Escape the city this autumn
Autumn is the perfect time to take a trip out of the city and into nature. The milder conditions are great for exploring further afield, without the crowds!
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Looking for the perfect place for a spur of the moment trip? You can find plenty of stunning views, long walks and picnic spots all within two hours of Melbourne! Discover Victoria’s defense history at Point Nepean National Park. Enjoy tea with a view in Macedon Regional Park. Explore stunning Autumn colours in Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens.
Find more day trip ideas on our Melbourne day trips page.
Parks less than two hours from Melbourne:
Greater Bendigo National Park
Point Nepean National Park
Macedon Regional Park
Mornington Peninsula National Park
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Arthurs Seat State Park
Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden
Don’t miss the chance to head for a camping trip before you put away your gear for winter. There are campsites to suit all tastes across Victoria. Camp beside the water at Lake Eildon National Park or Lower Glenelg National Park. If you prefer a campsite with comforts of home, try Buchan Caves Reserve. Kinglake National Park and Lerderderg State Park are close to Melbourne but feel a world away.
Find more camping grounds on our camping page.
Great places to camp:
Lake Eildon National Park
Lower Glenelg National Park
Buchan Caves Reserve
Kinglake National Park
Lerderderg State Park
Don’t let the cooler weather deter you from visiting a beach in Autumn! Without the crowds, Autumn is a great time for beach walks or horse riding. You can do both at Belfast Coastal Reserve, with dog-walking permitted on lead. Dogs are also permitted at Sandy Cove at Bay of Islands Coastal Park. If you’re visiting in May, you might spot a Southern Right Whale. Autumn also makes for great surfing conditions. Why not catch a wave at Mornington Peninsula National Park
Get more inspiration on our beaches page.