Day Trip from Melbourne to Geelong, Barwon Heads and Queenscliff

A very pleasant day trip from Melbourne is through to Geelong, Barwon Heads and Queenscliff. 



Geelong is about one hour’s drive from Melbourne and is the second largest city in Victoria.

We loved the Geelong Waterfront and in particular the Baywalk Bollards track along the shores of Port Phillip Bay. We did part of the walk from Steampacket Gardens to the Art Deco Eastern Beach sea baths, however, if you have time, we recommend doing the whole walk starting from Geelong Botanic Gardens to Ripppleside Park which takes about 1.5 – 2 hours.

Artist Jan Mitchell has created over 100 colourful painted, wooden bollards along the Baywalk track, depicting characters and events from throughout Geelong’s history. Try to spot the rabbits painted on many of the sculptures – they represent rabbits introduced to Australia by an early English settler in the bay in the mid-1800s.

If time permits, the National Wool Museum and Geelong Art Gallery are also worth a visit.


By |2024-01-23T17:23:46+11:00January 12th, 2013|Categories: Barwon Heads, Geelong, Point Lonsdale, Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia|0 Comments

Day trip from Melbourne to Daylesford Spa Country

Wombat Hill House Cafe

Wombat Hill House Cafe

On a recent trip to Melbourne, friends took us to the villages and countryside around Daylesford – an easy day’s drive.

Even in the height of summer, when temperatures soar and the landscape is a little parched, this is a beautiful trip.

This region is a gourmet’s delight and a large part of our day seemed to be spent sampling local produce.

On the way to Daylesford we bought buckets of delicious cherries. We left money in a roadside box for a bag of red-ripe cherry tomatoes near Hanging Rock. We enjoyed the view from Mount Macedon Memorial Cross. We stopped for coffee at Newham General Store. In Trentham we bought delicious pastries and bread at the Red Beard bakery and took a stroll around this charming country village. In Daylesford we wandered along the main street taking in the shops. We strolled around the grounds of beautiful Lake House.

A highlight was our trip up to Wombat Gardens and the Wombat Hill House Café where we enjoyed delicious pizzas, salads, coffee and cake. Don’t miss it if you are visiting Daylesford!

The drive home took us through Hepburn Springs and Kyneton – and we all resolved to come back soon – and to stay longer!
January 2013

By |2024-01-23T17:25:12+11:00January 10th, 2013|Categories: Daylesford, Victoria, Australia|0 Comments

Sydney to Broken Hill via the Murray River

Sydney – Goulburn – Crookwell  Cootamundra – Echuca – Swan Hill  Mildura – Wentworth  Broken Hill  Silverton – Dubbo – Sydney

Line of Lode Miners Memorial & Restaurant, Broken Hill

Line of Lode Miners Memorial & Restaurant, Broken Hill

An area of NSW that we didn’t know well was the Murray River and Broken Hill region so we did a driving trip along the Murray River, out to Broken Hill, returning to Sydney via Dubbo.


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