With winter in full swing and even though there are COVID-19 restrictions, it does not mean all your vacation plans should come to a halt! Melbourne may be in intermittent lockdowns, but when restrictions are lifted, here are several destinations you can venture off to for your weekends.
1. Daylesford – For the Spa Lovers
If you are in need of homely rest and relaxation, look no further than Daylesford. A mere 90 minutes-drive from Melbourne CBD, Daylesford offers it all: indulgent spa resorts, scenic bushwalks, and kitsch cafes for a fulfilling lunch. If you go during the weekends, head to their Sunday Market, decked out by local businesses showcasing their products — from homemade granola to hot sauce, from candles to vintage wares.
2. Wilson’s Promontory National Park – For Adventure Seekers
If you are in need for a little adventure, head over to Wilson’s Prom. A three-hour drive should not stop you from visiting this absolutely beautiful site. No wonder it has been granted national park status! Wilson’s Prom prides itself as being the southernmost tip of mainland Australia. It has everything from beaches and rivers to family-friendly nature walks and challenging hiking trails. During your walks, do not be surprised if you come across Australian wildlife, such as wallabies and wombats.
3. Ballarat – For Christmas in July vibes
If you have always felt like you wanted to experience a white Christmas, the Ballarat Winter Festival is the event of the year for you! This annual festival offers so many attractions — pop-up ice rink, Winter Wonderlights, snowfall, delicious winter feasts, and many more winter festivities you would not want to miss. Mark your calendars! The Ballarat Winter Festival will be held on 26th of June – 18th July this year. Head over to https://ballaratwinterfestival.com.au/ for more information.
4. Macedon Ranges – For the Wine & Dine Aficionados
What’s better to do in wintertime than to treat yourselves with delicious food? Yep, you got that right, for those of you who think winter is prime time to bulk up, please add a mental note to head over to the Macedon Ranges!
During wintertime, the food scene in the Macedon Ranges is off the charts. For lunch, you must visit one of the wineries Macedon Ranges has to offer. Our suggestions would be Hanging Rock Winery and Cloud 9 Farm. Here in Macedon Ranges, panoramic views are complimentary. For dinner, grab a pizza at Olive Jones or Source Dining. If you prefer pasta, Colenso in Kyneton or Mount Towrong Vineyard will suit your tastes.
Teks: Rachel Melisa
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