Must Do Experiences
Eureka Skydeck 88 is the highest public vantage point in the southern hemisphere. If the awe-inspiring view across Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay doesn't give you a big enough thrill, for a few dollars more you can venture out onto 'The Edge' - a glass cube which projects 3 metres out from the building - suspended almost 300 metres above the ground with glass on all sides including the floor.
A short drive (or train ride) from the city of Melbourne on the way to Geelong, Werribee is a rural community with something for everyone. Victoria's colonial story and aviation history can be discovered in Werribee - at Werribee Mansion and Point Cook RAAF Museum nearby. Within the grounds of the mansion is the Victoria State Rose Garden and Werribee Park Sculpture Walk. Down the road is the Werribee Open Range Zoo. On nearby Port Phillip Bay is the Werribee South foreshore where you can walk or cycle the scenic two kilometre Wyndham Bay Trail. Inland above the flat volcanic plains are the distinctive granite peaks of the You Yangs.
When it comes to an enjoyable day out, the steam-operated Puffing Billy Railway has a been a favourite since it was resurrected as a heritage tourist railway in 1962. This popular attraction operates every day along 24 kilometres of narrow gauge railway line through cool temperate rainforest, lush ferns and towering timbers, semi-urban development and rural farmland. The journey takes an hour in each direction and there are stops along the way where you can take a way, or have a picnic. It starting point is Belgave station, which is on a suburban railway line, so you don't need a car to get there.
Take a 1 hr 20 min train ride through regional victoria to Ballarat, one of the iconic boom towns of ther famous Victorian goldrush of the 1850s. There is lots to do in and around Ballarat to make your trip an overnight one, or to come back a second time. On weekends, when you arrive by train you are greeted by some lovely ladies from the Visitor Information Centre who are armed with whatever info. you need to make vour visit a pleasurable one. There is a free music concert at the Ballarat Art Gallery every Sunday afternoon. Day trip activities: Sovereign Hill historic park; Eureka Centre; Gold Museum; Art Gallery; heritage buildings walk; Lake Wendourie walks, heritage tram ride, Botanical Gardens.
The closest wine region to the city of Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is Victoria's oldest wine region, with over 3,600 hectares under vine. It is also Victoria's most visited wine area, located just one hours drive from Melbourne's CBD. There is far more to the Yarra Valley than just wineries, however, it is equally well known for its art galleries, accommodation, restaurants, cafes, antique stores, markets, woodland nature walks and recreational attractions such as the Healesville Sanctuary, Paintball Skirmish, Ballooning (Global Ballooning and Balloon Sunrise), Hedgend Maze, Marysville Salmon & Trout Ponds, Lavender Farm and Tourist Railway.