Melbourne has a lot of tourist attractions. Whether you want a relaxed day trip, a bustling city break, or an epic road drive over Australia’s holy heart, you can make every holiday worth it if you figure out and plan the type of trip you need during that time.

This article has a brief note of the top five short road trips from Melbourne to make for your upcoming holiday. Read on and choose a quick road trip to be planned today.

1. Brighton

Brighton is home to the colorful Brighton beach boxes. It is an ideal destination for those who want to have a short day trip from Melbourne and reach the destination within an hour’s time. You can spend the day swimming and taking pictures with the cute bathing boxes. If you want to see more of Brighton than its white-sand beaches, Church Street has a lot of cute shops and cafes. There is also Bayside Gallery, which is Brighton’s public art gallery.

Travel duration: 45 mins

Distance: 13 km

2. Melbourne’s North

The northbound journey is ideal in the winter when the water is less appealing. It is popular for food and drinks, especially in bakeries. The area is famous among beauty and comfort lovers. The place features Victoria’s first natural hot spring baths. The artistic and artisan hub has music festivals and world-class eateries year-round. Enjoy country life with great coffee, old shops, galleries, and classic taverns.

Travel duration: 1 hour 50 mins

Distance: 150 km

3. Lake Eildon

Winter skiing is available at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort. Lake Eildon National Park is a lovely place to go bushwalking or boating. Morris and Fogg’s Lookouts and Snobs Creek Waterfall are outstanding natural attractions.

Take the M3 and head east to the Maroondah Highway, enjoying the breezy Black Spur Drive through Yarra Ranges National Park to Narbethong. Lake Mountain is right at Marysville. Return to Marysville and proceed north to Buxton to rejoin the highway to Taggerty to continue to Lake Eildon.

Travel duration: 3 hours

Distance: 190 km

4. Lake Eppalock

Join the M79 north of Melbourne, through Diggers Rest and the Macedon Ranges, before turning off at Kyneton. After passing Edgecombe and Barfold, you can take the Mia Mia-Derrinal Road to Lake Eppalock.

Eppalock Lake is great for water skiing, jet skiing, and boating. Fishing is good in the lake, so bring your gear. You can bring your meal and grill it on a park’s BBQ after swimming. Visit Anti-Gravity Hill, a place where water appears to flow in the opposite direction of gravity.

Travel duration: 1 hour 15 mins

Distance: 130 km

5. Mount Bueller

After getting on the M3 and driving east out of Melbourne, you’ll reach the Maroondah Highway for a short distance and then merge onto the B300, heading north past Black Springs. Mt. Buller is a great place to go downhill skiing in the winter, and it has a variety of other snow-based activities, such as tobogganing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and even amazing sled dog tours. During the warmer months, the mountains are perfect for a day of hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding.

Travel duration: 3 hours

Distance: 240 km


Even though Australia is known for its famous multi-day drives, every road trip doesn’t have to be a big deal. There are some beautiful places you can get to from the city within 3 hours, making them perfect for a round-trip in one day. So, what are you waiting for? plan a trip and go on a drive date now!