Great Winter Road Trip Adventures from Melbourne  | Lets Go Caravan and Camping

Great Winter Road Trip Adventures from Melbourne 

Category: Inspiration, News, Date: 23 April 2024

Winter is a great time to plan a road trip from Melbourne. Free from the summer crowds and filled with cozy cafes, hearty restaurants and winter markets, winter in Victoria is a truly special time. For those looking to embrace the outdoors and discover Victoria’s hidden gems, we recommend taking the Melbourne – Gippsland Lakes road trip! 

This exciting exploration includes some of Victoria’s most loved regions including Mornington Peninsula, Phillip Island and the Gippsland Lakes. We’ve got all the information you need to embark on this adventure including can’t miss pitstops, great activities along the way and more. Check it out! 

Melbourne to Gippsland Lakes Winter Road Trip Adventure 

Melbourne to Mornington Peninsula – approx 1.25 hours 

winter road trip to Mornington Peninsula Victoria
Tourism Australia

The Mornington Peninsula, just outside of Melbourne is a cosy winter road trip destination, offering fireside dining, fascinating art exhibitions as well as hot springs and wineries. This coastal Victoria treasure is the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure. For those who love the outdoors, Mornington has some of Victoria’s most stunning coastal hikes and for the wine lovers, it also boasts world-class wineries.  

Our top activities to enjoy during your stop in Mornington: 

  • Arthurs Seat Eagle: Experience scenic views across Port Phillip Bay in this gondola in the sky. 
  • Peninsula Hot Springs: Enjoy an afternoon at these award-winning thermal hot springs and spa destination. 
  • Bushrangers Bay Walking Track: This gorgeous trail gives your views of the magnificent Bushrangers Bay, its sandy beach and charming rockpools. 
  • Wine Tour: Explore one of the regions many great wineries. 

If you want to extend your stay, check out the amazing local holiday parks here. 

Mornington to Phillip Island – approx 1.5 hours 

winter road trip to Phillip Island Victoria
Tourism Australia

The next stop on this great winter road trip is to Phillip Island, another of Victoria’s seaside havens. Phillip Island offers unique wildlife experiences and stunning surrounds. The island is home to the largest Little Penguin colony is the world and you can see the amazing seabirds up close at the island’s Penguin Parade. If you haven’t got your wildlife fill with that, you can head over to the Koala Conservation Centre or Wildlife Coast Cruises to see seals, dolphins and even whales.  

If you want to spend more time in the area, make sure to check out the Phillip Island Village Trail to discover the best Phillip Island has to offer. Enjoy all the seaside adventures, beautiful beaches, scenic hikes and delicious cuisine available. For places to stay near Phillip Island, check out the VICParks website. 

Phillip Island to Port Albert – approx 2 hours

Tourism Australia

It’s time to journey East on our epic winter adventure and head to the scenic fishing village of Port Albert. This coastal gem is steeped in rich maritime history, as it was Gippsland’s first established port. It is the perfect pitstop to grab some fish and chips, explore the beautiful walking trails nearby or take a scenic boat ride around its many waterways.  

If like us you love a good waterfall, we recommend stopping into Agnes Falls on the way to Port Albert and taking the short track to the viewing area. The falls are particularly stunning during the winter months when there is more rainfall.  

Port Albert to Gippsland Lakes – approx 1.5 hours 

Tourism Australia

The final stop on this great winter road trip is the stunning Gippsland lakes. This network of lakes, mashes and lagoons is Australia’s inland waterway system. Featuring fantastic fishing regions, glistening streams and thriving marine life this is a must-see road trip stop in Victoria. The area is comprised of three key lakes: Lake Victoria, Lake King and Lake Wellington. Some of the real highlights of this region include the Mitchell River silt jetties and the Ninety Mile Beach.  

If you’re looking for a more relaxing trip, check out the Metung Hot Springs or take a sunset cruise along the lakes. If you want to take a few days to chill out, explore and enjoy the region, we recommend checking out these great Victoria holiday parks in the region!  

This winter road trip from Melbourne to the Gippsland Lakes showcases some of the best Victoria’s coastline has to offer. From scenic hikes to abundant wildlife, great seafood and beautiful beaches, this adventure has something for everyone. What are you waiting? Plan your epic winter adventure now!  

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