If you're not sure what to do with your long weekend away, why not start by finding some great walks to do, and then go from there!
Here are some of our favourite walks within a two or three hour drive from Melbourne (well Wodonga clocks in at about 3 hours 20 minutes). They're perfect for a weekend (or a long weekend) away from the hustle and bustle.
So what are you waiting for, get packing!
Apollo Bay walk
This 4km walk is a great introduction to the coastal town of Apollo Bay and conveniently begins at the local tourist information centre. From there, stroll past a great playground and then along the banks of the Barham River. Of course, a walk here wouldn't be complete without making it to the wild and rugged ocean beach. There's also an optional stroll to the end of the breakwater. Finish up with some more urban attractions including a skate park and local art.
Latrobe Valley, Gippsland: Grand Ridge rail trail, Mirboo North
A very pleasant 12.5km walk (or ride) in the green heart of Gippsland. The trail showcases many historical gems, scenes of natural beauty and beautiful mountain views.
Mornington Peninsula: Sorrento back beach to Portsea Pier
Can't decide whether to stay in Sorrento or Portsea? Take this 7.7km walk and get the best of both worlds with a tour on foot that takes in both coastal and bush scenery. Of course there's also ample opportunity to dip your toes in the sea in between and finish with a big pub meal in either town.
Bushranger's Bay to Cape Schanck
Impressive views, good exercise and less than one hour of walking time. If that sounds like you, then here's a great reason to get out of Melbourne for a weekend. This walk starts at the spectacular Cape Schanck lighthouse and ends with a descent to a spectacular beach. This walk has a few stairs and elavations so its a moderate to challenging walk, but well worth it!
Greater Bendigo National Park
If you're looking to combine beautiful regional city views and experiences as well as getting your fill of nature, then why not head to Bendigo? There's plenty to see in town, but not too far away is this great one-hour walk in the Greater Bendigo National Park. Easily accessible from the Calder Highway, this walk takes you through natural vegetation and past current and historic reservoir channels.
Wodonga: Country tracks walk
This walk up in Victoria's north provides panoramic views across Wodonga and the Baranduda Ranges. take your time with it; it's well-worth the effort and brings fitness benefits along the way. Take a camera and you'll also find some great shots to share. A section of the leg - along the boundary to residential areas - is unmarked on the map as not having a track - in fact, there is a fire trail which connects it all up very easily. Further details from the Parklands Albury Wodonga site link.