What to do in Melbourne this weekend!
Although the 2020 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix and our VIP Dinner Event have been forced to be cancelled as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, remember Melbourne is an amazing city to be stuck in for the weekend!
With so much to offer within its city skirts, you can also discover astonishing destinations located no more than 90 minutes from the city-centre. If you do decide to stay for the weekend, here are a few experiences to take advantage of with your new found time!
Explore Yarra Valley
Love wine and breathtaking scenery? Yarra Valley provides the very best of both. Being one of the most reputable and popular wine regions in the world and only a short drive from Melbourne (just under an hour), you can allocate a whole day gazing the lush scenery, world class wine centres & cellar doors, great cafes and restaurants and outdoor activities!
As the Yarra River flows on the cusp of the Southgate precinct, happening cafes, restaurants, bars deliver the very best of quality and ambience for your leisure pleasure. While Southgate has it all covered on the hospitality front, you can also admire some of the world’s very best artistic masterpieces. It just so happens currently at the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) one of the most talked about and popular shows is under way, ‘Crossing Lines’ a show dedicated to two of the most significant & influential artists of the late twentieth century Keith Haring & Jean-Michel Basquiat. Other excellent Arts venues you can visit in the Southgate promenade are Hamer Hall and the Arts Centre.
Great Ocean Road
Within striking distance of Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road delivers another day trip that is highly considered. You will wind your way through with stop offs in beautiful coastal towns that are home to some of Australia’s most remarkable beaches and great hospitality. Hot spots for you to explore are, Lorne, Torquay, Apollo Bay and Bells Beach – which is of course famous for pro surfing!
Only a 45-minute drive from the Melbourne CBD, the Dandenong Ranges is your ideal spot for a picnic enjoyed with cheese and wine in lush hills environment! Whilst cruising the Ranges roads you’ll be amongst spectacular hills scenery, with roads surrounded by stunning ferns and huge Mountain Ash trees. On your drive, stop off in iconic towns such as Sassafras, Olinda and Kalista – you will be spoilt for choice with beautiful cafes, classic pubs, craft stores, artist studios and plant nurseries.
Located just 90 minutes east of Melbourne lies the cool and mysterious Redwood Forest. This is a spectacular location for a day trip, which offers picturesque scenery, which will make you want to keep exploring and feed the imagination. Home to the tallest tree species in the world, the Californian Redwoods, you be left in awe by the incredible nature and landscape. As you stroll through the Redwood Forest, you will be taken through pine forest, down to the banks of Clement Creek. As you conclude your Redwood Forest experience, we recommend you visit the nearby town of Warburton for a coffee stop!