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A beyond Melbourne bucket list: adventures and sights to experience

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Melbourne is a vibrant city home to edgy fashion, hidden laneways, a world-class coffee scene and a five year record voted as the world’s most liveable city to boot. But what is there to see outside of the bustling CBD? Lots, as it turns out! I recently ventured beyond central Melbourne to explore landscapes and an itinerary of the best-of experiences all within a hop, skip and jump from town. Here’s a beyond Melbourne bucket list: adventures and sights to experience on your next visit to Victoria!

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Reach for the sky in a Hot Air Balloon

Ascend gently and float up, up and away across the Yarra Valley vineyards, in a hot air balloon at sunrise. It’s a pinch-yourself experience that you will be sure to never forget. Global Ballooning Australia offer daily flights (weather permitting). You cannot control speed, direction or where you might land in the hot air balloon, but that’s all part of the fun. You will be guaranteed breathtaking, jaw-droppingly stunning views of vineyards and the winding Yarra River from high above. This experience is a must.

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Immerse yourself in natural mineral springs

Just a ninety minute drive south of Melbourne on the exquisite Mornington Peninsula you’ll find Peninsula Hot Springs. A series of bathing and thermal pools are filled with 50ºC waters rich in healing minerals. Soaking in hot springs has long been an indigenous purification tradition, and the feeling of immersing in these hot springs is something other worldly. Two brothers Charles and Richard Davidson were inspired to build the sanctuary after Charles returned from living in Japan and experiencing the hot springs of Kusatsu. Recently celebrating the 10 year anniversary, these springs are a well loved destination for both locals and visitors.

140 Springs Lane, Fingal

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Rest your head in a 1966 vintage airstream

Meet Peggy Sue – surely the most adorable accommodation in existence. Happy Glamper offer unique accommodation experiences on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula. You can pick the location – bushland or seaside, and they do all of the hard work, so you can literally just arrive and relax. Peggy Sue comes kitted out with an outdoor tables setting, beach towel, dream catcher, board games and even flamingos. Camping never looked so good.

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Breathe in sunrise on Capel Sound Foreshore

Set within the sleepy but vibrant Mornington Peninsula, Capel Sound Foreshores Reserve is a pocket of seaside paradise. With a coastline stretching nearly 4 kilometres, the sunrises here are pink, the sunsets are golden and the local fisherman are lovely. Come here to set up a campsite, breathe in fresh air, take stock and get perspective.

Capel Sound Foreshore – Rosebud West and Tootgarook, Mornington Peninsula 

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Take a joy flight at Barwon Head

Adventure-ready and jet set? Consider a joy flight over the Barwon Heads bluff, Point Lonsdale light house and shoreline with Adventure Flight Co. You can choose from one of four planes suiting anyone from aerobatic-ready adrenaline chasers to steadier photo takers. I opted for an open cockpit flight experience and had the best fun! Pilot Anatole is the kindest guy you will meet, and will make you feel completely safe and at ease throughout the experience.

1411 Barwon Heads Road, Connewarre

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Get topsy turvy on wine tasting (in an upside down house)

Is this not the cutest house you ever did see? You can find this upside down house turned cellar door within Oakdene Vineyards and Restaurant property. While you’re there, consider fine dining at the Oakdene Restaurant, where Welshman executive chef Marty Chichester offers delicious Europen inspired, modern Australian cuisine focused on local produce. The outdoor gardens are eclectic and fascinating.

255 Grubb Road, Wallington

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Indulge a little – at Montalto

There’s food, and then there is Montalto. This place does food and wine next level. Set overlooking vineyards and olive groves with floor to ceiling windows, Montalto is a beautiful way to spend an afternoon dining on seasonal delights and sampling the estate’s own wines. Oranges, lemons, snow peas and radishes are all harvested on site – and with the restaurant’s philosophy that food should never have to travel far, they all star on the menu. Prepare yourself for more than a meal – food here is an experience.

33 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South 

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Try a cacao-bunga at Natural Harry’s

Enjoy a lazy morning on outdoor beanbags in sunshine, at Natural Harry’s. You can find the 1950’s wooden caravan atop a grassy hill on the Bellarine Peninsula, in the relaxed town of Barwon Heads. Run by locals Fraser and Harriet, these two are as sweet as the treats on the menu. You’ll find it impossible to decide between the cacao-bunga cacao smoothie, green warrior smoothie, macadamia cookie dough sandwiches or acai brekkie bowls on offer, which are all made with 100% organic super foods. Beyond delicious.

54 Hitchcock Ave, Barwon Heads

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Eat straight from a biodynamic kitchen garden

In the vineyard garden at Kiltynane Wines at Swan Bay, there is a secret garden just begging to be roamed. Depending on the season, you might find anything from logan berries, to rocket, french onion and zucchini. From the cellar door’s on-site cafe, grazing platters are prepared in abundance featuring goods straight from the garden, along with a daily changing menu. Oh, and it’s all situated right on the waterfront. Bliss.

