Long drives

Long drives


Long drives

Sometimes there's nothing more relaxing than jumping behind the wheel and hitting the open road. Road trips offer the chance to see some of Victoria’s most diverse natural landscapes from snowy mountains to coastal cliffs, through rainforests and old gold towns. Driving offers convenience and flexibility to stop at any given lookout and take in breathtaking views or jump in the cool ocean waves then dry off in the warm afternoon sun. Venture to picturesque towns throughout regional Victoria with breathtaking natural scenery along the way.

Head west from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road which weaves along between the southern coast and Great Otway National Park. There are many places to stop along the way to see waterfalls, lighthouses and shipwrecks. Take 2-3 days and explore beyond Warnambool to Tower Hill Nature Reserve, Budj Bim National Park and Lower Glenelg National Park. See the marine wildlife off the coast in Discovery Bay Marine National Park, then take the inland route back to Melbourne via the Glenelg Highway with a stop off (or stop over if you have more time) in the southern Grampians National Park.

Drive north into the high country to some of Victoria's most breathtaking mountain peaks and wetland plains. Follow the Hume Highway toward Glenrowan to Warby Ovens National Park at the alpine foothills. The granitic hills and woodlands of the Warby Range, the Box-Ironbark of the Killawarra Forest and the Redgum forest and wetlands of the unregulated Ovens Heritage River provide an important link to the Murray River protecting some of the Victoria's most significant bushland. Stay for a few nights in one of the alpine villages such as Beechworth, Myrtleford or Bright, and take day trips to explore Alpine National Park boasting the highest peaks in Victoria, abundant hiking and bushwalking trails and historic huts, and Mount Buffalo National Park with 360 degree views of the ranges from atop The Horn lookout. Travel south along the Great Alpine Road and stop off at Buchan Caves Reserve for a cave tour. Before heading back to Melbourne via the Princes Highway, take a detour to Baw Baw National Park covering the Baw Baw Plateau and sections of the Thomson and Aberfeldy River valleys.


Journey to the eastern-most point in Victoria to Cape Howe and experience picturesque sights along the way, including Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park, Point Hicks Marine National Park and the breathtaking scenery of Croajingolong National Park. This great park is home to ancient forests, pristine inlets, giant sand dunes and abundant wildlife making it the perfect nature escape, completely away from civilisation. If you don't feel completely relaxed, then stop in at Cape Conran Coastal Park on your way home to enjoy some beach time, or book in advance and stay in one of the cabins or pitch a tent in the campground.

Top regional parks worth the drive

Build your own itinerary based on how many nights you plan to be away. Take your time to take in nature with our top picks on regional parks not to be missed on your self-drive tour of Victoria.

A couple walk along the Bogong High Plains near Mt Nelse.

Alpine National Park

The Alpine National Park is an adventure-lover’s dream. Hike Victoria’s highest mountain ranges, explore wildflower draped landscapes on horseback or head out on world-class mountain bike trails
A family walk together along the water's edge at Shipwreck Creek beach.

Croajingolong National Park

Croajingolong follows the far-eastern coastline of Victoria for 100 km and features eucalypt forest, rainforest and heathland.
Three friends standing at the Erskine Falls lookout admiring the waterfall.

Great Otway National Park

The park features rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, rock platforms and windswept heathland. In the north, the park features tall forests, ferny gullies, magnificent waterfalls and tranquil lakes.
A young couple walks up through ancient lava flows to Sundial Peak in the Central Grampians.

Grampians National Park

Rising abruptly from the surrounding Western Plains, the Grampians (Gariwerd) is a series of rugged sandstone mountain ranges and forests rich in wildlife. One of Victoria’s most popular holiday destinations, the park is a great venue for camping, climbing, scenic drives, bushwalks and nature study.
A picturesque photo of the stone hut near the Horn at Mt Buffalo.

Mount Buffalo National Park

Sheer cliffs, granite tors, waterfalls and big views make Mount Buffalo a must-see alpine retreat
Two kayakers come across a group of pelicans on the Gippsland Lakes.

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park

The tranquil Gippsland Lakes are a system of coastal lagoons separated from the Tasman Sea by the coastal dunes of the Ninety Mile Beach. Seven rivers terminate at the lakes – the Latrobe, Avon, Nicholson, Tambo, Mitchell, Macalister and Thomson rivers.

More nature escapes

A husband and wife stop to take a photo of Masons Falls from the lookout.

Day trips

Pack the car and round up your family and friends. Whether you're seeking relaxation or adventure, parks offer a variety of day trips close to Melbourne.
A couple watch the sunset at a picnic table on the edge of Lake Catani at Mount Buffalo National Park.

Sunrises and sunsets

Spectacular sunsets from the summits and to west, and picturesque sunrises in the east , top-and-tail your day the perfect way.
Three friends take a break from their walk to take a photo of a Kangaroo who is equally watching them.

Wildlife viewing

Get up close and personal with some of Australia's shy native wildlife or look up to spot tree-dwelling mammals and flocks of colourful birds,
Beauchamp Falls, Great Otway National Park.


See spectacular waterfalls flowing in the alpine mountain peaks and lush tall forests best viewed in winter or after heavy rainfall.
Two women follow the path through scrub up Mt Bogong with mountain views in the distance.


Whether you’re after a gentle stroll or something long-distance, there are walking trails to suit all levels of fitness and ability.
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