If you are more of a nature lover – here are some awesome activities outside the CBD that you can do around Melbourne.
Lots of folks love going to the beach, but the sounds aren’t usually the main attraction. This isn’t the case at Squeaky Beach, where the unique composition of the white quartz sand gives every step a delightful sound. Beautiful rock formations north of the beach also provide one of the region’s best locales for finding wild wombats.
Looking for a getaway that’s something different? Head to Gippsland and check out the retreats at Mira Mira. Each of the two-bedroom units in the complex is a fantastic dreamscape composed by a talented artist. Take a vacation from normalcy and experience what it’s like to live inside art.
Meet A Platypus
The platypus is an iconic creature that’s well known both inside and outside Australia’s borders. If you’ve never met one face to face, you can correct that oversight by visiting the Healesville Sanctuary. The Sanctuary’s platypus pool offers you a decidedly hands-on encounter with the platypus, and you’ll be free to play, feed, and cuddle them to your heart’s content.
Peninsula Hot Springs
Thermal springs always make great tourist attractions, and Mornington Peninsula boasts the country’s only natural heated mineral springs. The healing waters of the Springs come out of a pure water source nearly half a kilometre beneath the Peninsula, and you can take full advantage of a whole range of day spa services if you choose to unwind by taking the waters.
If you’re looking for a challenging outback trek, make your way to Pine Mountain in the Murray Region. The core of the mountain is a gigantic granite monolith that, if unearthed, would be even larger than Uluru. Bring your best hiking skills if you intend to climb the mountain – it’s not a trail for first-timers!
Have sharks put you off the idea of hitting the waves on the beach? You can still get a thrilling day of exercise at this aerial obstacle course sited on the Mornington Peninsula. With courses divided into five tiers covering more than 50 different individual obstacles, you’ll be sure to find something challenging and rewarding.
A perfect target for a modest boating excursion, Herring Island is well worth a visit when you’re in Downtown Melbourne. This man-made island in the Yarra River is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Natural beauty abounds, and you can also spend quite a few hours exploring the stone sculpture park housed on the island.
Nine Levels Of Darkness
If you’re curious about what’s beneath the surface, there’s no better way to satisfy your interest than a trip to the Central Deborah Gold Mines. This historic mine was a mainstay of local production during the Gold Rush, and today it’s preserved as Australia’s deepest underground tour. The trip will take you over 60 metres beneath the ground – not recommended for the claustrophobic!
Bay Of Islands
Located just past 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, the Bay Of Islands is a terrific coastal park that can provide you with some of the best beaches in the region. They’re often uninhabited, which makes it easy to enjoy some time on your own.
The bay’s topography leans heavily towards steep cliffs and high rocks. There’s a boat ramp available, but keep in mind it’s very steep. If you visit in the right season, you’ll get a look at some of the area’s most beautiful wildflowers.
Not far from the Bay Of Islands, you’ll find Tower Hill. This geological formation is the remnant of a major volcanic eruption that happened over 30,000 years ago. The funnel-shaped valley this eruption carved out is now home to an island-filled lake and numerous creeks.
More interesting to visitors, Tower Hill is also a national park that boasts some outstanding wildlife. The valley’s kangaroo population is roughly 200 animals, and there are also echidnas, emus, koalas, and a variety of waterbirds.