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Going places: Day trips away from the hustle and bustle of the city

Trinity College Foundation Studies

Fri Aug 08 2014


NEED to escape the hectic city life? Hit the suburbs for three awesome outdoor escapes, just be sure to rug up first. Trinity College Foundation Studies students Julian Low, Sheryel Tay and Nicole Hong tell you more.

Phillip Island Nature Park

Just under a two-hour drive from Melbourne, Phillip Island is the perfect destination for a day trip. Experience spectacular coastal scenery, charming heritage and an abundance of Australian wildlife all in a day.

Explore the Nobbies Centre, Churchill Island Heritage Farm, and Koala Conservation Centre and last but not the least, Penguin Parade. One of Australia’s most popular attractions, the Penguin Parade is a must see attraction for all. Take a waddle on the wild side and experience the magic of little penguins returning home at sunset to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia. Ticketing options include a 3 parks pass for access to all areas.

Where: 2 hours south of Melbourne

Why? To see the famous penguins, and other wildlife

When: Opening times vary


Cost: $40.40 per adult for three parks pass

Dandenong Ranges

The hectic school term probably would have made energy stores almost empty and all you need during the holidays is something for you to recharge. A whiff of fresh mountain air would do the trick!

The Dandenong region is the ideal nature lover’s paradise. Just two hours away from the city via public transport, it offers a number of activities including an hour stroll (return) through the ash tree forest to Sherbrooke falls. Soak up the beauty of the mountainous region whilst having a picnic with your friends at designated picnic/BBQ areas.

If time persists, visits to quaint little mountain towns of Olinda, Sassafras and Belgrave are a must. However, the highlight of your visit would definitely be High Point where you will be stunned by the picturesque panoramic view of Melbourne.

Where: 50 minutes south east of Melbourne

Why? To ride Puffing Billy and explore Melbourne’s rainforest

WhenOpening times vary


Mount Buller

Can’t escape the winter coldness? Embrace it with a day trip to Mt. Buller! Mt. Buller offers you to escape the stress of city life and into the open space snow. There are different ranges of courses for those who love skiing or snowboarding. Get active even though it’s winter!

Not to worry, there are coaches as well to teach you how to learn if you are interested. Just pick a date and book a bus with a group of friends or family. Going up to Mt. Buller will also give you the perfect scene for vacation photo or simply for those who love photography – a photo competition will be held from 1st June to 31st of August 2014 with the theme “This is my buller”.

Where: almost four hours north of Melbourne

Why? To hit the slopes

WhenOpening times vary

Costs: $90 for a 1 day lift pass, ski hire is extra