Melbourne activities/day trips?

Old Apr 29th, 2008, 01:33 PM
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Melbourne activities/day trips?

I'm going to Melbourne -- will be in that area for 4 days. Can anyone suggest any interesting day trips or activities? Is it possible to visit a wine-growing area in a day trip? Should I rent a car?

If relevant, I am a reasonably young athletic woman traveling solo. I'm interested in nature (hiking, biking, etc.) culture, and wine. Thanks for any suggestions!

By the way, I'll be blogging about my Australian travels from May 3 through May 22, if you're interested in checking in! www.paynoattention.net I've blogged about some of my past travels there too -- to Croatia, Scandinavia, Thailand and other places.
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Old Apr 29th, 2008, 09:45 PM
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There are plenty of day trips to the Yarra Valley.

Phillip Island might be of interest to you.

Try to plan some time along the Great Ocean Road and fit in the 12 Apostles, London Bridge, Bells Beach. Nice wineries right around Geelong in the Bellarine Peninsula and Moorabool Valley. The Great Ocean Road is worth exploring over at least a couple days, but as you're short on time, you could try a portion of it as a day tour. There are escorted tours if you decide you don't want to rent a car.
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As mentioned above, there are plenty of day trips to the Yarra Valley which is a very popular wine growing area. It is only an hour of Melbourne and easy to do drive to. If you want to imbibe at a few wineries, there are a number of bus tours. Healesville Sanctuary which has only Australian animals is also out that way. The Yarra Valley Dairy is a great place if you are into cheese. A number of the wineries also have excellent restaurants for a nice lunch.

As you enjoy biking, it is possible to hire a bike in the city down by the Yarra River and bike along the Yarra out to say Warrandyte. Here is a link to some popular bike trails www.bv.com.au/bikes-and-riding/11965/

There is some good hiking to be had in the Grampians, but may be a bit cold in May and would be better done as an overnight trip anyway.
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If you have access to the net look at www.yarra-valey.net.au for wineries and www.thatsmelbourne.com.au
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Old May 2nd, 2008, 11:56 AM
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sorry that is ' valley ' not valey .
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