Family getaways in Victoria for memories that’ll last a lifetime

Make your way to these top holiday destinations over the school break.

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Ready to pack your suitcase and head on a trip to Victoria? Good choice. Will it be a trip inland to hike a national park, an animal encounter on Phillip Island, or even an adventure at the snow.

Wherever you wind up, remember to check and follow the state's current travel restrictions. This includes maintaining good hygiene and social distancing practices and avoiding any COVID-19 hotspots.

Our favourite family holiday destinations in Victoria

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1. Alpine National Park

A favourite with active families, Alpine National Park will get them away from their tech and reconnecting with nature. During winter, visit Mount Hotham, Mount Buller or Falls Creek to hit up the slopes. In summer, challenge yourselves to mountain biking tracks, hiking trails or white water rafting opportunities.

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Great Otway National Park

2. Great Otway National Park

One of the many highlights along the famous Great Ocean Road, Great Otway National Park is a destination in itself. It's a forest by the sea, with waterfalls to discover and beaches to dip your toes into. After tiring yourself out on the track, pay the famous Cape Otway Light Station a visit. It's the oldest working lighthouse in the state and has educational talks and activities for the little ones. You can stay at the station or on the nearby campgrounds.

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View from the top of Mount Bishop, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

3. Gippsland

This southeastern region is a gem of the state. Within it are quiet beaches to play on, lakes to dip your toes into, farms where you can meet the locals and taste fresh produce and national parks with rewarding ocean views.

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4. Mornington Peninsula

This enviable stretch of land is an hour's drive south of the CBD and has something for everyone. Adults can unwind at the hot springs, older kids can kayak the waters and the nippers will love the sugar soft beaches and naturally carved caves.

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5. The Murray

Australia's longest river runs right through the heart of Victoria. As one of the world's most navigable rivers, cruising down it – or at least part of it – is a breeze and allows you the chance to reconnect with nature and the native wildlife. Popular ports that mark the way are Albury, Wodonga, Echuca, Swan Hill and Mildura,

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Loch Ard Gorge on the Great Ocean Road, Australia, near the Twelve Apostles

6. Lorne

Renowned for its blissful beachside views and fantastic surfing conditions, Lorne is a short drive from Melbourne CBD and has all the makings of a short summer break. It's often used as the starting point for a drive along the Great Ocean Road, which you can tack on for an even longer break.

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Little Penguins breeding in their Nest in Wildlife. The little penguin is the world's smallest penguin species and the only penguin permanently found in Australia. Nikon D3X. Converted from RAW.

7. Phillip Island

A magnet for visitors wishing to witness the island's penguins who return to its shores every evening, Phillip Island is a fascinating place for young and old with its rolling plains, coastal walks and myriad of wildlife. You can stay overnight, but for something extra special, book into a campsite to sleep under the stars just moments from the beach.

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people sitting in the sun on grass in Melbourne

8. Melbourne

Australia's culture capital is a hotbed of entertainment and activity. Make your way into the big smoke for a staycation that involves cafes, museums, river walks, market foods and live entertainment and sport.

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9. Daylesford & Macedon Ranges

Best known for its relaxing atmosphere, Daylesford is where romantics go for spa breaks, making it one for families with very young kids or babymooners. Sweet townships speckle the region where you can wind back the time and walk along cobblestoned streets filled with local art galleries and artisan boutiques.

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Top weekend family getaways in Victoria

These getaways are just a short drive out of Melbourne CBD, which means they work a treat for families who'd prefer to spend only Saturday and Sunday away from home. The drives are under two hours and the activities are fairly relaxing.

  • St Kilda: This famous beach sits right outside the city and is always buzzing over the weekend. Check out the markets, visit Luna Park or hit the water.
  • Mornington Peninsula: An hour south of Melbourne CBD, busy families with older kids can unwind at Mornington Peninsula's hot springs. There's a handful of outdoor activities to check out too, if you get itchy feet, including kayaking.
  • Phillip Island: Although it's possible to do as a long day trip, it's worth spending the night on Phillip Island to soak up the atmosphere. An overnight trip means you won't have to drive back after nightfall, either.
  • The Great Ocean Road: A drive you can do time and time again, this coastal drive has beaches, small towns and hiking trails aplenty. Pick a handful of them to fill your weekend itinerary.

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