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!

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.

Puffing Billy Drive and Wave

The full Puffing Billy train experience takes 3-5 hours from Belgrave to Gembrook and return (including stops). The train line weaves in and out of forested areas of Mountain Ash, Myrtle beech and ferny glades and makes several road crossings.

The Gemrook 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. Gembrook, a small town on the fringe of the Bunyip State Forest can be accessed from many directions.