a VirtualTourist member from South Melbourne asked on Mar 25, 2009
I've lived in Melbourne for a while now, but I am at a loss as to where to take my parents away for the night when they visit next month. They have been to Melbourne about ten times, and like doing something new every time they come. It needs to be within a couple of hours drive from Melbourne since we will have my infant son with us, and we've got limited time to go away. They have already been to Daylesford, the Mornington Pennisula, Ballarat, Great Ocean Road, and Phillip Island. Any other obvious spots that I'm missing that could be a goer?
Why don't you try the Yarra Valley, lots of winery's, good restaurants and you could also visit the healsville sanctury.
Wondered if you have been to the Grampians?
Ah, the Yarra. I should have put that on the list too - sorry! They have been there a couple of times.
I have been to the Grampians years ago, but my parent's haven't. A good lead :)
what about the dandenongs?
we have just moved here and it seems to be a bit of a tourist mecca
Olinda and Sassafras are cute little towns - there are so many walks in the mountain ash forest from really easy to stiff treks
and beautiful parks galore - plus the puffing billy train
here is the link to what's on offer
craic has beat me to The Dandenongs - William Rickets Sanctury is one of my favourite places as well as Devonshire Tea in one of the little towns. Also the former Nicolas (Aspro fame) house and gardens and the great fern gullies. Puffing Billy for the train buffs - there's enough to keep you busy. There are some great B&B's scattered through the Dandenongs for that one night.
i am surprised he hasn't taken the rellies for a run up here already - maybe it is too close to town - it would be about an hour driving?
How was WA?? - we had a great time after we left Perth and headed off by ourselves to Margaret River and a few other places
it was just too great - they did the play phenomenally well - i saw it twice and was most impressed
and the people are so friendly and hospitable - i came home wrecked
i did see a few things - Fremantle, Kings Park - got the feel of the town
met some great people
Ah yeah, should have had the Dandenongs on my list as well. Sorry. The William Ricketts sanctuary is one of my favourite places to take visitors :) A little hidden gem that one.
I haven't heard of the Nicolas - Aspro fame place, though. Will check it out. Thanks again.
Footnote: I have wondered about Castlemaine. Would anyone recommend an overnight stay there? Or Bendigo?
Castlemaine is a good idea, you can stop at Mt Macedon having a look at some of the gardens up there then drive up to the top of the mountain to see the view of Melbourne. From there I would head to Hanging Rock you could have a picnic, have a walk up the rock then head up to Kyneton which has some good restaurants and a lovely tea shop called Chai Baby. Travel on to Castlemaine on the old highway going through Malmsbury and a couple of other places. Bendigo is a nice old town and worth a look. I know you have already been Daylesford back its a nice drive from Castlemaine to there so you travel back to Melbourne this way.
Thanks to you both - very helpful!