From wineries and national parks, to beaches and street art – there’s something for everyone in the southeast state of Victoria. Whether you are renting a campervan, taking your own car, camping, or, wanting a more luxurious stay, we’ve put together a list of five must visit places in Victoria that will suit all itineraries!
Great Ocean Road
One of the most renowned sights in Victoria is the Great Ocean Road. Stretching over 600km, it is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Along the coastal drive, you will see some of the best Australian scenery, nature and wildlife. If you’re starting your journey in Melbourne, spend a couple of nights in Geelong before you head off. You’ll feel right at home with the friendly locals and chilled out vibe. The Geelong Surfcoast Highway Holiday Park and Riverglen Holiday Park both offer a range of accommodation options to suit any budget. Only an hour from Melbourne, both parks feature heated pools and kids playgrounds. The central location means you’ll have time to stop in at some of the world famous beaches before you continue the journey.
The Grampians region is a must for hikers and wine lovers alike. Start your day with an early morning hike up to The Pinnacle lookout, an easy-going 45 minute walk, where you will be taken away by the stunning views of the Grampians’ many peaks. You might even get to see a kangaroo, koala or echidna on the walk. Next up – wine tasting! Wine lovers will be spoilt for choice, with a hu
ge selection of wineries to visit. Settle in for some wine tasting and a cheese board with a view across beautiful vineyards. There’s so much to see in the Grampians region, so you may want to stay a few nights. Acacia Caravan Park in nearby Ararat offers an excellent range of accommodation options within walking distance to Ararat township. With Tesla electric car chargers available, the park has a range of great features to suit any camping style.
If you’re seeking a fun family getaway location, look no further than Echuca, located just across the Murray River from the New South Wales border town of Moama. Take a paddle steamer ride across the Murray River, or if you want something a bit more thrilling, try out water skiing, wakeboarding or even knee boarding! The whole family will love a visit to Billabong Ranch Adventure Park, where you can partake in some mini golf, rock climbing, pedal boats and pony rides. After a busy day in Echuca, Rich River Tourist Park is the perfect spot to enjoy some peace and quiet. Away from the noise of the main highway, the Park is still within easy walking distance to the beach, river and town centre. Rich River Tourist Park offers modern and pet friendly accommodation, so your pooch can come too!
In need of some culture in your life? The city of Bendigo offers a range of arts and cultural activities to immerse yourself in. A talking tram ride will show you around some of the city’s beautiful heritage architecture. Visit the Bendigo Art Gallery, one of Australia’s oldest galleries, to view a range of Australian artwork, some dating back to 1850. Walk the streets and find a number of things to do. Admire the street art, check out quirky boutiques, and enjoy a local blend of coffee from one of the many cafés – coffee lovers will be in heaven! A-Line Holiday Park is the perfect spot to stay the night as you head out of Bendigo. Located on the outskirts of the city, A-Line Holiday Park is just opposite the stunning Bendigo National Park.
Fun for the whole family can be found on Phillip Island, located only a two hour drive from Melbourne. There’s no way you’ll get bored, with a huge range of activities and fun to be had! Visit A Maze’N Things for a fun day of mazes, mini golf and illusions. Check out the Penguin Parade, where you can watch in awe as the Phillip Island penguin colony return home every evening at dusk. And, you definitely won’t want to miss a visit to the Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory to taste test some chocolate! A Maze’N Things Holiday Park offers powered sites, cabins and motel rooms close to the attractions, making it the ideal place to stay with options for everyone. The park currently has some epic deals on, too! Book a 3 night stay in any of their cabins, villas or powered sites, and only pay for two nights (excludes studio cabins, motel rooms, and bookings during the school holidays).