Melbourne Driving Ideas Guide
The first thing that comes to mind with your visit to Melbourne will likely be Federation Square, the cafe culture, Crown Casino , Docklands and the famous mid city trams. But for those who have done this all before, or want to enjoy or combine it with the open road, consider some popular options within 1-2 hours of Melbourne’s CBD.
Breezy seaside villages with style and curiosity
A drive of between 1 and 2 hours, depending on how far you choose to drive, will let you combine the best of coastal living on the Mornington Peninsular. Some say it’s like Europe with an Aussie flavor, with miles of beaches and small towns oozing with charm.
If you want to get “artsy” drop into Mornington, a seaside village with cosmopolitan sidewalk cafes, take a few camera snaps to share socially with your friends and family alongside the famous bathing boxes on the beach, then maybe indulge in one of Australia’s most renowned regional galleries (MPRG — Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery).
Get some artistic inspiration for free and suck in the ocean breeze. Take a walk down the Sorrento-Portsea Artists Trail to get a sense of what inspired some of Australia’s leading artists including Albert Tucker, John Percival and Arthur Streeton. There are 14 stands near the spots viewed by the artists that are part of a scenic coastal walk that includes Sorrento Beach, Port King and Sorrento Pier.
A few minutes away there’s 30 or more local antique dealers located in the Tyabb Packing House near to the historic fishing village of Hastings, that specialise in deco, old wares, retro, vintage and specialty items.
The Great Ocean Road
It’s hard not mention this if you’re coming to Melbourne - the Australian National Heritage listed road perhaps ranks amongst the World’s best drives. It’s comprises of a rugged coastline with numerous seaside towns, beaches, cliffs rainforest and hillsides. The 250km drive can be done in a day, but with so much to do we recommend stopping off and doing it over 2 days.
The Twelve Apostles are the key draw card of this trip, rising as limestone stacks out of the Southern Ocean. If you have friends in your car, have some fun and set them the task of counting them all of them and photographing— there’s actually only 8.
For families, there’s a bunch of free activities available at the Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre, called “The Craters to Coast Discovery Program” when visiting the Shipwreck Coast region. The program loans telescopes, weather instruments, GPS units, digital cameras and compasses so that children can navigate for hidden treasure, track local fauna, learn to read history in rocks, use detective skills to uncover the secrets of Victoria's southern landscapes - and earn prizes along the way.
The main town is Torquay home to the Australian National Surf Museum that boasts being the largest surf museum on the planet and is located next to the home turf of some of the most dedicated “surfies” around. If you thought you knew it all, this place will likely re educate you on the origins of the activity.
With the money you save on your car rental using Cheaperthancars you can probably justify splashing out on a night or two’s hotel or accommodation stays, with Cheaperthanhotels in one of the many towns along the drive, to make the trip more relaxed. We really do believe that the less you spend, the more you can do when you get there.
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