43-53 Nye Road, Swan Bay

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Glimpse behind the scenes of beer brewing

Arriving at Little Creatures Brewery feels like stepping inside a micro world. After extensively renovating an historic woolen mill in South Geelong, the new base for this Fremantle-based brewer is now home to an impressive restaurant open for brunch, lunch and dinner – with regular live music for adults, a playground for kids, and other delights and surprises. There’s also a craft market every second Sunday of the month.

Corner of Fyans and Swanston Streets, Geelong

 

With thanks to Tourism Victoria for a wonderful few days packed with adventure!

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  • pottiez.marie@gmail.com'
    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    April 5, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    It looks stunning!! I only stayed a couple of days in Melbourne, and didn’t know there is actually so much to do around!

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    Joyce
    March 29, 2016 at 12:26 am

    This looks absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to go to Australia!

    Characters & Carry-ons

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      blue10000@hotmail.com
      April 10, 2016 at 8:13 am

      Une fois que vous commencez à aimer quelqu’un, il est impossible d’arrêter. Les souvenirs s’insèrent dans votre pièce de coeur par morceau. Votre cœur est comme un puzzle, une fois que vous perdez un morceau, vous cicatrisé pour toujours? ? Si seulement j’étais avec vous, je vous embrasse. Si seulement il était à côté de vous, je vous embrasse serré. Mais depuis que je suis loin de toi, je vais laisser les anges le font pour moi aujourd’hui, mais la prochaine fois ce sera mon tour? ? Je t’aime. J’adore chaque petite chose sur vous-votre sourire sexy, le son de votre voix, la magie dans tes yeux. I love your toucher doux et la chaleur je me sens à vos côtés .I aiment rêver de vous. Je t’aime découvrir et se laisser aller avec vous. J’adore chaque fois dans un moment de vie, je partage avec vous … aujourd’hui, demain, toujours. ? ? Les plus de connexions que vous et votre amant faites, non seulement entre vos corps, mais entre vos esprits, vos cœurs et vos âmes, plus vous permettra de renforcer le tissu de votre relation, et plus les vrais moments vous ferez l’expérience ensemble

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    Alicia
    March 28, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Wow love to visit sometime! It’s definitely on the list!

  • sara_mcavoy@hotmail.com'
    sara mcavoy
    March 24, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Amazing pictures as always! seems such a lovely place too, you must have such great times!

    x

  • melissahebbard@bigpond.com'
    Melissa
    March 24, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    A great list of good things to do.

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    Kenza
    March 24, 2016 at 5:35 am

    That’s a really good article because that’s not what you directly think to do when you are in Melbourne ! I will definitely keep that in mind 🙂

    Thank you for sharing.

    Kenza from

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    Jenaly
    March 24, 2016 at 3:21 am

    Great post, some good tips. I hope I someday can go there.

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    conor rees
    March 23, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    As always, amazing photography.

  • sophmatters@hotmail.com'
    Sophie
    March 23, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Beautiful photos! I’ve only ever been to the city in Melbourne, but you’ve convinced me to go elsewhere. I would loveeee that airstream, so cute!

  • kariguastella@gmail.com'
    Kari
    March 23, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Would love to visit sometime! It’s definitely on the list!
    Kari

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      blue10000@hotmail.com
      April 10, 2016 at 8:15 am

      Une fois que vous commencez à aimer quelqu’un, il est impossible d’arrêter. Les souvenirs s’insèrent dans votre pièce de coeur par morceau. Votre cœur est comme un puzzle, une fois que vous perdez un morceau, vous cicatrisé pour toujours? ? Si seulement j’étais avec vous, je vous embrasse. Si seulement il était à côté de vous, je vous embrasse serré. Mais depuis que je suis loin de toi, je vais laisser les anges le font pour moi aujourd’hui, mais la prochaine fois ce sera mon tour? ? Je t’aime. J’adore chaque petite chose sur vous-votre sourire sexy, le son de votre voix, la magie dans tes yeux. I love your toucher doux et la chaleur je me sens à vos côtés .I aiment rêver de vous. Je t’aime découvrir et se laisser aller avec vous. J’adore chaque fois dans un moment de vie, je partage avec vous … aujourd’hui, demain, toujours. ? ? Les plus de connexions que vous et votre amant faites, non seulement entre vos corps, mais entre vos esprits, vos cœurs et vos âmes, plus vous permettra de renforcer le tissu de votre relation, et plus les vrais moments vous ferez l’expérience ensemble

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    Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    March 23, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Wonderful list and gorgeous photos. I’m absolutely dying to visit. Definitely bookmarking this, thanks for sharing!

    Happy travels 🙂

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    han
    March 23, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Wow this all looks incredible!

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    blue10000@hotmail.com
    March 23, 2016 at 7:50 am

    hi Omri to Gelk Atunai Ahodgk
    He said the era of love and have

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    Kelly Sullivan
    March 23, 2016 at 7:36 am

    I love Melbourne but have never ventured out of the city when I’ve been there. This is on the list for my next visit!