While Melbourne has a lot to offer, the grind of urban life can sometimes leave expats in need of a break from the city. Luckily, the region around Melbourne provides plenty of opportunities for a weekend escape.

For weekend breaks close to home, it’s a choice between coast or countryside, but expats will also find that in a country the size of Australia, locals think nothing of flying or driving long distances.

Recommended weekend breaks in Melbourne


Daylesford is known for its luxurious spas and quaint bed and breakfasts. The Lake House at Daylesford is one of Victoria’s premier fine-dining destinations with a menu featuring locally-sourced seasonal produce. Wine enthusiasts are also sure to enjoy a trip to Daylesford, as it is considered one of Australia's top regions for pinot noir.

The Great Alpine Road

Running between Wangaratta in the north and Bairnsdale in the east, the Great Alpine Road is perfect for a road trip. Travellers along the Great Alpine Road can take in a variety of landscapes along the way, from stunning mountainous scenery to breathtaking views of valleys, forests and rivers. With various national parks and alpine resorts on the route, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy activities such as mountain climbing, canoeing, hang gliding and, in the winter, skiing.

The Great Ocean Road

Many tourists make day trips to this stunning stretch of coastline along Australia's southwestern edge. Expats should be sure to check out the Great Ocean Road’s famous rock formations, the Twelve Apostles. Another must-see on this drive are the relics of seafaring tragedies that are still visible along the aptly named Shipwreck Coast. Many of the ships that sank here date back to the gold rush era of the 1800s.

Mornington Peninsula

A weekend away is a great opportunity for a Mornington Peninsula adventure. Situated to the south of Melbourne, the peninsula is one of Melbourne residents’ favourite summer getaways. The roaring surf and secluded beaches are perfect for surfing, diving or just a stroll along the shore, while the hot springs are just the ticket after a stressful week.