Around almost every corner of this spectacular regions are landscapes, scenery and views that will have you quickly reaching for your camera.
On the coast:
on Phillip Island, the dramatic Nobbies headland, the ancient pink granite of Cape Woolamai and the southern surf beaches all have magnificent seascapes. Churchill Island is small but very beautiful. If you’re energetic, reward yourself with the views on the 16km Bass Coast Trail and the 7km George Ball Coastal Walk.
On the Mornington Peninsula, Arthurs Seat (305m) is the Peninsula’s highest point, with views right back to Melbourne. Cape Schanck and its 1850s lighthouse look over turbulent Bass Strait, while Point Nepean is a thin finger of land edged by Port Phillip Bay and Bass Strait. Explore World War II military installations, the historic Quarantine Centre and bush tracks.
In the country:
the Yarra Valley’s Black Spur is one of Victoria’s most beautiful country roads, winding through towering mountain ash and lush tree ferns. Continue to Steavenson Falls, which drop a thunderous 82 metres, then to Lake Mountain, with scenic bushwalks and winter cross country skiing. Take in the views from the canopies of giant eucalyptus trees along the skywalk at Mount Donna Buang Rainforest Gallery.
In the Dandenong Ranges, Grand Gardens
are filled with vivid colour and perfumes in spring, offer welcome shade in summer, then create a brilliant show in autumn. Drive the 30-kilometre Mount Dandenong Tourist Road for extraordinary views of the bush and the city lights of Melbourne.