Looking to go on a road trip? Check out these country drives in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges and get outside the city limits to places that are forever fresh, breathtakingly beautiful and exactly what you need to restore a nature deficit. 

With pretty villages to stop at along the way, ever-changing vistas that blend effortlessly from perfectly aligned vineyards to open pastures, from rolling hills with uninterrupted views to cathedral-like towering Mountain ash and forest ferns, these drives will show you the ‘real’ country side of Victoria and are all within an hour of Melbourne.

Be out and back in 3 hours return drive from Melbourne but be prepared for plenty of stops –  these road trips have loads to enjoy  all day!

WARBURTON DRIVE (with a few local secret short cuts)

Warburton is a pretty village on the banks of the Yarra River at the base on Mt Donna Buang with easy access to walks, cycling and the national parks of the region. Your next road trip is a pleasant 30 kilometre drive on the Warburton Highway (B380), which starts on the east side of Lilydale and is well signed.

Balgownie Estate Yarra Valley

Balgownie Estate Yarra Valley sits high on the hill at Yarra Glen and commands one of the best views in the region. The Cellar Door and Eatery, Conference centre and Spa Suites offer everyone a chance to relax and unwind in the heart of the Yarra Valley.

DRIVE AND PICK - fruit with a view

Fruit straight from the grower is worth the road trip! The Dandenong Ranges is ‘Destination Food Bowl’ for those in search of the juiciest, the best and the freshest.


While the drive to Marysville is a stunning road trip through the Black Spur , there is every reason to continue on beyond Marysville and discover the pretty alpine region of Lake Mountain. In winter, Lake Mountain is one of the closest snow destination to Melbourne.

Nillumbik Sunday Drives

If you spend the week yearning for wide open spaces, fresh air and some real time with the ones you love, Find Your Self in Nillumbik this Sunday – just one hour’s drive from Melbourne (and on your way to the Yarra Valley!). Road trip!

The Gembrook Loop Drive

For those looking to cover some distance and find long stretches of country roads with stunning views, the Gembrook loop drive is a perfect road trip.


maysille, black spur
Leave the city far behind and enjoy the green scapes of the Yarra Valley. Hit the outer east of Melbourne where this road trip unfolds through open pastures, extended views of symmetrical vineyards and lush forests.

Two day outdoor adventure wandering the Warburton Highway

Warburton is a one of those country towns that instantly makes you feel at home. With the welcoming chorus of the Yarra River – which ebbs through the centre of town – and the sweet song of the forests to greet you, an overnight stay in Warburton is the ultimate in refresh, reset and revive.