

Breathe in the ocean breeze at the Mornington Peninsula

Rent a car from our Melbourne CBD or Airport Branch and make your road trip one to remember with a one-hour drive to the Mornington Peninsula. With its famed boutique wineries, clifftop restaurants and innovative local cuisine, the Mornington Peninsula is the ultimate foodie adventure. Sweet lovers must make a stop at Johnny Ripe in the rural community town of Red Hill, their gooey apple pies are a must! Final stop is McClelland Park and Gallery where it’s time to work off those newly added calories admiring sculptures nuzzled in the 16-acre park.