The Macedon Ranges area of Victoria has all the ingredients for the perfect weekend
away. The area around Mount Macedon is renowned for its gardens, many of which are open at various times through the year.
Visit Hanging Rock, the setting for "Picnic at Hanging Rock", Joan Lindsay's spooky novel and the subsequent movie. There
are several wineries in the area, as well as antiques and craft shops. For those in need of a little R&R, go to the
nearby spa town of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. The Hepburn Springs Spa Complex has public and private baths, flotation
tanks, massage and a sauna.
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For a relaxing weekend away from the city, go to the beautiful Yarra Valley.
It has that "get away from it all" feeling that makes it a great spot to spend some time. Take the magnificent Black Spur
forest drive to view the mountain ash stands and fern gullies. There are many wineries in the area which open for cellar-door
sales and tastings. Visit world-renowned Healesville Sanctuary or historic Gulf Station, one of Victoria's oldest pastoral
properties. On Sundays, you can take the historic trolley ride from Healesville station to Yarra Glen. Get a taste for the
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Port Phillip Bay
Have a great weekend exploring the delights of Port Phillip Bay. To the south east
of the city lies the Mornington Peninsula, with its wineries, pick-your-own farms and pretty seaside villages. Coolart
Homestead near Balnarring has a lagoon with an amazing variety of waterbirds. Visit Cape Schanck and Point Nepean, both part
of Mornington Peninsula National Park. South west of the city lies Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula. In Geelong, visit the
National Wool Museum, walk along the promenade and swim in the restored sea baths. The Bellarine Peninsula Railway runs
between Drysdale and Queenscliff, where you should see historic Fort Queenscliff with its Black Lighthouse and White Lighthouse.
The ferry connection between Queenscliff and Portsea on the Mornington Peninsula means that you can explore both these areas in
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Leave the car at home and treat yourself to a great weekend away right in the heart
of the city. All the delights of Melbourne will be within walking distance, or you can take the free City Circle tram.
Visit the magnificently restored Customs House, now the home of the Immigration Museum and Hellenic Antiquities Museum,
or the nearby Melbourne Aquarium. Old Melbourne Gaol and Penal Museum is a grim reminder of the brutality of the past. The
after-dark tour is particularly atmospheric. Visit Southgate, where you can relax with a coffee and watch the world go by.
Don't miss the chance to shop in Collins Street, still one of the city's most elegant streets. Fitzroy Gardens and its
neighbour, Treasury Gardens, are a quiet green oasis away from the city's bustle.
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