What is the point of having an impeccably done up classic car if it lives in your garage? .
We have created a short list of our favourite country drives near Melbourne to get your car out of storage and onto the streets
Location: 105km from Melbourne CBD to Torquay (the start of the Great Ocean Road)
You cannot write an article about the best drives around Melbourne and not include the Great Ocean Road! The Great Ocean road is a national treasure. It spans 243 kilometres showcasing some of the most beautiful coastal and hinterland views that Australia has to offer.
Expert Mode: Avoid tourist hotspots like the 12 Apostles (there are swarms and swarms of tourists at any given moment) and instead enjoy the paths less travelled, they often lead to wineries.
Morning Peninsula (Flinders)
Location: 85km south of Melbourne CBD.
Once you get away from the highway and hit Mornington, the peninsula delivers nothing but beautiful, relaxing views. You definitely won’t regret camping by the beachside and watching the sunset. There are also typically some beautifully refurbished caravans along the Mornington Peninsula for you to admire.
Expert Mode: Forget the highway altogether. You can just cruise down the coastline from St. Kilda to Mornington (and stop for a coffee and a bite to eat as you go).
Location: 140km south of Melbourne CBD
If you live in Victoria and are yet to visit Phillip Island, well shame on you! This place is home to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit that hosts major events like the Australian Grand Prix and Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix plus Australian Touring Car Championship, the Supercars Championship and so much more. And what would Phillip Island be without the penguins. I mean, look at them!
Expert Mode: Don’t forget to visit the island’s forgotten treasure… the Phillip Island Nature Park. Follow the signs to Cape Woolamai when you first arrive on the island and head along that peninsula. Tourists typically follow the signs to more popular locations leaving this spot just for you. It is truly breathtaking at sunset.
Location: just 46km east of Melbourne CBD.
If that photo does not inspire you to throw the picnic blanket in the car and drive, who knows what will. This place is the perfect place to spend the weekend, enjoying the sights. The township has all the views, cafes and specialty shops you could want. Plus it makes the perfect day trip for the city folk.
Expert Mode: Forget packing a picnic. The Deli Platter will create your very own picnic hamper. Kick back and enjoy the drive.
Location: 120km north-east from Melbourne CBD
Lake Mountain is an absolute must for any avid driver! The drives around the area are spectacular, neighbouring with the Yarra Ranges. Plus in the Winter season the mountain transforms into Melbourne’s closest ski location. The snowy views are truly spectacular, and we aren’t just saying that because we are writing this blog in a swelteringly humid 30 degrees.
Expert Mode: Top Gear Australia named Lake Mountain Australia’s best driving road. Enough said.