Top Adventure Activities In Melbourne
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Things To Do Around Melbourne

1. Take Hot Air Balloon Ride at Yarra Valley
Witness Wildlife at Wilsons Promontory National Park
Relax at Marysville
Camp at The Mornington Peninsula
Hike at The Grampians
Drive through The Great Ocean Road
Skiing at Mount Buller
Watch Penguin Parade at Phillip Island
Witness Scenic Views from Daylesford
Explore The Bellarine Peninsula

There are a plethora of things to do around Melbourne that you must keep in your bucket-list no matter if you are visiting with your family or friends. Tourists can witness the wildlife creatures at the Wilsons Promontory National Park and watch the penguins returning home from the ocean during the penguin parade at Phillip Island. Immersing yourself in the camping, hiking, and skiing around Melbourne is a surreal experience of vacationing around the city.

Some of the remarkable things to do near Melbourne are taking a hot air balloon ride at the Yarra Valley, camping at The Mornington Peninsula, and driving through the Great Ocean Road. If you are an ecofreak, you will love exploring and witnessing wildlife at Wilsons Promontory National Park. Exploring the vast wineries and craft breweries at the Bellarine Peninsula and soaking in the scenic views of Daylesford are some of the other activities to do near Melbourne.

Here are some of the best Things To Do Near Melbourne:

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Take Hot Air Balloon Ride at Yarra Valley

  • Taking the hot air balloon ride at Yarra Valley is one of the most beautiful things to do around Melbourne to witness the aerial views of the top locations in and around Yarra Valley.
  • While you are drifting along the rural landscape, you will get a chance to see the panoramic views of gum trees, rolling hills, and the vast vineyards of the Yarra Valley.
  • The hot air balloon ride is an unforgettable experience which gives you the chance of enjoying the magnificent views, delicious breakfast, and champagne over the gorgeous views of the Yarra Valley.

    Charge: approx 415 AUD.
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Witness Wildlife at Wilsons Promontory National Park

  • Another one of the great things to do around Melbourne is witnessing wildlife at Wilsons Promontory National Park across the open grasslands.
  • On your tour of the national park, you will come across Australian native animals in their natural habitat, like kangaroos, emus, wallabies, and wombats. 
  • Koalas, turtles, echidnas, and possums are some other animals you can discover in the surrounding areas of the national park.
  • Besides this, you can spot abundant native birdlife, such as Superb Lyrebird, crimson rosellas, and kookaburras.
  • You can also spot humpback whales, enormous blue whales, bottlenose dolphins, and Australian fur seals in the marine coastal areas of the national park.

    Location: Gippsland VIC 3960, Australia.

    Entry Fee: free for day tour; 13,60 AUD per person for overnight hiking.
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Relax at Marysville

  • If you are looking for a relaxing vacation in Melbourne, visiting Marysville is one of the best things to do near Melbourne.
  • This city allows you to create timeless memories with your loved ones by participating in the rich culture, history, and tradition.
  • Visitors can take a tour of the Museum of Forgotten Warriors in Marysville to discover the memorabilia of the soldiers used during World War II.
  • You can also visit Ellis Lake in Marysville to soak in the serenity of nature away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
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Camp at The Mornington Peninsula

  • Camping at The Mornington Peninsula is one of the remarkable activities to do near Melbourne that lets you choose your favorite camping ground which can vary from the bush settings or near the shops.
  • There are over a thousand camping grounds in The Mornington Peninsula that allows you to enjoy white sand beaches, swim in the shallow waters, or indulge in a variety of other adventurous activities.
  • Providing both powered and unpowered locations, the facilities in the Mornington Peninsula are excellent with a kids' play area, barbecue, shower and toilet blocks, boat launching ramps, and much more.

    Location: 46 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District.
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Hike at The Grampians

  • For an unforgettable experience, taking a hike at the Grampians to explore the natural landscape with your friends and family is one of the most enjoyable things to do around Melbourne.
  • The hiking trails at the Grampians attract hikers from different corners of the world to discover dazzling spring wildflower displays, majestic waterfalls, and awe-inspiring panoramic views of the mountains.
  • Choose from plenty of hiking areas such as Halls Gap, Mount Sturgeon, Boronia Peak or The Pinnacle Lookout.
  • You can opt for the unique challenge of overnight hikes in the Grampians National Park if you are an experienced walker.
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Drive through The Great Ocean Road

  • The Great Ocean Road is one of the scenic drives in Victoria, and driving through this road is one of the best things to do near Melbourne.
  • The stretch of road is from the surf capital Torquay to the iconic 12 Apostles that ends at the historic fishing village Port Fairy.
  • Along the way, you will come across cliff tops, surf beaches, and luscious rainforests.
  • You can also discover kangaroos, koalas, and even whales on the lookout on the Great Ocean Road.
  • Visitors can participate in a variety of activities on this road, such as ziplining through a treetop canopy, relaxing over regional dining on the top of the cliff or beside the beach.

