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Great Weekends Away in Victoria for Families

Flowers and Statutory Pavilion at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens Reserve.
Ralfas Jegorovas
Ralfas Jegorovas

Victoria has an amazing range of destinations for a fun weekend away on a roadtrip with your kids. Whether it's surfing at the world famous Torquay, enjoying the harbour at Portland or having adventures on paddlesteamers in Echuca. Get inspired and make the most of your weekend!

All of the destinations below are up to 3 hours away from Melbourne. Check out our full family holiday guide for places to stay further afield from Melbourne.

Alternatively, why not stay in town and have beach day out? Find the best beach for the day using our guide.

These are the destinations most Victorians will know of as the classic holiday destinations that have become the staple for an overdue weekend break from your family's regular routine.

  • Cowes, Philip Island

  • Inverloch

  • Golden Beach

  • Torquay

  • Anglesea

  • Aireys Inlet

  • Lorne

  • Apollo Bay

Traditional Sea-Side Towns

These towns are not as yet gentrified – you won't find the bustle of rows of cafes here, only the atmosphere of calm and the sound of seagulls.

  • Cape Paterson

  • Port Albert

  • Wye River

  • Kennett River

  • Skenes Creek

  • Marengo

  • Port Campbell

Trendy Country Towns

Here you'll find many escapees from big city life, seeking the comfort of slow living – but don't be mistaken, each town has plenty of good eateries for the grown-ups as well things to see and do.

Cities of Culture

For a weekender away that'll have your fill of big cultural events and galleries, a visit to the other great cities in Victoria is guaranteed to satisfy.

Image credit: "Ballarat Botanic Gardens", Chris Fithall (seefit / Flickr) CCBY2.0

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