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8 Daytrips From Melbourne by Train

A huge drawcard for visitors to Melbourne is the excellent transport system. Travelling around this wonderful city and its surrounds is really quite easy and super affordable too. Sightseeing is a breeze when you visit Victoria. We’ve selected the ‘top eight day trips from Melbourne by train’ to give you a head start on your holiday planning. Read more, right here;

The Mornington Peninsula

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Of all the charming oceanside villages on the Peninsula, our favourite is Sorrento. This high-end, seaside resort area features an impressive array of a la carte and alfresco dining establishments. Wander the limestone shopfronts for fashion, antiques, homewares and maritime-inspired souvenirs. An indulgent yet casual day out!


Corio Bay, Geelong

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Corio Bay is the sprawling beachside estate adjacent to one of Australia’s largest regional cities aka Geelong. It’s only about an hour train journey from the city to the sea. Once here spend some time exploring the Corio Bay foreshore, walk along the extended pier and tuck into a seafood feast. AFL football fans take note, nearby Kardinia Park is the home ground for the Geelong Cats. To do; attend a live match.

Phillip Island

A day visit to Phillip Island is perfect when staying in Melbourne, Vic.

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Aside from being renowned as the home of the Phillip Island MotoGP this spectacular coastal region is particularly famous for the many penguins that inhabit the area. Find a sunset spot at Summerland Beach and watch the flocks of Little Penguins return to shore after a day’s fishing. There’s also the National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Purple Hen Winery and the Phillip Island Brewing Co. to check out if you’re that way inclined.


Ensure you make a day trip to Bendigo when staying in Melbourne and see trams

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This historic gold rush town in a great day out. Explore the city’s heritage-listed streets, art galleries and delicious cafe eats. Adventurous folk will love the Central Deborah Gold Mine tour. At 228 metres down below ground, its an extrasensory excursion indeed. Tip; Bendigo Art Gallery is one of, if not the finest of galleries in regional Australia.


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Ballarat is a famed train day trip destination from Melbourne. Board at Southern Cross Station (CBD) and arrive in less than 90 minutes to Ballarat’s picturesque 19th century-built Railway station. Visit Sovereign Hill, Australia’s foremost outdoor museum that re-creates the gold rush circa 1851. Period costumed hosts add to the attractions flair and guests can pan for real gold too!

Werribee Open Range Zoo

See the giraffes, zebras and rhino's at Werribee Open Range

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Wow for Werribee! This Open Plains Zoo is home to roaming wildlife including rhino’s, zebras giraffes, gorilla’s and African lions to name but a few. Entry cost is reasonable and all profits go toward maintaining this awesome animal conservation centre. Escorted open-air vehicles take guests on an outdoor safari like no other in oz. An easy 45 minutes rail journey from the CBD.

The Dandenong Ranges

Make a visit to the Dandenong Ranges via train

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Country style; the Dandenong Ranges are a top destination for people who appreciate the simple joys of life, like gentle nature hikes and tasty afternoon teas. Breathe the fresh mountain air and admire the lush wilderness abound as you amble along the Eastern Sherbrooke Forest Walk and/or the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden. NB: there are plenty of quaint cottage-style places for morning or afternoon tea.

St Kilda Beach

Take the train or bus and visit St Kilda Beach, the iconic Aussie beachfront.

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Ok, so technically St Kilda Beach is still in Melbourne however, we think it’s well worth a full day trip. It’s a hip beachfront locale that can be described as both eclectic and stylish. Mexican food and margaritas by the beach – yes please. A juicy steak and a cold pint in a classic pub – done & done. Cool clothing boutiques and an iconic Aussie beachfront filled with recognizable landscapes to take pictures of. What more could you want?


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