Melbourne and Surrounds
Melbourne, set on the shores of picturesque Port Phillip Bay, is a city of great minds and a place where thought leaders gather to inspire, innovate and deliver real change. Melbourne is perfect to explore on foot or via the public transport network and invites delegates to discover its creative culture, expressed in its food, fashion, events, arts and music scene.
Or for those wanting to explore further afield, the unique natural beauty of regional Victoria is just a short trip away. Melbourne is a destination that beckons you to reveal its layers, rewarding those who take the time to explore and uncover its secrets, discovered through its labyrinth of laneways, precincts and nearby regional destinations.
Always at the forefront of change, Melbourne continues to deliver new experiences whilst also evolving those that remain tied to its rich legacies.
Things to do in Melbourne
The world’s third longest navigable river, the Murray River, forms the border between New South Wales and Victoria before heading south through South Australia to the ocean. The Murray River region is the state’s very own Australian outback, blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate and a range of outdoor activities.
Less than one hour’s drive from Melbourne, the picturesque Yarra Valley is famous for its vineyards, rolling green hills and the pleasures of locally produced food and wine. The Dandenong Ranges is a popular escape for its mountain scenery, forests and fern gullies. Drive, walk, wander or float through in a hot air balloon.
GREAT OCEAN ROAD
One of the world’s most scenic drives, the Great Ocean Road follows Victoria’s stunning south-western coastline past the famous Twelve Apostles. From Torquay, south of Geelong, to Peterborough, east of Warrnambool, the 243-kilometre road winds along cliff tops, moves under the canopies of lush rainforests and cruises down to the shoreline.
From mushroom foraging walks in winter, to strawberry picking in summer, Mornington Peninsula is awash with outstanding local produce that is found in the many award-winning restaurants in the region. While in the area be sure to get lost in Ashcombe Maze or soak any worries away at the Peninsula Hot Springs.
VICTORIA’S HIGH COUNTRY
Head for the spectacular scenery and high altitude of Victoria’s high country. The region is renowned for its welcoming villages, long traditions of wine making, fine local produce, adventure and outdoor activities in the breathtaking alpine scenery. Take to the slopes for skiing in winter, or in the warmer months explore the mountains on horseback or bike.
Phillip Island is a popular destination for its nature and wildlife, as well as its international motor racing events. Just 90 minutes from Melbourne, experience the famous Penguin Parade, Australia’s most popular wildlife event, where every day at dusk a parade of little penguins emerge from the sea and make their way to their burrows in the sand dunes.
DAYLESFORD AND MACEDON RANGES
Daylesford and Macedon Ranges is the state’s capital of indulgence, offering spa retreats and natural springs, great cafés and fine dining just over an hour from Melbourne. More than 80 per cent of Australia’s naturally occurring mineral springs are found in the region.
When gold was discovered in Victoria over 150 years ago it left a lasting legacy within the towns of Ballarat, Bendigo, Castlemaine and Maryborough. Pan for gold at Sovereign Hill and explore the region’s beautiful architecture, grand public buildings, statues, fountains and exquisite gardens - all reminders of that rich bygone era.
Escape to the eastern corner of Victoria and be rewarded with natural landscapes of unparalleled beauty. Visit quaint seaside villages and alpine towns; fill up on farm-fresh produce; get active on the region’s lakes, rivers and mountain ranges; or simply relax on the pristine beaches.