    Location: Victoria, Australia.
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Skiing at Mount Buller

  • No matter whether you are a beginner at discovering majestic snowsports or an expert who loves navigating the steepest slopes, skiing at Mount Buller is one of the most adventurous activities to do near Melbourne.
  • The place has a variety of bloomed blue terrains to suit your abilities that offer a consistent and reliable skiing experience.
  • While skiing down the slopes of Mount Buller, you can get a chance to enjoy the spectacular views for an exhilarating day trip. 

    Location: 3 hours' drive from Melbourne, Australia.

    Timing: 08:30am - 05:00 pm.
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Watch Penguin Parade at Phillip Island

  • Phillip Island serves as the largest penguin colony in the world where watching the penguin parade on the island is one of the most beautiful things to do near Melbourne.
  • It is a surreal and majestic experience of observing these magnificent seabirds waddle home from the ocean to their burrows through the viewing platforms and boardwalks at Phillip Island.
  • You can sit and relax yourselves at the grandstands overlooking the beach to enjoy the gorgeous views of the penguin parade. 
  • Visitors can click pictures of the penguins returning home from the ocean and cherish these beautiful moments for a lifetime.

    Location: 125 km southeast of Melbourne.
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Witness Scenic Views from Daylesford

  • If you are still thinking about the things to do around Melbourne, you can soak yourself in the scenic views from Daylesford and enjoy the reflection at the cascading waterfalls.
  • On walking to the top of Mountain Hill in Daylesford, you will be mesmerized to witness the sweeping views of the surrounding regions.
  • The blooming great trails in the vibrant gardens across Daylesford allow visitors to enjoy a short walk through the native bushlands while admiring the gorgeous views of nature.
  • If you plan to stay in Daylesford until evening, it is advisable not to miss the sunset views from the tranquil surroundings.

    Location: Victoria 3460, Australia.
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Explore The Bellarine Peninsula

  • One of the top things to do around Melbourne is exploring the Bellarine Peninsula, where you can discover beautiful wineries, gourmet food, fantastic beaches, seaside villages, and vintage markets.
  • While exploring the attraction, you can enjoy the lazy laidback vibration at the waterfront precinct and tranquil seaside villages.
  • Tourists can move through the historic streetscapes and the luscious golf courses to make your summer afternoons cherishable.
  • On your visit to The Bellarine Peninsula, you can explore the burgeoning foodie scenery with local wineries, craft breweries, provedores, and farm gates.
  • You can also indulge yourself in the surfing, paddling, and swimming activities at the Bellarine Peninsula.
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People Also Ask About Melbourne

  1. Which are the best activities to do around Melbourne?

    • Wandering across Melbourne streets
    • Paying a visit to the Flinders Street Station and Federation Square
    • Learning new things at ScienceWorks
    • Camping At The Mornington Peninsula
    • Strolling through the luscious Botanic Gardens
    • Get sporty at the MCG
    • Driving through The Great Ocean Road
    • Watch out for the wonderful street art
    • Learn about the convict past of Victoria at Old Melbourne Gaol
  2. What is Melbourne famous for?

    Regarded as the most liveable city in the country, Melbourne is famous for its cornucopia of entertainment, gorgeous scenery, unique nightlife, and stunning architecture. Also known as the Sporting Capital of the World, the city is also renowned for its graffitied streets, diverse culture, seaside location, and delicious coffee.
  3. How many days are enough to explore Melbourne?

    A minimum of five to seven days are enough to explore Melbourne and enjoy the different things to do around Melbourne. Within this time frame, you can discover all the eateries, streets, attractions, markets, and museums, and indulge in distinct activities to do near Melbourne. You can also book day tours or cruise trips within this time according to your convenience.
  4. What is the best time to visit Melbourne?

    The best time to visit Melbourne is between December and March, i.e., during the summer season. During this time, the weather remains warm and pleasant to go sightseeing and indulge in other activities. You can also attend some of the most happening events in Melbourne during this time, like the Australian Grand Prix, the Australian Grand Slam Open, and Boxing Day Test Cricket Match.
  5. How to reach Melbourne?

    • By Flight- The Tullamarine Melbourne Airport is very well connected to the different parts of Australia and other places worldwide. You can book your flight to this airport from anywhere in the country to travel to Melbourne and indulge in different things to do near Melbourne.
    • By Train- Train is the most convenient mode of transportation to travel to and from Melbourne. The city offers a country link to Sydney and overland links to Adelaide and Perth. You can take a train from the Flinders railway station for intercity travel in Melbourne.
    • By Bus- Buses and coaches provides inter-state and regional traveling in and around Melbourne. You can board the bus from Flinders Street to travel to the fundamental areas of the city.
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