We have some great news its almost public holiday season! Beginning with Labour Day on 14 March, Victoria will revel in five public holidays before hitting the mid-year mark. Its important to set the tone for this string of long weekends early on, so if you want to make it a time of exploration and excitement, we suggest starting with getaway over the Labour Day long weekend.
You dont have to drive very far to feel like youre in another world. Ballarats replica 1850s gold rush town, Sovereign Hill, is a must for families and groups of friends. Wander the dusty streets, talk to locals in their historically-accurate costumes and book a spot at the educational tour that takes you through the tale of that eureka! moment.
But if you are up for a bit of a drive, Echuca is a brilliant place to visit. It sits on the Murray River, offering visitors the sights of the towns historic port area and the fun of paddle boat rides. There are also many wineries in the region around the town, so be sure to schedule in a few tastings to round out your weekend.
A big drive in the opposite direction will bring you to the High Country Brewery Trail. This scenic route takes you on a tour of seven mountain breweries that are crafting beautiful beers in stunning surrounds. Decide whos going to be DD and hit the road!
While youre in the high country, consider checking out Mansfield Zoo. The park spans 30 acres of beautiful land and is home to all kinds of gorgeous creatures, from white lions to llamas. You can even spend the night camping at the zoo from November-May for $65/adult and $45/child.
Closer to home, a trip to the Mornington Peninsula never disappoints. In just over an hour, youll have wineries, award-winning restaurants, cheeseries, beaches, scenic lookouts and luxury spas at your fingertips. Plus, the peninsula is relatively small, so you can quickly move from one activity to the next for a weekend thats full to the brim.