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  • Great Ocean Road & Gippsland
  • Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges
  • Watch a video about the famous penguin parade at Phillip Island
  • Studying outside Melbourne

There is plenty to do beyond Melbourne, in regional Victoria. Explore Victoria's many great beaches for swimming, surfing and strolling. If you love the outdoors you could try bushwalking in parks or coastal areas.

Discover the many markets, fairs and festivals also on outside Melbourne.

Great Ocean Road

See the towering 12 Apostles, get up close to native wildlife, and take in iconic surf breaks, pristine rainforest and misty waterfalls along the spectacular Great Ocean Road. Get outdoors on bushwalking, surfing and mountain biking expeditions or take the cultural route through galleries, museums and heritage attractions. Feast on spectacular views and local produce along the way.


Stretch your legs in some of Victoria's most spectacular national parks, be charmed by tiny towns, and indulge in gourmet fresh produce in Gippsland. Amble along Ninety Mile Beach, set up camp in Wilsons Prom or set sail on the Gippsland Lakes. Feed your curiosity at galleries and studios, or at local cellar doors, boutique distilleries and renowned restaurants.

Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

Take an early morning balloon flight, meet passionate food and wine producers, and encounter a platypus at Healesville Sanctuary in the Yarra Valley. Wander the walking trails, meander the villages and discover the hidden delights of the Dandenong Ranges among its scenic winding roads, abundant artist studios, craft stores and renowned gardens.

Visit the Regions section of the Visit Victoria website to see more.

Choosing to study outside Melbourne

If you're considering studying in regional Victoria, visit our Beyond Melbourne page.

Visit Phillip Island to see the Little Penguins

Only 90 minutes drive from Melbourne you'll find Phillip Island Nature Parks. See penguins in the wild at the world famous Penguin Parade. View koalas up close along the tree tops.

Phillip Island Come and Explore - a video from Phillip Island Nature Parks